AutoCAD

2D & 3D design & drafting platform

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AutoCAD Overview

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a 2D and 3D design and drafting platform for architects, engineers, construction professionals, field technicians and contractors, which supports 2D drafting, drawing and annotation tools, alongside 3D modeling and visualization technology. With native iOS and Android mobile apps, AutoCAD also gives users the flexibility to view, create, edit and share drawings on the go, via any smartphone or tablet.

AutoCAD’s 2D drafting, drawing, and annotation tools allow users to manage text settings, smart dimensioning, and leaders, as well as tables, layouts, fields and more. The 3D modeling and visualization tools enable users to manage solid, surface and mesh modeling, 3D navigation, and visual styles, alongside photorealistic rendering, 3D scanning, point clouds and more.

Collaboration tools such as PDF and DGN import/export, 3D model import, geographic location information and online maps allow users to share and reuse data, as well as add location information into a drawing. To streamline the design workflow, AutoCAD includes ribbon tabs and panels, tool palettes, multifunctional grips, dynamic blocks, and more. Other key features include external file references, object selection and text to Mtext enhancements.

AutoCAD’s mobile app tools allow users to create, edit and mark-up drawings, as well as measure accurately while working remotely on site. Users can also access multi-touch zoom, advanced drawing tools, such as arc and offset, as well as manage layers and blocks. A simple design feed allows users to provide updates for team with notes, photos and feedback on project progress.

AutoCAD Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$1,470.00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.


AutoCAD Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

AutoCAD screenshot: Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs
AutoCAD screenshot: Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs AutoCAD screenshot: Access tools which help fix broken paths for externally referenced files AutoCAD screenshot: Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object AutoCAD screenshot: Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars AutoCAD screenshot: Access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes AutoCAD screenshot: Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line AutoCAD screenshot: Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing AutoCAD screenshot: Access favorite tools easily with the AutoCAD ribbon

AutoCAD Reviews for UK Users

AutoCAD Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.6
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5
Excellent
1274

Very good
583

Average
66

Poor
5

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.2
Features
4.6
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Support
4.2
96% recommended this app
Kamran Y.

Autocad for "part-time" civil engineer

Once I tried to draw my own home's plan but could not manage software requires a lot of time and patience.


Muhammad S.

the Backbone of every Design starts here

its a corner stone and base program i use to create designs and ideas. but now i feel people are moving to more 3D programs like Revit and AutoCad 3D , Skecth up and such.


Frederic D.

One of the best 2D designing tools

Been using it for 20 years already, the programs has not alot of secrets anymore for me, but learningcurve is kind of hard for beginners


Arlex G.

Autocad, it was my design school.

With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my initial school.


Lauren H.

CAD Can

It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the creative industry, provides an alleviating affect to its audience and users.


Kamran Y.
Industry: Events Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Autocad for "part-time" civil engineer

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 28/07/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Once I tried to draw my own home's plan but could not manage software requires a lot of time and patience.

Pros

It manages extremely large projects with exact measures and details. It gives availability to work in 3D Space. Cloud function helps to get advantage to work as a team.

Cons

It needs strong computer resources. Without qualified tutorials, it is like impossible to work on this program. Besides the price is so expensive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Muhammad S.
Industry: Architecture & Planning
Company size: 13-50 Employees

the Backbone of every Design starts here

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 08/11/2019
Review Source: Capterra

its a corner stone and base program i use to create designs and ideas. but now i feel people are moving to more 3D programs like Revit and AutoCad 3D , Skecth up and such.

Pros

it can be used for any type of work from making plans, sections, elevations to Drawing on the PC this is the easiest way to get an idea across the other side.

i peronaly use this program to do landscape designs setting up base plans and then making layout sheets.

Cons

Expensive, updates every year but dont feel it changes much for me to buy a newer version.

cant share CAD files with people that dont have it easily they need to install 3rd part programs to just view files. and the tablet version isnt easy to use.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Frederic D.
Industry: Architecture & Planning
Company size: Self Employed

One of the best 2D designing tools

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 04/06/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Been using it for 20 years already, the programs has not alot of secrets anymore for me, but learningcurve is kind of hard for beginners

Pros

Probably the best designing software for 2D drawings, lots of tweak options for the use which fits you personaly the most

Cons

working in 3D with this software feels very stiff, not creative and time consuming, better take sketchup or other 3D designing software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Arlex G.

Autocad, it was my design school.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 13/03/2018
Review Source: Capterra

With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my initial school.

Pros

Working in AutoCAD is much easier than working on paper. We saved a lot of time and it's much simpler than that. Doing it by hand can be tedious and we also have to consider our prolixity when it comes to doing it on a sheet.
As Autodesk is launching new versions, they do not change much with respect to the previous ones so that the user does not have to update to something completely unknown. The latest versions are very similar, except that they add new small functions.
The configuration to print a drawing in AutoCAD in different formats is very easy. There are many formats included and we can adjust colors, margins, layers, among many other aspects.
AutoCAD has been linked to multiple platforms, with the benefit of being able to export and import files of all kinds. For example, we can bring an image or a block to the software, among other applications.

Cons

The main disadvantage is the high cost of the program, since the license costs a few dollars.
Knowing how to use the software fully requires a lot of time since there are many functions that are not so well known, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific.
It requires a very powerful computer to work with the latest versions (especially in 3D). At least 2GB of RAM, 2GHz processing speed, and a space greater than 100GB on the hard drive.
If we make an object in 3D, with many details, brightness settings, brightness, details of materials, for the best commercial computer we have, it usually slows down a lot. There are better software to make 3D drawings that are more sophisticated, with more functions and that do not slow down so much when working with a very heavy file.

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Lauren H.
Industry: Media Production
Company size: 13-50 Employees

CAD Can

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 10/04/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the creative industry, provides an alleviating affect to its audience and users.

Pros

I have a lot of flexibility in terms of the mediums I can ease into and AutoCAD truly helps in that aspect. It delivers the workspace to bring a flat design to life in a way that most dimensional design products don’t. One thing for certain is the application’s versatility in making the space feel less technically tedious and more straightforward. The functionality is very simple and gives its user the chance to apply their personal preference into the art board without losing resolution and methodology.

Cons

My only note of interest would be the application’s need for dimensional guidance. While it provides a very nice approach to freeform, it lightly loses touch of having a snap to grid like essence about it more than a majority.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8.7/10
Based on 1,931 user ratings
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AutoCAD Pricing

AutoCAD Pricing

Starting from
US$1,470.00/year
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

Value for Money
4.2/5
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AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customisable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Quote Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4.6/5
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Categories

Additional information for AutoCAD

Additional information for AutoCAD

Key features of AutoCAD

  • 2D drafting, drawing & annotation
  • 3D modeling & visualization
  • 3D navigation (orbit, wheel)
  • 3D scanning & point clouds
  • API
  • Action recorder
  • Associative arrays
  • Automated dimensions
  • Base, projected, & section views
  • CAD drawing management
  • CUI customization
  • Centerlines & center marks management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Command line
  • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
  • Content management
  • Customizable tool palettes
  • DGN file management
  • DWG & image references
  • Data extraction
  • Data linking
  • Data migration
  • Design management
  • Design view
  • Dynamic blocks
  • Express tools
  • External file references
  • Fields management
  • Format management
  • Geographic location & online maps
  • Geometry import
  • High-resolution monitor support
  • Layouts management
  • Leaders creation
  • Model documentation
  • Model references & import
  • Multifunctional grips
  • Navisworks model attachments
  • Object & layer transparency
  • Object selection
  • Object selection & isolation
  • Offline access
  • PDF & DGN import/export
  • Parametric constraints
  • Photorealistic rendering
  • Print studio
  • Revision clouds
  • Ribbon tabs & panels
  • Search functionality
  • Section planes
  • Sheet set manager
  • Shortcut menus
  • Solid, surface & mesh modeling
  • System variable monitor
  • Sysvar monitor
  • Tables
  • Text settings
  • Text to Mtext conversion
  • iOS & Android mobile apps

Benefits

  • Native mobile apps for iOS and Android give users the flexibility to view, create, edit and share drawings on the go, via any smartphone or tablet.

  • Offline access serves to enhance user productivity by allowing users to work offline, then syncing any changes once internet connection is restored.

  • Solid, surface and mesh modeling technology helps users create realistic 3D models of their designs.

  • 3D navigation tools allow users to orbit, swivel, walk and fly around their 3D model.

  • AutoCAD supports connected collaboration through PDF and DGN file import, DWG and image references, sheet set manager, and geographic location information and online maps.

  • AutoCAD FAQs

    AutoCAD FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for AutoCAD.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$1,470.00/year

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD offers the following features:

    • 2D drafting, drawing & annotation
    • 3D modeling & visualization
    • 3D navigation (orbit, wheel)
    • 3D scanning & point clouds
    • API
    • Action recorder
    • Associative arrays
    • Automated dimensions
    • Base, projected, & section views
    • CAD drawing management
    • CUI customization
    • Centerlines & center marks management
    • Collaboration tools
    • Command line
    • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
    • Content management
    • Customizable tool palettes
    • DGN file management
    • DWG & image references
    • Data extraction
    • Data linking
    • Data migration
    • Design management
    • Design view
    • Dynamic blocks
    • Express tools
    • External file references
    • Fields management
    • Format management
    • Geographic location & online maps
    • Geometry import
    • High-resolution monitor support
    • Layouts management
    • Leaders creation
    • Model documentation
    • Model references & import
    • Multifunctional grips
    • Navisworks model attachments
    • Object & layer transparency
    • Object selection
    • Object selection & isolation
    • Offline access
    • PDF & DGN import/export
    • Parametric constraints
    • Photorealistic rendering
    • Print studio
    • Revision clouds
    • Ribbon tabs & panels
    • Search functionality
    • Section planes
    • Sheet set manager
    • Shortcut menus
    • Solid, surface & mesh modeling
    • System variable monitor
    • Sysvar monitor
    • Tables
    • Text settings
    • Text to Mtext conversion
    • iOS & Android mobile apps

    Q. Who are the typical users of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does AutoCAD support?

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does AutoCAD support mobile devices?

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does AutoCAD integrate with?

    AutoCAD integrates with the following applications:

    12d Synergy, Document Locator, Fulcrum, MIE Trak Pro, Manufacturing X, MediaValet, Revizto, Upchain, WIZZCAD, iOFFICE

    Q. What level of support does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, Online Support