About 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.


Key benefits of AutoCAD

  • 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.

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    Kamran
    Kamran
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    • Industry: Events Services
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Autocad for "part-time" civil engineer

    Reviewed on 28/07/2019

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

    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.

    Alternatives Considered

    SketchUp and FreeCAD

    Reasons for Choosing AutoCAD

    Autocad has 3D navigation and 3D scanning which are features you will not find in SketchUp, besides AutoCAD pricing is better than SketchUp.

    Switched From

    SketchUp

    Reasons for Switching to AutoCAD

    Why I was considering these three versions I checked mainly the price, ease of use and functionality so that AutoCAD became my first choice.
    Javauny
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AutoCAD is one of the best drawing softwares despite its few shortcomings.

    Reviewed on 26/05/2023

    A smooth, fun and continuous learning curve. The capabilities are only limited by your own...

    A smooth, fun and continuous learning curve. The capabilities are only limited by your own imagination.

    Pros

    AutoCAD is widely used and easy to learn. It offers a wide range of functions and extensive options for customization for personal and indiviual use. The tools are easily accesible through a search bar and are given basic names in most cases.

    Cons

    The license can be costly for low end businesses and it may take some creativity and innovation to accomplish a certain end desire when 3D modelling.

    Paola
    Paola
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    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    It is a tool used in the design area, a great help for the design of drawings or 3D modeling

    Reviewed on 28/06/2018

    Pros

    It is an effective tool for the professional and student architecture, engineering and basic drawing, has extensive editing capabilities that allow the user an exact and optimal design, its interface is very pleasing to the eye and has multiple options to select the same command, allows printing in different scales and formats to suit the user

    Cons

    It is an oversized program, that is, it has a large number of little-known and unused commands, depending on the large number of designs made in the same file, this system creates obstacles in the system that do not allow its continuous use, at the risk of generating errors that close the program without previous saved

    Ibrahim
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    • Industry: Civil Engineering
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    The AutoCAD program served as a solid foundation for my entry into the world of construction...

    Reviewed on 06/01/2024

    It was an exciting experience in the world of building design and modeling through which I gained...

    It was an exciting experience in the world of building design and modeling through which I gained many experiences in understanding and modeling all 2D and 3D plans

    Pros

    Through my work on the AutoCAD program for many years, I noticed that it has many advantages, such as saving time and effort, mainly because it eliminates the need to draw on paper or manually. In addition, it is an effective program for designing and modeling projects, as it provides models (2D and 3D), and it is worth mentioning. The AutoCAD program has proven its effectiveness in the past and up to the present time as it is characterized by ease and flexibility and has an interface that is easy to understand and detail and the ability to import and export files from other programs...

    Cons

    Whatever the advantages of this program, we must focus on some of its negatives for the purpose of effective criticism... It has a relatively high cost, in addition to the fact that it requires computers with very high specifications, because when we design a (3D) program with complex and precise details, it will lead to a significant slowdown in the computer..

    Lauren
    Lauren
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    • Industry: Media Production
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    CAD Can

    Reviewed on 10/04/2020

    It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the...

    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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    AutoCAD offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$235.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

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

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    We do not have any information about what integrations AutoCAD has

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base

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