autocad

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Overview

Summary

AutoCAD® is computer-aided design (CAD) software that professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. AutoCAD is used in industry, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, city planners and other professionals to:

  • Draft, annotate, and design 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
  • Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more
  • Customize the design process with add-on apps and APIs
System requirements:

AutoCAD overview (video: 2:49 min.)

Highlights

AutoCAD includes industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections and elevations
  • Draw piping, plumbing & ducting for faster design with mechanical tools.
  • Design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical with MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing).

What's New?

AutoCAD® software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and a regular array of new features.

Trace

Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing.

Count

Automate counting blocks or geometry with the COUNT command.

Share

Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access from anywhere.

Integrations

Workflows

See how the specialized toolsets included with AutoCAD can save you valuable time.

AutoCAD + Architecture toolset

Speed up your architectural design process with the Architecture toolset included with AutoCAD.

AutoCAD + Electrical toolset

Save time on electrical designs with the Electrical toolset included with AutoCAD.

AutoCAD + Mechanical toolset

Create mechanical designs faster using the Mechanical toolset included with AutoCAD.

Mobile & Web apps

Take advantage of seamless workflows by accessing AutoCAD on virtually any device. View, edit, annotate, and create drawings on the go using the AutoCAD mobile app or from your web browser using the AutoCAD web app.

Access AutoCAD anytime, anywhere (video: 59 sec.)

AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT

Compare the features of AutoCAD® and AutoCAD® LT, and learn which CAD software is the right solution for your design workflow.

autocad
AutoCAD LT

USE FOR:

2D drafting, drawings, and documentation
Generating 3D views

WHAT IT DOES:

Create and edit 2D geometry
Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables
Customize with add-on apps and APIs
Attach and import data from PDF files
Share/use data from DGN files, Navisworks & Bing Maps
Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
Customize with add-on apps and APIs
Extract object data to tables
Apply and monitor CAD standards

INCLUDES:

AutoCAD web app
AutoCAD mobile app
Access to the Autodesk App Store
Access specialized toolsets for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more

*Both developed for Mac and Windows operating systems.

The Micrographics Advantage

We don’t just sell software, we are technical experts who understand your industry. We can help you:

Integrate Business Systems

We develop data sharing solutions to improve and speed up the communication between CAD & business management technologies.

Optimize Business Processes

We do unique assessments of our clients, enabling them to address workflow challenges, identify opportunities & achieve objectives.

Leverage the Power of BIM

By understanding BIM philosophies we can develop & implement BIM solutions for any project or establish BIM standards for any company.

Have Questions About Complex Applications?

Speak to us about your operational requirements or outcomes and
we'll tailor a solution best suited to your business.

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Windows OS

AutoCAD & All Specialized Toolsets

Operating System

64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 and Windows 10.

Processor

Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Multiple processors: Supported by the application

Memory

Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB

Display Resolution

Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)

Display Card

Basic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

Disk space

7.0 GB

Network

Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 editions.

.NET Framework

.NET Framework version 4.8 or later

Mac OS

AutoCAD & All Specialized Toolsets

Operating System

Apple® macOS® Big Sur v11 (requires Update 2021.1)
Apple® macOS® Catalina v10.15
Apple macOS Mojave v10.14
Apple macOS High Sierra v10.13

Model

Basic: Apple Mac Pro® 4.1, MacBook Pro® 5.1, iMac® 8.1, Mac mini® 3.1, MacBook Air®, MacBook® 5.1

Recommended: Apple Mac® models supporting Metal Graphics Engine
Apple Mac models with M series chip are supported under Rosetta 2 mode.

CPU Type

64-bit Intel CPU
Recommended: Intel Core i7 or higher

Memory

Basic: 4GB
Recommended: 8GB or higher

Display Resolution

Basic: 1280 x 800 display
High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display

Disk space

3 GB free disk space for download and installation

Pointing Device

Apple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse

Display Card

Recommended: Mac native installed graphics cards

Disk Format

APFS, APFS(Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)