Key Features

Smart Blocks

Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks.

My Insights

Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights.

Floating windows

Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors within the same instance of AutoCAD.

Activity Insights

Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log.


Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere

Drawing History

Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work.

AutoCAD anytime, anywhere

Create, edit, and view CAD drawings with a browser using AutoCAD on mobile or on web.

Push to Autodesk Docs

Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs.

Markup Import and Markup Assist

Import feedback from paper or PDFs and add changes automatically, without altering your existing drawing.

What's New?

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

Activity Insights

Stay connected with details of multi-user activities in a DWG file. Be informed of relevant file changes and access with an activity log. Activity Insights helps bridge information gaps in your collaborative AutoCAD workflows.

Smart Blocks: Replacement
Quickly find the blocks you need and replace one or more blocks via machine learning-based suggestions, recently used blocks, and manual substitute block selection.
Smart Blocks: Placement
Automatically place blocks in your drawing in the right position and scale based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far in your DWG file, reducing the number of clicks required and saving you time in the process.
Markup Import and Assist

Rapidly send and incorporate design feedback. Import feedback from printed paper via mobile or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically. Machine learning detects and executes certain instructions in markup text.

Web Functionality
AutoCAD subscribers receive exclusive additional functionality in AutoCAD on the web, including AutoLISP API on the web and batch plot to PDF(s).

2D Drawing, Drafting & Annotation

Text settings

Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.


Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.


Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.


Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Centerlines and center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.

Revision clouds

Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.


Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.


Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.


Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.

Data linking

Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.

Data extraction

Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.

Dynamic blocks

Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.

Parametric constraints

Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.


Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.


Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.

3D Modeling & Visualization

Solid, surface, & mesh modeling

Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.

3D navigation

Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.

Visual styles

Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.


Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.

Section planes

Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.

Cloud rendering

Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.

Point clouds

Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.

Model documentation

Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.


Xref Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing, including external references (xrefs).

PDF files

Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

DGN files

Share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

Model references & import

Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.

DWG Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.

Sheet sets

View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.

Geographic location & online maps

Insert geographic location information into a drawing, & display a map in the drawing from an online map service.

Install & Customize

Simplified installer

Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customizable installations.

Start tab

The new AutoCAD Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.

Trusted DWG technology

TrustedDWG™ technology alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.

Secure load

Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.

CUI customization

Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.

System variable monitor

Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you to deviations.

CAD standards checker

Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.

Application Programming Interface

Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.

Action recorder

Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.

Autodesk App Store

Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.

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