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
$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

AutoCAD Reviews

Overall rating
4.6
/
5
Excellent
1245

Very good
563

Average
64

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
Luis guillermo G.

AutoCAD is one of the best softwares I've used in my activities as an architecture student and...


Soriana A.

My experience using autocad has been nice. I like the software

The benefits that I obtained with this software was the development of architectural projects in a short time. With good appearance and better image when I'm going to present it to clients.and not only use it for architecture but for my daily tasks, make drawings, figures for my friends, to cut and print graphic design forms. A few days ago I was teaching two people to make lines, polygons, curves in autocad. My two friends loved the tool, and are willing to take a course to explore the program. My two friends want to learn to get a job as an architectural draftsman and work as people for their children.
The tool is very versatile, and friendly to the public. Without a doubt it is one of the best software that they have been able to invent. Every day I am surprised more of the things that I can do in that program. For now the only difficulty has been making 3d modeling with the three-dimensional version of autocad, because I still have trouble knowing which tools I can use and which I can not. Also my computer is not adapted so that the program can work properly and runs out of memory space. In the next few years I hope to get the opportunity to produce more money and install the current version of that year, and learn how to use the 3D tool of this program well. On some occasions I tried to make renders in that program and I have trouble adjusting all the lights. The photographs are dark or unclear. I would like to learn with some autodesk videos about how to manage the program in the right way to get along better in this category.
I feel that in the future the autodesk company will have so many tools integrated into the program that they will not be able to resist, all the companies should have laptops with this program. Not only as a means of work, but as part of your lifestyle. For example, I benefit from doing my work as an architect and other extra jobs that have to do with furniture design. Currently autocad is the only tool with which I develop better. The time that I can spend designing and drawing is infinite, because I have a lot of fun trying out alternatives for clients. In addition you can save them in different formats, and the client can check it from his computer without having to go to my office. We can have long conversations about the different options and autocad lets me keep it comfortably as I want. This is one of the most important tools in the area of design and architecture.


George F.

AutoCAD Review as a Engineering Undergraduate and a Young Engineer

AutoCAD is tough to pick up and learn, however, this can be said for any modeling software with such immense capabilities. This being said, AutoCAD is my favorite modeling software to use as I have been able to play around with it during college and throughout my internship. I have modeled small buildings to planes, and will continue to use AutoCAD as I believe it is the best modeling software.


Verified Reviewer

A great software which provide flexibity and simplicity to computer aided drawings

It saves time and makes drawings and documentation faster and presentable


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.


Luis guillermo G.

AutoCAD is one of the best softwares I've used in my activities as an architecture student and works

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/19/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The main pro about this software is its precision on drawings, models and any architectural, engineering, urban, mechanical and other kind of projects you need to make on it. You can use it on many work fields due to its versatility and operativity.

Another thing that I love about this software is that you can work with archives of another softwares by only importing them, and you can export on another formats too; besides, you can select the year version of its native format so you can work with previous versions of this software, increasing the productivity among colleagues.

AutoCAD has been a great support to my academic developement, and I'm seriously thinking about using this program in my professional practice; I would strongly reccommend it to those who are students of architecture, engineering, industrial and interior design and another careers.

This software has been the best choice since I've tried it for the first time.

It's a must on any construction and design company.

Go ahead and use AutoCAD!

Cons

One of the things I like least about this software is the fact that its interface is a little bit confusing sometimes, and it could be complex too if you misconfigure it; even though there are configuration buttons, sometimes they are confusing or they hide another things and drives you to desperation on how to find some things. So, my recommendation to the software programmers or developers is that they must find a way to make things a bit easier to the users in that matter.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Soriana A.

My experience using autocad has been nice. I like the software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 7/26/2018
Review Source: Capterra

The benefits that I obtained with this software was the development of architectural projects in a short time. With good appearance and better image when I'm going to present it to clients.and not only use it for architecture but for my daily tasks, make drawings, figures for my friends, to cut and print graphic design forms. A few days ago I was teaching two people to make lines, polygons, curves in autocad. My two friends loved the tool, and are willing to take a course to explore the program. My two friends want to learn to get a job as an architectural draftsman and work as people for their children.
The tool is very versatile, and friendly to the public. Without a doubt it is one of the best software that they have been able to invent. Every day I am surprised more of the things that I can do in that program. For now the only difficulty has been making 3d modeling with the three-dimensional version of autocad, because I still have trouble knowing which tools I can use and which I can not. Also my computer is not adapted so that the program can work properly and runs out of memory space. In the next few years I hope to get the opportunity to produce more money and install the current version of that year, and learn how to use the 3D tool of this program well. On some occasions I tried to make renders in that program and I have trouble adjusting all the lights. The photographs are dark or unclear. I would like to learn with some autodesk videos about how to manage the program in the right way to get along better in this category.
I feel that in the future the autodesk company will have so many tools integrated into the program that they will not be able to resist, all the companies should have laptops with this program. Not only as a means of work, but as part of your lifestyle. For example, I benefit from doing my work as an architect and other extra jobs that have to do with furniture design. Currently autocad is the only tool with which I develop better. The time that I can spend designing and drawing is infinite, because I have a lot of fun trying out alternatives for clients. In addition you can save them in different formats, and the client can check it from his computer without having to go to my office. We can have long conversations about the different options and autocad lets me keep it comfortably as I want. This is one of the most important tools in the area of design and architecture.

Pros

I feel good exploring the tools of the program. Currently I like to use the PlotPDF tool that converts the pdf into lines and makes the drawings can be drawn in a more comfortable way. I am an architect and I recommend the program to all the people who work with me.

Cons

What I do not like about the program is that in each new version I do not know the added functions. The autodesk company should have an indicator with notifications indicating the new tools and commands that were added. In addition to that the steps to test the new commands. I would like to start a new version of AutoCAD with new tools notifications and view sample videos within the model.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

George F.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 201-500 Employees

AutoCAD Review as a Engineering Undergraduate and a Young Engineer

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/16/2020
Review Source: Capterra

AutoCAD is tough to pick up and learn, however, this can be said for any modeling software with such immense capabilities. This being said, AutoCAD is my favorite modeling software to use as I have been able to play around with it during college and throughout my internship. I have modeled small buildings to planes, and will continue to use AutoCAD as I believe it is the best modeling software.

Pros

With AutoCAD, your mind is the limit for what you can draw, simulate, and model! As an engineering student I used AutoCAD in a couple of my classes to create anything ranging from simple pieces of equipment to an entire Iron Man helmet (I would like to note that making the Iron Man Helmet took a very long time). The precision with AutoCAD always memorizes me, as you can make models that look real within the program. I have used AutoCAD for a few years now (throughout college and through my engineering internships) and still feel as if I have scratched the surface on the immense capabilities of AutoCAD. I highly recommend AutoCAD for any creative person that is looking to get into modeling or any company that is looking to improve their equipment drawings.

Cons

I would definitely have to say that AutoCAD has been one of the more difficult software to pick up and learn (take this with a grain of salt though as all modeling software are typically very difficult to learn). AutoCAD provides many tutorials to help you get started, however, these can only take you so far. To become proficient with AutoCAD you need many hours dedicated to playing around with AutoCAD and watching other tutorials. Once you have gotten good at using AutoCAD, you will be able to create almost anything with ease. One last thing to note is that it can be tough to find what exact button you are looking for with the current interface. Other than that, I highly recommend AutoCAD.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Oil & Energy
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A great software which provide flexibity and simplicity to computer aided drawings

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/1/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It saves time and makes drawings and documentation faster and presentable

Pros

1. It has great features to manage small to large projects
2. Provides exact details and measurement
3. Great flexibility of usage
4. Coordination of entire construction drawing, design and documentation is much easier
5. Saves time

Cons

1. Expensive startup cost
2. Takes time to ensure proper mastery of features
3. There are limited file formats it support
4. The software needs strong processing power
5. Expensive professional training

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Arlex G.

Autocad, it was my design school.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 3/13/2018
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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8.7/10
Based on 1,880 user ratings
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AutoCAD Pricing

AutoCAD Pricing

Starting from
$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
Based on 1,880 user ratings
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AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable 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: $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, Online Support, Video Tutorials