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AutoCAD Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

AutoCAD product overview

Price starts from

235

Per month

Flat Rate

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.

Key benefits of using 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.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Knowledge Base
    Email/Help Desk

    Training options

    Videos
    Webinars
    Documentation

    AutoCAD pricing information

    Value for money

    4.2

    /5

    2.6K

    Starting from

    235

    Per month

    Flat Rate

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Value for money contenders

    AutoCAD features

    Functionality

    4.6

    /5

    2.6K

    Total features

    13

    9 categories

    Most valued features by users

    API
    Data Import/Export
    Design Management
    Geographic Maps
    Search/Filter
    Annotations
    2D Drawing
    Drafting

    Functionality contenders

    AutoCAD users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.7

    /5

    2.6K

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.74/10
    Rating distribution

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    1

    1,785

    751

    69

    6

    3

    Pros
    WOW, all that I can say is that probably this is the most important software to make blueprints in the world.
    The AutoCAD is very good to be used for many industries like construction and industrial / manufacturing process as well, good for beginners and professional level as well.
    I use this program all of the time because their Features are awesome powerful tool and easy for professional and beginners.
    Cons
    The biggest disadvantage of AutoCAD is that it comes with a lot of problems, which is to be expected from a tool that can do so much. It seems reasonable to me.
    Sometimes the user interface becomes annoying, file can get very big and may crash the computer, drawings can get corrupt.
    It is frustrating when in the AutoCAD updates over the years that the interface has changed so much that it makes it hard to adjust and find things.

    Overall rating contenders

    Overall Rating

    AutoCAD For Drawings

    Reviewed a year ago

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    Speaker 1: Hi there. My name is John. I'm a structural engineer. I give AutoCAD a five out of five. And...

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    AutoCAD is the De Facto CAD Standard

    Reviewed a year ago

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    Paul: Hi, I'm Paul and I am a computer specialist and I give AutoCAD a four out of five. For more reviews,...

    Overall Rating
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    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    The best software for engineering and design work.

    Reviewed 24 days ago

    Now we are carrying out an electrification project, we are designing the entire project in this software to give the best to our clients. It has given us the benefit of time and to present excellent works.

    Pros

    This software is really great, it is very complete in its functions, it facilitates our design and engineering work, we have made many drawings and plan designs and it has been excellent. Its interface is very easy to use, it has become very easy for us to integrate it into our company, with which we work providing the best designs for our clients.

    Cons

    Personally, this software is excellent, it has not reported failures in all the work we have done, the product is easy to use, with a couple of classes it can be handled very well, its integration into our business processes was easy, it helps us a lot to develop as a company providing the best thanks to this software.

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    AutoCAD: A surprising tool for 3D Game Creation.

    Reviewed a month ago

    I use this software to create and design realistic and logical buildings for 3D games and even for Comic Creation. I make use of this because I want the best experiences in my work and I find it easier to work out the logic of something by having it exist in some form. AutoCAD is paid for but it is free for students which helped me out for a while. Overall you can make really professional designs using AutoCAD because it is an a amazing software.

    Pros

    AutoCAD is one of the best technical design software out there. It's very popular among architects but I actually make use of it as a Game Designer. AutoCAD has many tools making building layout designs very simple. The newer Trace tool allows me to add notes on possible iterations while not changing my design. The feature I love most of AutoCAD is their mobile app and web app. With AutoCAD Drive I am able to upload my work and can then work on it with my phone in any spare time I find or from remote locations.

    Cons

    AutoCAD is paid and can be expensive. They offer training courses which as also expensive. The software can also be confusing and difficult to learn how to work. It's very complex software with complex UI's.

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Autocad, it was my design school.

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    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...

    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,...

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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Autocad = Quality

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    It's a good experience, I learned a lot, from 2D drawing to 3D renderings that could take hours. Being able to create scenarios and then demonstrate them to an audience was quite nice, as well as the quality of the renderings. I liked the fact that they have a lot of tools and how easy they are to use.

    Pros

    I really like the way it works, its tools remind me a lot of other products from other brands, which made me get familiar with the product faster. At first when I downloaded the program, I thought it would be impossible for me to understand it since I had never had an approach to this type of drawing programs, but inside the program you can learn a lot, since it has small help boxes that come out every time you want to use a tool.

    Cons

    Possibly what I liked the least, was the unexpected shutdowns that the program gave me, this happened mostly when working with 3D models, it was a bit annoying, but the autosave worked. In the same way, I never liked the file saving, I always had to look for the folder where I wanted to save it, even if it was always the same one.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    excellent program for architecture and design

    Reviewed a month ago

    It suits me to use autocad when I need to draw projects quickly and easily to understand for the other professionals of the project

    Pros

    easy to integrate with other specialists, very intuitive and with many functions that make it easier to work as an architect or project designer

    Cons

    frequently gets stuck when designing complex projects, especially when using hatch flooring

    AutoCAD FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $235.00/month
    Pricing model: Subscription
    Free Trial: Available


    Q. Who are the typical users of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Q. What languages does AutoCAD support?

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:
    English


    Q. Does AutoCAD support mobile devices?

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    Q. Does AutoCAD offer an API?

    Yes, AutoCAD has an API available for use.


    Q. What level of support does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:
    Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk

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