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AutoCAD Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

AutoCAD product 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.

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

    2,2k

    Starting from

    $

    1470

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    Per Feature

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Value for money contenders

    AutoCAD features

    Functionality

    4.6

    /5

    2,2k
    Total Features17 4 categories

    Most valued features by users

    API
    Data Import/Export
    Search/Filter
    Alerts / Escalation
    Design Management
    Content Management
    Geographic Maps
    Annotations

    Functionality contenders

    AutoCAD users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6

    /5

    2,2k

    Positive reviews

    97%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.71/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    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.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    I use this program all of the time because their Features are awesome powerful tool and easy for professional and beginners.

    ZK

    Zeshan K.

    It is the most accessible CAD software to date with lots of documentation and a great and responsive community. Very user friendly and a well designed interface.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    Cons
    Sometimes the user interface becomes annoying, file can get very big and may crash the computer, drawings can get corrupt.

    BM

    Betty M.

    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.

    JB

    Jessica B.

    I use AutoCAD for all my 2D draughting and presentations and it is yet to fail me. However, I leave the 3D modeling in this software for the trained and more experienced folk.

    RH

    Robyn H.

    Overall rating contenders

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    AutoCAD: User review

    Reviewed 3 months ago

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    Overall Rating

    Good product

    Reviewed 7 months ago

    Transcript

    Joe: Hi, I'm Joe. I'm a principal engineer in the aerospace industry and I rank AutoCAD a four out of...

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Autocad for "part-time" civil engineer

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    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.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    AutoCAD is the De Facto CAD Standard

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    I've used AutoCAD for over 30 years. It's the CAD tool of choice to learn and use in the Architectural industry.

    Pros

    I like the most about AutoCAD is that the program is 100% customizable. End user can change the user interface and build custom apps using AutoLISP / Visual Lisp or .NET to aid in missing features/commands.

    Cons

    I like least about AutoCAD is that the end user has to consistently use the program otherwise it's very easy to forget all the many command functions provided.

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

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    Autocad, it was my design school.

    Reviewed 3 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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    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    If you can imagine it, AutoCAD can draw it!

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    I have been using AutoCAD for more than 8 years. I have used it for CAD modeling, drafting, building design and construction detailing. I and my company has always used this program for any construction-related work. We have been using it as step one for creating a base model to be used in the Building Information Modelling process. We use it to develop Revit Model. Use it in Civil 3D for civil design. AutoCAD has always supported our needs.

    Pros

    The freedom that AutoCAD gives you is one of the most important. If I can imagine any drawing/component/part in my head, then AutoCAD can draw it. There is no more easy explanation for it. AutoCAD is the most versatile and compatible software for any engineering problem. It works with Revit, it works with Bentley Suite, it works with Google package, it works with almost all software. AutoCAD is a basic building blocks for drafting, design and engineering analysis.

    Cons

    AutoCAD does not provide full Building Information Modelling compatibility. Its content has only Geometric properties. It does not provide full parametric modeling and add a material characteristic to the model. It is simply a program that draws stuff. No intelligent modeling.

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    practical, versatile, functional

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    its a flexible software, for all kind of users, i developed projects, presentation sheets, rendering, is useful and easy to learn

    Pros

    With Autocad you have a huge variety of tool that can help you to develope any kind of proyects, a lot of tools for visual design and presentations, and rendering

    Cons

    its expensive, is difficult for independent profesional to use it due to the license cost, now we have a subscription metod, but it keeps the high price

    AutoCAD FAQs and common questions

    AutoCAD has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $1470.00/year
    Pricing model: Subscription
    Free Trial: Available


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


    AutoCAD supports the following languages:
    English


    AutoCAD supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone, iPad


    Yes, AutoCAD has an API available for use.


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

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