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AutoCAD

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4.63/5 (2,204 reviews)

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AutoCAD Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about AutoCAD's features:

Enrico O.

Complete and essential for technical drawing

2021-03-14

Pros

The completeness of functions and the management in import and export of various formats

Cons

The unintuitive management of settings and menus

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Mohazam Ali A.

Autocad Review

2018-12-13

It is a very useful tool for engineers

Pros

Functions Design patterns Commands Layouts

Cons

Limited access control Complex interface Programming

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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adheesha M.

Advantages and disadvantages of AutoCAD

2019-08-09

I use this software for my drawing activities and any 3D construction.

Pros

This software can easy hadle and It has smart interface. It helps to easy identify what icon we want.

Cons

This software older version can easy to understand beginners.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Environmental Services company, 51-200 employees)

Great powerful software

2019-03-06

Pros

Also lots of third party add ons for a variety of industries

Cons

Be prepared to search for actions you don’t already know how to do.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Lenoy C.

The best 2D program ever!!!

2021-06-10

AutoCAD is the ideal choice for a 2D drawing, and it's also a fantastic layout design tool. Our employees are capable of producing detailed details and elevation drawings with ease.

Pros

Layout plans for dimensioning paper space, Open any 2D drawing created in other program with this software. Set of sheets

Cons

The sheet set might be improved to accommodate a data management workflow.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rangana L.

The most reputed software to prepare Drawings

2019-06-18

This is very easy to use. if you prefer classical mode or new interface, there are several GUI setups available to suit your needs.

Pros

One of the major software, which is being used in the Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering field. Software is very responsive and developed its ability to provide efficient output throughout several versions released in the past few years.

Cons

Still, we have to use Third party codes to get some outputs from the program.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mariana M.

The Autocad 3D Software, is an excellent program ideal to create, design, correct plans and drawings

2018-06-11

Contains associative arrays, point cloud tools, active geographic and cartographic location, enhanced interface, ribbon gallery, help window, intelligent dimensioning, coordination model, image-based lighting environments, import of pdf files, share design views, Autodesk writing application, lines and brands of smart centers, Autocad 360 Pro mobile application.

Pros

It has many functions for different areas of engineering, such as mechanical, civil or electrical, electronic, metallurgical, which makes it very broad software, apart from being very dynamic, it is only with a tutorial that you start using it.

Cons

One of the biggest disadvantages is: You must have a computer with high memory capacity, because if you have many drawings or designs, this program will be slow at the time of operation. The program has a high cost, due to its license. Knowing how to use the software fully requires a lot of time since there are many functions, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific. AutoCAD can not edit the line and location as freely as the edition programs-- illustration and overlapping lines and line thicknesses are limited to a few options.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Oswaldo O.

Great for 3d images

2018-03-06

Pros

Innovation design and select functions for 3D objects.

Cons

It is very difficult to access all 3D design views from home menu.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Jorge C.

Autocad

2018-09-10

Pros

Pioneer of all the design softwares, easy to use and there is a lot third party applications that integrates with autocad, allowing to be a very powerfull software for all industries

Cons

very expensive software, although it worth it because of it does all what a design software need to do, the only thing i dont like is that it need very robust computer to run autocad.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Adetayo Kolawole D.

Product Design Tools For Students & Professionals

2019-05-15

The software as a mobile version that enables you to view you design on mobile phone or tablet.

Pros

You can design your building with this software (AutoCAD).

Cons

You can convert it to either PDF, png or Jpeg after you finish with your design. This is a professional software you need to have a mechanical, civil, computer engineering.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Marianny Carolina B.

It is an innovative tool designed to create 2D and 3D images through the computer

2018-04-08

It is a very useful tool to design planes in the second and third dimension, I recommend it.

Pros

Tool quite useful for engineers, architects, civil engineering, electronic engineering because it generates plans with a high degree of complexity, it is easy to use program, it has tools that allow to give an aesthetic finish to the created images.

Cons

The person who will use this program must have an updated computer. The cost for the acquisition of the same is very high and to be able to fully dominate the tools it takes practice and time.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Agata C.

Best DWG file editor

2020-11-17

I need AutoCAD to access interior space design files.

Pros

Ability to open all DWG files without a problem - something that is sometimes problematic with free or even paid alternatives.

Cons

Interface can be overwhelming, especially that I only need this software to open a couple of files in a month.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Victor N.

AutoCad the most evolved software for Computer Aided Drawing

2018-02-19

The facility provided by AutoCAD, to import and export data makes it a fundamental tool in the processes of capture, editing, processing and maintenance of spatial data, the Drawing app is superior to the GIS.

Pros

You can save the data as a pdf file, where you maintain the ability to turn off or turn on layers of information. additional to this you can also export your products to the universal dxf exchange formats or as dgn.

Cons

The cost of the license is high compared to other solutions, without underestimating those of open source, where some have taken giant steps to cover the basic needs of users. the management of the topology and the relationship of the entities drawn depend on the expertise of the user, there is no basic guide that allows you to reduce the load of erroneous data due to ignorance.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Esteban G.

AutoCAD is an essential tool

2019-06-04

Pros

Interchangeable formats for import/export.

Cons

Requires better-than-average PC specs, some commands may cause computer to crash.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

very useful to present my projects does not cease to amaze me with all the functions that it has

2018-06-25

Less work time, productivity when drawing. a more professional presentation, with tools for project management. You can share information effectively and immediately.

Pros

one of the things that I like most is that it has several tools in the electrical, mechanical and plumbing industries that help a lot in that type of project that are the most common gives you the option to combine the comments with your project to present it more clearly Each time you have more relationship with other platforms and that allows you to import or export your projects and make multiple committees.

Cons

Knowing how to fully use the software takes a bit since it has multiple functions. the computer that must be used must have minimum conditions since at the time of using the program it uses a lot of resources of it,

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

Very nice. Mainly used for civil designing. Also mechanical and electrical designing is done.

2018-07-10

Auto CAD is very Easy to access and easy to design.

Pros

It's easy today to access. One to three Month of training and learning programs enable users ( beginner) to work on it.

Cons

Cannot find display lock command when right click on paper space.l Polylines linked to fields in text objects indicate with a hightlight link.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Mining & Metals company, 51-200 employees)

Autocad Benefit

2020-09-10

Drawing Editing Export and import Plot and print.

Pros

I do like all the Autocad's features (Insert,Format, Tools, Draw, Dimension, Modify).Its easy to run

Cons

I found that, it' s pretty hard to developed the 2Dimension work plan into 3 Dimension work pictures.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amanda B.

Still got it

2018-09-22

I’ve used it my whole career, and while I’m an expert at this point I’m always learning better ways to use it.

Pros

Easy to learn Easy to train Lots of forums to solve issues.

Cons

Hard to report bugs. No feedback for you to help resolve a bug.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Nikhil W.

Best drafting software

2019-04-14

Pros

1) Compatible with 3rd party applications 2) Api supports such as .NET, VBA, ObjectARX

Cons

1)Not easy to use 3D applications on mainframes or low end computers 2) Graphics with low memory is not easy to work on

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam R.

Expensive, But Industry Standard

2018-10-23

I like AutoCAD for our industry. The combination of tools and customizations allow us to do very complicated projects efficiently and that makes this product worth the extra money it may cost to pruchase.

Pros

AutoCAD allows us to import vector data, manipulate geometric data and export PDF's and print documents for our clients in a way that keeps our brand original and flexible.

Cons

AutoCAD fatal errors a lot and the error message it gives you is not helpful toward a diagnosis. At least not on our end. We ususally need AutoCAD Support to tell us what happened if they are able.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Mechanical or Industrial Engineering company, 51-200 employees)

4 Years of Professional Experince

2018-07-10

I was able to do mechanical engineering design professionally, as well as some CAD design for personal projects.

Pros

Very customizable. Can essentially work it as quickly with as without a mouse.

Cons

UI is somewhat lacking, though it can be customized almost completely.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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ADIL C.

Best design and universal software

2021-05-17

I use this software during my university studies and also within the professional framework and in addition tool which is used by other sector allows to speak and share drawings and details

Pros

Easy to use software, handy interface, modeling of parts, machines and buildings and sub details makes it universal, interface with other software in importing and exporting files makes it more convenient to use

Cons

the less attractive 3d modeling interface and also the lack of interface with CNC machines

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Rachel N.

The better choice for engineers

2021-06-03

I truly think this is the better choice for those in the building industry. You won't be making a mistake here

Pros

There are never any issues and customer service rocks.

Cons

None of my engineers reported any issues either.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jeewantha D.

The best software for designers to design their dream projects.

2019-05-17

There is no point of print hard copy of drawing when you work in a construction site, if you have installed this mobile version into your smart phone.

Pros

Further Autocad mobile version had released in 2010.

Cons

Sometimes latest version takes time to open the interface. Also you have to pay for this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Eun Kwang L.

Good software for 2D design and documentation

2020-12-30

Overall efficient.

Pros

Widespread in architectural and interior design industry and has good export and import options with other softwares.

Cons

Not for 3D design as it gets very hard to use.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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