AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD

2D & 3D design & drafting platform

4.62/5 (1,757 reviews)

AutoCAD Feature Summary

  • Geometry import
  • External file references
  • Object selection
  • Text to Mtext conversion
  • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
  • Design view
  • High-resolution monitor support
  • iOS & Android mobile apps
  • CAD drawing management
  • Ribbon tabs & panels
  • Customizable tool palettes
  • Multifunctional grips
  • Shortcut menus
  • Object & layer transparency
  • Object selection & isolation
  • Text settings
  • Automated dimensions
  • 2D drafting, drawing & annotation
  • 3D modeling & visualization
  • Leaders creation
  • Centerlines & center marks management
  • Tables
  • Revision clouds
  • Layouts management
  • Fields management
  • Data linking
  • Parametric constraints
  • Express tools
  • Solid, surface & mesh modeling
  • 3D navigation (orbit, wheel)
  • Section planes
  • Photorealistic rendering
  • 3D scanning & point clouds
  • Model documentation
  • Print studio
  • DWG & image references
  • Sheet set manager
  • Model references & import
  • CUI customization
  • Action recorder
  • Command line
  • Dynamic blocks
  • Associative arrays
  • Base, projected, & section views
  • Navisworks model attachments
  • Sysvar monitor
  • Content management
  • Data extraction
  • DGN file management
  • Offline access
  • Search functionality
  • Design management
  • System variable monitor
  • PDF & DGN import/export
  • API
  • Geographic location & online maps
  • Format management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Data migration

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AutoCAD Feature Reviews

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

Luis Fernando Useche

An everyday Tool

2016-11-03

I have been working with this application since 1995, and I have the opportunity of capturing the feature implementation since then.

Pros

* Link additional Files * Block Creation * Layer management * 3D drafting *Compatibility between CAD versions

Cons

* TroubleShooting

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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JOSE BAUTISTA

It is a software that we use for the design of our products, with which we draw our solutions.

2018-03-30

It has allowed us to deliver high quality products to our customers in a short time.

Pros

I like the numerous menus of options that it has, as well as its automatic adaptation for each case.

Cons

The network licensing system, for the moment of its activation must be easier to activate in the work stations. The management of vectorized images is not as powerful as it can fail faster if this number of images are larger when they are in the same plane and that is a problem.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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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Jorge Campista

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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RANGANA LAKMAL

Reveal architecture inside your mind with AutoCAD Architecture

2019-11-13

Software provide the facility to create walls and other features automatically, when you draw on 2D space.

Pros

AutoCAD architecture provides it's users to make 3D models of the house, building or other structures within a very user-friendly GUI.

Cons

Material quality and rendering inside the software is not great, therefore you have to export the model to obtain the service of third party software in order to have photo-realistic renders.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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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Hooshang Eivazy

Autocad Map a supportive tool for GIS

2019-08-18

For example, overlapping lines that are not equal are not automatically detected.

Pros

It also lets you import non-spatial data along with spatial data, and export it to the shape format.

Cons

The environment is designed more for drawing than for analyzing information.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Christine Schorr

You just need it

2019-10-22

Best program to integrate with other technology.

Pros

Auto-CAD is a concrete standard for architecture, planning, community design, product design, etc.

Cons

Most of the time it's easy to translate, however.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Victor Navarro

AutoCad the most evolved software for Computer Aided Drawing

2018-02-19

Through AutoCAD I was able to load data in a GIS by exporting the DWG files, drawings that were made in 1990 but have not been updated and that were required as a cartographic basis for updating the cartography of the small cities of Venezuela.

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
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Patrick Lemkuil

Overall Awesome Product

2017-04-04

I really love the functionality and ease to pick up the software.

Pros

Perfectly Engineered and designed for building layout use.

Cons

Some functions can conflict with user experience, such as snap tracking

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Mechanical or Industrial Engineering company, 201-500 employees)

One of the best CAD softwares in the industry

2019-07-24

Trying to design parts for various purposes and activities

Pros

THe ease of designing CAD models and other drawings for various purposes.I can convert it to any format i want and the ease of learning for a beginner is great as well

Cons

It needs a license and the student version can be expanded to include a lot more

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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Rao Rutvik

Computer Aided Design rightfully so and the best !

2018-09-10

Great great software ! Easy to use, clean, neat, simple commands !

Pros

Nothing beats this software when it comes to file management and organized work projects.

Cons

Gotta up your system requirements for the versions after 2017 but its highly unlikely that you are in the design industry and your computer setup is weak !

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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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Excellent. Easy and fast software management, with incredible results.

2018-06-11

Rapidity in the verification of design plans on the current situation, executed and completed of the work.

Pros

In my experience as a Civil Engineer in remodeling works, the fact that can calculate the amount of material needed to execute the entire work according to the design volumes.

Cons

In some cases if the file is very heavy and the computer does not have a good space on the hard disk, the speed of execution of the work is slow

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 51-200 employees)

AutoCAD Review

2018-11-28

I supported AutoDesk products while working as an IT Technician at an architectural and engineering firm.

Pros

License management is also a breeze.

Cons

If you aren't familiar with the installation/uninstall process you may run into issues when attempting to free up a license or when removing the software from a computer.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam Ruf

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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Marianny Carolina Barrios Carreño

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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Esteban Gastelum

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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Nathan Kimpel

The one stop shop software for Cad

2019-08-18

We set this up over a 3 month job and haven't looked back. Its amazing to use, helps the engineers get their job done and is great from our admin perspective.

Pros

It makes drawing, collaborating and license management so easy.

Cons

It an engineering software. You shouldn't embark on the mission of using this software without engineers.

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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Nikhil Wadhwani

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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adheesha MUNASINGHE

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
(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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Karli Thornton

Student Engineering Projects

2019-03-31

I highly recommend this product for design in any engineering field.

Pros

Furthermore, the overall layout and design of the drafting page is visually pleasing, and logical in its layout.

Cons

However, this is an easy fix that does not require much effort, and most are accepting of that look anyway.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Feray Kahveci Süzen

Quick drawing

2019-06-17

When we accomplished design , then it takes little time.

Pros

I like most the quick shortcuts and interface. Interface is so cool and not force your eyes.

Cons

And 3D drawing feature should be developed .

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Ruben Albornoz

It allows me to create flat models, maps, simulators in 2D and 3D for a better appreciation

2018-03-01

It is a tool so that the works are as perfect as possible, both in tools and text options, colors, presentation methods as realistic.

Pros

It has become a standard in computer design, because it is very versatile, being able to expand the base program through programming.

Cons

It requires a powerful computer to work with processing speed, it uses ample space on the hard disk.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Mariana Manriquez

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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