AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD

2D & 3D design & drafting platform

4.59/5 (764 reviews)

AutoCAD Feature Summary

  • Geometry import
  • External file references
  • Object selection
  • Text to Mtext conversion
  • Common dialog boxes & toolbars
  • Design management
  • 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
  • Format management
  • Automated dimensions
  • Content management
  • 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
  • Collaboration tools
  • DWG & image references
  • Sheet set manager
  • Model references & import
  • Geographic location & online maps
  • CUI customization
  • Action recorder
  • System variable monitor
  • API
  • Data migration
  • Offline access
  • PDF & DGN import/export
  • Command line
  • Dynamic blocks
  • Associative arrays
  • Base, projected, & section views
  • DGN file management
  • Navisworks model attachments
  • Sysvar monitor
  • Search functionality
  • Data extraction

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AutoCAD Feature Reviews

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

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. He has made our professions, very competitive people and has energized our work.

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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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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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: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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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 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
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jhonmyn Alexander Avila Bouyon

It is more feasible, practical and versatile to work, than if it is to be at hand. It saves time and

2018-03-14

With tools for project management you can share information effectively and immediately.

Pros

It has tools so that the paper document is perfect, both in terms of aesthetics and information, since the finishing and presentation of a project or plan is important.

Cons

Knowing how to fully use the software requires a lot of time since there are many functions, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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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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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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: Other

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.

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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Augusto Perez

The CAD drawer on the market

2018-02-04

With Autocad we can redesign a huge amount of spaces in the theaters specially in the old ones, we do this job in two times, the first was direct in the place doing the measures and fixing details, the second was, making a draw in Autocad and fixed the spaces to improve and the activities that we have to do to remodelling the theaters.

Pros

If you are looking for the best software to make a great design or planning a new house, building or urbanization, Autocad is the software for you.

Cons

You have to know about architecture and design to use this software, this a very specialize software, not for everyone, the set of feature are huge but if you do not know anything about design you are simple wasting your time using this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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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Morgan Thompson, AIA

Its a great tool for doing site and initial schematic design, but cumbersome for complex projects

2018-08-01

Its a good design tool and allows me to view work done by other professions.

Pros

It does have the feature and is a good start into the 3D world.

Cons

It does have some 3D capabilities, but the interface is cumbersome and not easy to use for first time users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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

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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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

It offers many facilities for the management of a great diversity of functions, with very variable scales of representation that vary from 1: 1 to 1: 25,000, adjusting to the needs of the clients.

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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Patrick Lemkuil

Overall Awesome Product

2017-04-04

AutoCAD is amazing. I really love the functionality and ease to pick up the software. The only drawback is that some of the snap modes can be rather sticky.

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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Darek Olson

Versatile CAD Program

2017-01-26

There are a multitude of third party applications that can be added on to get a custom feel without being a programmer.

Pros

There are a dozen different ways to do everything, some are easier than others, some are just user preference.

Cons

It takes a great deal of time to learn to use all of the features.

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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Brad Mound

The most comprehensive and professional CAD software available

2018-08-02

Pros

- Huge number of features and functions - The industry standard for 2D technical drawings so there is a large support community and number of professional users - Many CAD libraries available in AutoCAD to help you speed through drawings - Integration with many automation systems and programming languages - Great compatibility with other Autodesk and third-party 2D/3D design software

Cons

- Too expensive - Online collaboration, sharing and working could be improved and simpler to use

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Leonardo Castillo

excellent software which allows to establish various technical parameters, with the multifunctional

2018-05-08

Pros

which allows you to perform multiple tasks adapting to the needs of your profession, in the case of engineering is a vital software to make designs and model parameters of various indoles

Cons

The management of the layers when you are working with topography, it should be simplified to work with fewer layers, for them they should have different functionalities and not one for each element that you want to work.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Stuart Evans

Our main software for MEP design work

2018-06-26

Pros

. - Allows plug-ins for third party programs (XL2CAD)

Cons

- Slows down older computers when working on multiple files simultaneously. - Crashes on occasion due to system performance hang-ups.

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: Software Advice
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Eddie Setton

Great product, used extensively throughout the industry.

2017-07-11

Aids in design and layout, ease of drafting and printing, and excellent presentation

Pros

Ease of use, extra functionality in regards to commands, customization of interface and allowance of new commands and macros with some coding ability and knowledge.

Cons

Freezes occasionally, especially when you have multiple files open at the same time. Also freezes when you work with hatches, for some reason editing hatches crashes the program all the time.

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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julio alana

is a computer aided design software used for 2D drawing and 3D modeling. It is, currently developed.

2018-04-24

It allows exchanging information not only through paper, but through files, and this represents an improvement in speed and effectiveness when interpreting designs

Pros

In addition to accessing commands from the command prompt and menu interfaces, AutoCAD provides application programming interfaces (APIs) that can be used to determine drawings and databases.

Cons

Knowing how to fully use the software requires a lot of time since there are many functions, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific

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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michael scafe

Widely Accepted

2018-04-19

It's a good software that most people are very familiar with.

Pros

-It's what is generally recognized by most architects -Familiar UI for what people recognize -Hotkeys are intuitive to use

Cons

-Doesn't lend to 3d modeling -Can be hard to track different elevations and options -It would be nice to have more automated features

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Oswaldo Ovalles M.

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

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Lewis Gomez

AutoCAD is the best tool out there for graphic design

2018-06-13

High level of detail on graphic design for architectural projects.

Pros

AutoCAD is pretty powerful and provides an outstanding level of detail, specially useful on urban development projects. It also provides the user with a highly accurate coordinate system.

Cons

The printing interface can be challenging.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Civil Engineering company, 10001+ employees)

Auto CAD

2018-09-08

It helps you to be able to design aqurately and quickly.

Pros

It gives you an interface to draw your design.

Cons

It is hard to learn all the tools and options of the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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