AutoCAD

AutoCAD

2D & 3D design & drafting platform

4.6/5 (1880 reviews)

AutoCAD 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.

AutoCAD’s 2D drafting, drawing, and annotation tools allow users to manage text settings, smart dimensioning, and leaders, as well as tables, layouts, fields and more. The 3D modeling and visualization tools enable users to manage solid, surface and mesh modeling, 3D navigation, and visual styles, alongside photorealistic rendering, 3D scanning, point clouds and more.

Collaboration tools such as PDF and DGN import/export, 3D model import, geographic location information and online maps allow users to share and reuse data, as well as add location information into a drawing. To streamline the design workflow, AutoCAD includes ribbon tabs and panels, tool palettes, multifunctional grips, dynamic blocks, and more. Other key features include external file references, object selection and text to Mtext enhancements.

AutoCAD’s mobile app tools allow users to create, edit and mark-up drawings, as well as measure accurately while working remotely on site. Users can also access multi-touch zoom, advanced drawing tools, such as arc and offset, as well as manage layers and blocks. A simple design feed allows users to provide updates for team with notes, photos and feedback on project progress.

AutoCAD Overview

Pricing

Starting from
USD 1,470.00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.


AutoCAD Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
English

Screenshots

AutoCAD screenshot: Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs
AutoCAD screenshot: Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into drawings from PDFs AutoCAD screenshot: Access tools which help fix broken paths for externally referenced files AutoCAD screenshot: Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object AutoCAD screenshot: Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars AutoCAD screenshot: Access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes AutoCAD screenshot: Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line AutoCAD screenshot: Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing AutoCAD screenshot: Access favorite tools easily with the AutoCAD ribbon

AutoCAD Reviews

AutoCAD Reviews

Overall rating
4.6
/
5
Excellent
1245

Very good
563

Average
64

Poor
5

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.2
Features
4.6
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Support
4.2
96% recommended this app
Leon C.

Versatility mixed with complexity.

As complex as AutoCad is, learning how to use it is a very rewarding experience when you start to achieve sleek designs.

Even though it takes time, I cannot really state that my experience is a negative one, for the contrary, the more I learn, the more excited I get.

AutoCad's difficulty is very well balanced out with the quality you are able to achieve within the software, and the wide possibilities it offers. Becoming an expert is a must have for many fields, it will surely open many doors.


Soriana A.

My experience using autocad has been nice. I like the software

The benefits that I obtained with this software was the development of architectural projects in a short time. With good appearance and better image when I'm going to present it to clients.and not only use it for architecture but for my daily tasks, make drawings, figures for my friends, to cut and print graphic design forms. A few days ago I was teaching two people to make lines, polygons, curves in autocad. My two friends loved the tool, and are willing to take a course to explore the program. My two friends want to learn to get a job as an architectural draftsman and work as people for their children.
The tool is very versatile, and friendly to the public. Without a doubt it is one of the best software that they have been able to invent. Every day I am surprised more of the things that I can do in that program. For now the only difficulty has been making 3d modeling with the three-dimensional version of autocad, because I still have trouble knowing which tools I can use and which I can not. Also my computer is not adapted so that the program can work properly and runs out of memory space. In the next few years I hope to get the opportunity to produce more money and install the current version of that year, and learn how to use the 3D tool of this program well. On some occasions I tried to make renders in that program and I have trouble adjusting all the lights. The photographs are dark or unclear. I would like to learn with some autodesk videos about how to manage the program in the right way to get along better in this category.
I feel that in the future the autodesk company will have so many tools integrated into the program that they will not be able to resist, all the companies should have laptops with this program. Not only as a means of work, but as part of your lifestyle. For example, I benefit from doing my work as an architect and other extra jobs that have to do with furniture design. Currently autocad is the only tool with which I develop better. The time that I can spend designing and drawing is infinite, because I have a lot of fun trying out alternatives for clients. In addition you can save them in different formats, and the client can check it from his computer without having to go to my office. We can have long conversations about the different options and autocad lets me keep it comfortably as I want. This is one of the most important tools in the area of design and architecture.


George F.

AutoCAD Review as a Engineering Undergraduate and a Young Engineer

AutoCAD is tough to pick up and learn, however, this can be said for any modeling software with such immense capabilities. This being said, AutoCAD is my favorite modeling software to use as I have been able to play around with it during college and throughout my internship. I have modeled small buildings to planes, and will continue to use AutoCAD as I believe it is the best modeling software.


Arlex G.

Autocad, it was my design school.

With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my initial school.


Verified Reviewer

A great software which provide flexibity and simplicity to computer aided drawings

It saves time and makes drawings and documentation faster and presentable


Leon C.
Industry: Arts & Crafts
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Versatility mixed with complexity.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 25/09/2018
Review Source: Capterra

As complex as AutoCad is, learning how to use it is a very rewarding experience when you start to achieve sleek designs.

Even though it takes time, I cannot really state that my experience is a negative one, for the contrary, the more I learn, the more excited I get.

AutoCad's difficulty is very well balanced out with the quality you are able to achieve within the software, and the wide possibilities it offers. Becoming an expert is a must have for many fields, it will surely open many doors.

Pros

To state an opinion of AutoCad being as objective as you can is clearly a challenge, because it is very versatile software, with distinctive functionalities that adapt to many industries, but I will give it a try:

AutoCad has one of the most extensive tools set you can imagine, that allows to draft in a logical sense almost anything you could imagine through the space of your ‘canvas’. From package design, to wire and pipes, props, Architecture, Interior and Industrial design and even Printed Circuit Board designs (Even though there are more efficient softwares for that one).

AutoCad is all about precision and logical designs that follow a mathematical pattern, even though it might be catered towards some specific fields, the possibilities are wide and you may find it useful for something you never really imagined that follows a specific rational arrangement, I could basically describe it as a digital technical drawing software with almost no limitations.

Once you get a grasp of the most basic tools, it is fairly easy to keep everything neat.

Cons

AutoCad is a very complex software, and learning how to use it is not precisely an easy task, sometimes just exploring the tools is not enough. I needed to do a few courses before I was able to get a grasp of it, and I am still far from being an expert. You usually adapt your learning curve towards what you are looking to do, since there is not necessarily a unique way to approach your designs, and the tools logical functionality might feel abstract if you are unable to understand them properly.

The uses you can give to the software are as ambiguous as how you use your tools, and it adapts to your needs but at the same time you have to be aware of keeping your designs coherency at all times.

I believe they should definitely enhance the printing area configuration; it still gives me a headache every time that I am trying to print a one page designs and I end up printing 4 divided sheets because of a misinterpreted printing setting.

You need a high-spec machine if you are planning to design in 3D, it consumes a lot of RAM memory and might slow down or heat up your computer.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Soriana A.

My experience using autocad has been nice. I like the software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 26/07/2018
Review Source: Capterra

The benefits that I obtained with this software was the development of architectural projects in a short time. With good appearance and better image when I'm going to present it to clients.and not only use it for architecture but for my daily tasks, make drawings, figures for my friends, to cut and print graphic design forms. A few days ago I was teaching two people to make lines, polygons, curves in autocad. My two friends loved the tool, and are willing to take a course to explore the program. My two friends want to learn to get a job as an architectural draftsman and work as people for their children.
The tool is very versatile, and friendly to the public. Without a doubt it is one of the best software that they have been able to invent. Every day I am surprised more of the things that I can do in that program. For now the only difficulty has been making 3d modeling with the three-dimensional version of autocad, because I still have trouble knowing which tools I can use and which I can not. Also my computer is not adapted so that the program can work properly and runs out of memory space. In the next few years I hope to get the opportunity to produce more money and install the current version of that year, and learn how to use the 3D tool of this program well. On some occasions I tried to make renders in that program and I have trouble adjusting all the lights. The photographs are dark or unclear. I would like to learn with some autodesk videos about how to manage the program in the right way to get along better in this category.
I feel that in the future the autodesk company will have so many tools integrated into the program that they will not be able to resist, all the companies should have laptops with this program. Not only as a means of work, but as part of your lifestyle. For example, I benefit from doing my work as an architect and other extra jobs that have to do with furniture design. Currently autocad is the only tool with which I develop better. The time that I can spend designing and drawing is infinite, because I have a lot of fun trying out alternatives for clients. In addition you can save them in different formats, and the client can check it from his computer without having to go to my office. We can have long conversations about the different options and autocad lets me keep it comfortably as I want. This is one of the most important tools in the area of design and architecture.

Pros

I feel good exploring the tools of the program. Currently I like to use the PlotPDF tool that converts the pdf into lines and makes the drawings can be drawn in a more comfortable way. I am an architect and I recommend the program to all the people who work with me.

Cons

What I do not like about the program is that in each new version I do not know the added functions. The autodesk company should have an indicator with notifications indicating the new tools and commands that were added. In addition to that the steps to test the new commands. I would like to start a new version of AutoCAD with new tools notifications and view sample videos within the model.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

George F.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 201-500 Employees

AutoCAD Review as a Engineering Undergraduate and a Young Engineer

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

AutoCAD is tough to pick up and learn, however, this can be said for any modeling software with such immense capabilities. This being said, AutoCAD is my favorite modeling software to use as I have been able to play around with it during college and throughout my internship. I have modeled small buildings to planes, and will continue to use AutoCAD as I believe it is the best modeling software.

Pros

With AutoCAD, your mind is the limit for what you can draw, simulate, and model! As an engineering student I used AutoCAD in a couple of my classes to create anything ranging from simple pieces of equipment to an entire Iron Man helmet (I would like to note that making the Iron Man Helmet took a very long time). The precision with AutoCAD always memorizes me, as you can make models that look real within the program. I have used AutoCAD for a few years now (throughout college and through my engineering internships) and still feel as if I have scratched the surface on the immense capabilities of AutoCAD. I highly recommend AutoCAD for any creative person that is looking to get into modeling or any company that is looking to improve their equipment drawings.

Cons

I would definitely have to say that AutoCAD has been one of the more difficult software to pick up and learn (take this with a grain of salt though as all modeling software are typically very difficult to learn). AutoCAD provides many tutorials to help you get started, however, these can only take you so far. To become proficient with AutoCAD you need many hours dedicated to playing around with AutoCAD and watching other tutorials. Once you have gotten good at using AutoCAD, you will be able to create almost anything with ease. One last thing to note is that it can be tough to find what exact button you are looking for with the current interface. Other than that, I highly recommend AutoCAD.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Arlex G.

Autocad, it was my design school.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 13/03/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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 latest versions are very similar, except that they add new small functions.
The configuration to print a drawing in AutoCAD in different formats is very easy. There are many formats included and we can adjust colors, margins, layers, among many other aspects.
AutoCAD has been linked to multiple platforms, with the benefit of being able to export and import files of all kinds. For example, we can bring an image or a block to the software, among other applications.

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, 2GHz processing speed, and a space greater than 100GB on the hard drive.
If we make an object in 3D, with many details, brightness settings, brightness, details of materials, for the best commercial computer we have, it usually slows down a lot. There are better software to make 3D drawings that are more sophisticated, with more functions and that do not slow down so much when working with a very heavy file.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Oil & Energy
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A great software which provide flexibity and simplicity to computer aided drawings

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 01/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It saves time and makes drawings and documentation faster and presentable

Pros

1. It has great features to manage small to large projects
2. Provides exact details and measurement
3. Great flexibility of usage
4. Coordination of entire construction drawing, design and documentation is much easier
5. Saves time

Cons

1. Expensive startup cost
2. Takes time to ensure proper mastery of features
3. There are limited file formats it support
4. The software needs strong processing power
5. Expensive professional training

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8.7/10
Based on 1,880 user ratings
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AutoCAD Pricing

AutoCAD Pricing

Starting from
USD 1,470.00/year
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

Value for Money
4.2/5
Based on 1,880 user ratings
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AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Quote Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4.6/5
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Categories

Additional information for AutoCAD

Additional information for AutoCAD

Key features of AutoCAD

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

Benefits

  • 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.

  • AutoCAD FAQs

    AutoCAD FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for AutoCAD.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: USD 1,470.00/year

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit the user's needs. Contact Autodesk directly for detailed pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD offers the following features:

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

    Q. Who are the typical users of AutoCAD?

    AutoCAD has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does AutoCAD support?

    AutoCAD supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does AutoCAD support mobile devices?

    AutoCAD supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does AutoCAD integrate with?

    AutoCAD integrates with the following applications:

    12d Synergy, Document Locator, Fulcrum, MIE Trak Pro, Manufacturing X, MediaValet, Revizto, Upchain, WIZZCAD, iOFFICE

    Q. What level of support does AutoCAD offer?

    AutoCAD offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials