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What’s new in AutoCAD 2020 (2:40 min.)

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD® is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

  • Draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
  • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables
  • Customize with add-on apps and APIs

Work faster with specialized toolsets

AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and intelligent objects for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections, and elevations
  • Draw piping, ducting, and circuiting quickly with parts libraries
  • Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables
  • Use a rules-driven workflow to accurately enforce industry standards

Extended workflows

  • Video: Create, edit, view, and share CAD drawings from any device through a web browser

    AutoCAD web app

    Create, edit, and view CAD drawings from any device through the browser. (video: 1:10 min.)

  • Video: View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device

    AutoCAD mobile app

    Create, edit, and view CAD drawings on your mobile device. (video: 39 sec.)

  • Video: View and edit drawings from the web and mobile apps

    Save to web and mobile

    Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included. (video: 2:13 min.)

  • Video: Create shareable link for viewing and commenting on a drawing from a web browser

    Shared views

    Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting. (video: 1:07 min.)

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

  • Text settings

    Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.

  • Dimensions

    Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.

  • Leaders

    Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines, and define styles.

  • Centerlines and center marks

    Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.

  • Tables

    Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

  • Revision clouds

    Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.

  • Views

    Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.

  • Layouts

    Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.

  • Fields

    Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.

  • Data linking

    Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing

  • Data extraction

    Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.

  • Dynamic blocks

    Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.

  • Arrays

    Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.

  • Parametric constraints

    Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.

  • Express tools

    Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

3D modeling and visualization

  • Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

    Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.

  • 3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel)

    Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.

  • Visual styles

    Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.

  • Section planes

    Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.

  • Rendering

    Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.

  • Cloud rendering

    Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.

  • Point clouds

    Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.

  • Model documentation

    Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.

Collaboration

  • PDF files

    Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

  • DGN Files

    Share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

  • DWG references

    Attach DWG files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Image references

    Attach image files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Sheet sets

    View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.

  • Model references and import

    Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.

  • Geographic location and online maps

    Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service.

Installation and customization

  • TrustedDWG technology

    TrustedDWG™ technology alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.

  • CUI customization

    Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.

  • Secure load

    Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.

  • Action recorder

    Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.

  • Multi-user (network) license sharing

    Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses are in use at the same time.

  • System variable monitor

    Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.

  • CAD standards checker

    Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.

  • Application Programming Interface (API)

    Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.

  • Autodesk App Store

    Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.

  • Autodesk desktop app

    Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.