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Inspired by AutoCAD

Inspired by our past, engineered for the future

With millions of users over more than 30 years, AutoCAD is proud to be the software of choice for many of the world’s cutting-edge architects, designers, and engineers. From a tower in Shanghai to the table in your living room, innovators use AutoCAD to create the world around us, and we want to help you join them. Be inspired, find the right AutoCAD for your needs, explore exciting new features, and learn about the benefits of subscription – all right here. Design your own future with AutoCAD.

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  • CAD Innovation Over the Years

    You could say that CAD started with a mistake in a laboratory in 1860s France. Fast-forward to today and the possibilities of CAD are endless. This short, animated video takes you through the history of CAD from blueprints to a virtual design horizon.

  • AutoCAD, Behind the Scenes

    AutoCAD users have a lot to say about the software and our dedicated team of product developers listens! This exclusive video takes you into the hearts and minds of the Autodesk team who use your feedback to improve every release of AutoCAD.

Take a Closer Look

Whether you’re considering AutoCAD for the first time or use it as part of your everyday workflow, we have information specific to you. Check out this special collection of tips, resources, and simplified guidelines to help you get up and running with your AutoCAD product.

  • Top Ways to Customize AutoCAD

    You’ve worked hard to customize your AutoCAD and now a new version comes along and you have to start over, right? Not with these quick and easy tips on customizing your AutoCAD.

  • The Best Of Lynn Allen’s Tips and Tricks

    For over 10 years, popular Autodesk technical evangelist Lynn Allen has issued an annual collection of her favorite tips and tricks in AutoCAD. This year we’ve pulled together the “best of” those tips in an exclusive eBook.

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics

    Where do I start? I can’t remember that command! Sound familiar? This guide provides all the basic commands you need to quickly create 2D drawings in AutoCAD or LT.

  • AutoCAD Shortcuts Guide

    Alphabetically organized keyboard shortcuts. Toggles & screen management. Printable keyboard stickers. What could be easier?

  • Design Time: Watches of Switzerland

    See why a leading architecture firm chose AutoCAD to design one of the world’s largest watch stores. From design firm to elevator manufacturer and other consultants in between, read how this unrivaled emporium came together through the use of AutoCAD.

Compare 2D and 3D AutoCAD products

AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT? Which is better for my 2D drawings? How can I convince my boss to invest in AutoCAD? You’ve got questions, we’ve got the tools and information to help you get answers. See how Autodesk’s most popular products -- AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD 360 – stack up against each other here.

  • Compare AutoCAD Releases

    See how the latest release of AutoCAD stacks up against previous releases.

    Compare Releases

    Try the latest AutoCAD

  • Compare AutoCAD LT Releases

    Compare the latest release of AutoCAD LT with previous releases.

    Compare Releases

    Try the latest AutoCAD LT

  • Choosing the right CAD software.

    Trying to identify which CAD software is right for your business? This simple guide shows how AutoCAD compares to competitor products. Plus, get time & money saving tips.

Here’s what you get when you subscribe

Regardless of the size of your business – small, mid-size or enterprise – Autodesk offers the flexibility to choose the subscription options that best fit your business needs.

  1. Flexible term length

    With monthly, quarterly, annual, and multi-year options, you can get exactly the software you need for as long as you need it.

  2. Access to the latest software

    When you subscribe you have instant access to the latest product releases and enhancements.

  3. Software when you need it, where you need it

    Use your software in more places – at home, in the office, or on the road.

  4. Access previous versions

    You can download and use previous releases of most Autodesk software.

  5. Technical Support

    Let us help you resolve issues quickly!

Still not convinced? Read the 5 most common myths about subscription.

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    If you’re a CAD Manager, or interested in up-to-date news and information on topics such as managing software licenses, executing better projects and more, please visit the CAD Manager Center.

  • AutoCAD Blog

    Get AutoCAD news, tips and stories, plus connect with the makers and users of AutoCAD. New information is available constantly.

  • Learn online 24/7 at AU

    Learn from AU experts, hone your skills, and see what’s possible with AutoCAD.

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