Key features of AutoCAD LT 2025

Professional architects, engineers and designers use best-in-class AutoCAD LT® features to get their work done with speed and precision.

Building design open in AutoCAD LT with AI assistant

AutoLISP

Use AutoLISP in AutoCAD LT to streamline workflows and enforce CAD standards through automation

Activity Insights

Access and track version history data using detailed multi-user event logs and comparison tools

Autodesk Assistant

Access helpful support and solutions related to AutoCAD features and your design challenges

Push to Autodesk Docs

Publish your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD LT to Autodesk Docs

AutoCAD any time, anywhere

Capture, share, and review ideas on the go with one AutoCAD experience on desktop, web and mobile

Cloud storage connectivity

Access, preview, and open DWG™ files in AutoCAD LT with Autodesk Docs and third-party cloud storage

Dynamic blocks

Add flexibility to your block references, including changes in shape, size or configuration

Blocks palette

View, access, and mark your blocks as favourites from AutoCAD LT on desktop or in AutoCAD on the web

Trace

Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing

Count

Automate the counting of block or object instances within your drawing

Enhanced DWG Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window

Share

Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are

AutoCAD LT 2025 features

Essential, dependable features for 2D design and documentation that save you time and help you work more efficiently.

New and enhanced features of AutoCAD LT 2025

NEW

Smart Blocks: Search and Convert

With the help of Autodesk AI, quickly search your drawings for objects based on selected geometry to convert into instances of a newly defined block, an existing block or recently used block. (video: 50 secs)


NEW

Activity Insights

Access and track version history data in detailed multi-user event logs with file comparison tools—supported for files stored on third-party cloud storage. (video: 1:01 min)


ENHANCED

Hatch

Bring clarity to your designs with convenient updates to the familiar HATCH command. Add texture to your drawings through patterns, fills and paths—without pre-defined shapes or enclosed boundaries. (video 1:01 min.)


NEW

ArcGIS® Basemaps

Ground your site plans with real-world geographical information using Esri’s ArcGIS® Basemaps. Access five Basemaps in the form of high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery, OpenStreetMaps and Streets, along with light and dark grey monochrome map styles.


Enhanced features

Count

Automate the counting of block or object instances within a selected area or entire drawing. Navigate, filter and review based on properties and create fields and tables to display counts on the drawing. (video: 1:15 min.)


Floating windows

Pull away drawing windows to display side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD LT. (video: 1:11 min.)


Trace

Add design change notes and markups without altering your existing drawing from AutoCAD LT desktop in addition to the web and mobile apps. (video: 49 secs)


Sheet Set Manager

Open sheet sets quicker than ever before. Using the Autodesk cloud platform, sending and opening sheet sets to and from teammates is quicker and safer.


Extended workflows

Save to web and mobile

Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, xrefs included.


Shared views

Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.


XREF compare

See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references.


Comprehensive 2D documentation

Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing and annotation tools.


Intuitive user interface

Access tools when you need them – contextual ribbon tabs, multifunctional grips, customisable tool palettes and an intelligent command line.


Innovative technologies

Get the latest technologies, including TrustedDWG™, high-resolution monitor support, migration tools and the AutoCAD desktop app.


User interaction

Start tab

The AutoCAD LT Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.


Ribbon tabs and panels

Access your favourite tools easily when you need them with the AutoCAD LT ribbon.


Tool palettes

Easily access your most frequently used content and tools with customisable tool palettes.


Command line

Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line.


Multifunctional grips

Easily reshape, move or manipulate geometry with grip editing.


Object and layer transparency 

Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.


Associative arrays

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


Object selection and isolation

Find and select all objects that match the properties of an object. Hide or unhide the selected objects.


2D drafting, drawing and annotation

Text formatting

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


Smart dimensioning

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.


Smart centrelines and centre marks

Create and edit centrelines and centre 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.


Layouts

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


Layout viewports

Create layout viewports to display different elements of your design at varying scales.


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.


Collaboration

PDF and DGN import/export/underlay

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


DWG and image references

Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files.


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 customisation

AutoLISP

Use AutoLISP in AutoCAD LT to streamline workflows and enforce CAD standards through automation. Supports file types LSP, FAS and VLX.


TrustedDWG technology

TrustedDWG technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software product.


Migration tool

Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases.


CUI customisation

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


Sysvar monitor 

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


Autodesk Access

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


AutoCAD LT 2025 vs previous releases

AutoCAD LT has a flexible subscription model that makes new features available with each release. If you have a perpetual licence of AutoCAD LT 2016 or earlier, here’s what’s changed in AutoCAD LT 2017, AutoCAD LT 2018, AutoCAD LT 2019, AutoCAD LT 2020, AutoCAD LT 2021, AutoCAD LT 2022, AutoCAD LT 2023 and AutoCAD LT 2024.

AutoCAD LT 2025

What’s included

  • Best-in-class 2D drafting, design and documentation tools.

  • AutoCAD on the web: View, create and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software installation required.*

  • AutoCAD on mobile: View, create and edit AutoCAD drawings via iOS and Android devices.

  • Integrated workflows: Work smoothly across desktop, web and mobile devices.* 

  • Cloud storage connectivity: Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.


Top new features added since 2016 include:

  • AutoLISP: Leverage AutoLISP to streamline workflows and enforce CAD standards through automation. 

  • Smart Blocks: Automatically place blocks in your drawing based on where you’ve inserted the same ones in your drawing – or search and convert objects into new, existing or recently used blocks. 

  • Autodesk Assistant: Access helpful support and solutions related to features and your design challenges without leaving AutoCAD. 

  • Activity Insights: Follow version history with file comparison tools to track updates for shared DWG with detailed properties. 

  • File Open Performance: On average, 2D files will open 2x faster in AutoCAD LT 2025 vs AutoCAD LT 2025**. 

  • Trace: Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing. 

  • Count: Automate counting blocks or geometry with the Count command. 

  • Share: Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are. 

  • Push to Autodesk Docs: Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD. 

  • Drawing history: See changes made to your drawing over time (merged with Activity Insights as of AutoCAD LT 2025). 

  • Xref compare: Compare two versions of an external xref and implement changes without leaving your current drawing. 

  • Blocks palette: Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app. 

  • Quick measure: Quickly display all nearby measurements including areas and perimeters in a drawing by hovering your mouse. 

  • Trim and extend (enhanced): Automatically select all potential boundaries with the default Quick mode. 

  • Purge (redesigned): Remove multiple unneeded objects with easy selection and object preview. 

  • DWG™ compare: Compare two versions of a drawing or xref without leaving your current window. 

  • PDF import: Import geometry (SHX font files, fills, raster images and TrueType text) into a drawing from a PDF. 

  • Save to web and mobile: Save drawings and their associated xrefs from your desktop to view and edit in AutoCAD on the web and on mobile.

  • New views and viewports: Easily add saved views to your layouts. 

  • High-resolution monitor support: View your designs on 4K- and higher-resolution displays. 

  • Off-screen selection: Keep selected objects in your selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen. 


Improvements since 2016:

  • Floating windows: Pull away drawing windows to display them side by side or on multiple monitors without opening another instance of AutoCAD 

  • Faster Saves: Shave one second off each save on average 

  • Speedy install time: Up to 50% faster for solid state hard drives 

  • New dark theme: Modern blue aesthetic with contrast and sharpness improvements 

  • User interface: Flat-design icons and intuitive dialogue boxes and toolbars 

  • 2D graphics: Better stability, fidelity and performance 

  • New DWG format: Save, move and copy performance boost with the 2018.dwg file format 

  • TrustedDWG: Integrity and compatibility alerts for DWG files 


Support and software access:

  • Technical support

    • Autodesk support specialists: Schedule a call,† chat online (limited availability) or email us.

    • Remote desktop assistance: Get secure, hands-on troubleshooting.†

    • Online resources: Access our knowledge base for help documentation, tutorials, training videos, and community support forums. 

  • Access to the latest software: Instantly access the newest releases and updates.

  • Access previous versions: Download and use previous releases.

  • Flexible term lengths: Subscribe monthly, annually, or for 3 years.*

  • Administrative tools: Easily manage software licences, seats and usage from your Autodesk Account. 

*Not available to maintenance plan customers. 
†Available to maintenance plan customers with Advanced Support.