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       Create more precise drawings even faster when you design every detail with AutoCAD Software. 

Create more precise drawings even faster when you design every detail with AutoCAD Software. 

The plethora of productivity tools in AutoCAD 2018 is certain to provide a better design experience for everyone.

What’s New?

  • Quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects
  • Save time as you easily fix broken paths to externally referenced paths
  • Navigate drawings more freely even when moving off screen
  • Combine text and Mtext objects into one Mtext object


  • Use the latest software at a lower up-front cost*
  • Create improved workflows with extensive PDF compatibility and integration
  • Access and edit files from almost anywhere with the AutoCAD mobile app
  • Customize your software with apps from the Autodesk App Store

AutoCAD Features


Document Precisely

Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing and annotation tools. Work faster with more intelligent tools and automation of common tasks.

Create Stunning 3D Designs

Design and communicate almost any concept with 3D modeling and visualization tools. Situate your designs in real-world settings and take advantage of 3D printing capabilities.



Personalize your experience

Customize AutoCAD to help increase productivity and enforce CAD standards. Easily migrate files and custom settings from previous AutoCAD versions. Autodesk-approved extensions in the Autodesk App Store speed customization.

Connect and collaborate more quickly

Engage with colleagues across integrated


Get to know AutoCAD mobile

When you subscribe to AutoCAD, you get the AutoCAD mobile app at no additional cost. AutoCAD mobile gives you essential tools for on-the-go work, so you no longer have to carry printed drawings.

Text to Mtext enhancements

The Combine Text tool is more flexible and intelligent than ever. Mtext objects can now be selected along with text objects. Character codes translate correctly, with formatting inferred.

New and enhanced features

SHX text recognition

Use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text objects. The SHX text recognition tool analyzes clusters of geometry and automatically replaces them with Mtext objects.

Additional PDF enhancements

Overall PDF import functionality continues to get better. See thumbnail previews of PDF files before importing, and get improved scaling of PDF geometry from layouts.

External file references

Save time and minimize frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. External reference paths now default to relative, helping to reduce broken paths. Easily find and apply the correct path to missing references.

Object selection

Freely navigate around your drawing while selecting objects. Selected objects stay in the selection set even if you pan or zoom off screen.

Protect your designs with TrustedDWG technology

You’ve invested heavily in developing your designs. Help retain the integrity of your design data throughout the review process with TrustedDWG™ technology. Built into AutoCAD software, TrustedDWG is the original, most efficient, and most accurate way to store and share design data. TrustedDWG files are created using a complete technology that maintains each element in a drawing, as well as the relationship between elements, with data fidelity. With more than 30 years of technology wrapped up in every file, TrustedDWG technology helps you preserve and protect your valuable designs.