AutoCAD is a computer-aided design and drafting platform designed for businesses of all sizes. It offers 2D documentation, 3D design and collaboration functionalities within a suite. The product is available both in cloud-based and on-premise deployment options.
AutoCAD features 2D drafting, which allows users to create custom dimensions for drawings, and replicate these conventions for other drawings across the same project. Users can also customize drawing-sheet layouts and sizes and preview the changes in elements at varying scales.
AutoCAD also features 3D modeling, which allows users to visualize drawings using solid, surface and mesh modeling processes. The product also features 3D navigation, which allows users to perform rotations, zoom and orbit functions to visualize a building model. The product also support cross-sectional views.
AutoCAD features Print Studio, which allows users to design the 3D printing process and estimate time and material requirements.
Kamran Y. Secteur: Événementiel Nombre d'employés: 2-10 employés
Once I tried to draw my own home's plan but could not manage software requires a lot of time and patience.
It manages extremely large projects with exact measures and details. It gives availability to work in 3D Space. Cloud function helps to get advantage to work as a team.
It needs strong computer resources. Without qualified tutorials, it is like impossible to work on this program. Besides the price is so expensive.
Lauren H. Secteur: Production audiovisuelle Nombre d'employés: 11-50 employés
It’s a very powerful tool and professional grade. The software’s capacity and presence, in the creative industry, provides an alleviating affect to its audience and users.
I have a lot of flexibility in terms of the mediums I can ease into and AutoCAD truly helps in that aspect. It delivers the workspace to bring a flat design to life in a way that most dimensional design products don’t. One thing for certain is the application’s versatility in making the space feel less technically tedious and more straightforward. The functionality is very simple and gives its user the chance to apply their personal preference into the art board without losing resolution and methodology.
My only note of interest would be the application’s need for dimensional guidance. While it provides a very nice approach to freeform, it lightly loses touch of having a snap to grid like essence about it more than a majority.
Jacek J. Secteur: Urbanisme et architecture Nombre d'employés: Auto-entrepreneur
I used to draw everything in AutoCad at my previous employer. Nowadays it seem slow and cumbersome. It's tempting to use because of the ease of copy&paste of previously drawn elements but there is little automation. A single wrong value can snowball into big mistakes. A BIM software is much more desired.
I still use AutoCad to draw detail and simple drawing that do not require much coordination.
Simple and robust software. File compatibility goes back to 1997. Though limited as it I rarely had any problems and there were never any problems when sending files. It opened all dwg without problems (unlike some other CAD programs I've tried)
Complicated interface and not intuitive. 3d drawing is especially daunting.
Automation requires even more knowledge - I've never got to learning how to program titleblocks.
With autocad I learned to design with a computer, I learned to model, I learned CAD, it was my initial school.
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.
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.
Matthew H. Secteur: Vente au détail Nombre d'employés: 2-10 employés
I opened it, learned some design hotkeys and made some basic designs, but by the time I learned all that, as a part time business owner the 30 day trial didn't give me enough time to really consider the product. I wish there was a free version, no matter how limited, so that I could take my time to familiarize myself with the program more and perhaps try a 30 day upgrade and then make the full decision to buy. For a small company its not a cheap product
Powerful program made for and by industry professionals
Has many tools available for you to use
versatile and usable in different fields
Not user friendly at all for a beginner
Trial length of 30 days doesnt give a beginner or even someone lightly familiar with CAD to even begin to use the program in an real way or familiarize themselves with it to see if they like it really.