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      Features

      Experience enhanced automation with AutoCAD 2022

      AutoCAD® 2022 software includes industry-specific toolsets, an improved connected experience across platforms and Autodesk products and new automations such as Count.

      See specialised toolsets:

      • New
        Video: See how the new Trace feature in AutoCAD 2022 makes digital collaboration even easier

        Trace

        Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing. (video: 1:55 min.)

      • New
        Video: See how easy it is to use the COUNT command in AutoCAD

        Count

        Automate counting blocks or geometry with the COUNT command. (video: 1.37 min.)

      • New
        Video: Share a link to your drawing direct from the drawing window

        Share

        Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are. (video: 59 sec.)

      • New
        Video: See how easy and fast it now is to push sheets to Autodesk Docs

        Push to Autodesk Docs

        Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD. (video: 1.49 min.)

      • New
        Video: Save time by tearing a drawing window away from the tab for easy reference

        Floating windows

        Pull away drawing windows to display side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD. (video: 1.04 min.)

      • Enhanced
        Increased performance on 3D modelling

        Performance enhancements

        Experience faster performance, including when plotting and for 3D graphics.

      More features

      Recent enhancements

      • Video: Learn about the new drawing history feature included in AutoCAD 2021

        Drawing history

        Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work. (video: 2.16 min.)

      • Video: Go over the changes made to the drawing file that's attached as an Xref

        Xref compare

        Compare two versions of a DWG including from external references (Xrefs). (video: 2.05 min.)

      • Video: Learn how the blocks palette was enhanced in AutoCAD 2021

        Blocks palette

        View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app. (video: 1.49 min.)

      • Video: Learn how to display dimensions, distances and angles by moving your mouse

        Quick measure

        Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse. (video: 37 sec.)

      • Desktop view of a drawing overlaid with a dialogue box listing DWGs stored in the cloud with AutoCAD

        Cloud storage connectivity

        Access any DWG™ file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

      • AutoCAD any time, anywhere

        Create, edit and view CAD drawings through the browser using the AutoCAD web app or through the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 59 sec.)

      2D drafting, drawing and annotation

      • Text settings

        Create single or multi-line 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Purge

        Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.

      3D modelling and visualisation

      • Solid, surface and mesh modelling

        Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface and mesh modelling 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 re-use data from PDF files by importing, exporting or attaching them as underlays.

      • DGN files

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

      • DWG compare

        Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.

      • 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 customisation

      • Simplified installer

        Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customisable installations.

      • Start tab

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

      • TrustedDWG technology

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

      • CUI customisation

        Customise 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.

      • System variable monitor

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

        Customise your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.

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