AutoCAD Overview

Stay at the forefront of New Zealand design with Autodesk AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading CAD design applications. Create stunning 2D and 3D designs with innovative tools that are always up-to-date and can produce almost any shape imaginable, delivering a personalized design solution. Simplified documentation features help you share precise drawings with ease. Work across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions, all with the reliability of TrustedDWG™ technology, the original and most accurate way to store and exchange design data. Connect everywhere, design everywhere with AutoCAD.

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Features

What’s new in AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD software includes enhancements and new features such as external reference path repair and recognition of SHX font files.

 

PDF import

Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into a drawing from a PDF. (video: 2:45 min.)

External file references

Save time and minimize frustration with tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. (video: 4:43 min.)

Object selection

Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen. (video: 1:20 min.)

Text to Mtext

Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object. (video: 1:54 min.)

 

User interface

Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars. (video: 2:32 min.)

Share design views

Publishes design views of your drawing to a secure location for viewing and sharing in a web browser. (video: 1:38 min.)

High-resolution monitor support

Enjoy the best possible viewing experience ever, even on 4K and higher resolution displays. (video: 2:39 min.)

AutoCAD mobile app

View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device with the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 2:02 min.)

 


User interaction

  • Ribbon tabs and panels – Access your favorite tools easily when you need them with the AutoCAD ribbon.
  • Tool palettes – Easily access your most frequently used content and tools with customizable 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.
  • Dynamic blocks – Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.
  • 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 settings – 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 centerlines and center marks – Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.
  • Tables – Create tables with data & symbols in rows & 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.
  • Data extraction – Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.
  • Parametric constraints – Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
  • Express tools – Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

 


3D modeling and visualization 

  • Solid, surface, and mesh modeling – Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling 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.
  • Photorealistic rendering – Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
  • 3D scanning and point clouds – Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations.
  • Base, projected, and section views – Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.
  • Print Studio – Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.

 


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.
  • Sheet set manager – View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.
  • Reference Navisworks models – Attach and view Navisworks models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings.
  • Import 3D models – Import maps, parts, and assemblies from applications including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, and others.
  • 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 customization

  • TrustedDWG technology – TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.
  • Migration tool – Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases.
  • CUI customization – Customize 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.
  • Multi-user (network) license sharing – Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses are in use at the same time.
  • Sysvar monitor – Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.
  • Tools for managing CAD standards – 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 – Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store.
  • Autodesk desktop app – Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.

AutoCAD System Requirements

*Note: AutoCAD 2018 is not available for Mac. Click here to find out more about AutoCAD for Mac.

System requirements for AutoCAD 2018
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only)
CPU Type 32-bit: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) processor
64-bit: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 64-bit (x64) processor
Memory 32-bit: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
64-bit: 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display Resolution Conventional Displays:
1360 x 768 (1920 x 1080 recommended) with True ColorHigh Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)
Display Card

Windows display adapter capable of 1360 x 768 with True Color capabilities and DirectX® 9 ¹. DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.

¹ DirectX 9 recommended by supported OS

Disk Space Installation 4.0 GB
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 11 or later
Network

Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions.

Citrix® XenApp™ 7.6, Citrix® XenDesktop™ 7.6.

Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Digitizer WINTAB support
Media (DVD) Download or installation from DVD
ToolClips Media Player Adobe Flash Player v10 or up
.NET Framework  .NET Framework Version 4.6

Autodesk Licensing Explained

Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products. Take advantage of our free trial licenses, so you can see first-hand how our products can help you imagine, design and create a better world.Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +64 9 302 4028.

 

Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists

 

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AutoCAD Features

Comprehensive 2D documentation

Comprehensive 2D documentation

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

Innovative 3D Design

Innovative 3D design

Create and communicate almost any design with 3D modeling and visualization tools.

Personalized Experience

Personalized experience

Customize AutoCAD to help increase productivity and enforce CAD standards.

Connected collaboration

Connected collaboration

Share and use data from PDF and DGN files, Navisworks, Bing Maps, and AutoCAD mobile app.

What’s new

PDF import enhancements

Use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects.

External file references

Save time and minimize frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files.

Object selection

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

Text to Mtext enhancements

With the Combine Text tool, convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object.