What’s New with AutoCAD 2024?

By Microsol Resources | CAD

AutoCAD has a flexible subscription model, with new features available with each release and product update. If you’re on a perpetual license of AutoCAD 2018 or earlier, here’s what’s new in AutoCAD 2024.

What’s included in AutoCAD 2024

AutoCAD 2024 includes several new features that help customers accelerate their creativity and improve their user experience with tailored functionality, resulting in a connected and more automated design process.

Connect to your projects from anywhere with the included new web and mobile apps. Enjoy the flexibility of accessing any DWG with AutoCAD on any device—desktop, web, or mobile.

Top Features

  • 2024 | Smart Blocks: Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks
  • 2024 | Activity Insights: Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log
  • 2024 | Markup Import and Markup Assist: Import feedback from paper or PDFs and add changes automatically without altering your existing drawing
  • 2024 | My Insights: Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights
  • 2024 |Drawing History: Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work
  • 2024 | AutoCAD anytime, anywhere: Create, edit, and view CAD drawings with a browser using AutoCAD on mobile or on web
  • 2024 | Floating windows: Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors within the same instance of AutoCAD
  • 2024 | Share: Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere
  • 2024 | Push to Autodesk Docs: Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs
  • Activity Insights: Stay connected to data throughout your project lifecycle with details of multi-user activities in a DWG file. Be informed of relevant file changes and access with an activity log. Activity Insights helps bridge information gaps in your collaborative AutoCAD workflows.
  • Smart Blocks (Replacement): Quickly find the blocks you need and replace one or more blocks via machine learning-based suggestions, recently used blocks, and manual substitute block selection
  • Smart Blocks (Placement): Automatically place blocks in your drawing in the right position and scale based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far in your DWG file, reducing the number of clicks required and saving you time in the process.
  • Markup Import and Markup Assist: Rapidly send and incorporate design feedback. Import feedback from printed paper via mobile or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically. AutoCAD uses machine learning to detect and execute certain instructions in markup text including “MOVE,” “COPY,” or “DELETE” commands.
  • Web Functionality: AutoCAD subscribers receive exclusive additional functionality in AutoCAD on the web, including AutoLISP API on the web and batch plot to PDF(s)
  • Apple Silicon Native Support: AutoCAD for Mac 2024 now runs natively on Apple Silicon Mac machines (M1 and M2)

Additional Features

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation
  • Text settings: Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Easily format text, columns, and boundaries.
  • Dimensions: Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to see a preview before you create it.
  • Tables: Apply formulas, link to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and create tables with data and symbols. Automatically import data to tables using features like Count.
  • Leaders: Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.
  • Centerlines and center marks: Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Xref Compare: Compare two versions of a drawing, including external references (xrefs).
  • PDF files: Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
  • DGN Files: Share and reuse 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 customization
  • Simplified installed: Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customizable 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 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.
  • 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: Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.

Subscription benefits: Get more when you subscribe to AutoCAD 2024

AutoCAD web and mobile apps

Work anytime, anywhere with the new AutoCAD web and mobile apps—included with your AutoCAD 2024 subscription.* Design and collaborate across desktop, web, and mobile with multi-platform features like Trace and Share. Conveniently access your drawings stored in Autodesk’s cloud as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

Extend your workflow beyond the office on virtually any device.

View and edit your latest drawings in the field and on the go.

View and edit from any computer with no installation needed.


Specialized toolsets

Complete designs in a fraction of the time. When you subscribe to AutoCAD 2024, you get industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more.* For example, recent studies showed an average productivity gain of up to 63% for AutoCAD tasks completed with the help of a specialized toolset.**

AutoCAD Industry Toolset Icons

• Automate floorplans, sections, and elevations.
• Access libraries of 750,000+ symbols and parts.
• Draw piping, plumbing, and ducting quickly with mechanical tools.
• Design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical with MEP.
• Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables.
• Create rules-driven workflows to accurately enforce industry standards.


Support and software access

Technical support
  • Microsol Resources support specialists: Schedule a call†, chat online (limited availability), or email us.
  • Remote desktop assistance: Get secure, hands-on troubleshooting.
  • Online resources: Access our TECH Resources for help documentation, tutorials, training, webinars, and office hours.
Access to the latest software

Instantly access the newest releases and updates.

Access previous versions

Download and use previous releases.

Flexible term lengths

Subscribe annually, or for 3 years.*

Administrative tools

Easily manage software licenses, seats, and usage from your Autodesk Account.


* Not available to maintenance plan customers.
** As compared to basic AutoCAD. The study was designed by Autodesk and commissioned by an outside consultant. Your results may differ. Autodesk provides this information “as is”, without warranty of any kind.


INDUSTRIES: Architecture

Published on April 17, 2023 in .

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