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Which AutoCAD is right for you?

Choose the AutoCAD that fits your business. 

Trying to identify which AutoCAD software is right for you? With this blog article, we’ve done the hard work for you. Find out which AutoCAD software stacks up in a side-by-side feature comparison. This article will also include links to more tips and tricks, video sources, and the top features to consider when evaluating the various AutoCAD software.

Compare and contrast the AutoCAD products, or check out this comparison chart here.

AutoCAD

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Autodesk’s general design software lets you shape the world around you, including:

  • Drawing and annotation tools to create 2D documentation drawings.
  • Modeling and visualization tools to create 3D models.
  • Customization and programming tools to create custom workflows.

To find out more about AutoCAD tips and tricks, and the different features based on their released versions from 2018 (the most current version) to 2017, 2016 and 2015, click here.

AutoCAD is also available for the Mac and an LT version.  To find out the difference between an AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, read this article.

Autodesk industry versions have the AutoCAD general design software features, plus:

  • Automate the creation of industry-specific annotations.
  • Easily create industry-specific details and views from 3D models.
  • Continuous updates of associated views, tables, and other relevant content as designs change.
  • Automatic layer creation and properties for industry-specific content.
  • Rules-driven workflow to enforce industry-specific standards throughout the design process.
  • Generate industry-specific schedules, lists and tables.

AutoCAD Architecture

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Streamline architectural design and drafting.Design and document more efficiently with tools created specifically for architects, plus:

• Create floorplans, sections, elevations, and other drawings for building design using specialized tools.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Use 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd Edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format and STLB layer standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Architecture, click here.

AutoCAD Mechanical

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Automate mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material, plus:

• Create parts, assemblies, and other drawings for product design using specialized tools.
• Use 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to support ISO, ANSI, DIN, JIS, BSI, CSN and GB standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Mechanical, click here.

 

AutoCAD Electrical

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Create and modify electrical control systems with electrical design software built for controls designers. Includes a complete set of electrical design CAD features, plus:

• Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialize tools.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA and IEEE standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Electrical, click here.

AutoCAD MEP

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Design and construction documentation software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) professionals, plus:

• Task-based tools to create mechanical, electrical, and plumbing drawings for building systems.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Leverage 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects to support AIA 2nd Edition, BS1192 Descriptive, and BS1192 – AUG Version 2 standards and DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD MEP, click here.

AutoCAD Civil 3D

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Civil engineering design and documentation software that supports Building Information Modeling workflows, plus:

• Task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate GIS data with design data.
• Create plans, profiles, and cross-sections for roads, land development, and other civil designs.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Access spatial data stored in files, databases and web services.
• Standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, Gas industry.
• Intelligent civil objects that interact to create interconnected designs along with configurable styles to conform to nearly any graphical standards.

To find out more about AutoCAD Civil 3D, click here.

AutoCAD Map 3D

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Create, maintain, and communicate mapping and GIS information within the AutoCAD drawing environment. AutoCAD Map incorporates GIS topology with AutoCAD, plus:

• Task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate GIS data with design data.
• Consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
• Access spatial data stored in files, databases and web services.
• Standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, Gas industry.

To find out more about AutoCAD Map, click here.

Choosing the right AutoCAD software can be confusing. You want the features and licensing options that make you and your team more productive. The truth is – it isn’t just the price you pay that matters. The right software will likely include features that save you so much time and labor costs that it more than pays for itself.

It pays to do your homework and ask the right questions. So feel free to contact us at info@microsolresources.com.

 

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Marketing Director in New York via San Francisco and Manila. Anna Liza is inspired by architecture and technology. A fan of traveling, slow food movement, and summers in Maine with her kids. She has been with Microsol since 2004.