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Features

What's new in AutoCAD 2019

AutoCAD® 2019 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web and mobile; and new features such as DWG™ compare.

  • DWG compare

    Compare and document the differences between 2 versions of a drawing or xref. (video: 2.43 min.)

  • Save to web and mobile

    Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps. (video: 2.13 min.)

  • Enhanced

    2D graphics

    Enjoy 2X faster zoom, pan and change draw orders and layer properties.

  • Enhanced

    Shared views

    Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting. (video: 1.07 min.)

  • AutoCAD web app

    Create, edit, view and share CAD drawings from any device through the browser. (video: 1.16 min.)

  • AutoCAD mobile app

    View, create, edit and share CAD drawings on your mobile device. (video: 44 sec.)

  • Enhanced

    User interface

    Experience improved visuals with new flat-design icons and 4K enhancements.

  • PDF import

    Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images and TrueType text, into a drawing from a PDF. (video: 2.45 min.)

More features

User interaction

  • Ribbon

    Access your favourite tools—when you need them—with the AutoCAD ribbon.

  • Tool palettes

    Easily access frequently used content and tools with customisable tool palettes.

  • Command window

    Launch commands and respond to prompts via simple keystrokes, right at the command line.

  • Object grips

    Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.

  • Workspaces

    Save and restore workspaces with customised menus, toolbars, palettes and ribbons.

  • Shortcut menus

    Display a shortcut menu for quick access to commands that are relevant to your current activity.

  • Object and layer transparency

    Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.

  • 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 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.

  • Express tools

    Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

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.

  • 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.

  • Print Studio

    Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.

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 references

    Attach DWG files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Image references

    Attach image files to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • 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 on-line maps

    Insert geographic location information into a drawing and display a map in the drawing from an on-line map service.

Installation and customisation

  • 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.

  • Multi-user (network) licence sharing

    Pool licences on a server to reduce costs when not all licences are in use at the same time.

  • System variable monitor

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

  • Autodesk desktop app

    Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.