Key features of AutoCAD 2024

Explore the newest features in AutoCAD® 2024 software, including industry-specific toolsets, new automation and insights.

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Smart Blocks

Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks

My Insights

Complete your projects faster with helpful tips and features from My Insights

Floating windows

Display drawing windows side by side or on multiple monitors within the same instance of AutoCAD

Activity Insights

Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log

Drawing History

Compare past and present versions of a drawing to see the evolution of your work

Share

Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to view or edit from anywhere

Markup Import and Markup Assist

Import feedback from paper or PDFs and add changes automatically, without altering your existing drawing

AutoCAD any time, anywhere

Create, edit and view CAD drawings with a browser using AutoCAD on mobile or on web

Push to Autodesk Docs

Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs

What’s new in AutoCAD 2024

Discover insights and automations designed to accelerate your teams.

New features of AutoCAD 2024

NEW

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. (video: 1:38 min.)


NEW

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. (video: 1 min.)


NEW

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. (video: 48 sec.)


ENHANCED

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" and "DELETE" commands. (video: 1:59 min.)


ENHANCED

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).


NEW

Apple Silicon Native Support

AutoCAD for Mac 2024 now runs natively on Apple Silicon Mac machines (M1 and M2).


More features of AutoCAD 2024

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.


Centrelines and centre marks

Create and edit centrelines and centre 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 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

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 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.

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Autodesk App Store

Customise your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.


AutoCAD 2024 vs previous releases

AutoCAD has a flexible subscription model, with new features available with each release and product update. If you have a perpetual licence of AutoCAD 2016 or earlier, here’s what’s changed.

AutoCAD 2024

What’s included

  • AutoCAD on the web: View, create and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software installation required.*
  • AutoCAD on mobile: View, create and edit AutoCAD drawings via iOS and Android devices.
  • Integrated workflows: Work smoothly across desktop, web and mobile devices.*
  • Cloud storage connectivity: Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

Top new features added since 2016 include:

  • Smart Blocks: Automatically place blocks based on previous placements or quickly find and replace existing blocks.
  • Markup Assist and Markup Import: Import feedback and incorporate changes to your drawings automatically.
  • My Insights: Learn valuable tips and new features to help you work faster.
  • APIs for AutoCAD on the web: Automate processes with the AutoLISP API in AutoCAD on the web.
  • Trace: Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing.
  • Count: Automate counting blocks or geometry with the COUNT command.
  • Share: Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are.
  • Push to Autodesk Docs: Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD.
  • Drawing history: See changes made to your drawing over time.
  • Xref Compare: Compare two versions of an external xref and implement changes without leaving your current drawing.
  • Blocks palette: Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app.
  • Quick measure: Quickly display all nearby measurements in a drawing, including areas and perimeters, by hovering your mouse.
  • Trim and extend (enhanced): The default Quick mode now automatically selects all potential boundaries.
  • Purge (redesigned): Remove multiple unneeded objects with easy selection and object preview.
  • DWG™ Compare: Compare two versions of a drawing or xref without leaving your current window.
  • Attach/extract point cloud data: Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies.
  • PDF import: Import geometry (SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text) into a drawing from a PDF.
  • AutoCAD any time, anywhere: Access AutoCAD from your desktop, web and mobile devices.*
  • Save to web and mobile: Save drawings and their associated xrefs from your desktop to view and edit in the AutoCAD web and mobile apps.
  • New views and viewports: Easily add saved views to your layouts.
  • High-resolution monitor support: View your designs on 4K- and higher-resolution displays.
  • Off-screen selection: Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen.

Improvements since 2016

  • Activity Insights: Keep informed of recent changes to a shared DWG through an activity log.
  • 2D graphics: Stability, fidelity and performance improvements including up to 9x faster switching between layout tabs compared to AutoCAD 2023.**
  • Floating windows: Pull away drawing windows to display them side by side or on multiple monitors without opening another instance of AutoCAD.
  • Sheet Set Manager: Plot your sheet sets more quickly with the Autodesk platform.
  • Save in half a second: Shave one second off each save on average.
  • Speedy installation time: Up to 50% faster for solid state hard drives.
  • New dark theme: Modern blue aesthetic with contrast and sharpness improvements.
  • User interface: Flat-design icons and intuitive dialogue boxes and toolbars.
  • 3D navigation performance: Up to 10x faster.
  • Save, move/copy performance boost with new 2018.dwg file format.
  • Autodesk App Store with 1,000+ AutoCAD apps.
  • The TrustedDWG® file format.
  • Improved installation: AutoCAD 2024 instal is up to 2x faster than AutoCAD 2023**

Support and software access

  • Technical support
    • Autodesk support specialists: Schedule a call, chat online (limited availability) or email us.
    • Remote desktop assistance: Get secure, hands-on troubleshooting.
    • Online resources: Access our knowledge base for help documentation, tutorials, training videos and community support forums.
  • Access to the latest software: Instantly access the newest releases and updates.
  • Access previous versions: Download and use previous releases.
  • Flexible term lengths: Subscribe monthly, annually, or for 3 years.*
  • Administrative tools: Easily manage software licences, seats and usage from your Autodesk Account.

*Not available to maintenance plan customers.
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