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Adds features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.
Adds electrical design features to help you create, modify, and document electrical controls systems.
AutoCAD MAP 3D
Incorporate GIS topology with AutoCAD so you can use and maintain CAD and GIS data for planning, design, and data management.
Adds a library of standards-based parts and tools to help you create, modify, and document mechanical designs for manufacturing.
Adds features to help you draft, design, and document MEP building systems in an AutoCAD environment.
AutoCAD Plant 3D
Adds features to help you produce P&IDs, and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model.
AutoCAD Raster Design
Adds raster-to-vector tools to help you convert raster images into DWG objects. Edit scanned drawings in a familiar AutoCAD environment.
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AutoCAD provides a set of enhancements based on customer feedback, surveys, and analytic data that prioritize our efforts. Several features modernize and streamline frequently used features across many customer disciplines.
New Dark Theme
Your user interface is obviously something that you use all the time. Past customer feedback repeatedly indicated that we needed to make significant changes to improve the clarity and crispness of the dark theme. Similar sharpening was also applied to the light theme as well.
Autodesk has optimized the background colors with the icon colors to provide the optimum contrast without distracting from the drawing area, where you're usually focused. The highlighting of contextual tabs on the ribbon is now more distinct when active, such as when you edit text or create a hatch.
Several methods for inserting blocks are currently available: Insert, Tool Palettes and DesignCenter. Having these different options available recognizes that people in different disciplines have different requirements and preferences.
The primary reason for redesigning the Insert dialog box is to provide better visual previews of blocks in the workflow for inserting blocks. The palette increases efficiency for finding and inserting multiple blocks-including the new Repeat Placement option, which can save you a step.
Key features in the new Blocks palette facilitate specifying and inserting blocks efficiently from a most recently used list or from specified drawings. Three tabs provide access to the following:
The Current Drawing tab displays all the block definitions in the current drawing either as icons or as a list.
The Recent tab displays all the most recently inserted blocks regardless of the current drawing. These persist between drawings and sessions. You can remove a block from this tab by right clicking it and choosing Remove from Recent List.
The Other Drawing tab provides a way of navigating to folders from which you can choose drawings either to insert as blocks or to choose from the blocks defined in those drawings. These drawings and blocks also persist between drawings and sessions.
The top of the palette includes several controls, including a field for applying wildcard filters to the block names, and several options for different thumbnail sizes and list styles.
The Purge feature has been revised for easier drawing cleanup and organization. The control options are nearly the same, but the orientation is more efficient and the Preview area is now resizable.
Notice that you can now purge zero-length geometry without purging empty text objects.
Check boxes in the Named Items Not Used panel provide a way to select purgeable items by category as well as individual items.
The Find Non-Purgeable Items button displays information specific to why the checked item cannot be purged, which will be helpful in many cases.
For objects that can't be purged, the new design provides enhanced information as shown below, including the number of objects on each layer and their impact on file size. The Select Objects button shown in the illustration below, zooms in on the specified objects that can't be purged.
DWG Compare Enhancements
The primary enhancement to the DWG Compare feature is that you can now directly compare and edit the current drawing together with a specified drawing while in the compare state. The comparison takes place in the current drawing. Any changes you make in either the current drawing or the compared drawing are dynamically compared and highlighted.
To facilitate direct editing in the compare state, the options and controls for this feature were moved from the ribbon to a docked toolbar at the top of the drawing area. Most of the options were combined into the Settings control and enhanced as shown. You can easily toggle the comparison from the toolbar and the display of the types of differences from the Settings control.
Also, the default colors can easily be changed by clicking on a color for your preferences or for colorblind-friendly colors. In this illustration, the color for Not in Current Drawing was changed from red to yellow.
Measure Geometry Option: Quick Measure
Measuring has become much faster with the new Quick option of the MEASUREGEOM command. With this option, you can quickly review the dimensions, distances, and angles within a 2D drawing.
When this option is active, the command displays dimensions, distances, and angles within a 2D drawing dynamically as you move your mouse over and between objects. The orange squares displayed at the left side of the illustration represent angles at precisely 90 degrees.
A new installation technology dramatically improves the install time on solid state drives (SSD), typically reducing the time by about half.
Network access time to xrefs, blocks, and support files has been improved. Support files include those associated with hatches, tool palettes, fonts, linetypes, template files, standards files, and so on. The degree of improvement depends on the size and content of your drawing files and network performance.
Support for Cloud Services
AutoCAD 2020 now supports cloud connectivity and storage with several cloud service providers when you use the Save, Save As, and Open commands.
Depending on what you have installed, the Places list in AutoCAD file selection dialog boxes can include Box, Dropbox, and several similar services.
Save to Web & Mobile Enhancements
View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device.
AutoCAD includes additional support for AutoCAD Web and AutoCAD Mobile. The enhancements are as follows:
Includes Xrefs with the drawing files that you save for AutoCAD web and mobile access.
The CAD Manager Control Utility includes a new checkbox on the Online Content tab to disable the SAVETOWEBMOBILE and OPENFROMWEBMOBILE commands. This control has been added for sites that require their drawings to remain exclusively within their organization's network.
AutoCAD now launches correctly with different DirectX drivers (Dx9, Dx11, or no driver), high resolution (4K) monitors, and dual monitors. In addition, the graphics display settings are consolidated into three modes, which includes gradient hatches and images. The graphics performance setting, Intermediate Mode, is updated to reset several display parameters automatically to optimize your display.
Following are highlights of the work completed in AutoCAD 2020 relating to cyber security. Due to the sensitive nature of some of these fixes, we've deliberately avoided providing overly specific descriptions.
Four potential exploits in certain data files created by AutoCAD have been closed.
Several dependencies on DLLs or other components used in AutoCAD with known vulnerabilities were removed or upgraded.
A future vulnerability in a component is in process of being replaced.
A potential server vulnerability has been closed with an upgrade.
Because your work and intellectual property are frequently targeted by cyber criminal and other organizations, it's always important to keep up with the latest product, network, and operating system upgrades, cyber security enhancements, and fixes. Autodesk continues to monitor cyber threats and strives to deliver products that conform to current and anticipated security requirements.
Access your favorite tools -when you need them- with the AutoCAD ribbon.
Easily access frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes.
Launch commands and respond to prompts via simple keystrokes, right at the command line.
Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.
Save and restore workspaces with customized menus, toolbars, palettes, and ribbons.
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
Create single or multi-line text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.
Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.
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.
Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.
Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.
Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.
Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.
Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.
Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.
Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.
Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.
Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
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.
Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.
Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.
Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs
Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.
Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.