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What’s new in AutoCAD 2020


AutoCAD® 2020 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and new features such as the Blocks palette.

What’s new in AutoCAD 2020

AutoCAD® 2020 software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and new features such as the Blocks palette.

More features

AutoCAD on any device

View, edit, and create drawings in AutoCAD on virtually any device–desktop, web, or mobile.

Cloud storage connectivity

Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

Blocks palette

Insert blocks efficiently from a most recently used list with visual galleries. (video: 1:07 min.)

Quick measure

Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse. (video: 37 sec.)

New dark theme

Reduce eye strain with contrast improvements, sharper icons, and a modern blue interface.

Enhanced DWG compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window. (video 1:05 min.)

Purge redesign

Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview. (video 1:11 min.)

Performance improvements

Experience improvements in speed with faster save time and 50% faster install time for solid state hard drives.

Extended Workflows

AutoCAD web app

Create, edit, and view CAD drawings from any device through the browser. (video: 1:10 min.)

AutoCAD mobile app

Create, edit, and view CAD drawings on your mobile device. (video: 39 sec.)

Save to web and mobile

Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included. (video: 2:13 min.)

Shared views

Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting. (video: 1:07 min.)

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

Text settings

Create single or multiline 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.

Centerlines & center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center 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 modeling and visualisation

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.

Collaboration

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 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 online maps

Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online 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

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.

Multi-user (network) license sharing

Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses 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.

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