Auto Cad 2018

What’s new in AutoCAD 2018
AutoCAD® 2018 software includes enhancements and new features such as external reference path repair and recognition of SHX font files.

2D Drafting, Drawing, And Annotation

  • Text settings

    Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.

  • Smart dimensioning

    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.

  • Smart centerlines and 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.

  • Layouts

    Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.

  • Layout viewports

    Create layout viewports to display different elements of your design at varying scales.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Photorealistic rendering

    Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.

  • 3D scanning and point clouds

    Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations.

  • Base, projected, and section views

    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 and DGN import/export/underlay

    Share and reuse data from PDF and DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

  • DWG and image references

    Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files.

  • Sheet set manager

    View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.

  • Reference Navisworks models

    Attach and view Navisworks models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings.

  • Import 3D models

    Import maps, parts, and assemblies from applications including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, and others.

  • 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 customization

  • TrustedDWG technology

    TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.

  • Migration tool

    Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases.

  • CUI customization

    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.

  • Sysvar monitor

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

  • Tools for managing CAD standards

    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

    Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store.

  • Autodesk desktop app

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