• August 3, 2021

Video: Learn about the new drawing history feature included in AutoCAD 2021
Drawing history

Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work. (video: 2:16 min.)
Video: Go over the changes made to the drawing file that’s attached as an Xref
Xref compare

See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs). (video: 2:05 min.)
Video: Learn how the blocks palette was enhanced in AutoCAD 2021
Blocks palette

View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app. (video: 1:49 min.)
Experience faster panning, zooming, save and install with AutoCAD 2021
Performance enhancements

Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.
Drawings in AutoCAD displayed on desktop and mobile devices
AutoCAD on any device

View, edit, and create drawings in AutoCAD on virtually any device–desktop, web, or mobile.
Desktop view of a drawing overlaid with a dialog box listing DWGs stored in the cloud with AutoCAD
Cloud storage connectivity

Access any DWG™ file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.
Video: Learn how to display dimensions, distances, and angles by moving your mouse
Quick measure

Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse. (video: 37 sec.)
Video: Identify differences between 2 versions of a drawing or Xref
Enhanced DWG compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window. (video 1:05 min.)
Video: Learn how easy it is to clean up drawings
Purge redesign

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

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Extended workflows

AutoCAD anytime, anywhere

Create, edit, and view CAD drawings through the browser using the AutoCAD web app or through the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 59 sec.)

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Video: View and edit drawings on the web and mobile apps
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.)

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Video: Create a link to a drawing to share with colleagues for feedback
Shared views

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

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2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

Text settings

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

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Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.

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Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.

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Centerlines and center marks



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Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.

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Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

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Revision clouds

Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.

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Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.

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

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Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.

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Data linking

Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing

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Data extraction

Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.

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Dynamic blocks

Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.

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Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.

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Parametric constraints

Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.

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Express tools

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

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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.

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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.

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Visual styles

Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.

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Section planes

Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.

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

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Cloud rendering

Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.

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Point clouds

Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.

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Model documentation

Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.

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PDF files

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

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DGN Files

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

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DWG and image references

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

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Sheet sets

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

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Model references and import

Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.

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Geographic location and online maps

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

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