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AutoCAD® 2014 software offers new and expanded workflows for model documentation, reality capture, and 3D conceptual design to help you maximize productivity. Explore your design ideas with powerful surface modelling tools. Quickly create documents from a variety of modelling formats, helping to reduce manual documentation workarounds. Capture and import as-built information to jumpstart your design process. Plus, you’ll find a wide range of timesaving enhancements to the features you use most. AutoCAD 2012 delivers the powerful tools you need to streamline 3D design workflows, helping drive your projects to completion more quickly than ever before.

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How does AutoCAD 2014 differ from AutoCAD LT?

Item

AutoCAD

AutoCAD LT®

Function
Design and Documentation
Drafting and Detailing
Focus on
3D Design
Drafting Productivity
Concept through Completion
Drafting Productivity
 
3D Design Capabilities
Yes
No

Advanced Documentation Tools (Parametrics, Model Documentation)

Yes
No
Network Licensing
Yes
No
Customizable
Yes
No

In a nutshell, AutoCAD 2012 is a high-productivity, three-dimensional draughting tool with plenty of add-ons.  AutoCAD LT ("Lite") is a simpler, cheaper, two-dimensional draughting program.  Read more about AutoCAD directly below. Click here to read more about AutoCAD LT (new page).

For a detailed comparison of AutoCAD LT®, AutoCAD® (full version), Autodesk Design Suite, AutoCAD® Architecture, AutoCAD® MEP, AutoCAD® Map 3D, AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, AutoCAD® Mechanical, AutoCAD® Electrical, AutoCAD® P&ID, and AutoCAD® Plant 3D, download the AutoCAD 2012 Family Comparison Matrix (PDF file, 51kB).

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AutoCAD 2014

Product Information

AutoCAD software delivers the power and flexibility to speed design and documentation workflows, from concept through completion.  If you're one of the following, you should be interested in AutoCAD: • CAD Manager/Purchaser • Architect—commercial and residential • Design Engineer, Designer/Product Designer • Draughter • Machine Tool Designer • Engineering Service Provider • Building Owner • Facilities Department Manager • House or Interior Designer • Landscape Designer/Builder • Contractor.

Product Description

AutoCAD® software is one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design applications. It helps users explore design concepts in 3D, speed documentation and share ideas with ease. Powerful programming tools and thousands of available add-ons help users customise AutoCAD for their specific needs.

  • Design: AutoCAD provides the flexibility to explore design ideas in both 2D and 3D, with intuitive tools that help design ideas become real.
  • Document: AutoCAD has powerful documentation tools to create manufacturing or construction documentation.
  • Communicate: AutoCAD users can share critical design data securely, efficiently and accurately. And native DWG™ support facilitates data fidelity and compatibility.
  • Customise: Configure settings, extend the software, build custom workflows, develop your own application or use one that is already built.

Business Value

  • AutoCAD software is used across the design workflow, from concept to completion. Users have access to market-leading tools to design, document and communicate their ideas.
  • Create, send and receive design data files with confidence. AutoCAD software’s native DWG file format is one of the most commonly used design file formats in the world.
  • AutoCAD software helps speed conceptual design workflows, helping you quickly move from idea to digital concept.
  • Users can complete documentation in less time using productivity tools in AutoCAD software; a detailed productivity study quantified productivity gains of up to 44% using AutoCAD 2011 versus older versions of AutoCAD.

Five quick reasons to upgrade to this version from earlier releases

  • Document 3D models from almost any source: Save time by automatically generating intelligent documentation. Associative connections help ensure drawing views, edge display and location are updated when an engineering change is made. Import models from Autodesk® Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, CATIA®, Solidworks®, NX® and Rhinoceros® software products.
  • Parametric drawing tools: When persistent relationships between objects are defined, parallel lines remain parallel and concentric circles remain cantered. And now you can infer constraints in real time as you draw.
  • 3D modelling tools: With tools for surface, solid and mesh modelling, AutoCAD 2012 provides the utmost flexibility and control when designing in 3D.
  • Better performance: Experience faster start-up and file opening, more responsive commands and hardware acceleration support.
  • Support for the latest file formats, hardware and operating systems:

Subscription

Autodesk® Subscription allows customers to extend the value of their software investment with access to the latest releases, powerful web services and expedited technical support. www.autodesk.com/subscription.

Common Pain/Challenges and Solutions

Problem Solution
The design and documentation process is taking too long. Utilise the latest CAD technologies to cut design and documentation time by up to 44%.
Designers are using paper-based or incompatible digital formats to document conceptual designs. Manage the entire 2D and 3D design work flow —concept to completion— in one application.
My existing system is not flexible enough to meet my needs. Take advantage of AutoCAD software’s flexible development platform to help boost your productivity. Enjoy the support of thousands of Autodesk’s software partners from around the world. Enhance your software with a broad range of fully integrated and interoperable solutions.
I have problems sharing information with consultants, partners and customers. Save and share files with confidence. DWG technology from Autodesk is the original and accurate way to store and share design data when working with industry professionals.
It is difficult to cost-effectively find and hire qualified staff. Because AutoCAD is used by millions of people all over the world, cost-effective, technically qualified and trained staff is readily available.

Questions and Answers

My AutoCAD 200x software works just fine. Why should I upgrade?

A lot has changed since your version was released. A productivity study commissioned by Autodesk (AutoCAD 2011 Productivity Study, by David Cohn) proved that users can be up to 44% more productive using AutoCAD 2011, the previous release, than on AutoCAD 2008. And if you’re using a release earlier than 2008, your productivity gains could be even greater. If you consider how much your time is worth, relative to time saved with more efficient software, the new software can pay for itself. 

Why shouldn’t I just buy AutoCAD LT software? It’s much cheaper.

AutoCAD LT® does not offer several of the key features in AutoCAD, including the following:

  • 3D modelling tools (mesh, surface and solid modelling)
  • Model Documentation and Parametric Drawing tools, which could save significant time in 2D documentation workflows
  • Support for point clouds, which help users kick-start projects by importing as-built conditions

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy or Upgrade to AutoCAD 2014 Software

Power from Concept to Completion

New and expanded workflows for model documentation, reality capture, and 3D conceptual design help increase productivity with AutoCAD® 2012. Explore your design ideas with powerful surface modelling tools. Quickly create documents from a variety of modelling formats, helping to reduce manual documentation workarounds. Capture and import as-built information to jump-start your design process. Plus, you’ll find a wide range of timesaving enhancements to the features you use most. AutoCAD 2012 delivers the powerful tools you need to participate in smooth 3D design workflows, helping drive your projects to completion more quickly than ever before.

  1. Quickly document –and stay connected to– 3D models from almost any source
    Save time by automatically generating intelligent documentation for AutoCAD, Autodesk® Inventor®, and other models. Associative connections with Inventor help ensure drawing views, edge display, and location are instantly updated when an engineering change is made. And since you can import models from a wide variety of applications (including Pro/ENGINEER®, CATIA®, Solidworks®, NX®, and Rhinoceros®), you can streamline almost any documentation workflow.
    RESULT: Meet customer expectations by using the most complete documentation tools available.
  2. Explore design ideas with flexible 3D modelling tools
    With AutoCAD, you have the power to create almost any form you can imagine. Simply push/pull faces, edges, and vertices to model complex shapes, add smooth surfaces, and much more. With tools for surface, solid, and mesh modelling, AutoCAD 2012 provides the utmost flexibility and control when designing in 3D.
    RESULT: Develop conceptual designs more easily in 3D with easy-to-use tools.
  3. Access the benefits of direct modelling with Autodesk Inventor Fusion
    Shipping with AutoCAD 2012, Autodesk® Inventor® Fusion software adds to the 3D conceptual design capabilities of AutoCAD and sets a new standard for professional 3D modelling ease of use. It enables you to import, flexibly edit, and validate models from almost any source, providing the accessibility of direct modelling in the native DWG™ format.
    RESULT: Elevate your product designs with a new modelling standard.
  4. Slash revision time with parametric drawing
    Dramatically slash your design revision time with parametric drawing. When persistent relationships between objects are defined, parallel lines remain parallel and concentric circles remain cantered, all automatically. And now you can infer constraints in real time as you draw, virtually eliminating the need to manually define all of your object relationships. Including both geometric and dimensional constraints, AutoCAD 2012 can assist with those time-consuming revision requests.
    RESULT: Drawing revisions are now much easier.
  5. Make renovations easier with point cloud support.
    Bring your 3D scans to life, streamlining time-consuming renovation and restoration projects. With support for up to two billion points— and an enhanced point cloud engine—the point cloud capabilities in AutoCAD 2012 help you more quickly import scanned objects, snap to points, and develop designs using your 3D scans.
    RESULT: Save time by bringing as-built conditions into your AutoCAD workspace.
  6. Document arrayed objects faster than ever before
    Save valuable rework time by establishing and maintaining a set of relationships between arrayed objects, like windows on a building or trusses on a bridge. With AutoCAD 2012, you can array objects along a specified path (rather than having only rectangular or polar options), saving even more time when creating conceptual designs or finished documentation. And now you can also array objects in 3D space, helping to increase speed and flexibility in your design workflows.
    RESULT: More speed, more flexibility.
  7. Attach PDF files as an underlay
    A top customer wish-list request, the ability to import and underlay PDF files is now provided in AutoCAD 2012. Simply import a PDF file to an AutoCAD drawing in the familiar way you import DWG, DWF™, DGN, and image files. You can even snap to key points on PDF geometry using familiar object snaps, making reuse of old designs that much easier.
    RESULT: Improve collaboration and save time by reusing existing PDF-based design data.
  8. Work with designs more easily using multifunctional grips
    More easily edit objects with direct manipulation of grips. Now the power of multifunctional grips has been extended to more AutoCAD objects, including lines, arcs, elliptical arcs, dimensions, and leaders, as well as 3D faces, edges, and vertices.
    RESULT: The most useful editing tools are always at your fingertips.
  9. Work with hatches more flexibly than ever before
    The hatching capabilities in AutoCAD software are now easier, more flexible, and more reliable than ever. With tools for direct manipulation of hatches, live previews, improved handling of dense hatches, improvements to boundary detection, and the ability to send all hatches to the back, AutoCAD 2012 software helps you save valuable time documenting designs.
    RESULT: Save time with more flexible, more reliable hatch tools.
  10. Document and communicate more clearly using transparency options
    Objects and layers have always had a certain set of properties, including colour, line type, and line weight. In AutoCAD 2012, objects and layers get another property to help you control the visual appearance of your drawings: transparency. You can set transparency by layer, by block, or individually for an object. Now your drawings can look more exactly how you want them to look, helping you keep organized and better communicate design details.
    RESULT: Greater clarity. Greater productivity.

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