Key features of AutoCAD LT 2023  

Professional architects, engineers, and designers look to the best-in-class AutoCAD LT® features to get their work done with speed and precision.

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Trace 

Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG™ file without altering the existing drawing

Share 

Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are

Count 

Automate counting blocks or geometry with the COUNT command

Push to Autodesk Docs 

Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs directly from AutoCAD LT to Autodesk Docs

Floating windows 

Pull away drawing windows to display side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD LT

Cloud storage connectivity 

Access, preview, and open any DWG file in AutoCAD LT with Autodesk’s cloud and other leading cloud storage providers

Quick measure 

Display all nearby measurements in a drawing simply by hovering your mouse

AutoCAD on any device 

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

Blocks palette 

View, access, and mark your blocks as favorites from AutoCAD LT on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app

Drawing history 

Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work

Enhanced DWG compare 

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window

Dynamic blocks 

Add flexibility to your block references, including changes in shape, size, or configuration

AutoCAD LT 2023 features 

Essential, dependable features for 2D design and documentation that save you time and help you work more efficiently.

Enhanced features

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Count

Count automates the counting of blocks or objects within a selected area or throughout your entire drawing with a menu to identify errors and navigate through your counted objects. (video: 1:15 min.)


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Floating windows

Pull away drawing windows to display side by side or on multiple monitors, in the same instance of AutoCAD LT. (video: 1:11 min.)


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Trace

Add design change notes and markups without altering your existing drawing from AutoCAD LT desktop in addition to the web and mobile apps. (video: 49 sec.)


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Sheet Set Manager

Open sheet sets quicker than ever before. Using the Autodesk cloud platform, sending and opening sheet sets to and from teammates is quicker and safer.


Extended workflows

XREF compare

See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references.


Save to web and mobile

Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, xrefs included.


Shared views

Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.


Comprehensive 2D documentation

Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing, and annotation tools.


Intuitive user interface

Access tools when you need them—contextual ribbon tabs, multifunctional grips, customizable tool palettes, and an intelligent command line.


Innovative technologies

Get the latest technologies, including TrustedDWG™, high-resolution monitor support, migration tools, and the AutoCAD desktop app.


User interaction

Start tab

The AutoCAD LT Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.


Ribbon tabs and panels

Access your favorite tools easily when you need them with the AutoCAD LT ribbon.


Tool palettes

Easily access your most frequently used content and tools with customizable tool palettes.


Command line

Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line.


Multifunctional grips

Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.


Object and layer transparency 

Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.


Associative arrays

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


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

Text formatting

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.


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.


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 product.


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.


Sysvar monitor 

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


Autodesk desktop app

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


AutoCAD LT 2023 vs. previous releases 

AutoCAD LT has a flexible subscription model, with new features available with each release and product update. If you have a perpetual license of AutoCAD LT 2016 or earlier, here’s what’s changed in AutoCAD LT 2017, AutoCAD LT 2018, AutoCAD LT 2019, AutoCAD LT 2020, AutoCAD LT 2021, and AutoCAD LT 2022.

AutoCAD LT 2023

What’s included

  • Best-in-class 2D drafting, design, and documentation tools.

  • AutoCAD web app (US site): View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software install required.*

  • AutoCAD mobile app (US site): View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings via iOS and Android devices.

  • Integrated workflows: Work smoothly across desktop, web, and mobile devices.* 

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


Top new features added since 2016 include:

  • Trace: Safely review and add feedback directly to a DWG file without altering the existing drawing. 

  • Count: Automate counting blocks or geometry with the Count command. 

  • Share: Send a controlled copy of your drawing to teammates and colleagues to access wherever they are. 

  • Push to Autodesk Docs: Push your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs to Autodesk Docs from AutoCAD. 

  • Drawing history: See changes made to your drawing over time. 

  • Xref compare: Compare two versions of an external xref and implement changes without leaving your current drawing. 

  • Blocks palette: Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app. 

  • Quick measure: Quickly display all nearby measurements including areas and perimeters in a drawing by hovering your mouse. 

  • Trim and extend (enhanced): Automatically select all potential boundaries with the default Quick mode. 

  • Purge (redesigned): Remove multiple unneeded objects with easy selection and object preview. 

  • DWG™ compare: Compare two versions of a drawing or xref without leaving your current window. 

  • PDF import: Import geometry (SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text) into a drawing from a PDF. 

  • Save to web and mobile: Save drawings and their associated xrefs from your desktop to view and edit in the AutoCAD web and mobile apps. 

  • New views and viewports: Easily add saved views to your layouts. 

  • High-resolution monitor support: View your designs on 4K- and higher-resolution displays. 

  • Off-screen selection: Keep selected objects in your selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen. 


Improvements since 2016:

  • Floating windows: Pull away drawing windows to display them side by side or on multiple monitors without opening another instance of AutoCAD 

  • Faster Saves: Shave one second off each save on average 

  • Speedy install time: Up to 50% faster for solid state hard drives 

  • New dark theme: Modern blue aesthetic with contrast and sharpness improvements 

  • User interface: Flat-design icons and intuitive dialog boxes and toolbars 

  • 2D graphics: Better stability, fidelity, and performance 

  • New DWG format: Save, move, and copy performance boost with the 2018.dwg file format 

  • Autodesk App Store: Access to 1,000+ AutoCAD apps 

  • TrustedDWG: Integrity and compatibility alerts for DWG files 


Support and software access:

  • Technical support

    • Autodesk support specialists: Schedule a call,† chat online (limited availability), or email us.

    • Remote desktop assistance: Get secure, hands-on troubleshooting.†

    • Online resources: Access our knowledge base for help documentation, tutorials, training videos, and community support forums. 

  • Access to the latest software: Instantly access the newest releases and updates.

  • Access previous versions: Download and use previous releases.

  • Flexible term lengths: Subscribe monthly, annually, or for 3 years.*

  • Administrative tools: Easily manage software licenses, seats, and usage from your Autodesk Account. 

*Not available to maintenance plan customers. 
†Available to maintenance plan customers with Advanced Support.

 


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