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Features

AutoCAD LT 2021

Explore the latest features in AutoCAD LT® 2021, including the new Xref compare, drawing history, and workflows across desktop, web, and mobile.

  • Drawing history

    Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • Xref compare

    See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs). (video: 2:05 min.)

  • Blocks palette

    View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD LT on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app. (video: 1:49 min.)

  • Performance enhancements

    Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.

  • 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 LT with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

  • Quick measure

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

  • 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.)

More features

Extended workflows and key features

  • 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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  • 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.)

  • 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

  • Ribbon tabs and panels

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

  • Dynamic blocks

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

  • 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

    Create a 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.

  • Sheet set manager

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

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.

  • 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.

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