Software : Autodesk : AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD

(as of 9/6/2019)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Features an impressive amount of tools
  • Offers layer-based editing
  • Makes collaboration easier with the cloud in AutoCAD 360
  • Provides mobile accessibility for on-site editing

Autodesk AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) application used for creating technical drawings. It integrates with the cloud and mobile devices for easy sharing and access.

You can use it to create 2D and 3D technical drawings for buildings, furniture, vehicles, parts, and more. The program is loaded with numerous features. One of the main features of the program is the layer-editing, this aspect allows you to edit models on separate layers. The program can integrate your model with real-world environments via the live maps feature. It also enables you to import scanned real world images using the reality capture tool. These two features are helpful for simulating your creation in the real world.

The user interface of AutoCAD features numerous palettes, such as tool sets and layers. AutoCAD saves drawings in a proprietary format (.DWG) and can export to several different formats, including PDF, BMP, and EPS formats. AutoCAD also provides useful collaboration tools for team environments. It allows you to share your work through the cloud in AutoCAD 360 and is accessible on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Autodesk AutoCAD is an impressive design application. Whether you’re an engineer, architect, or project manager, you’ll find many features that will make your technical drawings more proficient. And even with the hefty price tag, the application will prove itself worth it.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.DWG – AutoCAD Drawing Database File

Other file extensions used by Autodesk AutoCAD 2020

Supported File Types
.AC$AutoCAD Temporary File
.ADIAutoCAD Device-Independent Binary Plotter File
.ADTAutoCAD Audit Log
.ASCAutodesk ASCII Export File
.ASEAutodesk ASCII Scene Export File
.BLKAutoCAD Block Template File
.BP2AutoCAD Batch Plot File
.BP3AutoCAD Batch Plot File
.BPLAutoCAD Batch Plot File
.CASAutodesk Cascade License File
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DFXDrafix CAD File
.DGNMicroStation Design File
.DSTAutoCAD Sheet Set File
.DWFXDesign Web Format XPS File
.DWL2AutoCAD Drawing Lock File
.DWSAutoCAD Drawing Standards File
.DWTAutoCAD Drawing Template
.DXBDrawing Exchange Binary
.DXEAutoCAD Data Extraction Template
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.IFCIndustry Foundation Classes File
.IGSIGES Drawing File
.MVIAutoCAD Movie Command File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PATAutoCAD Hatch Pattern File
.PLTAutoCAD Plotter Document
.PRJProject File
.RDLMicroStation Redline File
.RMLRedline Markup Language File
.SATACIS SAT 3D Model File
.SCRScript File
.SDFSpatial Data Format File
.SHPShapes File
.SHXAutoCAD Compiled Shape File
.SLBAutoCAD Slide Library
.SLDAutoCAD Slide File
.SQLITESQLite Database File
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
Additional Related File Formats
.ACBAutoCAD Color Book File
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.ARGAutoCAD Profile
.ARXAutoCAD Runtime Extension File
.ATCAutoCAD Tool Catalog File
.AWSAutoCAD Work Space File
.BAKBackup File
.BK1Autodesk Backup File
.BP2AutoCAD Batch Plot File
.BP3AutoCAD Batch Plot File
.BPLAutoCAD Batch Plot File
.CASAutodesk Cascade License File
.CDCAutoCAD DesignCenter Preview Cache File
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CHXAutoCAD Standards Check File
.CTBAutoCAD Color-Based Plot Style File
.CUIAutodesk Custom Workspace File
.CUIXAutoCAD Custom User Interface File
.CUSAutoCAD Custom Dictionary File
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DBQAutoCAD Query Set
.DBXAutoCAD Database Extension File
.DCLAutoCAD Dialog Definition File
.DCTAutoCAD Dictionary File
.DSDAutoCAD Drawing Set Description File
.DXBDrawing Exchange Binary
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.DXXAutoCAD Drawing Interchange Attribute File
.ERRAutoCAD Error Log File
.EZCAutoCAD Ecscad Components Backup File
.EZPAutoCAD Ecscad Project Backup File
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.FBXAutodesk FBX Interchange File
.FDCAutoCAD Field Catalog File
.FMPAutoCAD Font Map File
.HDXDelphi MultiHelp Index File
.HPGHPGL Plot File
.LINAutoCAD Linetype File
.LSPLisp Program Source Code File
.MNCAutoCAD Compiled Menu File
.MNLAutoCAD Menu LISP File
.MNRAutoCAD Menu Resource File
.MNSAutoCAD Interface Settings File
.MNUAutoCAD Interface Layout File
.MVIAutoCAD Movie Command File
.PC3AutoCAD Plotter Configuration File
.PFBPrinter Font Binary File
.PGPAutoCAD Program Parameters File
.PLTAutoCAD Plotter Document
.PMPAutoCAD Plot Model Parameter File
.PSFAutoCAD PostScript Patterns File
.PSSAutoCAD Plot Stamp Settings File
.PTWAutoCAD Publish To Web File
.PWTAutoCAD Publish To Web Template
.RMLRedline Markup Language File
.SDFSpatial Data Format File
.STBAutoCAD Plot Style Table File
.SV$AutoCAD Automated Backup File
.UNTAutoCAD Unit Definition File
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.XTPAutoCAD Exported Tool Palettes File

Updated: September 6, 2019