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      AutoCAD 2022 vs. previous releases

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

      AutoCAD 2022

      What's included:

      • AutoCAD on the web : View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software install required.*
      • AutoCAD on mobile : 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): The default Quick mode now automatically selects all potential boundaries.
      • 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.
      • Attach/extract point cloud data: Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies.
      • PDF import: Import geometry (SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text) into a drawing from a PDF.
      • AutoCAD anytime, anywhere: Access AutoCAD from your desktop, web, and mobile devices.*
      • 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: Selected objects stay in the 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
      • Save in half a second: 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
      • 3D navigation performance: Up to 10x faster
      • Save, move/copy performance boost with new 2018.dwg file format
      • Autodesk App Store with 1,000+ AutoCAD apps
      • The TrustedDWG™ file format

      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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