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Autodesk has software, apps, and resources for 2D drafting and 2D drawing. 

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What is 2D drafting and drawing?

2D drafting and drawing is the process of creating and editing technical drawings (US site), as well as annotating designs. Drafters use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop floor plans, building permit drawings, building inspection plans, and landscaping layouts.

CAD software for 2D drafting can be used to draft designs more quickly and with greater precision, without using stencils and technical drawing instruments. 2D CAD software also allows users to document and annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders, and tables.

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AutoCAD 2D drafting program

AutoCAD LT: simplified 2D drafting and documentation

AutoCAD LT 2D CAD software helps you create 2D drawings faster and with more precision. Available for Windows and Mac. Includes the AutoCAD mobile app.

AutoCAD: Software for 2D and 3D CAD

AutoCAD software for 2D and 3D CAD is engineered for the future. Work with TrustedDWG™ technology, and collaborate across desktop, cloud, and mobile. Includes AutoCAD mobile app.

AutoCAD 2D and 3D CAD program

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Free 2D drafting and drawing software

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CAD online viewer

View DWG™, DWF™, and DXF™ files for free. Use the Autodesk online viewer to upload and view files in your browser or choose a downloadable viewer.

Drawing for designers: SketchBook

SketchBook is a drawing app for creative professionals. Create digital drawings on any device, wherever you are.

2D drafting and drawing resources

Get started with 2D drafting and drawing with these tutorials, guides, tips, and tricks!