AutoCAD 2021 is full of new features built for the way you work and automation to boost your productivity in the process. A subscription to AutoCAD including specialized toolsets gives you access to seven industry-specific toolsets, such as Architecture and Electrical, which can automate tasks and save you hours, even days, of valuable time. Check out our productivity studies to learn more.
With state-of-the-art AutoCAD web and mobile apps included with an AutoCAD subscription, users can access AutoCAD on virtually any device to design and draft with the most up-to-date files, in the field and on the go.
There is so much to experience with AutoCAD 2021. The new Drawing History feature can be a game changer for your workflow, giving you insights on the evolution of your drawings. Now, you can use the popular DWG Compare feature for external references (Xrefs) attached to your drawing. Graphics performance is further enhanced. And you can stay connected to your block content anytime, anywhere.
There is a brand-new integration with Google Drive. Anyone can now open DWG files stored in Google Drive directly in the AutoCAD web app using their Autodesk ID. AutoCAD subscribers are also able to edit and save those files back to their Google Drive, enabling customers to work from anywhere. Of course, you can also view, edit, and save DWG files and Xrefs with the AutoCAD web and mobile apps using Autodesk’s cloud.
“Our subscribers will really appreciate what our development teams have been working on to modernize AutoCAD based on their feedback,” says Marcus O’Brien, Director of AutoCAD product management. “This new release delivers enhancements and features that will make a difference in efficiency and productivity right away.”
Now let’s take a closer look at what’s new in AutoCAD 2021.
Take a Tour of AutoCAD 2021
Automatic Insights Into Drawing History
The new Drawing History feature is a game changer for your workflow, giving you insights on the evolution of your drawings. See changes made to your drawing over time and get instant insights by comparing previous versions right within the context of your current drawing.
Subscribers who access a file saved in OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box can easily compare a drawing with previous versions of that drawing in AutoCAD.
Quick Identification of Changes with Xref Compare
Compare two versions of an Xref and implement changes without leaving your current drawing.
Now, you can use the popular DWG Compare feature for Xrefs attached to your drawing. If a referenced drawing has changed, a notification will automatically display in AutoCAD. Click on the notification to compare changes within the context of your current drawing.
Enhancements to Blocks Palette
Stay connected to your block content—anytime, anywhere. Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app.
The Blocks palette now lets you sync recent blocks in a drawing to a cloud storage location and access them from desktop or web.
Enhanced DWG compare
Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window. (video 1:05 min.)
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 with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.