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Features

What's new in AutoCAD LT 2018

Explore the latest features in AutoCAD LT® 2018 2D CAD software, including external reference path repair and recognition of SHX font files.

  • Enhanced

    PDF import

    Import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images, and TrueType text into a drawing from a PDF. (video: 2:45 min.)

  • Enhanced

    External file references

    Save time and minimize frustration with tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. (video: 4:43 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Object selection

    Selected objects stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen. (video: 1:20 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Text to Mtext

    Convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object. (video: 1:54 min.)

  • Enhanced

    User interface

    Work intuitively with common dialog boxes and toolbars. (video: 2:32 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Share design views

    Publishes design views of your drawing to a secure location for viewing and sharing in a web browser. (video: 1:38 min.)

  • New

    High-resolution monitor support

    Enjoy the best possible viewing experience ever, even on 4K and higher resolution displays. (video: 2:39 min.)

  • AutoCAD mobile app

    View, create, edit, and share CAD drawings on your mobile device with the AutoCAD mobile app. (video: 2:02 min.)

    Learn more (US Site)

More features

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.

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.

  • Sheet set manager

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

  • 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

  • TrustedDW technology

    TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.

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  • 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.

  • Secure load

    Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.

  • Sysvar monitor

    Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.

  • Tools for managing CAD standards

    Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.

  • Autodesk desktop app

    Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.