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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, and AutoCAD 2020.

Access to industry-specific toolsets, including:
Electrical design
Map 3D
Mechanical design
MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing)
Plant 3D, including P&ID functionality
Raster design
New AutoCAD web app: View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software install required.*
AutoCAD mobile app: View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings via iOS, Android, and Windows 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:
Blocks palette: Insert blocks efficiently from visual galleries.
Quick measure: Quickly display all nearby measurements in a drawing by hovering your mouse.
Purge (redesigned): Remove multiple unneeded objects with easy selection and object preview.
DWG™ compare (enhanced): 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.*
Shared views: Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.*
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.
New feature highlighting: Quickly see what’s new in each release.
Autodesk desktop app: Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.

Improvements since 2016:
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 and 600+ exchange 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.