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What’s new in AutoCAD 2024

The new AutoCAD 2024 is here and we are pleased to see a focus on features and assistive machine learning technology that allow you as the user to accelerate workflows and seamlessly share your projects. It paves the way for teams to unlock insights and leverage automation—all with the power of the software which is trusted by millions of professionals. In addition, the ability to tailor AutoCAD to your specific industry and business needs through customisations including APIs, thousands of third-party apps and seven specialised toolsets which include over 750,000 symbols, parts and detail components.  

“AutoCAD 2024 introduces new machine learning capabilities to push the boundaries of productivity and speed up our customer’s workflows, whether it’s by saving them time in their common tasks or bringing them new ways to work and create,” said Dania El Hassan, Director of AutoCAD Product Management. “With new features like Smart Blocks: Placement and Replacement and new updates to Markup Assist, we are proud of the continuous innovation that we’re able to deliver to our customers.”

These are some of the innovations you’ll find within your AutoCAD 2024.

Activity Insights

Before Activity Insights in AutoCAD 2024, we know that you would have needed to hunt down and check information which could take a large chunk of your valuable time. Now you can see it right away and save time on simpler tasks, which all adds up to creating a more productive and efficient environment by bridging the gaps in collaborative AutoCAD workflows. 

Now with Activity Insights, you can stay informed of relevant file changes and access throughout your project lifecycle with details of multi-user activities in a DWG file, conveniently requiring almost no setup for files stored locally, on LAN, and cloud servers.

Smart Blocks: Replacement

Save the time you would have spent manually looking for blocks and replacing each instance with this powerful automation. Now you can quickly find the blocks you need and replace one or more of your blocks via machine learning-based suggestions, recently used blocks, and manual substitute block selection. 

Smart Blocks: Placement

Reduce the number of clicks and save time by automatically placing blocks in your drawing by inferring the position of the next block based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far in your DWG file.

Markup Import and Markup Assist Enhancements

Save time when making edits and changes in drawings with these enhancements. Make your cross-platform markup workflows faster through expanded machine learning capabilities and essential experience improvements, allowing you to share and annotate your drawings safely and securely across desktop, web, or mobile devices. 

With Markup Import, incorporate feedback from a PDF or printed paper and automate drafting changes to your drawings. With enhanced Markup Assist, you can now update existing drawing text and automatically fade the markups you have addressed. AutoCAD uses machine learning to detect certain instructions in the markup text enabling shortcuts to commands like “MOVE,” “COPY,” or “ERASE.”

Performance Enhancements

AutoCAD 2024 features new performance enhancements for 2D graphics and increased stability, fidelity, and performance improvements including up to 9x faster switching between layout tabs compared with previous AutoCAD versions. 

AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD LT 2024 delivers a best-in-class 2D design experience. Similar to AutoCAD, Smart Blocks: Placement functionality is included. And, for the first time, AutoCAD LT 2024 now includes AutoLISP—further enabling organizations to streamline workflows, apply CAD standards, and leverage thousands of pre-existing automation for AutoCAD-based programs.

AutoCAD Web

With the recently released AutoCAD Web offering, users can create essential CAD designs online, and view, edit, and markup drawings in the field from a web browser or mobile app. A subscription to AutoCAD 2024 and AutoCAD LT 2024 includes access to AutoCAD on the web and mobile, enabling a new cohort of collaborators to effectively communicate ideas with peers and stakeholders on the go.

AutoCAD subscribers gain exclusive web and mobile features, including using AutoLISP to enable customizations to automate a sequence of commands on the web, enable local file access to access your DWG files saved on the local drive or LAN, switch the location of the command ribbon on the web to emulate the position on the desktop, batch plot to PDF(s), view or edit MTEXT objects, and directly open links on mobile.

AutoCAD for Mac 2024 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2024

AutoCAD for Mac 2024 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2024 are also now available including support for M-series chips.

To see the full release notes for AutoCAD 2024 click here

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