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AutoCAD 2020 vs. preceding releases

AutoCAD® has a flexible subscription model, with new features available with each release and product update. If you have a perpetual licence of AutoCAD 2016 or earlier, here's what's changed in AutoCAD 2017, AutoCAD 2018, AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD 2020.

AutoCAD 2020

What's included

    • New AutoCAD web app: View, create and edit AutoCAD drawings from any computer with no software installation 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 installation 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 dialogue 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 preceding versions: Download and use preceding releases.
    • Flexible term lengths: Subscribe monthly, annually, or for 3 years.*
    • Administrative tools: Easily manage software licences, seats and usage from your Autodesk Account.