AutoCAD is the go-to software for designers and engineers around the globe to create a detailed 3D design. It has been the industry leader for the past three decades with over millions if not billion users from the day of its launch. Not even the combined number of users from the competitors come close to this number.
The new version, AutoCAD 2020, is the Autodesk’s 34th major release of their flagship software. Users now have the streamlined cloud storage option, a cool dark mode, and some significant performance upgrade. Without wasting much of your time, here’s the review for AutoCAD 2020.
What is AutoCAD?
AutoCAD is a designing software used in many design-cantered industries to create practical schematics. It is also used to create visuals to help professionals in the field of mathematics and fine arts. Following are some example of the use of AutoCAD in the industry –
- Architectural Designs
- Fine art
- Engineering design
- Interior designs
- Aeronautical designs
- Greeting cards
The primary function is to construct 2D or 3D models with more details and accuracy. The users can layer objects, manipulate them, or store them in a database. There are options to change the object properties and specifications, such as shape, size, and location.
The first version of AutoCAD was released in 1982 by its developer Autodesk. Since then, the name is synonymous to digitally constructed design models. Almost every designer in the industry has once used the software in their professional life.
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The new version of AutoCAD makes the process faster than ever with some amazing boost to the performance. You can expect faster graphic representation of the schematics in multiple locations. The efficiency is the biggest plus when compared to the competitors.
The new-look makes the best use of the dark theme with a professional-looking blue background. Expect the same consistent look from the ribbons and icons without much stress on the eyes. You can easily switch back to the traditional light theme anytime you want.
Apart from the user-friendly interface, the software comes with almost every tool you need to create professional designs. There are other programs as well in the suite that needs to be downloaded separately. Ultimately, there is no unnecessary stress on the system with needless tools and features.
Speaking of the cons, we were expecting more flexibility to the users in the new version of the AutoCAD. Users have called the program too-rigid to work. Even a simple task can take unnecessary time. It may cost additional hours while working on complex projects.
The ever-advancing AI and machine learning could have been used to streamline the process for the users. The file format support is still limited, a significant problem for the most popular software in the industry. Add the complicated 3D modelling and the limited colours to some issues that Autodesk should consider resolving in the next update.
AutoCAD requires some intrinsic level training for users. It takes hours and hundreds of pounds before you get comfortable with the features. The cost is another major factor that has made users look for alternatives.
Following are the top features in AutoCAD 2020 –
- Quick Measurement Tool
A faster version of the traditional tools to measure angles, distances, diameters, and areas is available as Quick Measurement Tool.
- Cloud Partnership
Cloud services support is provided where the user can directly save to the desired storage from the save dialogue box.
- User Interface
As mentioned above, the midnight blue theme is introduced in the latest edition, where the icons are crisper.
- DWG Compare
The comparison feature is improved as the program now suggests changes to the user in comparison drawing. The DWG compare toolbar allows the users to make changes directly in the current design.
- Blocks Palette
There are quite significant changes in the new version for the block palette. The design centre and insert dialogue box are now combined to streamline the workflow.
The price on the AutoCAD 2020 might put a dent on your pocket if you are new in the field. There are 3 versions available on the website, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and Revit LT. Following is the subscription detail of each version –
How to Buy
The process to buy an AutoCAD subscription is quite simple for any user with a computer and internet. Visit the autodesk.co.uk and click on the program you want to use. Select the subscription model and make the payment online.
If you are comfortable with the subscription price of the AutoCAD 2020, you should indeed use it. It is the industry standard, and no program soon can come close to take its position. However, there are plenty of cost-efficient alternatives available in the market with little less functionality.
As a student, you will get a handsome discount on the purchase. We recommend the use of the trial version before making the payment as it will give an idea of whether you should invest heavily in the software or not.