Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD
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1. Main Features

  • Features an impressive amount of tools
  • Offers layer-based editing
  • Makes collaboration easier with the cloud in AutoCAD 360
  • Provides mobile accessibility for on-site editing

2. Software Overview

Autodesk AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) application used for creating technical drawings. It integrates with the cloud and mobile devices for easy sharing and access.

You can use it to create 2D and 3D technical drawings for buildings, furniture, vehicles, parts, and more. The program is loaded with numerous features. One of the main features of the program is the layer-editing, this aspect allows you to edit models on separate layers. The program can integrate your model with real-world environments via the live maps feature. It also enables you to import scanned real world images using the reality capture tool. These two features are helpful for simulating your creation in the real world.

The user interface of AutoCAD features numerous palettes, such as tool sets and layers. AutoCAD saves drawings in a proprietary format (.DWG) and can export to several different formats, including PDF, BMP, and EPS formats. AutoCAD also provides useful collaboration tools for team environments. It allows you to share your work through the cloud in AutoCAD 360 and is accessible on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Autodesk AutoCAD is an impressive design application. Whether you’re an engineer, architect, or project manager, you’ll find many features that will make your technical drawings more proficient. And even with the hefty price tag, the application will prove itself worth it.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.DWG - AutoCAD Drawing Database File
Other file extensions used by Autodesk AutoCAD:
# File Extension Name
1 .AC$ AutoCAD Temporary File
2 .ACB AutoCAD Color Book File
3 .ACTM AutoCAD Action Macro File
4 .ADI AutoCAD Device-Independent Binary Plotter File
5 .ADT AutoCAD Audit Log
6 .ARG AutoCAD Profile
7 .ARX AutoCAD Runtime Extension File
8 .ASC Autodesk ASCII Export File
9 .ASE Autodesk ASCII Scene Export File
10 .ATC AutoCAD Tool Catalog File
11 .AWS AutoCAD Work Space File
12 .BK1 Autodesk Backup File
13 .BLK AutoCAD Block Template File
14 .BPL AutoCAD Batch Plot File
15 .CAS Autodesk Cascade License File
16 .CDC AutoCAD DesignCenter Preview Cache File
17 .CGM Computer Graphics Metafile
18 .CHX AutoCAD Standards Check File
19 .CTB AutoCAD Color-Based Plot Style File
20 .CUI Autodesk Custom Workspace File
21 .CUIX AutoCAD Custom User Interface File
22 .CUS AutoCAD Custom Dictionary File
23 .DAE Digital Asset Exchange File
24 .DBQ AutoCAD Query Set
25 .DBX AutoCAD Database Extension File
26 .DCL AutoCAD Dialog Definition File
27 .DCT AutoCAD Dictionary File
28 .DFX Drafix CAD File
29 .DGN MicroStation Design File
30 .DSD AutoCAD Drawing Set Description File
31 .DST AutoCAD Sheet Set File
32 .DWF Design Web Format File
33 .DWFX Design Web Format XPS File
34 .DWG AutoCAD Drawing Database File
35 .DWL2 AutoCAD Drawing Lock File
36 .DWS AutoCAD Drawing Standards File
37 .DWT AutoCAD Drawing Template
38 .DXB Drawing Exchange Binary
39 .DXE AutoCAD Data Extraction Template
40 .DXF Drawing Exchange Format File
41 .DXX AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Attribute File
42 .EASMX eDrawings Assembly XPS File
43 .ERR AutoCAD Error Log File
44 .FAS Compiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
45 .FBX Autodesk FBX Interchange File
46 .FDC AutoCAD Field Catalog File
47 .FMP AutoCAD Font Map File
48 .HDX Delphi MultiHelp Index File
49 .IGS IGES Drawing File
50 .LIN AutoCAD Linetype File
51 .LSP Lisp Program Source Code File
52 .MNC AutoCAD Compiled Menu File
53 .MNL AutoCAD Menu LISP File
54 .MNR AutoCAD Menu Resource File
55 .MNS AutoCAD Interface Settings File
56 .MNU AutoCAD Interface Layout File
57 .MVI AutoCAD Movie Command File
58 .OBJ Wavefront 3D Object File
59 .OLD Backup File
60 .PAT 3D Patch File
61 .PAT AutoCAD Hatch Pattern File
62 .PC3 AutoCAD Plotter Configuration File
63 .PFB Printer Font Binary File
64 .PGP AutoCAD Program Parameters File
65 .PLT HPGL Plot File
66 .PLT AutoCAD Plotter Document
67 .PMP AutoCAD Plot Model Parameter File
68 .PRJ Project File
69 .PSF AutoCAD PostScript Patterns File
70 .PSS AutoCAD Plot Stamp Settings File
71 .PTW AutoCAD Publish To Web File
72 .PWT AutoCAD Publish To Web Template
73 .RDL MicroStation Redline File
74 .RML Redline Markup Language File
75 .SAB ACIS SAB Model File
76 .SAT ACIS SAT 3D Model File
77 .SCR Script File
78 .SHP Shapes File
79 .SHX AutoCAD Compiled Shape File
80 .SLB AutoCAD Slide Library
81 .SLD AutoCAD Slide File
82 .SMB Autodesk Shape Manager Binary File
83 .SMT Autodesk Shape Manager Text File
84 .STB AutoCAD Plot Style Table File
85 .SV$ AutoCAD Automated Backup File
86 .UNT AutoCAD Unit Definition File
87 .VLX Compiled AutoLISP File
88 .XTP AutoCAD Exported Tool Palettes File

Updated: December 6, 2019

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