The flagship AutoCAD design software from Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, CA) gets a facelift today with the announcement of AutoCAD 2019, which includes specialized toolsets, new web and mobile apps, along with the usual performance enhancements.
Autodesk’s venerable AutoCAD, which vaulted the software developer to the top when Autodesk was founded in 1982, will add specialized toolsets that are included in new subscriptions starting today. These seven toolsets give subscribers access to more than 750,000 intelligent objects, styles, parts, features and symbols to choose from when drawing, according to the company.
Widely used in the architectural market, AutoCAD is pervasive in the mechanical design components area as well. With this update, Autodesk said designers can automate floorplans, draw piping, plant equipment, electrical panel layouts, or incorporate GIS data into the planning process, as well as edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects, all while working in a familiar AutoCAD interface.
AutoCAD’s new toolset intelligent features will help users work faster and be more efficient, the company said. For example, by using the Architecture toolset to model a design, designers can save significant time using real architectural elements such as doors, walls and windows, instead of starting from lines and circles. Creating a wall in AutoCAD requires five steps, whereas the same outcome in the Architecture toolset requires only three steps.
The seven toolsets included in the AutoCAD 2019 update are for architecture; mechanical; electrical; an MEP toolset with intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects; and a plant 3D toolset. The toolsets are available starting today when subscribing to AutoCAD 2019, and users can download AutoCAD and the toolsets from the Autodesk Account portal, or from the Autodesk Desktop App. An AutoCAD 2019 or AutoCAD LT 2019 subscription also includes access to the all-new AutoCAD web app and the AutoCAD mobile app.