New Tools and Licensing Benefits in AutoCAD 2019

At first glance, I thought AutoCAD 2019 (released on March 22nd) seemed to be light on new features. But then I heard about One AutoCAD. I was immediately excited by this announcement because of the implications for companies with mixed license environments with some combination of suites licenses, collections licenses, and AutoCAD or AutoCAD vertical licenses. (You can read more about my thoughts on this in my previous post about multi-user license environments.)

I recently joined CADLearning’s Senior Content Manager David Cohn for a Skype chat to discuss some of our thoughts about the new AutoCAD release and what it means for AutoCAD users. Watch this video for our full discussion.

One AutoCAD gives users access to specialized toolsets including architecture, electrical, mechanical, raster design, MEP, Map 3D, and Plant 3D. But there are also some updates to what I like to call “vanilla” AutoCAD. Looking for the highlights? Here’s a breakdown of some of the new features:

#1: Save to Web and Mobile

With a One AutoCAD subscription, you have access to the new AutoCAD web app and AutoCAD mobile app. There are two new features that go with this called Save to Web and Mobile and Open from Web and Mobile. The first time you attempt to use one of these, you’ll be prompted to install a new extension to support this feature. Once you’ve installed it, you’ll then have the option to make any desktop files available to the AutoCAD web and mobile apps. Essentially, this means that anybody working out in the field will be able to open up the web and mobile app on their phone or tablet and bring up drawings actually work on those drawings on their mobile device.

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#2: DWG Compare

DWG compare might be David’s favorite new tool. A similar feature was available with AutoCAD Architecture in the past, but now it’s baked into “vanilla” AutoCAD. With the DWG Compare tool, you can open up two versions of a drawing and quickly have the program show you differences between the two. It will show you what exists in one drawing that doesn’t exist in the other and vice versa. You can also control the colors by default, so, for example, if the first drawing shows up in green and the second drawing shows up in red, anything that’s in the first drawing but not the second will be highlighted in green, anything that’s in the second but not in the first will be highlighted in red, and anything that’s common to the two will display in a dark gray.

#3: Shared Views

The Shared Views feature is very powerful. There was a similar feature in the past but it didn’t have the same capabilities. With this feature, you can choose whether it’s 2D views or 3D views, whether the person you’re sharing with can see object properties, whether they can see all your layout views, and whether they can see your model view. The real benefit is that it’s very controlled.

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One AutoCAD in Multi-user License Environments

Read more about how One AutoCAD simplifies the management of the mixed license environments many companies have with some combination of suite licenses, collections licenses, and AutoCAD product licenses.

Have you upgraded to AutoCAD 2019? What are your favorite new features? Let us know in the comments below!

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