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AutoCAD® LT from Autodesk provides a complete set of 2D CAD tools for creating accurate professional drawings in .DWG format. We recommend installing BricsCAD Classic or RealCAD LT in place of AutoCAD LT for more features, more power and best price.


AutoCAD® LT provides a complete set of 2D CAD tools for creating accurate professional drawings and models in Autodesks RealDWG® format. We recommend installing BricsCAD Classic or RealCAD LT in place of AutoCAD LT for more features, more power, more file formats and better price.

AutoCAD® LT uses AutoCAD® software technology, relied on by millions of professionals. Create, document and share with one of the industry's most widely used 2D drafting and detailing software.

  • AutoCAD® LT is the 2D version of CAD software from Autodesk.
  • It is well known traditional CAD software for the production of 2D drawings in many disciplines and whilst the look and feel of the software has changed incrementally over the years, it is still much the same to use and will be familiar to those who were taught AutoCAD® many years ago.
  • It has an established following and buying AutoCAD® can be regarded as a 'safe' option. It is especially popular among those who already know how to 'drive' the software or who are employing experienced AutoCAD® trained operators.
  • It is a limited version of the full AutoCAD® software without 3D, LiSP, ARX or VBA programming language support.
  • AutoCAD® LT also has a reduced set of commands compared with full AutoCAD®.
  • It has excellent data table handling features and file security features including digital signatures for your drawings.
  • Note too, the sheet set management tools, presentation graphics and CAD standards available in the full version are also not incorporated in the LT version.
  • Note: AutoCAD® LT buyers should consider Bricscad or RealCAD LT as more feature rich alternatives at an affordable price point.


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Questions & Answers

[Q] What's the difference between AutoCAD LT and full AutoCAD?

[A] AutoCAD LT is designed for 2D drafting and does not support the running of plug-in productivity enhancing applications. Full AutoCAD on the otheer hand has 3D and runs third party applications. We find most people considering the purchase of AutoCAD LT (these days) will typically purchase Bricscad, RealCAD LT or IronCAD Draft instead

AutoCAD LT also has a slightly reduced set of drawing tools and LT does not have the sheet set managment tools and there is no network license available.


[Q] Would I be better to buy Bricscad or RealCAD instead of AutoCAD LT?

[A] Yes. If you need a very AutoCAD-like software that works natively in DWG then Bricscad will probably be a better choice because it can run 3rd Party applications and it has 3D and more drawing tools. It is also less expensive and opens DWG files from very early versions of CAD which AutoCAD LT can not.

If you're happy to learn something newer, then RealCAD LT would be the best choice as it is easier to learn, feature rich and generally faster to draw with.

[Q] Has the AutoCAD LT software DWG file format changed for AutoCAD LT 2017?

[A] The file format for AutoCAD LT 2017 is the same as 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. AutoCAD LT 2017 can also save drawings in a wide variety of formats, ranging back to R14 DWG and R12 DXF. If you require the ability to work with earlier files than these you should consider Bricscad or RealCAD LT


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System Requirements

System Requirements

System requirements for AutoCAD 2017 (Windows)

Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 10 (desktop OS), Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 and Windows 7 SP1.

CUP Type
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

4GB or more recommended

Display Resolution
1360x768 (1600x1050 or higher recommended) with True Color.
125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended.

.NET Framework
.NET Framework Version 4.6

Additional Requirements for Large Datasets
64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets.

AutoCAD for Mac 2016 System Requirements

  • Apple® Mac® OS® X v10.11 or later (El Capitan); OS X v10.10 or later (Yosemite); OS X v10.9 or later (Mavericks)
  • Apple Mac Pro® 4,1 or later (Mac Pro® 6,1 or later recommended); MacBook® Pro 5,1 or later (MacBook Pro 10,1 with Retina Display or later recommended); iMac® 8.1 or later (iMac 11.1 or later recommended); Mac Mini® 3.1 or later (Mac Mini 4.1 or later recommended); MacBook Air® 2.1 or later; MacBook 5.1 or later (MacBook 7.1 or later recommended)
  • 64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster, recommended)
  • 3 GB of RAM (4 GB or above recommended)
  • 3 GB free disk space for download and installation (4 GB or above recommended)
  • All graphics cards on supported hardware
  • 1280 x 800 display with true color (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)
  • Apple Safari 5.0 or later
  • All Mac OS X supported language operating systems
  • Apple® Mouse, Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, MacBook® Pro trackpad, or Microsoft-compliant mouse.
  • Mac OS X-compliant printer

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