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What is AutoCAD LT? Autodesk’s 2D drafting software explained
AutoCAD LT 2020 simplifies drafting precise 2D drawings, layouts, blueprints and documentation.
AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software used by professionals such as architects, engineers and electricians.
You can draft original designs and edit existing projects – all while having access to thousands of specialised tool libraries, architectural objects and more. Add text, dimensions, tables and more to your drawings, plus gain access to even more customised features and work on your mobile with add-on apps and APIs.
That’s why AutoCAD is used for a range of projects: floor plans, elevations, electric wiring, piping, duct work and more.
What’s new in AutoCAD LT 2020
AutoCAD LT 2020 adds a number of new workflow enhancements and time-saving features for your next design project, including the following:
- New quick measure tools to show nearby measurements by just hovering your mouse.
- Use any device to view, edit and create drawings, including desktop, mobile or web.
- Blocks palette helps you insert blocks from a most-recently used visual gallery.
- New dark theme (finally!) that can help reduce eye strain and improve contrast.
- Enhanced DWG compare now lets you compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.
- Faster save and install times for solid state hard drives.
- Cloud storage support to help you access DWG files in AutoCAD LT via Autodesk’s cloud or your favourite cloud provider.
Lite? What does the LT in AutoCAD LT mean?
Hint: it doesn’t stand for “lite” or “laptop”. According to an old Autodesk blog, the general philosophy of an LT (Limited Technology) product is to take the most “crucial, commonly used functionality” and make it accessible to more customers. And that cost-effectiveness is the basic idea behind AutoCAD LT, Inventor LT and Revit LT.
AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT Compared: Can AutoCAD LT do 3D?
While AutoCAD LT is ideal for architectural drafters, the extended version of AutoCAD offers both 2D and 3D drawings as well as a photorealistic rendering.
|2D drafting, drawing, and annotation||2D drafting, drawing, and annotation|
|Text settings||Text settings|
|Centrelines and centre marks||Centrelines and centre marks|
|Revision clouds||Revision clouds|
|Layouts||Layouts and Layouts Viewports|
|Data linking||Data linking|
|User interaction||User interaction|
|Ribbon tabs and panels||Ribbon tabs and panels|
|Tool palettes||Tool palettes|
|Command line||Command line|
|Multifunctional grips||Multifunctional grips|
|object and layer transparency||object and layer transparency|
|Dynamic blocks||Dynamic blocks|
|Associative arrays||Associative arrays|
|Object selection and isolation||Object selection and isolation|
|PDF files||PDF and DGN import/expert/underlay|
|DWG references||DWG and image references|
|Sheet sets||Sheet set manager|
|Model references and import|
|Geographic location and online maps||Geographic location and online maps|
|3D modeling and visualization||3D modeling and visualization|
|Solid, surface, and mesh modeling|
|3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel)|
|Specialised Toolsets||Specialised Toolsets|
|AutoCAD Map 3D|
|AutoCAD MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Pumbing)|
|AutoCAD Plant 3D|
|AutoCAD Raster Design|
|Extended workflows||Extended workflows|
|AutoCAD web app||AutoCAD web app|
|AutoCAD mobile app||AutoCAD mobile app|
|Save to web and mobile||Save to web and mobile|
|Shared views||Shared views|
|Installation and customization||Installation and customization|
|TrustedDWG technology||TrustedDWG technology|
|CUI customisation||CUI customisation|
|Multi-user (network) license sharing|
|System variable monitor||Migration tool + Sysvar monitor|
|CAD standards checker|
|Application Programming Interface (API)|
|Autodesk App Store|
|Autodesk desktop app||Autodesk desktop app|
How much does AutoCAD LT cost?
Try AutoCAD LT for free by downloading the free trial from the Autodesk website. If you decide you’d like to purchase the software once your trial has expired, you’ll have the following payment options. Pricing as of May 9, 2019.
- Pay a monthly fee of CDN$65.
- Pay an annual fee of CDN$515/year compared to CDN$2,100/year for the full version of AutoCAD.
- Purchase a 3-year subscription and save 10%.
Autodesk deals for July 2021
Windows: You’ll need Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit) or Windows 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit only) with a minimum of a 2.5GHz processor, 8GB memory, 6GB hard disk space, 1GB graphics and 1920×1080 display.
Mac: You’ll need macOS 10.12 Sierra or later with a minimum of a 64-bit Intel CPU processor, 3GB memory, 3GB hard disk space, 1GB graphics and 1280×800 display. Requirements can vary depending on Mac model.
AutoCAD LT comparison
AutoCAD LT vs TurboCAD LTE
AutoCAD LT and TurboCAD LT are both geared toward interior designers and architectural drafters compared to their respective 3D-capable full versions. TurboCAD LTE is designed to feel familiar to AutoCAD LT users and offers support for file formats such as DWG, DXF and SKP.
Another key difference is that TurboCAD is a one-time payment that does not require a subscription. But you’ll need to pay for the software in one lump sum. AutoCAD LT, on the other hand, offers a monthly payment option, but it requires a monthly or yearly subscription.
AutoCAD LT vs Revit LT
While AutoCAD LT provides a cost-effective approach to industry-standard 2D drafting, Revit LT (also from Autodesk) is more for creating and documenting building projects, generating 3D views and BIM deliverables.
AutoCAD LT vs SketchUp
Users can create both 2D and 3D drawings in SketchUp, but it’s geared more toward 3D drafts. The full version of AutoCAD has more features and is available for a broader range of devices than SketchUp – which is only available on Windows and Mac.
AutoCAD is more expensive in the long run, since it requires a regular subscription, though you have the option of paying monthly. SketchUp offers a free version and does not require a subscription for its paid version.