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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 1866 CAD tips listed in the CADforum database of tips and tricks for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, 3ds Max and other CAD software. Some of the most popular latest CAD tips on

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New CAD blocks and symbols

You can exchange 2D and 3D CAD blocks and symbols with other users in the CADforum Block library. This catalog currently contains 5885 blocks, models, symbols and drawings in te DWG, RFA and IPT files formats. Here are the latest most popular blocks uploaded by people like you:

DWG, People - men, ...
people elevation
DWG, detail people ...
DWG, Titleblock
Villa XZ011
DWG, Maison non amménagée

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New CAD tools

We offer many of our utilities as free CAD tools for download. Recently released CAD utilities:

  • AutoPDF/AutoDWF is a free tool which automatically publishes a PDF or DWF copy of your drawing on every Save operation. You can set many options for the publishing process.
  • FLay reactor automatically places dimensions, hatches, texts or any other drawing objects you draw into specified AutoCAD layers (you don't need to switch layers manually).
  • TURBO is a tool which switches your AutoCAD to faster mode by setting all relevant variables influencing its performance. Worth trying if your AutoCAD works slowly.
  • DBXscanSHX scans folders for DWG files containing references to SHX files - it generates a report and you can identify possible missing SHX files. DBXscanSHX is a part of the DBX family of batch tools scanning for Xrefs, AEC objects, VBA macros, etc. - see DBX Tools.
  • PreSave reactor performs selected actions before any Save operation in AutoCAD. You can zoom, set layer, purge, saveAs a second copy to a different format, etc.

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Full list of AutoCAD commands

There is now a full list of AutoCAD commands and variables - including version 2011 and including undocumented commands - on You can interactively search for commands and display their names in multiple AutoCAD-languages - EN, DE, FR, ES, IT, PT, CZ, RU, PL.

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Budweiser DWG benchmark

Many CAD applications and vendors claim "full" or "100%" compatibility with the Autodesk (AutoCAD) DWG file format. We have created a benchmark drawing (using plain AutoCAD) to verify these claims. So far no non-Autodesk application has succeeded to read and interpret the BUDWEISER.DWG benchmark drawing in all its tests.
BUDWEISER.DWG is now available also in the AutoCAD DWG2010 format.

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Autodesk Homestyler - free from the cloud

Autodesk Homestyler (former "Project Dragonfly") is a free web application for designing 2D and 3D room layouts. You can use it for your home redesign or office layouts. Homestyler contains a large library of furniture and surface materials. Finished designs can be exported to DWG and RVT (Revit) files, or shared online. The whole application runs in your web browser.

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Latest CAD Downloads

The latest CAD utilities, viewers, object enablers, extensions, system libraries, patches and updates are available for download on

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