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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2118 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 7590 blocks, models, symbols and drawings in the DWG, RFA and IPT file formats. Here are the latest most popular blocks uploaded by people like you:

DWG, Balustrade Handrail
DWG, Freight container ...
DWG, World map - lat/long

(see all blocks )

New CAD and GIS tools

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

  • JobTime - time-tracking reactor - net editing time spent on DWG drawings (edittime)
  • TRANS - easy translation of AutoCAD drawing texts - either manual, Trados-assisted (translation memory), or automatic via Google Translate
  • FLay - force layer for selected commands (drawing objects), AutoCAD LISP reactor
  • RoundT - round drawing texts to given number of decimal places
  • GetCol - show real color of the selected object, incl. bylayer and block-nested
  • SysVarLock - protects (watches) defined AutoCAD system variables from assigning defined values
  • InsertBlks - insert all DWG files in a folder as blocks
  • Click2XLS - export clicked point coordinates to Excel sheets
  • Depends - list all file dependencies in the current DWG - xrefs, images, fonts, underlays, etc.
  • SlopeTick - draw slope tickmarks (batter lines, hatches) between two polylines
  • PreSave reactor - perform selected actions before any Save operation (zoom, layer, purge, preview, saveAs...)
  • PSfixTxt - add prefix or suffix to the selected drawing texts (LISP)

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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AutoCAD WS gets momentum

More than 2 million users have already downloaded the free mobile (or web-based) version of AutoCAD. AutoCAD WS for Apple iOS mobile devices and for AutoCAD WS Android phones and tablets can display, measure, edit, share and publish 2D DWG drawings - anywhere. The drawings are stored in the Autodesk cloud - they can be uploaded either manually or synchronized automatically through the "online" ribbon in AutoCAD 2012.

More about AutoCAD WS at

AutoCAD and LT 2012 for Mac

During the "DESIGN816" event held on Aug 16th, Autodesk has launched three new AutoCAD versions for Mac OS X Lion - AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, lower priced AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and a free native desktop version of AutoCAD WS for Mac. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac offers similar new functions as its Windows counterpart.

All 3 applications can be downloaded from Apple Mac Store.

Project Spark - Revit LT

Autodesk Project Spark is a new, limited version of the BIM application Autodesk Revit Architecture. This software may become "Revit LT" in future. Spark offers similar limitations as AutoCAD LT compared to the full AutoCAD - no rendering, no API, limited worksharing, no in-place families, no point-clouds, no design options, nor groups. Unlike AutoCAD LT, Spark supports full 3D. Spark is available as a free "technology preview" for Windows 32/64-bit.

See more information about Project Spark at Autodesk Labs

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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