How much will you save in comparison with a subscription?
All the Autodesk products that we sell in our e-shop are
perpetual, which means that you will only pay once for them and
then they will be yours forever, saving you plenty of money that
you would otherwise give for a subscription!
Have a look at our comparison of prices for perpetual license of
AutoCAD LT 2018 and for a long-term subscription.
AutoCAD LT 2018: Perpetual license price versus
*Total Cost of Ownership
Your perpetual license of
AutoCAD LT 2018
will pay itself off in less than 4 years. Each following year, you
will save 500 €, which means that in another 6 years, you would
3 100 € in total.
The longer you’ll use AutoCAD LT, the more your savings will
Introducing AutoCAD LT category
AutoCAD LT products are perfect for:
small businesses, environmental engineers, interior designers,
landscape and garden architects, technical or artistic
- Comprehensive set of drawing tools that can be used for simple
as well as complex multi-layered drawings.
- Straight forward learning curve that allows you to quickly
start drafting basic, yet professional looking drafts and
- High accuracy that is especially useful for technical and
- Possibility to export the final document into a PDF file that
can be easily shared with anyone.
- The LT version can be used effectively on a regular computer
without the need to have very advanced hardware.
Please note: The AutoCAD LT products that we
offer can differ as newer releases usually come with additional
features and improvements of the already existing ones. The
description below focuses on the following perpetual license –
AutoCAD LT 2018.
Introducing AutoCAD LT 2018
AutoCAD LT editions offer fast, precise and simplified, yet
professionally executed 2D drafting and documentation. Designed
primarily for less demanding users and tasks, it offers a more
affordable solution for your team, in comparison with the full
version of AutoCAD.
The improved 2D drawing tools increase the efficiency and accuracy
of your team and minimize repetitive work – beside the standard
vector drafting, you can attach raster images to your vector
drawings as externally referenced files, quickly view, access,
manage, and plot multiple drawings as a sheet, and enjoy a
streamlined intuitive interface while working.
Thanks to the TrustedDWG technology, you can share your work with
other team members on desktop, cloud and mobile platforms;
additionally, files created with it are compatible with all other
What’s new in AutoCAD LT 2018?
PDF import – import geometry, fills, font
files, TrueType text, and raster images from a PDF
External file references – fix broken paths
for externally referenced files with ease
Object selection – selected objects stay
selected even if you pan or zoom offscreen
Text to Mtext – convert combinations of
single-line and multi-line text to a single Mtext object
User interface – work intuitively with common
dialog boxes and toolbars
Design views – edit and manage AutoCAD views
and drawings online from any computer with Autodesk’s A360
High-resolution monitor support – enjoy clear
and smooth viewing experience even on 4K and higher resolution
Minimum hardware requirements
1 GHz or faster
Hard Disk Space:
Graphics: 1 GB CPU processor; DirectX 9; 1360 x
768 screen resolution
Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10 (64-bit only); Mac OS 10.13 or later (64-bit
IMPORTANT: Starting with AutoCAD LT 2020, the
program only runs on systems with the 64-bit architecture as the
compatibility with 32-bit architecture systems has been
Please keep in mind that the minimum hardware requirements
differ significantly between AutoCAD LT versions, that’s why you
should always check this information in the product detail of a
AutoCAD LT vs AutoCAD
What is the difference between these two versions?
The main and most important one is that AutoCAD LT is focused on
2D drafting, drawings, and documentation, whether the full version
of AutoCAD not only offers 2D drawing, but also 3D modeling and
You can see a basic overview of the differences in the table
below. If you would like to learn more about the mentioned
features, just click the one you are interested in and the link
will take you to the feature description.
AutoCAD LT vs AutoCAD comparison table
AutoCAD LT vs AutoCAD - feature
In AutoCAD LT you can open and view 3D models
created in the full version of AutoCAD, but you can’t create any
new ones or edit them. AutoCAD provides full support for 3D
AutoCAD LT allows you to display, edit and change
values of existing constrained drawings. A full version of AutoCAD
provides full support for parametric drawings.
AutoCAD is available in the SLM (single license) and
NLM (network license) licensing model. AutoCAD LT is available in
SLM version, network licensing is not supported.
A simple customization is available for AutoCAD LT -
for instance: writing scripts, creating and modifying toolbars or
using custom hatch patterns and linetypes. Apart from the
aforementioned features, the full version of AutoCAD supports a
number of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for more
Express Tools is a library of productivity tools
designed to extend the power of AutoCAD products. This set of very
useful additional tools is provided by Autodesk as a courtesy to
their customers, but since they’re officially unsupported, the
company doesn’t take any responsibility for their successful
operation. These tools are available in the full version of
Should I choose AutoCAD LT, or AutoCAD?
Still not sure which of the versions is a better fit for you?
Check what you should consider before you make a final
1. Type of market and future projects
Your choice should be based on the type of market
you want to aim at with your designs. Residential construction
projects can be presented in 2D, but for advanced commercial
constructions you might need 3D design and visualization.
2. Learning curves
Do you have time and resources to train your
employees? It may take time to get familiarized with the program,
so make sure that you checked basic features and tools available in
both software products before making a decision. As AutoCAD LT
offers only 2D drafting and has less advanced features, it will
take less time to start using it.
3. Price and return on investment
Every purchase of new software should be treated as
an investment. New functionalities should let you create more
valuable projects and generate more profit. Consider which features
are essential for you and the future development of your business
and count which version of AutoCAD will bring a better ROI.