Introducing AutoCAD LT category
AutoCAD LT products are perfect for: small
businesses, environmental engineers, interior designers, landscape
and garden architects, technical or artistic studios
- 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
following description focuses on one of the latest perpetual
products – 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
Minimum hardware requirements
Processor: 1 GHz or faster
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
Graphics: 1 GB CPU processor; DirectX 9; 1360 x
768 screen resolution
Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10
(64-bit only); Mac OS 10.13 or later (64-bit only)
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 modelling.
AutoCAD LT allows you to
display, edit and change values of existing constrained drawings. A
full version of AutoCAD provides full support for parametric
AutoCAD is available in the SLM
and NLM licensing model. AutoCAD LT is available in the SLM
version, NLM is not supported.
What is the difference between SLM
SLM = Single License Manager: 1 SLM product can be
installed and activated on up to 2 devices, but it can only be used
on 1 device at a time. Special conditions apply. Click here for more information.
NLM = Network License Manager: 1 NLM product
can be installed on an unlimited number of devices, but can be used
only on 1 device at any given moment. The total number of
products that can be in use equals the amount of NLMs you have
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 advanced customization.
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 AutoCAD.
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
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
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
3. Price and return on investment
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.