How much will you save in comparison with a
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 2012 and for a long-term subscription.
AutoCAD 2012: Perpetual license price versus subscription
*Total Cost of Ownership
Your perpetual license of
AutoCAD 2012 will
pay itself off in about 2 years.
Each following year,
you will save 2190 €, which means that in another 8 years,
you would have saved
18 000 € in total.
longer you’ll use AutoCAD, the more your savings will grow!
Comparison of AutoCAD releases
Can’t decide which version to choose? Have a look at what
features are included in the individual AutoCAD releases that we
sell in our e-shop in the table below.
Introducing AutoCAD category
AutoCAD products are perfect for: businesses
of all sizes (construction and design companies especially),
architects, project managers, engineers
- Versatile array of features that can be used in many work
- Comprehensive, yet easy to use software with intuitive
- Photorealistic rendering allows better illustrations of
- Wide variety of formats for document sharing
- Library of materials such as wood or brick and adjustable
lighting will help with creating a more complete look of your
Please note: The AutoCAD 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 the latest perpetual license –
Introducing AutoCAD 2020
With AutoCAD 2020 you can easily produce professional 2D
documentation and drawings by using a comprehensive set of editing
and annotation tools. The program also allows you to create and
edit realistic 3D models by applying different types of surfaces,
solids, and mesh objects. Find everything you might need for 2D
drawings and 3D modelling in one software!
With AutoCAD 2020 you can:
- Use lines, polylines, User Coordinate System (UCS) and other
features to create 2D objects.
- Use dimensions, notes, and other types of explanatory symbols
or objects to add information to your drawing.
- Enjoy easy access to tools anytime you need them with the
Ribbon Tabs and Panels.
- Attach and import data from PDF files into a drawing.
- Share and/or reuse data from DGN, Navisworks, and Bing Maps
files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
- Customize user interface with a vast collection of additional
tools and APIs.
- Choose a data source to extract property data from selected
objects to a table or to an external file.
- Add lights, apply materials and visual styles to objects in
your 3D models, and create high-resolution rendered images.
What’s new in AutoCAD 2020?
New Dark Theme
The new dark blue theme provides contrast
improvements, sharper icons and better looking interface that’s
easy on the eyes.
Blocks palette helps to insert blocks with visual
galleries. You can drag and drop them into the drawing from Current
Drawing, Recent, or Other Drawing tabs.
Quick Measurement Tool
This new tool allows you to measure distances in the
drawing in real time by moving the cursor in the drawing area, over
and between objects.
Improved DWG Compare tool
You can now compare two versions of a drawing in the
same window and import changes into the current drawing constantly.
The DWG Compare toolbar allows you to activate/deactivate selected
layers, making it easier to see differences and apply adjustments
from one version to the other.
Redesigned Purge command
This feature has been adjusted to make removing
unused objects (such as block definitions, layers, or dimension
styles) easier, so that your drawing contains only relevant
Minimum hardware requirements
Processor: 2.5 GHz
Memory: 8 GB
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
Graphics: 1 GB CPU; DirectX 11; 1920 x 1080 screen
resolution with True Color
Operating system: Windows (64-bit only for every
system) 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; Mac OS 10.13 or later (64-bit)
IMPORTANT: Starting with AutoCAD 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 versions, that’s why you
should always check this information in the product detail of a
AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT
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 vs AutoCAD LT comparison table
AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT – 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
The full version of AutoCAD provides a complete
support for parametric drawings – a technology that allows
designing with constraints = geometric and dimensional associations
and restrictions are applied to your 2D designs. With AutoCAD LT
you can display, edit and change values of existing constrained
drawings, but you won’t be able to create new ones.
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
These tools are available in the full version of AutoCAD.
Should I choose AutoCAD, or AutoCAD LT?
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 softwares before making a decision. As AutoCAD LT offers only
2D drafting and has less advanced features, it will take less time
to start using the product.
3. Price and return of 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.