What applications do the different Autodesk Design Suites contain?

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21. 2. 2023

Finding out what specific applications are present in Autodesk's many design suites, with all their versions and editions, can be a difficult task. This is why we have prepared a simplified overview table for you! This table is not exhaustive but it can provide an initial introduction to the general contents of Autodesk suites.

Autodesk Design Suites – overview table

Design Suites
Design Suites
Design Suites
Standard Premium Standard Premium Ultimate Standard Premium
AutoCAD Architecture
AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD Mechanical
AutoCAD Plant 3D
AutoCAD Raster Design
AutoCAD Structural Detailing1
Alias Design 2
Inventor Professional
Revit 4
Showcase 5
Sketchbook Designer
Navisworks Simulate
Navisworks Manage
Vault Basic
3ds Max
3ds Max Design

1 Structural Detailing is available only until version 2015
2 in Product Design Suite versions 2013-2016
3 ReCap is not available in suites older than version 2014
4 in Premium and Ultimate Plant Design Suites Revit is actually Revit Structure
5 in Product Design Suite versions 2013-2018

If you would like to compare the apps in the different suites in more detail, take a look at the comprehensive interactive Autodesk Design Suite comparison table that we have prepared for you.


AutoCAD is widely used for 2D technical drawings and 3D design creation. If you are an architect, a project manager or an engineer, you will appreciate this software’s ability to aid you when you’re creating drafts, designs, electrical circuits, plumbing schemes, or ground plans of buildings.

AutoCAD Architecture

AutoCAD Architecture is a software designed for architects. Its intuitive environment and specialized building design tools allows them to create architectural drafting and documentation more efficiently.


AutoCAD MEP helps you to draft, design and document building systems. It’s essential for projects that include mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering systems, helping professionals drafting and keeping track of them throughout the building construction lifecycle.

AutoCAD Mechanical

AutoCAD Mechanical is a design and drafting software built for the manufacturing industry. It includes libraries of standards-based parts and tools for automating common mechanical CAD tasks and streamlining mechanical design processes.

AutoCAD Electrical

This engineering software is very useful for electrical controls designers as it allows them to automate common design tasks and facilitate drafting productivity, providing them all the tools to design control systems in a quick and cost-effective way.


AutoCAD P&ID software enables process plant, piping and instrumentation designers to radically improve their productivity compared to what has usually been a long and time consuming process. It allows them to create, modify, and manage schematic piping and instrumentation diagrams and provides useful tools to automate and streamline various aspects of P&ID workflows

AutoCAD Raster Design

AutoCAD Raster Design helps you easily edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans in a familiar AutoCAD environment, thanks to its powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools.

AutoCAD Sketchbook Designer

Sketchbook Designer is the Autodesk solution designed to digitalize the ideas generation process in the companies, allowing them to document the early stage of a product design and to easily communicate with other departments. It can be used for the implementation of different concepts, presentation of different color alternatives and the final exploration.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing

AutoCAD Structural Detailing is a version of AutoCAD specialized in creating workshop drawings for steel and reinforced concrete structures as well as building drawings. It provides a two-sided connection for data exchange with Robot Structural Analysis and Revit Structure.

Alias Design

Alias Design is an industrial design software that provides sketching concept modeling, surfacing, and several visualization tools for product, industrial and automotive design.

3ds Max & 3ds Max Design

Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly known as 3D Studio and 3D Studio Max, is a professional 3D computer graphics program for design visualization, games, and 3D animation. If you are a CAD designer, architect or mechanical engineer, 3ds Max Design is a great choice.

Inventor & Inventor Professional

Autodesk Inventor allows you to create, simulate and visualize 3D product designs with professional-grade engineering tools.

Navisworks Simulate

Navisworks Simulate is a project review software product which enables engineering, architecture and construction professionals to review integrated models and data with stakeholders in order to gain better control over the outcomes of their projects.

Navisworks Manage

Navisworks Manage is a project review software product which enables engineering, architecture and construction professionals to review integrated models and data with stakeholders in order to gain better control over the outcomes of their projects. As the most extensive edition, in comparison with Navisworks Simulate, it also has a Clash Detective tool available.


ReCap stands for “Reality Capture”. It is a program for working with native point clouds from laser scans. With ReCap you can create 3D models from imported photographs and laser scans


Autodesk Revit is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software offering a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to design and construction projects. With all powerful tools for architecture, MEP, and structural engineering unified into a single interface, Revit serves as a helpful tool for project teams to cooperate and achieve better outcomes.


Autodesk Showcase is a great solution for customers who need to evaluate esthetic and design alternatives of different 3D models.

Vault Basic

Autodesk Vault is a product data management tool (PDM) integrated with several Autodesk products (i.e. AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Revit and Civil 3D). It helps design teams track workflow and maintain version control in multi-user environments to improve further productivity.

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