AutoCAD LT 2013 for PC
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- Document ideas: Document your ideas and designs more accurately with a comprehensive set of 2D drafting and detailing tools
- Collaborate with others: Create files with genuine DWG technology and share your work with colleagues and clients
- Increase productivity: With a consistent focus on drafting productivity and intuitive interaction, AutoCAD LT is built for efficient design documentation
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- Platform: Windows 7 / XP
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Amazon.ca Product Description
Capture design concepts with AutoCAD LT drafting and detailing software and produce precise 2D technical drawings that you can easily edit, repurpose, and share. Document ideas-Document your ideas and designs more accurately with a comprehensive set of 2D drafting and detailing tools. Collaborate with others-Create files with genuine DW technology and share your work with colleagues and clients. Increase productivity-With a consistent focus on drafting productivity and intuitive interaction, AutoCAD LT is built for efficient design documentation.
From the Manufacturer
AutoCAD LT 2013 drafting and detailing software delivers the 2D documentation, collaboration, and productivity tools you need, on both Windows and Mac platforms. Work more productively with intuitive feature enhancements and the latest DWG technology. Extend your desktop with Autodesk 360 cloud services and connect and collaborate with colleagues virtually anywhere.
Create simple or complex drawings from standard shapes such as lines, arcs, and circles. Modify existing geometry with commands such as stretch, copy, rotate, and scale. Add annotations—including text, dimensions, and tables—to help convey your ideas with real-world dimensions and technical detail.
Efficiently edit and repurpose drawings to iterate and evaluate design options. Use advanced tools like Associative Array and Dynamic Blocks to accommodate design changes.
Collaborate with Others
Get Industry-Leading Reliability and Stability
Create drawings using the latest DWG technology and have confidence in data integrity when sharing your work. Maximize productivity by reducing time lost tackling corrupted or incompatible data.
Incorporate External Files
Reuse data and create richer documents by referencing external information from colleagues or clients—such as DWG files, JPEG and TIF images, Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets, and DWF and PDF underlays—in your drawings.
Benefit from AutoCAD Compatibility
AutoCAD LT 2013 software is fully integrated with other Autodesk software products, making it easier for you to share data with others or expand your capabilities.
Extend Your Desktop
Take full advantage of the features of the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform through close integration with AutoCAD LT 2013 software. With the computing capacity and capabilities of Autodesk 360 cloud services closely integrated with AutoCAD LT 2013, you can store, review, and share files, keep track of file updates, and invite others to comment on designs.
Share Files Electronically
Electronically publish and distribute drawing sets in a single DWF or PDF file for faster, more secure collaboration.
Drive Efficient Design Documentation
Enhance your productivity with features and tools that can reduce the number of steps required to accomplish everyday tasks and create a drawing.
Efficiently Reuse Content
Save time and standardize drawings by using blocks, adding dynamic properties to accommodate multiple sizes or views in a single block. Get quick access to frequently used content such as blocks, hatches, and commands with tool palettes.
Tailor Your Work Environment
Quickly find your way around the screen with tools to locate commands, view all open drawings, and navigate between different areas in an open drawing. Optimize your work environment by tailoring the location and appearance of commands to help meet your needs and company standards.
For 32-Bit AutoCAD LT 2013
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium edition (SP3 or later) with an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home edition (SP3 or later) with an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
- 1 GB RAM1.4 GB free disk space for installation
- 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true color
- Internet Explorer 7.0 or laterInstall from download or DVD
For 64-Bit AutoCAD LT 2013
- Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium edition; Microsoft Windows Vista (SP2 or later) Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate edition; or Microsoft Windows XP Professional edition (SP2 or later
- AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron processor with SSE2 technology, Intel Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
- 2 GB RAM
- 4 GB free disk space for installation
- 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true color
- Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
- Install from download or DVD
Top Customer Reviews
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Note that the LT version has limitations compared to its fuller priced cousin in that it only handles 2D files and not the 3D ones.
Another reviewer made a comparison to Photoshop, and I think the comparison is quite apt. Initially you will be awed by the sheer volume of options and toolbars presented for you to use, and the opening screen can be initimidating to a CAD newbie. In fact, you can download a free trial from the AutoCAD website to see if it is for you. There are included sample drawings and layouts to get you started, and of course, a huge volume of material both printed and on the web to teach you the basics.
Depending on what version you are upgrading from, you may or may not see a huge difference in user experience. The new interface relies on Ribbons, similar to the new version of Microsoft Office. 2013 adds Cloud support to Autodesk 360 which is likely important in an collaborative environment. And of course, there is added support for social media sharing like Facebook and Twitter right within the program. Many other features that may appear new here were added in 2012 such as multi-touch UI support (for systems that support it).
Other nice new features include the section views in the documentation tab that allows for easier access when you need to edit section/detail lines. There is also a new command line interface that can be easily docked anywhere on the screen, and has up to a 50 line history that can be displayed on the screen. For "power users", easy access to the command line can make you significantly more efficient.
There are other new UI features you can find at the Autodesk website - all are nice improvements over 2012, but they do not necessarily make this a must have. I'd suspect if you just upgraded last year, it's not necessarily worth the upgrade unless you need the cloud support. If you haven't upgraded since 2011, I think the combination of new features in the last 2 years make this a good choice for you.
Even though it is priced much below the "full" version, AutoCAD LT still comes at a price, both monetary as well as the type of system required. I initially put it on a somewhat modestly configured dual core XP SP3 laptop with minimal graphics capability. It ran, but you could almost draw freehand faster than the screen could update. It also blue screened me a couple of times. I had a much better experience on a Win 7 machine (32 bit, i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 512MB video card). Reaction time was excellent, and zero problems to date with anything crashing.
I was initially displeased with the screen layout as it seemed way too cluttered compared with my past, albeit very dated, experience with AutoCAD. But after working with it for a while I found it to be efficient. It can also be customized with the tools used the most. The ribbon design works well. If you forget the name of a command you can start with the first letter or two and the software will provide suggestions.
I was concerned about being able to retrieve DWG files produced with older versions, but encountered no problems at all. Files came in without a hitch. You can also save files in older versions should your need downward compatibility, as well as export out to a variety of formats.
While there is some help and assistance built-in, a manual is pretty much a necessity given the complexity of the program and options. My past experience made me somewhat comfortable with the basics, but I still needed to spend a lot of time with the AutoCAD Bible (AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible). Although it is written for the 2012 version, it offers a great deal of usable info for the 2013 version.
If your needs are mostly or entirely in the 2D realm, this is the most capable tool out there. Steep learning curve, steep price tag, but a world of difference when it comes to the tools at your disposal. If you're a CAD novice, certainly get your feet wet with something such as TurboCAD or CorelCAD. But for production work, AutoCAD is what you're going to need (or certainly want). Highly recommend.
I found it easy to get going making basic shapes and from there to create more complex drawings. As for some of the more advanced tools I found the associative array functionality to be powerful and a great time saver. I was able to create multiple like objects quickly and move and edit them as a unit. It's easy to see how this would be a tremendous time saver for a working professional. The Sheet Set Manager is also a powerful item. I look at is as a database for projects, with it you can organize drawings in a project, edit the names, manage the views all on one palette. This was very handy for the handful of things I have created thus far, how much more so for the experienced professional.
Another feature I enjoyed is AutoCAD WS. The web/cloud baased collaboration offering from AutoDesk. I tried the iOS (iPad), Android (Tablet/phone), and web versions. All worked flawlessly. I was able to pull up, view, and edit my drawings. For my limited abilities, thus far, I was impressed with the number of tools available to me with these apps. The resolution was good on all the devices, though the phone was a bit small for my taste. The price for all the WS services is right...Free!
The PDF output was superb. It created high resolution images and the text is searchable. Speaking of PDFs, it was also a nice feature to be able to use a PDF as an underlay for my drawings. I was able to create PDFs in Illustrator and use them as underlays, since that was a vector PDF, objects snapped to the underlay.
I cannot comment on any UI inprovements as this is my first experience with the program, but for me the basics were fairly intuitive. Time will tell as I move past the basics if I still hold this view. But it bodes well in my mind that the basics are fairly intuitive.
The program loads and runs very fast on my machine (dual 6-core Xeons, 48GB RAM, SSD drive for programs, Quadro video card) which should be a good representation for a CAD workstation. I have experienced zero lag and zero crashes. Again, the caveat is that my work thus far is not complex.
I would say for the layman without much CAD experience but who wants to learn, this is a good purchase; as I feel that if you are going to bother to learn CAD, you should learn the industry standard as it can only benefit you. For the professional I would think that the AutoCAD WS, Associative Arrays, and cloud integration would be worthwhile areas to investigate if one is looking to upgrade (provided these are not offered in previous versions), and as the industry standard must be the complete package for the professional that doesn't yet own it. I don't find the cost out of line at all for a professional tool. If one looks at professional level software tools such as Photoshop, 3DS Max, etc. the cost is reasonable.
I look forward to learning this program inside out.
I found that AutoCAD LT 2013 is a little faster and smoother than AutoCAD LT 2012. Amazon is currently selling this a good amount under what AutoDesk is selling it so that was a plus.
AutoCAD LT basically does not have LSP routines and 3d modelling, but for simple and efficient drafting it works great for under 1000 dollars a seat.
I would also like to say that 2013 introduces the new file format so now is the perfect time to buy so you do not need to convert files that come in from other architects/contractors. The upgrade is nice too for when AutoCAD LT 2016 comes out so you can get the new version for a lesser price.