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AutoCAD LT drafting software helps value-conscious design professionals create precise 2D technical drawings.

AutoCAD LT® 2D CAD software helps you to create 2D drawings faster and with more precision. Available for Windows and Mac. Includes the AutoCAD mobile app.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive 2D documentation: Produce 2D documentation and drawings with a comprehensive set of drawing, editing and annotation tools.
  • Intuitive user interface: Access tools when you need them – contextual ribbon tabs, multi-functional grips, customisable tool palettes and an intelligent command line.
  • Innovative technologies: Get the latest technologies including TrustedDWG™, high-resolution monitor support, migration tools and the Autodesk desktop app.
  • Connected collaboration: Share and use data from PDF and DGN files, Bing Maps and AutoCAD mobile app.
  • PDF import enhancements: Use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects.
  • External file references: Save time and minimise frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files.
  • Object selection: Freely navigate around your drawing while selecting objects that stay in the selection set, even if you pan or zoom off screen.
  • Text to Mtext enhancements: With the Combine Text tool, convert combinations of text and Mtext objects to a single Mtext object.

AutoCAD LT - Features

The core capabilities of AutoCAD LT 2D drafting and detailing software allow you to document and communicate your 2D drawings easily.

General Features

  • Document
    AutoCAD LT delivers a comprehensive set of 2D drafting and detailing tools for documenting ideas and designs.
  • Communicate
    Easily and accurately share information with colleagues and clients through a variety of file and output formats.
  • Optimise
    Optimise your work environment with a customizable user interface and efficient organisation and navigation tools.

Document Features

Document Your Ideas and Designs with AutoCAD LT
AutoCAD LT software delivers comprehensive 2D drafting and detailing tools for documenting ideas and designs. Create technical plans confidently with this comprehensive CAD drawing and drafting solution.

Create with Basic 2D Drafting Tools
Create simple or complex 2D drawings from standard shapes:

  • Lines
  • Polygons
  • Arcs
  • Circles
  • Ellipses

Modify Your CAD Drawings Easily
Modify existing geometry with commands that:

  • Stretch, fillet, or chamfer
  • Move, copy, and rotate
  • Scale, trim, and extend
  • Offset, mirror, erase, or explode
  • Align objects
  • Add and edit propertiesEasily display and change the current properties for any object in your CAD drawing.
  • Retrieve distance, radius, angle, area, and volume of an object or a sequence of points.

Annotate Your CAD Drawings
AutoCAD LT provides robust annotation tools that enhance communication by adding:

  • TextCreate and add text objects to your CAD drawing with familiar word processing tools such as indents and tabs, automatic bulleted or numbered lists, and in-place spell-checking.
  • DimensionsAdd accurate dimensions to display distances, angles, and arc lengths with intelligent dimension objects. Independently control linetypes and arrow locations. Create jogged dimensions for dimensioning large radii or distances.
  • TablesCreate tables that are easily resised and modified, and which can perform calculations using formulas similar to Microsoft Excel software.
  • Annotation scalingSet the current scale of a viewport or model space view and apply that scale to each text, dimension, or hatch object. Its size, placement, and appearance will then automatically adjust based on the scale set for the viewport.
  • FieldsFields are special text objects that store the properties of objects or drawings. Use them to display properties, such as the length of a line, the area of a polyline, or the name of a layout. When a property changes, the fields will update.

Calculate from Within AutoCAD LT
Use the QuickCalc calculator to perform calculations, convert units, and derive values from drawing entities.

Communication Features

Communicate Designs Quickly and Easily with AutoCAD LT
AutoCAD LT 2D CAD software gives you the tools for fast and secure collaboration with colleagues and clients in all phases of the design process. Review, edit, and share information easily and accurately with AutoCAD LT.

The Power of DWG
Save and share files with DWG technology from Autodesk. With billions of DWG files circulating throughout every design industry, its one of the most commonly used design data formats. With the AutoCAD LT native DWG file format, you can have complete confidence in the integrity and reliability of your data.

Seamless Data Sharing Across AutoCAD Products
Because AutoCAD LT 2D CAD software is built with the same technology as AutoCAD software, sharing data between products is seamless. AutoCAD LT is interoperable with AutoCAD, Autodesk Design Review, and DWG TrueView software. AutoCAD LT is also compatible with industry-specific AutoCAD-based products, including the AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical applications.

Reference Information in Other Files and File Formats
AutoCAD LT enables you to reference data in other files and a variety of formats into your CAD drawings, including:

  • DWG
  • Images
  • DWF
  • PDF
  • ExcelCreate AutoCAD LT tables directly from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and use Data Links to update information without retyping

Output Your CAD Drawings to Noneditable Formats

  • Publish and plotSave page setups to easily reuse settings from previous plots. Use the Publish command to quickly plot multiple drawings or layouts to a plotter or to a DWF file. With background plotting, you can continue working in the drawing editor while AutoCAD LT software plots behind the scenes.
  • DWFWith DWF technology you can publish intelligent design data and save time by simplifying collaboration with your design team. With files as small as one-tenth the size of other file formats, DWF is a fast and easy way to communicate design information and provide secure and efficient sharing at every stage of the project lifecycle. Read and write to older versions of AutoCAD LTIncrease collaboration and the exchange of data with users of older versions of AutoCAD LT software.
  • Design reviewEasily coordinate projects during the design review stage by replacing the paper process with a digital one. Review and round-tripping functionality are free* with Autodesk Design Review software. Mark up drawings with comments, sketches, dimensions, text, and stamps before sending them. Workflows are streamlined, fidelity is increased, and jobs are finished faster.
  • PDF outputPublish high-quality PDFs directly from AutoCAD LT drawings. Text in a drawing is exported as TrueType font, enabling you to highlight, search, and copy text in the PDF viewer. Select the appropriate font files to embed when you specify the PDF plotter properties. Once plotting is complete, the PDF automatically appears.

Share Drawing Files with Consultants and Clients
Protect the authenticity of your DWG files with digital signatures. Package all files related to a drawing into one zip file with eTransmit. Save drawings in earlier file formats to exchange data with users of older versions of AutoCAD LT software. Save DWG files in the DXF file format to exchange data with users of other design or CAD software.

Optimise Features

Optimise Your AutoCAD LT Work Environment
AutoCAD LT 2D CAD software enables you to optimise your work environment. With a customisable user interface, you can set up a workspace that works for you. Organisation and navigation tools help you to build efficiency into your day-to-day workflow.
Organise content within your 2D CAD drawings and your library for control over screen and plotted outputs and easy access to standard tools and components.

Layers
The Layer Properties Manager makes creating and editing layer properties fast and easy. Changes made in the dialog are instantly reflected in the drawing.

  • Group layers by shared properties for easy modification and save layer settings for reuse in other drawings.
  • Set layer properties independently in each viewport to add emphasis to different aspects of your drawing.
  • Use true colour to specify a colour by its hue, saturation, and luminescence (HSL) values, or by its red, green, and blue (RGB) components. You can also select colours from preloaded colour books, including several Pantone and RAL libraries.

Blocks
Save time and standardise drawings by eliminating the need to redraw repetitive standard components.

  • Add dynamic properties to blocks to accommodate multiple sizes or views in a single block, reducing the size of the block library in the process.
  • Include attributes in block definitions, providing opportunities to display unique information about each block instance.
  • Attributes can be single- or multiline, accommodating varying text lengths.
  • Use a full range of Block Attribute commands to manage and edit information about defined blocks. Gain precise control over the order of attributes and easily add or remove attributes from block definitions.

Tool Palettes
Quickly access frequently used content, such as blocks, hatches, and commands.

  • Save time and maintain standards, knowing that content is inserted on the proper layer with the correct scale, linetype, colour, and other properties.
  • Easily organise your tool palettes into logical groups and quickly restore them at any time to increase productivity and save time.

Fade Display of Xrefs
Show externally referenced files as faded for on-screen display to visually differentiate objects in xrefs from objects in the current drawing.

Optimise Your User Interface
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 customising the location and appearance of commands. Shortcuts include the following:

  • Ribbon User Interface
    The Ribbon interface presents commands in a concise visual format, allowing you to quickly select the commands you need. Customise the ribbon, so it's optimised for your needs and meets your companys standards.
  • Menu Browser
    The Menu Browser allows you to search for command names. Thumbnail images of recent and open files also appear, along with detailed information about when the file was last saved. Organise recently used files by name, date, or title.
  • Quick View Drawings/Layouts
    The Quick View features use thumbnails in addition to file names, making opening the correct drawing file and layout faster and decreasing the time spent opening incorrect files.
  • Viewports
    Show multiple views of your drawing on one layout with viewports. Viewports can be any size or shape required to show an area of interest. When a viewport is rotated, you can also rotate the view to maintain the view orientation relative to the viewport.
  • Mouse Wheel Zoom/Pan
    Use the wheel on your mouse to quickly zoom and pan to see different areas of your drawing.
  • Dynamic Input
    Dynamic Input provides a command interface near the cursor to help keep your focus in the drafting area. When Dynamic Input is on, tooltips display information near the cursor that is dynamically updated as the cursor moves. When a command is active, the tooltips provide a place for user entry.
  • SteeringWheels
    The Autodesk SteeringWheels navigation tool provides quick access to the Zoom and Pan commands. It also has a rewind function that enables you to step back through previous views of your drawing.

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Features in Version 2009

Efficient Drafting Data Exchange Publishing

AutoCAD LT 2009 software is used for drafting and detailing by design professionals in all industries who require full DWG file format compatibility but do not require 3D capabilities, advanced customization, or network licensing of their software.

Dramatically increase productivity with AUTOCAD LT 2009 software. Boost efficiency with innovative features that reduce the risk for error and save time by automating routine tasks. New controls simplify navigation, enabling designers to find commands quickly and easily and helping new users to become productive as quickly as possible.

Efficient Drafting

Dynamic Blocks

Feature Function Benefit
Create Create Dynamic Blocks from existing block libraries in a simple, graphical manner. Use Dynamic Blocks to save time and help standardize drawings by minimizing the need to redraw standard components.
Edit Edit existing block libraries to set parameters and constraints. One block can contain multiple editable components in place of several blocks. Find the right block much more efficiently. Inserting and editing the block is virtually error-free.
View Use the new visibility controls to present a variety of standard block configurations in a single block. Quickly and easily use different blocks without deleting or exploding them.

Drafting Productivity

Feature Function Benefit
Layer Express Tools Use AutoCAD Express Tools for layer management. Increase productivity for everyday drafting tasks.
AutoTrack Use AutoTrack technology to create temporary alignment paths that help designers draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationships to other objects. AutoTrack includes two tracking options: polar tracking and object snap tracking. Increase productivity for everyday drafting tasks.
Layers per Viewport Specify line colour, weight, type, or plot style as a function of an individual viewport, and not as a global property of the entire drawing, with enhanced layer manager. Helps remove the work of creating and editing duplicate geometry and virtually eliminates a potential source of error.

Enhanced User Interface

Feature Function Benefit
Ribbon The ribbon interface presents command options in a concise visual format, enabling users to quickly select commands based on the work they are doing. Overall drafting productivity is increased by decreasing the number of steps to reach a command.
Menu Browser The new menu browser interface enables users to browse files and examine thumbnail images as well as provides detailed information about file size and file creator. Improve productivity through fast visual review of files without having to load them into AutoCAD LT software.
Quick Properties The Quick Properties menu shows the most common information needed for that entity. The menu can be easily customized by selecting the button in the upper-right corner of the menu. Get exactly the properties information you need when you need it.
Quick View Review open drawings and layouts with thumbnail images. Makes opening drawings and layouts faster and less error prone.
Pointer Input Launch commands, read prompts, and enter values right at the graphics cursor. Stay focused on design rather than on the command line.
Dimension Input See dimension values, such as length and angle, on the object being created or edited. Enter new values and change them dynamically in the graphics window. Interact dynamically with a design and explore alternatives on-the-fly.

Tool Palettes

 

Feature Function Benefit
User Content Drag and drop frequently used blocks and hatches directly onto tool palettes. Drag content from tool palettes directly into your drawing. Quickly find frequently used content, such as blocks, hatches, and solid fills. Maintain standards and efficiently insert them into your designs.
Tool Properties Pre-assign tool properties such as layer, colour, and scale. Automatically switch layers, colours, and scale as you insert content into your drawings. Save time and maintain standards by knowing that content is inserted on the proper layer with the correct scale, linetype, colour, and other properties.
Manage Tool Palettes Create palette groups using the Customize dialog box. Switch between palette groups from the Customize dialog box or from the tool palette itself. Easily organize your tool palettes into logical sets and quickly restore them at any time to increase productivity and save time.

Annotation

Feature Function Benefit
Annotation Scaling Use the scale to control the appearance, size and placement of text, hatches, blocks, line types, leaders and dimensions in your drawing. Control size, placement and appearance based on the scale set for each viewport. Scaling of annotation is now automated, avoiding the creation and duplication of drawing annotation across multiple layers.
Create Tables Insert standard WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tables with in-place editing and intuitive keyboard functionality application. Save time with a one-step process instead of a series of manual steps using a variety of commands.
Perform Calculations in Tables Perform sums, averages, and counts across rows and columns. Use standard expressions in a cell such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, exponents, and equals. Importing from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software application retains formulas that were created using Excel. Perform necessary calculations right in AutoCAD LT software. Helps reduce errors when updating values.
Edit Tables In addition to standard grip editing, table editing options are available through the context-sensitive menu and the Properties dialog box. Reduce frustration and save time through simplified table modification procedures.
Edit Hatch Origin Point and click to select a new hatch origin. Avoid complex workarounds to place a hatch to your preferred origin point.
Layer Express Tools Use AutoCAD Express Tools for layer management. Increase productivity for everyday drafting tasks.
Bidirectional table linking Enhanced tables provide the option to combine tabular information generated using AutoCAD LT software or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software into a single AutoCAD LT table. Help keep data up-to-date with automated table linking.
Multiple Segment Leaders Enhanced tools automate the creation of multiple leaders and the orientation of the leaders (tail or content first) with the notes. Help avoid the need to create and align leaders by hand.
Full WYSIWYG Text Placement Create and edit text so it will appear exactly as it does in the drawing. Easily view, size, position, and edit text relative to nearby geometry.
Text Formatting Toolbar Adjust text appearance as needed. Apply style, font, and other text properties to characters and words. Quickly create and edit text.
Tabs, Indents, Bullets, and Numbering Set indentation and tab stops, apply bullet styles for paragraphs, and create numbered lists using standard rulers. Easily create multiline paragraphs and bulleted lists, and number notes with professional-quality formatting.
Create Multiple Hatches Select multiple continuous boundaries and hatch them all with a single command. Save time by avoiding repetitious use of the Hatch command.
Calculate Hatch Area Both individual and cumulative hatch areas are listed in hatch properties as hatches are created. Quickly and easily calculate areas of hatches.

Dimensioning

Feature Function Benefit
Varying Dimension Linetypes Select different dimension and extension linetypes by using the Dimension Style or the Properties dialog box. Give your dimensions exactly the linetype you prefer without spending time to explode and edit them.
Dimension Arc Lengths Dimension the length of an arc, using standard arc length symbol. Avoid time-consuming workarounds to dimension an arc.
Dimension Break Automatically break a dimension line that crosses another dimension line Avoid current workarounds used to create dimension breaks. Dimension breaks maintain the integrity of the dimension and will automatically adjust to changes in the design.
Inspection Dimension Associate and display inspection requirements with specific dimensions Avoid creating additional text describing the inspection requirements that are not associated to the dimension.
Dimension Jogline Add a jogline to a dimension to indicate that the object dimensioned is not completely represented in the drawing Avoid current workarounds used to create a jogline. Include a jogline in a dimension and maintain the integrity of the dimensions and the dimension will automatically adjust to changes in the design
Dimension Large Radii Curves Create a jogged radial dimension line to indicate the radius of an arc or a circle that is too large to fit on the drawing. Save time by automatically creating a jogged dimension line.
Flip Dimension Arrows Flip an individual dimension arrow from inside to outside the dimension line and back. Avoid workaround to move dimension arrows manually.

Data Exchange

Workflow and Interoperability

Feature Function Benefit
Read/Write to Previous Versions of AutoCAD/Save AutoCAD Release 14 DWG Files Read and write to previous versions of AutoCAD software. Easily collaborate and exchange data with users on older versions of AutoCAD.
Using DWF as an Underlay/Reference Import a DWF file and use it as a starting point for the addition of more information. Secure, lightweight DWF files enable users to share design information with other companies on a project.

Publishing

Electronic Publishing

Feature Function  
Publish to DWF Publish drawing files in the DWF file format. Secure, lightweight DWF format enables designers to exchange electronic drawings without the use of editable DWG files.
Create PDF Files Export drawing files in Adobe PDF format. Enables users who have standardized on PDF to view and print drawing files.

Viewing and Markup

Feature Function Benefit
Free* Autodesk Design Review Autodesk Design Review provides secure, digital markup, measure, and redlining functionality to project team members who do not own or know how to use graphics software. Users can view, print, and mark up drawings with comments, sketches, dimensions, text, and stamps. Markups can be round-tripped to AutoCAD LT, and reviewed in the context of the design itself for fast, accurate revisions. Work digitally with team members unfamiliar with AutoCAD software, to speed projects to completion and easily communicate changes throughout the entire design review process.
Markup Set Manager Display the list of markups (created in Autodesk Design Review software) in the current markup set, using a tree view organized by sheets. Republish markups, open sheets with associated markups, and change the markup status. Automate the iterative process of drawing review, mark up, and revision, streamlining workflow and helping increase productivity.

Simplified Plotting

Feature Function Benefit
Enhanced Plot User Interface Provides all page setup controls in one location, with the most commonly used controls on the left side. The Preview option provides a full preview of how the current plot settings will be applied when the drawing is plotted. Increase productivity with easy access to the most frequently used plot controls
Background Plotting Whether publishing designs to DWF files or plotting to paper, designers can continue working in the drawing editor while AutoCAD LT software plots in the background. Spend more time drafting and less time waiting for plot jobs
* This product is subject to terms and conditions fo the end-user license agreement that accompanies download this software.

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New Features in Version 2010

With AutoCAD LT 2010 software, weve added more of the 2D tools youve been asking for, like Align, Xref, and Block Attribute commands. High-quality PDF output means you can easily share 2D drawings with anyone. And you can save time by attaching PDFs as an underlay in drawing files. The professional choice in drafting and detailing software now has even more ways to increase your productivity.

PDF Output Enhancements
Now you can publish PDFs directly from AutoCAD LT 2D software, enabling you to easily share files and communicate with others in this widely used electronic information exchange format. PDFs offer improved visual quality of the font and line weight, and now, its even possible to highlight, search, and copy text.
Exporting text as TrueType fonts further reduces the file size. The enhanced PDF driver includes data from layers that are turned on and thawed when the plot is created. Once plotting is complete, the PDF automatically appears.

PDF Input/Underlay Support
Make PDFs work for you. Take advantage of this common document publishing format by inserting PDFs that you can snap to as underlays in drawings. Benefit from the increased efficiency and accuracy gained from being able to insert a PDF with nearly full fidelity.

2D Drafting Tools from AutoCAD
Your wishes are our new commands. AutoCAD LT now enables easier and more productive drafting with Align, Xref, and Block Attribute commands.

  • AlignThe Align command enables you to pick points that will be used to move, scale, and/or rotate an object to bring it into alignment with another object.
  • XrefIn-Place Reference Editing (REFEDIT) enables you to make changes directly to a referenced file without opening it. Use REFEDIT on block references when you want to modify a block and still see its surrounding geometry. Related to REFEDIT is XOPEN, which enables you to right-click on an xref and open it directly from the drawing editor or the External References Palette. With these tools, you won't have to list an xref to find out its name and browse for the file again.
  • XCLIPFinally, the ability to clip an external reference is now fully functional in AutoCAD LT 2010. Use XCLIP to create your own clipping boundaries, turn them on or off, and even invert them.
  • Block Attribute CommandsAutoCAD LT 2010 makes it easier than ever to manage block definitions containing attributes.
  • Synchronise Attributes (ATTSYNC)Synchronize Attributes is now a core command. Now, when you add or remove attribute definitions from blocks, you can update all instances of that block to reflect the new attributes.
  • Enhanced Attribute EditorThe Enhanced Attribute Editor has also made its way into AutoCAD LT 2010. Use this tool to quickly change properties of individual attributes in addition to entering values.

Additional 2D Drafting Commands
Draft with more options and controls for viewing and editing your 2D drawings. AutoCAD LT now allows you to fade the display intensity of xrefs and has new intuitive measurement tools, new viewport rotation options, and multileader improvements. So routine, time-consuming tasks wont slow you down.

Compare Your Version of AutoCAD LT with AutoCAD LT 2010
Wonder whats been added to AutoCAD LT 2D drafting software since your last upgrade? See the AutoCAD LT Release Comparison Matrix for a side-by-side comparison.

Feature Comparison Table

Release Comparison Matrix (PDF)

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AutoCAD LT - System Requirements

System Requirements

For 32-bit AutoCAD LT 2010

  • Microsoft Windows Vista (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, Home Premium) operating system (SP1 or later)
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or greater with SSE2 technology
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 850 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true colour
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser or later
  • DVD drive

or

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition operating system (SP2 or later)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or greater with SSE2 technology
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 850 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true colour
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser or later
  • DVD drive

For 64-bit AutoCAD LT 2010

  • Microsoft Windows Vista (Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, Home Premium) operating system (SP1 or later) or Windows
  • XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2 or later)
  • AMD Athlon with SSE2 technology, or AMD Opteron processor with SSE2 technology, or Intel Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true colour
  • DVD drive
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 web browser or later

For 32-bit AutoCAD LT 2009

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 2.2 GHz or greater or Intel or AMD Dual Core processor, 1.6 GHz or greater
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2 operating systems
  • 512 MB RAM Microsoft Windows XP
  • 1 GB RAM Microsoft Windows Vista
  • 550 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1024x768 VGA with True Colour
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 internet browser (SP1 or higher)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
For 64-bit AutoCAD LT 2009
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition or Windows Vista 64-bit
  • AMD 64 or Intel EM64T processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 550 MB free disk space for installation
  • AutoCAD LT 64-bit cannot be installed on a 32-bit Windows Operating System

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