I’m going to be honest, AutoCAD doesn’t excite me. It really never has. Of course I never really had the opportunity to use it for heavy duty work in my CAD career. My first job I used Anvil that was installed from a single 3.5″ floppy disc. I somehow skipped over using plain 2D AutoCAD due to what project work I was doing at the time and my next CAD application jumped right to 3D with Mechanical Desktop. Yes, MDT was built on top of AutoCAD but I never really considered it AutoCAD. Most old school AutoCAD users at the time thought I was playing video games when I started whipping out 3D equipment designs.
So with all that being said, it takes a lot to impress me or get me excited about old 2D AutoCAD. AutoCAD 2019 has actually made me excited about AutoCAD again. I may be slightly excited about it but now as a CAD systems administrator, I’m actually truly excited. Autodesk has opted to take the plethora of different versions of AutoCAD for all the different disciplines it provides solutions for an bundle them all into one version of AutoCAD. The different disciplines of AutoCAD now are provided in industry specific toolsets tailored to the users needs.
The toolsets are bundled as:
- AutoCAD Architecture
- AutoCAD Electrical
- AutoCAD Map 3D
- AutoCAD Mechanical
- AutoCAD MEP
- AutoCAD Plant 3D
- AutoCAD Raster Design
The individual toolsets are downloaded separately from your Autodesk account portal or using the Autodesk desktop app. Administrators can download the toolsets your company needs and create a tailored deployment image with the necessary included toolsets.
AutoCAD 2019 subscription is priced at $1,575/year US and also includes the AutoCAD mobile and web app.