Introducing AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD 2018 was released today. If you’re on an AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT 2017 subscription license or maintenance plan, you’ll get all your updates as they become available in the Autodesk Desktop App. Accept the update, and you’ll be up and running with the new features immediately.

New and enhanced features

SHX text recognition

With AutoCAD 2018, you can use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text and Mtext objects. Add to that the enhanced Text to Mtext tool, enabling you to convert a combination of single- and multi- line text objects to a one multi-line text object, automatically inferring formatting.


Additional PDF enhancements

Overall PDF import functionality continues to get better. See thumbnail previews of PDF files before importing, and get improved scaling of PDF geometry from layouts.

External file references

Save time and minimize frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. External reference paths now default to relative, helping to reduce broken paths. Easily find and apply the correct path to missing references.


Object selection

Freely navigate around your drawing while selecting objects. Selected objects stay in the selection set even if you pan or zoom off screen.


Text to Mtext enhancements

The Combine Text tool is more flexible and intelligent than ever. Mtext objects can now be selected along with text objects. Character codes translate correctly, with formatting inferred.

Learn more or purchase

Ready to move to AutoCAD 2018? Ask us for more information about AutoCAD 2018 and how the new features can benefit you.

Don’t forget to check out the full AutoCAD 2018 Preview Guide to learn more about the new features and how to access them.

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