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V17 (Windows) V16 (Mac) V16 (Linux) AutoCAD
* = New feature
Platinum
Pro
Classic
Platinum
Pro
Classic
Platinum
Pro
Classic
2017
LT
Mac
Files
Native .dwg 2013 file format
dwg for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2015 × × ×
Password protection × × × × × ×
Lock files * * * * * *
Xrefs in-place editing
PDF underlays
Export to PDF using style tables
Export to DWF 2D & 3D × × ×
Export to SVG × × ×
DAE import/export (XML 3D data) × × ×
eTransmit
Sheet set manager
Chapoo® (upload, share, view, annotate documents in the cloud) × × ×
Communicator (extended import/export) (9) × * * × (1) (1) × × × ×
Interface
Get Started dialog * * * × × × × × ×
Documents tabs ×
CUI menus and toolbars
Ribbon ×
Workspaces ×
Visual menu customization
Extended Quad cursor 2D/3D × × ×
LookFrom widget (view orientation)
Tool palettes
Industry standard commands
Command Line with auto completion ×
Extended Drawing Explorer
Searchable Settings Manager
Selection, Snap & Track
Selection preview
Quick Select tool
ADDSELECTED command
SELECTSIMILAR command
Cycling through entities or subentities during selection
Hot grips for multiple grip points modification
SnapTrack™ & Polar tracking
ZINTERSECTION 3D snap * * * × × × × × × × × ×
3D
Full ACIS modeling & editing × × × (3) (3)
Direct 3D modeling × × × × ×
Polysolids (walls, slabs, ...) × × × × × ×
Hardware library (more than 30.000 standard parts) × × × × × ×
Geometric 3D constraints creation × × × × × × × × ×
Geometric 3D constraints solving × × × × × ×
Design intent × × × × × × × × ×
Visual styles (8) (8) (8) × ×
Section planes × × × × ×
Generated views × × × × ×
Surface entity creation × * * × * * × × × ×
Deformable Modeling × × * × × * × × × × ×
3D Comparison tool * × × × × × × × × × × ×
Lofting × * * × * * × × × ×
Geometry Healing × * * × * * × × × ×
Support for Photometric Lighting × * * × * * × × × ×
Powerful rendering engine × × × × ×
600 high-definition render materials × × ×
MATERIALMAP command * * × × × × × × × × × ×
Walkthrough navigation × ×
ANIPATH command * * × × × × × × × × ×
Mechanical
Mechanical browser (3) × (3) × (3) × × × ×
Assemblies import (10) × * * × × × × × × ×
Assembly modeling (hierarchical component organization) × × × × × × × × ×
Assembly viewing × × × × × ×
Assembly constraints × × × × × × × × ×
Kinematic analysis × × × × × × × × ×
Bill of materials × × × × × × × × ×
Sheet Metal (9)
Sheet metal design × × × × × × × × ×
Form features * × × × × × × × × × × ×
3D solids conversion to unfoldable sheet metal parts × × × × × × × × ×
Corner relief for adjacent edge flanges × × × × × × × × ×
Lofted Bends × × * × × * × × × × ×
Coloring × × * × × * × × × × ×
Diagnostic for invalid sheet metal features × × × × × × × × ×
Batch Processing × × * × × * × × × × ×
Building Information Modeling (BIM) (9)
BIM features × × × × × × × × ×
Project database × × * × × * × × × × ×
Library database × × * × × * × × × × ×
Site, Building and Stories * × × × × × × × × × × ×
Windows and doors × × * × × * × × × × ×
Rooms × × * × × * × × × × ×
IFC import × × × × × × × × ×
SketchUp import (version 15 and earlier) × × × × × × × × ×
IFC export × × × × × × × × ×
Dimensions
Dynamic dimensions
Association of an existing dimension to an entity
Dimensional 2D constraints (7) (7)
Dimensional 2D constraints using expressions (7) (7)
Dimension Style families * * * × × × × × ×
Dimension Style comparison * * * × × × × × × × × ×
Dimension sub units * * * × × × × × ×
AIDIMFLIPARROW command * * * × × × × × × × ×
Text
In-place WYSIWYG MTEXT editor
Multi-column text * * * * * *
Stacked text * * * * * *
MLEADER
Annotative Styles
Spelling
Fields
Hatch
HATCHEDIT command
Hatch grip edit
Raster images
Raster image support (clipping, transparency, ...)
Support for ECW and JPEG2000 × × × × × ×
Support for MrSID × × × × × ×
Other
Support for 3Dconnexion mouse × × ×
Multithreaded display regeneration × × × × × ×
Preview filter
Layer preview × × × × × × × × ×
Transparency × × * × × * × ×
Layer States Manager
Layer filters
Multilines and multiline styles (7) (7)
Dynamic Arrays * * * * * *
Data extraction wizard * * * * * *
Block attribute definition manager
Block attribute redefinition
Dynamic blocks support (4)
Dynamic blocks grip editing
RESETBLOCK command * * * × × × × × ×
Dynamic input
Dynamic UCS (temporarily switch to surface of 3D solid) × ×
Real time boundary detection × × ×
Edit properties of multiple entities × ×
Tables & table styles
Formulas in table cells
XEDGES command * * * × × × × × × × ×
SOLPROF command × × × × ×
FLATSHOT command × × × × ×
Geometric 2D constraints (7) (7)
Web map service × × × ×
Printing
CTB & STB table files
PC3 printer configuration files × × × (3) (3) (3)
Import & editing of page setups
PUBLISH command
Shade plot for paperspace and modelspace viewports
Layout printing with combinations of viewports and visual styles
Layout export * * * * * * × × ×
Publish to PDF
Export to STL (3D printing) × ×
Printer calibration (scale only)
Programming
ActiveX, including in-place editing × × × × × × × ×
Entity data editor × × ×
Script recorder × × ×
Full LISP support (vl, vlr, vla and vlax) × ×
LISP encryption × × × × × × × ×
Solutions Development System (SDS/ADS) × ×
DCL engine × ×
COM API × × × × × × × ×
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) * (2) * (2) × × × × × × × × ×
VBA DVB projects support (2) (2) × × × × × × × × ×
.NET × × × × × × × × ×
BRX (BricsCAD Runtime eXtension) × (6) (6) × (6) (6) × ARX × ×
TX (Teigha eXtensions) × × × × × × × × ×
CUI menu files support, with Diesel expressions
Legacy menu MNU and MNS file support
API for toolbar and menu customization
Licensing
Multi-platform licenses × × ×
Single
All-In
Network × ×
Volume × × ×
Academic

(1) To be implemented.
(2) Version 7.1 - For Windows 64 bits and 32 bits.
(3) Partial.
(4) Defining dynamic blocks is not possible yet.
(5) View only. Edit under development.
(6) Without MFC classes.
(7) View/edit only. Not create.
(8) Limited (no rendering).
(9) Optional module.
(10) Requires BricsCAD Communicator. In BricsCAD Pro, only for geometry (no structure).