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What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is the biggest and most powerful computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software in the world, developed and published by Autodesk which is in itself the largest design automation software company worldwide; AutoCAD is the company’s flagship product, with about a thousand (or even more) accredited training centers around the world for the utilization of the software. AutoCAD was first released in 1982 and was adapted originally from an application called Interact. By 1986 AutoCAD was the most common design software for personal computers and innovated CAD in that previously, computer-aided design required mainframes, which are essentially room-sized computers. Today, AutoCAD is the go-to choice application for architects, engineers, project managers and other related professions, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS, in a variety of languages.

AutoCAD’s native file format is called DWG, which stands for a drawing, since each file in an AutoCAD session is called a drawing. It also uses the DXF file format (Data Exchange Format) which is used to represent data in an AutoCAD drawing exactly as it appears in other programs. AutoCAD is also well-known for its huge number of extensions for specific industries, such as for electrical engineering, civil engineering, and the like.

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