What’s New: Autodesk AutoCAD 2017

Improved 3D drafting in Autodesk AutoCAD 2017 – For anyone who does 2D design and drafting, it’s hard to beat the latest version of AutoCAD 2017. But when it comes to 3D functionality, however, it lacks it. Now, we know you can pay a lot more to get 3D versatility in some of Autodesk’s premium products, but for many small businesses who already find AutoCAD 2017 an expensive option, we’d like to see more basic 3D options available.

Bring back the Classic Workspace View – If you’re a long-time AutoCAD user, you’ll be disappointed that the Classic Workspace View is no longer available in the 2017 perpetual version (those on the subscription plan can still access it). The new workspace interface is so radically different that if you upgrade from an older version, you will have to spend time learning it again to become effective with the software. While Autodesk cites its decision to remove the view as a “natural evolution to a modern, more efficient interface,” we would like to see the option come back for those who want it.

Improved Digital Rights Management and Support – Autodesk has a very poor license management setup and virtually no support if you’re stuck on activating your new license. In Release 2017, we found that a number of customers complained that they were unable to activate their new licenses using their existing Autodesk account when installing the software using the “I already have an Autodesk account” installation option.

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The only solution is to remove all trial versions of the software and reinstall them under a newly created Autodesk ID. We hope that once version 2017 is released, they will improve this installation process.

AutoCAD continues to improve. Learn about all the new features in AutoCAD 2017 and how they benefit your design workflow. Autodesk Certified Instructor Shaun Bryant reviews interface enhancements, the custom settings migration tool, web publishing and collaboration options for 2D and 3D drawings, high-quality geometry, center marks, and PDF import tools. Start looking to become even more productive and efficient with AutoCAD 2017.

Topics include:

  • Tool Tip and Dialog Enhancements
  • Changing the TEXTEDIT command
  • Clinging to the objects of the coordination model
  • 2D and 3D publishing options
  • Graphics performance improvements
  • Centre marks and axes
  • Import PDF

To sum up

The PDF import and center mark tools are obviously the biggest change in this version. The others are just a few minor improvements. It seems that Autodesk is trying to make it more convenient for subscribers. That’s why we see the new Software License Manager and Desktop App.

Of course, there are other improvements here. You can publish your design to Autodesk 360 directly from AutoCAD. AutoCAD 2017 now supports 3D printing. Graphics and performance enhancements.

However, I’m expecting something more. It’s been years since the last time Autodesk added a major feature like Sheet Set Manager, Annotation Scaling, or Dynamic Block. Maybe next year?

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System Requirements


Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (desktop OS)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

CPU Type:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor


  • For 32-bit AutoCAD 2017:
  • 2 GB (3 GB recommended)

For 64-bit AutoCAD 2017:

  • 4 GB (8 GB recommended)

Display Resolution:

  • 1360×768 (1600×1050 or higher recommended) with True Color.
  • 125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended.

Display Card:

  • Windows display adapter capable of 1360×768 with True Color capabilities and DirectX® 9 ¹. DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.

Disk Space:

  • Installation 6.0 GB


Operating System:

  • Apple® macOS™ Sierra v10.12 or later
  • Mac® OS® X v10.11 or later (El Capitan)
  • Mac OS X v10.10 or later (Yosemite)


  • Apple Mac Pro® 4,1 or later
  • MacBook® Pro 5,1 or later
  • iMac® 8.1 or later
  • Mac Mini® 3.1 or later
  • MacBook Air® 2.1 or later
  • MacBook 5.1 or later

CPU Type:

  • 64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)


  • 3 GB of RAM (4 GB or above recommended)

Display Resolution:

  • 1280 x 800 display with true color
  • (2880 x 1800 with Retina Display recommended)

Disk Space:

  • 3 GB free disk space for download and installation

Pointing Device:

  • Apple® Mouse
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Magic Trackpad
  • MacBook® Pro trackpad
  • Microsoft-compliant mouse


  • Mac OS X-compliant printer


  • Apple Safari 5.0 or later
  • OS Language All Mac OS X supported language operating systems