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Autodesk AutoCAD 2017 Release Date & Beta News

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Updated March 21st, 2016:  Autodesk has just released the all the AutoCAD 2017! Here’s the full list of new features.  If you’re already an AutoCAD subscriber then you’ll be able to upgrade to the 2017 version now for free. If you’re not yet one, there are several purchasing plans available including monthly, annual, and 2 or 3 year plans (certain options are on sale this week for 20% off). And better yet, if you’re a student, then you may qualify for the free educational license. You’ll be able to try out the new version for free for 30 days before you decide to upgrade.

Some of the featured changes in AutoCAD 2017 include:

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Updated March 16th, 2016: We are getting pretty close to Autodesk’s upcoming 2017 product release, including all new 2017 versions of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical. As we’ve seen the last few years, you can expect the new versions to be released sometime between the third and fourth week of March. Beta testers, which you can signup for at, get a chance to download and test the betas at the beginning of the year (they all should be available now). More information about AutoCAD betas and the latest news can be found at the Autodesk’s Between the Lines blog.

AutoCAD 2017 versions are expected to be released by Autodesk in the third or fourth week of March, 2017.- Expected AutoCAD 2017 Release Date

Here’s a look at the last few AutoCAD releases coming and their respective release dates:

  • AutoCAD 2016 – Released on March 23, 2015.
  • AutoCAD 2015 – Released on March 27, 2014.
  • AutoCAD 2014 – Released on March 26, 2013.
  • AutoCAD 2013 – Released on March 27, 2012.
  • AutoCAD 2012 – Released on March 22, 2011.
  • AutoCAD 2011 – Released on March 25, 2010.
  • AutoCAD 2010 – Released on March 24, 2009.

Will the upgrade to AutoCAD 2017 be free?

This depends on the type of Autodesk customer you are. A free upgrade to the 2017 version of AutoCAD is available to all current maintenance and desktop subscription customers. That’s similar to other software subscription plans like Adobe’s Creative Cloud and most antivirus subscriptions like Norton and McAfee. If you currently own a an perpetual license (i.e. you paid once for it upfront and you don’t have a monthly or annual subscription plan) then then you will not qualify for the upgrade. Even if you purchased it a day before the new version was released.

Autodesk is following the subscription model trend that we’ve been seeing the last few years. They rather have you hooked on a lower monthly subscription fee than the one-shot full perpetual license (they even have “auto-bill” turned on by default to make sure you pay up). And just like what Adobe did back in 2013, they have gotten rid of the upgrade discount so if you still want to stay on a perpetual license then you have to pay the full price to get it. On the flip side though, once you buy the full license you can use it and that version for as long as you like. That option is usually cheaper in the long run if you don’t need to get the upgrade every year. This is of course assuming that you’re not upgrading your operating system as we’ve head that in some cases the older versions stop working in newer versions of Windows.

We also want to remind you that regardless of the option you choose, either subscription or perpetual license, you have a full 30-days to request for a refund when you buy directly from the Autodesk Store. Most versions are also available in the downloads center to test out for free but you have to be a new customer that hasn’t yet tested the software before.

What we would like to see improved in AutoCAD.

We’ve gone through some of the top AutoCAD user requests have summed it up below. Here’s what we have:

  • Improve 3D drafting in AutoCAD LT – For all of us that do 2D drafting and design, it’s hard to beat the latest release of AutoCAD LT. But when it comes to 3D features however, it lacks. Now we know that you can pay a lot more to get 3D versatility in some of Autodesk’s more premium products but for a lot of small businesses that already find LT to be an expensive option, we would love to see more basic 3D options available.
  • Bring back the Classic Workspace view – If you are a long time user of AutoCAD LT, then you’ll be bummed that the Classic Workspace view is no longer available in the 2016 perpetual version (those on the subscription plan still can switch to it). The new workspace interface is so dramatically different that if you’re upgrading from an older version then you’ll have to commit some time into learning it over again to become efficient with the software. While Autodesk cites their decision to remove the view as a “natural evolution towards a modern and more efficient interface”, we would like to see the option return for those that want it.
  • Improve digital rights management and support – Autodesk has a really poor licensing management setup and nearly no support available if you get suck activating your new. In the 2016 release we found a number of customers complaining that they could not activate their new licenses using their existing account Autodesk ID’s when trying to install the software using “I already have an Autodesk account” installation option. The only workaround was to remove any trial versions of the software and reinstalling it under a newly created Autodesk ID. We hope that once the 2017 version rolls in that they will improve this setup process.

What would you like to see changed in AutoCAD 2017?

If you have any changes or improvements that you would like to see in the next AutoCAD release from Autodesk, then let us know in the comments below.

  1. March 20, 2016


    Improve Object snap while in 3D Xray or 3D wireframe mode. Please add a command to highlight a specific part in 3d drawings. Ex. Iluminates the object like in xray mode where we can snapshot for detailing.

  2. March 16, 2016


    I don’t agree with your comment that classic workspace is no longer available in 2016LT. I hate the ribbon as a tool for beginners and train my clients with the ribbon off and classic set up on. In 2016 the “classic” button is not there but in typical Autodesk fashion it can be achieved. Use “ribbon close”, set menubar variable to “1” and pick your toolbars. Just remember to save it before you close down otherwise the setup will be lost.

  3. March 4, 2016

    roger sarrazin

    Make it simple, very simple, to read a manual that clearly ONLY talks about the changes between versions of AutoCAD. No more than 100 pages maximum, that is solely on the subject of the new changes associated with AutoCAD 2017. It must be an Autodesk recognized and authorized manual version.

    This would allow someone familiar with AutoCAD 2016 to “upgrade” themselves to the new version. From there, it would also allow for a quick study preparation for the examination towards Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2017 Certification program.

  4. February 29, 2016


    Improve baseview command. Ability to copy (reuse) details already created in other tabs. Get away from the annoying window that surrounds each object, making annotation easier.

  5. February 22, 2016


    An Annotative linetype would be nice and also to have an option for text embedded linetypes to rotate text to a viewable view, especially when working with xrefs.

  6. February 19, 2016

    Mike Long

    I would like to see the “Offset Comand ” be able to offset to both sides simultaniously with option to remove original line or source .

  7. February 12, 2016


    I would like when you select multiple lines (e.g. polylines) in the properties display of their joint long. For now, just write “various”

  8. February 10, 2016


    I would like to see major improvements in the dimension tool in Revit

  9. February 7, 2016


    I d like to see block improvement. For example : we can edit in place the dynamic block. It will be very helpfull. Thank you…

  10. February 3, 2016


    make it units aware. autocad is left behind in this department

  11. February 2, 2016


    One simple thing: make it (way) cheaper!
    95% of people is probably totally happy with functionality of autocad 2010.
    99.99% of people is unhappy because of it’s price!

  12. February 2, 2016

    brian adams

    I think that merge of ACA and REVIT (new brain and classic capability) is also a good idea .

    • March 11, 2016

      Craig Smith

      I think I say this exact thing at least once a week!

  13. January 31, 2016


    Import/Export text to excel table (same column and row format)

  14. January 30, 2016


    supporting 4k

  15. January 28, 2016

    Speed Speed Speed
    AutoCad is getting slower and slower with each new Realease

    • February 25, 2016


      I agree you.

  16. January 27, 2016

    Nqkoi Si

    Import / Export ucs

  17. January 21, 2016

    Conservative Mark

    I would like my toolbars back and the ability to offload the Ribbon, permanenetly!

  18. January 19, 2016

    V Weaver

    I’d like Autodesk to finally abandon the notion of keeping AutoCAD backwards compatible with older versions. I see no reason why they can’t start over- create new programming architecture that is better, uses less memory and resources and is more efficient. Simply create a conversion program that will convert existing drawings to the new format (and vice versa) in bulk.

  19. January 12, 2016


    Will AutoCAD 2017 introduce a new file format?
    We need to to know in good time to have time to plan and change all our custom applications.

  20. January 4, 2016


    Enable the creation of georeferenced rasters (GeoTIFF) from drawings and also georeferenced PDF drawings in AutoCAD Map 3D.

  21. January 4, 2016


    Is good idea to Merge Revit and Autocad, autocad architecture
    Better rendering in architectural desktop

  22. December 31, 2015


    Create settings to control layers and hatches individually within the visual styles manager. – Such that they could be controlled – whether occluded or not. (E.G. I’d like to be able to turn off occluded hatches, or specific layers)

    Significant improvements to the Viewbase commands such that the drawings are compatible between versions and do not swell to unmanageable sizes, and have better layer control for visualization. Also details should be able to be put on different drawings/tabs from where they are cut. Shading needs to match line work too.

    • January 28, 2016


      Chuck mentioned improvements to ViewBase. Dimension associativity has long suffered with regard to Paper Space. The Centermark command does not allow placement of properly scaled or associated center marks. This is now a major challenge for use with the ViewBase functionality.
      I’ve tried discussing solutions on the forums but most folks just argue MSPACE vs PSPACE dimensioning. The problem here is that there is no MSPCE dimensioning possible for ViewBase usages.

  23. December 21, 2015


    Improvement in 3d Solid to 2d in modelspace only. (Please get rid of solprof then). Add the possibility to separate layer names for visible lines and hidden lines of each Solid.
    Plus .NET API exposed for that.

  24. November 25, 2015


    Merge AutoCAD and Revit

    • January 4, 2016


      Is very good idea!! Revit is very complicated

      • April 7, 2016

        Matthew Edmonds

        Revit is actually much less complicated in many ways. AutoCAD is a cluster of decades of revisions to very clumsy tools, some of which should have been abandoned or replaced long ago. One example : lineweight/plotstyes/color tables. What a joke.

  25. November 23, 2015


    TEXT needs an option to ADD SHADOWS or Border on text, similar to adobe photoshop’s drop shadow and Stroke styles. We use Text over aerials and the only way to half-accomplish this is by copying the same white text over black text for the shadow.

  26. September 17, 2015

    jason larsen

    Need to look at the pdf writer and the affects that is has on the iso and subs now produces comments on these text fonts.

  27. June 5, 2015


    Improvement in Annotative Dimensioning (Built in dimension and text size for different view port Scals)
    PDF to Dwg Converter
    Coordinated labeling x,y,z with one click
    xref/overlay drawing clash point highlight option (ie. structure and Architecture Drawings)
    2d Section or elevation auto tools ie. section of any plan with given heights should be auto draw
    drawing blowup tool ie magnifier for detailing any small object circled area should be auto blowup in model space

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