AutoCAD was one of the first Computer Aided Design programs to be made available on personal computers. It is built to help people design buildings, products, or public spaces, without having to draw up plans by hand. It was released in 1982 by Autodesk, Inc., and offered a personal solution to software that was before then released only for larger workstations.
While CAD programs prior to AutoCAD required massive amounts of computing power in the form of gigantic computers, AutoCAD streamlined its operating and optimized it for the IBM PC, allowing people to work from home or on their own work computers.
- AutoCAD is recognized as a standard internationally
It is a very powerful tool which can be used for a very wide range of disciplines – from Town Planning to Designs in microscopic scale
- AutoCAD is easy to learn and simple to use
- AutoCAD can be used as a stand alone or in combination with many other programs to give output as plans and diagrams, text, full colour pictures and illustrations