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The 2023 Architecture toolset is included with AutoCAD

The Architecture toolset gives you all the tools you need to complete your projects faster and scale your project pipeline. Boost architectural design and drafting productivity by up to 61%* with time-saving features and task automation:

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  • Access our library of 8,500+ architectural components, including multilevel blocks
  • Automatically generate floor plans, elevations, sections, and ceiling grids
  • Quickly place walls, doors, and windows with real-world construction
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Architecture toolset features

Discover specialized tools for architects

8,500+ architectural components

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Make use of over 8,500 intelligent architectural components, including multi-level blocks, to support various layer standards. Should one of the pre-existing layer standards not meet the needs of your project, you can create your own by customizing an existing one. 

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Automatic object generation

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Save time and increase productivity by automatically generating commonly used architectural objects such as floor plans, elevations, sections, and ceiling grids. 

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Example of automatically generated wall

Walls, doors, and windows

Use elements with real-world behavior and construction, allowing for quicker placement in the documents and drawings that you create. 

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Drawing version management

Check out and check in files to maintain versioning, prevent unauthorized modifications, and ensure drawing integrity. Easily revert to an earlier version of your drawing with comments history, and view the drawing name appended with check-in time. 

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Support for layer standards

The toolset creates multiple layers according to the current standard, using predefined layer standards and matching layer key styles. This lets you automatically generate layers as needed when you add objects to a drawing. 

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Style manager window with layer keys, descriptions, and colors

Display System

With the Display System, you only have to draw an architectural object once. The appearance of that object will change automatically to meet the display requirements of different types of drawings, view directions, and levels of detail. 

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Display System window with multiple display options

Designing with space and zone objects

Enhance your design options. Organize reports with spaces, and use zones to structure spaces into various groups, according to different schemes. 

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Detail Component Manager

Use the Detail Component Manager dialog box to seamlessly navigate between different detail component databases. A hierarchical tree view and a filter feature make it easy to locate individual components within a database. 

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Architectural renovation

Display existing, demolished, and new construction in a single drawing. This lets you design and produce renovations more quickly, while avoiding errors typically caused by editing multiple drawings. 

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System requirements for AutoCAD 2023 including Specialized Toolsets

System requirements for AutoCAD 2023 including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)
Operating System64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 11 and Windows 10 version 1809 or above. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
ProcessorBasic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor (base) ARM Processors are not supported.
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor (base), 4+ GHz (turbo)
MemoryBasic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display ResolutionConventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (with capable display card)
Display CardBasic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 12 compliant
DirectX 12 with Feature Level 12_0 is required for Shaded(Fast) and Shaded with edges(Fast) visual styles. Please be sure to use the latest video card manufacturer drivers from their website.
Disk Space10.0 GB (suggested SSD)
NetworkSee Autodesk Network License Manager for Windows
Pointing DeviceMS-Mouse compliant
.NET Framework.NET Framework version 4.8 or later
System requirements for AutoCAD 2023 for Mac
Operating SystemApple® macOS® Monterey v12
Apple macOS Big Sur v11
Apple macOS Catalina v10.15
ModelBasic: Apple Mac Pro® 4.1, MacBook Pro 5.1, iMac® 8.1, Mac mini® 3.1, MacBook Air®, MacBook® 5.1

Recommended: Apple Mac® models supporting Metal Graphics Engine
Apple Mac models with M series chip are supported under Rosetta 2 mode.
CPU Type64-bit Intel CPU
Apple M series CPU
MemoryBasic: 4GB
Recommended: 8GB or higher
Display ResolutionBasic: 1280 x 800 display
High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display
Disk Space5 GB free disk space for download and installation
Pointing DeviceApple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse
Display CardRecommended: Mac native installed graphics cards
Disk FormatAPFS, APFS(Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)
Additional Requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling
Memory16 GB RAM or more
Disk Space6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card3840 x 2160 (4K) or greater True Color video display adapter; 8 GB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; DirectX-capable workstation class graphics card.


Specialized Toolsets (Windows Only)

ToolsetAdditional Requirements
AutoCAD Map 3DDisk Space: 20GB
Memory: 16GB
Database & FDO Requirements (see below)
AutoCAD ElectricalDisk Space: 20GB
Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable (x64) (16.0.5044.1000) or later
AutoCAD ArchitectureDisk Space: 20GB
Memory: 16GB
AutoCAD MEPDisk Space: 21GB
Memory: 16GB
AutoCAD Plant 3DDisk Space: 12GB
Memory (recommended for 3D modeling): 32GB
AutoCAD MechanicalDisk Space: 12GB
AutoCAD Raster DesignDisk Space: 1GB


AutoCAD Map 3D Additional Requirements (Windows Only)

FDO Provider Requirements
FDO ProviderCertified WithNotes
Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Industry Models also support the versions of Microsoft SQL Server listed on the left.
Oracle 12c Release 2Oracle 12.2.0.1.0
Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 18cOracle 18.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 19cOracle 19.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
Oracle 21cOracle 21.3
Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2
Industry Models support the same Oracle versions as listed on the left.
RasterDEM, JPG2K, DTED, MrSID®, ECW, PNG, ESRI® Grid, TIFF, JPEG, ESRI® ASCII 
Autodesk SDF3.0 
ESRI ArcGISArcGIS® 10.8.1
ArcGIS 10.7.1
ArcGIS 10.6.1
This Provider requires ESRI licensed components (ArcGIS Engine/ArcGIS Desktop) to be installed on Map 3D installed system.
MySQL8.0 
ODBCThe FDO ODBC provider has been tested with corresponding versions of ODBC drivers that are shipped with the relevant supported operating systems version. 
OGC WMSWMS 1.3.0 
OGC WMTSWMTS 1.0.0 
OGC WFSWFS 2.0.0 
SQLiteSQLite 3.27.2 
PostgresSQLPostgreSQL 13.5 + PostGIS 3.0 
ODBC DriversTested Versions
Microsoft® Access® Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4999.1000
Microsoft® Excel® Driver (*.xls, *xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)Microsoft Access database engine 2016 (English) 16.00.4999.1000
MySQL® ODBC 8.0 Driver8.00.27.00
SQL Server®10.00.19041.01
Oracle® in OraClient21Home121.00.00.00

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In AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP 2023, aside from AEC objects, you can now apply classification definition to AutoCAD objects.

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With the extended support to AutoCAD objects, you can create intelligent schedule tables associated with AutoCAD objects and filter MVBlocks from AutoCAD blocks. You can also control the display of AutoCAD objects using classification filters in the display sets.

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Space evaluation documentation calculates and evaluates the space information of your finished floor plan. However, while defining spaces manually, there could be some inaccuracies in creating very small spaces. Such inaccuracies might lead to subareas with area values that are very close to zero. These very small area values in the space evaluation report may have no value to you.

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In this release, you can now control whether to filter zero value areas in the space evaluation report.

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Approximately, 100 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the AutoCAD Architecture (US Imperial) and AutoCAD Architecture (US Metric) content packs for Design Center. The added content is available in metric profile for non-English languages. The content includes external lighting, bathroom accessories, furniture, and more.

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Markup Import and Markup Assist use machine learning to identify markups and provide a way to view and insert drawing revisions with less manual effort.

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Markups can be imported as a PDF, PNG, or JPG and are overlaid on top of your drawing in the Trace workspace. Markups in the imported file are automatically identified as mtext, mleaders, and revision clouds. Markup Assist lets you insert those identified markups into the drawing as geometry.

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Markup Import

Use Markup Import to place a marked-up version of your drawing on top of the original file to make it easier to view and incorporate changes to your drawing. For example, if you have a PDF version of your drawing that has text and revision notes added, use Markup Import to overlay the revised drawing on top of the original. Or, if you have a printed version of your drawing that contains hand-written revision notes, you can take a photograph of the printed version and then import it as a JPG or PNG.

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The imported file is automatically placed and aligned on top the drawing file in a new trace. If the imported file is not aligned correctly, you can manually align, move, scale, or rotate the imported file.

When viewing imported markups, you can change the background transparency to adjust the visibility of the imported markup.

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Markup Assist

Markup Assist automatically identifies markups as text, leaders, and revision clouds. Click an identified markup, then insert it as an mtext, mleader, or revcould object. You can edit the text before inserting it, or choose to copy the text to the clipboard.

To Import a Markup

  1. Click Collaborate Tab > Traces Panel > Markup Import. guid-add13904-5945-4437-97d8-5aed3d753676-2825789
  2. Select a PDF, PNG, or JPG markup file to import.The markup file can be a digital copy, a photograph, or a scanned version of the original drawing.
  3. Move, align, rotate, or scale the markup if the imported markup file isn’t automatically aligned to the drawing correctly.guid-fee46880-18b2-42cd-997c-e915eabd46cf-1482964

To Use Markup Assist

  1. After importing a markup, with the trace open, turn on TRACEBACK and MARKUPASSISTMODE.guid-350c5b88-3ddf-4468-b284-2a83ffa24fac-5435782
  2. Click an identified markup.guid-b8d71476-cf70-4447-9baf-acc4ebfa3a03-8964498
  3. If the identified markup is text, choose to insert the object as mtext, as an mleader, or copy the text to the clipboard. You can edit the text before inserting it.guid-e2ce8d61-afef-4baa-93f1-a3aab47ab8bd-5318838Inserting the object adds it to the drawing as geometry.
  4. If the markup object is identified as a revision cloud, you can insert it as a revcloud.

New Commands

MARKUPASSIST – Analyzes an imported markup and can help place text callouts and revision clouds faster and with less manual effort.

MARKUPIMPORT – Imports a marked up drawing (image/pdf) in-place into your DWG as a new trace.

New System Variables

MARKUPASSISTMODE – Controls whether identified markups are highlighted.

MARKUPPAPERDISPLAY – Indicates whether or not a digital markup is currently active.

MARKUPPAPERTRANSPARENCY – Controls the level of transparency when a digital markup is active.

Building on the initial release of the Trace feature, you can now create traces in desktop and contribute to traces created by others.

Create a Trace

  1. Click Collaborate tab > Traces Panel > Traces Palette. guid-87acdef3-fa42-4c02-8ae9-da283cedfb7b-3844402The Traces palette opens.
  2. Click Create Trace on the palette. guid-3eab823e-1f86-4116-a4b6-2981908a1d8d-8525655The new trace is added to the palette and becomes active.
  3. Right-click and select Rename to rename the trace.

Note: You can also use the new option in the TRACE command.

Contribute to a Trace

  1. Click Collaborate tab > Traces Panel > Traces Palette. guid-87acdef3-fa42-4c02-8ae9-da283cedfb7b-3844402The Traces palette opens.
  2. Select the trace you want to contribute to.
  3. Click Trace Edit on the Trace toolbar. guid-7c81fa04-9aab-486c-b26f-8e81e9894553-4100669
  4. Use standard commands to add content to the trace.

Remove Your Contribution

  1. Right-click the trace name on the Traces palette.
  2. Select Remove my Contribution.guid-b5158cd0-8db4-4adb-84c1-71d4873506ca-8506948

Note: You can’t remove contributions made by others.

View Contributions

Click the avatar on the toolbar to see who has contributed to the active trace.

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If there are contributions from others, you can do the following:

  • Hover over the contributor’s name on the toolbar’s drop-down to highlight their contribution to the trace.guid-20d9b4bf-849f-4651-a896-d9865ac698f5-6864126
  • Click the icon next to the contributor’s name to hide or display their contributions.guid-8b561c68-2263-459e-a126-73db958372e6-4840421

New Commands

TRACEEDIT – Changes the active trace to edit mode so you can contribute to the trace.

TRACEVIEW – Changes the active trace to view mode so you edit the parent drawing.

Continued improvements to floating drawing windows are included in this release.

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Improvements include the following:

  • An anchored command window now stays with the active drawing window.
  • A floating command window maintains its position.
  • If drawing windows overlap, the active drawing window displays on top.
  • You can pin a drawing window to a location. A pinned drawing window remains on top of the main AutoCAD application window.
  • Right-click the title bar of a floating drawing window for additional options.guid-d9129829-577b-4ae5-8b0d-8cf6f18b2995-9365746

A light version of the legacy Sheet Set Manager, the Sheet Set Manager for Web, displays and manages named collections of drawing sheets stored in Autodesk Docs. Opening a DST file from Autodesk Docs displays the Sheet Set Manager for Web by default.

The Sheet Set Manager for Web provides the following core capabilities:

  • Create and remove sheets and subsets
  • Define sheet set properties including sheets and subsets
  • Publish sheet sets to PDF
  • Transmit sheet sets

New System Variable

SSMDETECTMODE – Determines which Sheet Set Manager is displayed when opening cloud-based DST files.

The new graphics engine provides:

  • Improved zoom and pan performance for drawings with many TrueType texts, long polylines, or solid hatches in 2D Wireframe Visual Style
  • GPU memory usage has been optimized when opening multiple drawings in DirectX 12 mode
  • Removed support for DirectX 9
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