[Size: 1.67 GB for x86 - 2.3 GB for x64] ... Autodesk just announced the release of AutoCAD 2018 and with it a wealth of new tools designed to help you stay at the forefront of design. Beyond the collection of new features typical of the new release, AutoCAD 2018 also marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s most popular design platform. My impression of this release is that it is as much about the legacy of AutoCAD as it is the future of AutoCAD. Opening AutoCAD 2018 for the first time you will find tools to help with common workflow challenges, improvements to save performance, the ability to fully leverage your high-resolution 4K monitor, and more. In this latest release of AutoCAD, you’re able to: Create and share precise drawings with innovative productivity tools. - Save time and minimize frustration with simple tools to fix broken paths for externally referenced files. - Use the SHX text recognition tool to quickly convert imported PDF geometry to text objects. - See significant improvements in the performance of AutoCAD—including in 3D navigation when zooming and panning. - Take the power of AutoCAD with you wherever you go with an easy-to-use mobile app (included when you subscribe to any AutoCAD product). Autodesk typically updates the DWG file version every three years. Spanning across five versions of AutoCAD, the AutoCAD 2013 DWG file format has been a welcome exception to that rule. The reign of the AutoCAD 2013 DWG file version comes to an end with the release of AutoCAD 2018. The benefit of new DWG file versions is not always apparent, but 2018 is also a welcome exception to that rule. Using the new 2018 DWG file version, you will notice solid performance gains when opening and saving drawings. Our testing has found performance gains for most drawings, but drawings including blocks with annotative scaling, Mtext columns, block attributes (including multiline) will see the greatest benefits. Speaking of saving, the automatic save functionality now performs incremental saves instead of full saves (which are slower) whenever possible.