Minimum hardware required: PIII (256 Mb for Win NT)
Operating system(s): Windows NT, 2000, XP
Most recent version date & number: March 2003, v.2004
Number of installations:


If nature didn't make it, someone using Autodesk design software probably did.

No doubt AutoCAD® or an AutoCAD-based product was used in the design and maintenance of much of what you see around you—your computer, the desk, and lighting—and much of what you don’t see, including your building's HVAC and electrical systems, the surrounding landscaping and roads, and your telecommunication networks.

AutoCAD is a powerful 2D and 3D design and drafting platform that automates your design tasks, and provides digital tools so you can focus on the design rather than the software itself. Architects, engineers, drafters, and design-related professionals use AutoCAD to create, view, manage, plot, share, and reuse accurate, information-rich drawings.

It proveides native DWG compatibility, plus you can personalize or program the software or add a third party application to meet your specific design requirements. And now AutoCAD integrates new and enhanced productivity tools, presentation graphics, CAD standards, and more for faster, easier data creation and sharing.

  Capabilities & New features

AutoCAD 2004, create design data faster and share it more easily than ever before.

Create with Speed

From opening and sending files to editing annotations and creating presentation drawings, speed is everything when it comes to everyday tasks. New and enhanced tools that accelerate the work process include

Express Tools, including layer management and dimensioning, which reduce the number of steps required to perform a task
Tool palettes, which can be customized to include only the content you need on a daily basis
The optimized DWG file format for shorter file open, save, and transmission times
True color catalogs and presentation graphics for creating high-quality presentation drawings without exporting files

Share with Ease

Many perspectives. One goal. AutoCAD software makes the exchange of design data among project team members safer and more efficient, helping the team come together to achieve a common goal. New and improved data exchange features include

The enhanced multisheet DWF™ (Design Web Format™) file format for securely transmitting drawings over the Internet for team members who need to view and plot, but not edit, drawings. The DWF format is lightweight and yields the same visual fidelity as a native DWG file.

Digital signatures for validating the origin, authenticity, and unaltered state of your drawings.
Password protection for determining who can open your drawings.
AutoCAD® DesignCenter™ and DesignCenter Online for sharing predrawn content with team members.
The CAD Standards Manager for ensuring that the entire team works from and conforms to the same standards.

Manage with Efficiency

Efficiently track and manage software licenses with new software inventory tools that include

The Autodesk Product Manager, which tracks the version, serial, and PC numbers of multiple software licenses from a single location
The FLEXlm® Network License Manager (NLM), which enables designers to conveniently borrow a software license from the network server for working on the road and automatically renews the license after the specified borrowing period has elapsed

  Why Do You Need AutoCAD ?

Easily acquire, integrate, deploy, and manage your software assets

100 percent drawing file compatibility—The AutoCAD® DWG format remains unchanged from AutoCAD 2002 and AutoCAD 2000i, guaranteeing 100 percent DWG file compatibility and protecting your investment in AutoCAD files already in production.

Compatibility with scripts and custom applications—AutoCAD is backward compatible with most applications and scripts written for AutoCAD 2000/2000i. Almost all ARX, LISP, and VBA routines currently running on AutoCAD 2000/2000i will continue to run on AutoCAD 2002, preserving your existing application and configuration investments.

World-class license management: Maximize your software assets with the market leader. FLEXlm® and SAMreport-lite offer increased reliability and better support, while protecting your existing network license management capabilities.

The Windows environment: AutoCAD 2002 is built for the Microsoft® Windows® desktop environment, including Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows NT® 4.0


No matter which version of AutoCAD® software you’re using, upgrading helps you make the most of your designs—and your design data.

Performance just keeps getting better. Optimization of the DWG format results in smaller files and faster file operations, especially over a network. Your design productivity will improve too; commands and features are finely tuned based on your feedback.

Upgrading is easy. Migration tools and utilities support your move to AutoCAD® 2004 software. Side-by-side installation helps to make the transition smoother. Numerous third-party applications are compatible with AutoCAD 2004 and are available today.

User-friendly interface supports efficiency. The new user interface is more intuitive and provides features that enable you to make frequently used content easily accessible to team members.

AutoCAD® 2004 provides new features such as mtext editing with tabs and indents, tool palettes, presentation graphics, DesignCenter™ Online, and Express Tools to help you be more productive. It offers password protection, CAD standards tools, and support for multisheet DWF™ (Design Web Format™) files for easier data sharing. And AutoCAD 2004 provides new network licensing and software inventory tools for more efficient data management.

AutoCAD 2004 is significantly faster than AutoCAD® 2002. Over a network, opening files is up to 30 percent* faster than AutoCAD 2002; saving files is up to 66 percent* faster. DWG file optimization results in files that are 52 percent* smaller, on average, than in AutoCAD 2002. For example, a 5.2MB file in AutoCAD 2002 is only 2.9MB when saved in AutoCAD 2004.

Today, you can upgrade to AutoCAD 2004 from AutoCAD® 2002, AutoCAD® 2000i, and AutoCAD® 2000. If you own AutoCAD® Release 14, you are required to purchase a new full commercial product. Consider the benefits of the Autodesk® Subscription Program to make future upgrades automatic and easy to budget.

Are you using AutoCAD 2000 or 2000i? Here’s why you should upgrade

The AutoCAD user interface has been improved and modernized based on how users perform their daily work. AutoCAD 2004 continues to deliver ease of use, new productivity tools, improved performance, and compatibility with your existing CAD data. AutoCAD software helps you manage your standards and collaborate with your peers to make the most of your design data.

AutoCAD 2004 improves on your everyday design activities with the inclusion of true associative dimensioning, tool palettes, in-place mtext editing, and Express Tools. Drafters immediately benefit from the new layer, text, and attribute tools.

For those who publish design data, an updated DWF™
(Design Web Format™) format allows for printing directly from Autodesk’s free DWF viewer, Autodesk® Express Viewer. For the CAD manager who needs to validate design data against a company or industry standard, the software offers the new CAD standards toolset. This feature provides CAD managers with a set of tools to check and encourage standards compliance, resulting in better-coordinated teams, a more efficient and effective design process, and a higher return on investment in design tools.

AutoCAD 2004 is significantly faster, and DWG file optimization results in files that are 52 percent* smaller, on average, than in AutoCAD® 2000 or AutoCAD® 2000i. For example, a 5.2MB file in AutoCAD 2000/2000i is only 2.9MB when saved in AutoCAD 2004.

  How Does AutoCAD Work ?

Productivity and performance tools to power your designs

-Associative Dimensioning saves time by automating the dimensioning process. When you modify geometry in drawings, the dimensions automatically adjust to the modified geometry.

Use the Block Attribute Manager to manage, extract, and modify attributes without having to explode or redefine the block.

- The Edit Attribute dialog box makes it easier to edit the properties, text, and general appearance of each attribute.

- The Enhanced Attribute Editor offers a faster, more accurate way of managing individually selected block attributes.

- The Enhanced Attribute Extract tool allows the easy extraction of block attribute data to comma-separated text (CSV), Microsoft® Excel (XLS), and Microsoft Access (MDB) formats.

- The Layer Translator converts drawings from one layer standard or convention to another using an existing drawing, standards file, or drawing template. You can save and reuse translation information for quicker conversion of future drawings.

- Layer Previous improves UNDO, ZOOM, and Layer operations. It operates much like the Zoom Previous command and restores the previously used layer state without undoing geometry edits or zoom operations.

- Text Scaling improves the readability of your plot output and reduces the number of manual adjustments necessary.

- Enhanced spell checking now includes annotation objects, resulting in less rework and fewer review cycles.

Maintain your standards, data flow, and data integrity

- Effective Standards Management is vital to your organization. AutoCAD®’s robust standards management tools make checking and adhering to drafting standards easy, whether you work from corporate or ANSI, ISO, DIN, or JIS industry standards.

- DesignXML is a web-specific way to create and share design data. Now you can more easily add real-world intelligence to your designs and extend that intelligence to external business processes and applications.

- Enhanced Attribute Extraction is a faster and more accurate way of managing individually selected block attributes.

Collaborate to extend the value of your designs––and your design data

- Enhanced Publish to Web (now i-drop® enabled!) lets you display drawings for review by publishing them to the Web or your intranet. Publish to Web is simple to use and now includes templates and themes that increase the readability and appeal of the sites and help them adhere to your company’s look and feel, without time-consuming design and development.

- Use Autodesk® i-drop technology to quickly add to your designs by dragging objects from the Web or your intranet and dropping them into your drawings.

- Standards-aware eTransmit saves time and money by securely sending complete DWG files—including xrefs—via e-mail. The delivery is fast and virtually cost-free. eTransmit even includes the DWS standards file associated with the drawing, so everyone can use a single standard.

- Host team-critical data and drawing files on the Bulletin Board in AutoCAD Today, accessible from inside AutoCAD.

- Meet Now gives you a way to conference and collaborate in real time with colleagues and partners over the Internet or your intranet.

- Using the File Navigation dialog box, you can collaborate, share, and store data via the Web.

- With the new high-resolution DWF™ format, you not only get higher visual fidelity but also can plot DWF files with the same quality as native DWG. And DWF now supports additional raster image formats and offers various merge control refinements.

- The Autodesk® Point A design portal brings you industry-specific news, downloadable design content, secure project hosting, tips and techniques, and more.

- Use Autodesk® Project Point™ to manage your building projects more efficiently. With Project Point you can centralize all project documents and drawings in one secure online location and share updates and markups in real time.

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