Today marks the release date of AutoCAD 2020, the next major update to the professional 2D/3D drawing editor from AutoDesk. With the new release, users now have more options as far as to where they prefer to save and open their DWG files, with the additions being Microsoft’s own OneDrive or SharePoint service, as well as the enterprise-focused Box cloud storage service.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Autodesk, a leader in the CAD industry, to give our customers more power and flexibility in their workflow,” said Mike Ammerlaan, director of Microsoft 365 Ecosystem at Microsoft. “Our customers will be able to design and make anything, as they can now open their DWG files stored in OneDrive and SharePoint with AutoCAD on desktop and the AutoCAD web and mobile apps.”
These new synergies with Microsoft's cloud services should be very good news for businesses that have already invested in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, as the recent support for OneDrive will make it easier for a teams to collaborate without having to use separate cloud subscription services.
Professionals will be able to take advantage of various new features in AutoCAD 2020, including the new dark mode which is described as “modern” and “easy for the eyes.” Other new features include a new quick measurement tool, a drag-and-drop Blocks palette, a redesigned Purge menu, and various performance improvements to help increase work efficiency.
To take advantage of these new features, you'll need a current Subscription or Maintenance plan with Autodesk. For those who have never tried this software before, a 30-day free trial is offered to give you a chance to try the new features out for yourself.