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Free vs Pro: Which AutoCAD 360 is right for you?
3:30 am  .   March 25, 2014  .   admin

If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you know there’s a ton that you can do with the free AutoCAD 360—you can open, view, markup, edit, and share CAD drawings, you can collaborate in real time on site and from the office, and more.

You can use the free version of AutoCAD 360 as much as you like, forever. But maybe you’ve been curious about what kinds of enhanced functionality you might get out of using AutoCAD 360 Pro or Pro Plus. Today, we break down the different scenarios that match up best with each product so you can decide for yourself which plan is right for you.

The FREE version of AutoCAD 360 is right for you if:

  • You want the ability to open and view drawings from any device
  • You want to be able to document any issues or problems you find on-site with photos or a note
  • You’re looking for a lightweight tool for viewing and approving drawings
  • You’re not super comfortable on CAD but still want the ability to make a quick sketch
  • You need to share drawings with multiple people on a small team
  • You want to be able to store and access files using external storage providers
  • You mostly deal with smaller file sizes 

The PRO version of AutoCAD 360 is right for you if:

  • You need to open more complex drawings that require larger file size support
  • You want the ability to create original drawings from scratch on your phone or tablet while you’re out in the field
  • You know your way around AutoCAD 360 and are comfortable working in it, whether it’s on an iPad in the field or at your office, drawing with a stylus
  • You want the ability to make significant edits to drawings on a regular basis
  • You work across multiple trades—like mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—and need advanced layering tools to work with different items on different layers of your drawings
  • You want to browse and drop in particular symbols or objects you use all the time from an object library
  • You like having the ability to make changes on the go and on-site
  • You want to be able to edit back and forth with third party storage providers
  • You work on project-based jobs and want access to advanced drawing, editing, and layering tools on a month-to-month basis (with the Pro plan, you can pay monthly, turn your subscription on and off as needed, and assign the cost to a particular project)
  • Cashflow isn’t an issue, you think you’ll use AutoCAD 360 all the time, and want to take advantage of slightly better pricing (with the Pro plan, you can pay annually and realize some savings

AutoCAD 360 PRO PLUS is right for you if:

  • You want all of the features of AutoCAD 360 PRO and are collaborating with a large team, have expanded storage needs, and are dealing with very intricate drawings
  • The drawings you’re dealing with are highly detailed and elaborate, and you want the peace of mind that you’ll always have enough storage space and easy access to the largest file sizes when you’re out in the field (better to be safe than sorry!)


So have you made up your mind which version of AutoCAD 360 makes the most sense for you? If you’re ready to get started, download the free app now. And be sure to check out theour series on how to improveing project efficiency at every stage of a project with AutoCAD 360 series about how to use AutoCAD 360 at every stage of a project (no matter which version you choose). We’ll be back next week with more tips and tricks, so check back soon!