Autodesk Launches Easy-to-Use, Low-Cost Drawing Software

New AutoCAD Freestyle Creates High-Quality Drawings, Layouts and Plans for Specialty Contractors and Do-It-Yourself Projects

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 26, 2010Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced the availability of AutoCAD Freestyle software, a new, easy-to-use application for 2D drawing and sketching that specialty contractors and do-it-yourselfers can use to create professional-looking drawings, layouts and plans.

“Many people—from do-it-yourselfers to home contractors to landscape designers—still use pen and paper or software that does not enable accuracy and is hard to use,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “AutoCAD Freestyle has been created to meet the needs of these users and anybody else who needs to generate quick, accurate and professional-looking designs without the need for or learning curve of industrial-strength CAD software.”

Designed for any task that requires the creation of accurate plans, such as home renovations, gardening or landscape design, AutoCAD Freestyle is simple enough for use by home owners and do-it-yourselfers as well as specialty contractors such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters to create plans and construction documentation. AutoCAD Freestyle is also intended for non-CAD employees who work with architects and engineers, enabling markup and annotation of designs created in AutoCAD software that can be sent back for incorporation into the AutoCAD file with complete DWG compatibility, which helps reduce rework.

“As an electrical contractor, I’ve found AutoCAD Freestyle to be a useful tool for project layouts, markups of existing drawings, and revisions,” said James Ogonoski, Service Manager, Contract Service Enterprises, Inc. “The intuitive interface made it easy to get started and ramp up to productivity—and it plugs right into our workflow.”

Built on the AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD Freestyle is a simplified, low-cost application that makes it easier to create accurate, professional-looking drawings and sketches. The software makes design simple and intuitive with a toolset for creating standard shapes (lines, arcs, circles, rectangles), annotating drawings (dimension, text, fills), sketching, doodling and inserting images and symbols. The grid on the drawing surface helps users understand spatial dimensions, such as proportion and distance, so they can easily solve design challenges and create accurate sketches — like drawing on graph paper. A full library of predrawn, commonly used symbols — such as doors and windows — is also included to help save time. In addition, the product provides the ability to insert and trace over a photograph or one of the many sample drawings provided in the software or downloaded from the AutoCAD Freestyle community, simplifying the creation of precise drawings with real-world dimensions.

“My colleagues do most of the design work on my projects, so my main need is to review and mark up designs quickly and efficiently,” said Steve Nichols, President, Cat Cay Yachts International. “This product is a home run for peripheral users of AutoCAD.”

AutoCAD Freestyle is engineered to take full advantage of Windows 7 support for multitouch, including panning, zooming, rotation and flick functionality, an easier way to be productive away from the office.

“AutoCAD Freestyle is refreshingly simple to use—especially compared to other solutions,” said Chris Pugrud, Engineer, Radiance Technologies. “If you’re looking for a simple, low-cost 2D drawing and sketching application, you can’t go wrong with AutoCAD Freestyle.”


Previously available on Autodesk Labs as a technology preview known as Project Cooper, AutoCAD Freestyle is now available for download from the Autodesk eStore at AutoCAD Freestyle will soon be available from other leading online retailers. Visit the Autodesk eStore for pricing options and promotional offers.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are built. Fortune 100 companies — as well as the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects — use Autodesk software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive advantage. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

Autodesk, AutoCAD and DWG are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2010 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Design and Drafting are NOT Commodities May 04, 2010
    Reviewed by 'Tony Eeds'
    I am a self employed architect, so I will likely view this product in a different manner than some here.
    Although Autodesk is simply responding to the growth of lower end CAD systems, it saddens me to see the growth of commodity products such as Freestyle.
    I talked yesterday with a friend who is the economic development director of a small town. He called to tell me that the client he was working to move his business to town said he will complete his design work himself. The guy is buying two downtown buildings and combining them to make his retail and fabrication space. I can only imagine that the gentleman "designer" in question doesn't know the ins and outs of building code, accessibility, structure, et al, but he is going to "design" his space. *sigh* For the record, he is in the woodwork business, which had complicated fire code related requirements. I wished William luck with the guy.
    There is far more to design than putting lines on paper. I have said many time over the years that CAD is not drafting, it only allows you to draw bad faster.
    Commodity products grow in market share specifically because designers have insulated themselves from the process and distanced themselves from end user clients. How many times have we heard clients make statements along those lines?
    Now, I am not saying that the fellow mentioned above is going to use a commodity CAD product, but he clearly is a potential purchaser of a system that will allow him to "generate quick, accurate and professional-looking designs without the need for or learning curve of industrial-strength CAD software".
    Note that there is nothing in the quoted statement about knowing the quirks in the dimensions of building materials, layout dimensions for accessibility, access, etc.
    I wish Autodesk luck with their commodity product, meanwhile I, and others like me, question why I pay a lot of money for my Autodesk subscription, and they want to save money at their end by making me download the software.

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