Free Tools for Architects

7 Free Autodesk Tools for Architects that May Change the Way You Work

1. AutoCAD Shortcuts

This may seem like an obvious one to most of you, so if you haven’t learned all the AutoCAD shortcuts, peruse this handy guide to save some serious time. The more time you spend in AutoCAD, the more time these handy typing tips will save you.

2. A360 Viewer

This one is a no-brainer. Use the A360 Viewer for free to view and interact with 2D and 3D models without the hassle of downloading new software. It’s free and all you have to do is drag and drop your model into the viewer.

3. AutoCAD 360

AutoCAD 360 is a free DWG viewing application, with easy-to-use drawing and drafting tools that allow you to view, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings across web and mobile devices – anytime, anywhere. Simplify your site visits with the most powerful drafting and editing tool available.

4. Revit Shortcuts

If you didn’t already know, there’s a full list of Revit shortcuts to help you save time. Take some time to commit these to memory—it’s worth it.

5. Autodesk Free Trials

Need to test it before you buy it? Autodesk offers a myriad of free trials so you don’t have to waste money on the wrong software. Make sure you’re investing in the right product before you buy it.

6. Autodesk App Store

Okay, so not everything is free, but you can find some very free, very useful gems in there. Everything from Revit Add-Ins to in-app time-tracking.

7. A360

Did you know there’s a free tier of A360 that lets you markup, comment on, and interact with your project models?

Have a favorite free Autodesk tool for architects that isn’t listed? Let us know in the comments.

Elizabeth Katzki

Elizabeth Katzki is a Marketing Specialist for A360.

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    Mark says:

    I’m confused. Why can’t I invite teams members to only share in a particular Job Folder and not to the entire Folder hierarchy? I had thought I was doing a limited invite, and then found team members from another Project asking what these files were. To be honest – the interface is not very intuitive.

    Next – is A360 or A360 Drive becoming the dominant (only) resource?

    Please let me know if I’m missing something. Thanks

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