Autocad, which one?

marcosgue

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Tampa
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Electrician
Hello All,
I'm a contans reader to this wonderful forum that help me in my career and improve my electrical knowledge.

I was using Autocad long time ago and now I find the best option to buy and install in my computer. I'm looking some suggestion or advices where and how can I get Autocad electrical software and which version is better 2018, 19, 20, 21. I hope someone can help me to decide which one is better. Any suggestion is very appreciated.
Thanks all
 

don_resqcapt19

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As far as I know, you can no longer purchase AutoCad. You can only buy a monthly, yearly, or a multiyear license to use it.
 

marcosgue

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Tampa
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Electrician
Well, in the case that I want to buy to use for long term, which electrical Acad version is better and most complete to install?
 

gadfly56

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New Jersey
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Professional Engineer, Fire & Life Safety
You may as well get the latest version. Earlier versions, if available, won't be cheaper.

Are you doing actual electrical design, where you need automated circuiting and panel schedule creation? If not, I'd suggest AutoCAD LT, it's a lot cheaper. Or, use an alternative like ViaCAD or such like.
 

marcosgue

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Tampa
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Electrician
I'm not doing electrical design at this time, but I'm taking training for the near future. I got all your opinions and I'll take it to achieve my goal.
Thanks
 

petersonra

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Northern illinois
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engineer
I think you will find that AutoCAD electrical while it has a lot of neat features for certain kinds of things is only really well suited for people who do the same kind of thing over and over again and have a lot of stuff that's repeatable. It takes a lot of time to set it up and get it working initially but it does save time on every job if you do the same thing over and over again. We have it at work and we've never actually used much of it. Until you set it up right it's just a lot faster to do it in AutoCAD by itself. If I were you I would get AutoCAD light. You have to pay for it by the month or by the year now anyway so you might as well start out with the cheap version. It will do everything you need as far as making electrical drawings goes as long as you're doing all the intelligence. If you want the software to do the work for you it's not the way to go.
 

marcosgue

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Tampa
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Electrician
I think in my primary stage to update my Autocad knowledge would be great light version like you say. One more questions, every Acad version (2018,19,..)have electrical interfase with symbols library, etc or I've to get it separated?
I'm sorry I was using Acad 2014 full time like ten years ago and I don't know nowadays.
 

petersonra

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Location
Northern illinois
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engineer
I think in my primary stage to update my Autocad knowledge would be great light version like you say. One more questions, every Acad version (2018,19,..)have electrical interfase with symbols library, etc or I've to get it separated?
I'm sorry I was using Acad 2014 full time like ten years ago and I don't know nowadays.
I would just make the blocks up as a\I needed them and stored them for future use. You will get 95% of what you use pretty quick that way.

You can buy symbol packages but it is not hard to do it yourself.
 
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