Acad is synonymous with AutoCAD. It’s because we had to type in ACAD to Start AutoCAD in the MS-DOS version of AutoCAD before 1992. In the days before Windows, we had desktop computers that used Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS) for programs or apps to run on. There were no icons to pick on or windows to size and resize. Commands were typed in the DOS prompt and there could only be one ACAD program running.
ACAD for AutoCAD
I guess it’s because ACAD is easier and quicker to type than AutoCAD and that it why it became the short form for AutoCAD that is widely used today. AutoCAD is Malaysia’s defacto standard in CAD (Computer Aided Design). It is widely used by Architects, Engineers, Designers, Drafters, Surveyors in the industry. Most government agencies require submission of CAD files in AutoCAD dwg file format.
What is ACAD today?
Today, there is AutoCAD LT 2022 which is a two dimensional drafting tool that sells 2 to 1 compared to the Full version of AutoCAD which has three dimensional capabilities called AutoCAD 2022 with Industry toolset.
AutoCAD 2022 with Industry Toolsets is a collection of SEVEN different programs that were customized for specific industry and sold separately before. Today, for the price of one, you get all of them. These are:
- AutoCAD Architecture
- AutoCAD Mechanical
- AutoCAD Plant 3D
- AutoCAD Electrical
- AutoCAD Map 3D
- AutoCAD MEP
- AutoCAD Raster Design
Find out why AutoCAD is the Best CAD Software here.