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    Question The REAL difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT???

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    I have been using AutoCAD (full version) since the mid 90's (starting with AutoCAD 11) and am currently using v2008. However, I am going out on my own now, and need to buy my own seat. I can buy a 2012 seat (or 2013) for around $4000, or a AutoCAD LT version for around $1200. The local sales guy said the difference is minimal for what I do, but I want to be sure what I am getting.

    So what I'd like some advice on is this... for what I do (see below), will I really see any major difference in the LT version? I'd love to save $3000 if I can.

    Here is what I do currently... 100% 2-D drawings of house plans, layered in Model space, and displayed in multiple viewports in Paper Space. I will be working alone... no other computers in a network. I do not use X-refs (my drawings are small enough residential jobs that I don't use multiple dwg files). My largest drawings are usually no more than 10 pages, and the file sizes usually top out at 3MB. I don't use any scripts.

    But... I have been using AutoCad full version for many, many years. Will I hate the LT interface? Will I still be able to customize my screen and menu bars and shortcut keys? Do I still have Express Tools? Same hatch commands and functionality? Same plot interface?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    The things I notice most are lack of 3D and Lisp routines/scripts. Since you're 2D and don't use scripts - I think LT would suit you fine.

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    My suggestion would be for you to download the Free 30-Day Trial, and test for yourself.

    IMO - You're going out on your own now, so all of the additional time spent doing each-and-every-step manually is now YOUR wasted time, and money. I cannot speak for anyone else, by the results of our workflow automatons, and customizations (which are not available to LT) save us a heck of a lot more than $4,000 each year. Just saying.

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    There is a big difference between $1,200 and $3,800, especially these days. But if you can swing it I would encourage you to get the full-blown copy of AutoCAD. The first thing you know one of your customers will need or request an isometric of something you're working on and then the difference in price will only be relevant to the amount of revenue you're losing with LT vs full version. That's easy to say because it's not my money you will be spending. But down the road if you need the full version I'm not sure how the dealers work an upgrade. You may end up paying for both versions unless they give you an upgrade deal on LT to full version.
    It's deja vu, all over again.

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    just because somethings 2d doesn't mean you don't need functionality, in my experience, unless your just doing minor edits, looking around in the drawing and or plotting you'll need/want a full version.
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    You can view a comparison matrix of major features for the full and LT versions of AutoCAD at the AutoDesk website.
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    Take a look at Bricscad. It has about the same functionality as Autocad 2008, but at less than half the price of LT. It does lisp and vba too. Free 30 day trial, minus vba, too. I like it so well that I have no plans to upgrade Autocad again.
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    Having never used LT, this is purely conjecture. While we can all understand wanting to save a few bucks, in the long run, I would suggest getting the full version. Whether or not you are using the 3D capabilities yet, I would bet there will come a time when you want to. Renderman hit the nail right on the head! Avoid any buyer remorse, take it for a 30 day, totally free drive around the block, so that you know first hand if it is okay for you or not. While you are at it, you might as well download the full trial version of Autocad 2013 too, for all the same reasons, nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
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    Hell, if that's all you're doing then just download nanoCAD or DraftSight. They are free-ninety-nine, work like AutoCAD LT, look like AutoCAD LT, smell like AutoCAD LT, even chop pow ping slice and dice like AutoCAD LT.

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    ..even chop pow ping slice and dice like AutoCAD LT.
    That must be a new feature in the Express Tools. Either that or it's the sounds heard yesterday when the tornadoes ripped through your area!

    Will someone ask Dan Quayle if tornado is spelled with an 'e'? At least tornadoes seems to be spelled with an 'e'.
    It's deja vu, all over again.

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