Key Differences between AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006
Both AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006 use the same software
architecture and technology, and create the same native DWG file
format. Both offer the majority of things you are going to need
to get your 2D drafting functions done and both offer
functionality that assists, expands, and simplifies the design
But AutoCAD 2006 provides additional capabilities in some key
areas. If they matter to you then you need to focus on
moving beyond LT.
- 3D Design Capabilities—AutoCAD 2006 enables you to
create, modify, render, and navigate 3D objects. AutoCAD LT
2006 does not. Most folks might not even notice that
LT is missing these functions.
- Customization - The AutoCAD 2006 platform offers fully
extensible drawing and application customization through
APIs (application programming interfaces) such as AutoLISP
and Visual LISP, and Microsoft’s Visual Basic for
Applications (VBA) and ActiveX programming languages.
AutoCAD LT 2006 is not an extensible product. There
are many third part software tools built on top of LT, but
you most likely cannot create your own.
- Dynamic Blocks - AutoCAD 2006 makes blocks dynamic. The
new block authoring tools in AutoCAD 2006 allow you to add
dynamic behavior to your existing block libraries. This
simplifies block complexity and dynamically reduces the
amount of time spent modifying blocks inside of a drawing.
AutoCAD LT 2006 does not support Dynamic Block authoring.
Dynamic blocks will revolutionize the way you work with your
symbols. Not having this tool in CAD may be an LT
- Coordination of Sheet Sets - With the addition of the
new Sheet Set Manager, AutoCAD 2006 extends beyond single
drawing production. AutoCAD LT does not offer this
- Tools for the CAD Manager - AutoCAD 2006 software has
many tools that help maintain your company Standards.
AutoCAD LT does not offer this capability.
- Tools for the IT Manager - Network licensing provides
your users with access to the software and enables you to
control the use of your software easily and efficiently.
AutoCAD LT 2006 does not offer network licensing at this
- Presentation Graphics—AutoCAD 2006 has presentation
graphics and gradient fills, including the true color
feature with PANTONE, DIC Color Guide, and RAL CLASSIC and
RAL DESIGN color systems, to enhance your design for
presentation purposes. AutoCAD LT 2006 does not.
- Breadth of Drawing Productivity Features—AutoCAD 2006
software offers layer and attribute management tools that
enable you to add intelligence to your designs. AutoCAD 2006
also includes text fields, quick dimensioning and database
connectivity enhancements that the AutoCAD LT 2006
application does not have.
The gap is widening between LT and full AutoCAD. LT
may still fill a niche in your software tool belt, but it is
getting harder to lock a person into the limitations of LT.
Many casual users might benefit from the easy access to DWG
files that LT provides, but those who need to create and be
productive may soon decide that LT is not the tool for them.