F/X CAD 2024
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F/X CAD 2024

Jun 09, 2023
Video Length:  58:26
Presented By:  Amanda Marin

Join us to review F/X CAD 2024, the latest version of our Autodesk OEM platform for use with our Land F/X plugins. For those just discovering F/X CAD, we'll explain what makes it different and why it's an affordable choice for Land F/X offices. For existing users, we'll also cover all the new features exclusive to 2024.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro/TOC
  • About F/X CAD 2024
  • Pricing
  • Who should Use It?
  • Key Differences
    • Installation
    • Interface/Ribbons
  • Key Changes Review

0:00 – 5:11: Intro/TOC

5:12 – 13:32: About F/X CAD 2024

Supported versions (5:21)


What is F/X CAD? (6:59)

  • Only for Land F/X users (requires an active Land F/X License)
  • Command-limited version of AutoCAD (OEM)
  • Similar to AutoCAD LT
  • Sold and supported by us
  • Requires us to change the name, but it's a genuine AutoCAD engine
  • PC only (run on Mac through Parallels or VMware Fusion)


What F/X CAD 2024 can't and can do (10:02)



  • Run Complex AutoLISP – with Dialog Boxes (DCL), ActiveX (vlax), ARX or other extensions.
  • Install add-ons (M-Color, Carlson, AutoTURN, ProjectWise, ArcGIS)
  • Import Geolocated TIFF
  • Rendering, Lighting, 3D
  • Autodesk 360, Cloud Seek, Content Service, App Manager, Material Library, Inventor Fusion, Cloud & Mobile services, DWG Compare
  • Use Autodesk Traces and Markups
  • Run without a Land F/X License
  • Be installed on more than two machines, or have a second installation used by another person.



  • Open/Save any version of DWG, DXF, DGN
  • Run basic AutoLISP scripts
  • Geolocate plans
  • Insert Raster Images
  • Use Live Maps
  • Import/Export PDF
  • View Civil 3D, Survey, Architectural and Mechanical proxy objects (contours/topo)
  • Any AutoCAD command you regularly use
  • Command-line Auto-complete
  • Sheet Set Manager
  • Access 3D Connection for Revit, SketchUp, and Rhino
  • Customize interface & shortcuts (+importing, exporting)
  • Tech support through us!

13:33 – 18:04: Pricing

F/X CAD 2024 is now subscription (13:33)

  • 2023 was last perpetual license
  • Support for 2023 will stop Dec 31, 2027.


What does this mean?

  • Initial purchase is now $775 instead of $1595
  • Annual subscription cost, also $775, is required to run F/X CAD 2024
  • You can remain on 2024 for 3 versions/years before needing to upgrade.
  • $775 F/X CAD subscription does not include your Land F/X license renewals (Design F/X, Planting F/X, Irrigation F/X)
  • F/X CAD subscription does still include Tech Support for CAD issues with Land F/X.
  • You can upgrade all subscription seats to the latest version of F/X CAD as soon as it's available (but we do recommend waiting a few months for updates).

18:05 – 20:54: Who should Use It?

Who Should Switch to F/X CAD? (Almost Everybody)

  • Those who are dedicated Land F/X users, and will be maintaining their Land F/X license long-term.
  • Sole practitioner or small firm looking to reduce costs, used to using AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD without add-ons.
  • Mid or Large-sized firm looking to reduce costs by having some users on F/X CAD, and only those trained in Civil on Civil 3D.
  • Anybody wanting to stay up-to-date at a reduced cost, with the security of knowing F/X CAD will only be released when it's confirmed compatible with Land F/X.
  • Those who've experienced the difference between other CAD support and Land F/X support.

20:55 – 26:30: Key Differences

Installation (21:06)

Activation & serial number (22:09)


Background processes running (23:10)


Sizes of F/X CAD and AutoCAD installations (23:33)



Interface/Ribbons (24:05)

Ribbons (24:05)


Quick Access Toolbar (25:51)

26:31 – end: Key Changes Review

New features:

  • Basic AutoLISP Support
    • It can run basic AutoLISP scripts like those that are command-line only, but not complex AutoLISP scripts like those with Dialog Boxes (DCL), ActiveX (vlax), ARX or other extensions.
  • New File and Layout Tab Menus
    • See all open files and active file
    • Save all
    • Close all
    • Layouts – Select all Layouts
  • Performance Analyzer
    • Insight into potential causes of the slowdown by recording a little bit of time of you working in the drawing and showing which Xref is slow.



Why upgrade from F/X CAD 2023 to F/X CAD 2024? (26:31)

  • More incremental adjustments to updates and changes.
  • New features each year and flexible access to new versions.
  • Consistent budgeting.
  • Much lower up-front cost means adding/dropping licenses year to year with staff changes is a simpler decision.
  • Interface will match our most recent Training videos.
  • You'll have the same version our tech support staff is using – helps answer questions and solve issues more quickly.
  • Encourages your office to keep up with computer maintenance.


Overview of new features (31:57):

  • Basic AutoLISP support (31:57)
  • New File and Layout Tab Menus (33:17)
  • Performance Analyzer (34:43)


Demonstration of new features (35:15):

  • F/X Scale by Reference (36:13)
  • PDF Import and Attach Image (36:40)
  • File tab drop-down (switching between drawings, New Drawing, Save All, Close All) (38:04)
  • Layout tabs drop-down (38:52)
  • Performance Analyzer (40:13)
  • Basic AutoLISP support (44:41)


Quick discussion on running F/X CAD on a Mac (you won't be able to use Local Data, and you'll need a virtual machine on an app such as Parallels, but otherwise it will work just fine on a Mac) (55:21)


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