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Spelling list

We use American English spelling. Consult this list for the correct spelling, capitalization, and hyphenation of terms that are commonly used at Autodesk. For words not in this list, use the first-listed spelling in Merriam-Webster Online.

This list also displays acronyms based on how they should be used on first reference in body copy. An entry like virtual reality (VR) means spell out the term first, and then give the acronym. An entry like BIM (Building Information Modeling) means give the acronym first, and then spell out the term.

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1-on-1 (in product centers, such as 1-on-1 web support); otherwise, use one-on-one

2D (preferred over two-dimensional) (not 2d, not 2-D)

3D (preferred over three-dimensional) (not 3d, not 3-D)

401(k)

64-bit/32-bit (hyphenate in any position)

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A360 (not Autodesk 360)

acknowledgment (not acknowledgement)

ActiveX Automation interface

adapter (not adaptor)

additive manufacturing (lowercase)

add-on

adviser (not advisor)

architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)

AEC Excellence Awards (proper noun; do not spell out AEC)

“after” view

afterward (not afterwards)

Ajax (not AJAX) short for asynchronous JavaScript + XML

a.k.a. (abbreviation for also known as) (not aka, not a. k. a.)

Alias Design Community

a.m. (not am, not AM)

animatable

and/or (avoid if possible; reword the sentence)

ante (prefix; do not hyphenate)

anti (prefix; do not hyphenate)

anti-aliasing

API (application programming interface)

app (not application. Use to refer to a lightweight program that offers limited functionality; for example, a mobile app or utility. When referring to a full-featured program, such as AutoCAD, use software rather than application.)

appendixes (not appendices)

application (see entry for app)

arc

Architectural Visualization Shader

AREA, the (all caps; resource site for M&E software)

around the clock (adv.)

around-the-clock (preceding adj.)

artificial intelligence (AI)

Asia Pacific (don’t abbreviate), Asia-Pacific as an adjective

AUGIWorld (official publication of Autodesk User Group International)

Autodesk Account (not Subscription portal, Subscription Center, Sub Center. Spell out and capitalize as a proper noun on first reference. Do not use articles or modifiers such as your, my, or the when used as a proper noun; treat it like a product name. On subsequent references, you may refer generically to your account.)

Autodesk app, Autodesk desktop app (not Autodesk Desktop App)

Autodesk Authorized Education Representative (AER)

Autodesk Authorized Academic Partner

Autodesk Authorized Partner (generically, partner)

Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC)

Autodesk cloud services (all the cloud services and mobile apps that comprise the complete set of cloud-based tools in the A360 ecosystem.)

Autodesk Collaborative Project Management

Autodesk Consulting

Autodesk Developer Conference (not Autodesk Developers Conference)

Autodesk Developer Network (ADN)

Autodesk Direct Online Support Autodesk Education Community

Autodesk Gallery, Autodesk galleries, the gallery, the galleries

Autodesk Gallery at One Market

Autodesk Gallery Boston

Autodesk Gallery Portland

Autodesk Generative Design (stand-alone utility available with Netfabb Ultimate and Fusion 360 Ultimate; generic use of term: generative design)

Autodesk ID (not Autodesk sign in)

Autodesk ISV (independent software vendor) (spell out if possible)

Autodesk ISV Partner Program

Autodesk Learning Central (ALC)

Autodesk Partner Portal (first reference); use Partner Portal on subsequent references; never use the, as in the Autodesk Partner Portal

Autodesk Rendering (stand-alone service; rendering when using the word generically)

Autodesk Reseller (generically, reseller)

Autodesk University (AU)

Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) (generically, Autodesk user groups)

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back end (n), back-end (adj)

back-office (adj)

back up (v), backup (n, adj)

backward (not backwards)

bar code (not barcode)

baseline

base map (n)

“before” view

best seller (n); best-selling (adj)

beta testing

Bézier

bi (prefix; do not hyphenate)

bidirectional

bill of materials, BOM (n); bills of materials, BOMs (plural n)

BIM (Building Information Modeling)

BIM model (do not use; use intelligent model instead)

bio (prefix; do not hyphenate)

bitmap (n)

bitstream

blueprint ephemeral

boot camp (n)

borehole

breakline

bug fix

build (n, adj)

building information model (do not use; use intelligent model instead)

built-in (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

buy in (v), buy-in (n)

bylaw (n)

by-product (n, not byproduct)

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C language (n)

CAD (no need to spell out for Autodesk audience)

CADAM

cadastral

CAD manager (a staff title)

callout (n)

call to action (n)

canceled (not cancelled)

cannot

cardholder (n)

carrier-grade (adj)

catalog (not catalogue)

Catmull-Clark meshes

CAVE (computer-aided virtual environment)

cel (animation term)

centercross

centerhole

centerline

centermark

center point

central time

-centric (hyphenate; -centered is preferred)

centroid

CG (computer graphics) (but can stand alone as CG in copy for M&E professionals)

Cg (third-party product name, C for Graphics)

CgFX

CG-position (center-of-gravity position)

checkbox (n)

checked-in (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

checked-out (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

check in (v), check-in (n) check mark (n)

checklist (n)

check out (v), check-out (n)

chipboard (n)

Citrix XenApp 6

Class-A surface

classwork

clean up (v)

cleanup (n, adj)

clear (not deselect; said of a checkbox or radio button)

clear-cut (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

client-server (adj; not client/server)

client-side (adj)

clip-limit (adj)

clip limits (n)

cloud (lowercase generic references)

cloud credits (generic term for currency unit; not cloud units or jobs)

cloud credit limit (the enforcement of a limit)

cloud credits left (the number of cloud credits in a user’s account)

cloud service(s)

color per vertex (write as color per vertex (CPV) on first reference, color per vertex on subsequent references. Hyphenate as color-per-vertex when used as an adjective, as in color-per-vertex data.)

co-develop

co-host (n, v, adj); title case: Co- host

co-linear

color (not colour, except in trademarked term Colour Warper)

color decision list (CDL)

color grading (noun or adjective, no hyphen)

color space

Color Transformation Language (CTL)

co-founder (capitalize only the first word)

co-marketing

company-wide

compass rose

computer numerical control (CNC)

Conceptual Energy Analysis (CEA)

ConnectFX

Contract Manager (in subscription context)

control vertex

Coons surface patch mesh coplanar

copy-protect (v)

copy-protected (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

copy protection (n)

co-sinusoidal

cost-effectively (hyphenate in any position)

cost to complete (n), cost-to- complete (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

counter (prefix; do not hyphenate)

courseware

coursework (n)

Crandall method

CRM (customer relationship management)

cross (hyphenate or not in compounds, according to the dictionary)

cross-check (n, v)

cross-constraints

crosshairs

crosshatching

cross-highlighting

cross-part

cross-reference (n, v)

cross section (n), cross-section (v)

cross sectional (adj)

crowdsourcing (n)

curricula (plural of curriculum)

Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Program

cut and fill (n), cut-and-fill (adj)

cutaway

cut line

cutoff (n, adj), cut off (v)

cut out (v), cutout (n, adj)

cyber (prefix; do not hyphenate)

D

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data (singular and plural)

database

data set (not dataset)

data store (not datastore)

datum (do not use); use data for singular or plural

daylighting (n, adj)

day one (not day 1)

dead end (n), dead-end (v, adj)

dealer (do not use; use reseller)

decision maker (n) (not decision-maker)

decision making (n), decision- making (adj)

deep-sea vehicle

demand loading (n)

Demand Load option

deselect (do not use; use clear when referring to a checkbox or radio button)

design-build (adj)

design for manufacturability (DFM)

desktop

Developer Guide (an Autodesk manual type, not Developer’s Guide)

dialog (not dialogue)

dialog box (do not use dialog alone; do not use to mean interface)

different from (not different than)

digital content creation (DCC)

digital prototype

Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) (initial caps for branding term)

Digital Prototyping (do not use; obsolete term)

digital signature (but Digital Signature Standard)

direct distance entry

direct mail (n, adj)

disc (as in compact disc)

disk (as in hard disk)

do’s and don’ts

dopesheet

dot-com (n, adj)

double-buffering

double-click (n, v)

double-density (adj)

double-precision (adj)

downplay (v)

downside (n)

downstream

downtime (avoid when referring to an Autodesk product or program)

dpi (dots per inch)

drafter (not draftsman)

drag (v; not drag and drop)

drag-and-drop (adj)

drop-down list

draw commands

Drawing mode (MCAD)

drawing modes

drive-through (n)

DWF™ (adj; used as a trademark)

DWG™ (adj; used as a trademark)

DXF™ (adj; used as a trademark)

Dynamic Blocks

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earbud

earth (the planet)

ease of use (n; hyphenate only to avoid confusion)

eastern time

e-book, E-book (capitalize only at the beginning of a sentence)

eco-design (not ecodesign)

e-course (Lowercase in most uses. Uppercase as E-course at the beginning of a sentence, as E-course in headlines and subheads. Better: use online course.)

edit decision list (EDL)

e-learning (For the Autodesk program, use e-Learning, but lowercase as e-learning in most other uses. Uppercase as E-learning at the beginning of a sentence, as E-learning in headlines and subheads. Better: for generic use, use online learning.)

electromechanical

ellipse

email (n, adj; not e-mail. Lowercase email addresses)

EMEA (acronym acceptable in most references—Europe, Middle East, Africa)

embed (not imbed)

end user (n), end-user (adj)

end-of-life

endpoint

ENERGY STAR

engineer-to-order (ETO) products

ensure (avoid false claims—can ensure or helps ensure are more accurate, per Legal)

enterprise-wide

entity (do not use; use object instead)

equal sign

ERP (enterprise resource planning)

error-prone

eStore

etail (electronic retail)

Ethernet

euro

extra (prefix; do not hyphenate)

extranet

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falloff (n, adj) (not fall-off)

FAQ (not FAQs, unless referring to several different sets of frequently asked questions)

fast track (n), fast-track (adj)

Fast Zoom mode

fax

F-curve

FDO Data Access Technology

Feature Data Objects (FDO)

fiber-optic (adj)

field book

field name

field test (n), field-test (v)

file locking (n), file-locking (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

file name (but in syntax statements, < filename >, with no space between the < > and the word)

file tree

file type

finite element analysis (FEA)

firsthand (adj) (not first-hand)

first-rate (adj)

flat-shaded (adj)

floating-point (adj)

floodplain

floor plan

flowchart

flow sheet (n)

Fluid Effects (Maya technology; capitalized)

flyby (n, adj)

flyout (n)

fly-through

focused

fold (suffix; hyphenate in compound with numeral only: 25-fold, but sixfold)

footprinting

forward

forward/backward compatibility (do not use)

frame buffer

frame rate

framestore

free upgrade (do not use)

free-form (not freeform)

freehand (adj, adv)

freshwater

from within (use from; for example, Access the Internet directly from your AutoCAD session)

front end (n), front-end (adj)

full time (n), full-time (adj)

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gamma

game play (not gameplay)

games market

GB (gigabytes; not gb or G B; for example, 30 GB)

gbXML (green building extensible markup language)

generative design (lowercase for generic use; Autodesk Generative Design when referring to stand-alone utility available with Netfabb Ultimate and Fusion 360 Ultimate)

geodatabase

geographic information system (GIS)

georeferenced (adj)

geospatial

GHz (gigahertz, for example 1.8 GHz)

global positioning system (GPS)

GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language)

GMask

GmbH

Gouraud shading

gradeline

grade point

graphics card (not graphic card)

graphics hardware (not graphic hardware)

graphics processing unit (GPU)

graphite modeling tools (generic), Graphite Modeling Tools menu

graticules

gray (not grey)

grayed, grayed out (use dimmed or not enabled instead)

grayscale

gridline (n)

grip-edit (v)

Grip mode

guardrail

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handcraft (v)

handheld

handshaking

hard copy (n), hard-copy (adj)

hardline drawing

hashtag (for tweets)

head start (n)

health care (n, adj)

help (as in help files, help system)

Help menu (name of menu)

high (hyphenate in compound adjectives; for example, high-resolution)

high definition (HD)

high dynamic range (HDR)

high dynamic range imaging (HDRI)

high school (n), high-school (adj), high-schooler (n)

high tech (n), high-tech (adj)

home page

hotfix (lowercase, but initial cap in conjunction with a number, such as Hotfix TS1064246)

hotkey

hot spots

how-to, how-to’s

hyper (prefix; do not hyphenate)

Hyperloop tech

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ICE (Interactive Creative Environment)

image-based lighting (IBL)

imperial dimensions (not necessarily the same as metric)

Inbox view (not In-box view or inbox view)

Indexes

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

InfiniBand

infrastructure modeling

in-game

infra (prefix; do not hyphenate)

in-house (adj, adv; hyphenate in any position)

inkjet

Ink ’n Paint (Feature or material in 3ds Max. When referring generically to the technique, process, or software, write as ink and paint (n), ink-and-paint (adj).)

inline

in-product

input (v; do not use; use enter instead)

intelligent model–based solutions

integrated development environment (IDE)

integrated project delivery (IPD)

inter (prefix; do not hyphenate)

Intermediate Data Format (IDF)

Internet

Internet of Things (IoT)

interoperate

intra (prefix; do not hyphenate)

intranet

Invent mode

inverse kinematics (IK) (not inverse kinetics)

iOS (Apple’s operating system)

ISV (independent software vendor): spell out if possible

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JavaScript

jobsite

JPEG 2000 (but JPG2000)

judgment (not judgement)

jump start (n), jump-start (v)

just-in-time (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

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kanji

KB (kilobytes; not Kb; for example, 2 KB)

keyframe, keyframed, keyframing (not key-frame, key-framed, key-framing)

keynote speaker (not keynote or keynoter)

keyway

kickoff (n, adj)

know-how

knowledge base (not knowledgebase)

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Landsat FAST

LandXML

Layer control (not Layer list box)

lb (abbreviation for pound, even when plural)

least-squares (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

least-squares adjustment

ledge line

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

LEED Silver

leftmost

left side (not left-hand side)

level of detail (LOD)

license (not licence)

LIDAR (light detecting and ranging)

lifecycle (n, adj)

lifelong

lightweighting

like (suffix; follow Chicago, 15th ed., § 7.90)

line style (not linestyle)

linetype

lineweight (not line weight)

line width (not linewidth)

linework

lip-sync (v), lip sync (n), lip- syncer (n), lip-syncing (v), lip- synced (v)

log file (n)

log in (v) Do not use. Use sign in.

log into (v) Do not use. Use sign in.

log on (v) Do not use. Use sign in.

long-standing (adj)

long term (n), long-term (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

longtime (adj)

look up (v), lookup (n, adj)

lookup tables (LUTs)

low (hyphenate in compound; for example, low-resolution)

lowercase

luminaire (lighting fixture)

Lustre Color Management (it is a feature, not a product.)

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macro (prefix; do not hyphenate)

mailstop (on forms and websites)

mainframe

main stage (n), main-stage (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

maintenance plan (not Maintenance Subscription)

map books

map check

marketplace

mark up (v)

markup (n, adj)

marshland

MasterClass, MasterClasses

match line (not matchline)

materials handling

matrixes

MAXScript

Maya Composite

Maya Embedded Language (MEL)

MB (megabytes; not mb or M B; for example, 10 MB)

MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing)

meta (prefix; do not hyphenate)

metadata

MHz (megahertz; for example, 266 MHz)

micro (prefix; do not hyphenate)

microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

mid (prefix; generally, do not hyphenate; but mid-20th century)

middleware

mid-forties

midpoint

mini (prefix; do not hyphenate)

mm (abbreviation for millimeters, no period; for example, 10 mm)

mockup (n)

modeling (not modelling)

model linking

model space

Modifier Stack

more (do not hyphenate in compound adjectives unless needed for clarity)

more than (use instead of over in quantifying increases; for example, the river rose more than 25 feet)

motion capture (n, adj)

mountain time

mouse-click (n)

moviemaker (n)

movie-making (n)

multi (prefix; do not hyphenate)

multicore

multicore-aware licensing

multicore awareness

multiline text (mtext)

multitouch

multi-user (not Multiuser, multiuser, Multi-User)

multi-year (not Multiyear, multi year, Multi Year Subscription)

Mylar

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N/A (not available or not applicable)

Nailboard

near- (do not add this to photorealistic, as in near-photorealistic)

next-generation (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

non (prefix; do not hyphenate except with proper noun)

nondestructive

nondestructively

nonplayer character (NPC)

noon (not 12:00 noon)

n-tier (adj)

number one (adj, in text; okay to use #1 in tables or as graphic element. From a legal perspective, we need to be able to back up this claim in relation to our products.)

NURBS (does not need to be spelled out)

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object (do not use entity)

object-oriented (adj)

object snap (not osnap)

Object Snap mode

occur (rephrase to avoid passive construction)

offline

off-site

okay (but OK button)

on demand (n), on-demand (adj)

-on-demand (suffix)

one-on-one (adj, adv)

ongoing

online

on-screen (adj, adv; not onscreen)

on-site (not onsite)

on-the-fly (adj)

on the fly (adv, as in do it on the fly)

open source (n), open-source (adj)

optical character recognition (OCR)

option (capitalize the option name but not option)

optionally (avoid; use as an option)

OS (use operating system instead)

Osnap (use only to describe interface button, otherwise use object snap)

output

over (prefix; do not hyphenate in compound)

over (use more than when quantifying unknowns; for example, more than 100 homes flooded)

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Pacific time

palette

PANTONE

paper space

path name (except in syntax statements, < pathname >, with no space between the < > and the word)

pathfinding

pay off (v), payoff (n, adj)

PCs (plural), PC’s (possessive singular)

PDF (n, adj)

PDM (product data management)

P&ID (Autodesk defines it as piping and instrumentation diagram, but some define it as process and instrumentation diagram, so use the alternative in SEO keywords)

percent (always use % symbol)

per-face data

phase alternation line (PAL)

Phong shading

photorealistic (not photo-realistic; never near-photorealistic)

photovoltaic (not photo-voltaic)

pipe fitter

pipeline

Pixel Expression Language (PXL)

play out (v.) playout (broadcasting term)

Pline (use referring to command only, not to a polyline)

plug in (v), plug-in (n)

plus (hyphenate with preceding numeral, as in 500-plus)

plus sign (+; use only in display type, sparingly, as in 500+)

p.m. (not pm, or PM)

podcast

point locking

polyline (don’t shorten to pline)

pop-up (n, adj)

post (prefix; generally, do not hyphenate)

postproduction

power users

pre (prefix; in general, do not hyphenate unless a word would look unwieldy without a hyphen or it contains a proper noun or double e)

pre-architecture

pre-engineering

preorder

preproduction

preset

previsualization (not pre-visualization); previsualize

previs

price list

price tag (n)

printed circuit board layouts

printer-plotter

prior to (use before instead)

pro (prefix; do not hyphenate except with proper noun)

product family (use products instead, e.g., AutoCAD products)

product innovation platform (do not capitalize or use PIP)

product lifecycle management (PLM)

product line (use products instead, e.g., AutoCAD products)

projectwide (adj)

proof of concept (n), proof-of-concept (adj)

PS: (postscript at end of letter; note that periods are not used)

pseudo (prefix; do not hyphenate except with proper noun)

pull-down (adj)

Punch ID

Puzzle mode

Python scripting

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quasi (prefix; hyphenate)

queue

queuing

QuickBird TIFF

R

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radii (plural of radius)

radiosity

radius dimensions (not radial)

rag doll solver

rapid energy modeling (never use acronym REM)

rational method

raycast

ray trace (n, v), ray-trace (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

ray tracing (n, v) ray-tracing (adj)

RDBMS, an

re (prefix; do not hyphenate)

readme (n; but italicize file name: readme.doc)

readme file

real time (n), real-time (adj)

reality capture (n, adj)

Reality Computing (initial caps for branding term)

re-creation (to distinguish from recreation)

redline (v)

redo, redos (n, plural n)

re-engineering

reflectance

regenless

rendering (lowercase for generic use; Autodesk Rendering when referring to stand-alone service)

reprographer

reseller (lowercase for generic use)

reverse-engineer (v)

Revit Live (not Revit LIVE)

rework

RFI (request for information)

right-click (n, v)

rightmost

right side (not right-hand side)

risk-taking (n, adj)

road map (n) (not roadmap)

road-tested

roadway

ROI (return on investment)

rollout (n)

roll up (v), roll-up (n)

rotoscoping

roto-shapes

round-trip (n; also used occasionally as a verb)

royalty-free

rubber band (n), rubber-band (adj)

rubberbanding

rubbersheeting (n)

runoff

runtime (n, adj; not run-time)

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salesperson, salespeople

scalable (not scaleable)

scan line (n)

schema, schemas (n, plural n)

screencast (do not use; use video instead)

screenshot (not screen shot)

scriptwriter (a person who writes scripts for movies, plays, television, political speeches); script writer (a person who writes software scripts)

scrollbar

SDK (software development kit)

seat (do not use; use license instead)

seawater

semi (prefix; do not hyphenate)

service mark

service pack (do not use; use update instead)

set up (v), setup (n, adj)

sheet metal (n, adj; do not hyphenate)

shortcut

short term (n), short-term (adj; hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

show reel (not showreel)

showcase (n, v)

side-by-side (adj, adv)

sideshot

sidetrack (n, v)

SIGGRAPH (do not spell out)

sign-off (n), sign off (v)

sign in (v; for example, sign in to your account) Do not use log in, log into, or log on.

sign up (v), sign-up (n, adj)

simulation jobs (unit of measure for A360)

single-day productivity

single-user (not Singleuser, singleuser, Single-user)

sinusoidal

sizable

-size (adj; no d in medium-size project)

skillful

skill set (n)

SLAP (speak like a person)

slide bar

slopestake (n)

slowdown (n), slow down (v)

SmartPick

smooth shading feature

Smooth Shade option

snap angle

snap-fits

snap grid

snap rotation

snap style

snap to

so (okay without being followed by that)

software as a service (SaaS)

Software Coordinator (in subscription context)

solid fill (n)

solid-fill (adj)

SOLIDWORKS

solution (do not use as a synonym for software)

solver: rag doll solver

soundtrack (n) (not sound track or sound-track)

source timecode

spacebar

spatial data format (SDF)

splash screen

SQL (use an with SQL, not a)

SSL (secure sockets layer: a digital certification protocol)

stage-discharge curve

stage-storage curve

stakeout (surveying term)

stand-alone (n, adj; not standalone)

stand-alone cloud service

start point

start up (v)

start-up (n, adj)

stereolithography

sticky note (not Post-it)

stormwater

sub (prefix; do not hyphenate)

subscription (not Subscription, Autodesk Subscription)

subscriber (not Subscription customer)

super (prefix; do not hyphenate)

superelevation

Support Account Manager (initial caps in subscription context)

support knowledge base

supra (prefix; do not hyphenate)

sync (not synch)

systems integrator

T

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take off (v), takeoff (n)

task force (n)

TD (technical director, spell out on first reference)

term (not Subscription plan, monthly plan, quarterly plan, annual plan, multi-year plan, rental period, rental term)

terrain model

test-drive (n, v)

theater (not theatre)

third party (n), third-party (adj)

throughput (n)

Tile mode

timecode

time-consuming (adj, hyphenate only when it precedes its object)

time frame (n)

timeline (n, not time line, not time-line)

Timeline FX

time-out

time-saver

time-saving

timescale

time to market (n)

timewarping

toll-free

toolbar (not tool bar or tool-bar; capitalize the toolbar’s name, lowercase toolbar)

toolbox

toolkit

toolmaker

toolmaking

toolpath (not tool path)

toolset (not tool set or tool-set)

tooltip (not a trademark)

to-scale (adj; a model is to-scale)

toward (not towards)

trackpad (not track pad)

trade off (v), trade-off (n)

trans (prefix; do not hyphenate)

tree line

tree view

troubleshooting (n, v)

true color (generic term for 24-bit color)

true-to-life (adj)

T-shirt

T square (n)

turnkey (adj)

tweet

Twitter

typeface

typestyle (n)

U

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UCS (user coordinate system)

UI (better written out as user interface)

ultra (prefix; do not hyphenate)

un (prefix; do not hyphenate)

under (prefix; do not hyphenate)

undercut

under way (adv; for example, the redesign is under way)

underway (adj; for example, underway refueling)

unit hydrograph method

Universal Naming Convention (UNC)

Unix

update (do not use service pack)

upon (on is preferred in most cases)

up-to-date (hyphenate when it precedes the noun it modifies: an up-to-date calendar)

up to date (do not hyphenate when the word comes after what it modifies: my calendar keeps me up to date)

UK (n, adj)

US (use as adj only; spell out United States as noun)

USA (use only in addresses and in legal text)

usable (not useable)

username (not user name)

V

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vault, the (but Autodesk Vault software)

VB.NET

version (software release; use later version, not higher version)

vertex (n, sing.) vertices (n, plural)

VGA display (no need to spell out as video graphics array)

video game (n), video-game (adj)

video-game industry (or games industry; avoid gaming industry unless you mean gambling)

videocast (do not use; use video instead)

viewpoint

viewport

virtual design and construction (VDC)

virtual reality (VR)

visualization jobs (unit of measure for A360)

voice-over (n; not voiceover)

VRAM

W

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walk-through (not walkthrough)

wastewater

watermark (v, n)

web

web application

web-based (adj)

web browser

webcast

web-enabled (adj)

web link

webmaster

web page

web-ready (adj)

website (not web site)

web feature service (WFS)

web map service (WMS)

weldment

what-if scenarios

white paper (not whitepaper)

wide (suffix; normally closed, but hyphenated after proper nouns, words of 3 or more syllables, or to avoid a cumbersome appearance.)

wide area network (WAN)

wide-ranging

wide-screen (adj; not wide screen)

wild card (n; not wildcard), wild-card (adj)

wireframe (n, adj)

wish list (n; not wishlist)

wizard

work-around (n; not workaround)

workflow (n, adj)

workforce (n; construed as people, so use workforce… who)

workgroup (n; construed as a thing, so use workgroup… that)

workplace

work plane

work point

worksharing (not work sharing)

work site (not worksite)

workspace

workstation

workstyle

write protection (n) write-protect (v)

XYZ

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x (italic, lowercase, for unknown software version and for versions above a certain base number; for example, upgrade from version 2.x)

X, Y, and Z coordinates (no italic)

X-ray (not Xray)

xref (short for external reference)

year-round

YouTube

zip (v; for example, zip your files)

zip file (not trademarked)

ZIP code