version 7, via a coverdisc.
I wanted to use it to make some woodwork plans, but have not bee able to get to grips with it at all... and there seems to be very little in the way of online training available for it. The upshot is that I've yet to make use of it!
So I can't answer your question as to whether it's easier than Autocad. However, to answer your other questions. Cut and Paste, (I'm assuming you mean from other apps?), I just don't know, but, if I understand your question correctly, yes you can create your own shapes.
You can download a free trial, though I suspect it's big.
Sorry if I've not been much help!