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Comparison between CAD software


As there is a comparison between computer geographic information systems (GIS) solutions, also on the Wikipedia there is a table for the CAD tools aimed at what we know as AEC (architecture, engineering and construction)

There are usually outdated University teachers who tell students that setting Wikipedia as bibliography source is to lower our work’s level; but its sure that in a few years this source will be an expected reference for the collective knowledge (as it is now largely), because documents like this are not found in any other printed medium, much less with this constant evolution.

The comparison includes different tools, many of them well known with enough market share and others that are open source initiatives or with little broadcast:clip_image002

  • ArchiCAD
  • AutoCAD
  • BricsCAD (IntelliCAD)
  • Caddie
  • Digital project
  • Free CAD
  • form•Z
  • GStariCAD
  • AutoDesk inventor
  • CADKey
  • MicroStation
  • NX
  • ProEngeneer
  • ProgeCAD
  • QCAD
  • Shark CAD
  • Solid edge
  • Solidworks

There aren’t included all, especially those of the IntelliCAD line such as BitCAD.  And among these comparisons are included:

  • The development company
  • Latest version
  • 2D/3D application and Speciality
  • Operating systems supported by them
  • Type of licensing (owner or free)
  • User interface languages
  • BIM support
  • IFC support
  • DXF support
  • Importing Formats
  • Exporting Formats

Interesting references which surely will grow and will be updated at the same time software evolves.  There is also another comparison from CAM’s point of view.

Here you can see the comparative matrix on Wikipedia.  Do you identify others that are outside the comparison?


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