ProgeCAD is a low-cost technology based on the IntelliCAD 6.5, which very well may be adopted as a replacement for software of AutoCAD’s level.
Let’s see what ProgeCAD has:
Similar to AutoCAD
Being similar to AutoCAD both in commands and functionality allows no need to train technicians who have mastered that platform. So actions such as: layers management, multiple text, AutoLISP routines and commands do work just as AutoCAD although there are different manuals and video tutorials with which you can learn.
It exceeds AutoCAD in some aspects
ProgeCAD even has some solutions that AutoCAD has not implemented in latest versions such as:
- Supports files from AutoCAD 2.5 version to 2009 version
- It supports redline and markup, so you can do files quality control by practical instructions
- Converts .pdf files to .dwg
- Has a module to convert raster to vector
- It has native support for .ecw images and jpg2000
There are other products that complement it
ProgeCAD comes in two versions: Standard and Professional although there are other specialized applications to expand their potential such as:
- progeEARTH, this version is aimed to surveying and engineering that includes control points through cogo, DTM surfaces handling, contours and other features in topographic management including highway geometric design.
- progeCAM, This version is for mechanical design and manufacturing
- progeOffice, with this extension you can interact with Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel PivotTables.
- progeCAD Viewer DWG, this is a version with which we can view, print, render, and to redline on dwg files from 2.5 version to AutoCAD 2009
- ProgeCAD file translators, these are extensions that are purchased separately in order to export to and from files such as: Google Sketchup!, IGES, STEP, STL, 3D Studio, CNC, OBJ and even there is an extension to import points from text files.
This is the most attractive of progeCAD, as the equivalent licenses to AutoCAD LT call progeCAD Standard is about $ 250 and the professional, $ 399.
There are also network licenses that can be used on a floating form and (or) portable usb, these go for $ 599.
In conclusion, progeCAD is an important solution in addition to low-cost platform options to avoid pirating AutoCAD if it is a problem of price; it’s interesting that can run on Linux and Mac using Parallels technology and as mentioned on the page, the 2009 version contains an interface to interact with Google Earth.
In case you want to know more, it can be consulted the progeCAD page and download a 30-day trial that has all the features.