Comparing CAD Software


With the advent of technology, computers particularly revolutionized almost everything including education, marketing, design, manufacturing, media and business. This technological advancement helped several industries during the modernization phase when most of the manual practices transformed into automatic and many businesses learned that this practice will elevate productivity and reduce costs and time consumption.

The usage of computers in design and manufacturing process unlocked great possibilities for a lot of companies as it helped them better product design and improve product quality stammeringly. Therefore, the significance is accredited to the subject matter of CAD and its usage in design processes. [Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, 2008] Computer-aided drafting (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

Comparing CAD Software with Older Manual Methods

Before the invention of progressive CAD software, designers and architects used to draw with hands on large paper sheets which was extremely time consuming. In those times, designers took several days for designing a simple house structure and there was no possibility of drawing a 100+ story high structure in detail. This shows that introduction of CAD software enabled humans (specifically architects) to engineer better homes, sky high buildings, cars and machines. [Polly Brown, Intersect, Vol 2, 2009] CAD has changed the face of the design industry and has influenced the lives of designers and engineers worldwide. There is no doubt why the usage of CAD software has now become an industry norm and almost everybody has abandoned the use of old fashioned methods of drawing and designing. Today, there are so many reliable CAD software available in the market and below we will compare the best four CAD software which will help you decide which one is top performing and better for you to use.

ProgeCADProgeCAD

It is an AutoCAD-like 2D & 3D CAD software that uses DWG as its native file format. Its 2D and 3D modeling lets you draw faster and easier as it is backed by powerful BIM technology. Either 2D or 3D view, this software provides intelligent parametric object libraries for interiors, houses or buildings. It uses almost the same interface AutoCAD, which makes it easier to use if you have previously used AutoCAD and the price is 1/10th of the price of AutoCAD.

Pros:

  • Affordable by almost anyone.
  • Great online support.
  • Nice and easy-to-use interface.
  • Import/export to other CAD systems.

Cons:

  • Not widely known and used.
  • Bit of learning curve required.
  • Weak image calibration tools.
  • Runs slow with large files that contain images or contours.

ArchiCADArchiCAD

It is a 2D and 3D modeling software that uses BIM modeling technology and is comparably faster than ProgeCAD. The competitive advantage is its drafting and manufacturing design data features which enable a designer to craft a 100 story building easily. The interface is great but not very easily accessible by amateur design engineers and requires big learning curve.

Pros:

  • Best rated software by architectures.
  • Deployment: Cloud, SaaS, Web, Mobile.
  • Works in Mac, Windows, Android, iOS.
  • Online support.
  • Billing and invoicing feature.
  • Good client, task, and documentation management.

Cons:

  • Huge learning curve.
  • Slower than previous versions.
  • High prices that makes it unaffordable for many.
  • Upscale system requirements.

Arcon EvoArcon Evo

This 2D and 3D modeling software is developed to fulfil building professionals and architects need of all things CAD. The primary focus of Arcon Evo specifically building designs with widespread 2D detailing tools and finishing capabilities. However, Arcon Evo specially serves the need of UK based architects as the designs and drawings crafted in this software are more like UK style in comparison to other software that mostly results in USA style building designs.

Pros:

  • Specially developed for building engineers and architects.
  • Good visualization and presentation.
  • Online support.

Cons:

  • Mostly good for UK based architects, not widely used in other regions.
  • No BIM modeling.
  • No drafting features and mobile deployment.
  • Offers no document or project management.

Chief Architect

This 2D drawing and 3D modeling software target remodelers, architects, and DIY home designers. It has two product lines; one is professional software ‘Chief Architect’ which is aimed at professional architects and the second is a consumer-focused DIY design software which is aimed at unprofessional do-it-yourself home design fanatics. The most important feature is its BIM modeling which is comparably less effective than ProgeCAD which we discussed earlier. Although its 3D modeling is rated as excellent by professional designers and architects.

Pros:

  • Affordable for many.
  • Great interface and easy-to-use for AutoCAD users.
  • Works in Mac, Windows, Android, iOS.
  • Features BIM modelling.
  • Low learning curve.

Cons:

  • Not for manufacturing design data.
  • Offers no task, client or document management.
  • Cannot be used as a primary CAD software.
  • Not recommended by professional architects.

The above mentioned innovations in CAD systems are truly remarkable and prove how CAD is helping humans in designing the great sky scrapers, iconic landmarks, iPhones, and electric cars.

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