CAD software

For those of us designing buildings with 2D CAD software it’s nice to know there are alternatives to AutoCAD.

For years, I have used AccelliCAD along side my AutoCAD license.  It was easy to go back and forth between the two softwares.  I could take a file drawn in ACAD, plot it in AccelliCAD, draft on it a little, open it again in ACAD….no problems.

Sadly-AccelliCAD phased out of business.

Sadly- AutoCAD 2013 would no longer reload on my computer (and I switched back to Windows 7 from Windows 10 and I really needed by legal licensed ACAD 2013 to go back on my computer….it didn’t.

Sadly-AutoCAD  requires monthly licenses meaning if I have poor cashflow some month-I can no longer produce drawings.

Happily:  I found BricsCAD and IntelliCAD.  Both of these softwares are native .dwg format, meaning they don’t translate ACAD files-they work directly on them (and vic versa)

Happily: Brics CAD and IntelliCAD still sell their software with no monthly requirements.

Happily: the learning curve from ACAD to BricsCAD and to IntelliCAD is almost instant.

Very Very Happily: BricsCAD and IntelliCAD are a fraction of the cost of ACAD.

in closing-it was also fantastic that BricsCAD software will load and operate on either a Mac or PC.

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