ActCAD Software vs. NanoCAD

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActCAD Software
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
ActCAD is a 2D & 3D CAD software with two product options: - ActCAD Standard for 2D Drafting Power Users - ActCAD Professional for 2D Drafting & 3D ACIS Modeling Users - ActCAD Prime for 2D Drafting, 3D Modeling, and AEC Objects (walls, doors, windows, staircases, roofs, floors, etc.) ActCAD can be used for applications across domains of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) including Structural, Electrical, and…
$199
one-time fee per user
NanoCAD
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
NanoCAD is a free to use design software including both 2D and 3D design features. NanoCAD also includes premium features that users can upgrade to as needed.N/A
Pricing
ActCAD SoftwareNanoCAD
Editions & Modules
ActCAD 2023 Standard
$199
one-time fee per user
ActCAD 2023 Prime
$349
one-time fee per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActCAD SoftwareNanoCAD
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup Fee$199 one-time fee per userNo setup fee
Additional Details
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ActCAD SoftwareNanoCAD
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
ActCAD SoftwareNanoCAD
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(3 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActCAD SoftwareNanoCAD
Likelihood to Recommend
ActCAD LLC
Some dimensions move for no apparent reason. 3d modeling could be improved upon. As a 2D program I use it daily and prefer it to 3D modeling programs for drawing details.
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NanoSoft Ltd.
It is great when cleaning up CAD files and allowing for 3rd party add-ins. It allows you to delete used layers. It would be nice if it saved to smaller file sizes when saving as an older DWG. It is easy to scale drawings and make floor plan layouts. It would be nice if it would pick up the default units that I set for my preference when opening up a converted file from pdf.
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Pros
ActCAD LLC
  • This is one of the most complete packages that I've used, very intuitive, thus saying user-friendly is somewhat on the mild side, as it is a pleasure to use
  • Functionality is straightforward and all pertinent information are right on the screen
  • Its ease-of-use cuts down on documentation time thus allowing me to spend more time where it's really needed
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NanoSoft Ltd.
  • Easy to use
  • Great for Drafting
  • Opens all CAD files from other systems
  • Same commands as other CAD programs
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Cons
ActCAD LLC
  • My major complaint is sometimes the dimensions do not stay where I place them.
  • 3D modeling is complicated for me.
  • Need to specify wall types and be able to create custom walls.
  • Need to have a roof manager to make trusses or hand-stack framing.
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NanoSoft Ltd.
  • It lacks some functions that AutoCAD has, but for the price, it could be worth it on your end.
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Likelihood to Renew
ActCAD LLC
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NanoSoft Ltd.
We like NanoCAD for what it does for us and will renew or license when the time comes. There is no question of doubt because we are very happy with it.
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Alternatives Considered
ActCAD LLC
It's the best alternative to cost-prohibitive CAD software.
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NanoSoft Ltd.
NanoCAD has been the best solution after using other high-priced software systems. It has all the tools I need and no need to upgrade my computer system. I run it on a Windows 11, Core i5 Computer with 8 gb of ram and integrated graphics with no issues. It does not use up much space in my ssd.
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Return on Investment
ActCAD LLC
  • Its ease-of-use allows me more time to focus on project needs and completion
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NanoSoft Ltd.
  • It's free to use
  • No need to buy special high end computers
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