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Score 8.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • AutoCAD is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SketchUp is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

AutoCAD

87%
78 Ratings
8.6

SketchUp

86%
45 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

AutoCAD

82%
3 Ratings
9.0

SketchUp

90%
1 Rating

Usability

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings

SketchUp

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

AutoCAD

71%
27 Ratings
8.4

SketchUp

84%
27 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings

SketchUp

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AutoCAD

I have used a large number of CAD and other drawing packages like TurboCAD, CorelCAD, Draftsight, Inkscape and CorelDRAW to name a few. Although there are a number of free and cheaper options, AutoCAD is the industry standard or benchmark, user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface), online help is usually easy to get.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

Real estate is not really the most likely use for Sketchup, since it has so many choices and possibilities. But, it is an innovative way to differentiate yourself from the competition. The program is very well-suited to the myopic seller or buyer who can't visualize future changes and their effect on value.
Arcoma L. Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AutoCAD

  • The tools are easy to use and the learning curve is fairly minimal to be able to create blueprints.
  • The 3D application is very fun to use and it is nice to be able to see your product instead of having to imagine what it will look like.
  • The speed and accuracy in which students can create plans is a huge bonus. Students can plan their industrial art projects out and use their own set of plans to build them.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Quickly exploring solutions in 3D: We get a lot of "what if" and "what would that look like" questions. While hand-sketching and hand-drafting can be fairly quick, SketchUp allows me to quickly create 3D and 2D views of a detail or solution, change dimensions and materials in a flash, and show a client or installer the plan in minutes.
  • Creating professional design documents in LayOut: Projects of any scale need good documentation. Using a combination of SketchUp and LayOut, I can create a Design Intent Set, plans for permitting, a set for mechanical trades to mark-up, etc. Having clear, appropriately-scaled drawings with dimensions or notations is a must, and we don't always have the time or budget to get an architect involved!
  • Using live files to guide discussions: Not all clients are "visual" people, so opening their model and orbiting around their space in real time has been extremely helpful. Clients and trades enjoy the perspective views so much that we often include them in the full-sized drawing sets to give a good "overall" view of the project intent. For complex or tight spaces, sometimes un-rendered plans and elevations just aren't enough!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AutoCAD

  • It needs more help in 3D world, eventually some parametric support
  • Better connection with Revit or Inventor
  • Dynamic blocks could get some updates
  • Parameters can be more developed; excel capabilities could be added
  • Sheet set could be more evolved to support a workflow involving data management
radu stancescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Ability to import Revit files and libraries.
  • Ability to export true curved vector linework. There are some workarounds, needs to be refined.
  • Create an OPEN MAPS connection. Since the split from Google, the source for high-quality aerials is limited.
  • Ability to dock all menus to the master window on a Mac
  • Ability to develop dockable menu trays on a Mac
Anthony Pope, RA, NCARB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AutoCAD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$210 per month

AutoCAD Editions & Modules

Edition
Single-User License$210.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

SketchUp

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$119 per year

SketchUp Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Studio for Students / Educators (Desktop version)$551
Studio (Windows only)$6991
  1. per year
SaaS Edition
Free$0.001
Shop$119.001
Pro$299.001
Professional$299.001
Studio$1199.001
For Students$55.001
For Educators$55.001
For Schools (free with G Suite or Microsoft education account)$0
  1. per year
  2. none
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Because rarely we [would] rather wait for a whole year to update, sometimes the new updates don't bring many new features and we are still ok with the current version. Also the change of interface is always something that takes time for every partner in the company to get comfortable with. So those are the main reasons we may want to keep the same version.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

SketchUp 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We typically wait a few years in between renewing, as even older versions are powerful tools for modeling, and we make sure the amount of feature changes are worth the re-investment.
Brian Walker, AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Is an extremely usefull and accurate software , yo certainly can do almost every task requiered to document a project drawings and specifications , the only is that to be confortable with it you need a little of practice and to be familiarized with the commands and the core functioning to get expected results.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 7.1
Based on 27 answers
AutoCAD has the issue of crashing or slowing down the design procedure once a heavy design that includes several disciplines or multiple families/blocks is involved. Customer services gets the feedback from the crash reports but this issue seems like it has never been addressed in the software updates past several years.
Brij Purohit | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

SketchUp 8.4
Based on 27 answers
Sketchup is so intuitive; I can't recall ever looking for official support. However, there are many user forums online that can answer more questions. The usefulness of the online forums is, however, tempered by the fact that there have been many versions of the software under different ownership and support regimes, and thus finding the right information for the right version of the software can be a challenge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
the implementation was realy easy , to set up our workstation we pay for the licenses we are about to use , there was a little bit of delay to get the payment processed to receive the serial but after that the install runs without any problem , so you can fell secure there will be not issue with the implementation.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

AutoCAD & Revit are both sold from the same company Autodesk. Revit comes from the point of view of providing powerful tools to create a three-dimensional model where you can extract two-dimensional drawings. AutoCAD, on the other hand, focuses more on providing powerful tools to generate two-dimensional drawings and on the side also offers tools to create a three-dimensional model.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

It's great to give the customer an overview of how a project will look, but it will never replace the information that a blueprint or engineering drawing can convey. SketchUp is great for the casual user or someone who is just getting started in design work. Other high powered software, such as Solidworks or Inventor is more suited for 3D modeling on a regular basis
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is generally a "good ROI" for us and others in our field as it lets us interact cleanly.
  • AutoCAD is expensive, and the hardware requirements make it more so. As a result, we have had to limit our users of the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • SketchUp has definitely had a positive impact on the customer experience with our company. The model can be generated to give the owner a good idea of the final product before actually committing the resources to complete the project.
  • Having simple models created before the work gets started in the field means that issues with elevations or odd angles can be ironed out beforehand and solved with the design team. This has greatly reduced the rework on our more complex self-perform concrete structures!
Tony Grasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

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