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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • CATIA is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • MicroStation is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

CATIA

80%
9 Ratings
7.5

MicroStation

75%
8 Ratings

Usability

CATIA

N/A
0 Ratings
2.0

MicroStation

20%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.2

CATIA

82%
8 Ratings
10.0

MicroStation

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

CATIA

When it comes to modelling a product using multiple parts, CATIA becomes tedious. One need someone to sit with and learn with the experience from a frequent user. If switching from any other software to CATIA, it can be intimidating as learning curve is lengthy. For example, when working with complex shape in a knuckle joint, more steps are needed in part modelling. This cause part modelling lengthier and consume time more time, in comparison to SOLIDWORKS.However, CATIA is tremendously helpful in generating really complex features. Surface modelling is way easier when one know how to use it. It becomes really handy to make changes to the design later as well. The design history tree is also very well organized, which save time in later modifications
Subal Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

MicroStation is THE program to use for roadway and corridor modeling. Most departments of transportation and municipalities in my region require that the models be delivered in the dgn format, so it is MicroStation or bust. It is an absolute pain to use some of the add-in features though. Things that are easy in other programs like making smart tables that update with the latest information usually necessitate the use of Axiom or similar outside programs/add-ins. I design storm sewer systems, and it takes us 6 months to train up new hires on this software, because it is NOT intuitive. You need to know which buttons to press, since it is not designed to be easily command-based like AutoCAD Civil 3D.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CATIA

  • Surface modeling module is extremely developed and successful.
  • 2D drafting module is doing the job effectively (AutoCAD is no more required).
Özgür Erkek, MSc, PRINCE2® | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

  • Plethora of design alternatives to choose from right from design to completed models
  • Detailed approach towards parametric, mesh and surface modelling
  • Well integrated modelling workflows
  • Intelligent parametric components with 2D and 3D designs
Huma Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CATIA

  • The software is pretty heavy, even with computers designed for heavy-duty loads, resulting in long wait times to load files and make changes, reducing productivity.
Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

  • Some of the more complex models have had a few issues exporting.
  • We've struggled with external consultants using the custom Autocad engineering tools, and it plays nicely with MicroStation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CATIA

General

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

Starting Price

CATIA Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

MicroStation

General

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

Starting Price

$250 Per User Per Month

MicroStation Editions & Modules

Edition
Microstation$250.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

CATIA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MicroStation

MicroStation 2.0
Based on 1 answer
MicroStation is very hard to use for our newest employees. It is not intuitive, and you need to know where to find the buttons to perform the commands you would like to perform instead of typing in the commands like other similar modeling programs. Also, it has no good traffic turning add-ins. We continue to run ALL our turning in Autoturn, since this is not a usable feature with MicroStation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CATIA

CATIA 8.2
Based on 8 answers
I gave a 9-star rating because CATIA's support system is excellent in terms of quick resolutions. As soon as we escalate any issue regarding this software, its support system resolves it in a short period. There was a scenario when we were unable to login to the CATIA server. At that time, our issue was resolved within an hour. Thus, in terms of support, CATIA is good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

MicroStation 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We haven't had to use it for many years, so not able to comment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CATIA

To be honest, it is our company's decision, it was here when I came. But I can say that the assembly feature is easier than SOLIDWORKS. Also, we use AutoCAD for more 2D drawings; or creating 2D drafts from not parts, but a scratch, AutoCAD is better. CATIA wouldn't match AutoCAD on 2D drawings.
Umurefe Demir | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

The only general purpose CAD program that you can compare MicroStation with would be AutoCAD. MicroStation, in my opinion, is a superior product in every way but one. That one issue is that there are just more people who have and know how to use AutoCAD than there are ones who know MicroStation. This makes AutoCAD easier to get up and running for most firms.
Randall (Rande) Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CATIA

  • If your company is small, probably you are going to think that CATIA is too expensive, but it will be worth it.
  • A lot of companies use it, so you can share files easily.
Alan Urbina | TrustRadius Reviewer

MicroStation

  • MicroStation usage is primarily necessitated by our major client who also uses the program.
  • Without using MicroStation there would be many times where we would not be able to provide our clients with what they need.
  • Therefore, MicroStation has had an incredibly positive impact on the business I work for as its usage has continued to secure contracts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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