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Score 8.9 out of 100

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Navisworks

Navisworks is a key tool if doing any 3D model coordination with other trades. It will allow you to view your model content with others to know for certain that your design is accurate and can be assembled. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make this process easy.
Aaron James | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

As a mechanical engineer, it is one of the best tools to just start modeling and engineering with. The UI tools are intuitive and engineering analysis such Mold Analysis, FEA, are great! Other 3D CAD modeling tools have a longer learning curve to master. All in all, if you're not planning to design an entire airplane with large assembly files, then Solidworks is your tool!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Asset Management

Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS
Tracking of all physical assets
Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS

Reporting & Analytics

Navisworks
8.3
SOLIDWORKS
Standard reports
Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS
Custom reports
Navisworks
9.0
SOLIDWORKS
Data exportability
Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS

Construction Project & Field Management

Navisworks
8.6
SOLIDWORKS
Plan distribution & viewing
Navisworks
8.9
SOLIDWORKS
Plan markups & sharing
Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS
Issue tracking & punchlists
Navisworks
9.2
SOLIDWORKS
Photo documentation
Navisworks
8.8
SOLIDWORKS
Jobsite reports
Navisworks
6.8
SOLIDWORKS
Document sharing
Navisworks
8.3
SOLIDWORKS
RFI tools
Navisworks
4.3
SOLIDWORKS
Collaboration & approvals
Navisworks
9.5
SOLIDWORKS
As-built drawings
Navisworks
9.6
SOLIDWORKS
Mobile app
Navisworks
7.8
SOLIDWORKS
Submittal design and management
Navisworks
9.9
SOLIDWORKS
Checklists
Navisworks
9.5
SOLIDWORKS
Specifications
Navisworks
10.0
SOLIDWORKS
Change orders
Navisworks
10.0
SOLIDWORKS

Estimating

Navisworks
8.6
SOLIDWORKS
Takeoff tools
Navisworks
7.8
SOLIDWORKS
Job costing
Navisworks
9.9
SOLIDWORKS
Cost databases
Navisworks
9.9
SOLIDWORKS
Cost calculator
Navisworks
9.6
SOLIDWORKS
Bid creation
Navisworks
5.9
SOLIDWORKS

Pros

Navisworks

  • Model Viewing, the navigation tools are really easy to use for walking through the model, especially if viewpoints are set up for key locations.
  • The take-offs work really well and can be very quick and easy if the model was built right.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Navisworks

  • A link to BIM 360 Model Coordination is a serious shortcoming. It used to be easy to link to models loaded to BIM 360 Glue for more in depth clash detection.
  • I would have liked the ability to export a simulation created in Navisworks to 3DS Max for a more immersive animation with decent material mapping and better animation tools.
  • I would like to be able to view/create BIM 306 Docs/Field issues directly in Navisworks. In the current workflow we have to use other file formats to work within BIM 360. It would be more productive to be able to navigate the model through Navisworks and to create viewpoints and issues from within Navisworks.
Roelie Oelofse | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Save DWG 2D files in inches or metric easily, defaults to metric and has to be manually converted to inches
  • When using the sketch feature, the ability to disable ALL references. If I don't know the exact shape and I want to draw/adapt my design, it harshly interprets the references which have no value to me. The easiest exact is to think about when you have a Microsoft Word document that has a lot of formatting, photos, tabs, etc. If you accidentally hit the "enter" key, you can explode the formatting and everything goes crazy. SW does this to me, I just want to "doodle" my sketches, edit/delete/etc and not be bound by arbitrary references.
  • For the sketch feature, ability to use a DraftSight plugin of some sort. I'm super fast in DS, if I could draw using the commands in SW then I would probably never open DS again and convert to SW full time. Currently, I only use SW as a way to convert 3D files so I can build everything in DraftSight.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Navisworks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 9.8
Based on 2 answers
We have absolutely no reasons to not keep with SolidWorks for the foreseeable future.
Chris Bartch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Navisworks

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 1.3
Based on 2 answers
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Navisworks

Navisworks 7.4
Based on 18 answers
Autodesk owns Navisworks, and it seems to have a pretty good support network. A lot of the troubleshooting or support information is provided through an online database, so you most likely would not be getting any personal attention with your issues. Since there are so many users for Navisworks, there is a lot of information on the web.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 7.4
Based on 28 answers
We have an unusual arrangement. We don’t pay for support, but we’re partnered with a VAR for second-tier support.
I work with other users if I have questions but when we’ve had to ask the VAR, they always have answers.It appears that all of the VARs have access to a support platform from DS SOLIDWORKS that helps them answer most questions.
Cory Puuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Navisworks

Navisworks is a master tool if we want to do any 3D model coordination with any trade of a building. It allows us to view our model content with all elements to visualize and understand for certain where our design stands in terms of accuracy and how all things can be assembled on site. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make BIM process easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

Onshape is a direct competitor. It has great entry level pricing and it is easy to access with no installation required. Being a web based app there is sometime some lag being based in NZ. Management also have concerns over where the data is stored on the cloud. With SW we can control where it is stored
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Navisworks

  • It helps in coordination on BIM projects. We have had major project coordination saving millions on jobs.
  • Helps us win more projects as we can coordinate them
  • Used to use the animation tools for site logistics. Now we use game engines.
Lennart Andersson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Creation of small 3D pieces to generate cash flow.
  • Not being able to create 3D sculptures with this tool, and not being able to fulfill the client's requirements.
  • To be able to sell high visual quality simulations for companies that hire the service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Navisworks

General

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

Starting Price

$115 Per User Per Month

Navisworks Editions & Modules

Edition
Simulate$115.001
Manage$285.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

SOLIDWORKS

General

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

Starting Price

$1,295 per year

SOLIDWORKS Editions & Modules

Edition
Solidworks Standard$3,9961
Solidworks Annual Subscription$1,2952
  1. per standalone license
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Navisworks
9.5
SOLIDWORKS
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
9.8

Usability

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
1.3

Support Rating

Navisworks
7.4
SOLIDWORKS
7.4

In-Person Training

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
9.0

Online Training

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
9.0

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