AutoCAD: the most widely familiar and used
January 30, 2019

AutoCAD: the most widely familiar and used

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

AutoCAD is our default or go-to drafting program for all things architecture, interiors, and sometimes even graphic design/signage wayfinding. We use it in all of our studios as our primary drafting or CAD solution for creating design, presentation, and construction drawings. It is the most universally used program by designers throughout our company.
  • Drafting clear drawings
  • Initial design exploration
  • Detail and design development
  • Annotative scaling automatically
  • Computer memory usage is often high
  • User interface and settings profiles are hard to set up and frequently get reset
  • It has brought our studio onto one universal standard for design documentation.
  • Subscription-based services have negatively impacted ROI as more business means more employees and thus more money to purchase licenses.
  • AutoCAD has streamlined our coordination with other trades as we are for the most part all on the same platform.
From my experience, AutoCAD is the premier software for CAD services. If you are required to use BIM products in combination with CAD it is easily interfaced with Revit where some of the other software companies do not offer both CAS and BIM. As a CAD software alone it is the most widely used making it a good choice.
We use AutoCAD for everything from urban and site planning to floor plans, sections, and elevations, to zoomed in design detailing, schedules and code documentation. It is well suited for setting up contract documents as well as initial design exploration including programming, site planning, and coordination of trades. I would say its less appropriate where 3D design consideration is required.