What happen with the Drafting Board?
May 25, 2019

What happen with the Drafting Board?

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

I've been teaching AutoCAD for over 30 years at the College of Southern Nevada. My students learn multiple disciplines to prepare them for their field of study.
  • Autodesk listens to users for improvements. AUGI submits a yearly wish list for improvements.
  • Backward compatibility. You can save drawings to most versions that have been around for over 15 years.
  • Can also save or export to multiple formats.
  • Multi-discipline
  • AutoCAD can be used for most engineering.
  • Cost
  • Keeping up with the changes.
  • 3D editing is a challenge
  • As a Pro, AutoCAD is offered free to most education institutions.
  • Student also can take advantage of the free 3 year education license/subscriptions.
  • There are more AutoCAD publications in CAD than most of their competitors.
AutoCAD has been around for over 30 years. AutoCAD was one of the first CAD programs that ran on a PC.
Intergraph ran off a mainframe until MicroStation came in a PC version at a later date. By this time, AutoCAD had a market on smaller companies because of the cost and colleges could afford to run a PC instead of mainframes.
DraftSight is the most compatible with AutoCAD. With SOLIDWORKS as the big brother, not a lot of emphases or marketing to get the word out. BricsCAD is starting to gain ground through social media. Users are getting frustrated with AutoCAD (or Autodesk) and switching to BricsCAD, however, they are getting just as frustrated because of the features AutoCAD offers the BricsCAD doesn't, like dynamic blocks.
AutoCAD is the industry standard and is in demand for most companies looking for a CAD operator. Students learning AutoCAD will give them an advantage to getting hired. Although other CAD software is available, AutoCAD is in higher demand.