AutoCAD Review
July 18, 2019

AutoCAD Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

AutoCAD is used on all projects that are not utilizing Autodesk Revit, which is the standard across the organization. It also used in some design workflows.
  • It keeps the production workflow streamlined compared to BIM tools.
  • It simplifies file management with the use of XREFS.
  • Versatile with its file compatibility with other programs and platforms.
  • Advertises support for Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive but does not actually function with either due to .dwl and .dwl2 files preventing sync.
  • Product does not introduce many new compelling additional features with every yearly iteration.
  • Due to designed-in file incompatibility between every few releases, a subscription is essentially required rather than the older perpetual license model.
  • It has a positive ROI when it comes to experienced users using the product.
  • It has a negative ROI when used by inexperienced and newer graduate users who are only versed in BIM (Revit).
  • Debatable ROI for those that are versed in both CAD and Revit.
AutoCAD is the old industry standard that likely will disappear from use someday but somehow manages relevancy in certain isolated use-cases. It is incredibly likely that Revit (BIM) will supplant it entirely in the long run.
Although the simplicity of the product is its strong suit, one can't help but wonder if BIM will supplant it completely sometime in the future for production.