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AutoCAD Arch Alternatives & Competitors

(195)4.3 out of 5

Looking for alternatives to AutoCAD Architecture? Tons of people want Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software. What's difficult is finding out whether or not the software you choose is right for you. Vectorworks Architect, Archicad, MicroStation, and SketchUp are the most popular alternatives and competitors to AutoCAD Architecture.

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Top Alternatives to AutoCAD Architecture

  • Vectorworks Architect
  • Archicad
  • MicroStation
  • SketchUp
  • DataCAD

Top 20 Alternatives & Competitors to AutoCAD Architecture

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    #1
  1. Vectorworks Architect

    (110)4.3 out of 5
  2. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Tom K.
    TK
    Vectororks does so much, and so much of it well. It is a full BIM solution, an excellent free surface modeler, a decent rendering solution, and a full AutoCAD replacement. It works well with...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Vectorworks Architect is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    #2
  3. Archicad

    (103)4.5 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response
  4. Design and deliver projects of any size with Archicad’s powerful suite of built-in tools and user-friendly interface that make it the most efficient and intuitive BIM software on the market. Featuring out-of-the-box design documentation, one-click publishing, photo-realistic rendering, and best-in-class analysis. Archicad lets you focus on what you do best: design great buildings.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    UA
    This is powerful software that does a really good job of integration BIM design elements

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Archicad is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
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    #3
  5. MicroStation

    (234)4.0 out of 5
  6. MicroStation is a modeling environment explicitly for the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of all infrastructure types including utility systems, roads and rail, bridges, buildings, communications networks, water and wastewater networks, process plants, mining, and more. MicroStation can be used either as a software application or as a technology platform.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Zulfiyya R.
    ZR
    A drawing in Microstation can be finished much faster and with less mouse clicks and keystrokes. Microstation has both 2D files and 3D files. 2D files only have storage space for x and y...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, MicroStation is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to do business with
    #4
  7. SketchUp

    (466)4.4 out of 5
  8. SketchUp is friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Roko .
    R
    I have been using sketchup since 2006 for architecture and interior design projects with powerful results thanks to the easy to UI, and amazing 3D tools.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, SketchUp is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    More usable
    #5
  9. DataCAD

    (64)4.8 out of 5
  10. DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program for architectural design, presentation, and construction document creation.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    UA
    Intuitive and easy to use, but powerful CAD software ideally setup for 2D architectural design and drafting.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, DataCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Better at support
    More usable
    #6
  11. Vectorworks Designer

    (73)4.4 out of 5
  12. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    CA
    Speed that you can produce presentation boards and planning drawings. Graphic quality and accuracy.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Vectorworks Designer is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Better at support
    #7
  13. ALLPLAN

    (24)4.4 out of 5
  14. Allplan Architecture is object-oriented 3D design software. Allplan Architecture supports architects and designers from presentation of the initial draft to the production of working drawings and detailed design layouts, as well as construction cost planning.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Carlo B.
    CB
    1) Its flexibility: from very quick architectural design to construction modelling, from buildings to detailed joinery, from new buildings to historical ones. 2) The way information is organised:...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, ALLPLAN is:

    More usable
    More expensive
    Better at support
    #8
  15. The Wild

    (37)4.7 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response
  16. The Wild is a collaboration platform for designers to create and share immersive experiences. The Wild enables design teams to experience their work together from anywhere, in real-time, on any virtual or augmented reality device.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Aubrey T.
    AT
    I genuinely loved the avitars the best... they're design is not distracting but at the same time fascinating. A very honest depiction of people that makes the entire Wild experience really into its...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, The Wild is:

    Easier to do business with
    Better at support
    Easier to set up
    #9
  17. Tekla Structures

    (31)4.5 out of 5
  18. Tekla Structures is the most constructible structural software for BIM. With it, you can create, combine, manage and share accurate multi-material 3D models full of construction information.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    DD
    EVERYTHING. I have used SDS/2 and Revit Structural and neither compare to Tekla. The modeling is smooth and easy. There is a large community "warehouse" where you can go get items that have been...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Tekla Structures is:

    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    Easier to set up
    #10
  19. STAAD.Pro

    (33)4.2 out of 5
  20. Perform comprehensive analysis and design for any size or type of structure faster than ever before using the new STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Simplify your BIM workflow by using a physical model in STAAD.Pro that is automatically converted into the analytical model for your structural analysis. Share synchronized models with confidence for multi-discipline team collaboration and, most importantly, deliver safe, cost-effective designs.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Prayas R.
    PR
    User friendly. Very good interface and tools.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, STAAD.Pro is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    #11
  21. Vectorworks Landmark

    (13)4.5 out of 5
  22. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    UC
    More intuitive , easier to perform tasks and works great for landscape design work

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Vectorworks Landmark is:

    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
    More usable
    #12
  23. Matterport

    (22)3.6 out of 5
  24. Matterport's 3D media platform lets you create, navigate, modify & share interactive 3D & virtual reality spaces for multiple industries incl real estate, travel, AEC.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    AR
    DO NOT USE MATTERPORT - they will take your money and not provide refunds even if you do not use their service and app. NOT COOL for a small business owners!!!! #MATTERPORTSUCKS #Matterportisgreedy...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Matterport is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    #13
  25. SolidWorks Electrical 3D

    (20)4.5 out of 5
  26. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to place electrical components and use SOLIDWORKS routing technology to automatically interconnect electrical design elements within a 3D model. 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronized bi-directionally in real time so any changes are automatically updated

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    juan p.
    JP
    It is a very innovative and accurate software with a very wide variety of components its 3d mode is undoubtedly one of the best things about this software is very promising

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks Electrical 3D is:

    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements
    Better at support
    #14
  27. PROKON Structural Analysis and Design

    (13)4.1 out of 5
  28. PROKON Structural Analysis and Design is a suite of over forty structural analysis, design and detailing programs. The first PROKON programs were developed in 1989, and today PROKON is used worldwide in over eighty countries. The suite is modular in nature, but its true power lies in the tight integration between analysis, design and detailing programs.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Carlo Joshua M.
    CM
    The program is user-friendly, beginner-friendly, and provides versatility to the user/structural engineer thru various building codes. It also includes all necessary design element calculations...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, PROKON Structural Analysis and Design is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    #15
  29. BIM Track

    (13)3.9 out of 5
  30. BIM Track is a cloud-based issue management platform for 3D BIM models coordination supporting OpenBIM standards. It includes add-ins for Revit and Navisworks for "in context" issue creation and management. Its responsive design web-based platform works with any web-browser and mobile device. It includes an online 3D viewer. This is the best tool for efficient issue tracking and coodination workflow enhancement. Metrics allows for an improved comprehension of the issue management evolution.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Jacob D.
    JD
    The fact that non BIM users are still able to participate in the issue tracking and coordination process.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, BIM Track is:

    Easier to set up
    Better at support
    Easier to admin
    #16
  31. Leica Geosystems

    (13)4.7 out of 5
  32. Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    UC
    Compared to other scanners we operate our Leica RTC360 has a fast scan time which produces consistent results.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Leica Geosystems is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
    #17
  33. Aurora

    (9)3.8 out of 5
  34. Aurora Solar develops cloud-based software that enables sophisticated solar PV engineering design, provides workflow management functionality and facilitates sales and customer acquisition for solar installers and financiers.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Sean D.
    SD
    Most accurate tool I've ever used compared to many companies' built in on-line solar layout tools. The availability of LIDAR data really helps with modeling tree heights and getting accurate shade...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Aurora is:

    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements
    #18
  35. Trimble SysQue

    (7)4.4 out of 5
  36. Trimble SysQue is a solution for MEP designers and contractors for a seamless workflow from design to fabrication to construction, improves the accuracy and consistency of the models.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Sal D.
    SD
    Trimble SysQue allows us to detail in native Revit families. This provides for a more collaborative interaction with the engineers. It also gives us the ability the turnover the "Revit" model for...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, Trimble SysQue is:

    Better at support
    More expensive
    More usable
    #19
  37. Edificius

    (2)5.0 out of 5
  38. Edificius allows great freedom with custom Working Drawing layouts and import/export in standard formats such as DXF/DWG for your CAD drawings, OBJ and 3DS for your 3D models, BMP and JPG for your renders.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    Libor .
    L
    Very clear program interface and editing in RTBIM window
    #20
  39. IrisVR

    (6)4.7 out of 5
  40. IrisVR is software for immersive design review and collaboration in virtual reality. It is used by BIM and VDC teams, design firms, and engineers who coordinate 3D models and implement design and construction processes.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD Arch:
    UA
    Ease of interface, and great customer service

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD Architecture, IrisVR is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements