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AutoCAD Alternatives & Competitors

(1,043)4.4 out of 5

Looking for alternatives to AutoCAD? Tons of people want General-Purpose CAD Software. What's difficult is finding out whether or not the software you choose is right for you. SketchUp, MicroStation, Vectorworks Architect, and Archicad are the most popular alternatives and competitors to AutoCAD.

Top Alternatives to AutoCAD

  • SketchUp
  • MicroStation
  • Vectorworks Architect
  • Archicad
  • DraftSight

Top 20 Alternatives & Competitors to AutoCAD

    #1
    #1
  1. SketchUp

    (465)4.4 out of 5

    SketchUp is friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software

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  2. SketchUp is friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software

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    HL
    I have been using Sketchup for many years and I like it more, I think it is the best software to make my 3D modeling because of how versatile and functional it is. Besides being practical, it is...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, SketchUp is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    More usable
    #2
    #2
  3. MicroStation

    (234)4.0 out of 5

    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.

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  4. 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.

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    UC
    Out of my 8 hours of daily work I use this software for atleast 6 hours a day. Its a very portable easy to learn drafting software when compare to any other CADD softwares I used before. I started...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, MicroStation is:

    Slower to reach roi
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    #3
    #3
  5. Vectorworks Architect

    (110)4.3 out of 5

    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

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  6. 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:

    UD
    I purchase Vectorworks many years ago, when options for professional drafting on Macintosh were limited. There are more options today, including AutoCAD, but Vectorworks is still quite capable. 2D...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Vectorworks Architect is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    #4
    #4
  7. Archicad

    (102)4.5 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response

    GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of Archicad, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, Archicad offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

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  8. GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of Archicad, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, Archicad offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

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    Madhu P.
    MP
    -ARCHICAD is the bet designing software on BIM world. This software can do both 2d drawings and 3d modeling. The user can draft ed drawing in a perfectly clear way for better presentation. -Its...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Archicad is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    #5
    #5
  9. DraftSight

    (75)4.1 out of 5

    DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight runs on Windows®, Mac® and Linux.

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  10. DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight runs on Windows®, Mac® and Linux.

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    TR
    The cost .... for the same features as Corel and AutoCAD based applications, this one is very similar in features but at a solid fraction of the cost.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, DraftSight is:

    Easier to set up
    #6
    #6
  11. DataCAD

    (64)4.8 out of 5

    DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program for architectural design, presentation, and construction document creation.

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  12. DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program for architectural design, presentation, and construction document creation.

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    RF
    I started drawing by hand in 1967 with a sharp pencil, straight edge, compass, multiple angles, etc. From there I advanced to a drafting machine (faster but some accuracy lost in the nature of the...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, DataCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Better at support
    More usable
    #7
    #7
  13. BricsCAD

    (53)4.5 out of 5

    With hundreds of Third Party solutions, BricsCAD® is the powerful alternative CAD platform unifying 2D CAD and 3D direct modeling for dwg on Windows and Linux.

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  14. With hundreds of Third Party solutions, BricsCAD® is the powerful alternative CAD platform unifying 2D CAD and 3D direct modeling for dwg on Windows and Linux.

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    BB
    It is easy to use and has a lot more commands

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, BricsCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Easier to do business with
    #8
    #8
  15. TurboCAD

    (30)4.3 out of 5

    TurboCAD is a feature-rich solution perfect for CAD users involved in documenting the design workflow.

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  16. TurboCAD is a feature-rich solution perfect for CAD users involved in documenting the design workflow.

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    Ricky R.
    RR
    If your main job is doing 2D drawings then you can't go wrong with this software. You don't need expensive hardware to run this.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, TurboCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Easier to do business with
    #9
    #9
  17. LibreCAD

    (24)3.8 out of 5

    LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.

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  18. LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.

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    UR
    LibreCAD es una herramienta multiplataforma basada en funciones paramétricas de modelado 3D para CAD, dirigido directamente a la ingeniería mecánica y diseño de productos, pero también se ajusta a...Read more
    #10
    #10
  19. nanoCAD

    (22)4.2 out of 5

    nanoCAD is a professional grade CAD tool. It has a familiar interface, powerful drafting and design tools, native DWG compatibility, and an open API.

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  20. nanoCAD is a professional grade CAD tool. It has a familiar interface, powerful drafting and design tools, native DWG compatibility, and an open API.

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    Sarah I.
    SI
    What I like most about nanoCAD is how easily accessible the software is for anyone to access and use. Its a free program that can be used to quickly draft digitally. In this technology driven world...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, nanoCAD is:

    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements
    #11
    #11
  21. QCAD

    (10)4.3 out of 5

    The free open source 2D CAD for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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  22. The free open source 2D CAD for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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    Deepika V.
    DV
    The software is very easy to use and has a good interface

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, QCAD is:

    More usable
    #12
    #12
  23. Onshape

    (390)4.7 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response

    Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

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  24. Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

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    Jacob I.
    JI
    Assembly Mating, No PDM, Collaboration with peers is a breeze.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Onshape is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Better at support
    #13
    #13
  25. CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7

    (19)4.2 out of 5

    Corel DESIGNER combines technical illustration tools including the ability to manipulate 3D CAD drawings with tools to help you produce technical drawings.

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  26. Corel DESIGNER combines technical illustration tools including the ability to manipulate 3D CAD drawings with tools to help you produce technical drawings.

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    UA
    excellent compatibility with renowned design softwares like Autocad and 3D studio. Very good 3D visual sketch viewing capability. easy instructions to view drawings as an assembly or viewing...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 is:

    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
    More usable
    #14
    #14
  27. Solid Edge

    (120)4.1 out of 5

    Complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.

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  28. Complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.

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    Mayank C.
    MC
    As it is continuously updated by its founders i like all the latest versions of SOLID EDGE from the year of 2017, Specially its unique modeling method "SYNCHRONOUS" and "ORDERED", there are no...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Solid Edge is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    #15
    #15
  29. ACTCAD Professional

    (40)4.5 out of 5

    ActCAD has been consistently providing CAD Solutions for years and is the leading Indian CAD Software trusted by over 1 Million happy users worldwide. A power-packed genuine CAD Software available to you at a reasonable price.

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  30. ActCAD has been consistently providing CAD Solutions for years and is the leading Indian CAD Software trusted by over 1 Million happy users worldwide. A power-packed genuine CAD Software available to you at a reasonable price.

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    HG
    A very reasonably priced alternative to AutoCAD. It has a very small learning curve and very good over all on features. The color combinations of the front end are very soothing to the eye.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, ACTCAD Professional is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Easier to do business with
    #16
    #16
  31. Vectorworks Designer

    (73)4.4 out of 5

    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:
  32. 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

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    Todd P.
    TP
    Drafting programs can be intimidating, Vectorworks is easy to use and learn. I have been teaching the software for over 17 years. I can get students drafting in a matter of minutes. For an...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Vectorworks Designer is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    Better at support
    #17
    #17
  33. CMS IntelliCAD

    (26)4.6 out of 5

    General CAD design

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  34. General CAD design

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    Ahmed Z.
    AZ
    It is easy to use and learn. Also, It makes effective models and the design quality is amazing with easy navigation.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, CMS IntelliCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    More usable
    #18
    #18
  35. CADWorx

    (24)4.5 out of 5

    CADWorx Plant Design Suite is an integrated, complete AutoCAD and BricsCAD-based software series for plant design that provides intelligent drawing and database connectivity, advanced levels of automation, and easy-to-use drafting tools.

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  36. CADWorx Plant Design Suite is an integrated, complete AutoCAD and BricsCAD-based software series for plant design that provides intelligent drawing and database connectivity, advanced levels of automation, and easy-to-use drafting tools.

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    M. Rashid Latif G.
    MG
    I am not using full facilities provided in CADWORX. But i liked auto routing, auto isometric drawings with full B O Q and cut length and weld now. It is very helpful for time, labour and cost...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, CADWorx is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    #19
    #19
  37. FreeCAD

    (44)4.3 out of 5

    FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size.

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  38. FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size.

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    NF
    the best thing about freecad is that its free. in the world where other cad software such as AutoCAD cost a lot this is one of the best alternative solutions. the program is simple and i finding a...Read more
    #20
    #20
  39. Vectorworks Landmark

    (13)4.5 out of 5

    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:
  40. 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:

    UA
    Intuitive, video training, support, constant growth

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD, Vectorworks Landmark is:

    Better at support