The Datacad CAD Software package is one of the best on the market, for me, it its THE best. Often a company tries to sell you an expensive CAD package, and gives you all their reasons, and there are some good CAD programs out there these days.
However, DataCad is one of those 'gems' you really need to try for yourself.
Its really easy to pick it up, and if you've seen CAD these days, that is saying something.
They keep the same interface iteration after iteration, so you know it will look the same, even if it gets upgraded, which we all know that it will.
For producing really nice, powerful, drawings, this software is simply too easy to learn.
Try it, and you'll love the simplicity of the menus, the easy keyboard shortcuts, and the large number of options for both 3D and 2D exporting and importing. If you have clients who need help to visualize what you are doing, DCAD can do that quite easily. Create your own 3D models, and export them to Sketchup, which will also import back into DCAD, with little effort. Attach your models as XREF's, and bring them into your presentations, with very little effort.
Enjoy the ability to export your models, shaded, or as wireframes for visualization, or render your work in the O2c application, provided within DCAD.
You can even estimate the cost of your projects in a far superior way than square footage approximations, with the Datacad Estimator package, available as an add-on.
If you've spent your career using other CAD programs, this will be a snap to use, and if you've never used CAD before, same thing. Enjoy doing professional quality drawings and spend a fraction of the cost to do it with Datacad 17.
Its got a few bugs, and its got a few quirks.
There are some limitations with the modeling aspect, and its not BIM software, but that is understood when one buys this package.
If you dont have an internet connection on the machine which you are using for the software, you'll have to get one. This software lock has to verify the software every 45 days or it will have issues that will result in the software not working fully correctly, thereafter.
Still, these things are a small price to pay, just like the cost of owning DATACAD.
Highly consider using Datacad, whether in an office or for your own design work.
Datacad allows professional level drawing, visualization and interoperability in one clean, easy to implement CAD package.
I am able to do a much better job of design collaboration with my clients, and those with whom we work on a regular basis.
Our clients are able to visualize what we are doing, without spending the time that was needed to allow them to have this understanding, before we began using Datacad.
We have saved the enormous expense of buying more complex software programs, which do largely the same thing, but more tediously, and for far more money.
We've saved our company, and by proxy our clients money all the way around by respecting the bottom line and purchasing Datacad 17 for our office.