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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

CAD Price Wars

 
November 16th, 2009 by Susan Smith

On November 4, China’s largest CAD software company ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd. announced a 50% markdown on their affiliated products to CNY 2,698. Other perks will be offered to their existing users.

Autodesk recently lowered the price of AutoCAD LT by $300, which is most likely a short term promo. Bentley continues to offer their PowerDraft, the equivalent of LT, at a competitive price in China – it reads DWG and is programmable. Another company offering low-cost CAD software is IMSI/Design’s DoubleCAD XT PRO with their limited time special offer -DoubleCAD XT PRO is now available as a bundle with Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 for only US $695.

IMSI introduced this product earlier this year in the hopes that the faltering economy would be in their favor –  users who didn’t want to pay the price of the next upgrade for AutoCAD would jump ship and try DoubleCAD.

According to Bentley China, ZWCAD has a presence in China, but does  not have a strong presence in the AEC market.

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2 Responses to “CAD Price Wars”

  1. Hello,

    This is really nice post, but I found here something which is that; in competition of pricing, should maintain the quality of the work?

    We are also Indian based company, providing CAD, architecture and drafting related services to our customer with affordable prices (100% quality work).

    Anyway Susan, I assume to here from your side this type of explosive news. Keep it up…Good work

    Regards,
    DRAFTINGSimplified.com

  2. Susan Smith Susan Smith says:

    My sense is that the quality of work, whether it be the quality of software or the work delivered using the software, would be quite high, since CAD software companies are vying for the same marketshare and need to move their products in order to continue development on new ones. Also, those organizations using CAD are charged with maintaining their customer base during a difficult economy, as well as garnering new customers. Most organizations these days say they are working harder and are busier than ever before, which will hopefully result in better products and better customer service for all.

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