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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 »

Low-cost CAD software

November 8th, 2010 by Susan Smith

The race is on in the low-cost CAD market – this week three of these CAD software products announced new releases. Two of them have  the option to download and try the product for a limited amount of time.

2.5D DoubleCAD™ XT Pro v3 from IMSI/Design is the newest version of DoubleCAD, an AutoCAD LT clone . It now has a Redway rendering engine to take advantage of GPU-based graphcs cards, and now supports scripting. It sells for $695 and upgrades are $199. You can learn more about this product here

VariCAD 2010 3.0 claims to offer improvements in STEP file import and includes a number of minor improvements.
To update a version of VariCAD or to evaluate a free 30-day trial version, download it here. The current version is 2010 3.02.

ZWCAD Software Co. announced the release of ZWCAD 2011 Beta software with the ZWCAD 2011 Free upgrade program. Download ZWCAD 2011 Beta here

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2 Responses to “Low-cost CAD software”

  1. Scott H says:

    Yet each of these solutions is unproven and new, either to American and European markets, or new, as in having just been developed. Seems risky to depend on software without a strong track record of providing quality over the long term. progeCAD Professional, in continual development since 1990, is just such a product that over 100,000 drafters, designers, and engineers worldwide have depended on to replace AutoCAD. Our latest version, progeCAD 2010 Professional continues that strong quality trait by adding tools to help designers visualize selections, features, and provides visual feedback for precision crucial operations. We invite those that have attempted to use the products you describe in this article to test progeCAD for themselves and experience a proven replacement for AutoCAD at 1/10th the Cost!
    See for your 30 day trial of progeCAD and vertical industry add-ons for progeCAD.

  2. Susan Smith Susan Smith says:

    Thanks for your salient comments. While these products may be unproven, I feel that it is important that the public have an awareness of them. The opportunity to try them costs nothing usually for 30 days, not that that is enough time to make a conclusive decision but it sure helps.

    it would be great if people would also test progeCAD as well and compare against other low cost CAD software.


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