The updated “BricsCAD V15 for AutoCAD Users” tells you just about anything you need to know about what is different and what is the same between the newest releases of BricsCAD and AutoCAD. It provides hints on how to use both CAD systems side-by-side, with insights into saving on IT expenses, DWG file compatibility, and add-ons for specific applications in the areas of AEC, civil, data exchange, electrical, GIS, survey and mapping, general tools, HVAC, mechanical, packaging, rendering, and structural design, as well as 2D and 3D functions that are not found in AutoCAD.
In particular, Chapter 5 on how to operate a design office with both BricsCAD and AutoCAD will be of interest to firms looking to lower their production costs. An increasing number of design and engineering firms maintain just a few seats of AutoCAD, while bulking up on licenses of BricsCAD, which costs up to 80% less.
The chapter solves issues such as the following:
- Lowering the total cost of ownership
- Dividing workflows between AutoCAD and BricsCAD
- Strategically implementing of a second CAD system
- Maintaining common operations through file paths
- Setting up the dual-OS office by running Linux, Windows, and Mac
The entire ebook is free.
Ralph Grabowski is editor at upFront eZine and CAD digest and the author of over 140 books and several hundred magazine articles about computer-aided design, including for CADalyst, Cadence, MicroStation Manager, AutoCAD World, Technical Design Solutions, AutoCAD User, Design- Drawing.Com.