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Ten great reasons why you should consider BricsCAD® over AutoCAD®

  1. No learning curve with a familiar user interface. Most AutoCAD® trained users are up and running with BricsCAD® within twenty minutes. For a complete comparison of the similarities and differences between BricsCAD® and AutoCAD®, download the free eBook “BricsCAD V17 for AutoCAD Users” (PDF)
  2. Speeds up working on very large drawings with the AI enhanced, predictive QUAD cursor ()
  3. BricsCAD® is more affordable with perpetual licenses starting from $550 for Classic, $680 for Pro, and $1,020 for Platinum. See the licensing cost saving table further down.
  4. 100% native 2D/3D DWG file support. Can read, edit, and save AutoCAD files v2.5 to 2017.
  5. Built-in architectural direct modeler with SketchUp SKP import, IFC import & export, and built-in BIM database.
  6. Advanced mechanical design features such as 3D constraints, design intent, assembly modeling, kinematic analysis, and BOM. Platinum Only
  7. Built-in industry leading sheet metal design functionality  () Platinum Only
  8. Extensive customization and development capabilities using LISP (vl-, vlr-, vla-, vlax-), SDS, ADS, DCL, VBA, .NET, BRX, and TX  ()
  9. Executes LISP faster than AutoCAD®, and unlike AutoCAD® LT, the $550 BricsCAD® Classic runs LISP!  ()
  10. More than 1,200 partner add-on solutions, including for AEC, civil, GIS, survey, mapping, HVAC, fire protection, landscape, structural, electrical, mechanical, and packaging design, as well as highly specialized vertical applications. ()

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Licensing Cost Savings

BricsCAD V17
Windows
BriscCAD V17
Mac
BricsCAD V17
Linux
AutoCAD 2018
= New feature
Platinum
Pro
Classic
Platinum
Pro
Classic
Platinum
Pro
Classic
Full
LT
Mac
Licensing Model Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Subscription
Perpetual License Purchase Price $1,020 $680 $550 $1,020 $680 $550 $1,020 $680 $550 No longer available!
Upgrades (part of all-in maintenance for BricsCAD) $235/year $235/year $235/year No longer available!
Cost to maintain latest functionality & support for five years $2,150 $1,810 $1,680 $8,400 $1,800 $8,400
 Savings over 5 years compared to AutoCAD 2018  $6,250  $6,590  $6720

Our comprehensive BricsCAD vs AutoCAD feature comparison checklist.

File Support

Native .dwg 2013 file format
dwg for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2017
Password protection
Lock files
Xrefs in-place editing
PDF underlays
Export to PDF using style tables
Export to DWF 2D & 3D
Export to SVG
DAE import/export (XML 3D data)
User File Manager
eTransmit
WORKSETS command
Sheet set manager
Chapoo® (upload, share, view, annotate documents in the cloud)
Communicator (extended import/export) (9) (1) (1) (1) (1)

Interface

Documents tabs
CUI menus and toolbars
Ribbon
Workspaces
Visual menu customization
Extended Quad cursor 2D/3D
Entity creation with Quad
LookFrom widget (view orientation)
Tool palettes
Industry standard commands
Command Line with auto completion
Extended Drawing Explorer
Searchable Settings Manager

Selection, Snap & Track

Selection preview
Quick Select tool
ADDSELECTED command
SELECTSIMILAR command
Cycling through entities or subentities during selection
Hot grips for multiple grip points modification
eSnap
SnapTrack™ & Polar tracking

3D

3D surfaces
ACIS viewing
Full ACIS modeling & editing (3) (3)
Direct 3D modeling
Polysolids (walls, slabs, …)
Hardware library (more than 30.000 standard parts)
Geometric 3D constraints creation
Geometric 3D constraints solving
Design intent
Visual styles (8) (8) (8)
Section planes
Generated views
HELIX command
SWEEP command
Surface entity creation
Deformable Modeling
Lofting
Geometry Healing
Support for Photometric Lighting
Powerful rendering engine
600 high-definition render materials
Walkthrough navigation

Mechanical

Mechanical browser (3) (3) (3)
Assemblies import (10)
Assembly modeling (hierarchical component organization)
Assembly viewing
Assembly constraints
Kinematic analysis
Bill of materials

Sheet Metal – Requires Sheet Metal Add-On Module

Sheet metal design
3D solids conversion to unfoldable sheet metal parts
Corner relief for adjacent edge flanges
Lofted Bends
Coloring
Diagnostic for invalid sheet metal features
Batch Processing

Building Information Modeling (BIM) – Requires BIM Add-On Module

BIM features
Project database
Library database
Windows and doors
Rooms
IFC import
SketchUp import
IFC export

Dimensions

Dynamic dimensions
Associative dimensions
Association of an existing dimension to an entity
Dimension text in-place editing
Dimensional 2D constraints (7) (7)
Dimensional 2D constraints using expressions (7) (7)

Text

Multi-language character set
In-place WYSIWYG MTEXT editor
MTEXT via internal or external editor
Multi-column text
Stacked text
QLEADER command (leader and leader annotations)
MLEADER
Annotative Styles
Spelling
Fields

Hatch

Gradient hatches
Custom patterns
HATCHEDIT command
Hatch grip edit
Trim/extend of/to hatch pattern entities

Raster images

Raster image support (clipping, transparency, …)
Support for ECW and JPEG2000
Support for MrSID

Other

Real time pan & zoom
Support for 3Dconnexion mouse
Multithreaded display regeneration
Non-rectangular viewports
ALIGNSPACE command (alignment between model- and paperspace)
CONVERTPOLY command
MVSETUP command
Preview filter
Layer preview
Transparency
Layer States Manager
Layer filters
Multilines and multiline styles (7) (7)
Array dialog
Dynamic Arrays
Data extraction wizard
Block insertion from drawing
Block attribute definition manager
Block attribute redefinition
Dynamic blocks support (4)
Dynamic blocks grip editing
Dynamic input
Dynamic UCS (temporarily switch to surface of 3D solid)
Real time boundary detection
Edit properties of multiple entities
Tables & table styles
Formulas in table cells
SOLPROF command
FLATSHOT command
Geometric 2D constraints (7) (7)
User Profile Manager
Web map service

Printing

CTB & STB table files
PC3 printer configuration files (3) (3) (3)
Import & editing of page setups
PUBLISH command
Shade plot for paperspace and modelspace viewports
Layout printing with combinations of viewports and visual styles
Layout export
Publish to PDF
Export to STL (3D printing)
Printer calibration

Programming

ActiveX, including in-place editing
Entity data editor
Script recorder
Full LISP support (vl, vlr, vla and vlax)
LISP encryption
Solutions Development System (SDS/ADS)
DCL engine
COM API
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (2) (2)
VBA DVB projects support (2) (2)
.NET
BRX (BricsCAD Runtime eXtension) (6) (6) (6) (6) ARX
TX (Teigha eXtensions)
CUI menu files support, with Diesel expressions
Legacy menu MNU and MNS file support
API for toolbar and menu customization

Licensing

Multi-platform licenses
Single
All-In Maintenance
Network
Volume
Academic

(1) To be implemented. (2) BricsCAD 32-bit (Windows) only. (3) Partial. (4) Defining dynamic blocks is not possible yet. (5) View only. Edit under development. (6) Without MFC classes. (7) View/edit only. Not create. (8) Limited (no rendering). (9) Optional module. (10) Requires BricsCAD Communicator. In BricsCAD Pro, only for geometry (no structure).