Save $6,825 Over 5 Years From the AutoCAD Rental Program!

Like many software companies, Autodesk is moving to a software rental model.  Although this approach is common for new cloud based solutions, will it be accepted by AutoCAD users who are accustomed to owning their desktop software?

The chart below shows the savings that AutoCAD rental customers can achieve over a 5 year period by switching to BricsCAD.  You save $810 the first year and your savings increase to a total of $6,825 after 5 years. Multiply that by the number of licenses you have – and you can realize a significant impact on your bottom line.


But what is the risk?

DWG compatibility:

BricsCAD is 100% DWG supporting files back to version 2.5.


BricsCAD has all of the functionality of AutoCAD and much more. Learn more.

End User Training:

BricsCAD has virtually the same interface as AutoCAD and will even load your custom menu files. Users are fully operational in the new environment in minutes. A recent BricsCAD adopter commented:

“I have the BricsCAD link and just installed it on my machine.  After about 5 minutes of changing some settings it already feels like home.  You were right, it feels the same as AutoCAD”


BricsCAD will load and run your custom AutoLISP functions without change.  If you have developed ARX applications, these can be configured for BricsCAD with a simple recompile.


You will be stunned at how fast BricsCAD runs compared to AutoCAD even on low cost notebooks.

What Do the Pro’s Say:

Ralph Grabowski, a preeminent technology author, celebrating 30 years of reporting on CAD, provides all if the information you need in his 300 page BRICSCAD for AutoCAD Users eBook.

3rd Party Applications

With its free 3rd party developer program, Bricsys is developing an ever growing network of developers. Read these reviews the survey and civil markets.

Take Away

The potential impacts of change are always a concern amongst owners, CAD managers and users. Unlike other AutoCAD clones which focus on price, BricsCAD eliminates virtually all of the risk at a cost savings that can’t be ignored.  It certainly deserves the few hours of effort required for an evaluation Download a 30 Day Trial Here.


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What Will You Do When Autodesk Abandons DWG?

The thought of Autodesk abandoning DWG never really occurred to me until I read Ralph Grabowski’s interview with Neil Peterson – President of the ODA (Open Design Alliance).  The ODA  is an organization of 1280 firms that support the development of the Teigha toolkit to allow members to read and write DWG files amongst others.

Will Autodesk really abandon DWG?

Will Autodesk really abandon DWG?

Q: Autodesk is pinning their future on running all their software on the cloud and licensing only by subscriptions. Will this affect you?

A: Autodesk is leaving a void by doing this. They do not have a cloud offering compatible with their desktop software. We are different in that we are providing a technology, while they are providing a service. People can build on our system; they cannot build on Autodesk’s [cloud services].

In our view, the cloud has to be compatible with the desktop, and so we can reuse all our desktop stuff on the cloud [like civil or architectural custom object support on servers], instead of making an incompatible leap to something else. For some reason, Autodesk is unable to use its own DWG library for [Web and mobile-based] AutoCAD 360, and so has to rewrite it. For us, all that needs to change is the user interface; everything else of ours should work on both the client and the server sides.

My Read:

We are fortunate to have organizations such as ODA and firms such as Bricsys and Civil Survey Solutions that provide real, cost effective alternatives.

It will be interesting to see when engineering firms begin to break the handcuffs that Autodesk has traditionally used to keep the design industry in check.

Is Autodesk FUD the reason many firms are ignoring BricsCAD – an effective AutoCAD alternative at 15% of the cost or Civil Site Design – a civil site design add on to Civil 3D, AutoCAD and BricsCAD?

Read the full interview here.

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Civil Site Design – The Next Generation in Subdivision Design

I just received a beta of “Civil Site Design” – the re-branded “Advanced Road Design” software from Civil Survey Solutions.

The new name makes a lot of sense because Advance Road Design was so much more that road design software – it is ideally suited to subdivision and site design. The newest release takes engineering design to the next level with built in rendering, bi-directionally  linked directly to your design.

Bi-directional links between rendering and design

Visualization integrated into your design. Changes in your design are automatically rendered in the model.

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Daily Field Reports – How to Turn a Lemon Into an Arnold Palmer

Daily Field Reports (DFR) are the bane of many organizations. These compulsory reports have been collected by inspectors and contractors for years – often on paper and delivered to the office in a file folder at the end of the week. In many cases they are only retrieved when a problem occurs.

Although necessary, Daily Field Reports often become expensive, filing cabinet filling lemons.

P&R Renovations(P&R) in Clearwater Florida is a typical medium sized painting and restoration contractor. As the business expanded geographically, Robert Leslie, the owner was looking for a solution that:

  • Provided immediate access to documentation on a problem
  • Automatically distributed the daily reports as PDF’s via email
  • Captured approvals directly in the field
  • Calculated production rates to improve the corporate estimating process

He wanted to turn his daily field report  lemon into an Arnold Palmer which could be enjoyed by both his clients and his staff.

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Advanced Road Design – “26 Road Subdivision Conceptual Design in 4 Minutes”

While researching Advanced Road Design, I came across this 2007 post by Angel Espinoza. I’ve highlighted some of Angel’s key points in blue.

I will be digging deeper into Advanced Road Design in future posts. This is software that is worth examining since it works on Civil 3D, AutoCAD and BricsCAD.  Maybe we can get land development desktop back.

Angel’s Civil 3D Thoughts: March 2007

MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2007

Nothing Up My Sleeve
Just like everyone else, I have been unbelievably busy. Although, I did get to try something that has me VERY excited about the future use of Civil 3D. A product will be out shortly called Advanced Road Design CORRIDOR-EZY. Some of you may have seen it at Autodesk University. This product is developed by CADApps Australia. After learning some about it here is my progress.

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A Complete Solution for Surveyors – No Need to Upgrade Your AutoCAD!

1 foot contours over a 3 sq mile area generated in 30 seconds

1 foot contours over a 3 sq mile area generated in 30 seconds. Background image from MapQuest using MapWorks Web Image Tool

Surveyors require a suite of tools that must be both powerful and easy to use. Typical tasks include:

  • Loading survery data from standard formats
  • Layout lots and quickly write legal descriptions
  • Build surfaces and generate contours
  • Import Esri SHP files
  • Generate profiles and cross-sections
  • Create a preliminary grading plan
  • Calculate cut and fill volumes
MapWorks generated these 5' contours from 300,000 points in under 4 minutes

MapWorks generated these 5′ contours from 300,000 points in under 4 minutes

What if you could do all of this and much more for an investment of  $495 and continue to use your exsiting AutoCAD license?

Need to upgrade you AutoCAD but want to own your license – consider BricsCAD- 100% dwg compatibiliy for only $650!

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Accessing Spatial Data in CAD Without AutoCAD Map

AutoCAD Map is an extremely powerful tool supporting spatial projections, topology, thematic mapping and more. But it is expensive at $5245.  I was searching for a low cost alternative that  provides the most commonly used spatial data management features at a reasonable cost.

I had the pleasure this week of putting Spatial Manager(SPM) through its paces. Spatial Manager is provided in three versions Desktop, AutoCAD and BricsCAD.

I tested SPM with BricsCAD Pro, a $650 package that offers all of the functionality of AutoCAD and more because a number of our clients are looking for complementary seats to costly AutoCAD Map and Civil 3D licenses.

The Bottom Line

At $299, Spatial Manager provides users with everything they need to add geospatial functionality to BricsCAD.

  • Easily import and export Esri SHP files.
  • Adds projection information to the dwg files.
  • Import and export from a wide variety of formats including KML, Open Street Maps and DGN
  • Import from CSV and GPS devices
  • Import from ODBC data sources
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Excellent web documentation and videos
  • Rapid email response to submitted support request

Although I have a few wish list items for future releases, I give Spatial Manager  5 stars for ease of use, functionality and return on investment. Combined with BricsCAD Pro, for $949 you get exactly what you need for spatial data management at less than 20% of the cost of AutoCAD Map.

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