What are the best alternatives to AutoCAD?

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    SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is free 3D modeling design software which was developed by Trimble Inc. It is also available as a web-based application named SketchUp Free and paid version SketchUp Pro. 


    Windows, Mac


    Brian Banks
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "Been using Autocad for 5 years but I must say ever since I switched to Sketchup (because my Autocad stopped workig on my PC) I discovered that rendering could be made easier. So yes. Even Sketchup's templates I'm using for good if there are easy drafts to be submitted."
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    #2Vectorworks Architect

    Vectorworks Architect

    Vectorworks Architect is a drafting program developed by Vectorworks, Inc. which features a fully-integrated BIM workflow for architectural designs. Vectoworks' other products include the Landmark, Fundamentals, Spotlight, etc.



    $2945- Varies by plan

    Steven Morrison
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "As a BIM programmer I find Vectorworks as more manageable than AutoCAD. I like how I could move around my renderings without necessarily drafting it over again. Heck, that would have been tedious."
  3. 8



    BricsCAD is a drafting program developed by Bricsys NV. The BricsCAD series include the Classic which has flexible licensing; the Pro which supports LISP, VBAM BRX, & .NET; and the Platinum which has deformable and assembly modeling.


    Mac, Windows, Linux

    $590- Varies by plan

    Michelle Meyer
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "I don't understand why AutoCAD has to move from perpetual license to subscription. Now I'm left with no choice but to settel for alternatives. BricsCAD can do the trick somehow and it opens my AutoCAD drawings smoothly."
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    #4Chief Architect

    Chief Architect
    Chief Architect is a software that makes home design projects come to life in a visual and very intuitive way. There are also tutorials, and helping tools to learn easily how to use it. This will help you to create the room, the home or the garden you are thinking of.

    Windows, Mac


    Jesse Banks
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "I've used AutoCAD for most of my home design projects. Since I bought a new workstation and it was such a pain to transfer my AutoCAD credentials, I opted for Chief Architect instead. I had this for a year now and I'm utterly satisfied with this."
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    LibreCAD is an open source drafting 2D computer-aided design software which supports Windows, Linux, and Apple operating systems. Its LibreCAD 2.2.0 series requires Qt5 for it to work.


    Mac, Windows, Linux


    Ding Yu
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "There are no better things in life than free, would you agree? I've always been curious on how buildings are built and their designs, but my parents couldn't buy me Autocad. I couldn't trust online downloading sites for hacked AutoCAD coz their reeked with viruses. So finally I got my hands on LibreCAD because I found this in a forum. Now I explore LibreCAD and I copied our house's floor plan into this for practice."
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    #6Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20

    Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20
    Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20 provides a complete set of tools to plan, design, and visualize your outdoor spaces. Design your landscaping with a drop in landscaping, or create your own with the extensive plant library.



    Rigoberto Padilla
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "This is a decent substitute for autocad. Got this from a friend's recommendation."
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    #7Virtual Architect Home & Landscape

    Virtual Architect Home & Landscape

    Virtual Architect Home & Landscape Platinum Suite 7.0 provides some helpful guidance as you design a new landscape for your property, and you get systematic instructions as you progress from one task to the next.




    Marilyn Carr
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "This software helped me finish most of my drafts in my company. Very reliable."
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    #8Realtime Landscaping Pro

    Realtime Landscaping Pro
    Realtime Landscaping is a professional landscaping software that enables your plans and ideas to come to life on screen. Including authentic objects real plants trees and shrubs, this software can handle the most demanding landscaping plans.


    $99.95- Varies by plan

    Crystal Myers
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "What I wished AutoCAD has I found in this program. The Walkthrough feature which allowed me to view my designs as if I'm using VR goggles. The design templates are very intuitive. It would be up to my artistic prowess to utilize these tools into pleasing and practical visuals."


Best What are the best alternatives to AutoCAD
1SketchUpSoftware 13 Free
2Vectorworks ArchitectSoftware 9 Paid
3BricsCADSoftware 8 Paid
4Chief ArchitectSoftware 7 Paid
5LibreCADSoftware 6 Free
6Punch! Landscape, Deck & Patio v20Software 4 Paid
7Virtual Architect Home & LandscapeSoftware 2 Paid
8Realtime Landscaping ProSoftware 1 Paid

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