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BricsCAD® VS AutoCAD® Comparison Chart

BricsCAD is well on its way to become the standard alternative CAD software for users and application developers. In this comparison chart you get an overview.

V18 (Windows) V18 (Mac) V18 (Linux) AutoCAD
= New feature Platinum Pro Classic Platinum Pro Classic Platinum Pro Classic
2017
LT
Mac
Files
Native .dwg file format
dwg for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2018
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) - Sold Separately/Additionally (9) (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
SnapTrackā„¢ & Polar tracking
3D
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
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 - Sold Separately/Additionally only for BricsCAD Platinum (9)
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) - Sold Separately/Additionally only for BricsCAD Platinum (9)
BIM features
Project database
Library database
Windows and doors
Rooms
IFC import
SketchUp import
IFC export
Dimensions
Dynamic dimensions
Association of an existing dimension to an entity
Dimensional 2D constraints (7) (7)
Dimensional 2D constraints using expressions (7) (7)
Text
In-place WYSIWYG MTEXT editor
Multi-column text
Stacked text
MLEADER
Annotative Styles
Spelling
Fields
Hatch
HATCHEDIT command
Hatch grip edit
Raster images
Raster image support (clipping, transparency, ...)
Support for ECW and JPEG2000
Support for MrSID
Other
Support for 3Dconnexion mouse
Multithreaded display regeneration
Preview filter
Layer preview
Transparency
Layer States Manager
Layer filters
Multilines and multiline styles (7) (7)
Dynamic Arrays
Data extraction wizard
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)
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 (scale only)
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
Network
Volume
Academic

Notes:

(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. Contact us for pricing.
(10) Requires BricsCAD Communicator. In BricsCAD Pro, only for geometry (no structure).

  • BricsCAD® (Windows) V17 installs and runs independently from previous BricsCAD versions.
  • Pro or Platinum license is required for rendering, 3D modeling and Drawing Views.
  • Platinum license is required for creation of 3D Constraints, Mechanical Assembly design, Deformable Modeling.
  • BIM design requires a separate Bim license and a BricsCAD Platinum license.
  • Sheet Metal design requires a separate Sheet Metal license and a BricsCAD Platinum license.
  • BricsCAD V17 is not compatible with Communicator V16, an upgrade to Communicator V17 is required. Check the Communicator release notes for a detailed list of supported file formats.
  • Applications: BricsCAD V17 is compiled with Visual Studio 2013 (platform toolset = v120). C++ extension dlls need to be compiled with the same platform toolset in order to be compatible.
 

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