Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is used by architects, engineers, artists, designers, and others to develop 2D and 3D precision drawings and models of buildings and physical objects. Architectural and construction drawings are among the most common uses for this type of software, but CAD can be used across a number of industries to produce everything from technical drawings of electrical or automotive structures, to media and film animation.
The products in the General-Purpose subcategory include CAD programs that offer a wide range of tools and functionality to their users. While products may vary in their strengths and the breadth of their capabilities, they are not designed exclusively to meet the needs of an individual industry. Instead, this category includes everything from sketching and 2D drafting programs, to 3D modeling and rendering, all of which can be used for a variety of purposes and industries.
For information about CAD products targeted toward solid modeling and product design, view G2 Crowd’s Product and Machine Design category. For information on building design and BIM products, view our Building Design and Building Information Modeling category.