AutoCAD Architecture

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AutoCAD Arch review by Michael S.
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"When it comes to precision in 2D drawing, AutoCAD is perfect."

What do you like best?

is a program with ample capacity of tools and precision for 2d drawing, projecting in 2 dimensions is essential for the development of designs of objects, furniture, mechanical parts and larger projects, has the possibility of working with different layers and a very well developed workspace, its commands are very efficient which allows the drawing of the different views of the project can be carried out in the same workspace without problems, the layout presentations are very professional to expose the results

What do you dislike?

in some aspects, their tools lack dynamism and flexibility, which sometimes results in the use of several commands to perform a task that could be much simpler, the 3d modeling version is not the most efficient on the market and is not the strongest this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is important to know the tool well to get professional results, in addition it requires knowledge on advanced technical drawing if what you want is to develop projects with precision to be brought to reality, know the concepts of scale, thickness of lines, layers, plants, Elevations, cuts is important to use the software with ease.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the stage of production and development of furniture design, drawing 2d is an important face both for us to develop the 3d models and for the area of ​​production of prototypes, the use of the layout is essential for the presentations of each design model, its precision and measurement tools allow you to calculate the area and the amount of material that is required to produce the full-scale model

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AutoCAD Arch review by Julio Alberto A.
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"Indispensable for the 2d drawing in architecture."

What do you like best?

is the ideal program to develop 2D architecture projects, from the elaboration of the first ideas of the project to its final conception, drawing plans, plants, cuts, facades, details, isometrics, it is very simple when you already know all the available tools in the AutoCAD 2D interfaces, in addition to allowing you to export the plans to other programs to generate the 3D models, it is a very professional and commercial program that allows you to show the projects in the most suitable way to the clients.

What do you dislike?

Its 3D version is really complex and inefficient, leaves much to be desired with respect to other programs that are much more complete in the 3D modeling area and in that sense its development is very deficient, being practically disjointed in the competition with other similar programs of 3d modeling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They should be very clear about the use of layers to work in an orderly manner, when they are very large projects they should turn off layers and link files to make them lighter, understand the layout very well so they can obtain professional pdf formats to develop projects in the work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The work to develop the projects on site necessarily requires 2D drawing, with AutoCAD being the fundamental tool from the commercial point of view, allowing the drawings to be transferred to pdf format and using the layout as a professional tool when presenting the plans, besides being the fundamental basis for 2D and 3D printing for models, furniture and other architectural elements.

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AutoCAD Arch review by Montserratt D.
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"The perfect tool for Architects"

What do you like best?

I really like that you can do basic things and how complex a project can be with all the great functions that you have internally within the same program, such as 3D and the organization of pages for presentations directly within the program without the need for a program as well as its organization and presentation to print achieving great results within it, complying with a professional and clean presentation that gives a broad fixation to types of designs that can be created in the same program.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of rendering controllers in the program despite having a broad operation in everything that takes the management of an architectural project that would be a very important point and that would create software for the entire management of an architectural project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is a very useful and interesting tool because not only with architectural projects but also the creation of several branches of the same career and related that can be very well used also forming an alliance with l apart from industrial design and together with the engineers which I would easily recommend to use this programs without problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Autocad I basically solve all my life as an architect is the number one tool that we design 3d plans and we create great projects, it benefits me in an inexplicable way since creating from very simple lines you can create very nice and functional things within the race and out of it.

AutoCAD Arch review by Gabriela C.
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"Very basic drawing tools"

What do you like best?

If you are familiar with drawing tools, it's a very easy to use software that consists of a command line where you type the command/tool that you want to use, that way you don't need to remember or memorize where the tool icons are in the interface.

What do you dislike?

3d Modeling is not as easy as it is with other softwares, and that makes AutoCAD Architecture less suitable/ideal as BIM skills requirements have increased over the past years.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD is great for importing and exporting file. I've realized that a lot of professionals in the construction field still use it as their main drawing software, and if you want to contribute with them you must be a skillful user.

AutoCAD Arch review by Anum S.
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"Great!"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and very compatible with other programs (like Sketchup and Revit). Great for quick analytical plans, and very intuitive to use.

What do you dislike?

I'm not a huge fan of using Autocad in 3d - I prefer to use it in 2d for planning. I do love that it has a 3d feature - it makes exporting and importing into various other programs very easy, but the 3d aspect itself is not something I utilize, just because I find it easier to use in other programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for non-work projects, it will help you get a feel for it. I've used it to work on personal projects (creating plans and whatnot) and it's a fantastic way to get comfortable with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving design problems. The benefits of cad is that its a universal language that all designers know, and it's a great base point to grow from.

AutoCAD Arch review by Dylan W.
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"CAD for the BIM era"

What do you like best?

AutoCad is a great first step in learning how to digitally draft plans, elevations, etc. and whether on MAC or PC side, the interface and overall program layout is straight-forward and easy to maneuver. It is extremely fast at creating digital layouts especially if the designs are orthographic. The ability to load-in blocks and hatches that are pre-loaded make it even easier to do projects. Additionally, loading in other presets, templates, etc is very easy to do for more customization. I like the ability to import DXF files that can be updated throughout multiple drawings when changes are made.

What do you dislike?

Programs like Revit and other BIM programs are now able to live-edit and collaborate with others in an office without having to worry about updating other sets of drawings. I wish that CAD also had this ability to collaborate with others much easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Autocad should be one of the first digital drafting programs that new users should start out with. It is a great way to get a handle of using digital design programs in general. From there, graduating to other Autodesk programs becomes easy and efficient, and anything made in CAD can be easily imported and attached to BIM files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CAD is great in developing quick plans and layouts, and makes plotting quickly- very easy. It is a great first program for things like schematic design and/or space planning but will need to be imported into a BIM program for most contractors today.

AutoCAD Arch review by Alejandro R.
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"Students and Professional Friendly"

What do you like best?

The software always been easy to use, i usually use the comands shortcuts but if i dont remember one of them its easy to find the icon and if you are no sure if its the one you are looking for you jus hover the pointer over it and gives you a quick description of it.

What do you dislike?

sometimes when you are working on a big project and use to many layers or hatches it gets slow

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you want to use the full capacity of this software buy it it woth it, it offers free trials and student trials but when the time is done you can not longer use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

normally when my boss ask me for a design he gives me no more than a week to do it so its very important to me that this sofware its easy to use and you just develope your ideas in a few hours

AutoCAD Arch review by Sam M.
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"Best Tools for Architects"

What do you like best?

I love the shortcuts that are available, makes it very easy to execute multiple actions in a row quickly. It is also free to students, so it's convenient to those of us that can't afford to pay for the program entirely from scratch. It provides a more technical aspect to designs rather than just having sketches or drawings by hand. This program makes it much more professional looking and neat. Also the shortcut of esc is great to use whenever you want to exit out of an existing command.

What do you dislike?

It is not easy to draw whole buildings compared to 3D programs. If you change one thing, you have to change it in everything you have drawn. Line weights don't work when you send it to someone with a different system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you should reduce the size of the application

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD was our firm's first computer drafting program. Before, everything was hand-drafted and took an immense amount of time and effort to produce drawings and make inevitable changes. AutoCAD helped drastically change that.

AutoCAD Arch review by Julio A R.
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"Great environment for developers"

What do you like best?

The access to common commands because of ribbon controls and the possibility of use the keyboard to achieve drawings in a short amount of time; the floating properties deck allows a lot of space to work with, which are the thing i like from it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the software blocks itself, somehow the systems works against itself forcing to close the software and begin from the point behind. Other failures I found are the ortho mode configuration fails when its active, and the drawings made in that moment are wrong, it's a shame.

Recommendations to others considering the product

the recommendations that I can give to third parties is that autocad is a program that can be intimidating at first, however it is a matter of constancy in the use of the program and of a continuous learning of the commands and ways of making the drawings and architectural requirements for our clients

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved problems of sizing spaces in the buildings that are going to be remodeled, additionally I have made additional facilities for services for apartment buildings, such as garbage room. on the other hand, it allows me to do the metric calculations of services such as sanitary installations and electrical installations. Finally, I have carried out surveys of rivers and coasts as well as the three-dimensional models and develop projects from there.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Slow and Steady Wins the Race"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD is unparalleled when it comes to drafting software. The control over lightweights is really great. Furthermore its vector graphics are so quick. This is mostly because the program doesn't allow for much else. So it can move quickly, with no lag.

What do you dislike?

Certain things are so counter intuitive. Selection of linework for example. If you zoom in after starting a selection, it removes parts out of the frame, from the selection. There are a lot of small frustrating things like this. Changing settings is a pain and they're not always "accessible" (in an intuitive way at least). AUtoCAD 3D is something I dislike, but it's mostly pointless to even talk about it. I assume very few people use it because it is INCREDIBLY limited - can't think of a single feature of its 3D that is advantageous over other software (other than its compatibility with other Autodesk software of course...)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn quick tricks - like block etc. Things like this will save you a TON of time. I took a class before college to learn (as did many of my friends). This isn't necessary at all. Online tutorials today are great. What is great about AutoCAD is that it is a good starting software (before moving to Rhino or Revit or Maya etc.).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD is still used extensively by people in the Architecture and Construction sectors. So it is mainly useful for coordination with other professions (before they fully transition to BIM/Revit). It is also good for other simple programs like Laser cutting software (although other software definitely can be used for this)

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Reliable Drafting Software!"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy the fast response time the program offers when doing commands to draft items compared to other drawing programs and building information modeling programs. I like that I can create details and drawings efficiently and export to other team members for collaboration. In addition, quick keyboard shortcuts save time when working and therefore money for the project.

What do you dislike?

I have had problems with the software crashing when I have multiple programs open from Autodesk. Also, hatching areas seams to take longer than expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am not aware of what my company pays for each license of this product but the price listed on the website for 1 year of use seams high to me compared to other products Autodesk offers that have greater benefits.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architecture allows my team to quickly develop details that can be used in building construction documents and referenced in other software by Autodesk. It has also proven to be very reliable with creating diagrams for space programs.

AutoCAD Arch review by Benjamin W.
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"Excellent design software for all designers!"

What do you like best?

The best part of this form of CAD is the ability to draw things quickly to get an idea of what your idea/building might be. From a space planning scenario, this program is excellent. Also the ability of it to draw in 3D is a great feature, especially is you want to convert to a BIM software later.

What do you dislike?

What I dont like about this that most design disciplines are moving to more of a BIM coordination and if you have to coordinate with those disciplines the compatibility is doable, but the layering of CAD drawings into their models seems to be an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My recommendations to other users would be to use the program for schematic and preliminary design options. The clients like to see 2D drawings on paper and this is a great step toward moving into BIM software or other 3D modeling programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently using this problem to solve our space planning and diagramming issues for new buildings and also existing building. We also use this program to coordinate with other disciplines as some are still using this type of design software.

AutoCAD Arch review by Diego R.
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"Easy to learn Easy to use"

What do you like best?

i love autocad i have been use in it for years since i start studing architecture and from the very begining it took me like a week to learn how to use it i work whit it every day at work and i can make a full blue print in just a few hours and thats very important because time is money

What do you dislike?

the thing i dont like about autocad is that sometimes when you are using several softwares at the same time it crashes

Recommendations to others considering the product

just give it a try you wont regreat it its very easy to use it only takes some practice

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

well when i started my degree on architecture i had no money and as you may know autocad its a little expensive but i searcha a way to have it and discover the you can have a trial version for students for free and thar helped me trough school and now that im working and have the money to buy it i just use it every day

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Sports
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"AutoCAD is convenient and easy to use"

What do you like best?

I love the shortcuts that are available, makes it very easy to execute multiple actions in a row quickly. It is also free to students, so it's convenient to those of us that can't afford to pay for the program entirely from scratch. It provides a more technical aspect to designs rather than just having sketches or drawings by hand. This program makes it much more professional looking and neat. Also the shortcut of esc is great to use whenever you want to exit out of an existing command.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to connect lines at times, and the lagging that comes with hatching is sometimes a concern. It restarts and stops working after a larger area is being hatched.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think it is a useful product and definitely low maintenance. It might take a few tutorials to get the hang of it, but otherwise easy to pick up and great for creating the pdf and rendering, 3-ding, etc. Great for base plans.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To design or create a plan, AutoCAD is needed for the base plan and then rendering would require a different program. Otherwise, AutoCAD is a good start for designing. Helps create a unified foundation for designing for the team, can share the documents and export/import x-refs easily. Great for teaching to other people too because of easy controls and type in the command without moving mouse.

AutoCAD Arch review by Seye O.
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"Gives about the best precision in 2D design "

What do you like best?

AutoCAD is a very easy to use software. It gives the most accurate precision in terms of drawing line, shapes e.t.c The tools are also quite easy to use and quite straight forward which basically translates to it being use friendly

What do you dislike?

There's not pretty much to dislike about the software, it could just be a bit too slow sometimes when hatching. Also, it can't handle voluminous designs then it gets too be a bit slow when working on something voluminous

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an architect and i use it to design. it has made my work a lot easier and faster compared to when designs used to be hand made. Now, designs can be produced faster and with more accuracy

AutoCAD Arch review by Leah P.
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"Good for the details"

What do you like best?

The ability to draw details with ease and precision. You can change line weights easily for any appearance.

What do you dislike?

It is not easy to draw whole buildings compared to 3D programs. If you change one thing, you have to change it in everything you have drawn. Line weights don't work when you send it to someone with a different system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would not use it to design a whole building because there are many opportunities for mistakes when changes are made. I use it primarily to draw details that are unlinked to anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drawing small precise details, not whole buildings.

AutoCAD Arch review by Pratik P.
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"Easy to operate"

What do you like best?

I think the current version has very less fatal errors as compared to previous ones.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, I would prefer to work with CAD classic version, which is not possible in the current version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend every Autodesk product. But I feel, it is more important to switch to Revit rather than investing in AutoCAD. Now is the BIM generation, and everyone should learn it, including me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD is the only CAD software I have used so far and indeed, it is better than manual drafting. Isn't it !!?

AutoCAD Arch review by User
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"The best program to design anything"

What do you like best?

What I like the most is to be able to work in real size, since it allows designing both large and small real objects, and through the presentations I can select what I want to print and at what scale.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that many times when you enter solids frames it is blocked or closed. Luckily, automatic saves allow you to recover files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solve practically everything with Autocad, for me as an Architect it is a fundamental tool of work. I solve practically everything with Autocad, for me as an Architect it is a fundamental tool of work. The benefits of using Autocad versus other computer-aided design programs are many, such as accuracy.

AutoCAD Arch review by Navita N.
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"A necessary software for architects"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use. It has built in objects for walls, doors, windows and all the necessary tools to build plans, sections and elevations.

What do you dislike?

This software cannot automatically change your elevations and sections once the changes have been made to the plans. It is difficult to organize layers and to delete the layers which are unused.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to create plans and want to start it with AutoCAD, AutoCAD architecture is the best tool to get started with as it has in built walls, doors and windows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Autocad is an excellent software to design plans accurately to correct dimensions. I am able to create multiple sheets which are helpful to obtain permits from the city.

AutoCAD Arch review by Niki B.
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"Best software out there"

What do you like best?

I love the ease of adding walls and windows, the ceiling grid feature, and the fact that everything is drawn to 3D. It cuts so much time off our production and we all love using it. This product has made our time in the office much more productive and has even helped to speed up our surveys outside of the office as well.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the updates wipe things out and I have to reset everyone's settings etc, but other than that we love it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The time it takes to input things from surveys etc and the accuracy of things. It pretty much makes everything foolproof and has sped up our drawing time immensely.

AutoCAD Arch review by Consultant
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"AutoCAD Architecture R&D falling behind..."

What do you like best?

File format exports to better CAD programs.

What do you dislike?

Lack of worth software development, so many bugs, software doesn't on-demand load. It loads everything in it's arsenal even if it's not needed during that session, which leeches systems resources since those tools are loaded and on in the background even though they are not needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy your workstation with 3x the minimum requirements if you want to actually work on the drawing, anything less you will always be crashing or receiving fetal errors! Buy many, many support books, since Autodesks support costs money and the support hardly ever fixes the problems that the software has. Tkae alot of classes on coding, lisp routine and script writing for software work arounds since AutoCAD isn't built for average workstations. Learn ALOT of patients, since you will most likely not receive the proper help to resolve your software issues and be prepared to completely reinstall the software, over and over again because this is the only way Autodesk support knows how to resolve their software bugs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to submit drawings to the building department, no benefit to my company, it's actually costing me money every month, even if I don't use the software. They should have NEVER dropped proprietary licenses and REALLY SHOULD HAVE NEVER GONE TO SUBSCRIPTION!! They are forcing me to use other CAD software programs, because I don't always need to use their software but I need to maintain a subscription every month just in case, where in the past I buy it once and it's good forever! I am phasing out of AutoDesk software for their move away from perpetual licenses to subscription. What am I to do if they go out of business, redraw everything? Ignorant on Autodesk's long-term client retention attempts!

AutoCAD Arch review by Chris C.
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"Better than nothing but Revit & BIM is the future"

What do you like best?

DWG files have been around for over 30 years and are the de facto format for drawing in the AEC industry. Almost anyone can get started drafting with an LT version (or free student version) and have everything they need to produce professional drawings.

What do you dislike?

There is a HUGE learning curve associated with AutoCAD. This is not a good choice for a casual drafter or DIYer. Sketchup would be a much better choice. Most professionals spend hours and days learning the ins & outs of the software to get their desired results. Many features are antiquated and require time-consuming workarounds.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're using an earlier version (or year), it's worth the small updates, but otherwise you should really invest in BIM software such as Revit (another Autodesk product, usually bundled with AutoCAD these days). There are benefits to having a more or less WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) drawing experience, but not at the expense of information and editing capabilities, which are always important.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD was our firm's first computer drafting program. Before, everything was hand-drafted and took an immense amount of time and effort to produce drawings and make inevitable changes. AutoCAD helped drastically change that.

AutoCAD Arch review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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"An early attempt at Building Information Modeling that is now outdated"

What do you like best?

This application is a hold over from "Architectural Desktop". Before Revit, this was a quasi attempt to turn AutoCAD into a Building Information Modeling application (BIM). AutoCAD Architecture is what is left standing of that product.

When it first came out it was powerful. It was a 3D modeler made for architects. Standalone AutoCAD always felt like software meant more so for engineers. This made it more for architects. Which was great.

You could now created 3D Walls, and doors, and windows. Model your design in 3D with real architectural elements rather then just lines, circles and arcs.

But...

What do you dislike?

This is a very outdated application. Autodesk (the software manufarcturer) has put it's efforts into developing Revit, which is it's main BIM offering. AutoCAD Architecture has become obsolete.

We have it on the floor at the firm I work for, however we do not use it as a 3D modeler. We only use the 2D autocad workflows. If we are goign to model in 3D we will use other applications such as Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I do not recommend. For architecture 3D Modeling, go with Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use 2D AutoCAD on several projects for documentation. Howver, we do not have any projects using full AutoCAD Architecture.

AutoCAD Arch review by User
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"Design in 2D and 3D"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture lets you construct buildings in 2D and 3D, visualize designs... Its functions are aimed at architects, designers and planners. If you're only interested in technical design, you rely on 2D CAD tools, which myriad of options and possibilities guarantees a precise and detailed finish. In the other spectrum side, you count with a 3D modeling interface to create buildings with various shapes and features.

What do you dislike?

Not universal, Not widely used in professional environments and Requires very powerful hardware

Very large download file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Maybe you should reduce the size of the application

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it to design buildings, objects and anything that requires precision in 2D or 3D...

AutoCAD Arch review by Nazifa V.
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"Autocad is being overtaken by other programs"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and precision is unbeatable for Autocad. The toolbars and interface are really well set up. The idea of a command line is also ingenious, and should be implemented by more programs. The layer system is well implemented with the printer system, but it seems a little outdated.

What do you dislike?

The 3d mode of the program is very slow, it is unusable. Until that aspect is improved, autocad will have a difficult time beating other drawing softwares.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other programs on the market that are more efficient. AutoCAD does not do a good job at combining 2D and 3D aspects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

External references are very helpful in a work environment, the idea of being able to share a document and simultaneous work on it makes sense for big teams.

AutoCAD Arch review by Marie A.
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"Best Tool for Architects"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture is an easy and reliable way to start design any kind of structure. No complexities what so ever as long as you follow all the steps into completing a project.

What do you dislike?

There us nothing I dislike about this program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's always adding new features and updates so it would be highly recommended to keep up with everything new as they all useful!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are saving lots of time and effort when it comes to designing our projects. We need to work fast and AutoCAD Architecture has saved us time and not to mention money!

AutoCAD Arch review by Jonathan N.
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"Architecture... or Revit Light "

What do you like best?

I like that it has the word architecture in it, as an architect I can appreciate that :) All the things that i like about autoCAD vanilla i like about AA, as the features are all in there. the extra features that make autoCAD architecture a separate program are just OK.. i see them more as in there for legacy.

What do you dislike?

its Revit but not Revit.. why not just use revit?

Honestly the 3D modeling and representation tools were originally what made AA stand apart, but all those features are in another autodesk product (along with a lot more) - REVIT

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate why you want to use this product instead of general AutoCAD or Revit

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It will adequately serve as a construction document production software package, but the benefits otherwise aren't really apparent to me.

AutoCAD Arch review by Consultant in Architecture & Planning
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"Easy to learn"

What do you like best?

This program has simple commands. Just type in what you want to do.

What do you dislike?

It’s not a good program for 3D. It’s also hard in an office when more than one person is working on a project and only one can edit a CAD drawing at a time. There also needs to be a way to edit multiple things once a drawing is updated. Something like Revit. Where you make a change on one drawing and it updates that change on another drawing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is easy to learn and easy to get into the commands. You can do any big project with the same simple commands.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program is very useful to overlay different engineering plans to make sure everyone is coordinated.

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"Accuracy to your skills"

What do you like best?

It takes very accurate measurements.

For 3d as well

Really detailed and flexible software

The auto specification check feature is great and helpful

Very professional and standard

What do you dislike?

It' s a very heavy software, it needs really good processor otherwise keeps on hanging always. Not recommended on old laptops with less ram and average processor

For faster projects, its a bit tough becasue even drawing a single line involves pretty number of steps.

learning curve is high as there are lots of steps

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't use it on old laptops with slow processor and less RAM

If you need for accuracy please go with this...

If you need speed look for other options as well

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

draw the floor plan

AutoCAD Arch review by Michelle T.
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"Great software"

What do you like best?

Everyone uses Autocad. Its easy to use and hasn't changed much through out the versions. You can export to Revit/ Sketchup/ wtc. which makes it easier for use the program between trades and consultants.

What do you dislike?

Theres not much I dislike. I've been using the software since college so its been a staple in my list of programs. I do wish that I could use it like Revit with smart tags and scheduling. That one of the reasons why my office has been pushing for Revit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be more like Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company has found it easier to use Revit to save time with coordination and to only use Autocad per request by the client. The benefit is that everyone knows how to use Revit. I have found that recent grads are coming out of school only knowing how to use Revit. Which I feel is a concern. Autocad is a staple and everyone coming out of school should know how to use it. Especially in my field of architecture.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Architectural design"

What do you like best?

Great for quickly editing details and 2D plans

What do you dislike?

I have not really used the 3D element from this program but this program is either too basic or too limiting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is easy to use for 2D. I have tried to use the 3D but on a very basic level. It is not as fun as other programs such as Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Details and producing construction documents. I use it to export plans to send to clients or to export it for renders that I import into Photoshop or illustrator and even indesign

AutoCAD Arch review by Jonathan A.
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"User Friendly and Intuitive"

What do you like best?

Because of the many features which aid in productivity such as customization within scheduling, documents, and drawings, this software helps decrease the element of human error within a project.

What do you dislike?

It can be challenging to get used to at first, with its array of commands within the customized palettes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This product is helping me stay organized and allowing me to stay focused and productive.

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"Simple and powerful tool for architecture"

What do you like best?

The program is very easy to use and with no restrictions. You do not need to draw in elements, but can make all lines the way you want to. The layout is very useful for getting the right scale for drawings. It is also nice that the file format can be exported to other programs.

What do you dislike?

Some features is sometimes not working properly and is not always possible to fix. Sometimes settings work and sometimes not. Tutorials for fixing problems is not always working for the same programs.

Hatch makes the file way to heavy.

It would be nice with better control over line thickness and filling, I always use Adobe Illustrator for this since the plot styles are not always working in a good way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For students of architecture this is a great tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drawing architecture projects. It is the main tool we use in our work.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"AutoCAD Architecture, just move on to Revit already. "

What do you like best?

The only positive thing I have to say about AutoCAD Architecture is that you can utilize all the same 2D capabilities in other versions of CAD.

What do you dislike?

AutoCAD Architecture had good intentions YEARS ago when they came out with 3D/"BIM'esque" features, but I feel strongly that is not a good investment of time of energy to model a building in AutoCAD Architecture. It's not stable, the renderings aren't great without a lot of work and effort. Personally, I would suggest moving onto a BIM system like Revit. Revit is much more efficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please consider using Revit. Autodesk Architecture may not be efficient in your time and energy. You have to put a lot of time and effort into it with a great return.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software allows you to model and create plan sets for construction. It has an added 3D component element for walls, windows, and other similar building components.

AutoCAD Arch review by Chris M.
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"A great drawing program with exceptional accuracy and shortcuts. "

What do you like best?

Autocad is a software that is the most precise drawing tool and easy to share with others since the platform is so popular in the engineering and architectural communities. Linework is able to export to Adobe CS products as well.

What do you dislike?

With brand new BIM software such as REVIT, Autocad has been pushed from being classified as a cutting edge program. While accurate and possessing great shortcuts, the program could take quite a while to do basic work. Additionally, with the emergence of more intuitive software such as Revit, it's more user error-prone given you need to manually project complex sections and/or elevations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are more intuitive programs available both on the market or offered by Autodesk. I wouldn't waste time learning a software who's interface has mildly changed each year and doesn't seem to be supported in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and exporting linework is now its primary function now that Revit software has proven more efficient.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Fast, easy and comprehensive CAD software "

What do you like best?

I like the fact that i don't need to draw everything from scratch, all the needed items are available and I can place them anywhere I wish with this smart software. IT saves the time, i work on the 2D drawings while it produce the 3D model at the same time ! There are variety of options for each element from doors, windows, roof ...etc. As an architect, this software is an added value to my career.

What do you dislike?

I wouldn't say i dislike, but the quality of the perspective render need to be improved.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are architectural firm, we use AutoCAD Architecture for architectural, interior and structural design. This software we made us recognized in the market as a very fast design-drafting firm. We prepare the drawings in a short time and that help our client get their building permit in a shorter time.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A great tool for producing Architectural Contract Documents -easy and reliable. "

What do you like best?

I started using Autocad in college in 2008, and ever since it has been the go to program for producing architectural contract documents.

Its ease of use and very customizable commands make it a perfect way to translate your design ideas into documents for contractors and clients.

I use it 5-6 hours a day and feel that my business wouldnt of been where it is today without this program.

What do you dislike?

I do have any particular dislikes. I wish i could control the text on paper space more easily than i do on model space.

Another hickup i have had with this program is the complexity of exporting or printing a large amount of paper space tabs into one single document (PDF i.e.), i wish there was a more easy way to do that rather than printing each tab individually.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you would like a product that saves you time and produce very professional construction documents then Autocad is the right product for you. Its ease of use, its customizable interface and the accessibility to all its production tools make Autocad a great asset. Great standard for 2D drawings, however lacks 3D capabilities, and for that I would recommend a different 3D-based program. All in all, a great tool to showcase design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My office deals with clients of all different intellectual and financial levels. We specialize in healthcare design and we use CAD from the schematic phase, thru contract documents and construction administration.

We are able to produce fast construction documents for the client and contractors in no time thanks to this program. That allows us to showcase our design easily and save money at the same time since it's so easy to use.

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"AutoCAD Architecture get the job done."

What do you like best?

I like that AutoCAD Architecture allows me to utilize the multitude of commands that I am familiar with.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that AutoCAD sometimes changes the access or location of commands.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCAD architecture is the correct drafting tool for today's use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use AutoCAD Architecture daily to complete either construction documents or quick job drawings required for and during construction. AutoCAD is fairly easy to utilize.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Building Materials
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"Residential Construction - Materials Estimation from ACA"

What do you like best?

It is AutoCAD!! What you've learned over the past 30 years, you can continue using and doing. You draw that floor plan in 2D, even faster that using basic line work, set a height and you now have elevation drawings!

What do you dislike?

The missing piece is that interconnectivity between objects, it would be better is you could make global updates between separate models to unify design standards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoDesk has been trying to eliminate or kill this product ever since the purchase of Revit 15 years ago. If you are already comfortable with AutoCAD, use it. If you aren't, use Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to offer our existing customers more information, so they would buy more products as pull-through sales. Trying to eek more sales from each set of plans we touched.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Excellent product that does everything it needs to"

What do you like best?

The best part of this program are the vector graphics and extreme detail. I can detail every thread on a single screw, then zoom out and finish drawing the rest of the house. Our work requires accuracy to the 1/32" and a program with this level of detail is a necessity. AutoCAD specifically blows similar programs out of the water with its spectacular performance as well as its fantastic customization. Everything from hotkeys to interface to backgrounds, layouts, plot styles, scripts, plugins, toolbars and almost anything that you can think of can be customized to your liking both inside of the program's own interface as well as in the install directory via text editors.

What do you dislike?

The 3D components could definitely use some optimization and better functionality. At this time it does not compete with the alternatives, such as Sketch Up, for speed and functionality. There are some features the 2D drawing tools could stand to learn from other programs, like Sketch Up's fantastic "group" and "component" feature that have more flexibility over AutoCAD's blocks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our entire business is now based around AutoCAD. Our turnover for all projects has increased by a huge margin because of how we are able to accurately design the product and order exact sizes from our supplier to the 1/16".

AutoCAD Arch review by Joseph J.
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"Tailors the power and versatility of AutoCAD to specific architecture applications."

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture offers unparalleled versatility in 2D drawing, drafting, and design, tailored specifically to building design. Its vast array of tools and commands provide great precision and control over many aspects of project design and development. Customization and administrative controls are also excellent, allowing the program to be adapted to maximize efficiency for a given project or project series.

What do you dislike?

Autodesk's "Ribbon" user interface, implemented in recent versions of the program, is not ideal given the complexity of the program and all that it has to offer. It seems with each update to the user interface, useful commands have been "hidden away" by default, making it necessary to rely more and more on command line typing, keyboard shortcuts, UI customization, etc. While this may not be a great hindrance to advanced users, it may be daunting and frustrating to beginning and intermediate users. AutoCAD Architecture improves somewhat on AutoCAD's 3D modeling tools, but 3D work remains cumbersome and dated. There are definitely better program offerings for 3D design and modeling, so AutoCAD Architecture remains best suited to 2D aspects of building design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCAD Architecture effectively tailors the powerful and versatile drafting and design tools of AutoCAD to building design. Due to the complexity and high cost of the program it should be always be considered a serious investment. Firms should insure they have the expertise on hand to make the program worth their while, or be willing to invest in the time and training required to equip personnel to use the program effectively.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architecture is a powerful tool for the development of specific project components and is particularly suited to the maintenance of standards in large project series, such as retail roll-outs. With the rise of BIM technology, AutoCAD Architecture is becoming less of a stand-alone solution for project delivery, but it remains an indispensable tool for specific aspects of project work.

AutoCAD Arch review by Ken G.
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"Architectural excellence"

What do you like best?

Based on AutoCAD kernel, so command structure and syntax was straightforward for us. A background in architecture will allow the optimal use of this program.

What do you dislike?

Complex for new users to learn, unless they have used 3D modeling, & have at least a basic background in creating 3D architectural models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you learn AutoCAD first, especially in 3D modeling, then Autodesk Architecture will be a breeze. Hardware requirements can be heavy for large models, especially with rendering.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architectural was the best choice for my company, as we have used AutoCAD for more than 30 years. It's an excellent product. The ROI on this product was less than a year, & well worth it!

AutoCAD Arch review by Kyle B.
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"Drawing Retail Signage"

What do you like best?

Advances like annotations and snap points are helpful! Once you start to get the hang of the program, things start to move very quickly. There are lots of functions that help you get things done faster (mirror, offset, etc). I love that this is a very standard piece of software within the field which makes it extremely easy to send and share files for review with others.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little clunky at times and is not terribly user friendly. I've had to do a bunch of research to learn to use the software properly. I've also had to rely on experts around me to teach me some of the basics. The text component could be made more user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend trying to find someone who is an expert to help you through some of the basic steps. Alternatively, if you're new, you can rely on web articles and youtube videos to teach you. Don't be afraid to google things!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I draw signage for a retailer. I saved money on design fees by having someone else design the sign. It's an extremely handy piece of software for those purposes. I also use the program to review store layouts and translate more technical components of the store to a more simple format for others within my organization to benefit from. For example, running designs by operations has been huge for creating more efficient spaces.

AutoCAD Arch review by Nathan S.
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"Architect's review of AutoCAD Architecture"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture is the industry standard for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors. It has been used for years by all people in the industry and is likely the most used drafting program. AutoCAD Architecture differs from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT in that it has 3D drafting capabilities.

What do you dislike?

AutoCAD Architecture is not as useful for 3D modeling or 3D rendering as other programs. Its interface is best served for 2D drafting and coordination.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCAD Architecture is a fine program for 2D drafting. It has smart walls and tags and other 3D features for more applications than basic AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architecture is the easiest program to coordinate with all our design consultants. It is straightforward and given everyone's experience with the program makes it the most predictable in terms of drafting time needed for each task.

AutoCAD Arch review by Samyucktha K.
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"Keeps us going!"

What do you like best?

Extremely user friendly allowing easy understanding for anyone to use

What do you dislike?

Requires improvement with the 3D counterpart

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Illustrate designs for our clients for their better understanding

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Higher Education
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"Use AutoCAD Daily"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD is simple to use, the command bar let's you type what you want to do but there are also shortcuts you can type. If you dont know the shortcut or what it's called, AutoCAD organizes everything for easy finding on the ribbon. For example: you can type move, use the short cut "m", or find the move button on the ribbon. This is especially nice when you don't have a mouse and are working on a laptop. Very user friendly.

What do you dislike?

3D is a bit challenging. It I read a lot of user blogs I can usually figure out what I want to do but it isn't very intuitive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everyone needs options. AutoCAD makes it easy to create those options in a short amount of time.

AutoCAD Arch review by Alex L.
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"AutoCAD Experience"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD is one of the best software for designer in the market. It has a long history with excellent reputation. Even my father used to use it when I was kid. Now I am using it as a designer. Even though it takes some time to learn and get familiar with the software, AutoCAD is really powerful. Basically you can use it for any kinds of designs you want various from building design to production design. Technically, if you are professional on this software, you can do anythings with it. There are so many "hidden" functions and tricks and short cuts on the software. Once you know how to use it, it largely increases your efficiency and effectiveness. Much faster than using other software.

What do you dislike?

It take a while to learn how to use it and it take a relatively longer time to remember all the functions. It is like Microsoft excel. If you want to be professional on this software, taking a class could be a really good way to take one more step.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Personally I use it one on building design. My experience tells me that the software is accurate, powerful and simply amazing.

AutoCAD Arch review by Clarke M.
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"Powerful, but not the best BIM program"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture is an extremely powerful and multifaceted program. You can use it as a 2D CAD program, a 3D solids/modeling program, or a Building Information Modeling program for architecture and structural engineering. It can be fully customized, from the UI, to plug-ins.

What do you dislike?

It's almost too intricate and involved, at least when trying to use it as a full BIM program - especially when compared to the intuitiveness of Revit. I suppose that's why Autodesk bought Revit, instead of keeping AutoCAD Architecture as their main BIM platform.

It's not the industry standard for BIM, so there's really no use for it any more; you can use vanilla AutoCAD for 2D drafting and 3D solids, and you should use Revit for BIM...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider Revit instead.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None of my clients are using this program any more for production, it's only to be able to view CAD files and link them into Revit. I can't say there are any benefits that I'm currently realizing. Before implementing Revit, I used AutoCAD Architecture as a design and documentation tool, and using smart walls/doors/schedules etc. saved time over the more manual 2D drafting process of plain AutoCAD.

AutoCAD Arch review by Matthew M.
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"AutoCAD Architecture is nice and once was the company norm, it is now becoming a Dinosaur. "

What do you like best?

With AutoCAD Architecture, you are able to preform many functions required for the field of architecture. Layer management is easy and it is basically compatible with any other software that any other sub contractors use.

What do you dislike?

in a world of 3D and BIM, AutoCAD is basically a dinosaur. More and more clients know what 3D is and have seen it within a vast array of things in their life. They expect it! AutoCAD in general can offer 3D but it does not do it very well, and it is more difficult than a program like Revit (which is becoming the new standard software used).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn Revit instead

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in an architectural and engineering firm that specializes in Industrial design. I am always solving issues of compatibility with the softwares of our industry, and solving the issues of a typical architect. the benefits i have realized is its compatibility with subcontractors and companies that are still using old means to complete projects.

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"Great Drafting Program"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, updates have made it so when you start a command it guesses which you are trying to use. If you forget a shortcut, start typing and odds are you will find it.

What do you dislike?

Compared to programs like Revit, it is a more manual program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Each update brings more features making this an easier program to work with, I highly recommend.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were hand drafting in my office prior to my arrival. I convinced them to buy a license for CAD and I saved the company $20,000 in the first two weeks by being able to draft the drawings we needed instead of contracting the work out.

AutoCAD Arch review by Carla José L.
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"A very good option for Autocad Users"

What do you like best?

For an Autocad user is a very good pase towards the future. The software have very interesting and helpful new tools, that can make easy your designing process. The different views of the drawings are better than in plain autocad.

What do you dislike?

At the beginning it's kind of hard to configure. There are not a lot of resources for this software and it's not very popular so you can share easily your drawing to everyone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's very important to understand the difference between this software and plain autocad, then you can easily work in this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps to make a better planing of building construction and interiors.

AutoCAD Arch review by Steve M.
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"Autocad Architecture is a great and powerful product suited well for production."

What do you like best?

The versatility of the 3D modeling and ease of use.

What do you dislike?

I feel that autodesk could improve the content that comes with the program. There has not been much advancement if any in the pre-loaded styles. For instance, there is only one option for casework which is residential, and I am constantly modifying for the commercial industry.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think it is a truly powerful program but unfortunately most users do not realize the benefits or what it can do, as they lack the training to benefit from the program.. I believe that is more versatile than Revit, though there is a large push to use Revit at it relates to BIM. I do feel that Autodesk is putting less effort into ACA as they develop Revit further. I think if Autodesk incorporated a few features from Revit into ACA then the program would be unstoppable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I think efficiency in the work place is the key goal. My 2D drafters that have started using the basic functions of ACA have realized huge benefits in time and quality control. Basic functions being using the smart objects, and generating sections, elevations, interior elevations, etc... from the model. Huge time savings over 2D drafting.

AutoCAD Arch review by Pam G.
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"I like it!"

What do you like best?

I believe that AutoCAD Architecture is more user friendly than any other program of it's type made today. I also believe that the system is based on thought process oriented style of drafting, such as, you need a line...l is the command for line.

What do you dislike?

It seems that as the versions progress the file sizes progress. Some of our earlier documents created with release 14 or version 2000 are a quarter of the size as some of our documents created today.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I believe that this is a great product for usability and directing personnel in use. We've used this product (and it's predecessors) since 1998. It serves our needs greatly. It's easy to use and set up. Even though we have supplemental programs, such as Revit, this product is our go to for everything!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this produce primarily for structural drafting. It works well with the users and is simply enough to be able to walk non-users through basic commands.

AutoCAD Arch review by Nic F.
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"AutoCad Review"

What do you like best?

I use AutoCad as a tool for interfacing with other programs. If I am needing items in Sketchup, I'll use CAD to clean up cad files for importing to review. Additionally, i use it to prepare background for Revit.

What do you dislike?

The layers and line types are far too complicated and hard to simplify. There are times when these features are helpful, but generally, I wont need to use them. When one is not a CAD Manager and more a general user, simplicity is helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCAD is a very important tool to have when working with a team of consultants and other other Architects. Without it, it would be very difficult to communicate information in drawings and collaborate with other team members

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and importing backgrounds for other programs. Also, use it to clean up drawing layers and modify older drawings

AutoCAD Arch review by Timothy J. B.
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"AutoCAD Architecture 2017"

What do you like best?

Compatibility with Revit platform. Seamless integration with consultants and venders.

What do you dislike?

I am 100% all in Revit and AutoCAD is the best platform that works with revit--but it's not Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to seamlessly integrate consultants 2d AutoCAD files into the Revit model.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Great as it works the way Archtiects would have historically drawn on paper"

What do you like best?

I like it because it is essentially an electronic drawing board and works with lines like drawing with pen and layers like trace.

What do you dislike?

i think it can be slow and limited compared to other CAD programmes that are more progressive in the way they operate

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Revit instead as it is a far more advanced programe. If BIM is not nessicary Vector works is faster and more progressive and cheaper.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

having several people working on a single drawing at once.

organisation of drawings- iterations etc.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"AutoCAD for simple CAD uses"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD is great for simple 2D studies, and documentations. As an architect, we still rely on AutoCAD for some tasks that can be accomplished fairly quickly easily.

What do you dislike?

The user interface seems to have gotten more difficult to navigate, compared to the design over 5 years ago. Perhaps because I am an infrequent user, I am not familiar with the new dashboard.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's still a useful tool to have in an architect's toolbox. Processing in CAD is much quicker than Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide quick studies and documentation with AutoCAD, where Revit may be too cumbersome. Or when working from existing CAD files, and it does not make sense to transfer to Revit.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"AutoCAD for Architects"

What do you like best?

I like that it's very easy to learn and very usefull since I was at university. It's the most famous program for architects, well known by everyone

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that the 3D part is not so competitive with more recent programs

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCAD Architecture is so easy to learn and use that it's simply the right architecture program you are looking for

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With AutoCad Architecture I manage every file of every project in a very easy way, that can be shared with collegues.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Environmental Services
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"A good tool for drafting."

What do you like best?

Its easy to know how to use because commands are common sense

What do you dislike?

Its a little slow sometimes and need a lot of space in computer. It can stop working when it is used for a long period of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say that it is a good tool to use when drafting becasue everything is easy and do able. This program allows basically any kind of drafting so its a good tool to have when drafting house and other things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for drafting. The benefits is that it can do a lot for drafting and it is easy to use.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A very usefull software"

What do you like best?

The block tools are very helpful when drawing big plans with a lot of repetitives elements

What do you dislike?

How to mange all the external references and the the "hatch" tool. A lot of fatal error occur when using several hatches.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To start usign the programme, it has a lot of potencial but it´s true that its quite expensive compared with others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I helps me drawings plans to present the client. The program has gradually developped and the latest versions bring improvements faster and easier when drawing plans and sections and when assembling the planes

AutoCAD Arch review by Daniel M.
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"Architectural AutoCAD that aids with 3D modeling but using AutoCAD tools."

What do you like best?

Familiar AutoCAD interface that has stood the test of time. Lots of customization options for the menus, keyboard shortcuts, fonts and much more.

What do you dislike?

AutoCAD has always had bugs in it. Some bugs are worse than others, but they usually fix them when they find out about them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As a long time user of AutoCAD Architecture, it is a great product. If you can afford Revit, can afford to learn it, I really think the future is in Revit. However, AutoCAD Architecture still has it's place and probably will for many more years to come.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architecture has enabled me to create architectural production drawings in a timely manner. I've been using AutoCAD Architecture since it was Architectural Desktop, many years ago.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Clunky but functional"

What do you like best?

The final output for most users of this software is going to be construction documents for a building project. What I like the best about AutoCAD Architecture is its ability to let you draw using a multitude of tools, objects, blocks, and components. AutoCAD Architecture gives you the ability to draw using "dumb" objects like lines and shapes or using "smart" objects like walls and windows that have information embedded in them and pushes towards the BIM avenue of software. AutoCAD Architecture features a variety of import/export features and is very compatible with most other leading CAD software.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of clunkiness involved in drawing using "smart" objects that have attributes. Putting together schedule tables or other such takeoffs can be quite difficult and require a large amount of training. The BIM features of this software are a huge downfall, however, there is a lot of potential in this area. Since each user is allowed to draw using a multitude of tools, there often lacks cohesion between the way two different drafters have drawn. This can be helped by implementing office standards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are starting off with the regular AutoCAD knowledge, you will need special training to get comfortable with AutoCAD Architecture to be able to use it to the most of its potential. It is overwhelming at first but can save a lot of time down the road if you put in the effort in the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With this software, we are able to provide contractors and clients with professional construction document drawings in which multi-million dollar projects can be constructed. A large benefit of using AutoCAD Architecture is many industry leaders and young professionals alike are familiar with at least the basic AutoCAD version and can transition over to AutoCAD Architecture without too much effort.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Easy to use and learn"

What do you like best?

Everyone in the construction and architecture field (AEC) uses CAD. So, it's easy to send files and even export.

What do you dislike?

Haven't really used the 3D CAD. Like it overall.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you draw on the correct layer. Purse your files before sending or exporting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making floor plans and RCP.

AutoCAD Arch review by User
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"Essential tool for drawings"

What do you like best?

It is a very powerful program that allows you to design from simple 2D to complicated 3D plans. It is the standard format for making plans, so it is easy to share your files.

What do you dislike?

It is a difficult program to use, you need a specialized course to use it 100%. You also need a powerful computer to go fluid.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very powerful and useful tool, but it is expensive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design of warehouses, plans, sketches, etc.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Food & Beverages
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"Daily user for interior architecture"

What do you like best?

1. Various line snap options and angle snap options

2. MAC interface is easier to navigate and work on projects

3. Most trades are accustomed to using AutoCAD and it is easy to work on the same project via a set of dwg files

4. Typical symbols are now automated as "symbols" you can insert

5. Automatic saving ability

What do you dislike?

1. When the program freezes once, it tends to continue to freeze repetitively.

2. You cannot export multiple layout sheets (dwg to pdf) at once with specific file names for each sheet or as a combination of sheets under one pdf.

3. It's not easy to see which layers are frozen in a viewport

4. It's horrible working through a small screen

5. Not being able to open files saved in newer versions

Recommendations to others considering the product

FIgure out all the purpose and uses of snap options prior to beginning creating a technical drawing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design and layout solutions for new use in existing commercial spaces. When files are in dwg format, process speeds up due to not having to re-draw existing drawings. Distance and dimension commands are useful in quickly scoping out layouts.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Construction
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"Great for Schematic Design"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture is very easy to use and when starting a new project especially ones that are small which require a quick turn around AutoCAD Architecture is what I use. Unlike Revit which I use more often, I find that when I am in a crunch the benefits of AutoCAD out weigh the long term benifits of Revit. Detailing in AutoCAD is far superior to detailing in Revit

What do you dislike?

To create something complex in AutoCAD Architecture such as a 3D object or Model is extremely hard. The more complex you go the more AutoCAD I find to be obsolete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For me I am very biased towards Revit and find that if Revit could implement some of the easier user friendly components of AutoCAD that I would find AutoCad completely obsolete.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I am solving using AutoCAD Architecture speeding up the construction design process. AutoCAD enables me to expedite my detailing faster than using our standard platform which is Revit.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Great CAD software for basic drawing production"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD Architecture is a great 2D program for drafting construction documents and details and for producing schematic plans. AutoCAD allows us a quick way to visually communicate with clients and turn around changes in a field that's pushing for ever quicker project delivery. Having used other CAD softwares in the architecture/engineering industry I can say none have been as intuitive and capable as AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is easy to use and quick to learn and the software allows for a multitude of uses. However, object based software is quickly becoming the industry norm and AutoCAD just can't compete with other 3D modelling softwares. Clients want

Recommendations to others considering the product

For smaller projects and simple floor plans and diagrams AutoCAD Architecture is a great product; However, for more complex, smarter projects look into other 3D programs such as Revit Architecture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve complex industrial/process engineering problems and AutoCAD has been great for schematic diagrams, concept layouts and rough detailing. Using AutoCAD Architecture allows us to keep up with client changes and provide accurate information before moving into the more complex modelling stages for construction.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"CAD still useful"

What do you like best?

The precision of the tool allows for quick mockups. If you already have accurate measurements, cad can be very useful to create a simple plan, section, or elevation. Especially if you are proficient. The best thing about it, in my opinion, is that you can bring it into sketchup and adobe for quick 3d and plan/section drawings that are impossible in CAD by itself.

What do you dislike?

wonky software, is not as user-friendly as adobe, for example. Difficult to learn and become proficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

only use it for accuracy

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

how to deliver projects in a timely fashion. CAD hard-lines ideas quickly. I have been using CAD for many years, and it has not really improved over time. Menus have changed a bit, but it has not really improved the user interface.

The thing to improve about CAD is to make it easier to go between CAD and other softwares like adobe and sketchup.

AutoCAD Arch review by Consultant in Environmental Services
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"AutoCAD Architecture Review"

What do you like best?

It's simple enough to use and learn quick, but it can also perform complicated tasks when needed

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it crashes every now and then.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're solving the problem of easy to read structural drawings

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"Excellent tool for designing and viewing architectural drawings "

What do you like best?

Easy to use, very similar to regular AUTOCAD designing software which is a very big plus for anyone with designing experience.

What do you dislike?

Involves lot of visualization which was tasking. Backwards compatibility is an issue between different versions of architecture, Unable to save back AutoCAD Architecture components.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is certainly more complex when compared to basic autoCAD design software but it is an excellent tool for architectural design and once you become familiar with the features it is very useful. Display representations and style manager features are very handy and helps in good visualization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used this to view a drawing created by an architect to decide if it was as per expectation and accordingly give proper feedback. Excellent tool to help in understanding the various possible ways to laying out floor plans.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Wonderful program"

What do you like best?

I enjoy detail components and smart objects like walls and windows.

What do you dislike?

Errors in the program, especially crashing/fatal errors when editing tables.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely a fantastic and easy to use program!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work as an architect and the program allows me to create construction documents relatively easily.

AutoCAD Arch review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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"Been using it for 4 years "

What do you like best?

I like how flexible it is in allowing you to do anything that you need in the various tools it has. A lot of things can be done on it whether in 2D or 3D in a much easier way than other softwares.

What do you dislike?

I dislike some of the glitches it has that seem unexplainable, such as refusing to hatch correctly or creating exactly what is needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anything you would like to do can be done very simply if you just know the correct tools to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in the architecture and construction industry. The benefits are that it is widely used and understood and can create most of what is needed in our work.

AutoCAD Arch review by Yen P.
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"A key essential produce for architectural drafting"

What do you like best?

It is the most common place drafting software that anyone can pick up. Most people are adept at this software unlike other drafting software like archicad or rhinoceros.

What do you dislike?

Product could do with more 3D capabilities and synthesis with Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

File sharing across the office is less risky with autocad than revit. Changes can be made independently. Very key for smaller projects but not so ideal for large project with many changes across many drawings.

AutoCAD Arch review by Ronald S.
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"Better than straight AutoCad"

What do you like best?

While its not true BIM, with all of its advantages, I like the fact that AutoCad Architecture is more useful to me than straight AutoCad

What do you dislike?

There is not much that I don't like, except for the cost. There are other options that are less expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I find it more useful than straight AutoCad. Try it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I don't have very many business problems, but it's nice to be able to show clients my work.

AutoCAD Arch review by Dmitriy S.
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"Great software for architects and engineers"

What do you like best?

Precise architectural drawings, compatibility with other software, short key functions, edible interface, document layout feature, essential walls, stairs, windows, etc, library.

What do you dislike?

Complicated in editing layer and style, over detailed interface, and many useful tools are not shown by default. Hatching makes everyone I know cry in front of their computers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool for architectural drafting, but hard to learn in the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

architectural and detail drawings, terrain and survey studying, creating project documentation

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"great design software"

What do you like best?

the new (2018) version allows converting PDF files into CAD objects (given that the PDF file was generated in AutoCAD). Smart objects save drafting time.

What do you dislike?

sudden stops. freezes, crashes sometimes, slow hatching. Software is subscription -based.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design and preparation of construction drawings: floor plans, elevations, section, details.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Useful for 2D drawings"

What do you like best?

Very easy use and editing of smart objects.

What do you dislike?

There are too many bugs in newest version (2018).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My job is to produce construction drawings for clients interior build-outs. This is the only program that currently allows me to complete my job.

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"Smart Review"

What do you like best?

I like how easy is to work with AutoCAD, once you learn the commands you need, you're set. Nowadays this is what I use on a daily basis. Not to mention it also has the possibility to work with 3D models.

What do you dislike?

There are certain things I quite not enjoy about CAD, when it comes to lines and snap settings. Most of the time I find myself doing manual lines because the snap settings won't work properly for Perpendicular/Parallel lines

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have made lots of projects using this software and I can strongly recommend it. I believe they will manage to correct the little issues CAD has.

AutoCAD Arch review by Chante' B.
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"Industry Standard for a Reason"

What do you like best?

The best part of AutoCAD Architecture is the fact that it can be used for countless types of projects. Mainly interior renovations and other projects that only require 2D documents.

What do you dislike?

Autocad is not as easy to use when drawing in 3D like other CAD software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AutoCad is one of the easier 2d drafting programs to use. It is great for those who don't want to worry about a finished model as part of their deliverables to a client but just a solid documents set,.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use AutoCAD to draw existing conditions on projects as well as highly detailed drawings and plans. This comes in handy for items that may be too complicated to model successfully.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Great product"

What do you like best?

The x ref feature is great, unlike most products I use likes sketch up and rhino this feature makes everything more efficient when working with coworkers on projects

What do you dislike?

There are still a few glitches with autocad for Mac, the command bar disappears every once in a while and I don't know what command I'm typing even restarting doesn't work. Also, some keyboard commands like ctrl s and ctrl c make the program crash completely. But this is only on the Mac, autocad for windows works perfectly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it, it is a great product and meets all the needs of an architecture firm

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In order to work with people of varying skill levels and fields it's become important to work across many soft wares and be able to efficiently and conveniently switch back and forth while keeping the layers and layer styles as well as groups and blocks. Importing and exporting from autocad to rhino or sketch up is very easy and makes the process enjoyable.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Great Simple Easy to use Software"

What do you like best?

software is fast and easy to use.

files are small and easily transferable

What do you dislike?

3D option is not great.

errors arise out of nowhere

is not a single file model, must require working on one sole netowkr

Recommendations to others considering the product

budget, ease of use, easy to learn

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

quick turnarounds

last minute changes

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Real Estate
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"i have used this program for years to generate hardline architectural drawings."

What do you like best?

i like the ease in which you can generate accurate hardline drawings that can be loaded into other drafting programs like sketchup and revit. i use this as my base drawing platform to trace over imported hand sketches. i also use it to import and scale satellite images from google earth. once scaled accurately in cad I can print or draw over them in CAD. it is also useful for layering information on a project as nearly all engineering consultants still use some form of AutoCAD. all of their drawings are easily layered into one master file that can show eveything from topography to aerial images and scans of sketches.

What do you dislike?

it is not as intuitive as sketchup or revit. i dislike the amount of changes the visual ribbon of commands has gone through. i still know a lot of typed in commands that i have no idea where their button exists. i end up using this only for the beginning of architectual projects and planning exercises and export my work into sketchup for further development and massing and then into revit for the production of BIM models and construction documents.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am using this to bring multiple fields of work on a project into one place. civil engineering, existing CAD files and any other consultant drawings are brought in early on in the project. i am using this to quickly generate drawing for planning and for meetings that require better understanding and for presenting options and design solutions. the benefits are that everyone has some knowledge of autocad products and usually uses them exclusively on the engineering side of design, so all fields can communicate through cad dwgs.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"I began using AutoCAD in graduate school and now use it daily at the Architecture firm I work at."

What do you like best?

It's great for doing all types of drawings for any project - from the beginning of a project with schematic site to the preparation of construction documents. I like that you can model in the program but it is not up to par with Rhinocerous or Sketchup.

What do you dislike?

Some of the commands are not very intuitive and can take a while to figure out. I also seem to have a big problem with accidentally closing out of toolbars and then having a hard time trying to open them back up - especially with some of the special features that my firm typically has pre-loaded.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out on your own first and then look up a list of unknown/uncommon commands and you will become much more advanced with the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a weird question. Benefits of AutoCAD in solving business problems? Well, it is helping us produce drawings that we would otherwise have to hand draw… so I guess that's a pretty good benefit.

AutoCAD Arch review by Executive Sponsor in Architecture & Planning
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"Autocad is electronic drafting. "

What do you like best?

Not everyone (while we are a majority and growing) is ready for a BIM tool. IF (hard press to think of any in this day and age) you have a good business case for Electronic Drafting, AutoCAD Architecture is the best choice for Architects. Why? because it is the most widely used and recognized one, making collaboration feasible.

What do you dislike?

It is not intuitive. It requires series training commitment, standards definition and enforcement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For what it is, I say it is headed in the right direction as it continues to improve. It's lifespan is limited however, lets not lose sight of it. Only have it in your back pocket for situations where it MUST be used/trere aren't any other more intelligent choices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not a desirable one at the moment. Only time I/we used AutoCAD is because we have no other choice. When opportunities like that arise, it's the most universal choice.

AutoCAD Arch review by Jack E. P.
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"Awesome Program headed in the right direction for 2015"

What do you like best?

What I like best is the ability to go back and forth from 2D to 3D with a touch of a button. This feature allows the user to think three dimensionally while designing/laying out your footprint in a traditionally two dimensional perspective.

What do you dislike?

I somewhat dislike not really being to render a finished deign product like in REVIT architecture, having to still import/export plans in and out of the program to achieve a well round product for the client.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn this program

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Architecture allows us to solve complex designs solutions for clients. The latest version helps the "naked eye" under stand the message we are trying to explain in simple views.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Construction
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"Great program but not the best"

What do you like best?

Easy to navigate and draft quickly. Great program to learn to draft with

What do you dislike?

Limited by comparison to a program like Revit

Recommendations to others considering the product

If all you want to do is draft and work in 2D it’s easy. If you want to work in 3D space as well, it may be better to use Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do basic drafting with autocad. It gets easy jobs done quickly.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Easy application for drafting"

What do you like best?

Multiple button and commands to use to create space plans and elevations

What do you dislike?

commands get confused with other commands from auto complete settings

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Space planning, quick replanning

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"AutoCAD review"

What do you like best?

The program is simple to learn and great for technical drawings. Plans, elevations, sections, and details are easy to develop and edit in this program.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not ascetically pleasing and neither are the drawings. Another program, photoshop or other, is needed to convey materials realistically or the atmosphere of the project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed at creating construction drawings, communicating with others on a team, and making permit sets.

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"AutoCAD Architecture"

What do you like best?

I am personally very detail-oriented. AutoCAD will almost always allow me to convey my ideas in detail in every aspect, especially since I like to build up my ideas myself.

What do you dislike?

There are glitches every now and then that cause the program to crash.

Recommendations to others considering the product

n/a

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm not certain about what business problems I am really addressing with the program. But it is a worthwhile software for an aspiring architecture student to have expertise in.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Great software"

What do you like best?

Great drafting program. Allows for quick drawing and editing of those drawings. Much better than doing drafting by hand.

What do you dislike?

The program does crash from time to time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Program does what you need to do basic drafting. Revit is an upgrade from this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving the needs of my clients.

AutoCAD Arch review by Haiden G.
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"AutoCAD architecture is a comprehensive modeling program for architects."

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use to integrate with other products in the Autodesk pipeline.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that the product is geared towards architecture, as it has many features that would be suitable for other uses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out other programs before you jump the gun.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are developing buildings for corporations and residents.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Design
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"Interior Designer"

What do you like best?

The ability to use product for many applications

What do you dislike?

Complicated plot settings, Use as a 3d modeling tool is too complicated. I use other programs such as sketchup for 3d modeling. Otherwise AutoCad architecture is a great versatile tool that can do a lot, It is just takes time to learn all of those capabilities. I feel like sometimes it is too complicated and should be made to be simpler.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use auto cad architecture on a daily basis to convey design ideas and create construction documents

AutoCAD Arch review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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"Good Product for the right job"

What do you like best?

This is such an improvement on vanilla ACAD. Such a good product with a lot of functions that are typically only found in BIM software without the learning curve.

What do you dislike?

You need to pick and choose the functions you use. If you try to leverage all of its tools you are much much better just moving to Revit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure this is the right fir for your firm.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster completion of projects.

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Food & Beverages
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"Does the job"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD has been the industry standard for years. Once you learn it it's quick to use. Every iteration gets better - the newer versions are much more streamlined than the older ones.

What do you dislike?

It's buggy sometimes. The 3D is pretty terrible (but if that's what you're after you should be using Revit). I still run into trouble sharing files that have xrefs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a robust 2D program that is easy to share with consultants, this is a good product. If you're looking for a modeling software, you should try something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this to do all of our drawing (architecture firm).

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"It's a very efficient program to project"

What do you like best?

moving in the Autocad style, all the previous experience you have can be utilized plus the new tools.

the paper space to produce the documents is something you know well.

What do you dislike?

After the years Autocad has become an enormous system that is not easy to enter.

Truly it is a very complicated thing to study !!!

I think the efforts should go in the the line for doing easier to manage the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize the program for doing all the entire project documents. So, I am very satisficed for all the benefits you can get working with AEC objects

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Serves it's purpose"

What do you like best?

The program is east to use once all of the commands become more familiar

What do you dislike?

The 3D rendering is not very good - however that's not a function used often.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Space planning is easy and fast, changes made quickly, Xreffing is beneficial

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Wholesale
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"LOVE AUTOCAD ARCHITECTURE"

What do you like best?

EASE OF USE, ABILITY TO SET UP CUSTOM TOOLBARS EVEN THOUGH THE STANDARD TOOLBARS ARE VERY GOOD.

What do you dislike?

TRANSITION TO NEWER VERSIONS AND SETTING UP TEMPLATES AGAIN, BUT THIS WAS BEFORE I LEARNED HOW TO COPY MY TEMPLATES AND TRANSFER THEM IN.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GREAT PROGRAM, TAKE TIME TO SET UP THE INTERFACE TO YOUR LIKING

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SPEED AND ACCURACY INCREASED

AutoCAD Arch review by Jessica P.
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"I am an architect, and I use AutoCAD on a daily basis for commercial and retail interior design. "

What do you like best?

I like the ability to work in model space and paper space in one program.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it doesn't seem to have a seamless transition from PC to Mac.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has been a plus to have a single program that allows multiple colleagues to design and/or make changes to design decisions (including clients and engineers).

AutoCAD Arch review by User
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"Helped me produce drawings for my clients"

What do you like best?

it has many commands that normally AutoCAD doesn't have. Very surprised by the renderings it produced for my project.

What do you dislike?

It hangs up very often other than that it's pretty good

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design and drafting technician

AutoCAD Arch review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Pretty Good."

What do you like best?

I like the views, constructs, sheets, and how they all correspond.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that lines and objects do not have built in information to make them 3d. This could be computer generated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really research the difference between this and Revit

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have the ability to sketch easily at client meetings