BricsCAD

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3.8 out of 5 stars

With hundreds of Third Party solutions, BricsCAD® is the powerful alternative CAD platform unifying 2D CAD and 3D direct modeling for dwg on Windows and Linux.

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BricsCAD review by Giancarlo M.
Giancarlo M.
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"Pretty usable compare to expensive alternative"

What do you like best?

What I honestly like the most is the fact that it runs in Linux OS, honestly I have found just a few programs that can do this and when you are looking for an environment that requires very high performance there is nothing like UNIX based OS systems.

What do you dislike?

Brics is able to open the commonly used AutoDesk file format but it is not as you would expect it to. Every time you move a file from a different software there is a chance you notice the difference but I would say this difference is pretty notable when opening CAD files with Brics. You should be able to design on this software, it is just

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say that if you have worked with Autodesk solutions in the past, the learning process will be very easy for you. Take in consideration you usually require a very good computer to execute this software.

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

I am not executing CAD design but I need to open these DWG files in my linux machines and this is the only solution I have found so far. It works pretty decent in my experience.

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BricsCAD review by Kevin L.
Kevin L.
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"AutoCAD for a Lower Price!"

What do you like best?

The price point compared to AutoCAD is by far the best perk of the program. You can get basically all the same features for a much much lower cost.

What do you dislike?

There are some commands/shortcuts that vary slightly from AutoCAD versions. It doesn't seem to make sense how most are the same, but some were changed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your team needs the capability to view and edit .dwg files internally and externally, BRICSCAD can be a much cheaper more efficient program to get compared to AutoCAD

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

Thanks to the lower cost, we can provide a CAD program for all employees so they have it when it is needed. Some only need to use it on occasion, and it really benefits us to be able to implement it whenever needed.

What General-Purpose CAD solution do you use?

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BricsCAD review by Edo M.
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"User friendly CAD software with specific solutions"

What do you like best?

This is an unusually well implemented user friendly CAD software with some specific features. SHEET METAL module is one that is most interesting to our business and our partners needs.

What do you dislike?

Price, price and price. Especially that extra cost for some services that are usually free of charge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good solution for specific needs. For as SHEET METAL module is a fantastic solution for our needs.

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

As we offer services and material (metal panels and corrugated sheets) in building sector, usually some clients expect that we offer some additional services/solutions, as flashing, installation procedure and similar .stuff. This program would help us very much regarding flashing planing and production.

BricsCAD review by Lance M.
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"Excellent AutoCAD Alternative at a Fraction of the Price"

What do you like best?

Fast performance with minimal overhead (192 mb download)

100% DWG compatibility

Close to 100% command compatibility

Runs LISP code nativily

Full CUI compatibility. If you have a customized AutoCAD CUI, you can load it directly

Growing list of 3rd party applications

Free 3rd party developmer program

Perpetual licenses at a lower price than new AutoCAD rental

Upgrade on your timeline - subscription is worthwhile because of the aggressive update cycle

Private company spending 40% of revenue on R&D instead of marketing

What do you dislike?

BricsCAD is not a fully mature product with some bugs in the more advanced features.

Primary focus is in drafting, sheet metal and mechanical. Mapping based features are not mature.

Their projection system support is not good but 3rd party applicaitons work fine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have older versions of AutoCAD - keep them - don't move to rental and take a serious look at BricsCAD.

If you are using Civil 3D, consider keeping 1 license for compatibility purposes and take a serious look at BricsCAD with 3rd party applications like Civil Site Design which delivers automaticion, faster performance and a short learn curve.

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

Initial focus was to replace AutoCAD 2D drafting with a lower cost product.

Have moved into infrastructure design using Civil Site Design to augment or replace Civil 3D.

BricsCAD review by Miguel J. P.
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"BricsCAD is a great alternative to a second life for .dwg format files. And it goes way beyond!"

What do you like best?

Does all what you can do with AutoCAD, but goes much over. And it costs a fraction from the traditional CAD that everybody knows.

What do you dislike?

It's currently less known that we would like, considering the need to hire experts for using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an agile company which develops, and they are focused on implementing new features for covering several connected areas of expertise for engineering and architecture designers.

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

Design 2D and 3D, Direct Modeling, Parametrics, and the BIM environment is at close sight.

BricsCAD review by James M.
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"DWG on a budget"

What do you like best?

BricsCAD has improved over the years from a crude alternative to AutoCAD to a real contender. I have used it since V7 when a manager asked me to explore it as a replacement for our old AutoCAD licenses. At the time I had mixed feelings of it for business use but bought it for home use. Since then, it's come a long way. The Platinum version even includes some sheet metal capability and crude assembly / mechanism ability (though nothing that will make you throw away your Solidworks or Inventor).

What do you dislike?

My biggest complaints are that they have let some pretty big bugs slip through in new releases, and that the documentation has been lacking in past versions. The plus side to the bug issue is that they have a pretty good support system and are usually good about fixing bugs and about communicating bug status with users. The good news about documentation is that I recently upgraded to V15 and, at first glance, the documentation has gotten much better.

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

I have used this extensively for both 2D drawing and 3D modeling. Its 3D capability has usually provided the results that I need.

BricsCAD review by Ryan S.
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"Used for designing and modifying construction designs and in the production of bythemetric charts."

What do you like best?

I like the versatility and that you can choose to reach the same goal in many different ways. the script function is especially useful for tasks that will be repeated.

What do you dislike?

Some features available in other CAD programs are missing and can be regularly missed by users that have experience with both. That there isn't a free viewing version that you can provide to recipients, (like Adobe Reader) so if your recipient doesn't have a CAD program you have to supply in PDF form where a lot of the information can be lost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have auto CAD available, it is much nicer than BricsCAD however full features is much more expensive. If you intend to start using BricsCAD regularly then try to get your head round using scripts early on as many activity's can be completed in a fraction of the time it would normally take by writing a script.

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

Creating designs and drawings to explain project operations to clients and to offer instruction to contractors is made very easy by the use of BricsCAD.

BricsCAD review by Apurva S.
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"User friendly"

What do you like best?

The video tutorials, eBook and other resources that provide support for this software are comprehensive and first-rate.

What do you dislike?

Architectural tools like a house wizard and wall tool are absent from this CAD software.

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

Bricsys, the company behind BricsCAD Classic, provides many different facets of help and support. Contact methods are listed on the website as well as an online email form for technical support. Forums, video tutorials, FAQs and manuals are far superior to most CAD support programs.

BricsCAD review by Donald B.
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"Fast, affordable, and bullet proof"

What do you like best?

BricsCAD is fast, affordable, reliable alternative to AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

BricsCAD does not currently support layer transparency. It is the only gap in functionality that I am aware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I started looking for a affordable alternative to AutoCAD. I found one that is not only more affordable, it works even better.

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

The cost of AutoDesk software and the licensing changes being implemented by AutoDesk initially caused me to look for alternatives to AutoCAD. BricsCAD solves the problem beautifully. It is easy to use, much more affordable, and more reliable than AutoCAD.

BricsCAD review by User in Higher Education
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"great 2D and 3D software"

What do you like best?

many 2d features such as annotative scales, dynamics dimension, dynamic arrays, and even a comparision option that work surprisingly good.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for beginner might be steep especially if you do not have experience with cad softwares

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not be afraid to try the new features. Takes some time to learn but def worth it

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

Modeling 2D and 3D

BricsCAD review by Stefan B.
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"A cheaper AutoCAD alternative with extensive API"

What do you like best?

Runs on Windows and Linux (and OSX has been promised for some time).

DWG native compatibility. Very familiar for users of older AutoCAD versions (as they deliberately did not attempt to add the Ribbon interface).

The focus is on using BricsCAD as a platform for CAD solutions, through an extensive API (C++, Lisp, VBA…).

They have over the last few versions removed themselves from the IntelliCAD legacy and have become a fully independent CAD system.

What do you dislike?

OSX Version is not ready, yet promised for quite a while.

They abandoned their BIM offering "Architecturals", although it is being reinitiated.

Still too much focus on trying to be an AutoCAD clone, while they should better focus on finding their own uniqueness (this is improving).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you develop turnkey CAD solutions and need to have a CAD core, but don't want to rely on the expensive AutoCAD, BricsCAD is a good alternative, without losing DWG compatibility.

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

As a cheap alternative for AutoCAD, developers can use it as the core of a CAD solution, even including the software with their solution.

BricsCAD review by Internal Consultant in Food & Beverages
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"I’ve used autoCad before this and it’s similar In someways, but easy to learn the rest."

What do you like best?

I like the cost efficiency, it doesn’t make small companies come out of pocket much

What do you dislike?

It’s not as seamless as you’d think, some drawings from autoCad don’t transfer, if you were coming from that program.

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

Not a real promblem, but as I mentioned before it saves a lot of money

BricsCAD review by User in Renewables & Environment
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"Best CAD available"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface, quick to learn and implement.

What do you dislike?

Price for performance is questionable at best.

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

Simplifies the CAD requirements we have

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