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Five Apps: Useable CAD apps on the cheap

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Although AutoCAD is the go to CAD application of choice for many organizations, it comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are a number of other less expensive CAD applications available. Some are relatively light weight and are intended primarily for beginners, while others are intended for professionals and are even compatible with AutoCAD drawings. In this article, I will discuss five CAD applications other than AutoCAD.

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10 comments
dgm5307
dgm5307

It's been days since the problem concerning this slideshow were posted... I'm surprised nothing has been done yet?  I've tried it on IE 10 and Chrome Version 29.0.1547.57 m.

walterg
walterg

Check out Draftsight from Dassault Systems.

mark
mark

DataCAD has been cost-effective alternative to AutoCAD for nearly 30 years.

Mark F. Madura, President/CEO DATACAD LLC

jsargent
jsargent

Five less expensive CAD applications....than AutoCad. That shouldn't be very difficult.

djp64
djp64

The slideshow is hit and miss. If it doesn't work, refresh and it might work.

x.pringalle
x.pringalle

What about zwcad ... a chinesse Autocad clone

johnhgy
johnhgy

Strange the slide show works on my netbook but not on my desktop (32 and 64 Mint).

wylis76
wylis76

The slideshow does not work in Firefox or Chrome, didn't bother trying other browsers.