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Comparison of computer-aided design editors

Advanced 3D CAD software allows users to create complex 3D forms

The table below provides an overview of computer-aided design (CAD) software. It does not judge power, ease of use, or other user-experience aspects. The table does not include software that is still in development (beta software). For all-purpose 3D programs, see Comparison of 3D computer graphics software. CAD refers to a specific type of drawing and modeling software application that is designed for creating technical drawings for distribution electronically and on paper.


Title and developer Latest release date and version 2D/3D or specialty fields Runs on Unix-like systems? Runs on Windows? Other platforms? License Academic version? User Interface language/s Support for Building Information Modelling? Support for Industry Foundation Classes? Support for AutoCAD DXF? Imports Exports Price
(USD)
Advance Design by GRAITEC 2013, Version 2013 3D, CAE, FEA No Yes No Proprietary Yes en, fr, ro, pl, cs Yes v2.x3 import and export Yes CIS/2, SDNF, PSS, DXF, GTC CIS/2, SDNF, PSS, DXF, GTC ?
Advance Steel by Autodesk 2013, Version 2013 3D, CAE, CAM, steel detailing No Yes No Proprietary Yes en, de, ja, fr, zh-Hant, hu, pl, cs, es, du, ro, ru, it Yes v2.x3 import and export Yes IFC, CIS/2, PSS, SDNF, KISS, DSTV, DXF, DWG IFC, CIS/2, PSS, SDNF, KISS, DSTV, DXF, DWG ?
Advance Concrete by Autodesk 2013, Version 2013 3D, CAE, CAM, concrete detailing No Yes No Proprietary Yes en, de, fr, pl, cs, ro Yes v2.x3 import and export Yes IFC, DXF, DWG IFC, DXF, DWG ?
AllyCAD by Knowledge Base 2012, Version 2011 2D/3D No Yes No Proprietary No en No Land XML Yes DXF, DWG DXF, DWG ?
ArchiCAD by Graphisoft July 2014, Version 18 2D/3D Architecture, BIM Mac OS X[1] Yes Unknown Proprietary Free en, de, es, fr, it, pt, ru, ja, pl, cs, hu, nl, fi, sv, no, da, tr, el, zh-Hans, ko, zh-Hant[2] Yes Import and export. Export certified.[3] Yes 3D Studio, ACIS SAT, BMP, DGN, DWF, DWG, DXF, EMF, EPS, GIF, HPGL/PLT, IFC/IFCXML, JP2, JPEG, PDF, PICT, PNG, PSD, QTIF, SketchUp, TGA/Targa, TIF/TIFF, WMF 3D Studio, Artlantis/ATL, AVI, BMP, DGN, DWF, DWG, DXF, EMF, EPS, EPX - Piranesi, FACT - ElectricImage, GIF, HPGL/PLT, IFC/IFCXML, JP2, JPEG, MOV, LP - Lightscape, OBJ, PDF, PICT, PNG, PSD, QTIF, SGI, SketchUp, TGA/Targa, TIF/TIFF, U3D, WRL, WMF $4,250
AutoCAD by Autodesk March 27, 2014, Release 2015 2D/3D, Architecture, Drafting Only AutoCAD for Mac OS X, No for discipline-specific vertical products, e.g. AutoCAD Architecture[4][5] Yes iOS, Android Proprietary[6] Yes pt-BR, en, cs, fr, de, hu, it, ja, ko, pl, ru, zh-Hans, es, zh-Hant No, but yes (however limited) for some verticals. No, but yes for some verticals. Yes DXF, DWG, DWS, DWT, WMF, SAT, 3DS, FBX, DGN[7] 3DS (requires 3dsout), DXF, DWG, PDF, DWF, FBX, BMP, DGN[8] $4,195
Autodesk Fusion 360 by Autodesk March 2012, 2013 3D No Yes Mac OS X Proprietary Yes Free en No No Yes ACIS SAT, DXF, DWG, IGES, Pro/Engineer, STEP, .wire, .catpart, .catproduct, .x b, .x t, .prt (NX), .asm, .g, .neu, Solidworks, ProE, Catia, .stl, , ACIS SAT, DXF, DWG, IGES, STEP, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .iges, STL (file format), } 2D as DXF, EPS, PDF, SVG, HPGL, STEP; 3D wireframe as DXF, STEP; triangle mesh as STL, Wavefront OBJ; NURBS surfaces as STEP Free
SpaceClaim Engineer by SpaceClaim Corp. 2D/3D hybrid No Yes No Proprietary Unknown en Unknown Unknown Yes DXF, DWG, Parasolid, IGES, STEP, ACIS, STL, ProE, Solid Edge, VRML, OBJ, STL, NX, CATIA, Solidworks, Rhinoceros [ACIS], Acrobat PDF 3D, Acrobat - PDF 2D, AutoCAD - DWG and DXF, CATIA V5, [IGES], JT Open, Keyshot, Parasolid, POV-Ray, PowerPoint, Rhino, SketchUp, [STEP], STL, VDA-VS, VRML, OBJ, XAML, XPS ?
Tekla Structures by Tekla 2013, Version 19.0 3D/4D/5D CAE, CAM, steel detailing, concrete detailing No Yes No Proprietary Yes en, zh-Hant, du, fr, de, it, ja, ru, es Yes Import and export. Export certified.[3] Yes IFC, IFCXML, IFCZIP, DWG, DXF, DGN, PDF, STEP, IGES, CIS/2, ISM, FabTrol KISS, DSTV, Steel Detailing Neutral Format, Eliplan ELI, Primavera P6, Trimble LM80[34] IFC, IFCXML, IFCZIP, DWG, DXF, DGN, CIS/2, ISM, FabTrol KISS, DSTV, Steel Detailing Neutral Format, Eliplan ELI, Primavera P6, Trimble LM80, HMS[34] ?
TopSolid by Missler Software 2013, V7.7 2D/3D + PDM No Yes No Proprietary Yes en, es, de (at release date) Yes Unknown Yes DXF, DWG, Parasolid, Sketchup, JT, SolidEdge, TopSolid'Gmi, TopSolid'OpenPackage,TopSolid'XYZ,Unigraphics, ME10 (MI),Acis (sat sab asat asab), Catia V4, Catia V5, Iges, Inventor, ProEngineer, SolidWorks, Step, Unigraphics, Vda, TopSolid'Design v6 PDF 3D, Parasolid, JT, TopSolid'OpenPackage, STL, VRML, X3D, AutoCad, Acis, Catia V4, Catia V5, Iges, Step, Vda-fs ?
TransMagic R8 sp5 File translator No XP/Vista/7 No Proprietary No en, de No No Yes CATIA V4, CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, ACIS (.sat, .sab, .asf, .asat, .asab), JT, Parasolid, IGES, STEP (.stp), HOOPS Meta File, HOOPS Streaming File (.hsf), PLY, STL, OBJ, Large file support CATIA V4, CATIA V5, ACIS (.sat, .sab, .asf, .asat, .asab), JT, Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b, .xmt_txt, .xmb_txt), IGES, STEP (.stp), HOOPS Meta File, HOOPS Streaming File (.hsf), NGRAIN, PLY, STL, HTML, OBJ, Enhanced Metafile, PDF, PostScript, TIFF, BMP, Large file support ?
TurboCAD by IMSI/Design, LLC 2014. v21 (Windows), 2014. v8 (Mac) 2D/3D Mac OS X Yes No Proprietary Up to 85% off standard pricing en, cs, ger, others? Unknown Unknown Yes 'see PDF of compatible file formats' 'see PDF of compatible file formats' $1,495 Pro, $1,695 Pro Platinum [35]
VariCAD by VariCAD November 10, 2011, 2012 2D 3D Linux Yes No Proprietary Yes eng, ger,[36] cze[37] pt, ja, zh-Hans Unknown Unknown 2d only STEP (3D), DWG (2D), DXF (2D)[38] STEP (3D), STL (3D), IGES (3D), BMP (from 3D), DWG (2D), DXF (2D)[38] $650
Vectorworks by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.,
(includes Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, and Renderworks)
September 15, 2014, 2015 2D/3D hybrid, Architecture, Interior Design, Garden & Landscape Design, Show Design, Rendering Mac OS X Yes No Proprietary Free for students en, pt-BR, fr, es, nl, de, it, ja Yes Import and export. Export certified.[3] Yes DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, EPSF, 3DS, IGES, SAT, STEP, Rhino, Parasolid X_T, Sketchup, IFC, SHP, JPEG, BMP, PNG, PSD, SGI, TIFF, TGA DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, EPSF, Cinema4D, Artlantis, 3DS, COLLADA, FBX, IGES, SAT, STEP, Rhino, Parasolid X_T, STL, IFC, KML, SHP, JPEG, PDF, Quicktime VR, EPSF, HDRI, BMP, PNG, PSD, SGI, TIFF, TGA ?
Open Vehicle Sketch Pad (OpenVSP)[39] September 24, 2013, 2.2.5 3D Mac OS X, FreeBSD Package, Linux Build from source Yes No NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA) No en No No No STL JPEG HRM[40] STL JPEG HRM X3D Rhino 3DM TRI MSH POV POLY[40] Free
VisualARQ by Asuni CAD S.A. June 5, 2014, 1.8 2D/3D No Yes No Proprietary $95 en, fr, es, de, it, cs Yes Yes Yes 3DM, 3DS, AI, DGN, DWG, DXF, EPS, FBX, GDF, IGS/IGES, LWO, OBJ, PDF, PLY, SDLPTR/SDLASM, SKP, STL, STP/STEP, VDA, VRML/VRL, X, ZPR 3DM, 3DS, ACIS, AI, DGN, X, DWG, DXF, EPS, FBX, GDF, IGS/IGES, IFC, LWO, OBJ, PDF, PLY, POV, RIB, SKP, SDLPTR/SDLASM, STL, STP/STEP, VDA, VRML/VRL, WMF, X_T, XGL, ZPR $495

See also

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