AutoCAD

Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 103 votes

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  • Version:
    2010
  • Total Downloads:
    3,007,247
  • Date Added:
    May 25, 2009
  • File Size:
    14.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,415
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/XP SP 2

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  • Current Version

    3.5

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1 stars

"Time to start over!"

June 28, 2010  |  By nofearfighter

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

Product has colorful graphics.

Cons

Way to costly. Difficult to use (I have used autocad since 1985) Backwards integration problems. Automation of things that make no diffrence in speed or profitability.

Summary

Stongly urge any potential user to try out a sample program before spending large amounts of money on convoluted software. In the most fundamental terms, Autocad does not understand how Architects or Engineers design a building. The software designers look at a final set of working drawings and then try to backwards engineer the process, eg. Constrain lines and dimensions, create 3-d volumes out of lines etc. Sadly the software does not work for the purposes it was intended for. Architects work in relative geometry, not absolute geometry. We pin our numbers about halfway thru design not before. Our plans, sections and elevations may go thru many iterations before we finally determine a scheme. I don't need my hands tied while designing a building .I need them freed! I don't need to be tied up for hours with tendious and unnecessary data entry. Autodesk needs to understand the architect engineers billing cycle. Think of a bell curve. The preliminary design is on one end and construction observation is at the other with working drawings in the center. Contract drawings is where most of the money is made and fee is expended. Autocad has shifted the cost of doing work from the middle to the preliminary phase. This is crazy, because as anyone who has been a consultant knows...clients change their minds a lot, and a zoning board may impose obstacles that take months to overcome or may force radical change. My clients will not tolerate putting working drawing fees in the preliminary design phase. They cannot afford to lose that kind of cash. Autocad needs to understand that what sells design to a client is art. I do not want my buildings to look like everyone elses. Standard stairs, windows, columns etc. defeat my marketing efforts. We need the ability to exagerate...to create novel and unusual forms and experiment. Autocad 2010 cripples the architect. All buildings start looking the same. So why use it? Autocad needs to understand that as an architect, I get no extra money for making a contractor's job easier to do. Automatic takeoffs , perfect dimensions, limited field coordination, or linked door schedules do not put money in my pocket. On the contrary it costs money which the A/E won't recover. It would be nice if the A/Es got paid for making a contractors life easier, but given the nature of competative bidding this will never happen. 3d drawing needs revisions to AIA and AGC standard contracts or it will never take off. This may be profitable for design build,but not CM plus fee or standard bidding. Lastly Autocad fails to understand the employment cycle in Architect and Engineering Offices. A job at an A/E office is not like working for a bank where you have Federal Guarantees which make it impossible for your firm to go out of business. The construction industry is cyclical. So drafters come and go. Autocad has made it harder and harder to get working drawings done, with greater and greater amounts of training needed, with less and less gains in efficency. It is sad the A/Es cannot keep people on their staffs...but a one or two year stint at most firms is how long a job lasts. An A/E cannot invest huge amounts in training and lose employee investment when a commission doesn't come in as expected, or interest rates go up and there is a massive shut down in the construction industry. PLEASE let's have AUTOCAD start doing focus groups with actual architects and engineers to figure out what is really needed, and not what some programmer thinks is needed. Autocad 2010 is an idea which needs to be fundamentally rethought. Better luck in 2012!

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4 stars

"Great software for professional."

April 04, 2010  |  By comforu

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

professional 3D software, many useful function.

Cons

Expensive, not easy for new user.

Summary

Great, useful software for professional. But too expensive

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5 stars

"this soft is very usefull"

March 22, 2010  |  By chelseadr

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

I'm an architect. this soft very useful for me when I want to draw a house

Cons

it is very hard for new user

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5 stars

"Lots of new "stuff" since my last v. of AutoCAD in '07."

February 22, 2010  |  By sgryan_57

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

Ease of use of the 3D visualizations and animationand TONS of free add-on libraries for every purpose...I used them a lot in Wood Boat Design and Renovations.

Cons

Unfortunately WAY too expensive for my personal use, but when I have something new to learn I can boot-up my Grad Student edition.

Summary

Bottom-Line, AutoCAD is the front runner of all of the graphic software packages I have used and tried. When I interview new designers for new projects, I ask them about their AutoCAD experience, and as they drone on, I can usually tell within minutes if they are talking about AutoCAD or some other product that they are CALLING AutoCAD. When I explain that not all CAD programs are AutoCAD, they don't understand...they think that AutoCAD is a GENRE and not a specific product. Since I am currently on the market for an upgrade in the next few months (for commercial use), I will be working this version hard to make my business partners understand that the time is ripe for upgrading...we can't stand by and let the competition pass us by, and in the Pleasure Craft market, the competition is stiff because so few people have the movable cash for this sort of expenditure anymore.

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3 stars

"please keep it up"

February 05, 2010  |  By ninnasneheta

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

the product being user friendly

Cons

slow in operations and consumes a lot of system resources

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3 stars

"Nice but limited"

November 16, 2009  |  By ark_v2

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

Great interface
Nice new tools
Extremely stable
Doesn't consume many resources

Cons

Expensive for what it does
3D capabilities are still not so useful for serious engineers and part designers
Other software solutions integrate more than CAD and offer a better value

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5 stars

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November 15, 2009  |  By ralph1983

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

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2 stars

"Great but TOO expensive"

July 25, 2009  |  By krithikp

 |  Version: AutoCAD 2010

Pros

Great product period. All the game, movie and web industries USE THIS SOFTWARE!!! This software was useed to create some parts in Spider Man, the Dark Knight, Maxx Payne, The Hulk and more

Cons

WAY TO OOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXPENSIVE...HARD TO USE UI

Summary

Great peice of Software...a slice of pure goodness in this century...Only probelm is the PRICE

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What's new in version 2010
AutoCAD 2010 software delivers powerful new capabilities to help you tackle the most challenging design problems with ease.
General
Publisher Autodesk
Publisher web site http://www.autodesk.com/
Release Date May 25, 2009
Date Added May 25, 2009
Version 2010
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP SP 2, Windows
Additional Requirements 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true color,Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later.
Download Information
File Size 14.24MB
File Name AutoCAD_2015_English_Win_32_64bit_wi_en-us_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,007,247
Downloads Last Week 4,415
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $3995

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