AutoCAD® alternatives

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BricsCAD® is a DWG based CAD alternative by Bricsys, a Hexagon company.

BricsCAD® boasts 100% Open DWG file compatibility to share AutoCAD® drawings in an interface AutoCAD® users find familiar.

BricsCAD has diverged from AutoCAD’s regular methodologies a little, to bring improved productivity in many areas of design. It has a large number of third party applications available as well as a couple of its own for BIM and Mechanical.

BricsCAD® has been a popular alternative in Australia.


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ARES® is the world’s No.1 DWG CAD alternative, by Graebert GmbH

ARES® boasts 100% Open DWG file compatibility to share AutoCAD® drawings in an interface AutoCAD® users instantly find familiar.

ARES® technology has the largest installed user base of CAD software next to AutoCAD® and is our most popular alternative.

Run via Windows®, Mac® and Linux®, Android® and Apple® IOS® mobile devices, and via web in the cloud. It calls this the ‘Trilogy of CAD®‘.

BIM interchange is built-in so you can work with others in the BIM space workflow back and forth when required.

ARES® is the lowest price alternative.



RealCAD® is the ideal alternative when easier, more efficient 2D drafting is your goal.

RealCAD® lets you open and edit .DWG and .DXF files as well as native .CAD files. It is feature-rich with simplified methods of operation and a modern, streamlined interface that clearly set it apart. 

RealCAD’s primary advantage is that it is easier to learn and use for those not already engrained in traditional AutoCAD® commands and methodologies.

Quicker to learn, faster to use and easier to recall, RealCAD® is the best choice for users needing the highest quality professional drafting output in less time.

RealCAD® is available for Mac® and Windows®.


ARCHLine.XP® pales AutoCAD® into insignificance for architectural BIM.

ARCHLine.XP is the ultimate tool for Architects and building designers, Interior designers, shop fit-out, kitchen & bathroom designers and cabinet makers. ARCHLine.XP combines the key elements of Revit®, ArchiCAD®, SketchUp® and AutoCAD® into a single comprehensive product.

AutoCAD® users find ARCHLine.XP® easy to adopt and enjoyable to use.

Productivity over AutoCAD® in this space is huge, making the idea of staying with older style CAD programs difficult to justify.


IronCAD® is superior MCAD software for industrial, mechanical, structural and product design.

IronCAD® makes AutoCAD® (and Inventor®) look primitive in the MCAD space. IronCAD has the most powerful and flexible 3D parametric modelling available, from which your drawings are automatically derived. It’s simply how 3D design software should be.

Typically quoted as being 20 x more productive, IronCAD® gives you unrivaled improvements to your bottom-line. It surpasses other alternatives such as Inventor® and SolidWorks® at almost every level.

Design, test, animate, present, sell, draft and prepare for manufacture, faster and smarter than you’ve ever done before.

Payment choices

Why pay over and over again for an AutoCAD® license you’ll never own? The alternatives offer the choice of a single payment for a perpetual (no time limit) license, payment plans or rental – That’s real flexibility to suit your needs.

There’s really no excuse. Get ready for something better.


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