BricsCAD

Better DWG Based CAD

Seemless AutoCAD Alternative

BricsCAD is familiar DWG-based CAD with a lifetime license. Make the switch to BricsCAD with confidence and see how easy it is to be the hero in your company.

“We were skeptical and hesitant at first but we’ve found BricsCAD to be more stable and more capable than our previous CAD.” Brian Wong, Systems Manager

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Designed specifically to compete with AutoCAD, plus provide additional features and enhanced productivity. BricsCAD’s seamless DWG integration means you don't miss a beat. Create, open and edit DWG files up to the very latest versions. AutoCAD users find it extremely familiar to use and are productive almost immediately. You’re no longer stuck with only one choice of software or one choice of payment. You also have a voice and we listen.

Deploy a single license into you current AutoCAD environment or completely replace AutoCAD all together and be the hero in your organisiation like others have done in theirs.

Same smile on the dial

AutoCAD users quickly appreciate BricsCAD's familiar yet distinctive ribbon interface and command structure. Keystrokes, command line entry, icon menus and drop down menus all closely resemble those of traditional CAD 

“It took me just a couple of days to completely set up BricsCAD to look exactly like my old AutoCAD…You know what they say about old dogs!”, .

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Not only can you work the way you’re used to but BricsCAD's unique, quad-cursor functions make short work of many of the more laborious tasks that you have to do with traditional CAD. BricsCAD purposely makes the transition away from AutoCAD easy…. and when you do you’ll be joining some of the biggest users of CAD around the globe.

1100++ Apps

Just about any plug-in for every conceivable industry that ran with AutoCAD is now available for BricsCAD. Application developers' trust BricsCAD’s development platform.

“We write apps for AutoCAD and BricsCAD but we’re phasing AutoCAD out for our own apps. Adopting BricsCAD just makes more sense.” Ken Jones – Lead Software Developer, CAD Australia Pty Ltd

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Full LISP, VBA, BRX & .NET support give you the same benefits of using or developing time saving applications but without the additional ongoing costs associated with traditional CAD. More than 1100+ third party applications are now available to work with BricsCAD to further streamline the design process. Isn’t great to have a choice?

 

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Files

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Files

Native .dwg 2018 file format
dwg for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2019 frown frown
DWGCOMPARE command
KEEPME command frown frown
Password protection
Lock files
Xrefs in-place editing
PDF underlays
Export to PDF using style tables
Export to DWF 2D & 3D
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DAE import/export (XML 3D data) frown frown
eTransmit
Sheet set manager
Bricsys 24/7® (upload, share, view, annotate documents in the cloud) frown frown
Communicator (extended import/export) (9) frown frown

Interface

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Interface

Get Started dialog
Documents tabs
CUI menus and toolbars
Ribbon
Lockable interface (1)
Clean screen mode (1)
Workspaces
Visual menu customization
Extended Quad cursor 2D/3D frown frown
LookFrom widget (view orientation)
Tool palettes
Industry standard commands
Command Line with auto completion
Extended Drawing Explorer
Searchable Settings Manager frown frown

Selection Snap and Track

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Selection, Snap & Track

Selection preview
Quick Select tool
ADDSELECTED command
SELECTSIMILAR command
Cycling through entities or subentities during selection
Hot grips for multiple grip points modification
SnapTrack™ & Polar tracking
ZINTERSECTION 3D snap frown frown

3D modeling

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3D

Full ACIS modeling & editing frown
Direct 3D modeling frown
Polysolids (walls, slabs, …) frown frown
Hardware library (more than 30.000 standard parts) frown frown
Geometric 3D constraints creation frown frown frown
Geometric 3D constraints solving frown frown
Design intent frown frown frown
Visual styles frown
Section planes frown
Generated views frown
Surface entity creation frown
Deformable Modeling frown frown
3D Comparison tool frown frown frown
Lofting frown
Geometry Healing frown frown
Support for Photometric Lighting frown
Powerful rendering engine frown
600 high-definition render materials frown
MATERIALMAP command frown
Walkthrough navigation frown
ANIPATH command frown

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Mechanical

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Mechanical

Mechanical browser frown frown
Assemblies import (10) frown frown
Assembly modeling (hierarchical component organization) frown frown frown
Assembly viewing frown frown
Assembly constraints frown frown frown
Kinematic analysis frown frown frown
Bill of materials frown frown frown
HATCHEDIT command
Hatch grip edit
Raster images
Raster image support (clipping, transparency, …)
Support for ECW and JPEG2000
Support for MrSID

Dimensions and Text

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Dimensions and Text

Dynamic dimensions
Association of an existing dimension to an entity
Dimensional 2D constraints
Dimensional 2D constraints using expressions
Dimension Style families
Dimension Style comparison frown frown
Dimension sub units
AIDIMFLIPARROW command

Text

In-place WYSIWYG MTEXT editor
Multi-column text
Stacked text
MLEADER
Annotative Styles
Spelling
Fields

Hatching

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Hatch

HATCHEDIT command
Hatch grip edit

Raster Images

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Raster images

Raster image support (clipping, transparency, …)
Support for ECW and JPEG2000
Support for MrSID

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Miscelaneous

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Miscelaneous

Support for 3Dconnexion mouse
Multithreaded display regeneration
Preview filter
Layer preview frown frown
Transparency
Layer States Manager
Layer filters
Multilines and multiline styles
Dynamic Arrays
Associative arrays frown
Data extraction wizard
Block attribute definition manager
Block attribute redefinition
Dynamic blocks support (4)
Dynamic blocks grip editing
RESETBLOCK command
Dynamic input
Dynamic UCS (temporarily switch to surface of 3D solid) frown
Real time boundary detection frown frown
Tables & table styles
Formulas in table cells
Design tables frown frown
XEDGES command frown
SOLPROF command frown
FLATSHOT command frown
Geometric 2D constraints
Web map service
AEC & ADT object enablers frown
Civil object enablers frown

Printing

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Printing

CTB & STB table files
PC3 printer configuration files
Import & editing of page setups
PUBLISH command
Shade plot for paperspace and modelspace viewports
Layout printing with combinations of viewports and visual styles
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Publish to PDF
Export to STL (3D printing) frown
Printer calibration (scale only)

Programming

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Programming

ActiveX, including in-place editing frown
Entity data editor frown frown
Script recorder frown frown
Full LISP support (vl, vlr, vla and vlax) frown
LISP encryption frown
Solutions Development System (SDS/ADS) frown
DCL engine frown
COM API frown
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) ✓ (2) ✓(2) frown
VBA DVB projects support ✓ (2) ✓(2) frown
.NET frown
BRX (BricsCAD Runtime eXtension) ARX frown
TX (Teigha eXtensions) frown frown
CUI menu files support, with Diesel expressions
Legacy menu MNU and MNS file support
API for toolbar and menu customization

Licensing

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Licensing

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Single
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Academic

BricsCAD for AutoCAD users free eBook

Everything AutoCAD users need to know about BricsCAD is in this eBook. And it’s free.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between Classic, Pro and Platinum?

BricsCAD Classic has a limited set of tools and no 3D solids nor plugins available. It is suitable for basic 2D drafting with occasional 3D

BricsCAD Pro has all the tools for general CAD work and also supports most BricsCAD compatible plugins. 

BricsCAD Premium (Platinum) has all the Pro features plus ACIS solids support and the ability to handle some advanced plugins (See also alternatives at bottom of page for Architecture and Product Design)

Check out the comparison chart on this page for more complete details.

Can I use BricsCAD on a Mac?

Absolutely, Both MAC OS/X and Windows are fully supported ‘natively’ so you don't have to install any special software or run virtual machines or Bootcamp or Parallels. It operates and looks the same in both environments too.

How long does it take to get the software?

Once your order is processed you’ll receive an email with a direct link to download and install the software. It takes only a few hours from confirmation of payment. If you require assistance installing and setting up the software we provide this as a free service.

How long does it take to learn?

If you already know AutoCAD then it only takes a few hours to get used to using BricsCAD. If you haven’t used any CAD software before then ask the team for advice about which program is best for your type of design work.

What are the license options?

When you buy BricsCAD you get a Life-time license that will continue to run as long as your hardware and operating system support it. There is no compulsory annual subscription. You can choose to buy upgrades at a drastically reduced price if you feel the improvements are of benefit to you.

What is the support like?

Compared to what you’re probably used to you’ll find the support amazing! We are renown for our excellent support response times and helpful expertise. Support subscription is recommended to get the most from your CAD investment every year.

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BricsCAD Classic

Own a lifetime license of BricsCAD Classic, the most basic version of BricsCAD

$800
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BricsCAD Pro

Own a lifetime license of BricsCAD Pro, our most popular version

$1,050
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BricsCAD Platinum

Own a lifetime license of BricsCAD Platinum with advanced features

$1,485
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Prices shown in AUD. Australian buyers add 10% GST

Consider the following productive alternatives

ARCHLine.XP

Best for Architecture, Building & Interior Design, Shop Fitout, Kitchen & Bathroom, BIM

IronCAD

Best for Mechanical Design, Product Design, Sheet Metal, Manufacturing, Complex Assemblies

RealCAD

Best for 2D Drafting and General CAD needs, especially when not already trained in AutoCAD

BricsCAD System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 64 bit machine
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher

Mac

  • Mac OSX Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 64 bit machine
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel (not Magic Mouse)
  • Graphics Card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher
 

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