ProgeCAD – A true AutoCAD alternative

As Estimator/QS I often have the need for quick and accurate measurements. The main tools I use are AutoCAD and MS Excel.

As it is well known Autodesk stopped selling AutoCAD as a program and it charges it as a service. That means that every year you have to pay an amount to Autodesk to use its service. It is a trend the latest years and the result is that the user doesn’t own the program if he/she decides to stop paying for the service.

That led me to search for an AutoCAD aternative that could be user friendly to an AutoCAD user, would have the same commands and the almost the same interface. Also, I was searching for a program that supported native DWG files to be sure that I would not have any conflict with files produced from AutoCAD.

There were many programs that I tried (ie BricsCAD, NanoCAD etc) but decided to stick with ProgeCAD for many reasons. Continue reading

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AutoCAD LT? No way, even if it was free…

autocad-lt-2017-badge-150x150Some years now, Autodesk combines the classic AutoCAD edition with the release of one cut edition, the AutoCAD LT.

Someone would expect that the difference would only be one dimension and LT would only be an AutoCAD with 2D features. But, this would be a great story if it was true… Continue reading

AutoCAD 2017

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Recently, I updated my AutoCAD from 2014 edition to 2017. Although there were other great versions in between 2014 and 2017 I decided to skip them for many reasons. But, with 2017 I was amazed.

It’s not that I use the most of AutoCAD. I don’t know yet how it performs in rendering (I think that Autodesk changed the rendering machine in a previous version) and it is something that I will find out. It is that the new version is polished and it comes with some upgrades that every drafter would appreciate. Continue reading

Neural Networks (a brief intro)

Some years before a movie came out. It was a Spielberg’s one and the name was AI. Nice movie, nice story. But AI was not an unknown word even at this time when the movie came out. Artificial Inteligence was a known term and describes the concept of how a machine can learn and addapt from/to situations. It was first used from John McCarthy, in 1955 as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”. Continue reading