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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

Measuring Total Length and Total Areas from multiple objects with AutoCAD

autolispMy work involves a lot of measurements in order to get my quantities off the drawings and make the estimations I need. For this work I only work with AutoCAD. I strongly believe that it is more than enough as it comes with lots of good and handy tools to do the job. Although, some things still “missing” or at least it cannot cover anyone’s demand for commands.

The use of LISP and the creation of custom commands from scratch or manipulating/using what others have created can easily solve this “problem”.

One useful command I use almost every time I am on AutoCAD is TLEN. Continue reading

Things I don’t regret buying: Logitech M500 corded mouse

logitech128I was looking for a mouse to use for CAD drawing and general use on my computer. I didn’t want to spend much money on a Blue-tooth so I decided to go corded. The M500 caught my eye and I decided to buy one. Continue reading

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

Importing and Exporting point files to AutoCAD

There is often the need to import and export points in AutoCAD. Despite the fact that Civil 3D has an integrated tool for this kind of work, AutoCAD doesn’t. But, don’t be disappointed or try doing this thing manually. There are some ways to import and export points from AutoCAD too, even if we have to use some DIY stuff. Continue reading