DoubleCAD XT Pro

With AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT sales dropping by a third IMSI has put its plan into action today by releasing DoubleCAD XT Pro, their AutoCAD LT killer.

Priced at $695, which includes one year of premium technical support, IMSI claims that DoubleCAD XT Pro is “an AutoCAD work-alike, but better, for half the price“. I have written about DoubleCAD in the past and intend to take it for a spin when I manage to find the time. But judging by number of virtual post it notes on my desktop, it does not look like it will be anytime soon.

According to their web site, IMSI wants to “shake up the CAD world“. Looks like Autodesk is shaking already. So can IMSI rattle them with their daring DoubleCAD XT Pro and the free DoubleCAD XT combo?

  • ralphg

    The economy may give an impetitus to firms looking for lower-cost alternatives to paying for maintenance on AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and the others.

    OTOH, it sounds like IMSI/Design also plans on collecting an annual fee (“one year of premium support”).

  • ralphg

    The economy may give an impetitus to firms looking for lower-cost alternatives to paying for maintenance on AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and the others. OTOH, it sounds like IMSI/Design also plans on collecting an annual fee (“one year of premium support”).

  • royal farros

    Re: annual customer support fee: Hasn’t actually been determined yet, we’re really just trying to set expectations conservatively. No matter what, forum support will always be free (like it is with free DoubleCAD XT). If our past actions are any indication, we’ve always had free support with our other paid products (even the inexpensive ones).

  • royal farros

    Re: annual customer support fee: Hasn’t actually been determined yet, we’re really just trying to set expectations conservatively. No matter what, forum support will always be free (like it is with free DoubleCAD XT). If our past actions are any indication, we’ve always had free support with our other paid products (even the inexpensive ones).

  • Anonymous

    It seems nice but it needs to be more stable. It crashed opening a simple dwg file.

  • Anonymous

    It seems nice but it needs to be more stable. It crashed opening a simple dwg file.

  • Anonymous

    Also it has issues with AutoCAD wipeouts, regions, any solid, importing xrefs or images (I am not sure which because it crashes).

  • Anonymous

    Also it has issues with AutoCAD wipeouts, regions, any solid, importing xrefs or images (I am not sure which because it crashes).

  • Anonymous

    I believe the problem is with xrefs. I willing to offer my testing services at a modest fee.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the problem is with xrefs. I willing to offer my testing services at a modest fee.

  • Anonymous

    If they improve the stability and compatibility with AutoCAD they can consider it a better product and customers will follow. I have to say it seems much more powerful and well thought.

  • Anonymous

    If they improve the stability and compatibility with AutoCAD they can consider it a better product and customers will follow. I have to say it seems much more powerful and well thought.

  • royal farros

    Anonymous, can you send us your problem files and what you were trying to do so we can reproduce? Please email Rip Fowler (and cc: me). Thx.

  • royal farros

    Anonymous, can you send us your problem files and what you were trying to do so we can reproduce? Please email Rip Fowler (and cc: me). Thx.