News Alert – Autodsys Releases AcceliCAD 2011 Standard for $99

Autodsys has slashed the price of its IntelliCAD based AutoCAD clone called AcceliCAD from $399 to $99. The company announced this in a press release announcing AcceliCAD 2011. The key enhancements in AcceliCAD 2011 are:

  1. Support for AutoCAD 2010-2011 files.
  2. Four different toolbar bitmap choices – Choose from bitmaps that are similar to AutoCAD 14-2002, AutoCAD 2004-2011 in blue or green, or IntelliCAD 6.6 or later.

I would consider the first to be a key enhancement. I am not so sure about the second.

Developers of AutoCAD clones compare their products with AutoCAD to tell prospects why they should stop paying Autodesk large sums of money and use their cheap clones instead. In my opinion what they should really do now is compare their products to DraftSight and tell prospects why they should pay them money instead of using free DraftSight. Because I think that is where this game is really headed.

  • Anonymous

    It will interesting to see a comparison what AutoCAD clones can offer compare to DraftSight. Any body know AutoCAD clones that already put the comparison on the web ?

  • Joe

    I’m still waiting for the first “clone” that can fully match AutoCAD in functionality that retails for substantially less for the purposes of architectural design. Bricscad was a good option when Architecturals was actively supported and developed, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Right now I’m testing out Vectorworks, which would be a complete departure from the DWG market. The plus side would be a simplified workflow for both 2D and 3D, but the downside will be the added steps required to share DWG files with other offices. I currently work with AutoCAD LT (switched from AutoCAD this year since I’ve stopped using it for anything 3D) in 2D, and using a couple of other programs for 3D modeling & rendering depending on what the project calls for. It’s definitely a pain sometimes just in terms of file management.

    Having tried several options, Bricscad has my vote as a 2D drafting package, even though ARES and DraftSight offfer smooth line display. Dimension objects scale correctly when editing AutoCAD 2010-created drawings with Bricscad – the same isn’t true for AREA, DraftSight, or any of the IntelliCAD-based clones I have tried. Bricscad also has a few free applications (separate download from Bricsys) available that are quite nice. All the clones I’ve tried are, like AutoCAD, complete garbage as 3D modelers.

    Most DWG clone vendors claim varying degrees of ARX-like, Lisp-like, VB, and other 3rd-party software compatibility, but I don’t know how true these claims are. I’ve tried, and failed, to load one ARX application on a couple of the clones that claim to support ARX.

    My conclusions: Bricscad Pro and ARES Commander edition are very similar, except Briscad Pro is much cheaper, while DraftSight is basically ARES. The IntelliCAD-based clones I’ve tried have been wholly disappointing if you really need native (and current) DWG support. The comparison sheets vs. AutoCAD prepared by Bricsys and Graebert are very similar, and should give you a good idea of how each product stacks up against each other, AutoCAD, and DraftSight.

  • Joe

    Also, if you are accustomed to using dynamic blocks or 2D parametric constraints in AutoCAD 2010/2011, forget about using any of the clones. Bricscad can create and edit dynamic blocks, but the process is definitely not nearly as painless as AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

  • Daniel

    Actually, I wouldn’t even consider DraftsSight to be a contender, Well except for the occasional person who wants to draw up shelving for their garage. It really has no place in the corporate world as a viable cad package. IMO it’s the “notepad” of the cad world.

    BTY, any news on the ITC? or are they fading out

    @ Joe, Bricscad loads ARX files just fine, FYI as with any C++ loadable plug-in, it must be linked with the correct libraries.

    • Not a contender, eh? Don’t you think that’s a bit naive? The bulk of the AutoCAD customer base is AutoCAD LT. Those people don’t do any 3D and can’t load plug-ins. Guess what they do in AutoCAD all day long. 2D. Something that DraftSight does wonderfully.

      As regards the ITC, I don’t know where they are at present and frankly, I don’t care.

    • Joe

      Good to know. I just exptect that I didn’t have to tinker with it since I’ve never had to before. I actually never had a lot of use for ARX apps, but it’s good to know ARX does work on much cheaper software if push comes to shove.

  • Martyn Day

    Deelip, you know these clones are not contenders even against LT and it’s not just about capability or cost. The main benefit of DraftSight is that it has the DS brand but that means next to nothing to Autodesk’s customers.If you are that kind of person that wants only free CAD it’s easy to get pirated versions of AutoCAD or LT. In a way, the massive illegal market ensure that ‘contenders’ can’t get anywhere near. Those that will pay, will always get the Autodesk 2D.

    • My point about AutoCAD LT was merely to show how people use 2D CAD systems today. I don’t know what the breakup of the Standard and Professional versions of the AutoCAD clones. That’s why I used AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

      I understand that DraftSight will have a limited impact on long time AutoCAD users who use AutoCAD day in an out. They will most probably stick to AutoCAD, no matter what. However, there will be some who “maintain” a seat of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT just so that they can work with DWG data now and then. Those people may find DraftSight interesting.

      Like I mentioned towards the end of my post, this game is headed more towards DraftSight vs AutoCAD clones and less towards DraftSight vs AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT

    • My point about AutoCAD LT was merely to show how people use 2D CAD systems today. I don’t know what the breakup of the Standard and Professional versions of the AutoCAD clones. That’s why I used AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

      I understand that DraftSight will have a limited impact on long time AutoCAD users who use AutoCAD day in an out. They will most probably stick to AutoCAD, no matter what. However, there will be some who “maintain” a seat of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT just so that they can work with DWG data now and then. Those people may find DraftSight interesting.

      Like I mentioned towards the end of my post, this game is headed more towards DraftSight vs AutoCAD clones and less towards DraftSight vs AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT

    • Joe

      I have licensed copies of all my 3D and 2D CAD software, including LT. I do have to agree with Deelip in that at least in my field, most people I know can get by very well with just plain AutoCAD LT, but for some reason a lot of firms (and schools) still shell out huge sums for AutoCAD even when they almost always handle 3D CAD with more capable software. Most firms don’t even take advantage of portable licenses either.

      If I do switch to more integrated BIM solutions like Vectorworks or ArchiCAD (both are cheaper and run lighter than Revit, from what I can recall from my student days), something like DraftSight or Bricscad will become very cost-effective options for creating, editing, and sharing DWGs when I alsolutely have to. DraftSight is just a few bugs/features away from being a LT replacement as far as I’m concerned.

  • E22joe

    DraftSite built-in a “time-bomb” to halt Beta-1 (which printed OK) and forced people to upload Beta-2 (which does NOT print OK). Now, after 8 months of this misery and work-a-rounds, they need to establish credibility (starting at 0 in my case). The latest news is “all printing issues have been solved and the next update will be released momentarily’ after multiple delays. I don’t trust Draftsight and am looking elsewhere (how I ended up here….)