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Monday, July 27, 2020


Ralph Grabowski

The problem lies in file formats. Once a model is in Revit, it is not effortless to move to another system. IFC helps but is not perfect.

Clayton Taylor

There are more professional CAD & BIM software products to consider these days than waaayyyy overpriced AUTODESK products. I've never understood why larger practices & some individuals don't explore the market to recognise this fact & thus end up being VANILLA-CAD users & out of pocket. Instead of this tenuous lobbying, just change your CAD HB-PENCIL ! 😊

List of alternative CAD/BIM products than Autodesk:-

Cadline Network Ltd – ArchLine-Xp & LT (light) version
Graphisoft - ArchiCAD
Nemetschek - Allplan Architecture
Gehry Technologies - Digital Project Designer
Nemetschek - Vectorworks Architect
Bentley - Architecture
4MSA IDEA - Architectural Design (IntelliCAD)
CADSoft - Envisioneer
DataCAD LLC – Software for AEC Professionals
Softtech – Spirit Pro
Robert McNeel & Associates - Rhino 3D + VisualARQ
AutoDesSys - Form-Z
SketchUp Pro
Bricsys – BricsCAD / BricsCAD BIM
FreeCAD Arch
Xeometric -EliteCad Architecture
Chief Architect
CadLogic - Draft it Architectural
NanoSoft - NanoCad Construction
ProgeSoft – ProgeCAD Architecture
Avanquest – TurboCAD Professional
Elecosoft – Arcon Evo
Visual Building Premium


"Architectural firms in England and Australia, some of whom work globally, had standardized on Revit, partly due to government mandating it for its own projects."

This is not true. They did not mandate 'Revit'. They mandated 'BIM'. They are very different things. Revit does not equal BIM. Revit is software. BIM is a process.


I could have told them 10 years ago. Revit came from the stable of PTC's Pro/ENGINEER - perhaps the least flexible parametric modeler at that time. Users familiar with Autodesk products over time know they have never had a 'vision'. Revits founders played the market well tho.

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