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ProgeCad looks ok, they also have a LT version.  Free for individual use.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:40 AM, Alexander Bausk <bauskas(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I think BricsCAD ( is one of the best
Autocad clones so far, partly due to its automation support (VBA and

You can also get subscription to BricsCAD developers centre and obtain
all upgrades as soon as they are released. Haven't got enough time to
dig into the new BRX API but it is very promising.


On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 8:38 PM, Richard Calvert<RichardC(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> has a huge list of drawing softwares.  I’ve tried QCad (free) on linux
> before and it is an alright piece of software if you can get over the
> backward-ness of the commands…
> ________________________________
> From: Rich Kipke [mailto:richkip(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:04 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: AutoCAD Clones
> While waiting for the economy to pick up, I've been doing a couple of jobs
> out of my house.  Not wanting to make the big investment by jumping into
> AutoCAD, I've been trying demo versions of the Intellicad based 'clones'.
> While I'm impressed that I can produce quality drawings with these programs
> that cost 1/10th the price of AutoCAD, I'm still looking for one that is
> easier to use (ie closer to autoCad with the user interface).
> So far I've tried
> AxCAD ( - has a very full featured interface that is basically
> identical to AutoCAD - down to the icons on the buttons.  It seemed really
> buggy and crashed a lot - (might be my slightly older computer or maybe the
> files I was using, but I don't think so).  Also, their website seemed to
> lack any 'company' information that turned me off a bit.  I finally had to
> give up on it and went to. .
> IntelliCAD   ( the user interface is not
> as full featured as axCAD and lacks some of the tracking, snapping, polar
> functions that really boost efficiency - it gets the job done, but takes a
> bit longer to get there. Seems very stable though.
> Is anyone using another of the cheaper CAD programs on a regular basis.  Any
> recommendations?
> Thanks,
> Rich Kipke

Alexander Bausk
Civil/Structural design & inspection engineer
CAD professional
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Tel. +38 068 4079692
Fax. +38 0562 470263

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