Join the migration to an exceptional dwg CAD Software
Concerned about dwg compatibility between AutoCAD® and BricsCAD®?
BricsCAD reads and writes *.dwg file formats.
If you share CAD files across offices, with vendors, or suppliers then let’s be honest; you’d be foolish not to be concerned. We understand your fears – a bit of skepticism is healthy, and it is good for your business.
We’re here to help prove that BricsCAD is a fast, compatible, elegant and cost-effective replacement for AutoCAD.
The core of BricsCAD’s compatibility is in how it creates .dwg – a.k.a. “drawing files” – the file format at the heart of business globally and the primary format for AutoCAD and BricsCAD.
.dwg is the proprietary binary database in which Autodesk, Inc. stores your CAD data. The programmers at Autodesk built the .dwg file format to make it easy for them to store the lines, arcs, circles, text and other graphical entities that your users create in AutoCAD. “Easy” simply means that the structure of the drawing file is arranged so that the AutoCAD software can simply and efficiently read entities from, or write entities to, a .dwg file.
Bricsys, the maker of BricsCAD®, is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance (ODA). Bricsys uses the ODA’s Teigha® software development platform to read and write .dwg files natively. The ODA has been in the .dwg business since 1998, working daily to ensure .dwg interoperability and compatibility.
“But you said that .dwg was proprietary to Autodesk, Inc.!”
Yes, the file structure is proprietary, but you do not have to compromise on .dwg usability or compatibility when you choose BricsCAD. There are two reliable, proven ways to access CAD / engineering data that is stored in a .dwg file – via an Autodesk product, like AutoCAD, or via a Teigha-based CAD application like BricsCAD.
“How can I be sure that BricsCAD .dwg files will work with AutoCAD?”
Give it a try!
The BricsCAD User Interface will make you feel right at home.
Familiar commands, icons, tool-bars, ribbons, to all AutoCAD® Users!
The LookFrom widget uses a chair to indicate the current view direction. To manipulate the viewpoint, click the arrows that surround the chair icon.
Intelligent QUAD™ Cursor
Speed things up with our context-sensitive Quad™ cursor. The intelligent Quad cursor is an alternative to grip editing entities. While grip glyphs accumulate clutter, the Quad cursor, with its compact size, keeps your screen clean. It does come with a rich set of editing operations. And it’s intelligent: the Quad cursor knows in how many dimensions (2D or 3D) you are drawing and immediately adapts to show commands you need.
Open multiple documents at once using worksets, and then switch between them quickly using the document tabs.
The Settings Dialog reports and modifies the current value of all settings in BricsCAD. Settings can be viewed alphabetically or by category and grouped through a tree view. The instant search feature finds settings quickly and intuitively.
One example of the Settings Manager for those that like the AutoCAD Command Prompt
The Drawing Explorer is your drawing control center. From here you can see and work with all your object definitions, across all your open drawings. You can browse through and view drawings in your favorite folders, and even insert blocks without the need to open the source drawing. Connect to your Chapoo account to share and manage your drawing projects on the cloud, and create and work with your projects’ sheet sets.
Drawing Explorer and Blocks
3D direct modeling operations apply to all ACIS solid geometry, whether created in BricsCAD or imported.
Need to work on an Assembly? BricsCAD’s 3D Direct Solid Modeling gives you outstanding 3D part and assembly modeling capabilities inside the a Native .dwg.
BricsCAD 3D Direct Modeler Uses Assemblies To Organize Parts as Hierarchical Structures for Modeling Complex Products.
BricsCAD’s powerful 3D constraints for geometry and dimensions allows users to easily compose assemblies as top-down or bottom-up designs.
Working with components is much more flexible as BricsCAD provides these additional operations:
- Open a copy of a component as a new document
- Replace components
- Switch between external and local components
- Convert native blocks to local components
- Convert referenced drawings (xrefs) to external components
With the updated BricsCAD Communicator add-on, you can import product structures from files in popular MCAD formats, such as Solidworks, Inventor, and Creo.
When importing 3D models, BricsCAD automatically heals geometry, as necessary. In addition, you can repair and simplify imported models, as well as stitch disjointed surfaces.
Designing with parameterized components is significantly extended. You can create parametric components from constrained 3D solids, as well as copy and paste parametric components across assemblies. when replacing one parametric component with another, parameters are automatically evaluated according to expressions specified by the assembly.
Generated drawing views
The Generated Drawing View feature is completely reworked. After it creates correctly projected views of 3D models, you can change their scales and toggle the visibility of hidden lines. In addition, you can specify the design of sections views, section lines, detail views and detail symbols.
Surface entity creation
Start from 2D profiles, 3D curves, 3D solids, or imported parts and assemblies. Create complex parts with lofted bends or automatically recognize them in imported geometry.
Use BricsCAD’s new Loft command to create 3D solids by specifying cross section profiles. The cross sections define the shape of the solid.
600 high-definition render materials
Create renderings more realistically, thanks to the 600 new high resolution Redway materials.
- Contact Us for Volume Licensing and Academic Licenses
- Pricing without UMS Available Upon Request.
- UMS – Updates, Maintenance and Support also known as “ALL-IN”
You’ve placed your data, and your trust, in the .dwg file format. The costs to change to a new system would be outlandish, in both money and time. If you’re like most CAD system owners today, you’re frustrated. Maybe even angry.
You need to meet BricsCAD:
- Costs much less, and is sold as perpetual licenses
- Reads and writes .dwg format
- Feels very familiar to AutoCAD users
- Offers full LISP and .Net Managed language support
- Runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
- Installs quickly & runs fast, even on older hardware
- Supports CADWorx applicaitons
Does BricsCAD have your favorite AutoCAD features?
Find out using this comprehensive BricsCAD vs AutoCAD checklist.
Over 180 features compared.
|Native .dwg 2013 file format||✓||✓|
|.dwg for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2016||✓|
|Xrefs in place editing||✓||✓|
|Export to PDF using style tables||✓||✓|
|Export to DWF 2D & 3D||✓|
|Export to SVG||✓|
|DAE import/export (XML 3D data)||✓|
|User File Manager||✓||✓|
|Sheet set manager||✓||✓|
|Chapoo® (upload, share, view, annotate documents in the cloud)||✓|
|Communicator extended CAD file import/export (Option)||✓|
|CUI menus and toolbars||✓||✓|
|Visual menu customization||✓||✓|
|Extended Quad cursor 2D/3D||✓|
|Entity creation with Quad||✓|
|LookFrom widget (view orientation)||✓||✓|
|Industry standard commands||✓||✓|
|Command Line with auto completion||✓||✓|
|Extended Drawing Explorer||✓||✓|
|Searchable Settings Manager||✓||✓|
|Selection, Snap & Track|
|Quick Select tool||✓||✓|
|Cycling through entities or subentities during selection||✓||✓|
|Hot grips for multiple grip points modification||✓||✓|
|SnapTrack™ & Polar tracking||✓||✓|
|Full ACIS modeling & editing||✓||✓|
|Direct 3D modeling||✓||✓|
|Polysolids (walls, slabs, …)||✓|
|Hardware library (more than 30.000 standard parts)||✓|
|Geometric 3D constraints creation||✓|
|Geometric 3D constraints solving||✓|
|Surface entity creation||✓|
|Support for Photometric Lighting||✓|
|Powerful rendering engine||✓||✓|
|600 high definition render materials||✓|
|Mechanical Design Functionality|
|Assemblies import (10)||✓|
|Assembly modeling (hierarchical component organization)||✓|
|Bill of materials||✓|
|Sheet Metal (Option)|
|Sheet metal design||✓|
|3D solids conversion to unfoldable sheet metal parts||✓|
|Corner relief for adjacent edge flanges||✓|
|Diagnostic for invalid sheet metal features||✓|
|Building Information Modeling (BIM)|
|Windows and doors||✓|
|Association of an existing dimension to an entity||✓||✓|
|Dimension text in place editing||✓||✓|
|Dimensional 2D constraints||✓||✓|
|Dimensional 2D constraints using expressions||✓||✓|
|Multi language character set||✓||✓|
|In place WYSIWYG MTEXT editor||✓||✓|
|MTEXT via internal or external editor||✓||✓|
|Multi column text||✓|
|QLEADER command (leader and leader annotations)||✓||✓|
|Hatch grip edit||✓||✓|
|Trim/extend of/to hatch pattern entities||✓||✓|
|Raster image support (clipping, transparency, …)||✓||✓|
|Support for ECW and JPEG2000||✓||✓|
|Support for MrSID||✓||✓|
|Real time pan & zoom||✓||✓|
|Support for 3Dconnexion mouse||✓||✓|
|Multithreaded display regeneration||✓||✓|
|Non rectangular viewports||✓||✓|
|ALIGNSPACE command (alignment between model and paperspace)||✓||✓|
|Layer States Manager||✓||✓|
|Multilines and multiline styles||✓||✓|
|Data extraction wizard||✓|
|Block insertion from drawing||✓||✓|
|Block attribute definition manager||✓||✓|
|Block attribute redefinition||✓||✓|
|Dynamic blocks support (4)||✓||✓|
|Dynamic blocks grip editing||✓||✓|
|Dynamic UCS (temporarily switch to surface of 3D solid)||✓||✓|
|Real time boundary detection||✓|
|Edit properties of multiple entities||✓||✓|
|Tables & table styles||✓||✓|
|Formulas in table cells||✓||✓|
|Geometric 2D constraints||✓||✓|
|User Profile Manager||✓||✓|
|Web map service||✓||✓|
|CTB & STB table files||✓||✓|
|PC3 printer configuration files||✓||✓|
|Import & editing of page setups||✓||✓|
|Shade plot for paperspace and modelspace viewports||✓||✓|
|Layout printing with combinations of viewports and visual styles||✓||✓|
|Publish to PDF||✓||✓|
|Export to STL (3D printing)||✓|
|ActiveX, including in place editing||✓||✓|
|Entity data editor||✓|
|Full LISP support (vl, vlr, vla and vlax)||✓||✓|
|Solutions Development System (SDS/ADS)||✓||✓|
|BRX (BricsCAD Runtime eXtension)||✓||ARX|
|TX (Teigha eXtensions)||✓|
|CUI menu files support, with Diesel expressions||✓||✓|
|Legacy menu MNU and MNS file support||✓||✓|
|API for toolbar and menu customization||✓||✓|
|Multi platform licenses||✓|
|All In / Subscription||✓||✓|
|Defined Volume License Program||✓|