Appendix B

Other CAD Software Design and Analysis Tools and Concepts

While AutoCAD is truly the market leader for drafting software, it certainly does not operate in a vacuum and is not the only game in town. The list that follows summarizes other major players in the drafting field. The reason you should know about them is because you may run into them in use and may have to exchange files if collaborating. Saying “I’ve never heard of that” is usually not a good way to start a technical conversation in your area of expertise, so take note of the following products.


A major, and really the only serious, competitor to AutoCAD, MicroStation is produced and marketed by Bentley Systems ( For historical reasons, the ...

Get Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014 now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.