More and more companies are forced to abandon the practice of hacking because international agreements are getting more governments involved in copyright protection as well as private enforcement centers.
I am aware that these applications will never reach the full potential of AutoCAD or Microstation, but I also believe that these alternatives should be promoted because they are fully functional; I am so convinced of this that I have decided to open a new category under the IntelliCAD line. In this review, I am doing a comparison between AutoCAD 2008 and BitCAD, as far as data construction is concerned, with an emphasis on command availability.
The data construction bar
The image above represents a drawing bar comparison between AutoCAD 2008 and BitCAD 6.5. The commands are almost the same, with some differences; in the bar between both menus I have placed the equivalents. BitCAD groups line and xline into a single icon, also boundary with the pline command
What is more of AutoCAD: The block command, BitCAD only has the option to insert it, to create it you have to go to the menu tools, Also the region command that is in menu MOdify.
Apparently AutoCAD has more, and that BitCAD: Cloud and Table do not seem to exist.
What's more BitCAD: The Donut, wipeout and mtext commands to activate them in AutoCAD must go to the menu Draw
Apparently, the freehand and plane commands do not exist in AutoCAD, the latter is quite similar to solid, but BitCAD has its own solid in the 3D object menu.
One of the best features that BitCAD has is that the commands in this bar already bring the other options, so that the possible alternatives can be displayed with a command. Quite similar to the functionality of Microstation. With AutoCAD you can also build these drop-down menus but BitCAD already brings them by default.
In this way, the 18 button bar has 32 additional buttons, thus becoming 50 direct commands. Not that the commands do not exist in AutoCAD, but there they require a necessary step to activate that alternative, generally activating the command and then the right mouse button.
Very accurate indeed, this way the second command option is available from the first click.
In addition, when a command is activated, the third option of the command, known as the context menu, is available with a single click. Likewise, this functionality is taken from Microstation, with the intention that it is available at a click, once the command is finished the panel disappears.
In the case of AutoCAD, it requires one more step, with the right mouse button to see the contextual options. Both show below the command line options for using the keyboard.
It is valuable to rescue that AutoCAD in these versions has integrated the floating context line near the pointer; However that BitCAD solution seems very suitable to avoid using the keyboard or the right mouse button.
This feature also simplifies the operation and combination of commands, to give a basic example:
The line command in AutoCAD is only used to make lines, waiting for the click on source / destination points or the command on the keyboard; While the context menu of BitCAD activates the options:
- Angle, with which he saves having to write the annoying @
- Follow with which the lenghten command is integrated, allowing to continue in the same direction of the previous line
- Lenght, with which you can enter the distance that the lenghten command asks for
- Undo / redo, these require keyboard use or right button.
- And from the third point the functionality of Close is activated, to be able to close with the first point indicated, without being a pline.
Execution of text commands
Here the commands work the same in both programs, even the same commands and shortcuts are recognized.
Definitely, data construction in BitCAD is more efficient as it requires fewer steps. It is clear that users acquire practice in AutoCAD combining the keyboard, the mouse and the Esc key, but if an experienced one of both programs were to try, doing the same work, it would be interesting to know how many fewer commands the one using BitCAD executes. In time, it could be the same, but in performance it is clear that one's brain effort is more exhausting, especially if there were five cartoonists working 8 hours, after 4 weeks of work we could believe that there is better performance than those who had the brain less saturated.
At the end of this first round, BitCAD wins the battle with just the 10% budget, in another post we will continue to see other similarities, because it seems to me a viable alternative for a company that believes that AutoCAD is not within reach for all its operators and Which has taken the right path not to pirate.
The BitCAD 6.5 version includes 3D, for a price less than 400 Euros, if a company bought a computer for $ 700 or more, it seems to me that it is capable of buying one of these licenses. Definitely, a lot of people don't use BitCAD Because you do not know it, although the 30 days version is fully functional to test it.
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