ProgeCAD, another alternative to AutoCAD


ProgeCAD is a low-cost solution based on IntelliCAD 6.5 technology, which can perfectly be adopted as a replacement for software at the AutoCAD level.

Let's see what progeCAD has:

Similar to AutoCAD

The fact that it is similar to AutoCAD both in terms of commands and functionality means that there is no need to train technicians who already have mastered that platform. So actions such as: managing layers, multiple text, autolisp routines and the commands themselves work in the same way as AutoCAD, although there are different manuals and video tutorials with which you can learn.

Outperforms AutoCAD in some aspects

ProgeCAD It even has some solutions that AutoCAD has not implemented in the latest versions such as:

  • Supports files from the AutoCAD 2.5 version to the 2009 version
  • It has support for redline and markup, so you can do quality control of files making practical indications
  • Convert pdf files to dwg
  • It has a module to convert from raster to vector
  • Has native support for ecw and jpg2000 images

There are other products that complement it

ProgeCAD comes in two versions: Standard and Professional although there are other specialized applications to extend its potential as:

  • Icadsales_progeearth ProgeEARTH, This version is oriented to the topography and engineering that includes control of points by cogo, handling of DTM surfaces, contour lines and other functionalities in topographic management including geometric design of roads.
  • ProgeCAM, This version is for mechanical design and manufacturing
  • Progeoffice-icad ProgeOffice, with this extension you can interact with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel PivotTables
  • ProgeCAD Viewer DWG, this is a version to view, print, render and redline dwg files from 2.5 version to AutoCAD 2009
  • ProgeCAD file translators, These are extensions that are bought separately to be able to export to and from files such as Google SketchUp !, IGES, STEP, STL, 3D Studio, CNC, OBJ and even an extension to import points from text files.


Low cost

This is the most attractive thing about progeCAD, because the licenses equivalent to AutoCAD LT called progeCAD Standard walk in $ 250 and the professional $ 399

There are also network licenses that can be used floating or portable usb, these are for $ 599



In conclusion, progeCAD is an important solution that adds to the alternative low-cost platforms to avoid hacking AutoCAD if for price, it is interesting that it can run on Linux and Mac using Parallels technology and as mentioned on the page, the version 2009 contains an interface to interact with Google Earth.


If you want to know more, you can check it on the ProgeCAD And download one Trial version Of 30 days that has all the functionalities.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. Progecad has several problems that have not yet been solved. We looked at your forum and we saw that others have had it and there is no solution answer of any kind.
    In our office we tried it together with the Chinese zwcad clone. They are not bad, but in the end we decided on bricscad, besides they made us a technical assistance plan which was what we also needed.

    In terms of compatibility seems to be the best of all we have tested so far, have disappeared all the windows crashes that we had with the progecad test version. (We work with Windows Vista and XP)

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