Organisations have a lot of choices when it comes to 2D CAD and drafting software. Here are five reasons to consider AutoCAD LT 2017.
When it comes to 2D CAD or drafting software, professionals and organisations have a number of options - ranging from freeware to premium choices. To help with that decision, we've put together this guide on five reasons to consider Autodesk's AutoCAD LT - an excellent alternative to cheap CAD software.
1. You don't need 3D capabilities
A big mistake that people make in any purchase, not just with software, is buying more than they actually need. Some applications simply don't need 3D CAD, so putting in the extra money for that capability just doesn't make sense. Organisations that only work with 2D models will see a significant level of savings by choosing AutoCAD LT over AutoCAD or other pieces of software.
2. PDFs are a significant part of your workflow
With the 2017 release, AutoCAD LT introduces the ability to work with PDFs. Now, users can import PDFs and convert them into AutoCAD geometry for use in designs. This works with both text and geometry, treating them the same as any other AutoCAD element.
3. You need a platform that fosters collaboration
Countless people will examine a single CAD drawing over the course of a project, so the ability to easily send these to people inside and outside of an organisation is paramount. AutoCAD LT 2017 comes with the ability to share documents through the cloud, even if a collaborator doesn't have AutoCAD.
4. Budget software just isn't good enough
If you are considering other budget options such as SketchUp, ProgeCAD, BricsCAD, DesignCAD 3D Max, NanoCAD, GStarCAD or IronCAD, be aware of the risks to choosing low-cost CAD software, especially when it comes to performance. AutoCAD LT, on the other hand, is a particularly powerful tool. The 2017 release features a number of new improvements, such as smoother graphics and increased capabilities for creating centre lines and centre marks. Additionally, with its subscription-pricing model, AutoCAD LT ensures users always receive the latest updates without any hassle.
5. Strong support is a priority
Issues come up with any project in any software, so customer service is crucial. Many free and low-cost CAD options lack the support infrastructure of AutoCAD LT. A subscription includes comprehensive user support through channels like one-on-one phone support and rapid live chats. Users also have access to the Autodeskk Desktop App, which manages software updates and serves as a portal for instructional videos and handy CAD tips.
This is bolstered by Redstack's customer support, which provides clients with free, local assistance for 30 days after purchase to make sure everything is running smoothly.