Familiar CAD

Leverage what you already know with full command, script, macro and menu compatibility with the industry-standard CAD program. BricsCAD feels like home!

“Adapting to BricsCAD was really easy. Within one week, we had made a full migration to BricsCAD: as if we had never changed our CAD platform at all.”
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BricsCAD Lite is highly compatible with AutoCAD® LT 2021

There’s no need to change your printers, templates, blocks or sheet set layouts to move to BricsCAD – they are 100% compatible. Command names, aliases, and system variables are the same in BricsCAD and AutoCAD®. BricsCAD is based on native DWG for the highest compatibility with other CAD users across all industries.

Command compatible

Menu (.CUI, .CUIX) compatible

Macro/script compatible

Support file (.PC3, .LIN, .PAT, .DWT, .SSM) compatible

Based on 2018 DWG technology

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LISP Routines

You can run LISP routines developed in AutoCAD® and other CAD applications, and develop your own in the BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment (BLADE). BricsCAD is based on OpenLISP, with modern memory management and great performance.

Why use Lisp?

Lisp routines are the easiest way to automate processes and workflows for bulk layer manipulations, changing entity properties, automate drawing and XREF relationships, standardize plotting and publishing workflows, etc.

Best of all this code is platform independent.
You can just run them as usual.

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Use your AutoCAD® Dynamic Blocks in BricsCAD

You can use the Dynamic Blocks that you created in AutoCAD® directly inside of BricsCAD. Control visibility states and stretch, flip, and rotate just as you would in AutoCAD®.

Efficient CAD

BricsCAD offers unique tools to help you get more work done faster. Many of them are powered by advanced machine learning technologies to accelerate tasks that can take hours or more via manual methods.

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Drawing Explorer gives greater control over all drawing elements

The Drawing Explorer centralizes in BricsCAD what in other CAD platforms amounts to as many separate dialog boxes. Easy to navigate, easy to search.

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Linetypes

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Layer management

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UCS control

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External references

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Blocks

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Images

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Section planes

+ much more...

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Convert repeated geometry to Block Definitions

Blockify automatically creates a block definition and replaces all matching sets of entities with block references throughout your entire drawing. You can reduce DWG file size up to 90% by using Blockify to find repetitive geometry and convert it into block references.

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The Quad: drawing, editing, and information near the cursor

BricsCAD’s unique Quad is a “head-up” command palette that predicts your command usage and offers one-click access to the command you’ll most likely need next. It’s powered by an A.I. agent that makes those command predictions, based on how you use BricsCAD.

Automatically align copied entities

CopyGuided automatically aligns copied entities to relevant geometry using automatically generated guide curves. You can explicitly select entities to use as guide curves or let BricsCAD determine them based on the drawing elements in your selection.

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Nearest Distance

View the distance between any two entities, and move the second one by simply typing in a new distance value. This happens without needing to start a command. Additionally, the aligned nearest distances along the X-, Y- and Z-axes of the WCS display when you double-click an element in your drawing.

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Adaptive grid snapping

BricsCAD’s dynamic snap grid changes to reflect your zoom level. The adaptive grid snap feature lets you create, edit, nudge and manipulate entities using precise values without the need for keyboard entry. The snap step size adapts based on the current screen zoom factor.

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The power of the Shift key

With BricsCAD’s Dynamic UCS, the coordinate system is aligned automatically with the entity under your cursor. By tapping the Shift key, you can lock or unlock the UCS, which allows you to start drawing outside the selected entity or face. And 2D users can increase their drawing productivity by automatically aligning the UCS with selected entities for both 3D and 2D entities.

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The Structure Panel

The Structure Panel give you a bird’s eye view of the entities that make up your drawing. You can select entities by category and perform actions on them. You can show or hide entities, isolate them, or zoom directly to them.

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Rectangular and polar grids

BricsCAD provides both rectangular and polar grids with adaptive step size and dynamic origin placement to speed drawing creation. And geometric relationships between entities, like tangency and perpendicularity are shown graphically by lighting the touch-point on-screen.

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Manipulator

The Manipulator is a versatile tool that lets you move, rotate, scale and mirror selected entities. If you hold down the Control key when starting an action, the Manipulator will keep the original entities, automatically creating copies of them. The Manipulator can act on single or multiple entities at once.

Convert repeated geometry to Block Definitions

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Blockify automatically creates a block definition and replaces all matching sets of entities with block references throughout your entire drawing. You can reduce DWG file size up to 90% by using Blockify to find repetitive geometry and convert it into block references.

The Quad: drawing, editing, and information near the cursor

Automatically align copied entities

Nearest Distance

Adaptive grid snapping

The power of the Shift key

The Structure Panel

Rectangular and polar grids

Manipulator

Fast and Stable CAD

CAD should feel smooth and seamless, no matter how many millions of lines are in the file.

“BricsCAD is very fast and very stable. One of the things that we like about BricsCAD is that we can work with very large files.“
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2.7x faster

Opening 500+ dwg files

Source: CadTempo and BricsCAD Performance

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2.8x faster

Running advanced LISP routine

Source: BricsCAD's LISP kicks sand in the face of AutoCAD's

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Take real advantage of multi-core CPU's

BricsCAD supports multi-threaded, multi-processor operations to speed product performance for file loads, drawing generation and rendering. In fact, BricsCAD BIM and BricsCAD Mechanical users can leverage multi-core processors to speed drawing sheet generation and updates in the background, while you continue to work on your BIM or assembly model.

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High performance graphics engine

In each new version of BricsCAD, we strive to improve display performance. Enjoy smooth zoom and pan operations in drawings containing hundreds of thousands of entities. BricsCAD uses the Redway3D graphics system to deliver great display performance for 3D graphics.

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PDF and Big TIFF underlays

We use a multi-resolution, persistent image cache to display PDF underlays, enabling super-fast zoom and pan operations. And BricsCAD’s raster engine delivers great pan and zoom performance, even with enormous 64-bit BigTIFF files.

Cloud Connectivity

The Bricsys 24/7 connection panel lives inside of BricsCAD, and gives you direct access to our cloud-based file storage and collaboration network.

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BricsCAD® Cloud

Part of BricsCAD Maintenance

Download, view and edit natively in BricsCAD, while keeping full track of DWG and XREF history. BricsCAD’s built-in Bricsys 24/7 panel gives you instant access to drawings and ensures you always have the latest version of a tracked file.

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See who's working on which file

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Avoid conflicted files with check-in / check-out

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Always work on the latest version

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