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May 02, 2013


Nestor S. Reyes

I agree with Biil Buxton. Still, GstarCAD works. Draftsight works too.Free and workable will always be good.

Rakesh Rao

The CAD war waged by the new entrants (both in .dwg CAD as well as MCAD) seems to make some impact only on the desktop for now.

The old market leaders are already moving away from desktop and are busy building footprints on the cloud or foraying into new areas.

Autodesk is outwardly making noises that AutoCAD is just just one of their products and not necessarily the flagship revenue earner. Sure, they still make significant money by selling AutoCAD renewals, but new revenue may come from other products?, SaaS?,Cloud? or something else unknown to us.

There may be a war brewing but in the long run, the effects will not be dramatic. The markets, economy, spending pattern, demand pattern change over time.

Autodesk will survive and grow, so will others. Some CAD companies may boast of huge license numbers because they have no qualms about copying AutoCAD pixel-by-pixel. Others do it more by the rule book.

I do not foresee the same thing happening in CAD like in manufactured goods where the 'Made in China' products sits on every store. It will be a middle path here.


Well, we don't buy everything from China. There are certain items on the DNB (do not buy) list that involve the body and safety, such as food, cosmetics, bolts,and gyproc (wallboard).

With the USA and China lobbing software-based cyber attacks at each other, software could well end up on each other's NDB lists.

Bill Buxton

Look at the Chinese car market and you will find your answer - premium western companies are much more successful than local value companies. As soon as Chinese people and companies can afford better products they go for them - the same will happen for CAD and Autodesk has in fact much better products than local Chinese manufacturers.
If the Chinese want to compete with the West in premium products they will have to take quite a few pages from the Japanese playbook - the Japanese (and now the Koreans too) started from cheap products but as soon as they could they entered the premium market segments (Nikon, Lexus, Sony, etc.) - there no indication that the Chinese are doing that in general and in CAD in particular.

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