Pros / This software makes building structures easy with its house wizard.
Cons / 3D rendering isn’t robust.
Verdict / If you're creating simple designs that don't need extensive rendering, ProgeCAD Pro can help you complete your modeling tasks.
ProgeCAD Pro is a great resource if you're creating 2D designs. Compared to the best CAD software, 3D functionality is a bit lacking, but ProgeCAD still has plenty of editing tools for a wide range of products, especially considering its lower cost.
While this program isn’t the least expensive option in our comparison, it is on the less expensive side of things. Before committing to buy, you can easily test this software for up to 30 days using the free trial to see if it will fit your needs. Students and educators can also get access to the free student version of this software. To receive direct technical support, you must purchase a support plan from the manufacturer because it's only free for the first month after you purchase your license.
This software has a few helpful design tools, including hatching, textures and lighting effects. However, considering the animation technology we have today, the rendered graphics in this CAD program are very poorly presented. Also, it takes much longer for a design to render than it would in a comparable program, which can be frustrating when you’re on a deadline. The software comes with Artisan, a photorealistic rendering tool that helps you visual your designs. While this rendering function is decent, it isn’t nearly up to snuff with other programs, like what SolidWorks offers.
The interface of ProgeCAD drawing software isn't the easiest to use, but there are some helpful features to make designing less difficult. The tool palette is customizable and a command line allows you to quickly input data. Although you can import other existing designs, there is no setup wizard or tool to speed up the process of a new model or design.
The editing tools included with ProgeCAD are possibly the best part of the software. All of the standard features are present, such as text and color editing, a layer manager, a point marker and a few others. The professional version of ProgeCAD has limited file compatibility with native DWG and DXF support but not much else. The CAD software does have a DXF converter so you can convert PDFs to a readable DXF file. You are able to save in DWF and DGN formats as well.
Disappointingly, there’s no raster image support. Simply put, a raster image, or bitmap, is a way to represent a digital image using pixels. Raster images encompass a variety of familiar formats, including JPG, GIF, PNG and TIFF. When it comes to CAD software, the ability to export raster images is useful because they are not an editable format; you can share them with others but no one can make changes to your design.
The software’s publisher offers a handful of useful resources that can help you become more familiar with the application and lessen its inherent learning curve, which is steeper than most. The user guide can be downloaded as a PDF. With nearly 700 pages, it can be a bit cumbersome to browse, but it offers valuable information on how to use the software. There’s also a built-in help section that’s accessed directly from the interface and can be searched by topic or keyword. The support plan doesn’t include telephone support (only support via email), which is disappointing but rather common among CAD software publishers.
ProgeCAD Pro offers decent 2D functionality and usability. The editing tools are quite impressive and are easily the best thing about this software. However, its cumbersome interface, mediocre rendering abilities, steep learning curve and subpar support hold the software back from outshining its competitors.