University of the Pacific Selects DoubleCAD XT PRO

Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science
to Design Curriculum Around AutoCAD LT Work-Alike

NOVATO, Calif., July 28, 2009– University of the Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science, and IMSI/Design, maker of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today that the university will standardize on DoubleCAD XT PRO for 2D CAD instruction.

Based on IMSI/Design's award-winning CAD code with over two million copies sold worldwide, DoubleCAD XT PRO is an AutoCAD LT work-alike with features that far surpass AutoCAD LT, including a powerful drafting palette, a wide range of architectural objects and interop file filters, and sophisticated geometric and dimensional (parametric) constraints, a feature that was only recently added to AutoCAD 2010.

"DoubleCAD XT PRO immediately feels familiar while adding numerous additional features," stated Paul Burdick, Systems Administration at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Pacific. "We're excited to extend our current CAD curriculum with DoubleCAD XT PRO."

IMSI/Design worked closely with Pacific to create a licensing program and deployment strategy that provided significant benefits to the engineering program.

"We've always been hampered by other CAD vendors' licensing and activation technologies," added Burdick. "DoubleCAD XT PRO deployments are easy, saving us a lot of installation and licensing headaches. Students can even download a free, non-water marked, non restricted version of DoubleCAD to use at home or take with them to a job site."

About University of the Pacific, School of Engineering and Computer Science

Pacific is one of the west's most distinctive, student-centered national universities, with about 6,700 students on three campuses in Northern California. The School of Engineering and Computer Science is nationally accredited and offers a range of major and minor degrees.

About DoubleCAD™ XT PRO
DoubleCAD™ XT PRO is an AutoCAD LT work-alike that goes beyond even AutoCAD LT® in terms of CAD capabilities, especially in the areas of drafting and detailing. The product includes one of the widest varieties of file filters in the CAD industry, including support for .DWG (AutoCAD R14 to 2009), .SKP (Google SketchUp), .IGES, .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), .STL, .SVG (Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and Mozilla Firefox™) and more. DoubleCAD XT PRO is $695. For more information, visit Visit user forums at

Review Article
  • Misleading quotes from a lazy systems administrator September 13, 2010
    Reviewed by 'UOP Student Engineer'
    OK, so let's set this straight. Paul Burdick, as everyone knows at UOP, is a lazy systems administrator whose priorities are so messed up that it takes over 3 weeks (and counting..) to get the necessary software needed to use a class. We're talking Visual Studio 2008 here, nothing outrageously difficult. With a guy who consistently tells you "it's on my list" and nonchalantly dismisses you, it's easy to see why he'd take any shortcuts necessary to cut out any extra work so he could spend even more hours chatting with buddies and accomplishing nothing.
    That said, DoubleCAD has been a horrible, horrible move at University of the Pacific. There's been quite a staggering backlash against this decision, with most professors not knowing a thing about this "new" program. Professors are used to having students work in AutoCAD LT (which the student version is now available for FREE, better than the $600+ license for DoubleCAD), and professors could assist and teach the software with the years of experience they've had with it.
    This program teaches you a very inefficient way of drafting - hunt for the command and click it and completely ignore the text command box. Standard, efficient AutoCAD drafters typically keep one hand on the keyboard, and the other on the mouse, and actually moving the mouse as little as possible. Moving from AutoCAD to DoubleCAD is a horribly awkward process, and extremely frustrating, since the escape key doesn't actually completely get you out of the tool you're using.
    And the final icing on the cake: getting a job out of college. As a hiring manager, you're probably going to take a better look at the guy who uses industry standard (ubiquitous in the workplace, really) over some guy with a knock-off brand of CAD that they've never heard of. I'd really like to know what these "numerous additional features" are that Paul Burdick found.
    In short, AutoCAD really isn't a pain to license, Paul Burdick is just a lazy systems administrator who doesn't really understand CAD at all, but makes uneducated decisions based on the bottom line, and the amount of spare time he'll have to do anything but what his job actually is: provide a working computer systems network that allows us, the students, to actually get the education we need.
    If you're considering DoubleCAD, reconsider. Seriously.

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