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09/13/10 11:14 AM
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University of the Pacific Selects DoubleCAD XT PRO

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UOP Student Engineer
09/13/10 11:14 AM
Misleading quotes from a lazy systems administrator new Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

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.

IMSI Design
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09/16/10 07:19 PM
Re: Misleading quotes from a lazy systems administrator new [re: UOP Student Engineer]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply


I’m a product manager at IMSI/Design, the makers of DoubleCAD.  First let me say that we are sorry you are not satisfied with DoubleCAD.  It is our goal to make DoubleCAD the best 2D CAD application available today by maintaining AutoCAD like workability, yet provide superior features and unmatched price/value. With that said, we would like to clarify a few things.

1.    Our DoubleCAD XT product is Free and comparable to the AutoCAD LT feature set and beyond.  DoubleCAD XT can also be used for commercial use so you will not see the restrictive “Created by an Educational Product…” plot stamp or EDU message that gets permanently encoded into drawing data created or saved by Autodesk student version applications.

2.    Our more advanced DoubleCAD XT Pro product is actually $149 not $600+ for our student version, again with no enforced restrictions on use.

3.    DoubleCAD, like AutoCAD, fully utilizes menus, toolbars, palettes, keyboard aliases, and even the command line for efficient CAD drafting.

4.    DoubleCAD version 2.1 has much more efficient Esc key, Spacebar, and Enter key command functionality much like AutoCAD. Perhaps you were using an older version?

5.    DoubleCAD is designed to be an AutoCAD work-alike, therefore if you know AutoCAD, you should have no problem learning DoubleCAD, likewise if you know DoubleCAD, learning AutoCAD would be similar.

6.    DoubleCAD XT and DoubleCAD XT Pro have numerous features not available in AutoCAD LT.  To name a few: constraints, ability to create and manage cross sections and elevations with drafting palette, hatch pattern creator, Specify draw order by layer, drawing compare, SketchUp, Rhino, DAE import/export, better interoperability, architectural objects, and the list goes on...  Please see http://www.doublecad.com/Portals/13/PDF/DoubleCADcompmatrix_6-24-10.pdf for a comprehensive chart of additional features available only in DoubleCAD.

Hopefully this has cleared up some misconceptions you have stated about DoubleCAD and please feel free to contact us directly if you have additional questions or would like more information.

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