2. Is FreeCAD similar to AutoCAD?
The short answer is no. FreeCAD is not similar to AutoCAD at all. FreeCAD is a simplified CAD software with its own style such as the special interface, simplified features, complex operation method and so on, it also lacks plenty of features that designers need.
GstarCAD is highly compatible with AutoCAD, it not only provides friendly interface (attractive color themes), familiar operation methods (AutoCAD alike) but also provides you seamless data formats, such as DWG formats, fonts, hatches and linestyles, etc.
GstarCAD supports multiple methods to execute the feature you want, such as access from menu, command line (auto complete) entry or shortcut key.
FreeCAD doesn’t support commands entry and you have to find the feature you need from the menu which reduces your design efficiency.
3. FreeCAD vs AutoCAD functionalities
GstarCAD does not only provide the user with rich functionalities that AutoCAD has, but also develops many innovative functions in order to improve work efficiency. In addition, the function detail is more attractive and useful. FreeCAD is a simplified 3D CAD software that supports few features.
GstarCAD has customized a large number of unique functions according to user needs. There are also special versions available, like GstarCAD Architecture and GstarCAD Mechanical.
GstarCAD Architectural is a professional CAD software for architectural and construction design through comprehensive designing, library tools and 3D visualization.
Though FreeCAD supports few architectural features, it is not nearly enough to fit the designers’ requirements.
Besides developing plenty of innovative features, GstarCAD has improved the basic operations in order to simplify the operation steps. For example; Adds the angle parameter to line and spline, when drawing an object, you can not only set the value between object and X axis, but also set the angle parameter between the selected line and the previous line; Adds the concentric circle and rotated rectangle; Adds multiple copy
in rotate command, realize the copy rotate and circle array; Adds divided by segment and distance from endpoint, layout by path, etc. to accomplish the linear array. Supports invert fillet option in fillet command which is welcomed by designers.
The innovative features enhance your drawing efficiency greatly.