The Best General-Purpose CAD Software According to G2 Crowd Fall 2015 Rankings, Based on User Reviews

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Two platforms earn Leader status while SketchUp tops overall satisfaction rankings

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G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, today released the Fall 2015 General-Purpose CAD Software GridSM report to help businesses make the best technology decision. AutoCAD and SketchUp were named Leaders in the report, receiving strong customer satisfaction scores with a large market presence. Additionally, Rhinoceros and TurboCAD were named High Performers, earning strong customer satisfaction marks with smaller market presence scores. SketchUp earned the highest overall satisfaction score while AutoCAD earned the highest overall Market Presence score.

The GridSM leverages customer satisfaction data reported by authenticated users along with vendor market presence determined from social and public data. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender, or Niche.

Key Findings:

Key findings revealed that when choosing a general-purpose CAD program, knowing whether you need 3D tools is essential. While six of the eight products scored at least an 80 percent satisfaction rate for drawing tools, with the category average at 83 percent, only three products (SketchUp, Rhinoceros and 3ds Max Design) scored the same for 3D/Solid Modeling Tools and the category average was only 67 percent. Additionally, because users of general-purpose CAD software use other products for aspects of their designs, ensuring file compatibility between programs is essential.

Other key findings revealed that many general-purpose CAD users expressed issues with rendering tools and the category average for its satisfaction rating was only 67 percent. Only two products (Rhinoceros and 3ds Max Design) managed at least an 80 percent satisfaction rating for rendering tools.

About the General-Purpose CAD GridSM report:

  • The report is based on more than 250 reviews written by business professionals.
  • Of the roughly 20 products listed in G2 Crowd’s general-purpose CAD category, the ranked products each received 10 or more reviews to qualify for inclusion on the GridSM.

View crowdsourced general-purpose CAD software analysis and purchase premium social media management research on social media management on the G2 Crowd website for $599.

About G2 Crowd, Inc.

G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, leverages its 44,000-plus user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Technology buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Co-founded by the founder and former executives from SaaS leader BigMachines and backed by roughly $12 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to business technology research. For more information, go to

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