THE CAD RATING GUIDE® 5th Edition
by W. Bradley Holtz
A Tool for the Evaluation of Computer-Aided Design Systems including FEM, GIS, and
A Comprehensive Comparison of Over 120 CAD Systems Foreword by Dr. Joel Orr
[Background] [What is it?]
[What areas does it
cover?] [Who is it for?]
Intended as a tool for use when evaluating different CAD
systems, the purpose of The CAD Rating Guide® is to navigate the reader past
the maze of statistics, benchmarks, buzzwords, and canned demonstrations to get to the
heart of the matter - What difference does it make if I decide to use system A rather than
system B and will it make sense if I am already using system C?
Since it is the normal mode to upgrade within existing systems rather than to
constantly change CAD systems, it doesn't make sense to base critical long-term decisions
on factors in which the relative stature of competing systems changes so frequently.
Rather, it is imperative to base those decisions on the aspects of those systems which can
only change slowly over time, and to consider the impact of those fundamental, structural
factors on your business. The concepts necessary to answer this question are presented in
the first part of the book, the remainder of the book consists of product data and user
responses, comparison tables, and categorical listings.
What is it?
A reference work for CAD systems and for the comparison of CAD systems, The CAD
Rating Guide® is unique in several ways. First, it is not a book of comparative or
numerical ratings, it is a tool for you to use as a basis for forming your own
evaluations. It looks at CAD systems as complex, multi-faceted creatures, each composed of
the product, what it does, who else uses it, the company that makes it and their policies
and stability, who the product is targeted at, and so on. The book is focused on the ways
in which the CAD systems are structured. It provides insight as to the bottom-line impact
of each element of the analysis and, it provides a common ground for the evaluation of a
rapidly changing technology and marketplace in order to enable the comparison and
discussion of systems.
The CAD Rating Guide® contains 650 pages of background information, vendor
and product data, and user comments on 120+ programs for mechanical design and drafting,
mapping, three-dimensional modeling, structural analysis, NC tooling, and animation.
Includes comments from individual users of the CAD systems and statements from the CAD
vendors. More than 680 words in an illustrated glossary. 144 pages of tables, plus 33
pages of categorical listings. Extensive 2,900+ entry index. Includes 3-1/2" DOS
diskette with the Microsoft Excel 97 files used to create the chapters in the tables
What areas does it cover?
All traditional Mechanical and AEC CAD areas plus any and all other applications, with
the specific inclusion of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), FEM (Finite Element
Modeling), and Animation systems where those systems can generate their own models.
Systems designed solely for the purposes of printed circuit board and integrated circuit
electrical design are not included.
Who is it for?
Potential readers include those looking for their first CAD System, existing users of
CAD systems preparing to switch systems, and the vast majority of current CAD users who
work with, or are planning to work with, multiple systems.
find out about how to participate as a Vendor
User Survey forms
The CAD Rating Guide® is available from ZEM Press. Orders can be place via phone at
301-365-4585, fax at 301-365-4586, or email to email@example.com
This page last updated on Thursday, March 01, 2001