Why AutoCAD remains still the Nr.1 for 2D documentation?

Hi folks. I `m little bit confused about the question that I`am asking. The most of you will say that ACAD is just easy, user friendly and so on. But is there a huge argument out there that enables ACAD a insurmountable advantage over other similar packages such as Bentleys Microstation? Thanks in advance

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Good maketing in the early years, there was nothing much in the '80's so they took the oppertunity.

 
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I am using AutoCAD since more than 25 years and the possibilties in 2D are unbeatable. It is not the easiest program and you have to explore the special features most people don't use. The interchangabilties of files is very stable. Therefor it is my best choice.

 
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maybe because the best user interface for 2D (not using features unlike solidworks/creo) and above all the interface of using layers(my favorite).

 
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It is also a lot better than Microstation in a lot of areas and has the benefit of probably never going away with over 5 million users in its install base. It also has the best DWG code. Most of the DWG emulators are not 100% to the AutoCAD DWG code. There are many other reasons too as you can speculate.

 
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Bentleys Microstation? What’s that? I was introduced to AutoCad in 1991 AutoCad R9 and have been using AutoDesk products ever since. I think that the AutoDesk product line has grown over the years and the variety of applications they offer together with the support infrastructure they have created helps them to dominate the market. You don’t need to look too hard to find an answer to questions regarding AutoCad.

 
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Easy availability, user friendly interface, meeting all 2d requirements, so who will spend his time and money on somewhat else

 
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1) very big user-base that they got from the beginning have turned them "de facto 2D tool
2) other tools are not significantly better than AutoCAD

 
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This debate has been going on since Microstation ported integraphs cad system to the pc in the mid 80's. So I don't think your going find the answer here. The funny thing is that over the years both pieces of software have incorporated each other strengths/tools so now they work and feel the same. My personal feeling, as a user of both, Microstation has a little bit better tool set and workflow, than just Autocad out of the box. The thing that Autocad has done better is it's super easy to customize, through scripts, Lisp routes, and full blow plug-ins. So as a company once you start creating custom tools for your cad package it's hard throw all that away for another cad package.

On a side note, you use to see this debate everywhere, but not so much anymore. The debate seems to have shifted to why are we still using 2D programs in 2012

 
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Because government contracts call for drawings in the .DWG format and that is AutoCAD's native format. This means that any subcontractor, or sub of a subcontractor has to submit AutoCAD read drawings and that covers about half the field of engineering and construction-from drawings of a ship down to drawings of a door handle. The government adopted this standard because AutoCAD was so popular and so often used. How it got to that point was by being first. It may not have been the best at one time, but it got there by doing things that no other CAD program could do and building on that.

 
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Mostly because people are used to it. It is very old software and it is the first thing that many engineers start working with.

 
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Good question because it's not cheap!

 
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Most of you guys gave very logic answers, it is truly one the oldest CAD softwares still remaining on the market (successfully), and yes it is the very first software that most engineers use first but could someone explain the background of it`s work (mathematical model for graphical representation)? Mark mentioned "It also has the best DWG code", could someone explain this a little bit more in detail? Thanks

 
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Autodesk has a lock on the 2D industry mainly because most CAD departments are managed by non-CAD users. AutoCAD is the only name they know! I personally use Bricscad, may be moving to DraftSight soon, and eventually hope to move to Rhino for everything once the dimensioning tools get a little better.

 
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Of course, Auto CAD is easy and User-Friendly. This is one of the reasons behind it being the best 2D CAD software.
The other reasons are:-
1. Only one direct competitor i.e. Draftsight by Dassault Systems
2. Cheaper than other CAD software such as CATIA, Solidworks, NX etc.
3. The oldest CAD Software
4. Used by 115323 companies in the World.
5. Suitable for every type of Industry such as Machinery, Computer Hardware, Electronics etc.
6. It is also widely preferred by the Construction industry.
I hope these points are enough. However, follow the link below if you want to learn more about the best CAD software.
https://c2e.club/cad-software-to-learn/

 
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Yes.Its number one for 2D Drafting.Its a very old CAD software and keep on adding features to latest 2D requirement .Thatswhy its number one in 2D .Other CAD softwares concentrate on their strength.(like Pro_E - Solid Model,Catia-Surface,UG-Manufacturing ,IDEAS- Assembly etc..).But Autodesk is not successful with its 3D software say Inventor or Mechanical Desktop.

 
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