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Is there a demo version of connectCAD?
We find demo versions are ineffective, they tend to sit around on computers and don't get properly evaluated. And that's not surprising - people are naturally reluctant to invest the time and are wary of the responsibility. Our warranty is a much better solution. We take the risk of purchase for you for the first 30 days. So there's no chance that you can buy connectCAD and regret it.
But before you buy connectCAD it's much better to have a conversation with us about your needs and the capabilities of our software. Quite simply we know more about our software than you could ever find out in a typical 30-day trial. We're very happy to answer all your questions so contact us if there is anything you would like to discuss. We've also put lots of information about the product here on the site and you are also most welcome to register on our support site and browse through our online help.
We are confident that connectCAD will bring significant benefits to your design workflow.
What do I need to run connectCAD?
ConnectCAD uses the award-winning program Vectorworks as a CAD engine and can work on Mac & Windows.
ConnectCAD uses an external CAD engine because systems design isn't just about cabling - you also have to integrate with the physical world. You need a good CAD package for this anyway - Vectorworks combined with ConnectCAD connectivity tracking provides you with an integrated solution at an excellent price.
Vectorworks is a powerful 2D / 3D CAD program that is very easy to use and quick to learn. ConnectCAD and Vectorworks share the same philosophy - we keep simple things simple. This let you get your work done quickly without having to read an entire manual. But advanced features are there when you need them.
You can obtain the latest version Vectorworks from your local distributor - visit the Nemetschek North America website to find out more.
If my support expires what happens?
ConnectCAD will continue to function as installed on your computer and you can keep on using it. At the end of the support period you can upgrade to newer version at a reduced price.
Can connectCAD / Vectorworks work with AutoCAD?
Yes! Vectorworks has excellent .dwg import and export.
Our experience is that most .dwg files import very nicely into Vectorworks. Going the other way back to .dwg is slightly less intuitive because connectCAD uses Vectorworks facilities that are not present in AutoCAD. AutoCAD file formats keep changing from year to year and Vectorworks file import/export follows these changes but it sometimes takes some months to catch up. So if you are using an earlier version of Vectorworks you clearly can't expect it to open .dwg file formats that were not then in existence.
Practically this is hardly ever an issue, because you can always ask to have the AutoCAD file saved in an earlier .dwg format which you can open with your Vectorworks. This compares most favourably with the cost of paying for AutoCAD upgrades every year.