CAD Software Choice Not Simple

I can remember a time when one software product was all you needed to design and document a building project.

That product was usually AutoCAD, owned and marketed by Autodesk.

The architect used AutoCAD to design floor plans, ceiling plans, elevations, and details. If the fee budget allowed, you might include some building sections. But section drawings are time-consuming, and many people in the construction industry, the thinking went, didn’t spend much time looking at the building sections anyway.

In projects where a perspective was required, that was subcontracted outside of the architecture office. The construction of the perspective view was part of a rendering specialist’s contract. Renderings and perspective views were expensive, so only high-budget or high-visibility projects used them.