Executive Summary

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-08-12 Print this article Print

: AutoCAD LT 2002"> Executive Summary: AutoCAD LT 2002

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Excellent
Scalability Excellent
Security Good
Autodesks AutoCAD LT 2002 streamlines technical illustrating with an Internet portal approach that combines product support and workgroup collaboration, while boosting drafting team productivity with aids to dimensioning and with much-needed extensions to its tools for working with text.


Many drafting applications will fit within the 2-D limits of AutoCAD LT 2002, and many users wont be troubled by its omission of AutoCADs programmable customization options—and for only a little more than one-fifth the price of the companys top-of-the-line (and otherwise compatible) product. The comparably priced DataCAD 10, from DataCAD LLC, is an attractive alternative for those with architectural rather than general CAD requirements.

(+) Integrates Internet facilities with local program functions.

(-) Implicitly threatens CAD tool buyers with other products possible lack of compatibility with DWG file format.

  • DataCADs DataCAD 10
  • www.autodesk.com

    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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