BricsCAD Journey – Part 6: Exploring Trial Levels

Welcome back to my BricsCAD Journey as we explore the BricsCAD trial levels.

To understand what’s included in the BricsCAD trial, it’s helpful to first understand the BricsCAD purchase options.

BricsCAD Editions

You can purchase BricsCAD  available in three different editions: Classic, Pro, and Platinum. The BricsCAD Classic edition is for 2D drafting and is comparable to AutoCAD LT®. However, it also includes full LISP support! The Pro edition adds 3D modeling, visualization tools, and access to third-party applications. It’s comparable to AutoCAD®. BricsCAD Platinum adds 3D constraint creation, design intent recognition, assembly modeling, deformable modeling and 3D Compare.  I don’t know what to compare that to! I guess that makes it incomparable!

BricsCAD Editions for Trial

Visit https://www.bricsys.com/bricscad/ to learn more about the BricsCAD purchase options.

BricsCAD Modules

While BricsCAD Pro and Platinum offer significant CAD functionality to typical designers, you may want more. Therefore, Bricsys offers three optional modules that are built on top of BricsCAD: BIM, Sheet Metal, and Communicator. You can add any or all of these modules to BricsCAD Platinum. The BIM module enables you to create full-featured building information models. With the Sheet Metal module, you can import, create, unfold, rework and export sheet metal parts. The Communicator module allows you to import and export 3D CAD data from popular manufacturing file formats including CATIA, Inventor, and SolidWorks. Unlike BIM and Sheet Metal, the Communicator module is not installed with the Trial download of BricsCAD. However, you can download and install a trial version of Communicator with either the BricsCAD Pro or Platinum editions.

Trial Levels

When you install BricsCAD, it automatically installs the Platinum edition. If you access it using a trial license, you can also try the BIM and Sheet Metal modules. You may wish to test the differences between editions and modules to determine which combination is right for you. Let me introduce you to the RUNASLEVEL command!

While in trial mode you can use the RUNASLEVEL command to change the behavior of BricsCAD. First, choose the BricsCAD option and then enter which edition you want to try: Classic (C), Pro (P) or Platinum (PL). You’ll have to close and restart BricsCAD to see the changes.

BricsCAD Levels

Changing the BricsCAD level allows you to experience each of the editions during your trial period! Similarly, use the RUNASLEVEL command to enable or disable BIM and Sheet Metal tools. You can try as much, or as little, BricsCAD functionality as you want without having to install or uninstall additional software!

What next?

The next stop on my journey includes a tour of the pre-defined workspaces. I hope you’ll join me!


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Want to read more?

Here is an overview of all the articles of Heidi’s journey:

1) First impressions
2) Download and install
3) Welcome to BricsCAD
4) Exploring the interface
5) Command access
6) Exploring trial levels (Current article)
7) Exploring each workspace
8) Drawing Entities
9) Settings for Drawing Entities
10) Drawing with Styles
11) License options
12) Working with blocks
13) Working with references
14) Working with Layers and Linetypes
15) Editing Entities
16) Entity Manipulation
17) Selection Methods
18) Drawing Explorer
19) Settings
20) Classic Edition

Heidi Hewett

As User Success Manager, Heidi brings her passion for learning to Bricsys, where she will work to help our customers understand the fastest path to success with BricsCAD products. During her 26-year tenure at Autodesk, Heidi worked as a Training Specialist, a Senior Applications Engineer and as a Technical Marketing Manager.

4 comments

  • I’ve bought and installed* BricsCAD Pro and there’s a slight annoyance : the icons, toolbars and workspaces for Platinum+BIM+SheetMetal are listed and displayable, though, obviously, non functional. It would be better (for the “discoverability” of the software) to have these out of sight when using a “lower” version.

    (* installed from download section for registered users, not a trial one)

  • RunAsLevel also works for a licensed BricsCAD, not only during or for trial evaluation 🙂
    It can be helpful to modify RunAsLevel to i.e. “Classic” or “Pro” when investigating problems, to verify whether external 3rd-party-tools or BIM/MCAD/SheetMetal/Communicator cause a particular problem, like for performance or interoperability.

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