Patrick Hughes, owner of Engineered Design Solutions and builder of CadTempo completes his BricsCAD performance story here in Part 3 of this post. In this installment, Patrick discloses the amazing BricsCAD performance numbers he quantified through the use of CadTempo…

A Tale of…Whoa! (Part III)

by Patrick Hughes

Remember my “LogDwgName” lisp routine? Well it came in handy about the time I got through roughly 50 drawings and the batch script failed on a drawing. Investigation revealed a case where my ColorUpd.lsp file hadn’t anticipated something in the drawing. A little adjustment was made to the routine and I was on my way again, until it happened again, then again. Each time I recopied the complete folder structure and files from my archive in order to run all drawings from the beginning. Finally on the last run I got through the complete list of 552 files.

AutoCAD Elapsed time of 18 minutes 39 seconds – not bad, plenty of time for coffee.

For the record, this is an AutoCAD 2015 installation running on 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate on a Dell Precision T7610, Intel Xeon CPU E5-2630 v2 2.60GHz 6 core processor, 32.0 GB memory.

Now onto BricsCAD, same machine, following the same start up procedure.

CadTempo - BricsCAD Performance





Whoa! Nearly 1/3 the time!

BricsCAD Elapsed time of 6 minutes 51 seconds

But I wasn’t done. A couple of days later out of curiosity I decided to make another comparison since I have BricsCAD loaded on a second machine. This machine does not have AutoCAD 2015 on it and its specifications are: 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate on a Hewlett-Packard h8-1124, Intel I7-2600 CPU 3.40 GHz 4 core processor, 8.0 GB memory.

BricsCAD Elapsed time of 3 minutes 43 seconds


Well I’m no expert when it comes to hardware, or for that matter much of anything, but I must say that last result surprised me. Both computers are set up with nearly identical folder structures and number of drives. Paging system and temporary file locations are identical so performance in that regard should not suffer from one to the other.

In summary, I don’t know what BricsCAD’s secret sauce is but it’s spicy and when you give it a taste keep a cool beverage at hand. You’re going to need to soothe the burn somehow. (We agree, especially if you haven’t taken the time to try BricsCAD yet! – Ed.)

Final Results

CadTempo - BricsCAD Performance


Special thanks to Patrick, from all of us at Bricsys, for empirically proving what we’ve been saying all along… BricsCAD is the fastest .dwg-based CAD system!  -Don