Software : Corel : CorelCAD


(as of 2/16/2017)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Support for DWG, DWS, DWF, and SHP files
  • Large amount of 2D drafting and 3D design tools
  • Tabbed interface with movable tool and layer panes
  • Extensibility through plugins

CorelCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) application used to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. The program integrates with the cloud and mobile devices for easy sharing and access.

The CAD application supports the DWG file format along with the DWS, DWT, DXF, DWF, DES, and SHP formats. You can also export to CDR, DES, STL, and PDF formats and work with GIS files to visualize maps and geographic models. CorelCAD features layer-editing capabilities that allow you to edit models on separate layers. The program provides a variety of 2D and 3D tools for creating mechanical, structural, and architectural drawings. Some of the advanced capabilities include filleting edges of 3D solids, viewing 3D models from multiple viewpoints, accurately measuring with dimension tools, marking up drawing items with freehand sketches, editing and scaling text, and managing layer states.

The CorelCAD interface features tabs for organizing your workflow and quickly switching between documents. You can also access your tools and layers in movable panes. If CorelCAD doesn't provide the tools you need you can install plugins for additional functionality.

CorelCAD is a quality design application that competes with Autodesk AutoCAD as a cheaper alternative. The application is used by engineers, architects, and project managers, to create and share technical drawings. Although it doen't provide as much functionality as AutoCAD, such as format support, CorelCAD is still worth a look because of its more manageable cost.

▶ Primary file extension

.DWG – AutoCAD Drawing Database File

▶ Other file extensions used by CorelCAD 2017

Supported File Types
.DGNMicroStation Design File
.DWFDesign Web Format File
.DWTAutoCAD Drawing Template
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.SHPShapes File

Updated: February 16, 2017