Version2020(as of 11/12/2020)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:1.7  |  72 Votes

Main Features

  • Support for DWG, DWS, DWF, and SHP files
  • 2D drafting tools, such as custom blocks, drawing constraints, and Smart Dimension tools
  • PolySolid 3D modeling and solid editing tools
  • Tabbed interface with movable tools and layer panes
  • Extensibility through plugins

Software Overview

Screenshot of CorelCAD 2020
Screenshot of CorelCAD 2020

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 (via an associated mobile app) to provide architects, engineers, and other users with easy file sharing and access.

While CorelCAD is not as robust as Autodesk AutoCAD, it costs less and includes many of the same features as its more-popular cousin. CorelCAD features layer-editing capabilities that allow users to edit models on separate layers and provides a variety of 2D and 3D tools for creating mechanical, structural, and architectural drawings. Some of CorelCAD's 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, modifying and scaling text, and managing layer states.

The program's interface features tabs that allow you to organize your workflow and quickly switch between documents. You can also access tools and layers in movable panes. And while the base version of CorelCAD includes a variety of standard and advanced tools, those who want or need more features can also install plug-ins to access additional functionality.

CorelCAD users can save their files in the standard DWG file format used by AutoCAD, as well as the DWS, DWT, DXF, DWF, DES, STL, and SHP formats. You can also export your designs to the CDR, DES, STL, and PDF formats and work with GIS files to visualize maps and geographic models.


CorelCAD is a quality design application that competes with Autodesk AutoCAD as a cheaper alternative. While the program doesn't provide as many features as AutoCAD, CorelCAD is still worth a look because of its much more manageable cost.

Primary File Type

dwg icon.DWGAutoCAD Drawing

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.CDRCorelDRAW File
.DESCorel Designer File
.DGNMicroStation Design File
.DWFDesign Web Format File
.DWTAutoCAD Drawing Template
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.SHPShapes File
.STLStereolithography File
Updated 11/12/2020