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Developer(s) progeSOFT
Initial release 2006; 11 years ago (2006)
Stable release
Operating system Windows
Type CAD
License Proprietary software

progeCAD (pronounced PRO-je-cad) is a Microsoft Windows based CAD software program for editing and printing DWG and DXF files from most versions of AutoCAD.

Commercial CAD Software[edit]

progeCAD (originally called "ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD" until 2005) is a Computer-Aided Design software platform developed by progeSOFT[1] in Como, Italy. progeCAD is described as "a Professional, native DWG 2D/3D CAD, supplied with Applications, Libraries and Services at remarkably low cost.".[2] progeCAD is developed using ITC IntelliCAD,[3] ACIS and Open Design Alliance programming toolkits. The user interface emulates certain versions of AutoCAD, including floating toolbars and a command line supporting AutoLISP and VBA scripting. The "Professional" version includes several enhancements, such as information tables, basic dynamic block support, 3D solid modeling, rendering and PDF import & printing.[4] As of 2011, progeCAD also began including their 3D architectural design technology, "EasyArch".[5] progeCAD currently uses OpenGL hardware graphics technology, with limited GDI support for older video cards. There is no current support for DirectX hardware acceleration.

Free CAD Software (Non-Commercial)[edit]

In 2005 and 2006,[6] progeCAD released free versions of "progeCAD LT" for personal use. "LT" was sequeled in late 2007 with the release of the "progeCAD Smart!" personal CAD system.[7][8] progeCAD is not "open source". It is illegal to use the free versions of progeCAD for business or commercial application.[9]

progeCAD does offer full "Professional" licenses of progeCAD free to schools[10] for educational purpose. Many schools around the world have taken part in the progeCAD educational program.


progeCAD is currently distributed in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German,[11] Polish, Czech, Chinese, Serbian and Russian.[12] Translation is underway to support additional languages. progeCAD can be downloaded directly from the progeSOFT website.[13] As of progeCAD 2017 release, native 64-bit architecture support was added, as well as improved OpenGL hardware accelerated graphics.[14]

In 2006 progeCAD released their "CADforLinux[15]", a commercial distribution of progeCAD for Linux using the Wine emulation layer. progeCAD CADforLinux is not currently in active development. Some users report success with progeCAD under Linux or MAC OS X virtualization as well as CITRIX desktop, but these configurations are currently unsupported by progeCAD.

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