50 Free Alternatives for Expensive Software, PLM is not listed

50 Free Alternatives for Expensive Software, PLM is not listed

I want to share an interesting list of 50 top Open Source alternatives for expensive software. From the standpoint of customers, expensive software starts at price $200 US. Numbers 9 and 10 in the list are two Open Source CAD packages – BRL-CAD and Archimedes as a possible replacements for AutoCAD. There is no PLM systems mentioned in the list.


9. BRL-CAD Replaces: AutoCAD ($1,289)

Originally developed by the military, BRL-CAD has been around for more than 20 years, so it’s both stable and full-featured. Its modeling capabilities have been used to design and analyze vehicles, houses, mechanical parts, weapons systems and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.

10. Archimedes Replaces: AutoCAD ($1,289)

Aimed primarily at architects, Archimedes can create both 2D and 3D designs like AutoCAD. However, because it’s still in the earlier stages of development, its features aren’t quite as robust as AutoCAD. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

What is my take? I think Open Source becomes more visible. Some legal eagles are trying to make Open Source life more complicated by trying to apply “legal tax” on it. Just my thougths…

Best, Oleg


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  • Why PLM is not there in list?

  • beyondplm

    Ashish, A very good question. I don’t know… Best, Oleg

  • Pelle Magnusson

    Aras is free….. http://www.aras.com/

  • beyondplm

    Pelle, you are right. Aras indeed free. However, their definition of Open Source is a bit different. Best, Oleg

  • Nikkipolya

    Is Aras really open source? I have tried to search all over the internet for the source code of Aras, but had no luck finding it.

    Oleg – you mention that “…their definition of Open Source is a bit different”. What do you mean?

  • beyondplm

    Open Source is a bit different —> Aras supports so called “Enterprise Open Source”. You can read more about that on Aras’ website. See my previous comment – you need to have a certain subscription level to have Aras open source. Best, Oleg