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User review of ARES Commander

Good Alternative for CAD Environment , Cross Platform Support!

- by Kuntay Kunt

USER SATISFACTION

RECOMMENDATION
6 out of 7
Very likely
COST EFFICENCY
6out of 7
Very good
OVERALL IMPRESSION
4out of 5
very good
EASE OF USE
5out of 5
amazing
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
5out of 5
amazing

PROS & CONS

What are the best aspects of this product?

If you have to decide what to use for CAD solution , if the key decision-makers are Price , Usability and Support , this is the optimum solution. There is a big player in the market as all you know if you search for it or use it. Price is better than others for what you will have. It is not the cheapest one if you are looking for it but it is the settled one.

What aspects are problematic or could work better?

The cloud "Kudo" product is good , I mean , having it is a good option. Included for subscription users only by the way. The price arrangement could be better. Price differences between plans are a way bit higher. In my opinion three year plan is a good option , however the price is not appealing that way. Perpetual licence is a little bit higher than my expectations. File types are great but when my team uses other basic CAM programs which came with tools , can not recognize the file. This is a little bit problematic. We need to try all files and record the right one for specific cases.

What features/services would you like to see in future versions of this product?

Simple CAM futures like , nesting and developing should be nice to push more productivity in one packet. Cloud and Mobil Versions are already good options. I love to use in mobile. I wish to have a specific file in my connected cloud file system. I am not sure to put it right way. For example , you have to connect your cloud file system , one drive , Gdrive etc. When you connect all files are there. I wish to have there is an option to connect cloud to create just one file and doing all permission staff to that folder. Integration manuals should be nice , because this system looks more easy to integrate in an ERP , MRP system. This is just not on our future list so far , may be later.

What specific problems in your company were solved by this product?

The price and can not have a perpetual system was a big problem for us. Ares Trinity of CAD solved that problem. Cross platform was a issue for us, I use Mac , technical teal uses Windows , and management uses Linux , the mess for reaching the CAD is off the table , now.

Are you a current user of this product?

Yes

USER DETAILS

What is your role with this product?

  • I made the decision to purchase it

How long have you been using this product?

Less than 1 month

COMPANY DETAILS

What is your company size?

51-100 Employees

What is your industry?

Machinery

USAGE & IMPLEMENTATION

Did your company use a different software before this one?

Yes

What software did you use before?

Autocad LT , Fusion 360. Fusion 360 will be the 3D solution for us.

Why did you decide to change it?

Price & Cross Platform Solution. We have been trying to use cloud solution since 2016 , in our ERP , Drive , Office operations. Autocad LT was the solution , and it also have the cloud one but the price was a bit higher. It also restrict users to do some certain staff in its way. We need to refresh ourselves for different approaches. It is very easy to implement a software if it act like a software. Autocad Lt is a system , it is much more efficient if you have other products in Autodesk system with it like Revit or ETC. Autocad LT is a gimmick by the way , if you want use Autocad itself , then the price sits on a very serious budget.

Are you satisfied with the change?

Yes , so far. We use the CAD software like Ares , Autocad or CMS IntelliCAD to make manufacturing plans and manipulate designs to make them manufacturable. We use nesting and development softwares to catch the high efficiency for both manwork and cost of scrap. Ares Commander is pushing you to integrate with it. They are both good softwares , but price is a pusher.

How did your company implement this product?

on premise

How long did it take to set up this product?

less than 1 hour

How many people in your company actively use this product?

several employees

What is the primary use of this product in your company?

mostly B2B

EFFECT ON BUSINESS GOALS:

How did using this product affect your business goals?

  • It enables us to view our design before we build it.
  • It facilitates easy storage and sharing.
  • It can be used in a number of areas.

PRICING & COSTS

What was the cost of implementing this product?

185

What is your total annual cost for using this product?

185

How long is your contract with the vendor?

1 year

FEATURE DETAILS

2D design
4
very good
3D design
3
ok
Assembly design
3
ok
Drafting
5
amazing
Isometric drafting
4
very good
Sketcher module
5
amazing
Part design & modelling
3
ok