Professional, yet easy to work with DesignCAD v. 25 is a complete, professional, all-round 2D drafting tool, developed for architects, illustrators, engineers, technical draftsmen etc., and easy to work with because of its simple and intuitive structure.
Professional, yet easy to work with
DesignCAD v. 25 is a complete, professional, all-round 2D drafting tool, developed for architects, illustrators, engineers, technical draftsmen etc., and easy to work with because of its simple and intuitive structure.
For Windows 7, 8.x and 10
DesignCAD is developed according to the latest Windows standards and contains features that you would normally only find in the price range of more than £ 1,000. It now comes in a 32 bit as well as a 64 bit version, developed for Windows 7, 8.x and 10.
The tools are logically assembled in toolboxes, but you can also construct your own as required.
Lines, boxes, polygons, curves, arcs parallel lines, lines perpendicular to existing lines, points, tangents, arrows, sketch lines and tick lines are drawn by just clicking a button on your mouse or your digitizer.
A double click on any tool keeps it running, until another tool is selected.
By clicking a button you can get DesignCAD to run in ortho mode, i.e. all lines become either horizontal or vertical.
Double Line Mode
Also there is a special double line mode, in which the drawn line automatically becomes double and another new function is the option to insert doors and windows into such double lines with a couple of clicks.
In DesignCAD you can select line types, the thickness of the line and whether it should be filled. You can also create your own line types, and you can very well have several different line types and thicknesses in one drawing.
In DesignCAD you draw to actual scale. Only when you want to print do you have to determine the scale of your drawing according to paper size.
In DesignCAD there are 12 types of dimensions, common distance, extended and progressive, angles, radius, diameter etc., and you have the option for area calculation in metric as well as feet and inches.
You can create arcs in 9 different ways, based on center and radius, two or three points, center and two points etc.
Circles and Ellipses
Circles and ellipse can be created in 7 different ways, center-radius, diameter, three points and between two or three tangents.
Trim and Fillet
In DesignCAD you also have all the necessary trim- and fillet functions for trimming of lines and rounding of corners etc.
Arrays, Rotate, Scale etc.
With the tools in this toolbox you can duplicate selected objects along a circle, along lines or mirror them.
Also there are tools for rotating and scaling your objects.
Text and types
Also the text functions are extremely strong, as DesignCAD can employ Vector fonts as well as the Windows True Type Fonts. And this regardless of whether the text is straight, horizontal, vertical or slanted, or follows an arc.
DesignCAD contains a standard palette with 256 color, but you can add to it by mixing your own.
DesignCAD includes more than 120 different hatch patterns amongst which the standard Windows Hatch Patterns, with the option to scale and angle.
You can either select the area, you want to hatch or fill an already framed area.
You can also use gradient patterns or insert bitmaps in either of these formats: *.bmp;*.dib;*.jpg;*.jpeg; *.tga;*.tif;*.tiff;*.pcx;*.pct; *.psd;*.pcd;*.wmf;*.png;*.wpg;*.eps;*.awd
And finally there are the snap functions, which makes it easy to catch a point, a line, a center or create a tangent.
You can gravity snap, snap to a line, to the intersection of two lines, to the middle of a line or between two points, to the center of gravity of an object, tangent snap, or quadrant snap.
You can work it as a running snap, interuptable snap, or set up a grid that you can snap to.
You can load symbols into DesignCAD.
Symbols (similar to xref in AutoCAD) are other DesignCAD drawings that you can load into your existing drawing, typically standard doors, windows, stairs, kitchen cupboards, springs, bolts, nuts, electric or electronic components.
Many of your suppliers will have symbols available as for instance AutoCAD drawings (i.e. the formats .DWG and .DXF). You can convert these to DesignCAD format (.DCD) and use them in your own drawings.
In DesignCAD you can draw in upto 2,000 layers, that you can name yourself.
The layers can be locked or closed, and you can even place passwords on the individual layers, so only people with the correct password can edit them.
You can also draw in different colors and then get DesignCAD to distribute the contents of your drawing to the different layers according to your color palette.
With the special info boxes you can select an object, see what it is, and modify it.
For instance you can move your object to a different layer, change its size or placement, modify its line thickness, change line type and style, or place it somewhere else.
Groups and Blocks
The group and block functions let you group your objects, so they perform as a whole and adapt them as such.
Import, Export, and Bitmap Images
You can import and export the most common CAD formats such as .DWG, .DXF, etc. and export to .SKP format for SketchUp, and you can also create bitmap files such as .BMP, .JPG, .GIF etc. from within DesignCAD.
Your own toolboxes
In DesignCAD you can create your own menus, icon toolbars and insert your own keyboard shortcuts, so DesignCAD becomes as easy to work with as the tool, you worked with before.
Your own commands
You have the possibillity to create macros and add your own commands for DesignCAD with BasicCAD, the built in programming language, or with Microsofts Visual Basic or Visual C++. This way you can mould DesignCAD for your specific purpose, and you save both time and money.
In DesignCAD paperspace is included.
This makes it easy for you to define your drawing head and put detailed drawings onto the same paper etc. Below is an example.