DesignCAD 2018

DesignCAD 2018

DesignCAD 2018

Easy, Versatile 2D CAD Solution

DesignCAD is an easy-to-learn and use 2D CAD program. Access hundreds of 2D drafting and design tools through an intuitive interface to quickly and easily produce accurately scaled, precision designs.  It's perfect for architectural drawings, engineering layouts, and more.

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Overview

Get Started in CAD with DesignCAD

DesignCAD is a versatile and easy-to-use 2D CAD program. Access hundreds of 2D drafting and design tools through an intuitive interface to quickly and easily produce accurately scaled, precision designs! It’s perfect for:

  • Architectural Drawings – Draw professional-quality floorplans, elevations, and plot plans with ease.
  • Engineering Layouts – Double-precision accuracy allows the highest degree of tolerance and design control.
  • Shop Drawings – Entering specific values for dimensions, diameter and radius allows you to draw accurate mechanical parts.
  • Home Projects – Create do-it-yourself landscaping designs and indoor/outdoor home improvements.
  • Other CAD Needs – Create electronic schematics, plats, mapping, flow charts and more.

Easy to Use

DesignCAD offers simple operations, intuitive drawing tools, editing commands, and extensive online help to make it easy for you to quickly get started using CAD.

Fast, Powerful Commands

Drawing shortcuts, horizontal and vertical cursor mode, and cursor step size enable you to make faster and more accurate drawings. Shortcut keys and dynamic toolbars can make commonly used commands a snap! 

Full Featured 2D Drafting

You can draw virtually anything with DesignCAD’s sophisticated 2D drawing and editing features, advanced geometric construction capability, complete layer management, extensive text manipulation functions, dimensioning and annotation features. 


AutoCAD® 2016 .DWG/.DXF Compatibility & More

DesignCAD is able to import/export AutoCAD® files from R12 to 2018 with support for AutoCAD® layouts, PaperSpace, layers, line styles, views, and blocks in both DXF and DWG file formats. See the Key Features tab for a full list of compatible file formats.

Extensible

Use the built-in BasicCAD scripting language, or OLE Automation, or both, to add new tools to the existing toolset.

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Illustrators
  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Hobbyists
  • Educators
  • Student

New Features

AutoCAD 2018 Import/Export Support

DesignCAD 2018 is now able to import DWG and DXF files in AutoCAD 2018 format, and able to Export DWG and DXF files to AutoCAD 2018 format.

New Icon Scaling Option

DesignCAD 2018 offers the ability to scale the toolbox icons from 16x16 pixels up to 64x64 pixels in size steps of 8 pixels. This allows users with ultra-high-resolution screens to scale the icons up to a usable size.

New Control Curve Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new type of curve entity to the existing set. Now in addition to Curves and Bezier Curves, we have the ability to create Control Curves (NURBs) with both Cubic and Quadratic weightings. Control Curves use the points you set as an enclosing cage to constrain the shape of the curve, rather than as a set of points the curve must pass through.

New Arc Tangent to 2 Lines Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds the new Arc Tangent to 2 Lines command, which draws an arc of a specified radius tangent to two picked lines. The result is similar to the arc formed by the Fillet command, but it does not trim the tangent lines to meet the endpoints of the resulting arc.

New AutoHatch Feature

DesignCAD 2018 adds the ability to automatically create a hatch fill pattern in 2D shapes without having to separately run the Hatch, Hatch Line, or Hatch Fill. The current AutoHatch pattern can be set from the AutoHatch Settings in the Options menu; the pattern for an existing object can be changed from the AutoHatch Settings in the Info Box's toolbar.

New Text Option: Dynamic Scaling

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new Dynamic Scaling option to the Text command. When this option is enabled, text scales automatically and proportionally between the first two points set; when it is off, text is drawn at the specific size specified in the dialog box.

Insert Manager Improvements

The Insert Manager no longer deletes selected blocks, images, or symbols immediately – it marks the ones selected for deletion, but they are not actually deleted from the drawing until the 'Apply' button is pressed. Pressing 'Cancel' will unmark the selected objects and leave them intact.

Improved AutoCAD DWG/DXF File Interoperability

Continued improvements and bug fixes have been added and/or corrected for smooth file sharing with .DWG and .DXF file formats.

Key Features

Easy to Use 2D Drafting & Design

Intuitive yet sophisticated editing tools, advanced geometric construction capabilities, drawing short cut keys and complete layer management make 2D drafting a breeze. 

  • Usability Tools
  • Workspace Tools
  • Macros
  • Drawing Tools
  • Editing and Measuring
  • Dimension Tools
  • Groups, Blocks, Symbols and more!

Windows 64-bit & 32-bit Compatible

Choose from our traditional 32-bit version, or install the new 64-bit compatible version, that utilizes expanded computer memory to load, process, and render files of nearly any size.

Smart Menus

DesignCAD offers smart menus that are initially presented with a shortened list of available menu commands to help reduce screen clutter. The menus can be expanded to show all items by clicking on the double arrows at the bottom of the menu. Great for learning, this option can be enabled or disabled depending on the user's preference.

Layers

DesignCAD utilizes layers that can be independently switched on and off in order for users to have a better visibility of the drawing. For example, if you just need to see the outline of a component, switch off other layers containing center lines, dimensions, etc.

DesignCAD can also lock layers, so that they are visible but not editable, in order to prevent accidental changes to the locked layer. Some features of objects, such as color or linestyle, can also be controlled on a per-layer basis.

Associative Dimensions

Associative dimensions will automatically update as you change the size of the object they are associated with. For example, if a radial dimension is associated with a circle, when you change the radius of the circle using the Info Box, the associated radial dimension is automatically updated to match the new radius.

Added Flexibility when Sharing Your Work

  • Print Section - Print only a specified region of the drawing.
  • Print Scale Options - Select from a standard set of print scale options or create your own.
  • Info Box - Roll out or more permanently open the info box to display the details of any selected object to help you speed through the design options, even if you’re still learning/span>
  • User Notes – Add notes to any drawing/span>
  • Save for Sharing - When you save a drawing, all files referenced externally (textures, symbols, images) are saved to a subfolder with the host drawing’s name.
  • Paper Space Mode – Create a view frame and choose a specific scale or enter a custom view frame scale.

AutoCAD® DWG/DXF Compatible

Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export AutoCAD® files from R12 through 2018 and enjoy excellent compatibility with AutoCAD® layouts and PaperSpace, plus support for AutoCAD® layers, linestyles, views, and blocks in both DXF and DWG file formats. DesignCAD even offers limited support for Architectural Desktop (ADT) objects, which are recognized and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.

DesignCAD can import, or open, leading CAD file formats including DWG, DXF, vector WMF, HPGL, and XYZ. DesignCAD can export or save to DWG, DXF, vector WMF, HPGL, PDF and SKP.

DesignCAD also supports several image formats including .BMP, .TIF, .JPG, .TGA, .PCX, .PNG, and .GIF

System Requirements

System Requirements:

64-bit System Requirements: Microsoft Windows ® 10*, Windows ® 8* (64-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) - 2GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space

32-bit System Requirements: Microsoft Windows ® 10*, Windows ® 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space

Recommended: Newer generation, higher speed CPU; 4+ GB RAM; Large display resolution and graphics support; Internet connection for online features and content

*DesignCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.

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DesignCAD 2018

DesignCAD 2018

Easy, Versatile 2D CAD Solution

DesignCAD is an easy-to-learn and use 2D CAD program. Access hundreds of 2D drafting and design tools through an intuitive interface to quickly and easily produce accurately scaled, precision designs.  It's perfect for architectural drawings, engineering layouts, and more.

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