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.
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:
This latest release offers several new features, including: support for AutoCAD 2021 drawing files; Improved UI, 4K Support, Dark/Light theme, Ellipse by diagonals, Circumscribed polygon, Diagonal Slot Polygon, Rubber Banding Improved Significantly, General redraw of meshes improved, Faster Import of STL files (x10) and Import/Export Adobe Illustrator.
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.
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!
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.
DesignCAD is able to import/export AutoCAD® files from R12 to 2021 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.
Use the built-in BasicCAD scripting language, or OLE Automation, or both, to add new tools to the existing toolset.
Intuitive yet sophisticated editing tools, advanced geometric construction capabilities, drawing short cut keys and complete layer management make 2D drafting a breeze.
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.
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.
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 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.
Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export AutoCAD® files from R12 through 2020 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
Ribbon:A new Ribbon User Interface has been added to DesignCAD 2021. Users can now switch between Classic and Ribbon UI’s.
Improved Icons (Vector):Improved Icons (Vector) have been added to DesignCAD 2021.
4K Support:4K screen support has been added to DesignCAD 2021 for more legible viewing with high resolution display settings.
Dark, Medium and Light Themes:Dark/Medium/Light Themes have been added to DesignCAD 2021. User can switch between different UI themes in DesignCAD in both the UIs depending on the time of the day as dark mode reduces eye strain at night. Alternatively, light and medium themes can be used at day time..
Ellipse by Diagonals:An “Ellipse by Diagonals” tool has been added to the Circles section. Now an ellipse can be drawn using its two diagonal points. The first point is the starting diagonal point of the ellipse and the second point is the ending diagonal point.
Circumscribed Polygon:A “Circumscribed Polygon” tool has been added to the Planes section. Now, the user can draw the polygon by using the first point as a center point and the second point as the center of one of the edges of the polygon.
Diagonal Slot Polygon:A “Slot Polygon” has been added to the Planes section. Now the user can draw a slot shaped polygon by using the first point as the first diagonal point and the second point as its second diagonal point.
Import/Export Adobe Illustrator:An Adobe Illustrator Export Filter has been added to DesignCAD 2021. Previous versions of DesignCAD had Adobe Illustrator as an import filter only.
|2021 New & Improved Features||3D Max||2D|
|Improved Icons (Vector)||✓||✓|
|Dark, Medium and Light Themes||✓||✓|
|Ellipse by Diagonals||✓||✓|
|Diagonal Slot Polygon||✓||✓|
|Rubber-banding Improved Significantly||✓||-|
|Redraw of Meshes Performance Improvement||✓||-|
|Import/Export Adobe Illustrator||✓||✓|
|Faster Import of STL Files||✓||-|
|Key Features||3D Max||2D|
|3MF Export and Import||✓||-|
|FBX Import and Export||✓||-|
|2D PDF Import||✓||✓|
|3D Print Check Tool||✓||-|
|Normals Render Mode||✓||-|
|Improvement to DesignCAD Solid Primitives||✓||-|
|Is Solid Water Tight||✓||-|
|Smart Boolean Operation||✓||-|
|Solids Leak Test||✓||✓|
|Mixed Mode Rendering||✓|
|Block Editor Mode||✓||✓|
|Flicker Free GDI Draw||✓||-|
|BasicCAD additions for Custom Properties||✓||-|
DesignCAD 2D is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7, 4GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space
*DesignCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.
Your experience with DesignCAD will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU; 4+ GB RAM; Large display resolution and graphics support; Internet connection for online features and content.