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 2020 drawing files; PDF underlay support, a Line Distance tool, Best Fit Circle and Line tools. Adobe Illustrator (AI) import and ability to use as an underlay, and SketchUp 2020 Import and Export.
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 2020 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
PDF Underlay:PDF compatibility has been expanded to now include PDF Underlay. Previously, only 2D file export was supported along with the import of 2D Geometry. Please see the example 2D PDF Underlay imported successfully into DesignCAD 2020.
2D Adobe Illustrator® with option to import as underlay:Adobe illustrator import filter has been added in DesignCAD. User can import the Adobe illustrator file as an underlay or simply its geometry. To the Right is an example of Adobe illustrator file imported in DesignCAD.
Support for SketchUp 2020:DesignCAD now supports SketchUp 2020. Below image shows the SketchUp 2020 file imported in DesignCAD.
Support for AutoCAD® 2020:Support has been provided in DesignCAD to import or export the AutoCAD 2020 file format’s (.dwg and .dxf). The users can import or export the above-mentioned formats in the latest versions. Note: The support for AutoCAD file formats was already present in DesignCAD. However, the code and relevant libraries needed to be updated to provide the support for AutoCAD 2020 Below is an image which shows a file that has been imported in DesignCAD 2020. The file format is .dwg and was designed in AutoCAD 2020 which is the latest till date.
Best Fit line and Best Fit Circle:The new Best Fit Circle and Line tools allow the user to draw a circle which is best-fitted through 3 or more defined points, or a line through 2 or more points. Points can be extracted from a specified location or a specific object.
Line Distance tool:The minimum distance between two non-parallel lines can now be calculated through the line distance tool. Previously, only the distance between two parallel lines was able to be calculated.
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.
|2020 New & Improved Features||3D Max||2D|
|2D Adobe Illustrator with option to import as underlay||✓||✓|
|Support for SketchUp 2020||✓||✓|
|Support for AutoCAD 2020||✓||✓|
|Best Fit Circle and Line tools||✓||✓|
|Minimum distance tool for perpendicular lines||✓||✓|
|3D Print Check Tool||✓||-|
|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||✓||-|