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DesignCAD 3D MAX v. 23

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DesignCAD 3D MAX v. 22


2D drafting and 3D solid modeling


DesignCAD 3D MAX is a complete 2D drafting and 3D solid modeling CAD system with many features that you'll only find in software that will set you back up to a hundred times the amount you pay for DesignCAD 3D MAX.


It's developed for professional use by architects, illustrators, engineers, technical draftsmen etc., but it's ideal for the hobby user as well, because of the low price and because it's so easy to work.



Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8


DesignCAD 3D MAX v. 23 is the latest development in the DesignCAD family, and it has been developed for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.


DesignCAD 3D MAX has the latest Windows look and feel, and great emphasis has been placed on making the drawing area as large as possible by diminishing buttons and putting some of the most used toolbars into the scroll panels.


And in DesignCAD you can draw with your mouse, digitizer, or just using your keyboard.



As you can see from the toolbar above, it does not just contain the common Windows functions, such as New File, Open and Save, Print, Copy and Add, but also special functions such as Paperspace, Double line mode, Ortho line mode , Point Select mode, Wireframe, Hidden Line Removal and Shading.


Combined 2D and 3D


DesignCAD 3D MAX contains all the same great features as DesignCAD, but at the same time it is a further development from previous versions. For example you can start by drawing a floorplan in 2D, then go into 3D mode and with the Extrude feature raise the walls to the height you want and go on from there.


Coordinate Bar



In the Coordinate Bar you can always see, where you are, and enter coordinates, when you draw.


View Toolbox



Above you'll find the View Toolbox, which in 3D mode shows, from which angle and distance the various windows are shown. You can edit directly in the fields, so if you want to see something askew from the top you can ajust the angle, or you can choose between Top View, Side View, Front View, Perspective, Parallel or Isometric.


Also you can save for example an isometric or perspective view to 2D format for illustration.


You can have multiple drawing windows open at the same time, and so you can see your object from the front, from the side, from above and in perspective at the same time, and if you edit one window, naturally the other windows are edited at the same time.


The many open windows are called DesignCAD tile, and you can of course decide for yourself, how many windows you want to have open at one time. Moreover, you can have multiple drawings open at the same time and, for example, copy and paste from one drawing to another.


Select a cursor type



Here you can choose cursor type.


Zoom



The zoom functions are just as powerful as in DesignCAD, which you will appreciate in large, detailed drawings.


Line Types





In DesignCAD you can change line type as well as thickness and whether the lines should be filled with this toolbar.


Furthermore, you can attach color and line type to individual layers and thus change color and line type by switching layer.


You can also create your own line styles and choose them from here.


Drawing Tools



Line-, ortho line-, curve-, parallel line-, line perpendicular to-, point-, tangent-,



arc-, quarter circle-, half circle- and



the circle functions work the same way as in DesignCAD, and same do


Trim and Fillet



the trim and fillet functions, and a couple of 3D functions have been added.


Standard Solids



DesignCAD 3D MAX contains these standard solids, but you can create any shape by creating planes from lines and solids from planes.


Double Lines



All these drawing functions can exploit special functions such as double line (only in 2D mode), which draws everything as a broad line with or without filler, ortho line, where everything is drawn either horizontally or vertically, and forced angle, where you can fix the angles that you want your cursor to use. Above you can see the double line toolbar. If you check Autotrim, the ends are automatically trimmed nicely.


Point Select Mode


You can also employ point select mode, where your drawing points (vector points) are shown and can be moved, resizing handles, where you can choose one or more objects and stretch them or push them together and preset point mode, where you set your points, before you draw.


Dimensions



The dimensions can be used on both 2D and 3D objects, and apart from area calculation DesignCAD 3D MAX can also calculate a surface area and volume of a solids.


Planes and Solids



With the plane functions you may create any 2-dimensional shape, and by combining multiple planes you can create solids.


Arrays



The more sophisticated tools here make it possible to copy objects to one or more rows or into a circle, and the extrude functions gives you the option to, for example, raise the walls in a house or stretch a shape around into a spiral or a circle, as has been done with the jar and goblet in the picture album above.


Manipulating Solids



Solids can also be combined or be subtracted from each other, so if you want a round hole through a cube, you just draw a cylinder through it and subtract it. DesignCAD 3D MAX even has as an advanced feature as an hammer command. On a surface you can choose the point, where the hammer must hit, and then how big a dent it should create, and whether it should be round or pointed.


Text



Apart from 2D text in arc or ballon, which you will also find in 2D mode, you can create text in 3-dimensional format. DesignCAD can utilize both Windows True Type fonts and Vector fonts.


2,000 Layers



In DesignCAD there are 2,000 nameable layers. A layer is like a piece of see through plastic that you can draw on. You can turn off they individual layers, so you cannot see, what is drawn on it. You can also lock any individual layers, so they can't be edited, and you can even put passwords on the layers, so only those who know the passwords can change the contents.


Info box


All object properties can be seen in the info box, where you also can edit, for example, color, material, scaling, line thickness etc.


In the info box it is also quite easy to move one or more objects from one layer to another.


Materials


Solids and planes can be assigned materials, for example aluminium, gold, marble, steel or whatever, and you can create your own materials on the basis of color, texture, and reflection.


You can even have transparent materials to illustrate glass or plastic, where you can grade the transparency.


Texture Mapping


In DesignCAD 3D MAX you can also use Texture Mapping.


If, for example, you have drawn a wall, you can put "true brick" on the surface from a bitmap file that you might have scanned or shot with a digital camera.



Lighting


Here you can set up to 8 light sources as directional, point light, or spot light.


You can also set up, which light sources to cast shadows and thereby create light and shadow effects on your objects, when you apply the shade feature.


Shading


You can even draw in shaded mode with graphic accelleration on in either Quick Flat or Gouraud (medium grade).


Animation


In DesignCAD you may create small cartoon films, where the contents your drawing move around, and DesignCAD also contains a Walk-Through feature.



Import/Export


The manufacturer is a member of the Open DWG Alliance, so you can import from and/or export to AutoCAD's own DWG format, DXF, and exporting you can even choose which AutoCAD release, you want to export to from Rel. 12 and forward. And you can import/export from/to lots of other formats such as IGES, HPGL, WMF, etc.


Scanner support and Bitmap to Vector conversion


DesignCAD gives you an option to scan drawings as bitmaps directly into the program. Here you can convert the bitmap drawings to vector format, so you can edit them in DesignCAD.

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