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DoubleCAD™ employs a large selection of line, arc, curve, spline tools, and other expected tools, so that no matter the situation you’ve got access to the right tool for the job. When used with DoubleCAD snaps, modification tools, and drawing aids you will be able to quickly draft and document your designs. Below is only a small sample of the drawing, modifying, and dimensioning tools. Click on any of the drawing tools in the left column to see a quick video of the feature to get a feel for the simplicity of DoubleCAD. The videos are in no way comprehensive, but intended to demonstrate the familiarity of the user interface. For more, give the product a try!
Arc, Bezier Curve, Circles,
Command Line, Construction Lines, Double Line, Ellipse, Line, Multiline, Parallel Line, Perpendicular Line, Points, Polygon, Polyline, Trim, Wall
Align, Array, Boolean operations, Chamfer, Distribute, Erase, Fillet, Join Polyline, Meet two lines, Mirror, Multi shrink/extend line, Offset, Rotate, Scale, Split, Stretch, Shrink/extend line, Trim
Angular,Baseline, Continuous, Datum, Diameter, Incremental, Leader, Orthogonal, Parallel, Quick, Radius, Rotated, Smart
If you have used the AutoCAD® classic interface, you will find DoubleCAD familiar and comfortable from day one. DoubleCAD toolbars, menus, and even most command line functions are like those in AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT®. There are some differences -- what we think of as advantages -- where we believe usability is improved. A DoubleCAD Advantage is highlighted with a training tip the first time you use one.
With a fully customisable user interface, change hot-key settings; add, subtract, or move menu items; set toolbars just the way you want them. With DoubleCAD, be productive working your way.
Data entry points and feedback are visible next to the DoubleCAD cursor. Drawing aids are automatic, with temporary guidelines and feedback visible as the cursor is moved. There is no need to look down at the command line breaking visual contact when entering data or looking for coordinates. DoubleCAD increases productivity and accuracy through an improved user experience.
Customise the relative prioritisation of snaps and geometric aids in order to configure your DoubleCAD workspace to the way you like to draft. Prioritisation helps minimise tedious snap changes to turn on and off individual snaps when not needed. This can have a quick and powerful impact on drawing, as more snaps can be turned on, with less conflicting, mistaken snaps, speeding drawing itself.
Save time and draw more accurately, more quickly. DoubleCAD provides handles for scaling, but also for rotating and moving objects. Separate tools do not need to be invoked. The DoubleCAD context menu (right-click) provides access to recently used tools, recently entered values, and a quick way to change or reset reference points. If a DoubleCAD tool is active, the context menu provides a contextual toolbar as well, with additional similar tools and functions.
The video above right shows an overview of these handle-based editing features in use.
DoubleCAD™ allows for hatch patterns and gradients to be layered with transparency. Custom bitmaps, such as your company logo, may be used as well. This empowers you to much more clearly and precisely communicate construction or assembly details. The interface is very simple. Watch the video to the right to see how easy it is to apply a transparency and layer a fill over a hatch in DoubleCAD™.
Using the DoubleCAD™ Brush Style Editor shown above, custom or industry standard hatch patterns can be created or imported from a number of common image file format (.jpg, .png, etc). Typical Hatch Pattern Creator software may cost anything up to £250. Why purchase a separate application when you can make or import your own with ease?
The DoubleCAD™ Smart Dimension tool applies the appropriate dimension for an object type by clicking and dragging. For example, with a diagonal line if you drag parallel to the line it will dimension the length; if you drag in the direction of the X-axis it will dimension the Y-axis height of the line. Click and drag on a circle and DoubleCAD™ will dimension the radius.
The DoubleCAD™ Quick Dimension tool is separate from the Smart Dimension Tool. It allows multiple dimensions to be drawn simultaneously, but all of the same type. For example, select the radius dimension, then select two circles and an arc, and all three will be dimensioned in one step. With a linear dimension, select two objects and both will be dimensioned along with the gap between them.
In the video above right the DoubleCAD™ Smart Dimension tool is used on different object types.
This may be 2D CAD, but DoubleCAD™ works with 3D models. View an object in 3D perspective or use Orthogonal Views for objects with dimension, in order to create paper spaces with enhanced visualisations, or for presentations.
DoubleCAD™ XT walls are compatible with Autodesk's AutoCAD® Architectural Desktop (ADT), or AutoCAD® Architecture walls. Rather than using double lines with the multiline tool, the DoubleCAD™ wall tool allows for straight or curved walls that are self-healing (clean up intersections and corners). Any DoubleCAD™ block can be inserted into a wall and will self-align, but that alignment can be modified easily with DoubleCAD™ scale and rotation handles so that a left-opening door can be a right-opening door by simply dragging its handles.
In DoubleCAD™ any object can be converted to a block, and when importing SketchUp™ models, all components are automatically made DoubleCAD™ blocks. This way doors and windows from the Google™ 3D Warehouse, or any other item you create in SketchUp™ or DoubleCAD™ can simply be dropped into any wall. Think of the time savings.
DoubleCAD™ files with these ADT compatible walls can be saved in .DWG format and brought into AutoCAD®, including AutoCAD LT®, where they retain their self-healing properties with all DoubleCAD™ blocks, such as doors and windows. Even in AutoCAD®, the door insertion points may be moved and the walls continue to heal themselves.
See a few of the features in the short video above right.
GENERAL CAD TOOLS IN ARCHITECTURAL CONTEXT
Any geometry can be made into a DoubleCAD™ block, easily. And all blocks can be fully customised and edited in the Block Editor. Blocks, when inserted into DoubleCAD™ walls, are self aligning. When importing a .DWG drawing, DoubleCAD™ reads all Block attributes and information contained in the drawing. When importing a .SKP file, all components are converted into DoubleCAD™ blocks automatically. All DoubleCAD™ blocks saved with DoubleCAD™ walls in .DWG remain self-aligning and self-healing when opened in AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT®.
FEATURED FILE SUPPORT
DoubleCAD™ saves a tremendous amount of time whether you are looking to create detailed construction drawings from SketchUp™ models, or looking for a better way to go from .SKP to .DWG.
When DoubleCAD™ opens a .SKP file (versions 5, 6, and 7 are supported), all visible geometry is loaded in model space. All layers are maintained. Scenes are automatically converted to paperspace views for detailing. All components are converted to DoubleCAD™ blocks (and will self-align when placed in DoubleCAD™ walls.
A DoubleCAD™ drawing will also support using a SketchUp™ file as an XREF (using XREFs applies to XT, but requires DoubleCAD™ XT Pro to create the XREF). And yes, DoubleCAD™ imports Google™ 3D Warehouse parts, like an Anderson® Windows .SKP component as DoubleCAD™ blocks automatically.
Import, edit, read and write .DWF files. Convert DWF files to be editable. Even use DoubleCD™ to convert .DWF files to .DWG.
Highly compatible file filters allow DoubleCAD™ to be a companion seat in any AutoCAD® office – read and write from R14 to 2009.