MacDraft – Easy 2D Architecture CAD Software for Mac

MacDraft

MacDraft Professional is the 2D CAD app that makes floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration simple on Mac. Create precise and professional 2D drawings in moments, with this easy-to-use, powerful and affordable drafting application. With its precise vector tools, smart units and fully-featured scaled environment, MacDraft is designed to deliver a quality solution, without the steep learning curve.

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Looking for a lighter option for personal use? MacDraft Personal Edition is ideal for vector illustrations, brochures, floor plans, postcards and more.

Both MacDraft Pro and Personal Edition are available as just the app, or can be upgraded to Home & Garden, Starter or the Complete pack.

MacDraft Home & Garden features 2 add-on symbol libraries and 3 premium templates, while Starter features 4 symbol libraries and 5 premium templates. If you want it all, MacDraft Compete includes all additional symbol libraries (that’s over 7,500 symbols) and 10 premium templates.

 

Reasons to Choose MacDraft

Speed and Reliability
MacDraft is High Sierra compatible, so all the speed and power of the latest OS is at your fingertips. The latest version of MacDraft is now up to twice as fast as any previous version.

Complete Control
With custom scales and units, layers, export options, DWG support and more, MacDraft gives you complete control over how you design your layouts.

Perfect for Floor Plans, Garden Plans and More
With over 1100 pre-drawn Library items, MacDraft Home and Garden is the perfect design tool to create floor and garden plans with ease.

Time Saving Library Catalog
MacDraft allows you to create your own library of graphics. This is a great feature that can save you hours.

Template System
Choose from a selection of templates, or speed up your design process by creating your own document templates.

Customise Your Interface
Control how your grid, guides and document background look. The pro version also allows you to control you preferences for the document and for particular tools and dimensions.

Easy To Use Vector Tools
MacDraft includes a comprehensive set of drawing tools for technical, layout and illustrative designs. Everything you need in your design tool box.

Smarts Scales & Units
A fully scaled drawing environment and custom scales/units give you everything you need to produce all kinds of drawings and layouts.

Share and Collaborate
MacDraft supports various file formats such as DWG, DXF, PDF and other image types. This gives you the ability to share your work with others and collaborate on design projects.

 

Get started with MacDraft today by downloading the FREE MacDraft trial.

Once you’ve installed the trial, why not get started in the best way possible by watching the online MacDraft tutorials.

MacDraft is available now at CAD Software Direct

What’s New in Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019

Some greet annual updates with scepticism, some with genuine excitement. Vectorworks provide annual major updates (with free service pack releases throughout the year) and this year sees some significant changes and added features.

There are significant improvements in sections and cut-throughs, Fundamentals loses its access to window and door tools, and there are a range of more minor new features that improve general usability or address gripes.

Changes to Fundamentals

Traditionally, Vectorworks Fundamentals has been pitched as the entry level solution but it has carried within it various tools that are extremely helpful for architectural work. These industry-specific tools will now only be available in design-series packages. The tools that are removed from Fundamentals 2019 are:

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Spaces
  • Columns
  • Stairs & Ramps

Fundamentals users on VSS when 2019 is released will be entitled to a free upgrade to a design series product (Architect, Landmark or Spotlight) and their VSS will increase slightly upon renewal to reflect the upgrade. Fundamentals users without VSS but wishing to move to 2019 will need to upgrade to Vectorworks Architect to have access once again to those tools.

The price of Vectorworks Fundamentals 2019 has been frozen and it’s anticipated that going forward it will continue to fill a role as a good 2D & 3D application, provide a cost effective alternative to AutoCAD but architects and interior designers will find the design series products more useful. Likewise, anyone looking for a BIM platform will need to be working in a design series product.

 

New Features Across the Board

  • 2D Components for Hybrid Objects
  • Image Effects
  • Clip Cube Options
  • Subdivision Iterations
  • Multi-Core Support for Graphics
  • Improved DWG Import/Export
  • Vectorworks Graphics Module Available on Sheet Layers
  • Layer and Class Filtering
  • Improved Flyover Sensitivity
  • Improved Chain Dimensions

 

Industry Series

  • BIM Ready Building Libraries
  • Data Tags
  • Marionette Improvements
  • Bi-Directional Editing in COBie worksheets
  • Improved OpenBIM / IFC Export Options
  • Improved PDF Workflows
  • Improved REVIT Collaboration
  • Section Drawing Creation
  • Object Catalogues
  • Point Cloud Enhancements
  • Space Objects: Non-Horizontal Ceilings and Floors
  • Space Styles
  • Improved Title Block Management
  • Project Sharing Diagnostics
  • Vehicle Turning Simulation

 

Vectorworks Architect

Vectorworks Architect

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting

 

Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks Spotlight

  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

Vectorworks Landmark

Vectorworks Landmark

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components

 

Vectorworks Designer

 

Vectorworks Designer

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components
  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

If you’re interested in purchasing Vectorworks, or have any queries, give us a call or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Vectorworks 2019: Clip Cube for Viewports

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019 introduces clip cube support for viewports and Renderworks modes in design layers and sheet layers.

Previously, clip cube supported openGL and WireFrame rendering modes. However, now you will be able to use clip cubes in any rendered view or style, giving you the efficiency and capability you need to create remarkable sections, elevations, and presentation drawings.

The clip cube option is located in the advanced viewport dialog box, along with other preferences, such as changing the fill and edge color or casting shadows of removed objects. To get the full details check out the video below:

“The new clip cube feature is great. We’ve been waiting for the ability to show clip cubes in sheet layer viewports, and now we can,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, principal architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “In schematic design, we can make 3D plan views by setting clip cube a few feet above the floor. Or in design development, we can present sections in cutaway axon views to really demonstrate how things relate to each other. This really expands our tools for design presentations.”

Maxwell Render Now Compatible with ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell V4 users can update for free from the customer portal.

If you haven’t tried Maxwell Render yet, you really should! Download the trial at http://www.nextlimit.com/maxwell/try/

You can also buy Maxwell Render at CAD Software Direct. Remember, we’ve also got the Summer Price Drop until August 31st – so now is a great time to get Maxwell Render!

Vectorworks 2019 Teaser – Class & Layer Filters

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks are returning again this year with Teaser Tuesday! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek at updates to come in Vectorworks 2019. For the first in the series, here’s a Vectorworks 2019 update that will help you save time and make your workflow even smoother.

Most design files end up with more classes and layers than one can easily manage. In Vectorworks 2019, steps have been taken to increase efficiency by adding the ability to search, filter, and add tags to layers and classes. This means you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display class and layers based upon specific properties. Watch the video below to see the full capabilities:

“As the amount of data in BIM files increases, it gets harder to find and manage classes and layers,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “The new layer and class filters help sort through this information so we can quickly find what we need. This is a huge improvement, especially for offices doing more complex projects.”

Find out more by visiting CAD Software Direct/Vectorworks.

Upcoming Vectorworks Events 2018

Vectorworks 2019

Get the most out of Vectorworks by registering for and attending these events coming up this year:

16th-18th September
Plasa London
http://plasashow.com/

Great for: Vectorworks Spotlight

PLASA Show is the flagship international event for the entertainment technology industry which welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year.

 

16th-19th September
Decorex
https://www.decorex.com

Great for Interior Design

Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike.

 

18th September
Birmingham City University Student Workshop

 

18th-19th September
Landscape Show
http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Established as the essential trade event, LANDSCAPE attracts garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, architects, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond.

 

26th September
CADUser Event TBA

 

2nd October
Vectorworks Annual Design Day
https://www.vectorworks.net/designday2018

Great for: Everything Vectorworks!

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow. Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

 

9th October
Birmingham Event TBA

 

16th October
LI CPD Day, Manchester

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Over a hundred delegates and speakers attend a minimum of four seminars on diverse topics in a single day, with plenty of opportunities to network.

 

17th-18th October
Digital Construction Week

Great for: Vectorworks Architect

Innovation and Technology in the Built Environment.  The Exhibition features over 90 hours of free to attend seminars focused on innovation and technology in the built environment.  Plus more than 120 of the most exciting new and innovative companies exhibiting with us.

 

23rd October
Liverpool Event TBA

 

24th October
SBID Meet the Buyers

The SBID 20:20 is a one day annual networking event that brings together the most important designers, architects and specifiers of the international design industry, to meet face to face with the best manufacturers and suppliers of solutions. The event provides a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies that build key relationships.

 

15th November
Construction Computing Awards

The Construction Computing awards or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known are back for 2018 in what will be the thirteenth running of this annual event. Once again we are looking to showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. 

 

8th-9th November
CITA Tech Live, Dublin
https://www.citatechlive.com/

CitA Tech Live, organised by Construction IT Alliance (CitA), is a 2-day event with 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies in construction. Along with 8 keynote speakers, the event will have 4 live stages where attendees will be able to see the technology in action! 

 

20th November
Edinburgh Event TBA

 

20th November
FutureScape

The UK’s number 1 landscaping trade event.  The one-day FutureScape event is packed full of networking opportunities, seminars to expand your technical knowledge, and demonstrations of brand new technologies and products.

 

26th November
Kensington & Chelsea College Student Workshop

 

Also upcoming…
SBID Breakfast Meetings to be planned, as well as a Vectorworks event for January/February 2019.

Big Offers from Vectorworks (Free VSS!)

Vectorworks Offers

Now is a great time to buy or upgrade Vectorworks. We’ve got some amazing offers that you should definitely take a look at whether you’re new to Vectorworks, or even a current VSS subscriber.

1 Year Free VSS for New Customers*

From August 1st to September 11th 2018, new customers buying new Vectorworks licenses will get 1 year VSS for free. Free VSS through this offer will renew on 1st September 2019. As if you need convincing when it’s free, you can still read our post Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS.

50% Module Discounts

As an added bonus, new customers will find the cost of adding a module is discounted by a very generous 50%. Modules included are Architect, Landmark and Spotlight.

What about Existing Customers?

If you’re still using Vectorworks 2015, there won’t be a better time to upgrade to the latest version. Once Vectorworks 2019 is released, you’ll no longer be able to upgrade from 2015, as only the three most recent versions are supported (you’ll need to buy a brand new license for the latest version). Upgrade now to get free VSS and, if you’re using Fundamentals, a 50% discount on modules. Remember, you’ve only got until September 11th 2018.

Existing customers who do not currently have VSS will also get a free year of VSS if upgrading between August 1st and September 11th.

Free for Existing Fundamentals with VSS Customers

If you are a Vectorworks Fundamentals user with an active VSS contract, you will be given the opportunity to add a module to your existing license free of charge when 2019 arrives!

If you choose to add a free module to your license, your VSS renewal date will change to reflect the additional module.

 

* New customers are people who are new to Vectorworks, or have used it in the past but have since moved to other software or have licenses that cannot be upgraded.

Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS?

Vectorworks VSS

VSS Gives You More

Vectorworks VSS helps you get the most out of your software and gives predictability for your budget with:

  • Free software updates & priority support.
  • An online portal to manage your license and access downloads.
  • A full library of online training and tutorials with discounts on additional training.
  • Two half-day seminars in the Vectorworks Training Centre, or online if you choose.
  • Exclusive access to web and mobile solutions, Vectorworks Cloud Services and the Vectorworks Nomad app.

VSS Saves You Money

You get a lot of stuff with VSS, but it is usually the most cost effective option too.

Example:

Upgrading from Architect 2017 to 2018 without VSS will cost £839+VAT* RRP.

If Architect 2017 was originally purchased all with VSS for only £527 +VAT* RRP, the upgrade to 2018 PLUS all the features above would be included.

Even if you stick with the same version for a few years, the VSS option still works out cheaper.

Upgrading from Architect 2015 to 2018 without VSS will cost £1797 +VAT* RRP.

If VSS was purchased with Architect 2015, a cost of only £1581 +VAT* RRP would be spread across three years PLUS all the features and latest updates would be included along the way.

VSS Renewal Costs are Fixed

When you renew, you’ll only pay the price VSS was when you first purchased. Should prices go up, you don’t need to worry – your prices are fixed†. With VSS, you save money and have exclusive access to loads of great extras. Plus, get 50% OFF your first year if you are new to VSS!

Renewing VSS is Easy

Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us at sales@cadsoftwaredirect.com

 

* All prices correct at time of article posting.

† Vectorworks retain the right to amend renewal costs with prior written warning as stated in the VSS contract.

Vectorworks UK Annual Design Day 2018

Vectorworks Design Day

Be a part of the Vectorworks Annual Design Day on 2 October 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Center in London, W1G 9DT.

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow.

Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

Key personnel from Vectorworks in the USA and UK will be on hand to show the latest tools and workflows and existing customers will also be taking to the stage to share their knowledge through project case studies. In addition there will be breakout sessions aimed at individual industries such as, Architecture, Landscape and Interiors, which ensures that content is totally relevant and rewarding.

Combine this with the chance to meet and network with over 250 of your industry colleagues and the day becomes an event not to be missed!

So, register now to reserve your place for this fabulous opportunity.

Last Chance to Sign Up for An Introduction to Allplan Architecture

Allplan Architecture Webinar

Join Ralph Pullinger and Jonathan Croft for this webinar which will introduce the tools within Allplan Architecture that provide Architects complete creativity and project control. Allplan Architecture is tailored to produce detailed design drawings, enabling unparalleled information quality.

After this webinar you will understand:

  • The physical and functional properties;
  • Professional drawings and visualisations;
  • Reliable and traceable quantities and costs.

Last chance to secure your place

 

Always Have the Right Tools in Hand
With the new actionbar in Allplan Architecture 2018, you will find the tools you need for your particular tasks via a series of ribbons. The actionbar is structured according to different roles and tasks so that function groups, such as modelling, drafting or visualisation, are available to you.

3D Modelling Without Compromise
Enhanced development in the area of 3D modelling in Allplan Architecture 2018 allows you to implement your visions without compromise and with the highest level of precision.

Efficient Information Management
With the combination of Allplan Architecture 2018 and the BIM platform Allplan Bimplus, you can easily handle the exchange of thousands of pieces of information in BIM projects. You can use Allplan Bimplus to centrally define information and then use it in different systems and disciplines throughout the entire life cycle of a structure.

 

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12:30 – 13:30pm (BST)
Wednesday 11th July, 2018