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SimpleCAD

By Tien Thinh Vu

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Description

SimpleCAD is an easy, simple to learn 2D Computer Aided Design program (CAD) made to meet all of your basic design needs.
SimpleCAD is more than just a vector paint program, because you could move, copy, edit, scale, rotate and offset… objects.


Main Functions of the application:

- Basic draw items: including freehand lines, line, polyline, orthogonal line, tangent line, parallel line, rectangle, polygon, circle, arc (NOTE: native ellipse is not supported, only support ellipse created by polyline object). Text box, callout box, picture box (imported from image file), measure items…

- Modify functions: move, erase, copy, mirror, offset, rotate, scale, stretch items' vertices, lengthen, trim, extend, break, chamfer, fillet and explode polyline, join, array, polar array.

- Auto Snap point setting: Snap to grid, end points of objects, on entity, center of arc - line - circle, middle point of arc - line, intersections, snap to top, left, right, bottom edges of a circle, arc

- Multi layers: you could create new layer to draw more items. Layers could be shown, hidden independently.

- Add image: You could add any image file (support file type: gif, jpeg, png, bmp, pict, tiff) to display as an item inside the application.
Image file could be shown in following modes: Stretch / Fit inside bound / Fit outside bound.
The application also allows to DRAG/DROP many image files directly from Finder (or press Cmd-V to paste image from current Clipboard) to current editing window to add them to the diagram.

- Add items (block) to Block Template list:
Right click on selected items then select "Add to template list" to save the block to template list so that you can reuse it later

- Customizable background:
Background color, total size of the diagram could be changed during editing.
Background color also can be set to transparent.

- Open/Save to "*.AAD" file:
AAD (*.aad) is the new file type created only for this application.
Press "⌘S" to save current diagram to an AAD file so that you could load it later for editing.


- Capture to clipboard:
Press "⌘9" or click on Capture button to export current diagram image to clipboard, then you could paste that image to another application.
Example: Open [Preview] application, press "⌘N" to paste above captured image to view or to save to an image file.
Of course, you could paste that image to Excel, Word application too.



Other functions:
- Supports Metric or English units (you could change it in the Preferences dialog)
- Unlimited Undo/Redo (shortcut key: Cmd-Z / Shift-Cmd-Z)
- Copy / Paste (shortcut key: Cmd-C / Cmd-V)
- Group / Ungroup Items (shortcut key: Cmd-G / Shift-Cmd-G)
- Lock/Unlock items position (shortcut key: Cmd-L / Shift-Cmd-L)
- Change display order
- Export to png, jpeg, tiff, pdf image file (shortcut key: Cmd-E)
- Print supported (shortcut key: Cmd-P)

What's New in Version 1.7

Version 1.7:
- Fix bugs
- Support to show unit in Feet-inches format

Version 1.6:
- manual drag and move by: hold ALT then drag mouse
- manual drag and move by: right mouse click then drag mouse
- manual drag and copy by: hold ALT-CONTROL key then drag mouse
- improve User Interface
- support to show Ruler
- add Zoom in, Zoom out short cut key
- add Point mark object
- add “Copy to another layer”, “Move to another layer” menu
- allow user to edit measure object’s text content
- allow user to direct edit coordinate information of selected object by new text boxes on the left toolbar
- fix arrow head size
- fix bugs

Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

Good CAD Drawings

This is a good program for very precise CAD drawings. It has many shape options, layers and color. I am using it on my MacBook but using a mouse and not the TouchPad to control the cursor. I have some suggestions. Some are just "my way" but I mention them anyway.
--You should list your Web page in the About menu. SimpleCad is used by another company also and they have taken that domain name.
--The Zoom function is based on 0,0 of the workspace. Normally I want to Zoom In to the object I am centered on. Zoom takes me away from the object I am viewing and closer to 0,0.
--Move object can be done precisely with keyboard entry (Command Line) I prefer to use the mouse. However I sometimes overshoot or miss the grid I want. Another CAD program I use has the arrow keys as "single step" moves. Just 4 clicks of the right arrow key and a move of 4 grid spacings is made.
--Sometimes when I move objects (rectangles for example), they do not end up with the edges on grid lines. Instead the center is snapped to the grid. Maybe I am missing something here.

Good Luck with this program.

Now I can finally build that time machine

I want hobbiest CAD. I want to make simple mechanical drawings for stuff I can build in the garage/basement. My CAD experience is extreemely limited (none in the past seven years). Going from no CAD to SimpleCAD is like being unchained from the cave. I may well outgrow this stripped down package, but for now it’s doing me super. On the first day, I created drawings for a project with the front view on one layer, the dimentions on another, and a few other layers for oblique projections, hardware, and whatnot. It was a struggle at first, but I’ve gotten pretty zippy with it in just a couple days.

The only real problem I have with it, is the help isn’t as helpful as it could be. It’s a .pdf file and I believe it was translated from another language. It’s not a bad translation compared to some I’ve encountered, but it does sometimes lack for clarity. Still, there was nothing I couldn’t figure out by playing with it for a bit.

Simple cad for complex projects

I downloaded this app and minutes later I did a design for some shade sails and was able to submit them to my customer and our manufacturer. The program is very intuitive plus there are detailed instructions. I am hoping that there is a way to output drawings to scale but I have not found it yet. I am also hoping that I can import Autocad files also.

SimpleCAD
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2014
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 4.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Tien Thinh Vu

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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