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By Tien Thinh Vu

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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


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Customer Reviews

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.

Not a Bad Program - You have to remember that it is “Simple” CADD

I am slowly learning to use it, and am able to produce the drawings I need of the systems on my boat, as I am upgrading them. I am a retired architect, so this program is not nearly as powerful as the professional tools, but it has its place and is well worth the price. My only real complaint is that I can not seem to get it to print with any logic. I can not figure out the relationship between the position of my drawing in the workspace and what prints out. I end up with images split between pages, lots of blank pages and no relationship between what I set for the scaling factor and what prints out. This is a source of frustration.

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.

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  • $18.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 4.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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