New: MacDraft Pro 5.6

New: MacDraft Pro 5.6

MacDraft Professional provides powerful tools for drafting, 2D CAD, technical illustration, architectural drawing in one easy-to-use, CAD software package.


The Tool palette offers a full complement of drawing tools including lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, polygons, curves, parallel line and freehand tools. Parallel line and polygon tools make it easy to create exterior walls. Add interior walls with a mouse click using the parallel extrude tool. Some tools can be configured from the Tool Palette to provide several drawing options. For example, arcs can be drawn by their radius, any 3 points, or as an elliptical arc. There are also special tools to create lines tangent, perpendicular, and parallel to edges. Alternatively, lines can automatically be drawn from the center of an object, as well as from the middle or end points of a line or edge of an object.


MacDraft offers its users maximum control over their drawing setup, you can select from English or Metric units and work at your desired scale. Layers give you the ability to organize your drawings so that you have the power to hide or gray whole sections of your work, so for example you could have your floor plan on one layer and your electrical schematics on another, then you can choose to hide them or show them as required. Your layers can even have different scales in the same drawing.


Whether you need horizontal, vertical, diagonal, angular, perpendicular, radial or diameter dimensions, MacDraft's dimension palette is always on hand to provide them. With linked dimensioning to automatically update dimensions as you modify components. Dimension formats provide text position, tolerances, round off, witness lines, arrow position, and much more. You can also create linear dimensions in single, chained or baseline modes.


The Resize palette displays the size of an object, text, or picture. When you select an item, its unique measurement parameters are displayed. Using the keyboard, you can quickly and precisely edit any of the item's measurements to a new absolute value, or a new value relative to its current size; the item is resized instantly. The Resize palette can also be used to move objects or vertices to new absolute or relative positions.


MacDraft allows you to import images in the form of PICT, TIFF, GIF, JPEG and BMP. You can also export drawings as PDF, BMP, JPEG, PSD, PICT, PNG and TIFF, or any other Quicktime supported format for that matter.


Lastly, MacDraft Pro offers excellent compatibility with AutoCAD and other programs supporting the DWG/DXF file formats. During opening of these files the user can choose the layout that will be opened from a list of available layouts or open the entire Model. The scale and units can also be chosen or MacDraft can do it automatically if you are unsure.


REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2 or later


To download a demo copy of MacDraft Pro 5.6 (30.1MB), click here.




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This is good software. I started using an early version on a FAT MAC in 1984. It has improved but remains a solid drafting and design tool. My firm uses SolidWorks for design work but the cost of the software, and the end result is such that it makes MacDraft a really good option. 3D software is not necessary for most engineering. Most 3D software takes too long for design work and it results in a lower level of productivity in the Engineering group.

In my work, I used MacDraft for designing downhole oil tools. Typically in this type of work, the designs are used for manufacturing, product manuals, presentations, work instruction, and material spec's. It is a good tool. Additionally, I used it for facilities design and plant layouts.

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