Let’s face it. The graphic design industry is competitive. And adding skills to your arsenal is always a good thing. Adding skills that usually aren’t thought of as “graphic design” but that are definitely in demand is even better.
For designers seeking a creative, easy-to-use alternative to complex CAD applications, the CADtools Plug-in mimics Illustrator’s tool behaviour, meaning you won’t have a lot of “down-time” trying to learn the ropes. Draw in any scale, edit and dimension vector artwork with a mouse click and numerically control objects or points. Click and drag with 81 tools to make design work both easy and sophisticated, doing in seconds what used to take hours.
The range of tools is extensive enough to allow complex technical drawings to be created without burdening users with overwhelming new options. Ever wondered what a CAD porgramme would look like if Adobe made one? CADtools is probably spot-on!
CADtools provides a snap-to-grid that you can set to specific units and you can choose to make it visible or invisible. You can also determine the colour of the grid at any time or change its scale which is very useful if the ‘snap-to’ feature is on because CADtools lets you work on different layers with each one being assigned a different scale (just like serious CAD porgrammes). Not only that, but you don’t even have to bring up a dialogue box to change layer attributes which is usually typical in most CAD porgrammes.
CADtools 9 unveils new productivity power with new features that simplify tasks and save time. The spectacular Universal Dimension tool pulls out horizontal, vertical, and axonometric lines, circles, and labels without changing tools. The Bézier Length Dimension tool measures complex paths and arcs. In Illustrator’s Select menu, new choices quickly select CADtools dimensions, labels, or attached artwork. Smart keyboard input while dragging (supported in Illustrator CS6 or later) provides instant editing of dimensions, labels, doors and windows, polygons, and rounded rectangles. The new CADrepeat panel offers the duplication of objects in a linear, grid, or radial path. Compact fractions, filled label shapes, and dimension line extension options present the beauty in details celebrated with CADtools.
CADtools lets you take Illustrator to a whole new level. You’ll amaze yourself AND your clients.