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Punch! to offer low-cost CAD tool: ViaCAD

updated 08:10 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007

ViaCAD due in March

Punch! Software today announced the launch of ViaCAD, a low-cost 2D/3D design solution for Macsdue in March for $100. Using patent-pending adaptive user interface and LogiCursor technology. the company said that 3D designs automatically create 2D details, plans and elevations with a single mouse click. The software also offers industry-standard interoperability including Google SketchUp (also updated today), AutoCAD 2007, Adobe Illustrator and other common 3D format (DXF/DWG, ACIS SAT, IGES, Rhinoceros, STL, 3DS Max, etc.). According to the release the product supports 2D, 3D, surface and solid modeling tools with a wide array of features to allow precision illustrations. In addition, the software creates section and detail views, Bill of Materials lists, and includes complete 3D editing tools, annotation, and dimensions as well as other practical features for designers. It will be available as a Universal Binary.

Users can enter model data for precision and it supports unlimited undo/redo. In addition, it offers sketching functions, support for multiple monitors, easy switching between 2D and 3D functions, and davanced CAD tools, including NURBS-based creation, common line/arc/split tools, tangential lines, oolean operations in solids, extrusions, healing and repair, parametric features and associativity at high precision.

The software will also include parts library of 26,000 for rapid creation of 2D and 3D designs with existing parts via drag & drop and dynamic positioning. It also includes ready-to-use models, such as HVAC networks, kitchen elements, posed figures, office furniture, mechanical parts, home elements and more.

by MacNN Staff



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