if you don’t need 3D but don’t want to struggle by simply using your CAD. The new AddCAD Basic is an application for AutoCAD* and GstarCAD, which simplifies and speeds up the design in all those cases in which the entity of the work does not justify the complication of 3D, nor the amount of time needed by simply using a CAD base. Derived from AddCAD Full, the powerful 3D parametric application, AddCAD Basic gets you starting in the 3D world.AddCAD Basic FREE
Drawing walls in a plan has never been easier and faster as it is with AddCAD Basic. A simple window makes it easy to set the thickness and alignment of the wall (internal, external, middle), then you just draw the polyline defining the wall (allowing of course to enter the actual measurements) and the double line of the wall will be automatically joined to each change of direction. In the same way with AddCAD Basic you can easily draw the interior walls and they are automatically hooked to the external ones and joined to each other.
While doing all this, your usual CAD base commands remain active, such as snaps and orthogonality, thus letting you design with your familiar tools. The walls are automatically inserted by AddCAD Basic on a special layer and, although designed with the application, they remain normal line and CAD entities that can be then manipulated with your usual CAD commands.
Doors and windows in AddCAD Basic are “parametric objects”.
That is, you can define, by means of a simple window, the type of door and all the geometric characteristics, such as width, height, distance of the frame, the presence or not of the inner line (for the French-doors).
The insertion of doors and windows in the walls is very simple: AddCAD Basic requests that you select the line inside of the wall and the distance from the edge (right or left) to which position the opening; the symbol of the frame (complete of dimensions) is also inserted into the wall adapting to its thickness.
Once inserted, the openings can be easily changed, you can just select the desired door or window and open the parameters window from which you can change the geometry.
The drawing is automatically updated with the new size (or type) of the opening and its fittings to the wall in which it is inserted.
Additionally for the doors you can simply to define the position of the hinge and click a point within or beyond the wall to determine the direction of the opening.
Finally a special command makes it very easy to design double doors. The parameter window allows you to define the width (even if different) of the shutters in order to draw the door with those dimensions. These can however be changed at any time and the drawing is automatically updated.
AddCAD Basic allows you to automatically draw all popular types of roofs:
Roofs in AddCAD Basic are also “parametric objects”, that is for each of the above types of roofs, you can defined:
The insertion of the roof in the drawing is straightforward.
For example for a hipped roof, once the above features have been defined, you simply click the external line of the perimeter walls and the roof is automatically generated with all its intersections and ridges.
Not only, after generating the roof automatically, you can always modify the geometry (also of single slabs) to differentiate it from the simple perimeter of the building, such as when you wish to cover additional areas like terraces, porches, etc. or, vice versa, in recess from the perimeter itself.
As for the other parametric objects, even the covers are inserted by AddCAD Basic on a separate layer that you can turn on or off as needed.
Despite being a 2D application, AddCAD Basic allows you to see the 3D view of the roof through its “wireframe” profile.
AddCAD Basic automatically organizes its entities by structuring the drawing in different layers, even when the original drawing has no layers.
This feature allows you to easily define the color and thickness of objects for printing and also to turn the single layers on or off.
Despite being a 2D application, AddCAD Basic allows you to manage the plans of the building in proportion to their actual height and see then in a three-dimensional isometric view.
A simple window allows you to duplicate an existing floor on another of a different elevation and easily make the changes compared to the original one. In doing this AddCAD Basic is of a great help. For example when deleting a window the walls are automatically restored.