IMSI/Design Launches DoubleCAD XT, A free AutoCAD LT Work-Alike

Focus on Drafting & Detailing;

.DWG Compatible And Based on Award-Winning CAD Code;

CAD of Choice for Google™ SketchUp™ Users and a Great Companion to AutoCAD®


NOVATO, Calif., February 4, 2009– IMSI/Design, maker of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today it is entering the corporate CAD market with DoubleCAD XT, an AutoCAD LT work-alike that will be distributed online at no charge.

"DoubleCAD stands for 'Drafting & Detailing'... and if you're an AutoCAD shop and need an extra seat of AutoCAD LT -- or just need a better way to create 2D construction documents -- why spend $1,200? We think free is pretty compelling," stated Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design.

Based on IMSI/Design's award-winning CAD code with over two million copies sold worldwide, DoubleCAD XT works like AutoCAD LT but goes beyond in a number of important areas, including innovative features like self-healing, ADT-compatible walls, self-aligning blocks, advanced handle-based editing, snap prioritization, a brush editor, and smart dimensions.

DoubleCAD XT also has productivity tools not found in AutoCAD LT that can accelerate the drawing experience. Special line, arc, and circle tools automatically create tangent, parallel and perpendicular entities without snaps, allowing the user to proceed without resetting their snap modes. Tools such as multiline, bezier curves, and fixed ratio ellipses extend the types of entities you can create, expediting drawing production. And modify tools, such as meet-two-lines and convert-to-curve, eliminate the use of cumbersome tools found in other CAD applications.

With high-level .DWG support, exchanging drawings with AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT is simple and straightforward. A DoubleCAD™ .DWG file, containing ADT-compatible walls and self-aligning blocks, can even be brought into AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT and designs retain their self-healing properties. This intelligent behavior can save hours of adjustment and iteration within AutoCAD products, making DoubleCAD XT a great companion and an easy way to kick-start a project.

"We think DoubleCAD XT will really surprise everyone in the AutoCAD world, especially those involved in drafting and detailing and exchanging files," said Farros. "This isn't a product you would expect for free."


DoubleCAD XT also has superior compatibility with Google SketchUp, importing all visible geometry, layers, and components, converting all components to DoubleCAD blocks to optimize drawing performance, creating a paper space from each SketchUp scene, and allowing you to visualize 3D models, even with hidden line and perspective, giving you a printable 2D drawing from the moment you import a model.

"DoubleCAD XT is the CAD of choice for Google SketchUp users wanting to go from concept-to-construction drawings," added Farros. "It's also a great companion to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, especially those with older copies that can't read the latest AutoCAD files. We think there are a lot of good reasons why DoubleCAD XT will be popular."

About DoubleCAD™ XT

DoubleCAD™ XT is an AutoCAD LT® work-alike and is available at no charge for commercial and personal use. To download, visit http://www.DoubleCAD.com. Visit user forums at http://forums.DoubleCAD.com.

About DoubleCAD™ XT Pro

DoubleCAD™ XT Pro is the upgrade to DoubleCAD™ XT. It is an AutoCAD LT work-alike that goes beyond even AutoCAD LT® in terms of CAD capabilities, especially in the area of drafting and detailing. Most significantly, DoubleCAD™ XT Pro includes a powerful and innovative Drafting Palette that expedites the drafting-to-detailing process by creating fully associative, 2D views or hatched sections (even from xrefs). Other unique features include geometric and dimensional constraints (lightning-fast "what if" design scenarios), a range of intelligent (parametric) architectural objects, Parametric Parts Manager, Bill Of Materials (BOM), Design Director, and premium customer support, as well as self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, advanced handle-based editing, snap prioritization, brush editor, smart dimensions, and viewport editing. DoubleCAD™ XT Pro also has a number of useful tools not found in AutoCAD LT, including special line, arc, and circle tools, as well as multiline, bezier, fixed ration ellipses, meet-two-lines, and convert-to-curve tools. The product has a fully customizable interface and includes one of the widest varieties of file filters in the CAD industry, including support for .DWG (AutoCAD R14 [1997] to 2009), .SKP, .SAT, .3DS, .OBJ, .IGS, .STEP, and more. DoubleCAD™ XT Pro is $695 and is expected to ship in Q1 2009. For more information, visit http://www.DoubleCAD.com.

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). With over 15 million products sold since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, TurboFLOORPLAN™, DesignCAD™, and IDX® Renditioner families of precision design applications. Please visit www.IMSIdesign.com for more information.




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