Dassault Making an Assault on AutoDesk?

Dassault has released the beta of a free 2D drawing editor that works like AutoCAD. It’s based on ARES from Graebert and is currently available for Windows with Mac and Linux versions in the pipeline for later in the year. So far, all AutoCAD clones have remained marginal players so it is to be seen whether this one can hit its target.

Here is Dassault’s description:

DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight is easy to use and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free.*

Based on advanced architecture, DraftSight has a small footprint, should take less that a few minutes to download, and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP®, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.

Get the software from here. [~42 MB]

Props to :: Deelip.com and WorldCAD Access

Discuss Designs Graphically over the Net

This could be really useful to architects and has probably been created by a couple of them.  Basically, you and any number of collaborators can visually “chat” over the net. It works in your browser and no signup is required for the free version. This short video explains it best:

Edit: The website seems to be down of late.

Website Dedicated to Intellicad Users

Trying to bring users of different flavours of IntelliCAD together to interact about all things IntelliCAD, Deelip Menezes has launched IntelliCAD.net. The intention is to:

  1. Use the forums to ask and offer help.
  2. Post on the IntelliCAD.net network blog.
  3. Create or join groups of members.
  4. Share photos and videos.
  5. Post events such as user meetings, tradeshows, etc.

If you’re an IntelliCAD user, head over to IntelliCAD.net a.s.a.p.

Edit: Site no longer available. Deelip has moved on and Intellicad.net has been dropped.

Marvin Doors and Windows

If only all manufacturers were as concerned about having their products accurately and easily inserted into CAD drawings. Marvin sets the standard by giving architects not just basic 2D drawings (dwg and dxf) but 3D symbols for ARCHICAD, Revit, SoftPlan, Chief Architect, and SketchUp!

Go to :: https://marvin.com/tools-and-documents

EDIT 2020.02.05
ARCHICAD files are now only available under the “SIGNATURE MODERN” collection. Other software seem to have a more complete set of drawings, details, and parametric parts.


Here is a freeware tool to create an unlimited number of seamless, high-resolution (or low-res if you like) textures and texture maps. It’s rather a steep learning curve but considering that there’s no cost attached, it’s well worth checking to see if it works for you.

Download: ~21 Megabytes

Go to: http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/ [LINK BROKEN]


Two tiny programs on this site are excellent for people who have loads of AutoCAD/IntelliCAD drawings on their systems. Sometimes you just want a preview before you open a large file – and the shell extension here works like a charm. Just right-click on the file in windows explorer and a thumbnail pops up in the context menu. There is also a stand-alone dwg explorer that works equally well. Have a look at both screenshots on the website. The downloads are less than 90kb each.

Go to: http://www.jmsware.com/

Edit | 24th July 2014
Unfortunately, the link is broken

Art Objects – A blog that links to 3D libraries

The links point to major collections of 3D objects that can be used by Archicad or Artlantis. This is a very good idea and I only wish I knew a little Spanish. Of course I view the site in English so it shouldn’t really matter but still; it’s more fun to read something in the original instead of a machine translated version.

Go to: 3D Archicad Artlantis Objects

Huge Pack of Seamless Textures

This is a single archive containing about 2000 seamless jpeg textures. It contains the usual suspects – brick, wood, parquet, concrete, tile – as well as some unusual ones like crates, frontages, trim and ornamental details. You can have a look at the thumbnail pages before deciding if this huge collection is for you.

Warning! File size: 124MB

Textures Photorealistic & Lego® or Megablock® bricks style

The website is no longer available.