CADtools 5 for Illustrator CS, CS2 and CS3 Ships

June 4, 2007 in Software (F)

[] XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the 31st May release of CADtools v5. The CADtools 5 plug-in is a creative CAD solution for designers who need both artistic flexibility and precision drawing power. Adobe® Illustrator® CS3 has improved CAD workflow with support for Intel Macs and expanded AutoCAD® R13-2206 DXF/DWG import and export. CADtools lets users draw in any scale, dimension artwork with a mouse click, and numerically control size and location of objects or points. Users can just click-drag with CADtools 5 to make design work easy and elegant right inside Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator CS3 has increased performance and DXF/DWG compatibility to make

CADtools 5 a perfect solution for design professionals. By popular demand, version 5 emphasises a variety of workflow solutions:
New features in CADtools 5:
1) Save or load CADtools panel settings as Presets
2) Globally control all CADtools units in the new CADshortcuts panel
3) New fillet radius dimension tool
4) New scaled offset tool
5) New full screen snapping cursors
6) New perpendicular and tangent line drawing tool
7) New label features including object geometry information, more leaders lines and shapes, and label stretching
8) Additional pixel unit support
9) Additional custom scale support
10) Improved CADtext and CADstyle panel designs
11) Additional sliding text options
12) Rise/run support for CADline creation
13) Several minor bug fixes

A complete list of major features for CADtools 5:
1) Draw Illustrator art in any scale
2) Click-drag dimensions with customisable style
3) Fully editable dimensions - as text or numeric measurement
4) Snap to handy 2D or isometric grids
5) Numerically control size and placement of objects with the CADtracker panel
6) Create customisable labels with numbers or text data, including object geometry information
7) Draw, project or dimension in 2D or isometric views
8) Easy precision editing with fillet, chamfer, trim and extend tools
9) Divide or cut paths into equal parts
10) Save or load CADtools settings as Presets
11) Scaled offset tool

Electronic delivery is available May 31, with boxes shipping by June. Customers who have purchased CADtools 4 since February 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to CADtools 5 by electronic download after May 31.

CADtools will be available through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site.


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