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Workspace of RealCADD:
Here with all pallets displayed and opened (and closed here), some are opened when objects are selected,
others when they are flown over by the mouse. The transparency of the pallets is adjustable.

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If you're looking for a true vector based Computer Assisted Drawing program that's reasonably priced...
Then RealCADD is made for you.

RealCADD works like "MacDraw" but with many more possibilities of which are reading and writing DXF files, the importation of images in the drawings, a highher degree of accuracy, tools for quotation, possibility of creating your own tools, the management of the layers and the configuration of layers, export in PostScript…

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The tools pallet of RealCADD allows you a great choice of drawing tools: text, text with line, line, constrained line, rectangle, rectangle rounded, ellipse, arc, polygon, regular polygon, free line, spline, line of quotations simple or multiple.

All the tools are used in an intuitive way, and you can choose between two drawing mode : clic and drag or clic and clic (choose in the preferences).
Some tools have several modes of drawing which are displayed automatically in a "pop-up" window when you fly over them with the mouse. Opposite, you can see that with the tools Ligne, Arc and Quotation.
Opposite, you can see that with the Ellipse tool whose additional modes of drawing are: circle by diameter, circle by radius and circle by 3 points.
The drawing of objects can be constrained while pressing on the Shift key thus an oval will be perfectly round and a rectangle will be square.
You can also use the parameter setting of the Parallel tool to trace parallel objects directly, for that it is enough to begin the drawing of the object while pressing on the Alt key (Ctrl + Alt on Linux) and, while finishing with the Ctrl key, you erase the object guides.

In addition to the drawing tools, you have tools of construction, Extend-Cut of line and a Parallel tool. By pressing on the Extend-Cut "pop-up", you will find the tools Chamfer and Fillet.
And also a zoom, a lasso for selection and a hand to move the drawing or the page of printing.

For all tools with parameters ( tools with 2 points in bottom on the right of their icon), one clic on the tool with the key Option or Alt down, will display the parameter's dialog for the tool.
For example, with the tool Regular polygon :

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RealCADD has a mode of help for all the windows, pallets etc, by displaying a small windows, shown opposite, for the Arrow tool in which one discovers hints for using the tool and the keyboard shortcut if available, such as “A” for the arrow tool.

These windows are displayed when the cursor remains on the tool for a few moments without moving.

A pallet "Attibutes" enables you to modify the attributes of the selected objects :
- Line Color.
- Line Thickness.
- Dotted or plain single or double lines. It should be noted that RealCADD manages the dotted lines uninterrupted for the rectangles and the polygons and not simply of top at top like certain commercial programs.
- Arrow lines with changeable arrows.
- Object fill.

Of course, RealCADD has automatic "snap to" functions which can be turned on or off via this pallet.
These are :
- Snap To grid. The grid being skeletal.
- Snap To object ends.
- Snap To object centers.
- Snap To object intersections.
- Snap To perpendicular.
- Snap To tangent.
Snap To can be turned on or off by clicking on the pallet item or with a keyboard shortcut.
Snap To can be modified during the course of drawing an object, you can thus begin the drawing from an object with certain active Snap tos and finish it with others. That is useful if your drawing is complex or if certain objects are small.


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The object edit pallet shows you the coordinates of the selected object, like its lengths and his possible angle and also its perimeter (P =) and its surface (S =).
The display of this pallet varies according to the type of object for which the data is displayed.
You can also modify objects by entering values or arithmetic formulas in the edit fields. Modifications will apply to all selected objects.
This pallet also indicates the number of selected objects as well as their scale.
If the layer of the selected object is not the active layer, you can use the button to make it active.
Each object can have a different scale.


The Text pallet shows the same options as in the Text menu, choice of the font and size of text, choice of the style, bold (B), italic (I) and underline (U) and choice of the alignment, left, center, right.
The access is faster than with the menu and the pallet lets you see all attributes of the last selected text or of the tool Text.


RealCADD allows you to draw with layers when you are in "Worksheet" mode.
Layers can be named, have default scale and color (C) and be hidden or visible (V), new objects are drawing on the active layer (A).
You can add or remove layers.
You can select objects either on the active layer only or on all layers.
You can choose to allow all layers to let Snap To be used.
The drawing of the objects is done according to the order of the layers. You can change this order into selecting a layer and clicking on the buttons "Up" or "Down" or by dragging a layer in the list.
You can also define configurations of layers or "layer's layout's". That makes it possible to have several drawings using one file. Any layer can be used with several “Layer's layout’s” and a modification on one of these layers is visible on each “Layer's layout’s”.


The same pallet is shown when a drawing is in mode "Workbook".  Menu "File" -> "New" -> "Workbook".
With the mode "Workbook", you can manage a drawing like manually filling a workbook with pages.
All pages are of the same size, this one of the printing page.
Only one page is visible and active, this will be the one with the check box "A" on.
For the printout,  you can number the pages with the "Options of pages" at the bottom of the pallet.
The radio buttons allow you to choose the position of the number on the page.

The printout is not standard in mode "Workbook".
RealCADD doesn't use, in this case, the options of Pages, All or From - To, in the print dialog.
But a partial printout is made more simply by using the check boxes "P".
Only the pages with the check box "P" on will be printed.
All combinations are possibles.
Of course, this doesn't change the number of the pages.

RealCADD's cursor is contextual & will change when a "Snap To" point is encountered.

This example shows the drawing mode, with Snap To intersection enabled. RealCADD's cursor changes when it gets close to an intersection.

This example shows the drawing mode with Snap To perpendicular enabled.

Here you see a line drawn on the perpendicular.

RealCADD enables you to use dotted lines, arrows, hatchings, textures.
By default, RealCADD has 10 preset types, all different from each other.
But you can very easily modify them...

Via this dialog, RealCADD enables you to modify the 10 preset dotted lines which you will be able to use.

And with this, you can modify the 10 preset arrows.
You can choose betwen 5 differend types, and enter the data.


And here, you can modify the 10 preset hatchs by enter line angle and spacing
Clicking the Double box will draw the lines in 2 directions
RealCADD regards the hatchs as a group of lines.
So, you can also modify their attributes like other objects.
The hatchs also function with the rectangles, the ovals, the arcs and the polygons. You can select several of these objects and to use the command "Hatch...". RealCADD will hollow out the zones of intersections of these objects.


And this for the 10 preset textures.
When you edit a texture, RealCADD opens a new drawing window with the definition of the texture : his drawing and his rect (in grey).

RealCADD has certain advanced functions available in certain commercial programs which are much more expensive and absent in others...
Here for example is the result obtained with the command "Hatch..." used on a selection containing a rectangle, an ellipse, an arc and a polygon:

complex hatching

Another example, is the function "Move points". This function is obtained by tracing a rectangle or a zone of selection with the tool "Arrow" or the tool "Lasso" while holding the Option or Alt key down. This rectangle or this zone remains drawn on the screen and a dialogue is displayed, you enter the value of desired movement. After validation, movement applies to the points included in the rectangle or the zone of selection. The following images show that:

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Selection of the points and entry of displacement.


This dialog lets you cut or extend lines using a rectangle or oval
Selecting cut and delete lines in, will cut the lines off that extend out of the cutting object.
Selecting cut and delete lines out will leave only the lines inside the cutting object.
You can apply the cutting to all lines or only selected lines.
When extend is checked the lines will automatically extend to touch the object if cut and delete lines in is used.
Or will extend lines to touch the inside edges of the object if cut and delete lines out is used.


RealCADD can be parameterized according to your practices of drawing via dialogues.

General drawing parameters :
Quotations parameters with an example
of some possibilities :
Constrains angles :

And options of display :

The icons in the lower left zoom allow you to zoom in and out, print or save as a PICT bitmap which can the be further manipulated in a program like Photoshop or GraphicConverter. RealCADD cannot open these files once they are saved as PICT. To save a file in RealCADD format use "Save" in the "File" menu . Save is disabled in the demo version.

With RealCADD, you can also, very simply, create your own tools. When you download  RealCADD, you have 8 examples of tools created with the scripts functions of  RealCADD.
You can edit the code of these tools and create new tools.
Read the file "Read me RBScript" which will guide you in the use of this important innovation.
You can also learn more on this subject by exploring REALBasic, the development tools used to write RealCADD.
To edit the code of a tool of the "Scripts" pallet, click on the tool, holding the Option or Alt or space keys down.
That displays this dialog :

Now, you can download RealCADD and try it in demo version.

Then pay with Paypal :

either RealCADD Standard, $95 :

RealCADD Professional, with DWG reading and writing, is no more available.

then you will obtain a code allowing you to unlock your copy of RealCADD.

Download page of RealCADD

Read the RealCADD on line documentation.