HighDesign
HighDesign
2019.2.1

5.0

HighDesign free download for Mac

HighDesign

2019.2.1
04 November 2019

Professional CAD application.

Overview

HighDesign is the alternative, full-featured 2D computer-aided design (CAD) solution for macOS that combines advanced drafting and design tools with a modern, efficiency-oriented user interface designed to assist the user in all the phases of the creative process. HighDesign provides an extensive range of drawing and editing functions, from the essential drafting methods to more advanced, DXF/DWG compatibility, parametric tools like vector hatches and patterns, smart annotations, symbols with multiple views, walls, columns, windows and doors, and more. Developed specifically for the actual needs of architects, engineers, and design professionals, it allows users to design complex projects with precision and extensive control over the diverse parts of the project.

Features:
  • Easy project management with groups, unlimited layers and resources like symbols, line types, hatches, and vector patterns that can be easily extended and customized.
  • Advanced selection and search functions.
  • Bindings between tools and layers, layers and colors, and colors and pen weights for one-click project organization.
  • Snap to grid, objects, intersections, right angle, tangent and smart alignments that automatically recognize perpendicular and parallel directions and intersections between two alignments.
  • Color fills and gradients with varying colors and transparency for all closed shapes.
  • Rich library of symbols, line types, hatches and patterns.

What's new in HighDesign

Version 2019.2.1:
  • Specialized sheets: drawing, details and callouts, layouts with viewports and title blocks.
  • Updated user interface and support for themes
  • Enhanced styles and building element types
  • Viewports can be created by dragging a sheet from the Project Browser to the current layout.
  • 18% faster screen rendering and smoother selection and deselection of objects
  • New Apply Hatch at Click method

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Sanchai
16 May 2016

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Expensive ! ould be nice if Macupdate can work with the dev to get discount. Will buy immeduately
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Version 2016.0.2
Sanchai
16 May 2016
Expensive ! ould be nice if Macupdate can work with the dev to get discount. Will buy immeduately
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Version 2016.0.2
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Ilexsoft
Ilexsoft
24 June 2016
We are running a 50% off offer on our website. You might be interested. Only until July 15 2016.
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Jefrart
25 March 2016
Nobody has mentioned Draftsight !?!
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Version 2016.0.1
jarrodknesal
27 August 2015
Hey everyone, I just got a Mac Book and I am needing a CAD software that does everything AutoCad would do from Residential designing to city structure and planning/designing with plan and profile and point search on TOPO's. Can someone please point me in the right direction, or tell me a little about High Design and if it's worth the cost for what I need it for? Thx
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Version 2015.1.1
dabcca
08 December 2011
Great to see this application is still being supported! Best CAD program for the Mac under $1000.
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Version 1.8.7
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RockinHorse
RockinHorse
19 May 2015
Please try to take a look into the actual forum discussions at the HighDesign home page. This refrains me from buying it. Yesterday I had a conversation with a guy from Belgium. He is deeply disappointed about the update from 2015. He told me he will change by the end of the month.
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Axys
Axys
02 July 2015
What did he change to?
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Ilexsoft
Ilexsoft
02 October 2015
Please check the latest 2015.2.1 update. It addresses the situations discussed in the forums and implements most of the requested features and changes.
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dabcca
15 October 2010
Based on my experience and in comparing this software to other programs (MacDraft, Google Sketch, Cadintosh, TurboCAD , etc) this is the best CAD program on the Mac. Absolutely a joy to work with!
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Version 1.8.5
Anonymous
25 July 2005
I'm learning AutoCad from a tertiary education provider, and because I prefer Macs, decided to buy and try High Design 1.5 Standard for home so that I could work seamlessly between AutoCad and High Design using the dxf file format. I am finding that the CAD drawing conventions that I am learning through AutoCad can be easily applied to High Design. I'm more familiar with the drawing conventions of Illustrator and Freehand, so initially, the CAD conventions seemed unintuitive and awkward. Now I am getting used to them, drawing in CAD is getting easier. AutoCad, possibly because of its age/history has a complex user interface. By comparison, High Design is definitely easier to learn, has a cleaner user interface, and so far (in terms of what I've learned) seems just as powerful for 2D work.
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Version 1.5
Anonymous
29 April 2004
I have to disagree with the characterization that this program is particularly intuitive or easy to use. It doesn't implement the simple drawing convention of being able to drag objects with the mouse. Lines seem to be dragable but I couldn't figure out how to move text. Selecting multiple objects and dragging them seems difficult to impossible. Presumably there is some multi step process to do this but it left me wondering how productive the overall interface is. Any CAD program is going to take some time to learn. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that with time you could do great things. My initial impression has me questioning if it's worth the effort if all you were looking for was simple 2D CAD.
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Version 1.2
Anonymous
03 March 2004
I am tired of being accused of being some sort of "spammer simply because I am a passionate designer who is trying to spread reviews, comments and insights on a product/piece of software that I think other designers,like myself, should take a serious look at and give both its creators and its product software a try. I'm not peddling Viagra in these forums for crying out loud!! I thought I was just trying to some good words and positive feedback about this product where I could to get designers to,at least take a look at this product. I am not usually this passionate about a piece of software, but i think that any tool that can make the act of creation and design simpler,more fun and more productive and creative should be reviewed and talked about For some strange reason I keep being labelled some kind of spammer because I am doing this! Maybe I am using the wrong kind of forum to do this sort of reviewing? I do not know,but I am done with trying to be of help to the designers and users of this forum to try to impart useful info on products Thought i was doing a good thing here,but I guess not. No one will hear from me,again at any of these forums. Hope everyone who's seen my posts are all happy now. Goodbye!
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
09 March 2004
I think people are rightly suspicious of your long well thought out pieces on high design. If you have the maturity and breadth of knowledge you say, I would have thought you would welcome the responses. However your attitude in the last post can only increase peoples suspicions
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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous
26 February 2004
Michel PM, What is your relationship with ilexsoft? You are the only user profiled on their site. You slag other competitor products elsewhere and spam reviews of HighDesign. What gives.
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Version 1.1.1
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Anonymous
Anonymous
03 March 2004
I have no affiliation to ilexsoft,but over the years I have read and heard from many Mac users out there ,like myself, who wish there were a powerful,but easier to use and understand CAD program and as such, available for the Mac that doesn't break anyone's bank accounts. Well,I have been using these various forums to spread some free publicity and reviews to try to get people to really giive this program its due. Not one of the Mac mags have reviewed this product since it came out a 1-1/2 ago. This company really has come up with a really elegant,powerful and affordable program. And for seasoned CAD or AutoCad users, there is virtually negligable learning curve. Without the use of PDF manual,only occasional use of the always available Quick reference pallete, I was up and running on this program within a few hours. I am not using these forums to "Spam" anyone's programs ,but to get serious designers to at least give this program a deverved tryout. I realize designers have differnt means of working with new programs,but I have many years of experience working with at least a dozen or so different CAD/3D engineering design apps and I have found High Design to be worthy tool. I use this right along with Sketchup3d. Another excellent tool that makes learning and using 3d apps a much more pleasant user experience.
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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous
05 December 2003
High Design CAD,by far,blows away the competition in terms price,easy user intuitive GUI and feature set. True,there is no native Acad .dwg support (I am not sure why this is,either. Because,many of the lower priced CAD competitors do support .dwg),but the .dxf import/export works great! To Melvin Smart & mac daddy,what versions of Acad are both of you using?Currently .dxf support extends to only Acad 12,14 & 2000. When you export to .dxf you need to make sure you choose a lower Acad .dxf version to export to and everythimg will work fine. Did both of you even try to work with this program even though you couldn't open a native Acad file? Come on, the UI is cleaner,easier and more elegant to navigate tha Acad,lots of editability/customability of geometry,text and images,Hatch/fill pattern custom creation with ability to layer and combine multiple hatch/fill patterns in a single custom created hatch/fill,in program creation of bit-images, good color support,there is multi-sheet functionality within a single document file,transparency of sheets,layers,objects,bit-mapped images import/export to virtually every current conceivable bit-map image format in existence. I agree,at its current release(1.1.1),I find,too,that rendering is much easier done in an outside image editing or 3d app.(I use Adobe Photoshop 7/CS,Corel Painter 7),but decent professional-looking rendering can be done within High Design with a some additional effort. (I am currently working on a rendering excercise in this program to see what level of rendering I can get out of just working within High Design).As far as your comments about buying Vectorworks and Cinema 4D that should just about blow two grand. If you want to be able to do an easy to use Cad app but still need to do easy,but professional-looking rendering, Denaba Canvas at $349-399 blows your option away! If you use High Design with an easy to use 3d app,like Sketchup,that still comes in at a lower price point.Price would be about same if you use High Design with a painting/image editing program like I use. Heck, AutoCad LT can't even beat the cost of High Design's Pro version. Think some of you need to revisit this app and give it the try it deserves. I am a Acad user also, and I was able to learn this program within a very short time with NO help from the manual until recently. It's only real pain is that you can't open multiple files at once if you need to cut/paste geometry from one document to another. Other than that,this program works like a Mac CAD package designed and developed for Mac designers.
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Version 1.1.1