HighDesign
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HighDesign is the professional CAD solution for Mac that features powerful and intuitive drawing tools, a clean and easy-to-use interface and special tools designed to increase your personal productivity and creativity. HighDesign extensive range of features include: project merging, customisable symbol library, multiple undos and redos, custom page layouts, Views palette, Photogrammetry, image editing, walls and parametric windows.

With HighDesign you can:
  • get productive in a very short time thanks to its ease of use
  • produce high quality drawings and
What's New
Version 1.8.7:
  • Improved reliability and performance.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Dadama commented on 07 Dec 2011
Great to see this application is still being supported! Best CAD program for the Mac under $1000.
[Version 1.8.7]


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Dadama reviewed on 15 Oct 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!
[Version 1.8.5]


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Bryan Mccormack tipped on 17 Feb 2010
I am an engineer who has just changed to mac. I normallyget drawings of building in .dwg format completed on AutoCad. Can I import then and draw the building services to the drawing and save it in .dwg format with HighDesign 1.8.5
[Version 1.8.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Jul 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.
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Apr 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.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Mar 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!
[Version 1.1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 09 Mar 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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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Feb 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.
[Version 1.1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Mar 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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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Dec 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.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Nov 2003
this obsession with dwg and autocad...what is wrong with dxf?
[Version 1.1]


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M-Rick rated on 18 Feb 2011

[Version 1.8.5]


Downloads:26,795
Version Downloads:5,355
Type:Business : Applications
License:Demo
Date:07 Dec 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $99.00
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HighDesign is the professional CAD solution for Mac that features powerful and intuitive drawing tools, a clean and easy-to-use interface and special tools designed to increase your personal productivity and creativity. HighDesign extensive range of features include: project merging, customisable symbol library, multiple undos and redos, custom page layouts, Views palette, Photogrammetry, image editing, walls and parametric windows.

With HighDesign you can:
  • get productive in a very short time thanks to its ease of use
  • produce high quality drawings and illustrations
  • manage the whole project from the first sketches to the final darfts
  • exchange files with ease
  • considerably cut costs from your design process


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