MacDraft Professional 7
von Microspot4.5 / 5 138 Bewertungen
Wer nutzt diese Software?
Floor plan designers, engineers and architects needing to create, edit or send 2D CAD drawings to others in their industry.
Durchschnittliche Bewertung138 Bewertungen
- Gesamt 4.5 / 5
- Benutzerfreundlichkeit 4.4 / 5
- Kundenservice 4.6 / 5
- Funktionen 4.3 / 5
- Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis 4.7 / 5
- Startpreis 399,00 $/einmalig
- Preisinformationen - Multi user licenses available - Upgrades from previous versions
- Kostenlose Version Nein
- Gratis Testen Ja
Installiert - Mac
Support während der Geschäftszeiten
Angaben zum Hersteller
- Gegründet 1964
Über MacDraft Professional 7
MacDraft Professional is the 2D CAD app that makes floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration simple on the Mac. Create precise and professional drawings in moments, with this powerful and affordable drafting application. With its precise vector tools and fully scaled environment MacDraft is designed to deliver an easy to use solution to get your imagination on screen. Now 64 bit compatible and with a fresh interface and tool improvements this is the most powerful MacDraft yet.
MacDraft Professional 7 Funktionen
- Automatische Formatierung
- Angebote / Vorschläge
Die hilfreichsten Reviews für MacDraft Professional 7
Bewertet am 3.7.2019
A Charmed Drafting App
Kommentare: Okay, all software, even the *really expensive* stuff, has things that aren't bugs, but which bug you. MacDraft just seems to have fewer of them. Its deficiencies notwithstanding, this thing is my favorite design tool except for pencils. I look forward to using it every day. It's 'craft-based'. Which means, in my (cough cough) rather long experience, I've found that the simpler the tool, and the more craft is involved in its use, the more powerful it actually is. Think of pencils, for example. Or a Japanese carpenter's toolkit: two saws, two planes, a couple hammers and a set of chisels in an old wooden box with a snap line and some ink. Get a bunch of these guys together and they can build a temple, perfectly, really fast. MacDraft can claim some of that in digital terms: It's pretty minimal, but so far there's not much I can't do with it. Each drawing seems fresh because there's nothing standardized in it, it's all stuff Iactually drew and *meant*. And somehow that comes through, that somebody thought about and 'touched' everything in there and consciously put it where it is. I don't know why that comes across, but it seems to, and I think clients notice it, again subliminally maybe -- but a lot of good design is like that.
Vorteile: About six months ago while searching for a simple drafting app for small projects around the office, to use when I didn't want to fire up CAD, I downloaded a trial version of MacDraft. To my surprise I began using it right away on almost everything — full presentations, maintenance instructions, info manuals, notes, letters that needed a sketch in them, doodles. I haven't looked back. So far no regrets about canceling my subscription design package. Though I still use a 3D modeler and occasionally import images from it, mostly I make perspective sketches inside MacDraft. Its page layout and presentation tools are, I think, brilliant and straightforward. I've been using and contributing to design and modeling software for 35 years, but as it's gotten more sophisticated, it's gotten intrusive, and I'm even a little alarmed at how it influences how we work. MacDraft, though, is just a very competent, clever drawing and illustration app with a suite of good drafting and dimensioning tools. With that you can do almost anything. It's not automated, there are no `workflow` considerations. You can start anywhere and just make what you like. And it has minimal `cognitive overhead`; it doesn't much condition what you design. Which I find tremendously fun and refreshing, like drawing on paper, only you have precision, dimensioning, and you can rearrange everything. I think our clients are more engaged with our presentations now, and they seem more involved, which I like.
Even with the new 64 bit architecture, MD is boggy if you have imported a lot of photos without trimming them down quite a bit (which you can do inside the app). But still. I think this can be fixed.
The new UI is beautiful to behold but, with the absence of floating palettes, you have to move around a lot more now to picking tools, then choosing modifiers on the other side of the screen. If there were programmable shortcut keys, even just five or ten of them, that would make things much easier, and faster. You wouldn't have to look away from the drawing, which helps.
It's still a bit unstable. I see other users notice this. It's mandatory to make frequent, serial updates, especially if you did something tricky or the app sputtered for an instant.
The following things alarmed me at first (and they should probably be remedied):
1. You cannot trim an arc or a spline.
2. You cannot pull parallel lines off arcs or splines.
3. You can't snap to intersections.
4. You can't batch trim lines.
5. You can't snap to lines, just endpoints. I thought these were deal-breakers at first. They turned out not to be, as most of that functionality can be achieved easily by other means (clever tool set). That said, they *are* deficiencies. These features are commonplaces in drafting apps. They would make the program substantially stronger. I would guess that a lot of potential users run across them, and before they figure out the workarounds, they get discouraged miss out.
Bewertet am 4.7.2019
Very useful 2D CAD tool
Kommentare: Generally the graphic interface (UI) of this version is closer to the way other 2D CAD works and for my activity MacDraft 7.x it's ideal.
The new 7.x version is certainly more user friendly than all previous versions.
All the necessary tools are just a mouse click away.
However I would like to underline two aspects that I would like to personally change:
1) It would be nice if the actually list of various fonts, showed their real graphic appearance, otherwise for the desired choice, I necessarily to scroll through and view them all and it is a waste of time. 2) For small projects where only one A4 sheet is enough, the one-page scroll on the 27 "screen is too reactive at the touch of the mouse; sometimes it comes out of the visible area and makes it take a little time to bring it back in the working position.
Certainly this is useful with worksheets greater than A4 in the landscape version.
It would be really useful if the user could activate or deactivate this function directly from the "Preferences" panel.
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Microspot an 5.7.2019
Thank you for the great review! We really appreciate it. You can actually do this with text:
1) Write some text
2) Hit CMD + T to open the font book
3) Click the font book so it is active
4) Select any font
5) Use the up and down arrows to scroll through the fonts and they will update live in the document :)
As for the 2nd issue of scrolling, could this be down to the scroll speed of the mouse? You can change that in system preferences OR you could hit the 1:1 tool to better zoom out. I hope you see this response but I will also email you it :)
Thanks again Sisto!
Bewertet am 19.6.2019
MDP 7 - Personal thoughts
I like the program. I want to use it seriously but unfortunately in its present iteration, I cannot.
As previously said, I have lots of experience in using lots of CAD software, I would like you to have a rethink of the workflow issues.
For reference, please take a look at http://www.ilexsoft.com/highdesign/
The workflow is pretty good but I do get a few issues using it on my macbook air.
It looks like they are developing it to be full blown BIM, which I don't need - hence the switch to MDP.
Simple, workflow efficient 2D cad with awesome output possibilities is what I need.
On the whole, it is a good CAD tool with fairly good features which I really want to use as my primary CAD software solution.
I like the fact that it can be easily used for 'graphics' and 'page layout' too.
I can use it on my Macbook air.
To be honest, I like the software but your workflow really does need addressing for me to use the software for serious architectural designs.
As I have moved from seriously high end CAD programs and use it for small architectural projects as well as the possibility for using it in school for CAD/CAM and presentation.
I sooo want to be able to use MDP for all architectural projects but in its present form (I know that you have added lots of features from the previous version), I just cannot use it due to workflow issues. When drawing architectural elements, something which should take just a couple of mouse clicks in other software programs, ends up taking significantly more in MDP.
I have logged a lot of this in the forums - your response has been fairly quick but the solutions come across as a long winded 'work around' to achieve a relatively simple task. This is the reason why I am not currently using the program daily or weekly.
I want to be able to offset angular lines in just a couple of click with specific dimensions, not just dragging them and relying on grid snaps. The solution given in the forums was painfully long - you could not afford to do it in practice.
I want to have the ability to have full customisation of dimensions - leader lines and weights, arrow heads, scale/size of everything. Currently, the tool is too constrained.
I want to be able to create symbols at various scales and drag and drop them into a drg and they will be the correct size. I can go on..
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Microspot an 20.6.2019
Thank you for the honest review. We would love to hear more on how we can improve the workflow of MacDraft for you. We will take a look at ilexsoft and try an incorporate improvements in the future. In reference to the library items, we draw them all to scale, so they will appear scaled on different layer scales, you can drag an item in UNscaled by holding the shift key as you drag it in.
We hope to hear from you soon! Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Bewertet am 17.6.2019
Phil's MacDraft Pro 7 upgrade reactions
Kommentare: I have been able to move from my previous version without much difficulty. Probably because I have kept my work simple.
The drafting tools and other left side menu items that I use have remained the same. I have not yet tried to make my own library items and hope to do that too because many of the default images are not useful to me.
I have found out that I can change the black background to a lighter color by upgrading my OS but I have always been afraid of messing up what I am used to. Someday I'll make that jump. Ability to shade that to a lighter gray would be nice.
The page selection allows me to make up a border or a graphic that would open with the page selection. I am looking forward to having that set up on my version. If only I had time to practice all these options.
I'm still woking on it but the DWG has proven to be a little problem. As I get used to it I think I will like it as the tool to send out CAD drawings that can be translated to others programs. Presently I need to put it through my 'Vectorworks' to have a DWG that others can work with.
I think this is moving to a more professional and respected by others program.
The side panels previously in menu boxes on the side seem to take a lot of room. I cannot remove them because they are constantly in use. As boxes I could move and rearrange them and omit some of them. I miss that option. I really miss the options to have line options, level option and alignment boxes opened at the same time.
Some of the key options are eliminated such as bring to front or to back.
An item copied from a PDF or the library land on the page as a much reduced image. Translated from a PDF they land in the upper left corner rather than where I click for them to land. Sometimes this takes too much time to recover them and stretch them to the correct scale.
Locating the writing icon on the page is difficult. I would like it to show up a little darker. On the last version the icon would break in where I selected and now it lands at the beginning of the paragraph. The icon is so light I cannot tell where it is located.
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Microspot an 18.6.2019
Thank you for the review! Great to hear you're getting to grips well with MacDraft 7.
We fully understand why you might miss the palette system, we are always open to new ideas so if you would like to discuss further how we might better implement the single screen system we would love to hear from you via email@example.com.
Bewertet am 17.6.2019
Much Needed Revamp!
Kommentare: Absolutely love it. I don’t miss the previous versions at all. I have been using MacDraft since 2014, and this new version was definitely needed. Checked all the boxes!
Vorteile: I am easily able to import and manipulate CAD files. Most of my clients work in CAD and it would be so frustrating with previous versions when the files wouldn’t open or wouldn’t be compatible. It also eliminated any issues exporting my MacDraft files to CAD. Also, having all the tools available is great! When they were on individual palettes, I would frequently “lose” the palette when I was working with multiple monitors.
Nachteile: Not all items will import, and will just eliminate them from the drawings. There have been one or two instances when the file I was sent was using some feature in CAD that macDraft didn’t have and I was missing a large chunk of the drawing. Also, when I group items together to make one item, and then try to line it up with other items, it still recognizes each individual item instead of recognizing all items as one item. This can be frustrating because I have to make sure I select the exact part of the grouped items. This is minor but not an issue I had with previous versions.
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Microspot an 18.6.2019
Thank you for such a great review! You refer to CAD throughout your review and I imagine you mean DWG/DXF files. If you have files that you know are missing data, along with an image of what the file SHOULD look like please send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take a look. We majorly improved DWG/DXF support in MacDraft 7 (as you mentioned) but if we can improve it even more then that will benefit everyone! :)
P.S. the align functions not recognising groups is a bug which has now been fixed. We will have a free update (7.0.1) going out next week.