A Peek at the Future: What’s Ahead for HighDesign

May 2018 marks the 15th year of development of HighDesign. When it was introduced, HighDesign was a light-weight CAD tool intended to assist professional designers in their every day tasks. It ran natively on the relatively new Mac OS X as well as OS 9 and featured the fundamental drafting tools plus a couple of more specialised functions like walls, windows and photogrammetry. When we presented it at the Apple Expo …

Summer 2017: HighDesign 2017 Update 2

The first half of 2017 is behind us, and this is a good time to sum up what we’ve been working on. March: Release 2017.1 In March, we released HighDesign 2017.1, the first update to the 2017 product line. The updated focused on dimensions, texts and annotations by expanding the range of associable dimensions, improving text blocks and enhancing the overall documentation features. In HighDesign Pro, the PDF export tool now supports project …

HighDesign 2017.1 Beta 4

A pre-release, beta version of HighDesign is now available for download. Install this version only if you experienced troubles loading DWG files and using associative dimensions. Caution: this is beta software and as such may contain bugs. We strongly recommend you always backup your projects when working with beta software. Download 2017.1.0b4 (993) macOS (96.9 MB, .dmg) Changelog Layers Manager: fixed Bind tool menu Edit Group: Select All and Select All …

HighDesign 2017. Alternative CAD and Beyond

HighDesign is, in its essence, a CAD software. Yet with its design tools and an approach to projects rather than drawings it is also much more. Whereas most other solutions on the market offer traditional drafting tools, which keep in line with the digital drafting board paradigm, HighDesign adds an object oriented solution to the needs of design professionals and a focus on a clear organization and management of complex projects.   …

HighDesign for Education

At Ilexsoft, we strongly believe in the critical importance of education and research in the world of today. Breakthrough innovations and new technologies empower people, open new opportunities and change lives. And changes begin with design. Accessing the best tools available is essential for effective collaboration and creative thinking. That is why we offer a free educational license of HighDesign to students, teachers and academic institutions. The Education version is a fully functional “Professional” version …

4 Great Time-Saving Features in HighDesign 2016

With the 2016 update, HighDesign includes many new features and improvements. We focused on items that would improve the work of the designer in everyday tasks, from basic drawing to annotations and dimensions, so as to speed up the workflow and ease the rapid production of the final drawings. Among all the new features, though, there are a few that stand out. 1: Speed The no. 1 requested feature has always been …

HighDesign on the App Store

HighDesign Pro is now available on the Mac App Store! As long time Mac users and developers, we are very excited to be part of this store and be able to offer HighDesign to the App Store users. Also, we felt that the community of Mac CAD users deserved a product as cool as HighDesign! Download HighDesign Pro on the App Store!  

Layers: Using the ‘Mask Others” command

Layers are one of the most powerful features in CAD, and using them efficiently can make a huge difference in how a project evolves and is managed in time. In HighDesign, layers can be quickly accessed through the Layers pane on the sidebar, that lists all the project layers and provides quick access to some basic functions for their organization and use. One of the most recent features added to HighDesign …