CNET 5-Star Rated DoubleCAD XT Turns v2

NOVATO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jan 27, 2010 -- IMSI/Design, maker of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail and the market's leading alternative to AutoCAD LT®, announced today it is releasing Version 2 of its free DoubleCAD™ XT application.

"In just under a year, DoubleCAD XT is now the most popular free CAD application on, the Internet's most comprehensive source for free software downloads," stated Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design. "AutoCAD LT users are excited to finally have a free, industrial-strength alternative in DoubleCAD XT."

Awarded CNET's review editors' highest 5-star rating, DoubleCAD XT v2 is a free, full-powered AutoCAD LT work-alike.

New Version 2 includes dozens of new features and enhancements, including viewports that may be exploded to create flat 2D geometry (including hidden line views), multitext and text tool enhancements, a host of new architectural, transform, and selection tools, support for index colors and AutoCAD CTB print styles, and even greater AutoCAD usability.

As a bonus, DoubleCAD XT users get to use the powerful features found in DoubleCAD XT Pro v2 for 30 days at no charge or obligation. These include many of the top feature requests of AutoCAD users, including drawing compare, hatch pattern creator, a range of intelligent, AutoCAD Architecture (ACA/ADT) compatible architectural objects and tools, one of the widest varieties of file filters in the CAD industry (interop), and a batch file converter.

"Because of our unique .SKP compatibility, we're pleased to say a lot of Google SketchUp users have discovered the advantages of free DoubleCAD as well," added Farros.

About DoubleCAD XT (free CAD software application; 5-Star rating from CNET)

DoubleCAD™ XT is a free AutoCAD LT® work-alike that also contains many new, innovative features such as self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, transparent fills, draw order by layer, hide objects regardless of layer, snap prioritization, exploding viewports, and smart dimensions. DoubleCAD XT is free for commercial and personal use and was awarded 5-stars from CNET's review editors (CNET's highest rating). For more information, visit Visit user forums at

About DoubleCAD XT Pro v2

DoubleCAD™ XT Pro is the upgrade to CNET Review Editors' 5-star rated DoubleCAD XT. It is an AutoCAD LT® work-alike that goes beyond AutoCAD LT in terms of 2D CAD capabilities, especially in the area of drafting and detailing. Most significantly, DoubleCAD XT Pro includes a powerful and innovative Drafting Palette that expedites the drafting-to-detailing process by creating fully associative, 2D views and hatched sections (even from xrefs) from 3D models. Other unique features include geometric and pattern constraints (lightning-fast "what if" design scenarios), drawing compare, hatch pattern creator, a range of intelligent (parametric) architectural objects, design director, and parametric parts manager, as well as self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, advanced handle-based editing, snap prioritization, transparent fills, draw order by layer, hide objects regardless of layer, ability to imbed image files, revision cloud, batch file conversion, smart dimensions, and viewport exploding. DoubleCAD XT Pro also has a number of useful 2D CAD tools not found in AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD, including special line, arc, and circle tools, as well as multiline, bezier curves, fixed ratio ellipses, and bisector line tools. The product has a fully customizable interface and includes one of the widest varieties of file filters in the CAD industry, including support for .DWG (AutoCAD R14 to 2009), .SKP, .DAE (Collada), .SAT, .3DS, .OBJ, .IGS, .STEP, and more. DoubleCAD XT Pro includes premium customer support and is $695. For more information, visit Visit user forums at

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). With over 15 million products sold since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, TurboFLOORPLAN™, DesignCAD™, IDX® Renditioner, and DoubleCAD™ families of precision design applications. Please visit for more information.

© 2010 IMSI/Design, LLC. All rights reserved. DoubleCAD™ and IMSI/Design® are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of IMSI/Design, LLC. All other identifiable marks are the property of their respective owners.

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