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Designer Pro (Enhanced Edition)

Note: Designer Pro 'Enhanced' edition is our mid-level version - Also check out Designer Pro PLUS Edition.

The Designer Pro architectural CAD series is literally the words fastest and easiest to use architectural design software for domestic and light commercial design.

In Detail

Get Started Quickly and Easily

Watch the step-by-step video instructions on Designer Pro and make use of the comprehensive printed manuals. You'll be modelling in 3D in minutes... really! Designer Pro is incredibly easy to learn and use.

Get Supported

If you feel you want extra help choose full expert technical annual support with the support subscription plan for total peace of mind. We can assist you with practically any question.

Head Start

Designer Pro lets you import 2D or 3D survey data or 2D CAD created drawings to get a head start on the design process. It will even convert the lines in the 2D imported plan to complete 3D walls.

Template

Begin your design by choosing from style templates that range from traditional to contemporary, complete with colours, cabinets, and moldings, or simply start from scratch. Works equally well in Canada or the USA as it does in Australia, New Zealand or the UK.

From Domestic to Commercial

Whether you're involved in domestic projects or light commercial enterprise, Designer Pro provides the right tools to get the job done fast. Time is money, with Designer Pro you'll be using the fastest building design program on Earth.

Powerful Design Software

Enjoy powerful automated building tools like automatic roof generation, stairs, decks, framing, dimensioning, realistic 3D rendering and more... Or take complete control of every aspect of the software with manual placement and editing of every feature. Either way, all your views update at the same time.

Space Planning

Maximise the use of a site whilst maintaining a full visual understanding of proportions, access points, overshadowing and environmental impact. Rotate you design and shift individual items or complete projects to make best use of each canvas.

Existing Floor Plans

Need some fresh ideas?. Select from over 1,500 sample plans or use the design wizard to draw the house from scratch by answering a series of questions, or simply open sample plans and customise to your clients specific needs. Leverage from the work of hundreds of designers without compromising your own artistic input.

Customise Designs from the Library

Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, cabinets, and architectural objects from a library of over 4,300 items built-in to the software or choose from an inexhaustible online library to create a comprehensive detailed 3D Model in minutes.

Use the Library content to size your rooms, evaluate traffic flow, and create a visual model of your design. And because you'll read in objects from the worlds largest 3D online architectural library you will never run out or components to use in your designs.

Estimate and Check

Whilst it doesn't replace the quantity surveyor, Designer Pro PLUS automatically generates a materials list for project cost estimating and includes a Plan Check™ tool to automatically validate the design against common building principles.

Every Style

Designer is not limited to set styles. Create the internal space that you need with the look and feel you know you or your client wants. Unlike basic retail store products, with Designer Pro you are not limited to preset design styles.

Material Painter™

Point and click to choose from thousands of colours and textures or import your own for walls, floors, bench tops and more! Your design combinations are limited only by your imagination. Changes are instant.

Kitchen Planning Centre

Practicality and style blend seamlessly in a great kitchen. We've gathered the information you need to plan a perfect workspace, plus plenty of examples of kitchens that put those principles to work beautifully.

Design kitchens that will help sell your designs – move walls, drop in cabinets, add fixtures – it's easy to plan the perfect workspace.

Bathroom Planning Centre

Bathrooms may be the smallest rooms in the house, but that doesn't mean you can make them an afterthought in the planning process. We'll show you how to make the most of a limited space and explain the features that will add the most to your design.

Plan the layout of your bathrooms with custom cabinets, sinks, showers, jetted tubs etc. It's easy to visualise your ideas in 3D.

Exterior Planning Centre

Your building's exterior is the face of the building displayed to the world. Discover the secrets that other architects and designers have use to create beautiful and easy-to-maintain exteriors by using the built in Exterior Planning Centre.

Visualisation Tools

Create a virtual walk through of your design by selecting various camera views or create a virtual tour with an AVI movie.

Create Lighting Effects and Shadow Drawings

Change from a day to a night view with a single click. Add lighting fixtures from the library and create dramatic views. Visualise in the day with realistic sun shadows.

Even create automatically generated shadow diagrams and sun studies for any time of the year, anywhere on the planet.

Deck Design Tools

From a simple single level to a multi-level, you can automatically create a deck with the deck tools. Use a post and beam structure, design with or without a railing. Create the exterior shell of the building to visualise your deck design.

Multi-tier Decks

Produce realistic images of your exterior projects using a plan layout and the advanced camera tools to produce realistic images you can use to market your projects.

Create Custom Landscaping

Create Plot and Perimeter Plans on flat or hillside lots and automatically generate a 3D model of the actual terrain. Use the Terrain Feature tools to create fences, gardens, driveways, paths, and more. Build a simple landscaping plan by marking the property boundaries and selecting from the landscaping items in the Library. Design in Plan View or a 3D View to create the landscaping that's right for you.

Terrain Tools

Designer Pro has hill and valley tools to help you define your unique terrain features. Use the terrain tools to create pathways, fences, ponds, gardens, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

[Q] I am a professional building designer and I've been using 2D CAD for a long time. Will this software replace my current CAD software.

[A] Rather than replace your current program 'Designer Pro' will compliment what you already use. Designer Pro will allow you to do all your plans, elevations, sections and 3D views automatically as you design in any view, then when you are happy with your design and you need to produce detailed working drawing sets, you can simply export the views as DXF files to your current CAD software to complete in the style and detail you desire.


[Q] What is the difference between Designer Pro 'Enhanced' and 'Designer Pro PLUS'?

[A] There's a big difference. 'Designer Pro PLUS' includes all the features and tools of 'Designer Pro 'Enhanced' edition and it also has our most powerful 2D drafting program RealCAD LT as part of the package to allow you create detailed construction documents without paper size or sheet quantity restrictions. Designer Pro PLUS also has the ability to work with AutoCAD DWG files so commonly supplied by other CAD professionals.

In simple terms, if you need to create construction document sets for your designs or you work with other CAD users you should purchase theDesigner Pro PLUSversion.


[Q] What is included in the 'Enhanced' edition?

[A] Designer Pro 'Enhanced' edition is our mid-level version. When you choose the 'Enhanced' edition you get:

  1. 1 x Home Designer Pro software license for a single user
  2. 'Install Assist' to remotely install, setup and activate your license for you
  3. A $500 discount voucher (valid for 12 months) to upgrade your software, adding the complete 2D drafting tools of RealCAD.
  4. Access to CAD International's exclusive 3D content creation service to customise your library how you want it.
  5. 30 days direct CAD International support.
  6. Bonus library content installed to your machine.
  7. A 3D library contetnt modeller so you can import or create your very own libraries
  8. Pre-Set metric template with wall types and materials typically used outside the US
Full yearly Support Subscription is also available as an option at a very reasonable price. You can buy this online at the checkout if desired.

[Q] I don't want to compromise on what I buy. I need to be able to do everything. What version should I buy?

[A] You will need the top of the rangeDesigner Pro PLUS Edition. We feel that price difference is well worth it for the added features, tools and benefits you get.


[Q] Can I install Designer Pro in Multiple Computers?

[A] A license of Designer Pro can be installed on as many computers as you wish, but you can only be active on one machine at a time. To switch from one computer to another, you must deactivate your Designer Pro license.

System Requirements

  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • OSX 10.12 (Sierra), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • 2.4 GHz processor, or greater.
  • At least 5 GB of available hard disk space.
  • 4GB of RAM or greater.
  • A mouse with a scroll wheel.
  • A dedicated video card that supports OpenGL 2.0 and has 512 MB or greater.
  • A computer that has high speed internet access for updates, library downloads and license activation or deactivation. (You do not need to have internet access to actually operate the software once it has been activated)

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