CAD Software

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Create Professional Designs Without the Steep Learning Curve & High Cost of Other CAD Programs

What is CAD software?

CAD software is an application that lets professional architects and engineers create CAD drawings. CAD stands for computer-aided design and drafting.

You can use CAD software to design and document technical and engineering plans like floor plans, circuit diagrams, HVAC, and more.

The most well-known CAD software is probably AutoCAD, but CAD software does not have to be difficult or expensive. And it should work on both PCs and Macs.

CAD software

Top reasons why SmartDraw is the ideal CAD software

  • Available Anywhere
    SmartDraw includes a download and an online app. SmartDraw Online has all of the same CAD drawing features as our desktop version and files can be easily saved and edited between the two.
  • Inexpensive & Easy to Use
    SmartDraw is a great alternative to AutoCAD®. SmartDraw includes a full 2D CAD feature set, an easy learning curve and is far more cost effective compared to the alternatives.
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  • CAD Software Templates
    SmartDraw includes hundreds of CAD templates and examples for floor planning, HVAC, electrical, engineering, and more. Choose a template that is most similar to your project and customize it to suit your drafting needs.
  • Extensive & Customizable CAD Symbol Library
    You'll get symbols for every type of engineering project. Create or import custom symbols and save them for future use.
  • Draw & Print to Any Scale
    SmartDraw allows you to create and print CAD drawings to any common architectural scale, including metric. Easily change the scale at any time.
  • Free Support
    Got a question? Call or email us for free, even if you are using a trial. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help!
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Effortless Collaboration

Collaborate You and your team can work on the same project by sharing it on your included online account or by using your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, Google Drive, Box® or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link.

Collaborate on CAD projects

Import DXF and Visio and Export to Office

With SmartDraw, you can import Visio® diagrams and stencils and continue to edit them with intuitive SmartDraw tools.

On your desktop, SmartDraw can also open a DXF file and use it as a background layer for further design. Import the floor plan of your office and add furniture, wiring, and so on to create an enhanced plan.

SmartDraw Visio import

Once your drawing is complete, you can export it into a variety of common graphics formats such as a PDF, or export it to any Office® application like Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® in one click.

SmartDraw also lets you add diagrams quickly to any G Suite® app like Google Docs and Sheets, or Atlassian's Confluence, Jira, or Trello®.

SmartDraw integrates with the tools you use

Easily Create:

  • Blueprints
  • Building Plans
  • Circuit Diagrams
  • Electrical Schematics
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Facility & Plant Layouts
  • Floor Plans (Residential & Commercial)
  • House & Home Plans
  • HVAC Diagrams
  • Landscape Designs
  • Mechanical Drawings
  • Office Designs & Layouts
  • P&ID Diagrams
  • Patent Drawings
  • Site & Plot Plans
  • Technical Drawings

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Discover why SmartDraw is the best CAD software online or on your desktop.