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The Smart Alternative to AutoCAD

100% DWG

Our CAD Software use DWG as their native file format. You can open and modify drawings created by AutoCAD and vice-versa without any import or export.

Similar Look & Feel

4MCAD offers a very friendly environment for professionals knowing how to use AutoCAD.

High Value for the Price

With 4MCAD you get an advanced CAD Software with similar performance level but for only a fraction of the price.

Unrivaled Compatibility with AutoCAD

See the video showing the CAD features and the drawing environment of 4MCAD

I. Highlights for 4MCAD PRO v.21

Interoperability – working with files

  • PDF to CAD conversion (DWG file)
  • Import Revit files (RFA and RVT format files)
  • Import and export IGES format files
  • Import and export STEP format files
  • Working with point clouds – attaching point cloud .rcp/.rcs files

New BIM entities/objects

  • ADT Objects (architectural desktop objects): Creates ADT walls, openings (windows, doors), curtain walls, stairs, ramps, roofs, rails, studs, joists etc
  • Conversion of entities to walls and slabs.
  • Steel Elements: creates steelwork elements: profiles, plates, bolts, studs, joists etc.
  • Wood Elements: creates woodwork elements.
  • Creation of elevation lines and section lines.

3D Solid Modelling

  • Conversion of entities to three-dimensional meshes or surfaces using the Convert to Mesh and Convert to Surface commands.
  • Facet Modeler to draw these 3D entity types: box (FMBOX), cone (FMCONE), cylinder (FMCYLINDER), pyramid (FMPYRAMID), sphere (FMSPHERE), and torus (FMTORUS).
  • Draw construction lines using the new Construction Line command.
  • FM3DCONVERT and FMEXTRUDE commands to convert more types of three-dimensional entities to other types of three-dimensional entities.
  • Editing of the 3D entities of the new Facet Modeler: 3D convert (FM3DCONVERT), extrude (FMEXTRUDE), intersect (FMINTERSECT), revolve (FMREVOLVE), subtract (FMSUBTRACT), and union (FMUNION).

 

II. General New Features for 4MCAD v.21

(Applied to all versions – 4MCAD Classic, 4MCAD Standard and 4MCAD PRO)

Latest DWG format

  • Read/Write to Autocad2018 format (previous version 19 had only the Read function)

Interface

  • Tool Palette (acad-like Tool Palette)
  • Ribbon menus & menu bar interface, both together at the same time.
  • “Save Workspace”command (WSSAVE)for saving a workspace and its settings.
  • “Close All Others” command (CLOSEALLOTHER) to close all drawing windows except the current one.
  • Other improvements: Quick CUI command, Right-click a drawing tab to see options for the tab, Cursor Types (regular, gunsightand XOR when overlapping a same color area), etc

Blocks and External references

  • New command Convert Block to XRef to convert each occurrence of a selected block to an external reference.

Selecting and modifying entities

  • Selection Filter command to display the Selection Filter pane (allowing to filter and select entities by layer, color, entity type, and linetype).
  • Selection Cycling tab to specify how to select when selecting entities that overlap.
  • Overkill command to delete or combine duplicate or overlapping entities.
  • View and select a range of actions on the Undo/Redo toolbar
  • Thicken command to convert surfaces and meshes into three-dimensional solids with a specified thickness (4MCAD PRO).
  • Additional grips and properties to polygons, rectangles and break lines, for smart editing.

Viewing

  • New CAMERA command to create and modify view settings for a drawing.

Text

  • Work with multiline text using right-to-left fonts.
  • Create additional types of lists for multiline text.
  • Resize text using the Scale Text command.
  • Draw a circle, rectangle, or dashed line around text using the Enclose Text with Shape command.
  • Position text within a defined space using the Text Fit command.

Print

  • Export Layout to Model (.dwg)
  • Publish drawings to DWF and DWFx.
  • Auto Publish command to automatically create electronic files (.dwf/.pdf) from the current drawing.

APIs

  • .NET wrappers for architectural objects.
  • Load IRX applications automatically in IntelliCAD via the registry.

Enhanced Performance

  • Improved performance when snapping to .pdf files, blocks with many nested entities and point clouds.
  • Zoom and Pan, 3 times faster for clipped external references.
  • Opening external reference files much faster.
  • Improved performance when selecting by window.
  • Incremental saving of .dwg files is supported, providing much faster saving of large .dwg files that contain only a few changes.
  • New system variables: AECAUTOUPDATE, AUTOMATICPUB, AUTOPUBLISHPATH, BLOCKEDITLOCK, CROSSHAIRMODE, OVERKILLMODE, OVERKILLTOLERANCE, OVERKILLTOLARCCHORD, OVERKILLTOLARCENDPOINT, REFPATHTYPE, SELECTIONCYCLING, SJTABTINDEX, TASKBAR, WOODTABINDEX, and XREFNOTIFY.