IntelliCAD CAD Platform — Features and Benefits

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IntelliCAD is a powerful Computer Aided Design (CAD) product for engineers, architects, designers and drafters. Anyone who creates, edits, or views professional drawings will appreciate the power and value of IntelliCAD. IntelliCAD has set the standard for affordable CAD software that offers full compatibility with the DWG file format and a familiar easy to use command set and application programming interface. Anyone who has used or programmed applications for Autodesk® AutoCAD® software can easily learn to use IntelliCAD in no time. 

IntelliCAD is also the platform that supports some of the most popular applications for suveyors and architects. Anytime you see the "Powered by IntelliCAD" logo, you know you can count on getting the most power and value for your money.

Here are just some of the reasons hundreds of thousands of users have switched to IntelliCAD and IntelliCAD based applications:

DWG format compatibility
IntelliCAD uses the platform from the Open Design Alliance for its Autodesk DWG™ format compatibility. IntelliCAD opens, edits, and saves any existing .dwg files saved in numerous versions, including Version 2.5 through 2014, without conversion or data loss. IntelliCAD provides industry-standard compatibility with the Autodesk AutoCAD software command set, as well as programming APIs, such as LISP and SDS (IntelliCAD's C programming API). That means you can get to work immediately using the .dwg files, commands, and applications you rely on.

Drawing productivity
IntelliCAD offers many productivity features to help you get the most from the time you spend creating drawings. You can organize items on layers, snap to items for precise positioning, work in model space and paper space depending on whether you're drawing or printing, and create 2D or 3D models. Additionally, the IntelliCAD Explorer provides the unique ability to review and exchange layers, blocks, linetypes, dimension styles, and text styles between drawings with drag-and-drop ease. And thanks to IntelliCAD's ActiveX integration, you can insert IntelliCAD drawings (or just parts of them) into Microsoft® Office application files for many cross-application uses.

Building applications
If you have existing applications that were built using the Autodesk ADS® (AutoCAD Development System) interface or AutoLISP libraries, you can quickly use them in IntelliCAD using the same languages and functions you are used to. The Solutions Development System or SDS is a C/C++ language interface compatible with ADS. IntelliCAD includes a VBA object model to implement quick solutions or to create prototypes for SDS applications within your organization.


IntelliCAD is a commercial grade CAD program that's compatible with the DWG format and industry-standard applications without the hassle and high price of other industry-standard applications. IntelliCAD's tight knit community and low price makes it attractive and affordable to anyone who creates and uses .dwg files. Additionally, many Commercial Members offer a free evaluation version of their products so you can see if IntelliCAD or a customized product meets your unique needs.

Learn More About IntelliCAD Features

Companies interested in ITC membership or in using IntelliCAD often ask about the IntelliCAD feature set. The IntelliCAD User's Guide describes the wide range of capabilities and features found in many member-driven IntelliCAD products and is available for purchase online ($5.00 PDF, $40.00 printed).

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