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Designer Pro PLUS

Unleash the power of both Designer Pro and RealCAD LT in one bundle. Explore design ideas in full 3D, cost estimate and visualise your designs on any site and automatically generate plans, elevations, sections, perspectives and animations using Designer Pro then import your views into RealCAD LT to complete council/city ready application and construction documents easily, accurately and fast.

In Detail

Get Started Quickly and Easily

Watch the step-by-step video instructions on Designer Pro and enrol in the online CAD Level 1 training to learn your 2D CAD tools fast. Comprehensive manuals and videos are also provided for quick reference to every command. You'll be designing in 3D in minutes... really!

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.

All-in-One Building Design Solution

Because Designer Pro PLUS is two programs in one bundle, you can choose to engage another person to complete the 2D documentation of your designs, freeing you to do the things you like the most and helping you to win more business.

Or if you like to take complete control yourself then Designer Pro PLUS gives you the best and fastest 3D building modeller in the world with the easiest professional 2D drafting tools.

Head Start

Designer Pro PLUS lets you import maps, aerial photo's and satellite images including Google Earth, then scale and work over them as part of your drawings. Directly import survey data or other CAD created drawings to get a head start on the design process.

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 PLUS provides the right tools to get the job done fast. Time is money, with Designer Pro PLUS 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.

Videos

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

[Q] We are a large architectural firm, will this software suit our needs?

[A] Probably not. Designer Pro PLUS is the worlds best solution for domestic and light commercial design but lacks the more complex file handling for collaborative modeling of multiple designers/drafters all working on the same 3D model at the same time. It also does not support large multi-level buildings such a s high rise developments.

 

[Q] What is the difference between this software and something like ArchiCAD or Revit?

[A] Designer Pro PLUS is a better and easier solution if your work is for domestic and light commercial buildings of only a few floor and for this it is literally the fastest building design software on Earth. Revit and ArchiCAD are best for large commercial or public buildings and have more features for working on the same project with multiple designers.
Designer Pro PLUS is significantly less expensive as it targets small to medium size design firms.
Curiously however Designer Pro PLUS has better 2D drafting tools than either Revit or ArchiCAD. 

 

[Q] What is the difference between Designer Pro PLUS and something like AutoCAD or Vectorworks?

[A] There is no comparison - Designer Pro PLUS is much easier and much faster to design with, by a huge factor. It also has significantly superior features for architectural design that programs like AutoCAD simply don't include. Designer Pro PLUS is also considerably more affordable.

 

[Q] Can I install Designer Pro PLUS in multiple computers?

[A] Designer Pro PLUS 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 and reactivate it on the other machine. To do this you need an internet connection.

 

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

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

  1. Designer Pro software license
  2. RealCAD LT with AutoCAD® DWG file support and 
  3. Unlimited sheet size and sheet quantity support as well as all the other benefits of our most professional 2D drafting software
  4. 'Install Assist' to remotely install, setup and activate your software for you
  5. A $500 discount voucher (valid for 12 months) for an additional license of the drafting software.
  6. Access to CAD International's exclusive 3D content creation service to customise your library.
  7. 30 days direct CAD International support.
  8. Bonus library content installed to your machine.
  9. A 3D library contetnt modeller so you can import or create your very own libraries
  10. 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] This all seems very innexpensive compared to other products I have looked at. Why? What's the catch? What is missing? Sorry for my sceptisism but I want to be sure I am making the right choice. 

[A] You are right, the software and services we provide are extremely affordable and contrast with other much more expensive architectural CAD software on the market. The difference is that this software is limited to buildings of up to 4 levels and its rendering for photorealistic images is not quite as good as one or two of the more expensive products.

The price has been engineered by the marketing guys to appeal to smaller companies and even to individual operators with more restricted budgets. After you have used this software for some time your needs may grow, and if they do we can then assist you in seemlessly upgrading to a more expensive option but without the floor level restrictions and with enhanced rendering etc, but for most clients this Designer Pro PLUS with its mix of high speed 3D design tools, superior 2D drafting tools, library content modeling tools and affordable price is a stand-out choice. I am sure you will be delighted with it :)

 

[Q] From the look of it in the demo this software looks similar to the Chief Architect software I have seen, is there a link?

[A] Yes, Chief Architect Inc. are responsible for the main modelling portion of the suite, for this reason the workings and interface of this part are almost identical. Designer Pro PLUS adds enhanced 2D drafting tools, a 3D library content modeller, international metric template, new materials and expert non-USA based support options whilst keeping the purchase price extremely attractive.

Note and Disclaimer:

Designer Pro PLUS is a software bundle by CAD International comprising, in part, of software developed by CAD International (Australia) and Chief Architect LLC (USA). Users opting to source and purchase bundled products or services separately and independently of CAD International should confirm support options. CAD International does not represent nor claim to represent Chief Architect LLC. Chief Architect LLC do not represent CAD Australia Pty Limited (trading as CAD International) Users may upgrade the Home Designer Pro software directly with Chief Architect LLC or engage CAD International to provide an upgrade and support service on their behalf. Users who purchase Chief Architect products from Chief Architect LLC USA may also request additional support services from CAD International. RealCAD is a product developed by CAD International (a CAD Australia Pty Ltd business) RealCAD forms an integral part of the Designer Pro PLUS bundle.

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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