CAD for Arborists


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CAD for ‘Tree People’

ArborCAD® is the world's only CAD software exclusively designed for the needs of Arboriculture. Get the features of regular CAD plus powerful, productive tools for professional consulting arborists, in a fast, easy-to-master program.

Whether you're conducting and documenting a site survey, producing a tree protection report or drawing any kind of plan, ArborCAD enables you to be way more productive, more professional and more profitable. That’s the bottom line.

Get Good Fast

The supplied step-by-step beginners tutorial will have you up and running fast – and our team will assist you personally to get the most from your ArborCAD® software as you learn.

Expand your knowledge of the program by enrolling in our CAD level 1 and 2 courses to give you all the tips and tricks you need to become an expert and handle bigger projects and reports.

Game Changer

Shortcut your ‘old school’ methods by leveraging built-in arbor-friendly technology. Start with a drawing from your Architect or surveyor, or use satellite and drone images as your base plan. 

Next, load field data and tree locations collected on site (by any device  or method you choose) or by simply locating tree positions on the plan itself, then let ArborCAD draw every tree in the right place, with Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) circles, Structural Root Zone (SRZ) circles, canopy outlines, trunks, ID’s, tree condition details and more….

Complete with automated Incursions (encroachments), tree schedules and labels in just a few clicks. 

Nothing is more accurate, faster and more professional than a drawing created with ArborCAD.

Some unique features we know you’ll love

Protective Fencing

Place protective fencing on your drawing and provide an accurate count of how many panels the builder needs to install to protect trees during construction.

Incursion Control™

Encroachment calculation and placement couldn’t be easier, regardless of shape. The TPZ’s will even resize automatically to increase by the incursion value.

Clever Canopies

Enter the canopy spread as a distance North, South, East and West and let ArborCAD insert an accurate canopy outline. Drip lines and TPZ’s offset from canopies are also supported.

Magic Eraser

Powerful editing is made possible by the proprietary Magic Eraser™ tool. This is just one of many smart design tools that will have you working like a pro in no time.

Good Measure

Instant, accurate measurement tools help calculate job requirements with confidence. Areas, lengths, angles, quantities and incursions straight from the drawing, even around complex hard to estimate shapes.


Fully CAD Capable

Built on our most popular RealCAD software, ArborCAD is equipped with all the regular CAD design and drafting tools plus its unique tools devoted just to consulting Arborists needs.


True Scale

Work directly with CAD drawings or maps and aerial photographs in real-world sizes to ensure your reports are always accurate and true to scale without needing to calculate anything.


Sketch and Stretch

Easily adjust anything in your drawing. Associated elements will update automatically saving hours of editing time.

Work with Others

Exchange files with your associates. No need to redraw, just use the plans you have at your disposal.


Tree Data Collection

Whatever method or app you use to collect tree data on site, you’ll be able to use that data inside ArborCAD. No double handling of information.


ArborCAD System Requirements


Windows 11, 10, 8 or 7 (64bit)
Intel i7 or i9 CPU
Minimum 16GB RAM -Recommended 32GB or more
Minimum 1TB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
Mouse with scroll wheel
NVIDIA graphics card 4GB or more, supporting OpenGL

Mac OSX Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra or later
Minimum Intel i7, M1, M2, M3 (Ultra, Pro or Max CPU’s)
Minimum 16GB RAM -Recommended 32GB or more
Minimum 1GB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
Mouse with scroll wheel (Apple Magic Mouse not supported)
Note: Whilst CAD will run on Mac, performance of CAD software is not equal to that of an equivalent PC with a recommended NVIDIA GPU.

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How is ArborCAD different to regular CAD?

Designed specifically for consulting Arborist and other tree professionals ArborCAD performs tasks not available in any other product anywhere in the world. It is also quicker to learn, faster to use and easier to master.
ArborCAD will completely replace any old CAD software you might being using now. You will still be able to open and edit any DWG files you have too.

Can I use ArborCAD on a Mac?

Yes, both MAC and Windows are fully supported and look the same in both environments.

Just remember though, that Windows machines with the correct graphics card (GPU) are the prefered option for operating CAD software. Entry Level Macs such as the MacBook Air are definitely not suitable for the demands of CAD software. Be sure to check System Requirements before purchasing a machine to run ArborCAD.

Do I also need other CAD software?

No. ArborCAD includes all the regular CAD tools as well as the Arborist tools, so when you purchase an ArborCAD license you are getting a full CAD software license too.

Is ArborCAD suitable for my location?

ArborCAD started in Australia and was based on UK standards and has since been enhanced to work with any arboriculture standards from all over the world. It is suitable and ready for use anywhere there are trees to be protected.

Can ArborCAD be used for forestry reports?

Absolutely. You can use ArborCAD to plot a single tree, a stand of trees or an entire forest onto your drawing. There are tools to label and generate schedules for projects large and small.

What support is available?

You may choose annual or monthly ‘Basic Support’ subscription for tech support only or ‘Premium Care’ subscription that includes technical support plus software upgrades plus a ‘Home Use’ license key to enable your software on a secondary machine at home or whilst travelling.

What Others Are Saying

“My drawings now look professional and are really easy to produce. ArborCAD has everything I had in my previous software but it’s way more productive.”
Jim Tall, Out on a Limb

“After doing the beginners training I’ve produced my first job. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for all your help too guys – great support.”
Phil Hillier, Greener Than

“I work with a developer and he was so happy I could use his files. Saved a lot of time for both of us.”
Aaron, ArborMax

“Nice job. Just what the business needed. Works beautifully on the laptop you guys supplied too.”
Rob, Harbor Arbor

“Wow, this is a hundred times faster than working it all out and drawing manually on AutoCAD.”
Tim Siu, Tree T’s

“Took me a few days to get my head around it, but I’m a bit of a luddite when it comes to technology. I appreciate your awesome support Dani, Nigel and Sidra, thanks”
Brian B. Consultant

“You guys have nailed it. Way more flexible than regular CAD, good job. Has saved me a ton of work.”
Sarah B, Arborite

“…I did all this the long way for years. Ready to get a decent computer computer to make it faster still.”
Orlando J, Tree Care Co.

“I wasted more than two years debating whether to buy ArborCAD or not. Dah!. paid for itself immediately.
Ellen Borne. Can-O.P. Consultancy


…the one and only CAD software for tree people.

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        (For use on a secondary ‘Home Use’ machine by the same user)
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ArborCAD Beginners Tutorial

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