DoubleCAD XT and XT PRO Updates Respond to User Requests

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 30, 2009 -- AIA Expo2009, Moscone Center -- IMSI/Design, maker of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today that it is showing the first update of its AutoCAD LT® work-alike products DoubleCAD™ XT and DoubleCAD™ XT PRO, just months after their initial release. The products will be released next week.

"We're listening to our customers and are trying to develop on a time-table that will surprise everyone," said Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design.

Changes include:

-- "Place on Workplane" added to ease editing and manipulating material
-- Usability changes:
   -- Zooming using the mouse-wheel does not re-center the cursor anymore,
      and now the zoom is focused around the cursor position
   -- The Zoom Factor default setting has been reduced
   -- Default look of the selector has been updated
   -- Additional SEKE and function key settings have been made more
      familiar to AutoCAD LT users (i.e., F8 toggles ORTHO)
   -- More consistent behavior using the ESC key in the Polyline tool
-- Added .STP files and .3DM (Rhinoceros®) filters in DoubleCAD XT PRO.
   (This brings the total to 30 file formats)
-- Added a Line Style Editor in DoubleCAD XT PRO
-- Added a limited Style Manager in DoubleCAD XT
-- Added the ability to turn off the "Created in DoubleCAD XT" print
   attribution in DoubleCAD XT
-- A number of functional bugs have been addressed
-- And more

"In these tough economic times, we're committed to improving a great companion to AutoCAD® and a compelling alternative to AutoCAD LT," added Farros. "This maintenance release is just the start."

IMSI/Design will be in booth 739 in the South Hall of the Moscone Center.

About DoubleCAD XT (free CAD software application)

DoubleCAD™ XT is a free AutoCAD LT® work-alike that also contains many new, innovative features such as self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, transparent fills, draw order by layer, Bezier curves, flatten 3D to 2D views, a hatch pattern editor, advanced polyline editing, automatic scaling of units between drawings, parametric variable palette, embed/bind image files in drawing, input multiple unit types on-the-fly, snap prioritization, brush style editor, smart dimensions, import xrefs, and more. DoubleCAD XT supports standard file types, including .DWG, .DWF, and .SKP, and is free for commercial and personal use. For more information, visit Visit user forums at

About DoubleCAD™ XT PRO

DoubleCAD™ XT PRO is the upgrade to DoubleCAD™ XT. It is an AutoCAD LT work-alike that goes beyond even AutoCAD LT® in terms of CAD capabilities, especially in the area of drafting and detailing. Most significantly, DoubleCAD XT PRO includes a powerful and innovative Drafting Palette that expedites the drafting-to-detailing process by creating fully associative, 2D views or hatched sections (even from xrefs). Other unique features include geometric and dimensional constraints, a range of intelligent ACA (AutoCAD Architectural) objects such as compound walls (with full style control), AEC parametric doors and windows, stairs, rails, slabs, and roof, Parametric Parts Manager, trace image to vector tools, and premium customer support. The product includes one of the widest varieties of file filters in the CAD industry, including support for .DWG (AutoCAD R14 to 2009), .SKP (Google™ SketchUp™), .IGES, .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), .STL, and more. DoubleCAD XT PRO is $695 but through May 23, 2009 IMSI/Design will honor the Autodesk® AutoCAD LT upgrade price of $575. For more information, visit Visit user forums at

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). With over 15 million products sold since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, TurboFLOORPLAN™, DesignCAD™, and IDX® Renditioner families of precision design applications. Please visit for more information.

© 2009 IMSI/Design, LLC. All rights reserved. DoubleCAD™ and IMSI/Design® are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of IMSI/Design, LLC. All other identifiable marks are the property of their respective owners.

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