Corel has announced a new product today, CorelCAD. I have included the full press release below. The one feature that stands out to me is that it can export files to the CDR format. For those of you who need to work with CAD files in CorelDRAW, this might be a good answer for converting DWG and DXF files to CDR. I have not had a chance to test this so make sure to download the trial version and test this if it is of interest to you.
Built for speed on Windows® and Mac OS®, CorelCAD Delivers Native DWG® file format support, a full complement of 2D and 3D design tools, and broad compatibility with industry standard CAD tools and workflows
Corel today announced the expansion of its award-winning graphics and technical illustration portfolio with the introduction of CorelCAD®, a powerful and affordable CAD solution that delivers native DWG (industry standard CAD file format) support, and the ability to seamlessly navigate between 2D and 3D environments. Optimized for the Mac and Windows platforms, CorelCAD enables engineers, designers and architects to quickly and easily customize their work environments and work with even greater speed and efficiency.
Competitively priced, CorelCAD offers small-to-medium-sized businesses and larger enterprises an affordable option for site-wide deployments, making it an ideal solution for day-to-day design projects that require a high level of precision and detail.
Improved Workflow and Compatibility Built on Leading CAD Technology
Corel has partnered with Graebert GmbH, a leading CAD developer with over 25 years of industry experience, to develop and market CorelCAD to a wide audience of users. As a result, existing CAD users will enjoy an intuitive environment with familiar command bars, aliases, menus and toolbars. In addition, CorelCAD provides excellent compatibility, working natively with the AutoCAD® DWG® file format and eliminating the need for an import / export process to read and write files in the industry standard format.
“The high cost of many CAD solutions makes it a prohibitive expense for small-to-medium-sized businesses. CorelCAD represents a great alternative, particularly for technical designers seeking power and precision at an affordable price,” said Klaus Vossen, Product Manager for Technical Graphics at Corel. “We’re confident that CorelCAD’s combination of price and performance will provide a compelling alternative for architects, engineers, construction firms and any enterprise seeking precision tools for 2D and 3D design.”
Powerful Feature Set Delivers New Levels of Productivity
Focused on helping users to be as productive as possible, CorelCAD emphasizes file format support, customization and ease of integration into existing design workflows. Key capabilities include the ability to:
- Open & save DWG files natively: CorelCAD® uses DWG® as its native file format and offers DXF® and DWF support up to AutoCAD® 2010 file format versions (used by AutoCAD® 2010-AutoCAD® 2012). Open, work with and save files in DWG format for worry-free collaboration with colleagues, suppliers and partners. Plus, save drawings back to R12 DWG or DXF format, and recover DWG and DXF files in all format versions.
- Design in 2D & 3D: Along with a comprehensive set of 2D drawing features, CorelCAD includes a set of 3D solid modeling tools. Add 3D solid primitives to your design and use Boolean operations to unite, intersect and subtract bodies. Extrude or revolve 2D entities, sweep 2D entities along a path, or loft between 2D entities to create solid objects. Slice and intersect solids, and edit edges, faces and bodies of 3D solids.
- Customize workspaces & automate common tasks for greater efficiency: For every industry that relies on CAD tools, there’s a different workflow. To that end, CorelCAD is easily customizable to meet the needs of a variety of sectors and projects. Without any programming knowledge, you can fine-tune the user interface to your working needs. Custom workspace configurations can then be saved in user profiles and deployed throughout an organization to tailor the user interface to specific project needs and maximize productivity.
Pricing and Availability
CorelCAD is available now in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese at the SRP of $699 (US and CDN). Registered users of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 and Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 or higher are eligible for cross-grade pricing of $499 (US and CDN). Commercial and academic volume licenses are also available.