1.Unrivaled Autodesk AutoCAD compatibility
CADian's native file format is .DWG, so when you open an existing Autodesk AutoCAD file (R11 to R2007) there's no file conversion and no data loss. CADian also provides a high degree of compatibility with the AutoCAD command set, as well as AutoLISP and ADS. That means you can get to work immediately using the AutoCAD files, commands and applications you rely on.

2.Exceptional productivity
CADian offers smooth Microsoft Windows integration plus many unique productivity features, including the ability to open multiple drawings at once; a Drawing Explorer? that lets you review and exchange drawing content with drag-and-drop ease; and visual customization of menus and toolbars -- no programming required! And thanks to its ActiveX integration, you can insert CADian drawings (or just parts of them) into a Microsoft Office application file or a Visio 2000 Technical Edition schematic.

For the first time ever, you can buy a heavy-duty CAD program that's compatible with the .DWG file format and AutoCAD applications at mass-market pricing. Other feature-rich, low-cost CAD programs have tried to create their own standard as opposed to leveraging the existing .DWG standard. CADian's low price makes it affordable to anyone who creates and uses .DWG files

  • Support for AutoCAD command line

    By clicking the right button of a mouse on the toolbar then selecting [command bar] from the shortcut menu, or pressing [F3], the command line appears as in AutoCAD. Furthermore, users are able to use AutoCAD commands and thousands of programs coded by AutoLISP, ADS, and VBA.

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  • Digitizer Support

    Many drafting departments have established routines using digitizers within their CAD workgroup. For CAD departments that utilize digitizers as input devices. CADian supports both tablet mode for tracing and the use of tablet menus for command input

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  • Native DWG support, dwg files (including R14 to R2006/5)

    As AutoCAD, CADian uses native dwg files so that any drawings saved in AutoCAD from R 14 to R 2006/5 can be opened, modifed, and saved without data loss. CADian 2006 happens to open old drawings such as AutoCAD R 11 - R 14 drawings more easily than AutoCAD

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  • AutoCAD menu (.MNU) and script (.SCR) files

    CADian supports AutoCAD menus (MNU), dialog boxes (DCL), fonts (SHX), scripts (SCR), and symbol libraries, so you can easily transfer custom AutoCAD environments into CADian and continue working in your favorite drafting environment

  • Object ARX support (not yet supported)

    Currently, CADian does not support the Object ARX proprietary language created by Autodesk. CADian provides complete support for AutoLISP, Autodesk's proprietary macro language, as well as the Autodesk Development System (ADS), Autodesk's proprietary programming language. CADian also supports DLL files and includes a preview version of VBA.

  • Raster image display (optional)

    Image Enabler of CADian 2014 supports the image composed files shch as scanning files or photos on drawings. Supported formats are BMP, CALS(cg4, gp4, cal, g4), GIF, JPG, PCX, TIF, TIFF, DAT, HRF, TGA, PNG, RAS, RLC, BIL and lots of images are able to be attached to a drawing using "detaching", "reloading", and "unloading" functions. In addition, Combining a raster image and CADian's vector data generates a drawing and the order between the vector data and raster image can be controlled.

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4.Productivity Features

  • Fly-over snapping

    Fly-over snapping is a visual aid, to help you see and use entity snaps more efficiently

  • Photorealistic 3D rendering (optional)

    CADian lets you easily create 3D designs using the 3D drawing tools. You can display hidden-line, shaded, or fully rendered versions of your 3D models or your existing 3D libraries with a click of a button. You can choose professional-quality, preset options for lighting, surface materials, and backgrounds. With CADian's sophisticated raytracing capabilities, you can produce photorealistic 3D renderings. Requires license of rendering technology from Lightwork Design

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  • ActiveX support including in-place editing

  • CADian provides in-place Editing

    In-place Editing (Microsoft objects written in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) enables you to share data with the different users and the programs. For instance, CADian drawings can be inserted in Microsoft Word or Excel documents and can include Word or Excel documents. Furthermore, double-clicking enables data editing.

  • Drawing Explorer Window

    Drawing Explorer for managing layers, blocks, line types, and more CADian Explorer of CADian 2006 has the similar interface to Windows Explorer so that users can find layers, line types, text styles, blocks, view, coordinates(UCS) and so forth in a drawing and manage them very easily. In other words, necessary elements from opened drawings can be copied or moved to other drawing or can be removed.

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  • Graphical Block Preview

    If an opened drawing has blocks, CADian Explorer shows blocks' shapes and indicates how many blocks are inserted in the drawing; and thereby users can work on drawings very precisely

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  • Work with multiple open drawings (MDI)

    CADian 2014 can open an unlimited number of drawings in an individual session with less memories. Selecting a file in a dialog by choosing [Open] from [File] or dragging a drawing file into CADian,you can open drawings simultaneously, and increase the efficiency of work. Furthermore, among the opened drawings, users can copy, cut, and paste a certain part from a drawing to other drawings

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  • Real Time Pan & Zoom

    CADian allows users to work with their drawings using Real Time Pan and Zoom. This functionality makes viewing and navigating around your .DWG drawing files easier and more productive

  • Right-mouse click to edit properties of multiple selected entities

    Right-mouse click to edit properties of multiple selected entities. With CADian, you can modify the properties of more than one entity at a time. For example, you might use CADian's "Entprop" command to select all entities on a particular layer, then use the Layer text box to move those entities to another layer. You could also change all the entities in one color to another color

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  • Script recorder

    Like a macro in Word, a script mimics what you type, including command names, options and coordinates. CADian fully supports scripting. In fact, it reads and writes the same script files (.SCR) that work in AutoCAD. CADian, however, provides several scripting enhancements that vastly improve your productivity
    • An automatic launch feature: Double-click an SCR script file in Windows Explorer and you'll open CADian and run the script instantly
    • A script recorder: Use the script recorder to automatically capture your keystrokes and mouse actions including menu picks, toolbar button selections, and screen picks. To review the script, simply play it back
    • A script append feature: Use this feature to add new scripts to existing ones
    • Enhanced scripting commands: CADian's commands include Recscript, which begins the recording, and Stopscript, which stops any script that's running

  • Unlimited undo/redo

    Go ahead and try out all your drawing ideas. CADian lets you "Undo" and "Redo" an unlimited number of editing actions. (With AutoCAD, you can "Undo" an unlimited number of actions, but you can only "Redo" one.)

  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (optional, COM is standard)

    Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (optional, COM is standard) CADian 2000 includes a full implementation of Microsoft Visual Basic, Applications Edition (VBA), a development environment that simplifies the creation and execution of Visual Basic applications

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  • Visual customiztion of menus and toolbars

    CADian supports AutoCAD menus (MNU), dialog boxes (DCL), fonts (SHX), scripts (SCR), and symbol libraries, so you can easily transfer custom AutoCAD environments into CADian and continue working in your favorite drafting environment. CADian menus, function keys, and command aliases are able to be redefined by using a mouse and toolbars being changable by drag-and-drop

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5.Comparing CADian 2020 with Autocad R2006/2005, AutoCAD Compactibility

AutoCAD Compatibility
Cadian 2020 AutoCAD 2006/5 AutoCAD R14
Native DWG format (R14 ~ 2007). Yes Yes Yes
Support for AutoCAD command line Yes Yes Yes
AutoCAD 3D surface commands Yes Yes Yes
AutoLISP support (including .DCL) Yes Yes Yes
Autodesk Development System (ADS) support Yes Yes Yes
Object ARX support No Yes Yes
AutoCAD menu (.MNU) and script (.SCR) files Yes Yes Yes
True Type font support Yes Yes Yes
Digitizer Support Yes Yes Yes
ACIS 3D solid modeling Yes Yes Yes
Raster image display Yes Yes Yes

Advanced Features
Features CADian 2020 AutoCAD 2006/5 AutoCAD R14
Multiple open documents Yes Yes No
Drawing Explorer for managing layers, blocks, linetypes ++ Yes Yes No
Graphical block preview Yes Yes No
ActiveX support for in-place editing Yes Yes No
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Yes Yes Yes
Photorealistic 3-D rendeing Yes Yes Yes
Script recorder Yes No No
Real Time Pan & Zoom Yes Yes Yes
Visual menu customization Yes Yes No
Right-mouse click to edit properties Yes Yes No
Unlimited undo/redo Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/No
System requirements
(min RAM/HD space for full installation)

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