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The Smart Alternative to AutoCAD

4MCAD

Unrivaled Compatibility with AutoCAD

Our CAD Software use DWG as their native file format. You can open and modify drawings created by AutoCAD and vice-versa without any import or export.

4MCAD offers a very friendly environment for professionals knowing how to use AutoCAD.

With 4MCAD you get an advanced CAD Software with similar performance level but for only a fraction of the price.

4MCAD

4MCAD Features & Highlights

General

  • Redeveloped on top of the latest ICAD10.1a engine
  • Significant advantages by using the new ODA libraries (SDKs v.2021.11)
  • 64bit power engine with best performances on any level
  • Option for cloud-based multi-licensing

User interface

  • Enhanced interface with new features concerning the dialog boxes, the status bar, the drawing window and others
  • New contextual menu enhancements for arrays, tables, multiline text and others.

Improved performance

  • Significantly faster while selecting entities (up to 7 times)
  • Two times faster while handling grips & snaps, regenerating large drawings and switching layouts.
  • Completely re-engineered OpenGL graphics engine for even higher performance.
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Enriched Interoperability

  • New options for Importing a) map files  (.shp, .sdf, sqlite), b) pdf files with multiple options, and c) point data from .csv & .txt files.
  • Placement of an Excel® file as a table in the drawing.
  • Compatibility with Revit® 2021 files

New features and capabilities

  • New features regarding the insertion of dynamic blocks
  • Support of 3Dconnexion input devices
  • Enhanced layer management (i.e. “Layer Previous” command to reverse changes made to layer settings, restore a layer state, apply more options to layer filters etc)
  • New options while selecting and/or modifying entities (i.e. for moving selected entities, specifying additional grips for blocks, use of new Rectangular Array, Polar Array, Path Array and Edit Array commands)
  • New commands for group entities (i.e. Quick Group, Group Edit and Ungroup).
  • New options for Tables (data, formulas and fields in table cells, linked data from an .xls file, assignment of table styles and others)
  • New capabilities regarding Text (i.e. tabs for multiline text
  • Enhanced printing and publishing commands
  • Digital Signature for dwg files

4MCAD23: Summary of Features

DWG format full compatibility

  • Native .dwg file support
  • Read/Write to Autocad format

Interoperability – working with files

  • Import IFC files (4MCAD PRO)
  • PDF to CAD conversion –DWG file (4MCAD PRO)
  • Import Revit files (RFA and RVT format files) (4MCAD PRO)
  • Import/Export IGES format files (4MCAD PRO)
  • Import/Export STEP format files (4MCAD PRO)
  • Import/Export ACIS 3D Solids *.sat
  • Working with point clouds – attaching point cloud .rcp/.rcs files
  • Import 3D Collada *.dae
  • 3D PDF  Export
  • Export – 2D/3D *.pdf, *.svg, *,dwf, *.bmp, *.emf, *.wmf, *.dwf & *.stl file extensions
  • Open/Save – *.dwg, *.dxf, *,dwf, *.dxb & *.dwt file extensions

BIM entities/objects (4MCAD PRO)

  • ADT Objects (architectural desktop objects): Creates ADT walls, openings (windows, doors), curtain walls, stairs, ramps, roofs, rails, studs, joists etc
  • Conversion of entities to walls and slabs.
  • Steel Elements: creates steelwork elements: profiles, plates, bolts, studs, joists etc.
  • Wood Elements: creates woodwork elements.
  • Creation of elevation lines and section lines.

3D Solid Modelling (4MCAD PRO)

  • Conversion of entities to three-dimensional meshes or surfaces using the Convert to Mesh and Convert to Surface commands.
  • Facet Modeler to draw these 3D entity types: box (FMBOX), cone (FMCONE), cylinder (FMCYLINDER), pyramid (FMPYRAMID), sphere (FMSPHERE), and torus (FMTORUS).
  • Draw construction lines using the new Construction Line command.
  • FM3DCONVERT and FMEXTRUDE commands to convert more types of three-dimensional entities to other types of three-dimensional entities.
  • Editing of the 3D entities of the new Facet Modeler: 3D convert (FM3DCONVERT), extrude (FMEXTRUDE), intersect (FMINTERSECT), revolve (FMREVOLVE), subtract (FMSUBTRACT), and union (FMUNION)

Interface

  • Tool Palette (acad-like Tool Palette)
  • Ribbon menus & menu bar interface, both together at the same time.
  • Α number of facilities and auxiliary tools such as Quick CUI command, Right-click a drawing tab to see options for the tab, Cursor Types (regular, gunsightand XOR when overlapping a same color area), “Save Workspace” command for saving a workspace and its settings, “Close All Others” command to close all drawing windows except the current one and many others.

Blocks and External references

  • Insertion of Dynamic blocks
  • Convert Block to XRef to convert each occurrence of a selected block to an external reference.
  • Find and replace blocks (4MCAD Standard & 4MCAD PRO)
  • Block Library with up to 1000 blocks (4MCAD PRO)
  • Block Library Manager (4MCAD PRO)

Selecting and modifying entities

  • Selection Filter command to display the Selection Filter pane (allowing to filter and select entities by layer, color, entity type, and linetype).
  • Selection Cycling tab to specify how to select when selecting entities that overlap.
  • Overkill command to delete or combine duplicate or overlapping entities.
  • View and select a range of actions on the Undo/Redo toolbar
  • Thicken command to convert surfaces and meshes into three-dimensional solids with a specified thickness (4MCAD PRO).
  • Additional grips and properties to polygons, rectangles and break lines, for smart editing.

Viewing

  • Advanced Photo-realistic 3D Rendering (4MCAD Standard & 4MCAD PRO)
  • Raster Image Support (4MCAD Standard & 4MCAD PRO)
  • Graphical Block Preview
  • CAMERA command to create and modify view settings for a drawing

Text

  • Work with multiline text using right-to-left fonts.
  • Create additional types of lists for multiline text.
  • Resize text using the Scale Text command.
  • Draw a circle, rectangle, or dashed line around text using the Enclose Text with Shape command.
  • Position text within a defined space using the Text Fit command.

Print

  • Export Layout to Model (.dwg)
  • Publish drawings to DWF and DWFx.
  • 3D Printing files
  • Auto Publish command to automatically create electronic files (.dwf/.pdf) from the current drawing.

APIs

  • Microsoft .NET 4.5 API – .NET wrappers for architectural objects.
  • Load IRX applications automatically in IntelliCAD via the registry.
  • Autodesk® Development System (ADS) support
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications – VBA 7.1 (4MCAD PRO)
  • LISP support (including DCL)

Enhanced Performance

  • High performance when snapping to .pdf files, blocks with many nested entities and point clouds.
  • Zoom and Pan, extremely fast for clipped external references.
  • Opening external reference files much faster.
  • Enhanced performance when selecting by window.
  • Incremental saving of .dwg files is supported, providing much faster saving of large .dwg files that contain only a few changes.

4MCAD Features

CAD features

4MCAD Classic

4MCAD Standard

4MCAD PRO

AutoCAD Full

AutoCAD LT

Native .dwg file support

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*.dwg file support for v2.5 up to Latest Version

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Classic Toolbars and Ribbon GUI support

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MicroStation *.dgn native Open file support

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Open/Save - Supports *.dwg, *.dxf, *,dwf, *.dxb & *.dwt file extensions

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Export - Supports 2D/3D *.pdf, *.svg, *,dwf, *.bmp, *.emf, *.wmf, *.dwf & *.stl file extensions

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Import - Supports 3D Collada *.dae

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Import/Export - Supports ACIS 3D Solids *.sat

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STEP & IGES Import/Export

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Vectored PDF files Import for direct editing

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BIM support *.ifc, *.rvt/*.rfa

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Attach point cloud .rcp/.rcs files

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Support for command Line

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Support for 3D surface commands

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Facet Modeler for lightweight 3D drawings

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Support for 3D Solids modeling

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Architectural entities such as walls, windows, doors, openings, stairs, railings & slabs, etc.

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Block Library with up to 1000 blocks

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CTB color table files / STB style table files

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3D PDF Export

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3D Printing files

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Printing, Publishing with eTransmit

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LISP support (including DCL)

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Autodesk® Development System (ADS) support

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Object IRX for custom entity creation

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AutoCAD® software menu (.mnu) and script (.scr) files

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Object IRX for custom entity creation

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Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications - VBA 7.1

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Raster Image Support (See full list of supported image file extensions)

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Work with Multiple Open Drawing

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Explorer for managing layers, block, line types, and more

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Express tools

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Tool palettes

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Microsoft .NET 4.5 API

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Script Recorder

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Graphical Block Preview

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Dynamic blocks

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Find and replace blocks

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PDF to DWG Add-on module (convert PDF files to DWG files)

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Advanced Photo-realistic 3D Rendering

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Block Library Manager

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Price (Stand alone versions)

125,00

170,00

270,00

subscription

subscription

4MCAD is available in four versions

4MCAD Viewer

CAD Viewing & Printing plus adding texts & dimensions

4MCAD Classic

2D/3D CAD Complete Design (lowest price/highest value for the 2D designers)

4MCAD Standard

4MCAD Classic + Raster Image + Rendering

4MCAD Professional

4MCAD Standard + Files (BIM/IFC, STEP, IGES, Revit-RFA/RVT, +PDF2DWG) + ADT Objects (Conventional/Steel/Wood) + 3D Solids + VBA support + Library Manager

4MCAD Professional and 4MCAD Standard are also available in HK (hardlock key) and CK (cloud key) licenses

More specifically here are all the three different types of licenses

  • A unique serial number will be provided for Software activation over internet
  • License can be transferred to some other computer using “Deactivate” button in Startup Wizzard
  • There is no limit on number of License Transfers
  • Internet connection needed during activation and deactivation
  • One license will work only in computer at a given point of time
  • Need to connect user computer to Internet after 30 days offline
  • A unique serial number will be provided for Software use
  • License is controlled by 4M Cloud License Server
  • One License will work in any one computer over internet at a given point of time
  • No need of activation or deactivation
  • Install software in any computer, give the Serial Number, and use it
  • Once you exit 4MCAD, license will be transferred back to cloud server automatically
  • License can be used in any global location
  • This method is ideal for changing work locations
  • Internet connection is needed always in client computer for License Communication
  • USB Dongle and a serial number will be sent physically to client
  • Install software in any Windows based computer, connect USB dongle, give the Serial Number and use the software
  • Dongle can be shifted to any computer and no need to uninstall/reinstall the software
  • No need to contact us even if the computer is formatted or crashed
  • No need of internet or LAN connection
  • If USB dongle is damaged, a new USB dongle can be purchased. But if dongle is lost, client needs to buy new license

Try the full version for 30 days for free!

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Difference from
other CADs

Our CAD Software use DWG as their native file format. You can open and modify drawings created by AutoCAD and vice-versa without any import or export.

4MCAD offers a very friendly environment for professionals knowing how to use AutoCAD.

With 4MCAD you get an advanced CAD Software with similar performance level but for only a fraction of the price.