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Hot Door Releases CADtools 3

Illustrator plugin offers 2D CAD and isometric drawing features By Dave Nagel
Hot Door has released CADtools 3, an update to the company's plugin that offers CAD design tools for Adobe Illustrator. The new version offers new 2D CAD, isometric drawing and dimensioning features. It's available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

CADtools is targeted toward technical design professionals. The new 3.0 version adds new tools designed to integrate with Illustrator and also includes support for the forthcoming release of Illustrator CS. New features in version 3 include:

  • New CADisometric palette for adjusting view angles and grids, with automatically updating isometric objects and one-click live dimensioning tools;
  • Vector drawing tools for 2D CAD and isometric objects in document or layer-based scale;
  • Improved automatic labeling tools with an increased degree of customization;
  • Dimensioning tools for 2D and isometric objects, including a tangent tool, isometric dimensioning tools and dual dimensioning and tolerancing.

CADtools 3 is available now for Mac OS 9 (Illustrator 9 and 10), Mac OS X (Illustrator 10 and CS) and Windows (Illustrator 9, 10 and CS). The full version runs $249. Upgrades from CADtools 2 sell for $149. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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