Experience the agility of ARES Commander to create and modify DWG drawings in 2D and 3D on your computers. Leverage the drafting and design features that you’ve come to expect for your DWG files, at a significant cost savings. ARES Commander brings your productivity to the next level with smart productivity tools and a unique concept: The Trinity of CAD™.
Available for Windows, macOS and Linux
Native DWG support
Create & Modify in 2D and 3D
A professional cross-platform DWG CAD ecosystem designed to take your CAD anywhere, ARES Commander is a switch made easy – providing a familiar look & feel that is intuitive for any experienced CAD user. Much more than a cost-effective alternative for DWG-editing, ARES Commander is making no compromises in features and innovations.
Dedicated To Productivity
Any OS: ARES Commander can be installed on Windows, macOS or several Linux distributions
Work offline: ARES Commander is fully installed on your laptops and/or computers as you have ever been used to
Buy 1 license and work from any computer: ARES Commander, the same user can work from up to 2 computers simultaneously and even log out to work from other computers. You may even use computers under different operating systems.
CAD anywhere: When you buy ARES Commander you also get a 1 year subscription for ARES Touch (to work on your Android and iOS devices) and ARES Kudo, our cloud-based solution.
Support included: When you buy ARES Commander the license includes a 1-year subscription to receive all the updates as well as access to our Support Desk via email. Upon expiration you are free to renew your support agreement or withdraw.
Leverage the intelligence of BIM to automate CAD drawings production
With ARES Commander you can import and view Revit and IFC files, but most interestingly you can extract 2D drawings from them, extract the BIM information into tables and draw additional CAD details on top of the geometry acquired from the BIM project.
BIM Import: Import .RVT or .IFC models
Access & Browse: Filter relevant BIM information
Extraction & Take-offs: Read & extract BIM data into tables or .csv
Smart & Intelligent: Automate drawings productions from the BIM model
Reduce CAD work repetition: Update drawings after BIM model changes
Drawing and Commenting
Drawing Compare Enhancements - Compare two versions of a drawing to display the differences with colors. The Drawing Compare palette allows you to compare the current drawing with another one. Now, you can also compare files stored in your cloud storage. For example, compare a local file with a new version in cloud storage to understand the differences. You can also compare two files in the cloud, or two local files.
Offline Commenting - Now you can also use the Commenting palette with local files. Previously, the Commenting palette was only available for files in cloud storage and saved in Graebert’s online service; offline commenting extends the feature to your local files. Comments are stored in a dedicated file, which is saved in the same location as the drawing.
Printing and Sheet Sets
Large projects, by their nature, entail printing large numbers of drawings and sheets. Whether the final destination is paper or PDF, printing multiple versions can quickly become a confusing hassle. The Sheet Set Manager helps you configure a set of drawings to be printed for your project with different sheets. You can reorganize these sheets in subsets, to print them in proper order although they are coming from different files. Your project is always ready to print, even if multiple users are working in parallel on multiple files. Graebert has also redesigned the print experience to boost productivity and provide a seamless transition for those new to ARES Commander. With familiar interfaces, AutoCAD users and ARES users will find it simple to collaborate on projects created in either product.
Redesigned Print Experience - Revamped Print dialog and new dialog for PDF options. User interface improvements enhance productivity and offer a more intuitive experience for users migrating from other CAD software, such as AutoCAD. The built-in PDF printer now includes a new dialog for PDF options; users can control the quality of vector and raster images, add layers, and add hyperlinks or embed TrueType fonts in the PDF files they create.
Use and Share DST files - Import, modify, and share sheet sets. Support for the DST format enables users to share sheet set configurations with other ARES users or with other CAD applications, including AutoCAD and similar software.
Sheet Set Manager - Use the new Sheet Set Manager to create, organize, and manage sheets from multiple drawings.
Create/Modify Sheet Sets - Group sheets with layouts from different drawings, and use templates to create new sheets. The whole project is neatly organized in one place (even if users are working on different drawings), and ready to print at any time.
Manage Fields & Properties - Customize callouts, view labels, and title blocks using shapes and fields/properties.
Publish Sheet Sets - Print a set of drawings to PDF or to paper. Choose either PDF or paper for your output, then print the entire project (or just a subset) in a single operation. The publishing process will run in the background, and won’t interfere with your work.
Create Templates with Sheet Sets - Further increase your productivity by creating DWT drawing templates combined with sheet sets. The DWT format is used in ARES or other CAD software to configure ready-to-use templates pre-configured with layers, styles, blocks, layouts, and more. Learn in our video how you can combine this with the new Sheet Sets features.
New Options for Spline Entities - SPLINE and SPLINEDIT commands are enhanced. Splines can now be defined with either fit points or control vertices. The new SPLINEDIT modifies the parameters and properties of splines, or converts spline-fit polylines to splines.
Copy Nested Entities - Directly copy drawing entities that are nested into a block or xref. Do you need to explode a nested entity before you can copy its elements? Not anymore! The new COPYNESTED command (alias NCOPY) duplicates drawing entities that are nested within blocks or xrefs, and places copies in a location you specify.
New BIM features
To create higher-quality 2D drawings with less effort, Graebert is equipping ARES Commander to extract the rich data stored in BIM objects and use it to automate drawing production. ARES Commander is the ideal platform for this initiative, because it preserves all the BIM information in drawings and retains associativity with the BIM model.
BIM Drawings Automation: Material Mapper - Automate the documentation of your BIM projects by pre-configurating the style of drawing entities generated from the BIM project. Assign a specific color, hatch, or graphic style to a material just once, and all drawings will receive the correct graphics styles automatically. For example define that a certain type of walls would always be shown with a specific hatch.
BIM Drawings Automation: Labels - Automate the creation and update of labels for doors, windows, stairs, or virtually any entity created from the related BIM project. Your labels will display the BIM data properties and graphics you choose, and will automatically update whenever the BIM model is refreshed.
BIM Drawings Automation: Dimension Chains - Create smart aligned dimensions for a wall or any selection of BIM objects in your BIM drawings. These dimensions will automatically update. Save time and speed drawing production by dimensioning selected entities automatically rather than manually.
BIM Features for Mac & Linux Too! - All the BIM features of ARES Commander are now also available for Mac and Linux users. Version 2022 makes features that were previously available only on Windows 64-bit also available for Mac and Linux. The BIM features are however not available for Windows 32-bit versions.
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