DoubleCAD XT

DoubleCAD XT

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 72 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    162,897
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 16, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    107.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    296
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in CAD Software

Editors' Review

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IMSI/Design's DoubleCAD XT is a compact CAD utility for Google SketchUp. Based on the developer's professional CAD product, DoubleCAD XT is similar to other slimmed-down CAD packages, but it offers more than most of them, for less: it's free.

DoubleCAD XT's interface will be familiar to many, even those with no CAD experience, since CAD tools generally look and function much like photo editors and other typical graphics utilities, and DoubleCAD XT is based on pro software. It's well designed, as you'd expect from design software. It's easy to use if you have CAD experience but easy to figure out if you don't. For a free tool, it offers basics and extras too numerous to list entirely, but a few are: Enhanced .SPK compatibility with SketchUp, layers, a 3D-to-2D flattener, a brush editor, and automatic scaling. DoubleCAD XT is a great choice as a .DWG viewer for those with older AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT versions that can't read the latest formats. It's also handy for those who need to import or otherwise view and utilize CAD images for other purposes, such as presentations or digital publishing.

DoubleCAD XT is certified for both Windows XP and Vista, but not yet in Windows 7. It downloads as a Zip file, but at nearly 58MB, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It also requires you to enter the provided serial number--not too many hoops to jump through for such fine free tools. Highly recommended.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 16
  • All Versions

    2.8

    out of 72 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 31
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1 stars

""Bogus" program - cannot load"

April 14, 2011  |  By contraceili

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

none whatsoever - have no idea

Cons

No serial number provided to load program.

Summary

This is a scam. Why is this still here. I have been using Download.com for years because of the supposed reliability of the downloads. Apparently this is not so. This is a "bogus" program and my reviews are being blocked.

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3 stars

"it didnt fit my needs"

August 12, 2013  |  By swamprat

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

could be ok for some

Cons

too limited

Summary

try yourself and see It is ok for some

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2 stars

"Program is good for schoolboys only"

July 22, 2013  |  By luk79

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

You can draw something

Cons

Hard to manage some features compare with other CAD programs

Summary

If you're looking for experience, try it. But I can't recomend for professional purpose.

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4 stars

"Excellent free CAD program."

April 02, 2013  |  By Craige4107

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

Free. Powerful. Comprehensive. On line tutorials.

Cons

High learning curve if you are not familiar w/CAD.

Summary

Those expensive CAD programs better be afraid..... very afraid. This is an excellent CAD program that does everything I need it to do and I didn't have to take out a second mortgage to buy it!!!!

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1 stars

"Can not install as it is asking for a SN"

February 20, 2013  |  By baco-emma

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

Can't tell as I could not go through installation.

Cons

Can't tell as I could not go through installation.

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1 stars

"Will not install without a Serial Number!"

January 14, 2013  |  By BlueTopaz

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

Dont know if there are any and dont care now!

Cons

Honestly... supposed to be free - asks for serial number on install ... wont install without it ... no instruction on how to find this number or click here to get serial... nothing. Crappy waste of download time!

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3 stars

"Not as intuitive as Auto-cad"

September 10, 2012  |  By snypedftw

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

- It is free and that speaks a lot when you do not want to drop hundreds of dollars for Auto-Cad products.
- It does have many functions like AutoCad but that does not save it from its biggest con for me.

Cons

- It is not as easy to use as Auto-Cad. I can say this because i have used Auto-Cad as just a casual student in an Engineering Academy in high school.

Summary

When comparing Double CAD to Auto CAD as a casual use who just draws plans for, lets say a bike project, it is NOT easy to use. The lack of an automatic ortho tool when trying to draw a 90,180,270 degree line is frustrating. Now i know you toggle into Ortho by pressing shift, but when you have to press down on shift while typing in a value for the length of a line it gets frustating. Also the lack of easy snap options makes it hard to get work done quikly; Plus the snap options are not well designed. I also find it hard to input values for shapes and lines.
[and No... TAB (enter value) does not work like autocad....it is kinda of sketchy when you use it]
Now I am just pointing out three things that are important to me as a casual user(good designed snap tools/options; good Ortho design; and some easy to use User interface for accrate designing).
If it can fix that up then....well Auto-Cad will be just a waste of some hundreds of dollars. But what can you expect from Freeware?

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2 stars

"Have you noticed how strident the defenders are?"

August 07, 2012  |  By pumptown

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

This review grouping is a battle between the pros and the cons. But why are the "pro" defenders so adamant about the program? What have they to gain? I too have experienced problems with the program. And do you notice the defenders of the program use generalities most of the time. Is it because they work for IMSI?

Cons

I have never seen such a battle. It is in human nature to criticize, so I can understand the "con" people, but it is VERY unusual to see so MANY people trumpet the cause of IMSI. Why would normal people feel compelled to promote a company they don't know personally? What have they got to gain?

Summary

The intensity of the "pro" defender people is a BIG concern for me. I do not want to infect my computer. I will leave this program alone.

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1 stars

"Might be nice if it could be activated"

August 04, 2012  |  By titus65803

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

none I can think of

Cons

Downloads fine, installs fine and then asks for an activation pass-code, which is not supplied. However I am sure that DoubleCad will supply the pass-code, if I can get anyone to respond at CNET, Double_Cad or anywhere else without first giving my credid card numbers and/or bank account numbers.

Summary

Scam.

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4 stars

"Great free CAD program"

June 30, 2012  |  By ruly1000

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

Very feature full CAD package especially considering the XT version is free (the installer installs both the Pro version and XT version, the Pro version is a trial, you can uninstall it). Don't listen to the idiots that don't know a software serial number from an icon, the software installs and works fine (I install on Windows Vista 32 bit and on a Windows 7 64 bit machine).

Cons

Has a few bugs, particularly a tendency to change the size of a call out style dimension line. AutoCAD compatibility leaves a bit to be desired. I have 8 AutoCAD files as part of my project and DoubleCAD was able to open, edit and save only about half of them without mangling the contents.

Summary

As far as what's available out there for free CAD software this one appears to be the best. Has some quirks (particularly AutoCAD DWG compatibility), but the only better alternative appears to be AutoCAD LT ($$$). If you just want a CAD (DWG) viewer, you are better off with AutoDesk's TrueView free application, but you can't edit with that one.

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1 stars

"Resolute in its refusal to work."

June 26, 2012  |  By This-should-work

 |  Version: DoubleCAD XT 3.1

Pros

Not one, as the thing refuses to turn on. The setup program works, it accepts the serial numbers and activation codes, and then does nothing. No amount of encouragement will persuade this program to start. It won't load from the desktop icon, or from the start menu, or even directly from the .exe file. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.

Cons

This software refuse to work, and IMSI refuses to respond to any form of communication. They won't answer emails. They won't answer telephone calls. That leaves the 'Community Forum' which tells me an error has occurred and goes on, "Sorry Guest, you are banned from using this forum! This ban is not set to expire." I take this to mean they don't want my business.

Summary

Go elsewhere.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1
Version 3.1 supports the latest industry file formats including SketchUp SKP version 8 and AutoCAD DWG version 2011. New features include a new purge tool and layer manager. Enhancements include improved stability, performance, and usability optimization.
General
Publisher IMSI/Design
Publisher web site http://www.imsidesign.com/
Release Date November 18, 2010
Date Added February 16, 2011
Version 3.1
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory CAD Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 107.72MB
File Name DoubleCAD_XT_v5.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 162,897
Downloads Last Week 296
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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