Most important CADdirect functions at a glanceExamples of useful CADdirect functions

Drawing history

You can compare the past and present versions of any drawing and see the evolution of your construction.

Blocks palette

You can view and access your blocks content from CADdirect on the desktop or on the Cloud.

Quick measure

You can measure all distances an areas with simple mouse clicks.

Text Settings

You can create single or multiline text (mtext) as one text object and format the text, columns, and boundaries.


You can create dimensions automatically. You can define you own dimension styles or import the styles from any version of AutoCAD.


You can create leaders with different content, including text or blocks and easily format leader lines and define styles.

Centerlines and center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.


You can create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Revision clouds

You can draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to identify your updates.


You can save views by name to return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.


You can specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.

Fields and Attributes

You can use fields (attributes) in block text objects to display text that can be updated during the insert of the block.

Data linking

You can enable contemporaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.

Data extraction

You can extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.


You can create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.

Purge or Repair

You can remove various unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview. You can repair corrupt files.

Solid and mesh modeling

You can create realistic 3D models of your design using a mixture of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.

3D navigation (orbit, wheel)

You can use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to show your design.

Visual styles

You can apply visual styles to control the exhibit of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.

Section planes

You can create section planes to show cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.


You can apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.

Point clouds

You can attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.

PDF files

You can share and reuse data from PDF files by importing or exporting. PDF Import OCR and vectorizes all raster images.

DGN Files

You can share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.

3D PDF Publishing

You can export 3D models as interactive 3D PDF using ready and attractive PDF templates.

Geographic location

You can insert geographic location information into a drawing.

CUI customization

You can customize the user interface to develop accessibility and reduce the number of steps for numerous tasks.

Action recorder

You can record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.

System variable monitor

You can monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons warn you to deviations. All variable are listed in variable manager interface.

DWG Migration Tool

You import all old DWG drawings using a powerful migration manager (re-layering, fonts, text, special characters).