The main Draft it user interface has had a huge overhaul in the V5 release featuring a modern ribbon control layout that will be familiar to most Microsoft users.

The button layouts and grouping have been improved to make controls easier to find and there are many different colour schemes/skins to choose from.

The introduction of hot keys and customisable toolbars (version dependent) add to the ease of use by making your most frequently used commands easily accessible.

3D Symbols

The V5 release of Draft it also now features a vastly improved design engine capable of handling much more drawing data at a faster pace. This improvement will allow even the most complex of drawings to be created while maintaining the smooth and speedy operation that you would expect from a professional cad software package.

  • Centre Justified Rectangle
    Now standard rectangles can be positioned with a new centre justified option. Just use the command line option 'C' after selection the command.

  • Rectangles created as Polylines.
    A new rectangle is now automatically created as a polyline so it can be selected for editing with a single click.

  • Fillet, Chamfer & Blend Polylines.
    Polylines can now be blended, filleted and chamfered, also mixed items of lines and polylines can also be modified in this way.

Paper Space / Model Space

Create viewports in layouts with different paper size and scale settings to the original drawing.

layout viewports are to be considered as a view window on your drawing in model space.

Any changes made in model space will be reflected in all of the viewports.

customise toolbar

Customisable Toolbars

customise toolbar

Create your own toolbars containing your favourite commands.

You can switch them on/off as required to suit the type of drawing you are doing.

Hot keys

Assign commands to keystrokes for even faster drawing for example assign the Move command to the 'M' key.

Once done simply pressing the M key starts the move command.

No need to click a button or change to another command ribbon.

hot keys

External reference editor (DWG/DXF)

You can now preview the import and change various properties and settings to control what is imported.

You can zoom, measure distances, set the insertion origin and scale, explode entities and turn layers on and off.

You can even change the entire drawing contents to a single colour.

external reference editor

Datum Chain Dimensions

chain dimensions

Quickly add aligned sequential datum dimensions.

Simply select the first point and position the dimension, then click subsequent points and datum dimensions are added and placed in line with the first one.


Create your own parallel multiple line styles. A Multi line is drawn with a single command in the same way that a Polyline is drawn. However a Multi line style is pre-defined (spacing, colour, thickness) set of the parallel lines.

multi lines

Control Points

These are special points that you can add to a symbol so that it can be manipulated (rotated & scaled) in specific ways once it have been inserted. So for example a symbol where the rotation can be altered around a predefined point or its scale changed in X or Y or both axis.

control points

Text Table

Easily create text tables with control of the number of columns, rows, headers etc. You control the full appearance of tables and can edit them in the intuitive table interface. You can even paste tabular data to and from other compatible applications such as Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel) and document tables (Microsoft Word).


Paste Special Functions

paste functions

Six new paste commands controlling what happens to pasted entities. For example placing on the current layer and paste and explode.

Match Properties

A selection of new editing tools which use the properties of existing entities to change settings or apply them to other entities.

match properties

Copy Settings From Another Drawing

copy settings

Rather than re-define certain settings in drawing you can copy them from a drawing you have done previously. Simply select the copy sections command which is on the end of the drawing settings sub-ribbon. Select the drawing to copy from and all of the settings are transferred into the current drawing.

Convert Polyline to Revision Cloud

You can convert any Polyline made of straight segments into a revision cloud. Select the polyline and choose the option via the middle mouse button.

convert to revision cloud

Context Menu For Entity Selection

context selector

When multiple items are found in a single click a context menu displays the entities in a list allowing easy selection.

Quick Close Polyline

Automatically close an open polyline, this feature closes any gap (regardless of size) in a polyline with a single line segment. To access the feature select a polyline and press the middle mouse button, if there is a gap you will see the option to close the boundary.

quick close polyline
  • Make Layer Current.
    Change the current layer setting to the layer of the selected entity. No need to scroll through a list of layers in a dialog box.

  • Hide Layers.
    Quickly turn off layers you don't need to see by selecting an entity or entities on those layers. No need to scroll through a list of layers turning them off one by one.

  • Isolate Layers.
    Quickly turn off layers you don't need to see by selecting an entity or entities on just the layers you want to display. No need to scroll through a list of layers turning them off one by one.

  • Re-position attributes on inserted symbols.
    No need to explode the symbol to move an included attribute. Simply click on it and re-position.

  • Centreline.
    Create centrelines through arcs and circles with a few mouse clicks.

  • Quick Mirror.
    Quickly mirror selected entites by middle clicking the mouse button and selecting 'Quick Mirror' in the context menu.

Huge 3D symbol library

The 3D library has more than 600 symbols in many different categories.

Any of these symbols placed within the 2D drawing automatically appear in the 3D preview window.

3D Symbols

Window Types & Styles

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Windows can have their type and style changed to many different predefined configurations.

While placing windows you can now toggle the justification by pressing the 'J' key.

Door Types & Styles

Doors can now have their type and style changed to many different predefined configurations.

While placing doors you can now toggle the justification by pressing the 'J' key.

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Elevation Update

In previous versions of Draft it elevations did not include inserted 3D symbols.

Elevations now include any other items in the drawing, including inserted 3D symbols.

3D Symbols

Simple Walls

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This new option changes the standard detailed (hatched) walls to show just a solid fill of the wall thickness.

Convert Polylines To Walls

Any drawn polylines can be converted to walls simply be selecting them and using the 'Build Walls' feature, this feature is available on middle mouse button click.

simple walls image

Easy Selection Window For 2D Symbols

simple walls image

Simply select the category icon in the panel and the contents of that library can be scrolled through for selection and placement on the drawing.

The previous category and symbol are remembered are for easy re-selection.

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