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This section is intended to quickly find tools used in the drafting field . The categories above bring the most popular software used in the industry for building graphics, creating and editing images as well as rendering 3d and vector images. Drafter.com is not affiliated with any of these companies and those pages are intended only as references.


CAD/DAO

Autocad
Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, flexible features found in AutoCAD® design and documentation software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D CAD tools. Speed documentation, share ideas seamlessly, and explore ideas more intuitively in 3D. With thousands of available add-ons, AutoCAD software provides the ultimate in flexibility, customized for your specific needs. It’s time to take design further. It’s time for AutoCAD.

Rhinoceros

Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, scan data, or only an idea—Rhino provides the tools to accurately model and document your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing or construction. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids with no limits on complexity, degree, or size. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds.

Vdraft

The industry standard for compatibility with the AutoCAD file formats. Vdraft reads and writes AutoCAD native DWG and DXF file formats--directly without translation, thus ensuring that the original AutoCAD drawing information and integrity are maintained. In fact, Vdraft sets the current industry standard with this unique compatibility milestone: not even AutoCAD itself reads DXF format without translation.

Solidworks
SolidWorks gives you choices of 3D CAD, Design Validation, and Product Data Management software, plus Product Documentation software. No matter what size your business is, you can have exactly the tools you need to design better products.


Photo editing

CorelDraw
With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X4 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any type of graphics project. Precision design tools, market-leading file compatibility and high-quality graphics content help you turn your creative ideas into professional results.

Photoshop
Photoshop CS4 features the new Adjustments panel and Masks panel, which provide more intuitive access to the most powerful editing techniques, rewarding your creative experimentation and helping you achieve desired effects more efficiently. The new version helps you perfect all of your images with enhanced color-correction technology. And it enables you to work more productively using more selective editing controls, more powerful raw image processing, and enhanced integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® software.

Paint Shop Pro

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has everything you need to create stunning photos. The integrated Learning Center and a selection of one-click photo-fixing tools make it easy to correct common photo flaws such as red eye, color and sharpness. Unique makeover tools let you whiten teeth, remove blemishes and paint on a tan, so you can make everyone look their best before printing or posting photos online.

Gimp


Vectorials

Animate CC (formerley called Flash)
With object-based animation, the time required to transform images into animated symbols in Flash CS4 Professional is reduced to seconds–compared to earlier versions, according to the findings by an independent research firm.Automatically generated motion paths and the new Motion Editor give you easy-to-use tools for greater granular control over attributes.

3Dswift

Swift 3D v6 introduces a very simple but extremely powerful Boolean primitive to our modeler, which allows you to combine or punch holes through objects using other 3D objects in your scene. It's all non-destructive, allowing easy editing and unlimited possibilities.

Illustrator
New multiple artboards allow you to manage an entire project within a single file. With up to 100 artboards varying in size, common elements such as colors, type, and symbols can be quickly updated all at once across all project components. The timesaving benefits are supported by independent research.

Firework
Fireworks provides web designers with a lightweight, effective means of creating graphics for their web pages without getting deep into code or lost amid multiple color palettes.

Sketchup - Sketchup make ( free version)
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, all in vector.

ZeusDraw (Mac)
ZeusDraw's has two dockable tool palettes, one for viewing and one for creation/editing. An additional palette holds the controls for the current tool. The primary controls are immediately available, and less frequently used ones are easily accessible in fold-up sections of the controls palette. ZeusDraw has a large set of keyboard shortcuts, but it can also work conveniently using only a pressure sensitive pen and tablet.

Swish Max 3

Advanced Flash creation tool for the graphic artist or web professional. Advanced drawing tools, scripting, Flash video - everything you need for a dynamic Flash animation. New in SWiSH Max3: Project Templates, Knife tool, and much more!
Export easily animated GIF, SWF, AVI, PNG and EXE projector.


Tridimensionnal (3D)

AutoCAD - 3DS Max
This full-featured 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution is used to produce top-selling games and award-winning film and video content. It’s a tool of choice for quickly generating realistic characters, seamless CG effects, jaw-dropping games, and top-quality film and television content. Enhanced toolsets enable you to create your 3D environment the way you want, manage complex scenes, and take advantage of improved software interoperability and pipeline-integration support.

Bryce

For over a decade, artists of all mediums - print, video, multimedia or the web - have known Bryce, the affordable 3D software for achieving breathtakingly realistic imagery.
Bryce 6, will give those artists along with the new generation of creators the ability to create more realistic environments than ever before. Whether you are a professional designer, or a 3D graphics enthusiast.

LightWave
LightWave® is a complete modeling, rendering and animation system. Used extensively in broadcast television production, film visual effects, video game development, print graphics and visualization, LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy Awards than any other 3D application.

Maya
Develop production-quality geometry that can move back and forth between design and engineering applications, enabling collaboration on the digital prototype. Alias Design software is available on the Mac® OSX 64-bit and Windows Vista® 32 and 64-bit platforms.

Carrara
An ideal 3D workhorse within any designer's creative suite, the highly-affordable Carrara 7 lavishes speed and power that enables users to create more freely and deliver the highest-caliber results under even the tightest deadlines.

Poser
Poser 8 is the world's most complete solution for creating art and animation using 3D characters. With Poser, it's easy to make 3D art, whether you're an experienced artist or you're dabbling in graphics for the very first time.

POV-Ray
The Persistence of Vision Raytracer(POV-Ray) is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.

Rhino
Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids and polygon meshes. There are no limits on precision, complexity, degree, or size.

Softimage
Autodesk® Softimage® software is a 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing solution optimized for artist efficiency. The Autodesk Softimage 2010 release boasts accelerated performance, greater data handling, the Autodesk® Face Robot® facial animation toolset, as well as new tools to help manage scene complexity.

TrueSpace
TrueSpace7.6 is a fully-featured 3D authoring package that will let you model, texture, light, animate and render 3D content. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces, and for Virtual Earth.

Sketchup - Sketchup make ( version gratuite)
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free.

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