Software for Architects Since 1984

"Heads-Up" Interface incorporates on-screen menus, customizable toolbars and programmable keyboard shortcuts; does not require additional overlay or digitizer.
Multiple Document Interface (MDI) allows you to open an unlimited number of drawings and cut-and-paste between them.
Digital Terrain Modeler (DTM) creates complex 3D site models using contours or point data provided by your surveyor.
Multi-Line Walls creates custom 2-, 3-, or 4-line wall types with automatic cleanup. Custom wall styles can be saved and loaded for future use.
Hidden Line Removal hides background geometry in wire frame models to display accurate, 3D, vector line drawings.
OpenGL Shader with 7 definable light sources, instantly shades models on screen.
Object Viewer provides dynamic 3D viewing and shading of your model.
Bitmap Import allows you to insert images within your drawing for tracing.
Associative Dimensioning dynamically recalculates as you make changes. Switch between architectural, engineering, and metric scales on the fly.
Associative Hatching updates pattern, scale, and size; over 40 patterns are included, with many others available.
Solid Color Fills for shading of walls and facility use diagrams.
TrueType Fonts support provides access to thousands of available Windows-based fonts.
DXF/DWG Translator supports AutoCAD® R12 through R2016 DXF®/DWG files.
XREF (External Reference Files) allows you to insert one drawing into another and work simultaneously with other designers.
XClipping (XREF Clipping) allows you to create custom viewports for masking out portions of reference files.
Symbol Library with over 3,200 2D and 3D architectural symbols.
Layer Manager makes it easy to arrange, sort, and manage your drawing layers.
Multi-Scale Plotting allows you to plot several differently scaled details of a drawing on the same sheet of paper. Supports an unlimited number of details and up to 256 sheets per drawing.
Batch Plotting prints multiple drawings you select in an unattended mode.
DCAL© (DataCAD Applications Language) is used to develop custom add-on programs for DataCAD.

DataCAD System Requirements

System Requirements (Minimum Supported)
While DataCAD may function on older hardware configurations, the following specifications are the minimum supported requirements for optimal performance and stability.

  • Processor
    Intel® Core® i3 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor
  • Operating System
    Microsoft® Windows® 10, or 11 operating system
  • RAM
    4 GB for use on Windows 10, 8 GB for Windows 11 (16 GB for better performance)
  • Hard Disk
    1GB of free disk space for DataCAD's program files (10 GB free for working space)
  • Video
    Graphics adapter with driver support for OpenGL® version 1.6 or higher
    Full HD (1920x1080) monitor and display adapter capable of 24-bit color or higher
  • Pointing Device
    Microsoft-compatible mouse or touchpad (3-button mouse recommended)
  • Internet
    An active Internet connection is needed for product activation, license validation, and program updates.
    Once activated, DataCAD will run offline for 45 days until online license validation is needed.


  • DataCAD runs as a 32-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows.
  • The Sun Shader's performance relies heavily on the display adapter driver and its ability to support OpenGL 1.6 or higher.
  • To check available free storage space prior to installation, type storage in the Windows search box then select Storage settings under Best match. Under System > Storage, the amount of storage space used and free are shown.

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