MacDraft Professional software


60 reviews(4.5/5)
60 reviews(4.5/5)

MacDraft Professional is a 2D CAD application for Mac. The software is suitable for classrooms, professional architects and individual users, and it features tools for floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration.

Users can create architectural drawings, floor plans, garden plans, mechanical drawings and topography. Users can select different units of measurement and scale drawings as necessary. The layers tool allows users to modify and add detail to specific parts of drawings without modifying other layers.

Other features include integrations with various other CAD applications, vector tools and a Library Palette which allows users to store any drawn object and drag and drop it into new drawings.

Single and multiple perpetual licenses are available. Support is offered through an online help desk, live chat, user forums and over the phone.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS

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  • Eric from Objex

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    May 2018

    MacDraft is a decent CAD program for Macs

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    MacDraft is a decent CAD program for Macs. It's not as powerful as other CAD programs, but that does make it easier to learn and use.

    Pros

    The best things about the MacDraft Professional software is that it's easy to use and works on a Mac.

    Cons

    It doesn't have all of the features of more advanced programs (which, consequently, makes MacDraft easy to use) and it tends to be a bit buggy.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Delmy Zunilda from Myron

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    May 2018

    It is a great tool you can use to save time and money, easy to use but it need a little improvements

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    Great architectural drawings

    Pros

    Easy to use, it is simple and you dont need full blown CAD program. An economic option for architectural drawings

    Cons

    When you insert a lot of items from the library it gets very slow. Cant open if you dont have enough memory available

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    May 2018

    Hi Delmy Zunilda, Thank you for the review. Make sure you're up to date with the latest version (6.2.1) and keep an eye out for a new version of MacDraft coming later this year. For more information please contact support@microspot.co.uk Thanks again! Microspot Ltd

  • Tom from Lemery Exhibit Sourcing

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Easy to use with many very useful features.

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    It makes my job easier because of my ability to complete basic CAD drawings quickly and easily.

    Pros

    The ease of use. There's a small learning curve but it's very intuitive. Serves my purposes very well and is much less expensive than most 2D CAD apps.

    Cons

    Sometimes I find when objects are aligned on the screen, they are not aligned when printed. This could be an issue with my printer driver. This is a minor issue that does not occur often.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Tom, thank you for the great review! The alignment issue you speak of isn't one we've heard of, if you could send us an example to support@microspot.co.uk we would happy investigate this for you :)

  • john from PSG Inc.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2017

    Been using MacDraft since version 1 and still super happy with it :)

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    Pros

    I like that it is simple and doesn't require know and full blown CAD program. But If you need to go full blown CAD you can!

    Cons

    Is it does not let you know if you have a DWG or DXF it can not open only because you don't have enough memory available since they are too big or heavy?

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi John, Thank you for a great review! Interesting that you are events specialists, would be awesome if you could get in touch with support and send us a few of your cool designs!

  • Ian from Eventsequence.carbonmade.com

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Efficient and professional

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    Helps my work

    Pros

    Its affordability and simple basic tools without over complication. Ease of use, and clear layout, No gimmicks and just a professional package

    Cons

    Design of buttons and general interface a little clumsy. Can be a little crowded out there. Allow more flexibility for individual styles.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Ian, thank you for the review, we really appreciate customer feedback. The appearance of MacDraft, including the interface is being looked into for a future version. Hopefully you will like what we come up with!

  • John from Pfrommer & Pfrommer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Been using MacDraft for years! New update is great.

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    I render right into the specification detail that I create and I find that to reflect realistic visuals for client evaluation.

    Pros

    The update is consistent with features of previous versions. I use it to draft details specifications and than render into those details, occasionally bringing over pdf and jpg , sizing them to drop in!elements from other apps.

    Cons

    I am not sure that I like the layout sizing as compared with older versions. Maybe I am just not use comfortable with it and that will change as I go forward with projects.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi John, thank you for the great review! hopefully you will get used to the new layout (I presume you mean the centred document) if you prefer the old way you can switch back to it via MacDraft > Preferences > untick the centred document toggle. Thanks again! Microspot Ltd

  • Phil from Traditions, LLC

    August 2017

    Great product for less complicated drawings

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    Pros

    Having a library of trees and other items to choose from. Also being able to create our own items to store in that library that are specific to our company.

    Cons

    When you insert too many items from the library, the speed gets very slow. We ended up modifying our own similar items so that it wouldn't bog down as much.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Phil, thank you for the review, we really appreciate it. Its good to know that not only do you use our libraries but that you also use your own.

  • Laurent from cellbau

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    I'm struggling with McDraft since 2002 and appreciate your efforts to develop and improve it

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    hassle free and fast tool for visualisation of ideas, concepts and layouts

    Pros

    economic solution for simple architectural drawings and scetches, logical tool selection and easy to use

    Cons

    Hope for continuous improvements, timely update information, extension towards 3D and ArchiCad combattibility

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Laurent, thank you for the review! We really appreciate the feedback, 3d would be awesome to add to MacDraft we agree!

  • DAVID from DY DESIGN

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2017

    The only drafting program I use for the last 35 years

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    1. I run my company on it ( dydesign.com) 2. My customers love my speed and presentation.

    Pros

    1. Use of color on architectural/ presentation/ design - is the best.
    (I am famous for my colored plans)
    2. Speed and easy to change your mine using "command z".
    3. Graphic Design, and Architecture on the same format.
    4. Communicating with other programs is possible.

    Cons

    1. Since I started using it ( 35 years ago) its crashing. (6.2 when you try to duplicate)
    2. Some CAD is not compatible. (the ones with 3D component )
    3. You cant vectorize fonts.
    4. You cant arch text.
    5. You cant create shadows like in "ILLUSTRATOR"
    6. Library should be bigger .
    7. BIG PROBLEM WITH PRINTING.
    I have to convert to jpg before printing -PAIN IN THE NECK!!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi David, thank you for the glowing review, we really appreciate it! What seems to be your issue with printing? If you can email me at support@microspot.co.uk I would be happy to help you :) it would also be amazing to see a few of your famous coloured plans! Thanks again, Microspot Ltd

  • Evelyn from Staffing and Recruiting

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Provides good basic 2D drafting.

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    For the cost, I can draw up my design ideas with relative ease and accuracy. I was able to get up and going really quickly without struggling to figure out how to use it.

    Pros

    Basically, easy to use. Intuitive like most Mac software. Works well for my home projects but I'm not sure how useful for a business, unless basic remodeling. I like the software for my home projects.

    Cons

    I think there are more functions then are easily identified, or my expectations are too high. I do find myself a little frustrated in sizing objects. I used to be able to enter exact sizes, but can't to find that function.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Evelyn, thank you for the review. Hopefully I can help you out with the resizing of objects. If you open the Resize Palette via Window > Resize and select your object you can type in the specific size you want that object to be. Thanks again :)

  • Myron from MWMFHR

    August 2017

    I have been using mac draft for years and this version is very good

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    Pros

    I like that you can have a bunch of drawings up a.t the same time, it makes it easy to correlate everything.

    Cons

    It doesn't have autosave, some times it will it just goes crazy, and crash es
    Other than that it's , no pen input and it would be nice to have a paint layer feature.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Myron, thank you for the great review! A paint layer feature sounds interesting, what do you mean by that?? It would be great to get some further info on that if you could contact us at support@microspot.co.uk

  • Dan from Walt Disney Studios

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2017

    Fantastic!

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    Easy of use

    Pros

    Macdraft is so much easier to learn and use than AutoCad. In my work I do mostly wiring diagrams, but the occasional plan and elevation view drawings to scale. Macdraft is always my go-to tool!

    Cons

    The only thing I've had difficulty with is that unlike other CAD software such as AutoCad where you are drawing to full size in virtual space and the software is always scaling to fit the paper size you select, Macdraft requires you to make that choice when you start the drawing. This is really only an issue when I need to send my drawings back and forth with an architect that is using AutoCad. Also, depending on the scale you choose, then smallest unit of measurement selectable seems to change. In software that draws full size in virtual space, this does not happen.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    August 2017

    Hi Dan, thank you for the review!

  • Andrew from Young & Son Woodworks

    April 2017

    You've come a long way, baby

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    I discovered macdraft pro in 2005 when looking for a mac based design program for my construction business. This was pre Sketchup. The software has come a long way since 2005 and continues to get better with every update. It's not as robust as Autocad, but it more then meets my needs. A lot of value for the money and a great alternative to Auto cad for mac users.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Philip from Georgia Institute of Technology

    March 2017

    A Long-Long Time User

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    I have been using MacDraft for many years. I started using it because I needed a drawing program that gave me much more precision. MacDraft was IT! It was also easy to use with lots of easy to use features and quite robust. I could not have accomplished my work without MacDraft.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kirk from Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    March 2017

    Simple but powerful!

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    I've been using MacDraft since the very first version which ran on a Mac 512 if I remember correctly. My how things have changed. I use this program almost daily in my business and it easily does 90% of what I need. It would be nice to have a couple of additional features like trim two curves, and trim a curve into a line, but all in all it is a very useful, simple to use tool that makes my life easier, without the huge learning curve of some of the other drafting programs. Having said that, it is not a replacement for those other programs, just another tool in the box.

    Pros

    Ease of use, intuitive interface.

    Cons

    Feature limitations

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ted from BLES Biochemicals Inc

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    March 2017

    MacDraft works!

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    We use MacDraft for mechanical and electrical drawings. It is very intuitive for both early users and old hands. DXF export is successful for transferring files to a shop that does laser-cut stainless panels, and to several others who do fabricated tanks for us. It works as expected.

    Pros

    It's the best Mac drafting solution we've found. We'd be lost without it.

    Cons

    It's not a 3D program, but that also means it's easier to use

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mark from Stetson Productions, Inc.

    March 2017

    MacDraft user since version 1.0

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    I have been a MacDraft user since version 1.0. I am a casual user, and I maintain my license because it is affordable and easy to use. I have used it professionally in the past for space planning, but now I use it primarily for home projects. I am happy to be able to use a piece of software that dates directly back to my early uses of Macintosh computers. Thank you!

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mark from Fleming Nursery

    March 2017

    What I know about mac draft

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    I have used mac draft for over 25 years and have seen continuos improvements over the years to make it easier to use and a better program. I recommend this program.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Lori from Oakridge Geoscience, Inc.

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    March 2017

    MacDraft Pro 6.2

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    I am not a CADD trained person or have much experience in using it. But I knew I needed to find a replacement for the Mac-based CADD program I was using. It was too unstable and difficult to use. I found MacDraft Pro and based on reviews I had read, downloaded the trial version. Right away, I was off to a great start. It is very easy to use, seems very stable so far and I am really enjoying using it. They also have a great online manual to help you through whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. Looking forward to more projects to try it on. The sales team was super supportive and helpful. They are even developing an engineering library more suited to our needs! So far, its been a super program for us.

    Pros

    program is easy to use, seems pretty intuitive for a non-CADD trained person. The online manual very helpful and detailed.

    Cons

    haven't found anything yet

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jacqueline from Fine Plans

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    March 2017

    Exceptional Software!

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    I am an Architect and Designer, I've been using this software for more than 10 years, and I can do from a Simple Drawing to a complete Architectural Drawings, easy to use and Autocad compatible.

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Libraries have lots of materials to choose from

    Cons

    I cannot modify on an Autocad document/file.

    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Microspot, Microspot Ltd

    March 2017

    Thanks for the review Jacqueline! We would be more than happy to look into more library items such as those suggested (ADA toilets etc) what really helps us is having somebody in the industry that can help us create particular libraries so if you can drop us an email at support@microspot.co.uk with a longer list of what you would expect we would love to get started on this! As for editing AutoCAD files, MacDraft Professional can open and edit DWG files by going File > Open > Change MacDraft pop up to DWG. I hope this helps in future projects! Microspot Team

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