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A Revolution in Drafting

Few things created as much excitement in the Macintosh CAD community as the introduction of WildTools for PowerCADD. Suddenly users had drawing tools that easily matched or exceeded the capabilities of high-end CAD and illustration programs. With WildTools 2.0, the high-end programs were left in the dust. Macintosh users finally had drawing tools to make their PC friends green with envy.

That was 20 years ago, and since then the progress continues. You have powerful tools for isometrics and perspectives. Sketching. Trees and shrubs. People, dogs and dancing children. Screws and bolts with threads. Doors. Windows. 3D nuts and bolts. Picture frames. Steel shapes and sizes from the ‘Steel Book’. Pretty much everything.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about WildTools is how unassuming and familiar they seem at first glance. You can begin to draw immediately, without a glance at the manual, as in the most basic ‘draw’ programs. Yet it’s apparent from the beginning that the tools have enormous power and capabilities.

For example, all CAD programs have a fillet tool, which you quickly discover will only work with lines and circles. The WildTools Fillet tool will fillet anything to anything, thus you can fillet a rotated elliptical arc to a parallel spline inside a group.

All illustration programs have a tool to draw B├ęziers, yet without exception they depend on a confusing array of key-press combinations to manipulate the curves. The WildTools Pen tool is unlike any other. It’s infinitely more powerful than the typical pen tool, yet also the easiest to use by far.

This is the heart of the PowerCADD/WildTools combination, where the distinctions of CAD and illustration vanish in thin air. This is drawing at its best. Lines and curves on paper. And it matters little whether you’re drawing an office building, a helical gear, a map, or a flower.

In all, there are over 400 powerful tools in WildTools, and the result is a spectacular advance in the state of the art. If you’ve spent any time drawing on a computer, you know that frustrations are an integral part of the process. As you draw, some things go smoothly, and then you’ll have that old feeling of walking in quicksand as you hit something that you can’t do easily. WildTools may not end all frustrations, but it certainly will end the most common ones involved in drafting.

Once you experience drafting with WildTools, you can never go back … but bring a whip and a chair.