ARES Commander

Professional CAD 3D modeling and fully programmable

Offering full ARES® functionality, ARES Commander also integrates the ACIS 3D Solid Modeler. It is fully programmable and customizable through common program languages. And, it reads and writes ESRI® Shape files, allowing you to visualize maps and geographic models created by GIS applications.

ARES Commander 2015

Powerful, DWG-compatible CAD software with 3D modeling  and a comprehensive programming environment

Experience the flexibility of ARES Commander Edition, the powerful CAD software for day-to-day work as well as complex projects. Leverage the productive tools and intelligent features for drafting and design that you’ve come to expect from top CAD products, at a significant cost savings. Create 3D objects using the ACIS® 3D Solid Modeler which is tightly integrated within the software. ARES Commander Edition is AutoCAD-compatible and is easy to use within your existing CAD environments. Looking to build your own CAD applications? The software is fully programmable and customizable through common programming languages.

  • Operating system enhancements
    Support for Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion plus a new 64-bit version (for Windows only).
  • In-place Text Editor
    Enter text and format it directly inside the drawing.
  • Support for DWG 2013
    Support for reading DWG 2013 files has been added to version 2013.
    The software currently supports writing files in DWG 2012 and earlier DWG formats.
  • New functionality in Viewport command
    Easily align viewports by selecting the geometry inside a viewport.
  • Create revision clouds
    Rectangular, elliptical, and freehand clouds can be used to accentuate drawing areas and to indicate that certain areas require or contain revisions.
  • Explode Text feature
    Create outlines of text as polylines in a drawing, which is useful in CAM processing.

Reasons to be productive and compatible with ARES® Commander
1. Cost saving compatibility

With DWG as its primary drawing file format and DWG and DXF support, ARES® provides compatibility and exchange capabilities with a wide range of graphics and construction software all over the world. Save drawings back to R12 DWG or DXF format if needed. ARES® recovers damaged DWG and DXF files in all format versions. Export and import ACIS® SAT files and DWF files to or from other CAD software. Export your drawing data to PDF, SVG, or other vector and image formats.

2. Fast and easy to use

ARES® is built from scratch, based on current technologies, incorporating the DWG engine of the Open Design Alliance (ODA). Constructed on three decades experience in the CAD business Graebert is committed to providing CAD users with an open software architecture. This altogether makes ARES® a CAD product that ensures speed, ease of use, and reliability.

3. Intuitive interaction

The Qt® based user interface with dockable toolbars, right-click shortcut menus, and a Properties palette lets you feel at home quickly in ARES®. Into the new ToolMatrix palette drag and drop toolbars to arrange, reduce, expand, and (if needed) release them.

Fully customize the user interface (UI). No programming knowledge needed. Store individual UI configurations in user profiles. Use aliases for frequently used commands.

4. Smart drafting tools

Speed up drafting and constructing using ARES® smart tools such as entity snap, entity snap guides, and polar guides. Create custom coordinate systems to align the construction plane to drawing objects.

5. Easy edits – Time savers

Quickly reposition, align, copy, or resize entities using entity grips. Use filtered selections to modify a specified set of entities. Use the Properties palette to directly manipulate the appearance of entities such as layer, color, line style, and line weight, or other properties of one or more selected entities. Use the Property Painter tool to copy properties from one entity to apply them to other entities. Dimensions as well as hatches and gradient color fills are related to their associated entities and update automatically.

6. Efficient reuse of objects and styles

Create and insert blocks to reduce and avoid repetitive work. Attach drawings and images as references to share work and participate in workgroup environments. Set up and manage styles for dimensions, text, tables, and RichLines to assure conformity with industry and corporate needs and standards.

7. Annotate with value

Enhance the information value of geometry with notes and tables, leaders and geometric tolerances, or text attributes of block insertions. Record and play VoiceNotes to add messages, reminders, or instructions directly in your drawing. Mark up drawing items with freehand sketches. Mask portions of the drawing to exempt them for annotations. Clip referenced drawings to display only what is needed.

8. View your design simultaneously in different shade modes

Use tiled views to view the model from orthogonal or isometric views. Use RollView to rotate the model in 3D space. Choose from different display modes for individual tiled views: wireframe, hidden lines removal, flat or Gouraud shading. Render the model fullscreen or in a separate window. Add light sources to view results in a realistic state.

9. Organize multiple layouts with tabbed sheets

Create numerous tabs each representing a sheet to design a layout from which to print. Place view tiles on sheets to arrange different views to the model, or details of the design at different scales. Place frames, title blocks, part lists etc. on the sheets. You can switch between paper space and model space on Sheet tabs to adjust the representation of the model and even edit the model. Organize sets of layers to be displayed in each view tile individually as needed. Clip view tiles on layout sheets with rectangular or irregular shapes.

10. Manage individual options settings

Use the Options center to manage all drafting and system preferences in one place and store them as user profiles to restore them as needed. Create page layouts to reuse print settings when sending your design to the printer or plotter.

Enhanced ARES® Commander Edition functionality:
11. ACIS® based solid modeling

ARES® Commander Edition includes a 3D Solid Modeler based on ACIS®, the industry standard. Add 3D solid primitives to your design and use Boolean operations to unite, intersect, and subtract bodies. Extrude or revolve 2D entities, sweep 2D entities along a path, or loft between 2D entities to create solid objects. Slice and intersect solids. Edit the edges, faces, and bodies of 3D solids. Use regions, created from closed boundaries, to transform areas into 3D solids and to perform Boolean operations on 2D entities.

12. Gain maximum productivity with programming interfaces

ARES® Commander Edition lets you gain maximum user productivity by taking advantage of the Lisp, C/C++, and DRX programming interfaces to create your own functions, routines, and plug-ins.

The Windows version lets you utilize Visual Studio for Applications (VSTA), Delphi, ActiveX, and COM to create applications. In the Windows version you can add active content from other applications using Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) to your drawings.

Easily define and manage user interfaces elements such as menus and toolbars in XML resources..

13. Geographic Information Data

The ARES® Commander Edition Windows version reads and writes ESRI® Shape files, allowing you to visualize maps and geographic models created by GIS applications.