Caddie Architectural
Caddie Architectural provides you with the tools you need to make the most of the time you get to design.  Whether you want to create a 3D building model, viewing your design from every conceivable angle, or simply produce a set of plans, sections and elevations in a fraction of the time it would take to draw line-by-line, Caddie Architectural makes it easy to produce the drawings you need to satisfy clients, planners and building control.

Sharing information is easy with Caddie; no time wasting conversions necessary, just save and load your drawings in the industry standard DWG drawing format.
Caddie also supports DXF and DWF as well as allowing you to create PDF files for submission under the Planning Portal.

Architect,  Allister Godfrey RIBAexplains why his Caddie software is so vital to the success of his design led Chartered Practice

'Caddie has given me the leverage to stand out from the crowd in terms of the quality of the drawings I can produce.
Planning drawings are clear and legible, and portray the level of professionalism that I strive to attain.
Construction drawings are achieved with the minimum of fuss and are instantly available in the DWG format to other professionals in the design team which also saves time and money.'

Allister Godfrey
Caddie Architectural provides you with:

 

Industry standard DWG drawing format
When you draw and model using Caddie you can be secure in the knowledge that you are working in the industry standard DWG drawing format that makes sharing drawings and information easy.  No need to import and export, simply load and save your files for seamless compatibility without losing information or changing your drawings, whether working with fellow Caddie users or professionals using other DWG based CAD systems.  In addition to DWG, Caddie also supports DXF and other formats making it easy to incorporate Ordnance Survey information and manufacturer’s details within your drawings, as well as keeping your clients up to date with your latest schemes

AEC modelling tools
Produce a complete 3D model of your design in less time than it takes to draw out a 2D plan

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Country specific content
Caddie AEC provides you with an out of the box solution to modelling your designs in 3D without the need to spend days or weeks configuring  the walls, doors and windows for the way you build

Parametric modelling for maximum flexibility
Create and amend your designs without the need to redraw,  update wall constructions on-the-fly, add, remove and alter doors, windows and openings and watch your model update automatically

Automatic roof generation
Define the pitch, overhang and eaves then add a roof to your building with just 2 clicks, adding  gables, hips and bonnet hips to create the roof design you need in seconds

Add 3D Stairs to your designs
Stairs can prove to be one of the trickiest aspects of any design, but with Caddie’s AEC stair designer you can add straight, spiral, U-shaped and multi-landing stairs to your building models quickly and easily.  Choose the type of stair you want, indicate its position and be rewarded with a full parametric 3D stair to view, section and amend as you please

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Generate plans, sections and elevations of your designs automatically
Draw out your building using Caddie’s AEC tools then create the floor plans, sections and elevations automatically, and if you amend your design, simply hit the regenerate and watch them update

Comprehensive array of architectural tools for when you only want 2D
You may prefer to work in 2D for speed and simplicity so Caddie Professional includes a comprehensive array of architectural plan, section and elevation tools to make working in 2D much quicker too

Walls, doors and windows
Save time by drawing solid and cavity walls that come pre-hatched, inserting doors and windows of any size automatically without the need to trim, and create stud walls instantly without the need to copy or array

Floor joist layouts
Create floor joist layouts in just seconds

Building Grids
Create regular and irregular grids for accurate setting out

Section tools
Draw sections through your buildings quickly and easily from 2D drawings using Caddie’s section tools including walls, windows, roofs, floors and staircases and portal frames

Elevation Wizard
Create automatic elevations from 2D plans, hatched and ready to print

Elevational features tools
Add detail to your elevations with Caddie’s brick arch and soldier tools

Artistic Tools for ‘Hand-finishing’ drawings
Create drawings that reflect the character of your designs and your own presentation, including Artistic tools to provide that ‘hand-drawn’ look

Automatic scheduling
Schedule doors, windows, areas and volumes from your drawings at the click of a mouse or pen

Electrical and fire annotation
Create electrical and fire layout drawings with automatic scheduling

Triangulation tools
Plot surveys of irregular buildings quickly and easily with Caddie’s triangulation tools

Comprehensive Caddie symbol and Block Libraries
Choose from a comprehensive range of pre-drawn symbols including people, trees, cars, sanitary ware and many more for professional looking drawings

 

Caddie Architectural Gallery
Click on GALLERY to see a selection of architectural drawings created with Caddie

 

Caddie Architectural is included as standard with Caddie Professional and is covered by 12 months software support and software updates

 

All trade marks acknowledged
User comments are their own and ACS are not responsible for these or matters arising

 

"The new PDF underlay feature is going to save so much time. The ability to snap to precise points on a PDF drawing is really quite amazing; no more guessing and freehand approximation."

 

Dan Kantorowich

mcdonaldarchitects



Joe Snape discusses how Caddie gives him complete freedom to design, and how the one on one support provided by the Caddie team has enabled him to develop his CAD skills from simple 2D plans to fully rendered 3D architectural building models.

'I find Caddie such a fantastic program to work with as it enables me to create everything I need, no matter what type of drawing or modelling I need to do, with the only limit to what I can design and produce is my own creativity.  The Caddie support team are superb too, with Andrew and Sam from ACS Ltd. going well above and beyond to help me whenever I’ve needed assistance.
Before I switched to Caddie, I would struggle to produce even basic CAD plans, but now, thanks to the help and advice I’ve had from the support guys over the last 3 years I’m creating full 3D building models complete with life-like material textures too.  The building models I create enable me to produce all of my 2D plans, sections and elevation drawings, plus the 3D views rendered views that enable my clients to get a great understanding of how the finished building will fit into its surroundings.  I don’t believe that I could have made such huge strides with any other system and cannot praise Caddie and Caddie support enough for helping me to achieve this, they have been excellent, A* Service.’

Joe Snape

 



Paul Adams switches to Caddie and prefers it to AutoCAD for drawing his architectural plans, sections and elevations

‘I had been an AutoCAD user since 1996, but  found switching to Caddie really straightforward, and I now use it for all my drawing work.  My work consists mainly of drawing up existing surveys along with plans, sections and elevations and overall I find Caddie better for drawing.'



Melvyn Shackleton commented on the value of the support provided for Caddie by ACS Ltd.

'If you want your drawing problems sorted rapidly, go to the experts, call Caddie support!'



I first came across Caddie several years ago (I think it was version 8!) and with every new release it just gets better and better. I believe that it is unique in giving every user direct input into the way the software is developed and the fact that the relationship is personal and not via some anonymous help-desk is very important to us. It’s always possible to get a query answered quickly and efficiently which is essential for the smooth running of our practice.

Sebastian Walsh - Hibbs and Walsh Associates Ltd



Colin Logan of 9yards Property Ltd. reflects on how much faster he can draw his architectural plans now using Caddie's smart AEC Build tools...

'I now use Caddie’s AEC Build tools for all my architectural plans, drawing complete and fully hatched walls at a stroke, and adding doors and windows just as easily.

Amazing to think that I used to draw all my walls manually, creating lines and offsets then hatching them all in individually - What a chore that was!'



Updating to the latest Caddie is simple, with inbuilt auto-configuration and migration tools; but with Caddie Remote Assistance you can have the latest updates installed and configured for you, like Martin McGahon of Town & Country Planning Ltd.

'The ACS Support guys were fantastic!

They installed the latest Caddie software update for me, even migrating all my settings, completing the process in a matter of minutes and making the whole upgrade process seamless'.



A longstanding Caddie user's comments on the value of the support he gets through the Caddie Maintenance programme;

'Before calling Caddie support I had spent about an hour attempting to work out why I could no longer enter figures into my Construction Line offset command, but when I called the Caddie support guys, they quickly identified my problem and helped me fix it.  It turns out I had caught the 'NumLock' key by accident changing the function of the number pad keys on my keyboard!

I find the support I get through Caddie Maintenance invaluable, and paying for my maintenance by Standing Order means that I can pick up the phone and ask for help any time I have a problem.'



Caddie user Mark Brown of  WW Brown & Sons commented on the value of the support he gets through the Caddie Maintenance programme;

'We would have no hesitation in recommending Caddie.  We have found Caddie support to be extremely responsive, assisting with any of our queries promptly over the phone and providing invaluable follow-up information'.



Peter Fishenden discovers how easy Caddie 20’s ‘AEC Build’ tools are to use...

'What can I say, WOW!

I was amazed by just how easy Caddie 20’s ‘AEC Build’ tools are to use, and genuinely gobsmacked at the results I was able to produce in such a short space of time.  In just over 20 minutes I managed to produce a complete model of my building, even including the roof, which I could view in the form of plans, elevations, or full-on 3D model – and this I’m especially pleased about since it now allows me to show exactly what is going to be built in a form that everyone can understand, not just for those who can read plans and elevations.'



"Caddie is still the best CAD system on market, - I can vouch for that"

Richard Likupe

Palmleaf Architects



'Thank you for the latest You Tube link. Very helpful - have been doing this stuff manually; it is great to see that it can be done automatically.
Look forward to the next YouTube training tip.'

Yours
Bruce 
Whitehead

The Price Whitehead Chartered Surveyors

 

 YouTube   Check out the latest Caddie time saving videos on YouTube videos...

 



 Mark from Tangent Space Ltd. comments on the latest Caddie Tips video…

 

'Brilliant Andrew thank you – these are a great idea '

Mark Wakelin

Tangent Space Ltd.

 

Watch the video HERE and discover why Mark finds them so useful.

Or visit the Caddiesoftware Channel on YouTube to see all the Caddie tutorial videos.

 



Enhance your workflow…

Comments posted after watching the latest Caddie Killer Tips videos;

Make sure you’re not missing, watch the videos HERE

 

Andrew Dukesell

Good tips as ever, really like the polygon selection, I wasn't aware of that.

Very useful.

 

Philip James

Some really useful tips.

Amazing that I couldn't draw a line a few weeks ago.  Picking it up very quickly.  Many thanks to Tony for his unbelievable patience!! Wish I did this years ago.

 

Allister Godfrey

Andrew thanks again for a very instructive video, I had forgotten about the poly select ... that's gonna be another of those tools I can't live without!

 

Allister Godfrey

OMG... I use copy and increment on text A LOT, but I have never paid any attention to copy multiple in the list ... genius!

 

Andrew, thank-you once again for a VERY informative video!



Philip James of Philip James Architecture reflecting upon his recent move to using Caddie;

'I should have done this years ago...when you first came to see me, in fact!'



‘The Caddie YouTube videos are the best thing you've done, and absolutely essential when one lives and works in north of Scotland as I do; whilst I don’t take in this kind of information too well over the phone I can watch the videos in any spare moment I get, even late at night, and this makes them ideal for keeping me up to date.’

Hugh Mackay, Drafting Services



In-place Block Editing with greying out of remaining drawings Objects

'Just a quick one to thank you so much for the excellent feature regarding the block edit where everything else is greyed out.  It really is little tweaks like this that makes Caddie so good.  It is fantastic and not only tells you that the block is being edited, it makes it much easier to see and edit.'

Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
For and on behalf of Asset Construction Consultants.



Personal support is essential for creating a successful company

'I would like to say how much we have appreciated CADDIE support over the years (26 years so far!). You have always been very prompt in dealing with any problems we have encountered, a service essential for the smooth running of the practice, so many thanks indeed.  The fact that the relationship is personal and not via some anonymous help-desk is very important to us as our practice has been built upon personal relationships with clients and providers alike. We hope that relationship will sustain far into the future.'

Philip Tilbury
Herbert J. Stribling & Partners

 



Unique access to Caddie's development

‘Almost immediately after switching from AutoCAD to Caddie I realised that Caddie had some big advantages and just how unique Caddie is in giving every user such direct input into the way the software is developed, even for small practices like mine.  Whether it’s the fact that it’s a lot more ‘English’ in the way it works or the invaluable and extensive support, be it tweaking an existing command or adding new functionality to solve some new problem; it’s always possible to speak directly with the Caddie guys and get our ideas built directly into the software; incredibly useful, and very refreshing.’

Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
Asset Construction Consultants



Even working on archived drawings is quicker with Caddie

'I now find it quicker and far less painful to export drawings from my old CAD system so that I can load and work on them in Caddie, even if it’s only a 10 minute job!'

Anthony Staig IBC Architects



Caddie  - the 'Complete Package'

'We are very impressed and excited about Caddie. It is inspiring to see everything that Caddie can do and it is a major advantage that you have someone you can talk to about needs and implementations to increase productivity.

Finally there is a "complete package" and we can proudly say that we are part of the Caddie family.'

 

Architects Ink.

 



Really useful tips in bite-sized chunks

'The Tea Break Tutorials are brilliant because they provide really useful tips in small bite-sized chunks that you can start using immediately, making them easy to remember!'

Stephanie Willcox - Architect



'I wouldn't change my Caddie software for the world!


The support I get with it is brilliant, and one of those hidden extras you get that makes such a refreshing difference; and the no-nonsense, common sense answers I get to my questions mean I have zero downtime.'

Mark Wakelin – Tangent Space Ltd.



Caddie Tea Break Tutorials

 'Thank you - incredibly helpful!'

Wendy



The Tea Break Tutorials are a revelation!

'For anyone who doesn’t benefit from  an office full of CAD savvy colleagues, or enjoy the luxury of a dedicated  iT department, the Caddie Tea Break Tutorials are a brilliant, short, fast, and easy way of picking up those tips and techniques that can really speed up everyday working.'

Ian Collier Chartered Architect



"These training videos are awesome - there is so much more to Caddie and its  great way to discover its full potential."

Graham Rocher 



‘Caddie Time-tracker takes the embarrassment out of billing!’

‘Caddie’s Time-tracker enabled me to produce a full listing for all the time I had spent working on my client's drawings at the push of a button.’

‘the Time-tracker printout, detailing ‘Work Time’, Open Time’ and Saved Time, along with the actual time and dates of the drawing sessions made the job of agreeing on the bill easy’

Stewart L Thorley, Building Plans & Design

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‘Caddie Tea Break Tutorials’

Just a quick email to let you know that we were very pleased to be part of the tutorial yesterday. It was a great way to see what the function does, and so much better than reading about it! 

I look forward to trying it out, once I have got the latest version of 19 downloaded.

 

Bruce Whitehead

Price Whitehead 

Chartered Surveyors & Rural Consultants

 

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“Thank you very much for your commitment to us - the Caddie Users"


“What we needed was stability and ‘DWG’ compatibility. Caddie has provided both”


“I’m not used to support like this – if more people realised how good it was they would also be using Caddie.”


Having been a KUHLMANN drawing board user in the 80’s I felt safe in the sense that I wouldn't have to adjust to the new technology “Computers”. Then I was introduced to the DOS version of CADDIE. We upgraded to CADDIE 5 Professional and used the programme until the hard drive of the computer gave up and I was forced to upgrade. We installed CADDIE 9, 12 &15. I was familiar with the CADDIE 9 and did not want to adjust to use the “NEW CADDIE”.

 

How wrong can one be?  Ever since I started experiencing the latest version of CADDIE it is an absolute pleasure. If I get stuck, help is just a phone call away.

 

Thank You CADDIE for an excellent drawing programme.

 

N J van Rensburg



I have already won a job directly as a result of using Caddie’s 3D.  After seeing the model the client immediately gave me the project


My skills have developed rapidly with Caddie and I believe it allows me to produce excellent drawings far quicker than any program I have ever used


After doing the three day Quick Start Course I drew quicker on Caddie than on my old system


Caddie is incredibly quick to use, and also most importantly it’s very easy to learn, irrespective of your previous CAD experience


The key to successful implementation is effective training


With Caddie, changing drawings is now a small rather than a major part of my life


You wouldn't recognize the office now, there is no drawing board, just my Caddie workstation


As an Architect, Caddie draws the way I think.


I really don't know what I would do without Caddie now



Its quite fantastic how Caddie changes your life.


The migration between Caddie 12 and Caddie 14 is seamless. You can’t see a difference until you start to experiment with all the new functions. The backup support form Caddie is still a constant and always satisfactory.
Alphonse de Jong, DE LA REY & CELLIERS ARCHITECTS CC


I have just had my most productive year ever - and that is largely due to using your Caddie software.


After doing the three day Quick Start Course I drew quicker on Caddie than on my old system



'I have found Caddie to be user-friendly and simply wonderful to do architectural drawings with'
'I had no full time training from Caddie. This was my own decision, but Caddie''s consultants were very helpful and understanding by helping me whenever I require help.'
Henry Losper



Caddie saves me the equivalent of two staff


'I used Caddie 9 but Caddie 14 makes things much much simpler', Johannes Mnyandu, Department of Public Works


Your Caddie software has revolutionised the way we work - we produce far better drawings much more quickly – should have changed years ago.