Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5 introduces 64-bit support, optional ribbon user interface

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Berlin-based developer has released Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0, a major new version of its commercial CAD software for home and garden design projects.

Version 5.0 adds 64-bit support for improved performance, plus debuts a new, simplified ribbon-based UI as well as adding support for 2D fill patterns and textures.

The new ribbon user interface will be familiar to those who’ve seen Microsoft Office and its ilk, but Ashampoo is careful to keep the older, classic UI in place for those who prefer tradition.

The ribbon UI is designed to provide a simpler interface for beginners, thematically structuring its features and buttons according. Support for a Quick Access toolbar as in Office allows users to place favourite controls within easy reach.

A new 64-bit build has also been unveiled, allowing Windows 64-bit users to access more than 3.5GB RAM. The performance fillip should be most noticeable on more complex projects that should work more smoothly. The setup wizard automatically detects which version to install.

Version 5.0 also includes support for creating 2D fill patterns using lines, curves and circles as opposed to using Windows own drawing routines. This means a greater variety of fill properties for elements displayed in 2D is now possible.

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0 is available now as a free, trial download for PCs running Windows XP or later. The full version can be purchased for $79.99, although Ashampoo registered users are promised a $24 discount. Upgrades from previous versions are also available for $29.99.

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