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2D Design


2D Design

Graphic Design, Technical Drawing and CAD/CAM

TechSoft created 2D Design for users who require sophisticated drawing and design features, but don’t want to spend a lifetime learning to use them. 2D Design is the CAD standard for the vast majority of UK secondary schools. Whether you need to produce colourful textile print or embroidery designs, technical drawings of textile products or graphical presentation sheets, 2D Design V2 has been carefully developed to give you all the tools you need – and all in one place.

Graphic Design
2D Design V2 offers thousands of exciting options for combining vector drawing with text, bitmaps, photographs or clip-art to create stunning textile/graphic products. Comprehensive editing tools allow any image to be clipped to size and shape; bitmap images can be converted into a vector drawing; individual font characters can be customised; colour fills can be single colour, graduated, texture or pattern, etc. The options are endless:
  • Choose a texture fill from the extensive library and use it to model a design idea with a photograph of the fabric/material it will be made from.
  • Use the pattern fill to manipulate pupil’s own design ideas into repeating patterns ready for sublimation printing.
  • Draw and colour a design or logo ready to be sent to embroidery software.
  • Develop intricate designs using the contour tool ready for laser cutting.
  • Create exciting images for cutting out of heat applied textile vinyls.
Technical Drawing and Pattern Development
2D Design V2 has an extensive range of tools that will enable you to accurately draw and dimension anything – from a product to garment “flats” ready for specification sheets. All the line-geometry, transformation, edit, attach and dimensioning tools are there. Layers can be used over original line drawings in order to add colour, pattern, dimensioning or to output to CAM machines.

“2D Design has the best combination of powerful tools and ease of use available”

Develop pattern blocks from photographs – simply trace around one half, mirror copy and use the alter size function to generate the correct size required. Modelling garment design ideas is easy – cut out miniature pattern blocks to half or quarter scale from card on a knife-cutting machine. Replace the blade with a pen and emulate industrial practice by plotting your lay plan – easy to draw using 2D Design V2.

2D Design V2 really is a hassle free way to output to CAM machinery.

CAD/CAM Output
A key feature of 2D Design V2 is the high level of integration that has been built in between the output device and the drawing stages of design.

When starting a drawing you can set your page size to suit the machine that you will be using, eg., to match the hoop size of your embroidery machine.

This ensures that the design is positioned accurately within the work area – for example when sending the design to a knife-cutting machine. For Knife-Cutting it is also possible to add registration marks to your page so that printand-cut becomes a straightforward procedure. Even transferring designs to embroidery software is as simple as copy and paste, and the image is ready to be transformed into stitches.

Once an image is ready, output is possible to many CAD/CAM devices, including all our Roland and LaserCAM machines, where there is one simple machine-specific dialog box to deal with and no tedious post-processing to confuse matters.

Powerfully Simple
Unlike many CAD packages, 2D Design V2 has a simple desktop that lets learners start with basic tools, adding new ones as their confidence grows. Everything about the software can be customised to suit different ages and abilities and versatility means that learning can be built in to any manner of project applications from KS2 onwards.
  • Exhaustive geometrical constructions including circles, arcs, lines, tangents, normals, etc.
  • Comprehensive drawing aids, user-defined grids and attach (snap).
  • Powerful tools such as fully tuneable bezier curve drawing, text flow along a path, etc.
  • Comprehensive text facilities, even exceeding those in many sign-writing packages.
  • Single line fonts and an in-built font editor/designer.
  • Bitmap to vector conversion.
  • Clip path tools, essential for creating professional high end graphic images.
  • Comprehensive graduated, texture and pattern fill routines.
  • Comprehensive transformation tools including move, mirror, size, array and distort.
  • Automatic or manual dimensioning. Work to pre-set or user-defined scales.
  • Contour feature to off-set lines. Invaluable for creating cuttercompensated tool paths or tracing.
  • Powerful editing and delete features, unlimited user-named drawing layers. Cut and paste to and from many other packages, including Word.
  • Import/Export BMP, DXF, EMF, HPGL, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, plus legacy Acorn formats.


Site License
A Site Licence allows a school/college to install the software on any number of computers on the school site.

Student Licence
A Student Licence allows a school/college to distribute a special nonoutput version of the software to students and teachers for home use. Students will be able to save work for output back at school. Schools may choose to charge a nominal amount per student, to recoup the cost.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 / 8.
Microsoft recommended minimum hardware specification advised.
Network compatible (site licence only).

In order to avoid software theft, the software is encrypted with the name of the licensed user, typically the name of a person, or the name of an individual establishment.

When ordering please state:
a) Name of licensed user/site (max 28 characters, including spaces).
b) Address for site licence if appropriate.

Prices £ including VAT

TS107 2D Design V2 Single Licence 390.00 buy
TS108 2D Design V2 Site Licence 1,110.00 buy
TS109 2D Design V2 Student Licence (site licence holders only) 630.00 buy
TS119 Upgrade Single Licence V2 to Site Licence 718.80 buy

Version 1 to Version 2 Upgrade Prices:
TS102 Single Licence V1 to Single Licence V2 231.60 buy
TS106 Single Licence V1 to Site Licence V2 948.00 buy
TS103 Site Licence V1 to Site Licence V2 468.00 buy
TS104 Student Licence V1 to Student Licence V2 231.60 buy
TS105 Site & Student Licence Upgrade V1 to V2 (Save £45)
(N.B. To be eligible for the combined Site & Student Upgrade both Site and Student Licenses must currently be held for V1.)
630.00 buy