ARES Standard is a switch made easy – providing a familiar look & feel that is intuitive for any experienced CAD user. Much more than a cost-effective alternative for DWG-editing, ARES Standard is making no compromises in features and innovations.

Top NEW features in ARES® Standard 2020

Save in DWG 2018 format

Unrivaled compatibility with the latest DWG file format ARES Commander is using the DWG format as its native format which makes it easy to share files with other CAD software such as AutoCAD® or MicroStation®. In the previous version we released the possibility to read and modify drawings saved in the DWG 2018 format. Now, this format becomes also the default format to save your drawings. You keep also the ability to save in previous versions of the DWG format. Other drawings formats supported include DXF, DWF, DWT, DWS or DGN (import).

Layer Manager Palette and Dialog

The Layer dialog has been redesigned and is now available as a palette The new Layer Manager is now resizable and can be used as a palette that can be either floating or docked on the side. You can keep quick access to layers and many related features such as Layer States, Layer Preview or Isolate Layer.

Merge Layers

This new command helps you to reorganize your layers The command MergeLayer, also available from the new Layer Manager, will assist you in merging the content of selected layers into another one. This may be used, for example, when you receive a drawing and want to simplify or rename the layers as expected in your project.

Data Extraction

Extract information from entities or blocks to a table or a CSV file The Data Extraction wizard enables you to quickly create a bill of materials or extract other types of information from your drawings. Select entities and filter only the data you want to extract. You can further insert it as a table in the drawing or generate a file that can be imported in a spreadsheet.

Grip Editing of Hatches and Gradients

Manipulate the contour of your hatch or gradient hatch like if it was a Polyline Select any hatch entity and you will see grips to help manipulate directly the shape. Hovering over a grip point displays also a contextual menu with editing options..

Lasso Selection

New selection method to save time! Use the lasso selection method to specify entities within an irregularly formed contour specified by dragging the cursor.

PCX Print Configuration Files

Equivalent to the PC3 format in other CAD software Import PC3 files or create and save new printer configuration files in PCX format. It makes it easy to reuse and share with colleagues the same configuration for successive printings.

Customize Your Workspaces

New CAD General workspace The CAD General workspace offers an alternative ribbon to the default “Drafting & Annotation” workspace of ARES Commander. Icons are reorganized to facilitate the switch from AutoCAD or other similar CAD software. Easily create and save your workspaces Reorganize the user interface of ARES Commander as you wish and save your configuration as a new workspace.