HighDesign R6 on Apple Silicon

HighDesign R6. Enjoy Your Independence.

The sixth major release, HighDesign R6 is the perfect CAD & architectural design solution for the new, fast Macs M1 with the Apple Silicon chips and for Windows computers.

New in HighDesign R6

Speed. Documentation. Productivity.

HighDesign R6 native for Apple Silicon M1 on macOS Big Sur

Ready for the New Mac

HighDesign R6 is a Universal Binary application that runs natively on both Apple's new, fast M1 Macs powered by Apple Silicon (ARM), and Intel-based (x86) Macs. One download to take advantage of the full power of your machines.

On the software side, HighDesign R6 is optimized for macOS Big Sur. With all the functionalities and user inteface tested, updated and fine-tuned, HighDesign R6 feels completely at home on macOS Big Sur.

HighDesign R6 vs R5 speed comparison chart

Speed and Workflow

With important optimizations applied to everyday tasks, HighDesign R6 greatly improves your workflow by reducing dramatically the time required for many operations. Depending on the kind of project, screen redraws are now up to 60% faster than before; opening a file is up to 65% faster; saving a file is 25% faster.

In addition to raw speed, nearly all the existing functions for drawing, editing, architectural design and documentation have been enhanced and improved in R6, with particular attention to all the details that, at the end of the day, make a big difference.

HighDesign CAD Custom Paper Sizes

Your Own Paper Sizes

HighDesign Standard and Pro include the new Custom Paper Sizes manager to create and store paper formats defined by you or by any of the installed printers.

Easily enter paper and margin sizes to match any national or company standard, or copy the format from those supported by the printer you use.

HighDesign CAD Viewports

Smoother Viewports

The improved Viewport tool lets you create a viewport directly by a detail area: select the source sheet and then choose a detail area. Position and size of the viewport will be taken from the source area and updated live if the detail area is modified.

HighDesign CAD Custom Dimensions

Enhanced Dimensions

In addition to custom units, dimensions can now use a custom precision setting different from that defined for the project.

Multiple dimensions now support a “Continue” option: clicking an existing dimension allows to continue the sequence using that dimension as base item.

HighDesign CAD Insert Image

Insert Recent Images

The Insert Image tool now provides a popup window for the quick selection of images used in the current project or recently loaded.

This comes particularly handy when you have to use the same image multiple times in the project, for example for material analysis, or when you use a recurrent image in all new projects, like your firm logo.

HighDesign CAD Leading Side of Compound Walls

More Powerful Walls

You can now insert a compound wall by its structural component: choose between exterior, interior sides and middle line to easily align your walls to the structural grid.

HighDesign CAD Arc by Two Points and Radius

New Arc by Two Points and Radius

This new method of the Arc tool lets you define a circular arc by its start, end points and radius.

Specify the chord of the arc by its start point and end points, and define its radius or enter the value.

Improved Fillet and Chamfer tools

Enhanced Fillet & Chamfer

In addition to lines and polylines, the Fillet and Chamfer commands can now be applied to rectangles and closed polygons.

With this new option, it is now easy to create rounded rectangles and shapes.

Multileader text notes in HighDesign R6

Multileader Text Annotations

The Annotations tool now has the ability to show multiple leader lines. Add as many leaders as you want with an easy click sequence, and remove with just one click.

Multi-leader annotations can use the familiar leader styles: straight, arr, or spline.

Migrate resources and settings

Migrate Resources and Settings

With the new Migrate Resources and Settings utility, you can easily export and import all your custom settings and resource libraries.

You can also use this command to synchronize two different support folders when you work on multiple machines or in an workplace with a shared HighDesign support folder.

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Read the complete HighDesign R6 release notes.