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Goodbye Boring CAD.
Hello HighDesign.

Bring your visions to life with the powerful elegance of HighDesign.

ILEXSOFT HighDesign is a modern drafting and design software for architects, engineers, mechanical designers and construction professionals. By combining 2D drafting and 3D spatial thinking, HighDesign effectively merges the precision of vector design and CAD with the efficiency of BIM processes.

Sketch, design, annotate and publish your projects with elegance and ease.

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HighDesign LT

If you need an easy-to-use software to produce precise plans, diagrams, AV systems, HVAC plans, and similar drawings, HighDesign LT is the light-weight, yet powerful solution for you.

HighDesign LT includes:

  • Advanced drafting & editing tools.
  • Design documentation: texts, annotations and dimensions.
  • Unlimited layers.
  • Compatibility with DXF/DWG model space.
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HighDesign SE

Take full advantage of the more advanced tools for drafting, editing, sharing and project management. Multiple sheets and project views will streamline your workflow and allow you to manage more complex projects.

HighDesign SE includes all the features in LT, plus...

  • Drawing sheets
  • Project views
  • DXF & DWG model and paper space
  • Customizable Resource Libraries
  • Detail areas & advanced printing
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HighDesign Pro

Bring your visions to life with powerful architectural and design tools, advanced publishing and best-in-class project management features.

HighDesign Pro includes all the features in SE, plus...

  • Parametric tools for Architectural design
  • Styles, types & element info
  • Layouts, viewports & title blocks
  • Detail sheets & callouts
  • Templates
  • Project information
  • 2D Photogrammetry
  • Drawing presentation
  • Image editing
  • Publish to PDF
  • Volume discounts
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Compare HighDesign Products

A chart comparing the main features of the three editions of HighDesign.

The features in the different editions of HighDesign are grouped by task and purpose.

HighDesign LT focuses on pure drafting, SE adds enhanced project organization, and Pro includes tool for architectural design, information and publishing.

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Find the Right HighDesign for you

HighDesign comes in three editions to best suit your workflow and offer you the flexibility to move to a higher edition at any time as your work requirements evolve.

All editions are provided with a permanent license.

HighDesign LT
HighDesign LT

For single users who require modern CAD tools for simple drawings with limited needs for collaboration and project management.

Permanent license, one year of updates included. › Buy Now
HighDesign SE
HighDesign SE

For small & consulting businesses that require more advanced CAD tools, project management and collaboration features.

Permanent license, one year of updates included. › Buy Now
HighDesign Pro
HighDesign Pro

For professionals, businesses and organizations that require architectural design tools and sophisticated project and data management capabilities.

Permanent license, one year of updates included. › Buy Now

Frequently Asked Questions

HighDesign is a powerful and intuitive drafting and architectural design software that bridges the gap between traditional CAD and the current BIM processes. Designed for architects, engineers, and building professionals, HighDesign offers a range of tools and features that allow users to quickly create accurate, detailed, and precise drawings, from simple sketches to complex blueprints. With a user-friendly interface, customizable workspace, and extensive library of objects, symbols, and textures, HighDesign empowers users to visualize their ideas and bring them to life, from initial concept to final presentation.

HighDesign is used by architects, engineers, landscape designers, constructors, cabinet makers, AV professionals, and students in over 60 countries around the world.

HighDesign runs on Windows 10 and Windows 11 desktop computers and Intel- and Apple Silicon-powered Macs running macOS 10.13 through macOS 14 Sonoma.

HighDesign imports and exports drawing files in the DXF and DWG drawing exchange formats from version 14 to version 2020.

Your license is permanent, it is not a subscription. You decide when to renew.

Your license includes a one-year maintenance plan that allows you to install all the updates released during the year of validity. For example, if you purchase on June 1, 2023, you will receive all the major and minor updates until June 1, 2024, regardless of their version number.

When your maintenance plan expires, you can renew for another year and install the latest updates. Alternatively, you can continue to use the version of HighDesign that you have, for as long as you want, but you won't be able to receive any further updates.

We are constantly at work improving HighDesign and expanding its feature set. Visit the Roadmap to check on the progress, comment and vote features.

Learning, Resources & Educational


The ILEXSOFT Help Center includes guides, manuals and articles in four languages.

Be sure to check the Quick Start Guide to have an overview of the fundamentals and familiarize with the essential concepts about creating your projects in HighDesign.

Blog & Community

The ILEXSOFT Blog features articles highlighting the features in the latest releases and tutorials. If you want to learn more in depth about the latest features and find step-by-step tutorials about particular topics, the Blog is defintely a place to visit.

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HighDesign is available free of charge for teachers and students. Visit the page for education for more information on how to apply for the educational program.


Whenever you have a question, feel free to get in touch with us! Visit the Support Center to browse topics, open a support ticket or send us an email.