From Google Maps to Domus.Cad with Map2Cad

Map2Cad is a module of Domus.Cad Pro and Std, which enables you to import both satellite and road maps from Google Maps.

Maps are imported with actual measurements and represented in the video scale selected in Domus.Cad.

The main features of Map2Cad are:

  • Internal browser for viewing maps, with the Google Maps functions integrated
  • Import of maps
  • Managing a list of maps
  • Inserting the maps from the list into Domus.Cad
  • Maps are imported with actual measurements

The use of Map2Cad is very simple and allows for the integration of each of the Google maps features in Domus, including search functions, display choices, street view and more.

When you choose Map2Cad from the Domus.Cad Modules menu, the following dialog box appears:image01

On the left, a list of previously imported maps appears.


Domus.Cad 2.1 – New features

Version 2.1 of Domus.Cad Pro and Std, a complete BIM, parametric architectural 3D CAD, was released.

Major novelties include:
  • New “smart” inspector
  • OpenBim IFC 2×3 support
  • DXF, DWG, DWF and SVG import/export improvements
  • New RoofTiles module for creating 3D roof tiles
  • New Super2Dto3D module for easy and fast converting a 2D drawing to 3D model
  • New Map2Cad module for getting maps from Google Maps
  • SuperPipe and SupeRot improvements
  • Optimization for new operating system
  • New documentation with several movies
  • ..and many more

See details below.


Geo-Tec B 8 – Tiebacks and new interface

The new version 8 of Geo-Tec B is out with important new functions.

Geo-Tec B allows the verification of stratified slopes in the presence of water beds and loads. Some characteristics are graphic insertion of slope geometry, circular and generic sliding surfaces, stabilization with reinforced zones, pilings and tiebacks, submersed slopes and many others.

See below a detailed descriptions of some of the novelties of the new version 8.


Architectural photogrammetry – Mosaicing methods

Foto mosaico con DigiCad 3DIt is often impossible to take the entire facade of a building in just one photograph. You have to take several photos then mount them together in a mosaic to form the picture. 

Many programs claim to do mosaics of several photos, but what they actually mean can vary a lot. Some do no more than straighten up several photos in one document, leaving the user the task of mounting them together as best he can, with programs such as PhotoShop.

Excluding such kinds of program, many other alternatives remain:


All for one or one for all? What’s better, integrated or monolithic programs?

Any busy design studio nowadays needs many different kinds of software – a plain old design program just isn’t enough anymore!

The solution of many manufacturers has been to keep adding on different functions to the original software – design-through-production-through-application in a single, often unwieldy program. Autocad, Microstation and ArchiCad are examples.

The alternative is to develop state-of-the-art specialist programs, compatible and inter-communicating. This is the road chosen by Interstudio, for the following good reasons:


Rent-To-Own: A revolutionary way to buy your software

Interstudio’s Rent-to-Own formula combines the best features of rental and purchase, enabling you to buy your software in instalments, while taking advantage of our full technical assistance and support, plus our free updates.

Simply pay your annual rental fee and, at the end of each year, decide whether to :

  • Carry on renting
  • End the rental
  • Purchase

If you opt to buy, 50% of total rent paid is discounted from the purchase price.

Say you are interested in one of our programs – DomusCad, for example – let’s look at the figures:


Crazy parameters

How to deal with the crazy parameters of the ‘Old World’ buildings


80% of architectural work in Europe is done on old buildings. This is undoubtedly also the case in any country with an architectural heritage of buildings made of stone or other durable material, of equal or greater importance than any new construction work .

This means working with an incredible variety of non-standard construction elements. Some architectural CAD programs attempt to solve this by increasing the number of parameters, but it is a hopeless struggle, because the number of construction elements is infinite and it is near impossible to cover all eventualities. So the parameter problem becomes a real obstacle to the architect. 


Standard and Professional – Domus.Cad now twice as good!

Domus.Cad Pro StdWith the latest version, Domus.Cad becomes twice as good, to better meet the professional requirements, both economic and functional, of designers.

Designers can now choose between Domus.Cad Std and Domus.Cad Pro.

Domus.Cad Pro is a complete BIM program, integrated with other programs to manage an entire project, with specialist functions to optimize and save time and simplify operations. For example, Domus.Cad Pro communicates seamlessly with other programs. It has powerful specialist functions, such as automatic creation of tables of demolished/rebuilt areas, entire wooden structures, complex spiral and helical stairs and much more.

Domus.Cad Std is not the classic ‘Light’ software, only there to boost sales of the more complete version. It is a program with all the functions a designer needs to create complete and complex projects, with total control of 2D and 3D aspects. It does not have some of the automatic functions, so here the designer will have to use the program’s more generic functions, which will take a little more time. This is for you if you don’t need to do internal computations, export to DOCFA for the Italian Land Registry or model terrain. Otherwise, Domus.Cad Std lets you use all the other functions at less than half the price of Domus.Cad Pro.