While Orange Juice Studios of England hopes to ship Cado on iPad in a half-year (which is several generations in today's fast moving world of mobile programming), cadTouch of Italy is already busy reving its CAD software for iPad and iPhone software, now at revision #4.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that cadTouch might be the most advanced 2D CAD package on iOS. By this, I mean that it seems to have the most functions, and I temper my claim by noting I haven't seen them all.
(And that's the problem, isn't it? Developers like Autodesk get lots of press coverage, because they have large marketing departments and can afford broad marketing campaigns. I only found out about Orange Juice and cadTouch because their self-employed owners contacted me in the hopes of a mention.)
Here is cadTouch looking like Visio...
How does cadTouch solve the fat-finger condundrum? By drawing with a touch-drag motion. To draw a line, for instance:
- Touch the screen near the location at which you want the line to start.
- Drag to the precise location, and then let go of the screen.
- Repeat for the end point of the line: touch and drag.
- With the line in place, you can adjust its length and angle through controls along the bottom of the screen.
Martin Carianni of cadTouch tells me, "We are currently working into a major stability upgrade; and 2D tools like better cut options, chamfer, fillet, coordinates insertion; a mathematical toolbox; and a finite element method engineering toolbox. Later on, we'll publish the architectural module, with walls, doors, windows and basic AEC objects."