UK developer Microspot has released Intel-ready versions of its popular MacDraft and Microspot Interiors 2D/3D design applications.

Now available as a Universal Binary, MacDraft Professional 5.6 (£239) and MacDraft Personal Edition 5.6 (£79) offer powerful 2D design, drafting and technical illustration features.

MacDraft was originally released in 1985 and has been constantly updated over the last 22 years.

Both versions of the application now offer Quartz graphics, transparency, high-quality text, 100 levels of undo and the ability to import picture files in many different formats.

MacDraft Professional offers a full complement of drawing and design toos along with ANSI and international standard. It's compatible with AutoCAD DWG/DXF file formats and is designed for mechanical, architectural and engineering design as well as technical illustration.

Microspot Interiors 4.0 is a high quality low cost  3D interior design tool for Mac OS X with an intuitive user interface and the ability to use almost any image file as a texture.

The software lets users draw room outlines to scale with easy to use wall drawing tools then drop in furniture items to try different layouts.  It ships with 1,500 editable items (such as chairs or other domestic furniture items) in its library. Microspot also publishes a new free library every month for existing users from its download site.

Rooms can be viewed in plan or perspective at any angle and in multiple windows at the same time.  When the design is complete, lighting can be added to give mood to the room and the design can be rendered with smooth edges and shadows for photographic realism.

Designs can be printed or exported in many different picture formats at customizable resolution for use in other documents.  Fully rendered animations can be created and played using QuickTime.

The application has been optimized for faster interactive rendering and the Microspot Renderer and Preview Renderer now make use of multiple processors for faster high quality rendering when dual core or multiprocessors are present. 

All quoted prices exclude VAT.