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Archway ships VersaCAD 2008 for Windows

Archway Systems, Inc., announces shipping version of VersaCAD 2008 for Windows. New version is one of the first CAD systems to switch file formats to an XML-based system to promote openness and user-centric control of data.


Archways Systems, Inc., has announced that VersaCAD 2008 for Windows is now shipping. The venerable cross-platform CAD system has added several new features and comes in both single and group business licenses and as well single and group or site academic licenses. VersaCAD 2008 now features an XML-based file format, following Microsoft’s lead in adopting XML as an industry standard that promotes openness and unlimited capacity. VersaCAD 2008’s new file format file name is .2dx rather than the older .2d; it can read and write any older VersaCAD file format. 

Tuned for Vista

VersaCAD 2008 for Windows is tuned to run well on Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows Vista, while maintaining compatibility with Windows XP and Windows 2000. Today VersaCAD 2008 has a tiny footprint for a full-featured CAD application when compared to rivals on the market, enabling it to run on computers with less memory.

VersaCAD 2008 has much improved AutoCAD file support and utilizes the latest API libraries from the Open Design Alliance, including support for AutoCAD 2007, 2008 and 2009. New features also include a Recent Files submenu under the File menu, new Bill of Materials (BOM) menu item, support for nested symbols, improved snap grid, 100 new built-in fonts and a completely new organization of symbol libraries by discipline. All such changes, including XML file format still preserve the API for applications so no existing applications require changes. VersaCAD 2008 still preserves “single keyboard command entry” which yields a short learning curve for a full-featured CAD package. 


Single seats of VersaCAD 2008 for Windows are $795.USD and $195.USD for academic use. Existing subscribers will be sent a new license when the product ships, which means essentially now. Perhaps VersaCAD 2008’s best value is its unlimited corporate license pricing, enabling a large corporation to run VersaCAD on dozens of seats for just $3,500.USD. 

The Mac version of the latest VersaCAD 2008 is still under development. 

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