ARES® Commander 2015 – New Features

ARES Touch for Android

ARES Touch: The power of ARES Commander on Android tablets (and smartphones).

Discover the first .dwg-based full CAD software for Android tablets. Its user interface is both adapted for touch and intuitive for ARES users. Files are synchronized via Dropbox or Google Drive or shared by USB. You get ARES Touch for free* when you buy ARES Commander!


The new activation dialogs make it very easy to use your license from other computers.

Use your Product Key to activate your license on another computer, eventually under a different OS (Windows, Mac OS X or Linux). You can work from any PC*! Your LicenseToGo will last for up to 5 days and you can renew it after on the same PC or another one.


Trim or extend entities faster than with any other CAD Software.

Trim multiple entities in once by moving your mouse around. Just describe a path with your mouse and ARES will trim while you move. If you use the shift key you do the same but with the Extend command.


Draw and modify much faster by combining these frequently used commands.

Use only one command to perform and combine multiple actions on a same selection of entities: Move, Rotate, Scale and/or Copy without leaving the command.

2D Constraints

(Windows only)

Add intelligence to your drawings and capture the design intent to facilitate further modifications.

Powered by the CDS solver from Dassault Systèmes Spatial, this new set of features will help you to define relations between entities in terms of geometry (stay parallel, perpendicular, tangent...) or dimensions (equal length, proportional, formula...). When you will further modify one element the others will adapt following these constraints.

Dynamic blocks editing

Dynamic blocks are smart blocks you can configure with options and grips.

Edit dynamic blocks inserted in a DWG drawing by other CAD software such as AutoCAD. You can use the grips to dynamically and interactively modify these “intelligent” blocks and eventually reinsert them in the drawing. Creation of new dynamic blocks is not supported yet.

OnScreen Dimensions palette

Create or click on a dimension and you will see a contextual button to activate a new floating palette.

Editing dimensions has never been so quick and easy than with ARES Commander 2015! This new contextual palette helps you to edit them directly in the drawing: formatting, styles, tolerances, prefixes or suffixes and more. Modifications can also be saved and reused.

Tables edition

Quickly edit tables right inside your drawings with a contextual toolbar.

Click inside a Table cell or launch the command EditTableCell and you will get a toolbar with all the options to insert, resize, merge or delete cells, rows and columns.

In-place text editing

Click on any multiline text (Note) and you will see a new floating dialog for editing.

The Note command (MTEXT in AutoCAD) has been improved with a new contextual dialog to define advanced formatting like on a Word processor but directly in your .dwg drawing. The new Stack dialog helps you create fractions and tolerances in your text.

More bonus tools...

DiscardDuplicates and ExplodeBlockX help you fix your drawings.

DiscardDuplicates deletes duplicate entities and lets you define advanced settings to fine tune what should be ignored (similar to OVERKILL in AutoCAD). ExplodeBlockX explodes blocks or tables and converts attributes in text (similar to BURST in AutoCAD)

Customize the Ribbon

Reorganize the User Interface to boost your productivity.

Customize the tabs and panels of the Ribbon to group the tools you need and like. You may also create your own workspaces in addition to the 2D and 3D ones we created for you. Still, one of the workspaces allows you to switch back to traditional menus and toolbars if you prefer.

* ARES Touch and LicenseToGo will be working for the duration of your Graebert subscription. 12 months of Graebert subscription are included when you buy a new license or upgrade. When your subscription expires, you will be invited to renew it to continue receiving upgrades and email support but also keep using ARES Touch and LicenseToGo.

New features previously released in ARES Commander Edition 2014

Fresh and modern look & feel

The new Ribbon interface introduces a modern and intuitive environment but you can switch back to the traditional interface at any time.

Designed for flexibility, ARES Commander Edition 2014 continues to offer the easiest transition: whether you learned to draw with menus or with the ribbon, you will find instantly a familiar work environment.

Design Resources palette

This new palette will significantly contribute to increase your productivity by very easily sharing content between files.

You may browse your computer or network to find useful contents to use in your drawing like blocks, reference drawings or images, layers, sheets, styles…

Drawing Standards (.dws files)

Drawing Standards help you to define and check the compliance of your drawing against custom, corporate and industry standards.

You may define some rules for the layers, line styles, dimension styles and text styles and this feature will not only spot the errors but also help you to fix them to achieve conformity.

Fresh look & feel for MAC too

The Print and Page layout dialogs have been redesigned to meet Mac standards.

No ribbon interface on a Mac! With floating user interface elements, ARES Commander Edition is not only the most complete DWG CAD Software on Mac OS X, but also the one offering a Mac look and feel. Print and layout configuration dialogs have also been redesigned according to standards on any Mac.

Quick Grouping and Ungrouping

Group and ungroup entities in two clicks via a right-click shortcut menu.

Groups offer an easy way to combine drawing entities without creating a block. You can later select only one entity to manipulate all the group. Each entity can be in several groups. You may select for example one entity to move all the groups it belongs to.

Layer and Entity Transparency

Transparency on specified layers help to reduce the display complexity of the drawing.

When you work on a drawing with tens of layers it is sometimes a little confusing, particularly when you receive a drawing with layers created by others and you want to add your own layers. With this feature you may fade selected layers or entities (e.g. hatches) but also define the fading for all the locked layers.

Layer Preview Tool

The new LayerPreview command offers a quick preview of the content of layers.

When dealing with drawings made of multiple layers it is frequently time-consuming to switch on and off layers to understand what is or is not on each layer. This feature instantly shows the content and lets you either restore the layers as before or after preview.

Layer Grouping & Filter

We have improved the Layers Manager to better group and filter the layers.

The Layers Manager now makes it incredibly fast and intuitive to group and filter layers. You can organize layers into groups and sub-groups and manage their visibility or lock them. The same layer can belong to several groups and you can simply drag and drop layers into groups. You may also search and filter them.

RichLine Editing completed

The EditRichLine command has been improved to edit multiple lines entities.

RichLines help you to draw smart multiple lines according to the styles you defined. RichLine editing is now completed with new commands to edit the RichLines like open, closed or merged Tee or Cross, Corner Joint and other options to break and weld.

Previous updates and releases of ARES Commander

Our technical team is driven to create the possible best product for our ARES® Commander Edition customers. We are continually testing and enhancing our products. Click on the links below to access a PDF with details about each of our recent releases.

Summer 2013 / ARES Commander Edition 2013 Service Pack 3
released Aug 12, 2013
Spring 2013 / ARES Commander Edition 2013 Service Pack 2
released May 29, 2013
Fall 2012 / ARES Commander Edition 2013
released Nov 12, 2012
Spring 2012
released May 25, 2012

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If your Subscription has recently expired or is about to expire, it’s easy to purchase a new 12-month Graebert Subscription. Please contact us for further information.

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