Digital Applications




CAD (computer-aided design) software is used by architects, engineers, drafters, artists, and others to create precision drawings or technical illustrations. CAD software can be used to create two-dimensional (2-D) drawings or three-dimensional (3-D) models.

CAD programs have different features depending on whether your design process involves 2D vector-based graphics or 3D modeling of solid surfaces. Most 3D CAD programs let you apply multiple light sources, rotate objects in three dimensions, and render designs from any angle.


AutoCAD is considered the default standard, hence in comparison VectorWorks seems to be more attuned towards design in the aesthetic sense rather than the engineering sense of AutoCAD. That said, one must never forget that AutoCAD has proven its rather long learning curve in the past, however, a large extent of users of both packages vote for AutoCAD’s straightforwardness such as with the command dialogue. “arc” means arc and it will draw that, with offsets, lines and even your custom macros mapped to simple commands makes the job way easier for those who have the patience and the stomach to digest AutoCAD’s capabilities. Also, every professional drafter has to agree, drafting with AutoCAD is the swiftest way possible. Unless your job requires you to use VectorWorks, or any other CAD package, the AutoCAD user base is large and the interface/work methodologies are common.


Lumion enables anyone to create movies and images without any prior training. It’s a functional tool to make beautiful 3D Rendering yourself. You don’t need to outsource visualizations any longer. This saves you time and money. All you need is a 3D model and Lumion will take care of the rest.

Rendering is just one of the things necessary to create effective visualizations. To create wonderful visuals you also need beautiful skies, water, grass, materials, plants, people, trees and many other objects. Lumion includes a huge content library with tools, materials and artistic effects. Everything is perfectly integrated so you can immediately add trees, people and other content to breathe life, lighting and atmosphere into your visualizations.



It is very important to be able to communicate the design idea clearly and in a formal way. Part of a successful project is the distribution of the idea through various online platforms. Some of these platforms and their features are as follows:


Issuu is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. It is also one of the most popular free online platforms for online presentation. All you need to do is upload your publication in one of the following formats: PDF,Word (DOC),Powerpoint (PPT),Open Office (ODS, ODP),WordPerfect (WPD),Rich Text Format (RTF),Star Office (SXI, SXW).


Facebook is one of the most popular communication, advertising platforms to date and it’s in most of our lives on a daily basis. This platform will be a great option to share and advertise the project as well as present it for comments and feedback not only from friends but also global reviews.


PowerPoint Designer is a service that automatically generates a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts. Some of the interesting features of PowerPoint is that it allows the creator to add audio and videos.




YouTube is that it is the #1 most searched and viewed digital video platform. Owned by the largest search engine in the world, YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine and can show up in Google search results, which can bring traffic to your brand.


Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. The service automatically analyses photos, identifying various visual features and subjects. Users can search for anything in photos, with the service returning results from three major categories: People, Places, and Things. Google Photos recognises faces, grouping similar ones together; geographic landmarks; and subject matter, including birthdays, buildings, animals, food, and more.


Dropbox allows you to save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all of your devices.




Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.


Google Drive it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. You can store your documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with your mobile devices and your computer, so if you make a change from one gadget, it will automatically show up if you were to access it elsewhere.


SlideShare is a slide hosting service, acquired by LinkedIn in 2012. It allows users to upload files (PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, or OpenDocument presentations) either privately or publicly. The slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself or can be embedded on other sites.

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