Siemens introduces Catchbook software, a new drawing and tracing app for tablets and smartphones that converts freehand drawings into accurate 2D designs. The new app provides a simple and intuitive user interface that works with both touch and stylus enabled Android, iOS and Windows operating system devices. Catchbook was designed to be a digital version of the proverbial napkin sketch, the birthplace of many amazing inventions – and even more home remodeling projects. Catchbook can be used to simply sketch ideas, just as one would do using pencil and paper, yet it’s smart enough to create precise, to-scale drawings that can be used for planning and construction. Even better, the drawings are completely editable via simple push and pull, making Catchbook far more powerful than any piece of paper. Developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business,
Catchbook was designed to be a digital version of the proverbial napkin sketch, the birthplace of many amazing inventions – and even more home remodeling projects. Catchbook can be used to simply sketch ideas, just as one would do using pencil and paper, yet it’s smart enough to create precise, to-scale drawings that can be used for planning and construction. The drawings are completely editable through push and pull, making Catchbook more powerful. Developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, Catchbook is built on the company’s industrial sketching technology.
Catchbook gives users the ability to draw freely, or import an image or photograph and sketch over it to add details. Users rarely have to activate a menu or command. Instead, everything focuses on direct interaction with a finger or stylus. While there are many apps on the market that facilitate artistic visual representations, Catchbook is the only app that converts freehand sketching into mathematical curves representing precise drawings. Catchbook combines the simplicity of freehand sketching with the power of computer-aided design (CAD). It helps users create accurate CAD-compatible representations of their ideas.
Beneath its intuitive user interface, Catchbook employs some of the same technology used in most of the world’s leading CAD applications. Siemens’ D-Cubed software component works behind the scenes as a 2D geometric constraint solving tool to capture and preserve relationships between geometry. This is what enables users to interactively manipulate Catchbook drawings. These drawings can be shared directly via social media or email, or exported as images. Users can also directly export drawings as a sketch to virtually any graphic design or commercial CAD system including, Siemens’ NX software and Solid Edge software.
For information on Catchbook, please visit www.catchbook.com.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.