The company founders, Vimal Peeler (mechanical engineer) and Attzaz Rashid (architect), long time CAD users themselves, asked the question, “Why can’t CAD companies make mobile better?” That’s the point to their venture into mobile app development. Others were using the iPad in a mobile, yet productive manner and they felt designers should be able to use it for drawing, sketching and CAD work. They didn’t understand why the major CAD companies weren’t taking advantage of this great tool. Az (Attaz) said that “Architects don’t want to be hunched over a desk all day. They want the ability to sketch freely.”
Orange Juice Studios sees CADO being used by do it yourselfers, for mobile CAD use, meetings, out of the office CAD work, sketching, and 2D design work. CADO is not intended to replace a work station, but it could provide enough CAD power in many cases. They knew they wanted to be able to do real CAD work when out of the office so other CAD users must have this desire too. One of their goals is to make sure professional CAD users have all of the tools they need.
Their plans for CADO include having two versions. One version will contain about 90% of all functionality and will be free. The second version will be a pro version. Right now they feel it will be priced around £100. After the first launch to the iPad they hope to be able to bring it to Android. Future releases will also include 3D capabilities and a Paper Space drawing area.
One aspect that many users might find interesting about CADO (I know I did) is that it does not require an internet connection to use. Users do not have to join a group, they don;t have to log on to an account to access their files, everything is right on the device. Your files are your files just like on a desktop workstation. Files can be shared via email or Dropbox.
Their Kickstarter plan has several donation levels. Some of them include giving you a lifetime license for CADO. I spoke to these two gentlemen about their design process, goals, and hopes for CADO. They are two CAD users that are creating a simple 2D CAD tool for users. I feel that gives them an advantage because they are using these types of tools every day. They are actual CAD users. They have used AutoCAD, Solidworks, Revit, and other CAD programs throughout their careers. If they haven’t seen it all they have seen most of it. I’m excited to get my hands on CADO to try it out. If this sounds like something you might be interested in check out their website and check out their Kickstarter.
CADO Kickstarter Link
Orange Juice Studios Website