- CityCAD is a 'city information modelling' tool for the city design, planning and development community. It is intended for conceptual masterplanning of large scale mixed-use urban masterplans.
- CityCAD is a standalone application for Microsoft Windows PCs. It requires Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework and Managed DirectX for .NET, both of which are distributed with CityCAD or are available for download from the Microsoft website.
- CityCAD is installed into a single directory on the client machine. CityCAD creates configuration files (for storing user defaults etc) which by default are stored in the user's Application Data directory. In the Advanced Preferences, this can be changed to a custom location if required by the user's write privileges and network setup. CityCAD does not collect detailed usage data.
There are two situations where CityCAD will attempt to access the internet:
- When activating or deactivating a licence online.
- To display content and retrieve information from the city design assistant panel.
Apart from these, CityCAD will not attempt to access the internet. Please note that when accessing content in the city design assistant panel, CityCAD may send some information to us. In the Help and Support panel, the version of the copy of CityCAD you are using may be sent, so that we know whether to advise you of newer available versions. In the Online Database information panel, some information about your model (width of streets, location, size of urban spaces) may be sent so that we can provide search results for your query.
- CityCAD stores and retrieves data using its own file format (URB). This is an unencrypted XML format. There is also an option to save files in an unencrypted compressed format (CURB) using GZip compression. CURB files often provide significant reductions in file size.
- CityCAD does not include any document management system, and users can organize their own URB files in directories as required.
- CityCAD can import image files in common file formats (BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG) as ground plane images in the CityCAD model. It can also import DXF models which can be placed in three ways: (1) It can be imported as a wireframe model which can be snapped to when drawing CityCAD elements (similar to an externally referenced drawing in AutoCAD), (2) the model can be imported as one or more items that can be automatically or manually placed in the model, or (3) the geometry can be interpreted by CityCAD into a city model. URB formats can also be imported into other URB files. Data files (CSV and XLS formats) can also be imported and the data mapped on to CityCAD elements.
- CityCAD can export a wide range of scale diagrams and drawings (including sections and figure ground diagrams) in common image file formats. You can also export the model as 3D DXF files, or can export plans and sections as 2D DXF files. The model can be exported to KML format to be viewed in Google Earth™ and other mapping applications, including placemarks with data from the CityCAD model.
- Data from the model (eg. floor areas, densities, habitable rooms, parking spaces etc) can be exported into CSV format, or XLS format (a Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet).
- CityCAD can export one-page summaries of the city model in RTF format (can be opened in Microsoft Word™ or similar programs), as well as an extended report in RTF format with more details.