- IPAD is an intelligent vector drawing package built from the multiplatform IPAD-Pro core. It has bit mapped image capabilites but nothing as extensive as Adobes PhotoShop. It allows easy editing across files using multiple overlapping windows. The graphics objects drawn and edited by IPAD have built in intelligence, reacting to the mouse and each other so as to maximise user productivity and reduce tedious repetitive setup sequences.
- IPAD is fast and responsive as you would expect given that it is built from the IPAD-Pro core which was itself designed from the ground up to be fast and responsive.
- With most other packages an object must first be selected and placed into one of many modes in order for the package to provide handles through which the object must be manipulated. With IPAD however, simple rules govern the behaviour of an object depending on what other objects it is touching and how it is approached and grabbed.
- Any object may be picked up and moved or its shape changed without it first having to be selected, and if its edges are touching any other object, IPAD will intelligently manipulate those objects in order to reduce the knock on effects of the change. With most other packages a simple change can require a lot of rework.
- A very powerful feature of IPAD is the way it is able to manipulate groups of selected objects. A group is not just a collection of objects, it has properties of its own. A group can be edited like any other object. Objects can be very easily picked up or dropped from a group. Groups can also be opened and their contents edited in their own windows.
- IPAD also has a category system that allows the user to define the properties of an object and to override those properties in a derived object. Complex objects can thus be built by grouping simpler objects and assigning them properties. This makes it a very simple matter to create a set of component objects which can be held in a template window, copied across into the working drawing and the properties modified to suit the working drawing.