Explore 2020 Design Features

This feature-rich design software brings realism, speed and accuracy to space-planning, allowing designers to retrieve data with one click.

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Content Libraries

Manufacturer catalogs

Manufacturer catalogs deliver an unprecedented opportunity for designers to specify and visualize kitchen and bathroom designs with real products. Make it easy for consumers to quickly decide on products and shorten the sales cycle by clearly communicating design ideas and transforming customer wish-lists into reality with 2020 Design 3D rendering capabilities. See catalog content for 2020 Design >>

Features & options catalogs    NEW

Mix and match multiple styles in the same design. This feature ensures that features and options selected for an item are valid and can actually be fulfilled by the manufacturer. Plus, pricing is automatically calculated.

2020 Cloud

2020 Cloud is an innovative way to access catalog content in 2020 Design. Just start the application and get immediate access to hundreds of items directly from the new 2020 Cloud browser. All items are updated regularly and are readily available to work with your software. Access the 2020 Cloud news feed to find out about recently added/modified catalogs.
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Import 3D models

Import 3D models from online libraries of SketchUp or AutoCAD® models to include items like chairs, stools and sofas in your designs.

Alvic® panel textures    NEW

Over 60 panels and components textures to be applied to all kinds of furniture and decoration projects.

Cabinet Door Configurator   NEW

New enhanced, customizable catalogs based on DFM technology and the Cabinet Door Configurator are potent tools for small cabinet makers, independent dealers and independent designers, opening up true custom flexibility in their design and specification process.

Over 300 new Wilsonart® countertop textures

New textures from Wilsonart® provide abstract, solid, stone and woodgrain countertop finishes.

Sherwin Williams® paint textures and finishes

Over 1500 paint textures and 5 different finishes are available in 2020 Design. Match paint colors to the actual manufacturer colors at retail locations and provide clients with truly realistic designs.



Presentation Features

360° panoramic views

Provide your clients with an immersive 3D experience that makes them feel like they are right inside the new design—while they’re sitting at home. Simply email a panoramic view link to your clients and they can open it on their laptop or on mobile devices and share with friends and family. Furthermore, fully immerse your clients into their new space with the 2020 Virtual Reality (VR) Viewer!

Photo-realistic renderings

Produce renderings fast and with incredible photo-realism. 2020 Design balances quality, performance, and memory consumption while taking full advantage of the newest graphic card capabilities. Enjoy improved lighting effects, better smoothing for rounded shapes, realistic textures and more!

The rendering process now happens in the background, freeing up valuable computer resources. Now you can work on one kitchen while rendering another.   NEW

The improved rendering process produces higher quality renderings faster than previous versions.  NEW

Design Features

Space planning

Draw walls, windows, cabinets, cathedral or sloped ceilings, and more with our easy-to-use interface. The smart design wizards make it easy to place items like toekicks, moldings, doors and windows and to customize surface materials. Try multiple designs quickly and generate perspective views automatically, right from the plan. Print plans with detailed dimensions and labels for your installers and sub-contractors.

Improved legends make it easier to identify cabinets across all views—floorplans, elevations and reports. Perfect for communicating with your installers and sub-contractors.  NEW

Over 100 new moldings, toe kicks, corbels and other additions have been made to various default catalogs to give designers more flexibility, accuracy and realism in their designs when using non-brand specific catalogs.  NEW

The door and window wizard provides designers with the flexibility to create and place custom doors and windows with various frame and glass combinations.  NEW

Elevations

Just select a wall and click to generate detailed elevations. Print elevations with detailed dimensions and labels for your installers and sub-contractors.

Countertops

Use the Countertop Wizard to automatically add countertops to your cabinets. Apply a variety of edge profiles to each edge independently to provide an accurate depiction. The wizard automatically creates cutouts for sinks and faucets—just place the fixture and the rest is taken care of!

Surface textures

Easily apply textures like paint, tile, flooring and laminate to walls, floors, ceilings and countertops. It’s easy to import images from your vendors so that your designs look as realistic as possible. Or choose built-in textures from popular industry manufacturers like Wilsonart®, Sherwin Williams® and Alvic®.

Idea center libraries

Save your favorite elements in the Idea Center Libraries. Browse for your ideas in the same way you browse for items in catalogs, and then drag and drop them into your designs. Perfect for islands and other re-usable components.

Assisted design features

Built-in NKBA design guidelines and automatic collision detection help to keep your designs error-free.

Improved identification of colliding items helps you correct your plans.  NEW



Lighting

Applying lighting to your designs has never been easier. Simply place light fixtures, sunlight or ceiling lights in your project and the rendering is updated in real time. Insert glass doors or windows and the system automatically creates natural source lighting with incredible looking shadows and reflections.

Lighting Wizard  NEW

Quickly add task and accent lights to your designs. Place lights over and under wall cabinets, inside wall cabinets and on toe kicks and show your clients how energy-saving LED lighting can enhance a space. Calculate lighting costs and place orders electronically directly from the manufacturer.

Physical Light Properties and support for IES lighting profiles  NEW

With Physical Light Properties and support for thirty Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) profiles, you can now specify parameters such as casting, angles, shadows and wattage.

Streamline Business Processes

Room measuring app integration

With the integration of applications such as Sensopia MagicPlan and ETemplate applications, we’ve improved front end workflow so that you can easily measure and create initial floor plans with your iPhone®, iPad® or Android device. Import floor plans into 2020 Design to begin your design process.

QuickBooks integration

QuickBooks is a market-leading small business accounting software. Now, the 2020 Design customer profile and information can be automatically synced with QuickBooks. Dealers, designers and remodelers can easily and automatically generate accurate invoices for their clients’ designs.

Drawing layouts

Prepare convincing, attractive presentations and proposals. Extend your drawing layouts across several pages or place a viewable item, list, rendering or floor plan in any available layout window.

Pricing, report and installation lists

Choose your rendering settings easily according to your preferences or usage. With all settings accessible from the navigation toolbar, all grouped in a single location, producing your rendering is simpler.

2020 Live Order

Use 2020 Live Order, a web order entry solution that allows you to submit orders electronically to multiple manufacturers simultaneously and track orders in real time.

Intuitive user interface

Work in a more natural and intuitive way using the modern, customizable user interface. The toolbar allows you to easily add or remove functions according to your work preferences.

Navigation toolbar

Use the product list price, cost price and retail price information to provide customers with accurate project estimates. Create custom reports easily and in multiple languages with the free Report Designer tool.

Improved reporting

Access reports easily with one click from the menu using improved Active Reports reporting technology that also supports multiple languages. Create custom reports easily with the free Report Designer tool.