Start64!Berlin-based developer has released Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0, a major new version of its commercial CAD software for home and garden design projects. Version 5.0 adds 64-bit support for improved performance, plus debuts a new, simplified ribbon-based UI as well as adding support for 2D fill patterns and textures.

The new ribbon user interface will be familiar to those who’ve seen Microsoft Office and its ilk, but Ashampoo is careful to keep the older, classic UI in place for those who prefer tradition.

The ribbon UI is designed to provide a simpler interface for beginners, thematically structuring its features and buttons according. Support for a Quick Access toolbar as in Office allows users to place favourite controls within easy reach.