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The Marvin Design System is more than just CAD symbols. It’s a complete design and specification software package that enables architects and builders to take full advantage of the design opportunities afforded by the Marvin product line.

The software includes drawings and details for over 11,000 standard products, as well as the ability to spec custom products. A unique, automatic rule base checks for invalid options and designs that exceed product limitations.

The Marvin Design System (MDS)

Created with the entire design team in mind
MDS can be operated by CAD and non-CAD users alike, with features the entire design team can appreciate:
  • On-screen catalog
  • Project reports
  • Performance information
  • Floor plan, elevations, 3-D and details all from one source with design and construction views as well
  • Drafting Tools for the AutoCAD users
  • Marvin product specifications, organized according to the Construction Specification Institute Master Format, may be downloaded from this site.

MDS 18.3 New and Updated Products and Features

  • AutoCAD 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 compatibility
  • Redesigned Direct Glaze - Affected products:  Direct Glaze Round tops, Direct Glaze Polygons, Direct Glaze Door Transoms
  • Various bug fixes

MDS 18.3.1, 18.3.2

  • Various bug fixes

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MDS installation and upgrades
If you are running an older version of MDS, it must be uninstalled before installing the current version of MDS (18.3.2).
Note for AutoCAD users, if trying to use MDS in AutoCAD, type MDS at the Command Prompt to initialize MDS.

Have questions? Need help?
Call the MDS Hotline at (800) 472-8895 or e-mail

MDS system requirements

  • AutoCAD® 2007 through 2014
  • OR Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and greater— MDS runs as a desktop application


  • Pentium class processor
  • 64 megabytes of RAM
  • 20 megabytes of free disk space

Please note:

  • If you use a CAD package other than AutoCAD, you can export DXF symbols from the Windows stand-alone version of the MDS.
  • The MDS cannot be run in any version of AutoCAD LT.
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