PICADOR : Starting Guide

The start guide designed to help new users to install the software and handle the basics of the software.
Caution: This installation is recommended for computers running Windows 10 and x64 processor.
For versions prior to Windows 10, the system must have been updated (Windows Update).
"api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll" missing : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145

Picador installation:

The installation can be started with the downloaded installer from www.treedim.com/en/download
The serial number required in the installation procedure is noted on your delivery order.

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Then, follow the instructions normally until the end of the procedure.

Picador activation:

On each computer, Picador requires an activation key to operate.
After launching the application, complete the activation key request form. 
Then, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Picador installation, activation key requestThe activation key is returned by email (max 8 hours) after checking the validity of the Picador License.
Copy the activation key in the fields, then click the "OK" button 
installation de Picador, validation de la clé d'activation 
Picador is now activated on your computer.

Picador different modules:

module icone03 eng 
icone Picador Géométrie

Picador 2D geometry for plan drawing and design of packaging cartons, display/pos. In addition to conventional 2D drawing tools, Picador features many dedicated tools for packaging design. Catalogs of symbols, technical datasheet specifications, imposition / nesting, Import - Export, Calculations (length, surface, format,..), Parametric design, ...

icone Picador pliage 3D

Picador 3D is a powerful and easy to use software that will allow you to set in 3D your 2D plan. Creating 3D automatic folding, texturing and inser graphic design, 3D assembly of parts, insert 3D object, animation, 3D PDF export ...

icone Picador gestion de table de découpe

The Cutting module generates optimized CNC data to the control command of all cutting tables of the market : ZUND, ARISTO, DATA TECHNOLOGY, ESKO KONGSBERG, HIGHCON, LASERCOMB, SEI, WILD, INFOTEC, GRAPHTEC, iECHO, JWEI, MIMAKI, MECANUMERIC ...

icone Picador standards d'emballage

Very complete libraries of packaging and displaysor POS models to resize. FEFCO, ECMA, folding carton, corrugated cardboard packaging, case, tuck, display, pop/pos. Insert new parametric design models directly from Picador2D, and have the ability to create your own professional library.

icone Picador palettisation

A palletizing module to optimize the packaging system (primary packaging / secondary packaging / palletizatuion / truck load). 
Many features dedicated to logistics optimization: Palletizing, Packing (Filling tuck / case), Search Optimal Case, Palletizing bundles (case flat), Palletizing cylinders,  Added top cap, protective film, angles, Truck load optimization of pallets, ...

Geometry (the basics of CAD drawing with Picador)

This part is dedicated to basic drawing features with Picador Geometry. For further information please read the Picador User Guide Geometry .


All the functions and drawing tools are grouped in the form of icons in toolbars. Which are posted around the software window. To keep a clear interfaces, all toolbars are not visible in permanence. The display list of toolbars and available by right clicking in the toolbar area.Picador barres d'outils


The point selection and main snap point features :

To construct a geometry using functions like Segments 2 points icone Picador segment 2 points or Continuous segments icone Picador segment en continu it is essential to always select accurately points. There are several methods that must be mastered: 

1 - Selection of a point with just a click when the snap assistant is visible sides of the mouse cursor:

accrochage à l'extremité

The point selected is the extremity of a segment or arc


accrochage au milieu

The point selected is the midpoint of a segment



accrochage à l'intersection

The point selected is the intersection of two segments or construction lines ...

accrochage à l'extremitéaccrochage au milieu


intersection 01

2 - By entering the coordinates of the point. Defined by the position of the point on the X and Y axis.

Picador assistant d'aide au dessin

When a coordinated is defined in Relative terms (by adding "R" or "r" before the value), it is defined from the previous anchor point.

Picador assistant d'aide au dessin










The Pen attribute selection ( rules type)

liste des filets

The designs made with Picador respect the standards attributes and rules used for packaging or  displays designs. The plan, which are drawn with Picador represent the packaging design, but also tooling plan, then we can talk about cutting plan. The pens of different colors directly define rules that will be used on the cutting tools (dieboard) .





Draw using construction lines (guides) : icone Picador droite horizontaleicone Picador droite verticaleicone Picador droite parallèleicone Picador droite oblique

Once in place, the "construction lines" or "guides" create reference lines and attachement points to build the geometry.



To move in the document, use the arrow on the keyboard.naviagation dans le document

To Zoom forward and backward, use the mouse wheel.zoom dans le document 
Tip: the zoom is centered on the mouse pointer. 

Use the Z key to fit the view drawing in the windows.recadrer le dessin dans le document

3D Folding


Transfer of 2D drawings to 3D Picador

lien pliage 3D

When the 2D drawing is sufficiently structuraly definined, it is possible to realize a 3D folding prototype. 
This requires to transfer the 2D drawing to Picador 3D, using the "Create 3D folding" function in the Picador Geometry toolbar. 
New Picador 3D window opens with the 2D drawing displayed.

Picador 3D

Create a 3D folding

Picador 3D

Create an automatic 3D folding shape from your 2D design, by using the function: "Create a new foldable solid" 
         A window appears, enter the name of the object (bottom, cover, box ...), then confirm.

Picador 3D
Then click on the the face which will remain fixed (reference face) to create the folding shape:
Picador 3D
Picador 3D


treeDiM - Picador or its partners provides online training sessions for the basics and for the use of advanced features of PICADOR software. Tutorials and Videos are available on https://www.treedim.com/en/training