New Features in IntelliCAD 12.1

Create and edit advanced blocks

Use the Block Editor command to create and edit advanced blocks using parameters, actions, and visibility states. Use the Edit Attributes (Single) command to edit the value, text settings, and properties of each attribute in a block reference.

Bedit 500


Increase productivity

Improved performance when using the OpenGL ES graphics device and panning and zooming drawings containing 3D solids. Increase the displayed list of recently used files up to 50 files. Right-click a drawing file tab to quickly access window tools. Click and drag the border of a model space viewport to resize it. Toggle the display of the printable area boundary in paper space


Mech Part 200


Simplify your print and publish experience

Load and save print stamp setting (.pss) files when printing or publishing drawings. Use print preview for .pc3 printers.

R 11 Print Dialog


Export to multiple *.ifc schemas

Export three-dimensional architecture models to an .ifc file (BIM interoperability file from buildingSMART International) – now you can specify either the IFC4 or IFC4x3 schema.

R 11 IFC


Drag and drop drawings to tool palettes

Drag a .dwg file from Windows File Explorer to a tool palette to add it as a block on the tool palette.



 Extend your *.dgn editing experience

For IntelliCAD versions that support editing and creation of .dgn files in their native format:

  • Attach cell library (.cel) files.
  • Use the Explorer command to work with layouts and text styles.
  • Use the Geometric Center snap to find the centroid of any closed polyline.

R 11 Explorer


New Features in IntelliCAD 12.0

Increase productivity for large drawing files

IntelliCAD 12 provides several new performance enhancements:

  • Increased speed of opening drawings that contain many blocks or external references.
  • Improved zoom and pan performance for drawings with a large number of entities and for drawings with geometry far from the origin.
  • Faster zooming to extents and copying and pasting entities.
  • Faster drawing of lines, panning, copying entities, and switching layouts when using the OpenGL ES graphics device.
  • Improved scaling performance with blocks.
  • Decreased memory usage when opening and closing drawings while using the OpenGL graphics device.

Heavy Site Plan 500


Do more with tables and Excel spreadsheets

  • Create report templates using the data extraction command.
  • Create and update tables from extracted drawing data.
  • Remove formatting overrides from table cells.
  • Specify border properties and apply borders to table cells.
  • Export tables to .csv files.
  • Create Excel files directly from extracted drawing data.

R 11 Tables


Efficiently print and publish projects

It's now easier and more efficient when printing and publishing from IntelliCAD 12. Quickly import page setups from other drawings. Efficiently use presets when publishing or exporting to .pdf files. When publishing or exporting solid fill hatches to .pdf files, choose the Polygon option to generate an outer loop by the vectorizer using polygons and then fill it with the appropriate color. When using the Publish command, manage layer states by choosing Layer States Manager in the Layer States column.



R 11 Print Dialog-1


Dynamically visualize drawings and models

Specify section display settings to enhance your dynamic visualization experience when manipulating section planes. 


Section Plane


Import STEP and IGES to various formats 

STEP and IGES import now support two entity types:

  • Import STEP and IGES data files into ACIS solids models.
  • For versions that don't include ACIS, import STEP and IGES files as mesh entities.

STEP Import 500


Import/Export to *.fmb files

Import and export three-dimensional Facet Model Binary (*.fmb) files.

R12.1 Performance 500-1


Simplify block management

  • Globally edit attribute text associated with blocks using the Global Edit Attributes command.
  • Use the Rename Block command to create a new block by renaming a single block instance.
  • Use the Change Block command to change the name of a single block instance and then modify it in the Block Editor.


Explorer Blocks


Utilize more layer controls

  • Use the Layer Isolate VP Freeze command to freeze the layers of selected entities in all layout viewports except the current viewport.
  • Use the Viewport Layer command to freeze and thaw layers, and also use it from the Model tab.
  • Control whether entities on layers can be cut by section planes.




  Enjoy new ways to create and edit entities

  • Preview modifications when using the Offset, Trim, and Extend commands.
  • Draw splines using control vertices and knot parameterization. Choose Undo to erase the previously specified point.
  • Choose Join when using the Edit Spline command to combine a selected spline with other splines, lines, polylines, or arcs.
  • Use the Geometric Center snap to find the centroid of any closed polyline or spline.
  • Trim all entities to the edge of a cutting entity in a single operation using the Quick Trim command.
  • Use the Copy Multiple command to copy entities using multiple options.
  • Use the Project Geometry command to create a projection of lines, curves, or points on a three-dimensional solid, surface, or region.
  • Use the Show CV and Hide CV commands to display or hide the control vertices of selected NURBS surfaces and curves.

Planetary Gears 500


  Highlight selected entities with enhanced glow effect

The selection glow effected has been enhanced to display selected objects with a thicker line width and lighter color. The OpenGL ES graphics device is required.

Selection Glow 500

Experience new user interface enhancements

  • Double-click an entity to display the Quick Properties pane for modifying properties that are used most often for the entity type. Use the Drawing Settings > Quick Properties tab to change the behavior of the Quick Properties pane. Use the Customize User Interface command to determine which entity types and properties are enabled to use with the Quick Properties pane.
  • Use the Customize User Interface command to create and edit legacy image tile menus.
  • Click the down arrow at the right end of the Layout tab row in the drawing window to display and choose from a list of Layout tabs.
  • Use the new Startup dialog when the STARTUP system variable is set to 1.
  • Use Diesel expressions when customizing the ribbon.



Explore more drawing data

  • Manage more visual style properties using the Explore Visual Styles command.
  • Manage more layout settings using the Explore Layouts command.
  • Specify whether to freeze layers automatically in layouts that you create using the Explore Layers command.
  • Manage data links using the Explore External References command.
  • Change the column order, visibility of columns, and restore the default display of columns in all Explorer panes.

Explore Visual Styles 500


Discover even more features you requested...

  • Use the Super Hatch command to hatch an area using a selected image, texture, block, external reference, or wipeout.
  • Use the Frames command to show or hide the frames of all images and wipeouts.
  • Preview modifications when editing hatches.
  • View misspelled words and choose from suggested spellings when using the Edit Text command.
  • Use the Set Z All command to change the z-coordinates of all entities contained in a drawing.
  • Zoom using a mouse wheel while simultaneously panning with a mouse wheel.

Superhatch 500


  Expand your BIM capabilities

For IntelliCAD versions that support working with BIM files:

  • Select which entities to import from .ifc files and specify import options.
  • Include .rvt and .ifc underlays when exporting to .ifc files.
  • Attach roof and ceiling plane symbols to walls and reference them while interactively creating roof and ceiling planes using the Plane Solve command.
  • Assign levels to AEC entities. Levels contain default settings for bottom and top elevations, wall height, on/off status, lock/unlock status, freeze/thaw status, offset, and other settings for walls and plane symbols.
  • Customize AEC styles for walls, doors, windows, curtain walls and curtain wall units, stairs and railings, and slabs.



  Enhance your *.dgn editing experience

For IntelliCAD versions that support editing and creation of .dgn files in their native format:
  • Improved performance when zooming in files that contain text entities, snapping to long polylines, and for the (ssget) command.
  • Work with more options when using the File Converter command to convert to and from .dgn files, including units detection and rescaling. Converting to and from .dgn files now uses the ODA libraries.
  • Use the Explorer command to work with layers, linetypes, dimension styles, blocks, and layouts, including copying and pasting items between .dgn and .dwg files.
  • Use the Xref Open and Xref Manager commands from .dwg files to open DGN overlays.
  • Use new options in the Rename command to rename dimension styles, linetype styles, and text styles.
  • Copy layouts while using the Layout command.
  • Reload and unload external references using the Xref Manager command (and -XREF).
  • Sort Model tabs.

DGN Sample 200


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