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What do IntelliCAD and Cold Formed Steel have in Common?

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Answer: FRAMECAD. ITC member FRAMECAD uses IntelliCAD in its end-to-end design and build system of cold formed steel used for rapid construction of buildings.

To learn what you can do with cold formed steel and FRAMECAD:

  • Software Training in Atlanta, Georgia USA
    Two sessions during February 2018
    Get Details >>
  • Hyatt Place Westminster in Colorado USA
    Constructed in 17 Days
    Watch the Video >> (article in Spanish)

To learn how FRAMECAD benefits from the IntelliCAD engine:

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC CAD FRAMECAD Construction

ActCAD 2019 Released

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Within just a few weeks, ITC member ActCAD incorporated IntelliCAD 8.4b into its latest release: ActCAD 2019. 

ActCAD is CAD software designed for civil, mechanical, architectural, electrical, structural, interior and exterior design consultants, and the new ActCAD 2019 includes features such as:

  • Table creating and editing
  • ActCAD block libraries
  • New commands such as eTransmit, Select Similar, Burst, and more
  • Performance improvements
  • And much more

See the ActCAD website for ActCAD 2019 highlights, features, video, and purchase options. ActCAD 2019 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

See the IntelliCAD press release for information about IntelliCAD version 8.4b. 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC ActCAD CAD

Carlson Software Comes with IntelliCAD Built In

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When purchasing Carlson Software, customers decide on their CAD engine: use built-in IntelliCAD at no extra cost or purchase AutoCAD, sold separately. Carlson programs include Survey, Civil, Hydrology, Mining, GIS, Point Cloud, Field, Natural Regrade, Construction, GeoTech, CADnet, and Trench.

The latest version of Carlson Software programs, Carlson 2018, was released last fall and is built on the IntelliCAD 8.3 engine. It includes new commands such as mleader, selection filters, gradient coloring and etransmit. While stability improvements were the main focus, the new version also has performance improvements such as selection, snapping, multithreaded open and regen.

Learn about Carlson and IntelliCAD working together >>

Learn about Carlson 2018 >>

 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 8.4b

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Portland, OR, USA, December 22, 2017 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.4b.

IntelliCAD 8.4b is the second maintenance release for version 8.4 that was previously issued on July 14, 2017.

IntelliCAD 8.4b includes critical fixes for running IntelliCAD on the Fall Creators 2017 Microsoft® Windows® update. Additionally, performance has improved in targeted areas, including moving around in large drawings, working with clipped external references, and memory management.

Other improvements include a more streamlined process for creating new drawings (there is a new QNEW command), new German (DEU) language resource files, and fixes for working with locked layers, multiline text, hatches, the Simplified Chinese translation, and more.

IntelliCAD 8.4b is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista®, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Interested IntelliCAD users can contact ITC members to receive details about availability of IntelliCAD software.

Companies interested in more details about IntelliCAD and membership in the ITC should contact the ITC directly. For more information about IntelliCAD and the ITC, including case studies, please visit http://www.intellicad.org/.

About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization funded and directed by its members specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium licenses the IntelliCAD technology to its commercial members, who in turn market and sell applications based on IntelliCAD to their end users. Commercial members have access to the IntelliCAD source code, documentation, developer support, and more. The ITC is also a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, thereby contributing to interoperability in the engineering industry.

For additional ITC news and information, visit the company web site (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

IntelliCAD is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

Topics: IntelliCAD IntelliCAD 8 ITC CAD

ActCAD: Adding On to the IntelliCAD Engine

ActCAD architectural.jpgLike many ITC members, ActCAD takes the base IntelliCAD engine and creates add-ons for specific markets. ActCAD's specialty tools tailor the IntelliCAD engine for architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, interior and exterior design consultants. 

Take ActCAD's Raster-to-Vector tool, which analyzes a scanned image and vectorizes it to trace the lines and dimensions. It's specific to ActCAD and used by engineers and designers in many fields.

Read about ActCAD add-ons for architects >>

Learn about ActCAD 2018 >>

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Architecture ActCAD CAD

CMS Publishes QuoteCAD API E-book

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With the latest release of CMS QuoteCAD® Manufacturing software comes the publishing of a companion e-book for third-party developers working with the QuoteCAD API. QuoteCAD, which integrates with IntelliCAD, is extendable using Microsoft® .NET, taking advantage of QuoteCAD's extensive methods of communication between its various software components.

"Develop QuoteCAD Manufacturing Plugins" is available from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0785834VY (free for Amazon KindleUnlimited users).

For more details about the QuoteCAD product, see the product page.

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC CAD E-book

DotSoft Products Now Available for IntelliCAD

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IntelliCAD users can now use these DotSoft products, with more coming soon:

  • ToolPac : CAD Productivity Tools
  • XL2CAD : Excel to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • WD2CAD : Word to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • MapWorks : Civil/Survey, Mapping & GIS Tools

DotSoft is a developer of add-ons for multiple CAD engines and has been working directly with ITC developers to complete their port. DotSoft says this about working with ITC developers:

Of the three engine developers we work with, the ITC is certainly the most responsive and was very quick to address every issue we encountered. We look forward to working with the ITC and its members in the future. 

More details from DotSoft >> 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil CAD DotSoft GIS

Getting Mobile: ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer Available (Beta Release)

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CMS QuoteCAD® Manufacturing users are getting a mobile option: CMS ETOOLBOX® CAD Viewer for Windows. In addition to the desktop, QuoteCAD users will be able to open .dwg, .dxf, .dwf and .dae files on their mobile devices.

The companion products are currently beta versions. For more details, see the CMS blog.

ETOOLBOX® CAD Viewer is based on IntelliCAD Mobile technology. For a quick write-up about IntelliCAD mobile technology from the recent IntelliCAD World Conference, see the IntelliCAD blog

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Mobile Platform CAD

New Release: MicroSurvey CAD 2018

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Based on IntelliCAD version 8.4, the new release of MicroSurvey CAD 2018 includes support for version 2018 .dwg files, Esri® Shapefile import, Trimble® JobXML file import, and 3D point labels. 

MicroSurvey CAD is a complete survey drafting toolkit available with a perpetual license and includes support for COGO, DTM, traversing, adjustments, volumes, contouring, and more. 

MicroSurvey CAD is delivered by ITC member MicroSurvey. To learn more about how MicroSurvey and the ITC work together:

 

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC Survey Microsurvey CAD

ITC Entrepreneurs take the Stage

iw2017members.pngEntrepreneurial solutions from entrepreneurs. It was the morning of the last day at IntelliCAD World when four ITC members presented their IntelliCAD solutions and highlights of why they were members of the consortium. 

David Carlson, Carlson Software

Carlson Software has been in the CAD business since the 80s and delivers products in the civil, mining, GIS, construction, survey, data collection, and machine control markets. In Auckland, we saw a demo of working with 3D contours: overburden, elevations, fence diagrams, ground, strata.

When Carlson joined the ITC in 2007, in under a year they released their same software that ran with Autodesk® AutoCAD® to run with IntelliCAD too. Now Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built-in at no extra cost, and users decide whether to purchase a seat of AutoCAD. The ability to choose matters.

We also learned that Carlson is a big contributor to LandXML, where they contributed a free 3D LandXML viewer and upgrade tools. LandXML is an open data standard used within the land development industry. Open standards also matter.

Go Carlson Software >>

Bill Wright, Wrightsoft

Wrightsoft has also been in the CAD business since the 80s when it started out with no venture capital. Seeing a need back then for better heating, ventilation, and air conditioning design, they continue to deliver HVAC planning, design, sales, and installation software for the desktop and now for tablet and mobile.

Wrightsoft has solutions based on their own CAD editor and another line that's based on IntelliCAD, which we saw in action: load meters, diameters and sizes, data extraction, and automatic calculations on-the-go when you change anything in a room or building.

And then there's BIM. With Wrightsoft and IntelliCAD, you can auto-trace a BIM .rvt file to automatically generate smart objects and make calculations. It's a great example of what members are doing with the beta version libraries for reading and writing BIM .rvt files.

Wrightsoft has also changed the way HVAC gets done. They were an original partner with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to define HVAC standards that continue to be used today. Market disruption matters. Standards matter. 

Go Wrightsoft >>

Brian Sloman, MicroSurvey 

MicroSurvey has been in business for 30 years. They joined the ITC in 2005 and ported their code base to IntelliCAD 6. They build vertical solutions on top of IntelliCAD for survey design and mapping, mining, and the public safety sector. 

At IntelliCAD World we saw a demo of IMS Map360 that runs with IntelliCAD. It can import data from manual measurements (think tape measures which are still very common), survey equipment, laser scanners, terrestrial (tripods), and cameras mounted on vehicles, drones, and backpacks. Output includes sketches and reports that are often used during court hearings to prove facts. There's heavy use of point clouds (even animated), architectural objects, trajectory rods (cones of uncertainty), and Trimble SketchUp symbols

With all of this technology, the design for public safety products has to be simple and easy to use. Their end-users aren't CAD from the CAD world and shouldn't need to be in order to get all the precision of CAD. Good design matters.

Go MicroSurvey >>

Mark Taylor, FRAMECAD

FRAMECAD has been in business since 1987 and joined the ITC in 2011. They develop the FRAMECAD System — software and hardware that designs and builds efficient, strong, and durable steel framed buildings.

A few days before at the start of the conference, we were at the FRAMECAD site to see a live demo of the IntelliCAD-based software at work. And then the machine was at work, taking in steel and outputting braces for a wall, all within a couple of minutes.

Back at the conference, we learned that BIM is really important for FRAMECAD moving forward: reading in drawings that contain all the data they need in a "fast, easy, friendly" way. But it's more than that: BIM has the power to move from planning and drawing in a silo to planning and drawing in collaboration. And collaboration is key from the FRAMECAD perspective to build faster and with fewer mistakes when all the various players show up to the construction site. Collaboration matters. 

Go FRAMECAD >>

Topics: IntelliCAD BIM ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software Microsurvey FRAMECAD Accident Reconstruction HVAC IntelliCAD World Conference Wrightsoft