Articles and Press Releases

MicroSurvey CAD 2021 Released


MicroSurvey CAD 2021 is available now and spotlights new features such as exporting shapefiles and using attribute tables, adding points to objects automatically, importing .las, .e57, and .pts point cloud files, and also includes all the new features found in the IntelliCAD 10 engine.

MicroSurvey CAD is an all-in-one CAD and calculations package with survey drafting and calculation workflows for land surveyors and civil engineers. It is offered by long-time ITC member, MicroSurvey, a part of Hexagon. To see how MicroSurvey benefits from ITC membership, see the success story.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Microsurvey

CADdirect 2022 Released by BackToCAD


Newly released by BackToCAD: CADdirect 2022 and CADdirect 2022 PRO 3D. CADdirect is a native .dwg file creator and editor that includes a familiar user interface with menus, tool palettes, fonts, and styles, and also PDF import with Raster 2 Vector and OCR, 2D and 3D PDF publishing, and more.

CADdirect PRO 3D additionally includes 3D ACIS solid support and the ability to work with STEP, IGES, SAT, and B-Rep models

Back2CAD CADdirect

BackToCAD's CADdirect is available with a permanent license in English, German, Spanish, and Korean versions.

CADdirect 2022 is based on the IntelliCAD 10.0 engine. To learn more about IntelliCAD, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC CAD BackToCAD

Watch FRAMECAD in Action: Cutting Build Time by 75%


FRAMECAD was used by Douglass Colony to help construct a 90-unit apartment complex in Jackson, Wyoming, US. In just four months, Douglass Colony designed, produced, and installed the trusses and panels for all four floors of the apartment complex.

Thanks to FRAMECAD, the steel framing was completed in a quarter of the time it would take for traditional framing.

See the project >>

FRAMECAD uses IntelliCAD in its end-to-end steel frame design and manufacturing system for rapid construction of buildings. To learn how FRAMECAD benefits from ITC membership, read the success story.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC FRAMECAD Construction

3D CAD WORLD Publishes "Buying into the CAD consortium"

3dcadworld-logoFor anyone looking into CAD platforms for software development and business partnerships, this 3D CAD WORLD article is a must-read: Buying into the CAD consortium.

The in-depth article describes what it means to be a part of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and details some of the many places you can find the IntelliCAD engine throughout the CAD industry. They sum up several points succinctly, for example:

Essentially, IntelliCAD is a CAD package run by committee."
—Jean Thilmany, Senior Editor at 3D CAD World

3D CAD WORLD aims to keep engineers informed with articles about 3D CAD software and CAD engineering. To subscribe to 3D CAD WORLD's newsletter, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC 3D CAD WORLD

ActCAD 2021 Released with IntelliCAD 10.0a Engine


ActCAD 2021 BIM, Professional, and Standard versions are newly available with all the improvements found in IntelliCAD 10.0a, which was released just two working days ago to members of the consortium. 

With ActCAD you can create and edit .dwg files natively, convert from PDFs, convert from images, batch convert, use the extensive block library, and more. The ActCAD product line offers free email technical support and perpetual licensing for individuals, USB sticks, and networks.

To learn about how ActCAD benefits from membership in the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, see the success story.


IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD 10.0a

IntelliCAD 10.0a

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 10.0a.

IntelliCAD 10.0a is a maintenance release for version 10.0 that was previously issued on July 30, 2020.

IntelliCAD maintenance releases concentrate on fixes, but IntelliCAD 10.0a includes minor new features: choose the color of print stamps, determine whether print stamps print upside down, and use the new Show Palettes and Hide Palettes commands. Also included for multiline text are superscript, subscript, and strikethrough character formatting; many new paragraph formatting options, and on-the-fly spell checking.

Other improvements and fixes are found in performance, editing and selecting entities, text, and blocks.

“The 10.0a maintenance release includes fixes in direct response to initial feedback from our summer 2020 release of IntelliCAD 10.0, which is packed with large and small features, all with big productivity improvements for IntelliCAD users,” commented David Lorenzo, ITC President. “Our close, co-op style collaboration allows us to quickly fix issues that have a direct impact on ITC members and their end users.”

IntelliCAD 10.0a is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 64-bit versions. IntelliCAD Mobile Viewer versions are available for Windows desktop, Google® Android™, Apple® macOS® and iOS.

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

About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization funded and directed by its members specifically for the shared 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 ( or call 1-503-293-7655.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG BIM ITC DGN CAD IntelliCAD 10

New Release: ActCAD 2021


New release! ActCAD 2021 BIM, Professional, and Standard versions are available now with support for version 2021 .dwg/.dxf files, dynamic screen input, a new material library, new visual styles, many new commands, and much more. For the specialty ActCAD BIM version, other features include the ability to create roofs, beams, mitered joints, and to explode BIM underlays.

ActCAD is based on the IntelliCAD engine and is drafting and modeling software designed for engineers, architects, and other technical consultants who need to create and edit native CAD files. To learn about how ActCAD benefits from membership in the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, see the success story.


Now Available: progeCAD 2021


The focus of progeCAD 2021 is the CAD operator and their comfort. Right at the progeCAD start, users can see the new stylish Start page with all the necessary resources at their fingertips: drawing templates, recent drawings, and tutorials. Drafting and design tasks become much easier and quicker with progeCAD 2021 new options, commands and features. The new SELFILTER and SELECTION CYCLING commands make selection and editing of similar objects an effortless process. Associative arrays speed up creation and editing of multiple objects by arranging them in circular or rectangular patterns. The DATAEXTRACTION command allows users to create different tables such as bill of materials and part lists by extracting data from block attributes, object properties, and drawing information.

progeCAD 2021 also makes multi-page PDF documents through the PDF Append function to better organize drawing documentation. Now it is possible to enrich drawings with additional information and data through QRCODEs. There are also new features for specific fields of drafting such as section and elevation line creation, 2D parametric libraries of mechanical and structural components for construction, import of .sldprt part files and .sldasm assembly files, and much more.

progeCAD is 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD software based on the IntelliCAD engine. Its AEC, MCAD, and general CAD users benefit from native .dwg compatibility, a perpetual software license, and robust features for working with CAD drawings.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC CAD ProgeSOFT

ALCAD 2021 Available with IntelliCAD via OEM License from CMS


Newly released with IntelliCAD technology at its core, ALCAD 2021 is now available with a choice of CAD platforms thanks to OEM licensing through ITC member CAD-Manufacturing Solutions (CMS).

ALCAD 2021 is a specialty MEP and HVAC toolset with an extensive symbol library, plus all the features you'd expect from full-featured CAD software. While ALCAD used to be available only with Autodesk® AutoCAD®, now ALCAD users have a choice in platforms including price and licensing terms (subscription vs. perpetual).

Learn about ALCAD 2021 >>

See the announcement from CMS >>

OEM licensing through an ITC member such as CMS helps both established and startup companies quickly access a wider range of end users. It also helps developers with new plugins before reaching market share when an ITC commercial membership is a good option. 

Through automation and collaboration, the ITC has been working with members to make it easier for them to provide OEM versions of IntelliCAD — ALCAD 2021 is a win for this ongoing effort!

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC HVAC Mechanical Electrical OEM Plumbing MEP

Just Released: Carlson 2021


Carlson Software has released their Carlson 2021 product line update with IntelliCAD 10, bringing users in the land surveying, civil engineering, and mining industries new features, faster performance, and increased compatibility.

Highlights include photogrammetry in Carlson Survey, the ability to insert and manipulate BIM models in Carlson CADnet, and support of ODBC and ESRI File GeoDatabase databases in Carlson GIS. 

IntelliCAD comes built-in to Carlson Software products. To find out more about Carlson 2021:

Carlson 2021 is available with IntelliCAD 10 which was released by the ITC earlier this summer. To find out how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, see the success story.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Carlson Software GIS