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ActCAD 2023 Product Suite Released


ActCAD 2023 Prime, Professional, and Standard versions are newly released! Available with all the features and improvements found in the IntelliCAD 11.0 engine, the new version includes section planes, 3D walk and fly, view cube tool, and view and visual style controls. Other new features include the 3D Positioner command; isolating, hiding, and unisolating entities; and displaying selected entities with a glowing highlight effect. And more.

With products from the ActCAD suite, you can natively create and edit .dwg files for 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and BIM (Building Information Modeling). ActCAD includes global perpetual licenses and has several licensing options.

ActCAD includes several changes to IntelliCAD source code to match its requirements, which is not possible with any other OEM CAD engine. To learn more about OEM options using the IntelliCAD engine, go here. To learn about how ActCAD benefits from membership in the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, see the success story.


Find FRAMECAD at Tradeshows this Fall

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FRAMECAD will be in-person at tradeshows this fall in France, Mexico, the UK, and the US. Headed to one of the following events? Check out how FRAMECAD uses IntelliCAD in its design and build systems for cold-formed steel construction.

Paris, France at BATIMAT
October 3-6, 2022
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Birmingham, England UK at UK Construction Week
October 4-6, 2022
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Phoenix, Arizona US at Techome Summit Builder
October 4-6, 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana US at METALCON

October 12-14, 2022
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Mexico City, Mexico at Expo CIHAC
October 12-14, 2022
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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. To find out more about IntelliCAD's BIM technology, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG BIM ITC CAD FRAMECAD Construction

IntelliCAD 11.0 User Guides Available for Download and Print

IntelliCAD book cover.jpgIf you're investigating CAD platforms, you might find it helpful to take a look at the Using IntelliCAD guide which is available at in ebook and printed formats.

Using IntelliCAD describes how to use IntelliCAD to draw in 2D and 3D, view drawings, dimension entities, work with layers, insert blocks and external references, add custom programs, and everything else you expect from a CAD program.

The guides are available for a small fee. Note that if you're purchasing a printed copy, you need to purchase both Volume 1 and Volume 2 to complete the book.

  • For the IntelliCAD 11.0 Professional version, go here.
  • For the IntelliCAD 11.0 Standard version, go here.

Of course ITC members receive source files and output for the IntelliCAD user guides and other documentation as part of their ITC membership. If you're an end user looking for IntelliCAD documentation, contact the ITC member where you purchased IntelliCAD.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC CAD Membership

IntelliCAD Mobile 1.5 Available for ITC Mobile SIG Members

IntelliCAD Mobile 1.5

IntelliCAD Mobile Platform 1.5 now uses ODA Platform version 22.12 and includes restored support for Apple® macOS® and iOS operating systems. New features in the 1.5 release include a dark user interface theme and native platform user interface themes.

The IntelliCAD Mobile Platform provides ITC Mobile SIG members with a development platform and CAD file viewer (.dwg, .dxf, .dgn, .dwf, .dae, and various image files; architecture and civil objects; and underlays) that runs on thousands of different Microsoft® Windows® desktop, Google Android™, Apple® macOS®, and Apple iOS mobile devices.

For more details about the IntelliCAD engine, go to

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC Mobile Platform CAD

CMS IntelliCAD 11.0 Available Now


Newly released CMS IntelliCAD 11.0 includes all the new features found in the IntelliCAD 11.0 engine, focussing on new view and visualization productivity tools, plus a whole lot more. All CMS IntelliCAD versions also work with BIM files which can now import Autodesk® Revit® 2022 files and work with visibility states. CMS IntelliCAD PE PLUS also allows you to select and work with .ifc and .rvt underlays using the Explorer and use the Audit command to check for errors in .ifc files that are attached as underlays.

Interested in trying it out? CMS IntelliCAD is available with a free trial at

CMS IntelliCAD 11.0 is based on the IntelliCAD 11.0 engine which was released to ITC members earlier this month. For details about IntelliCAD's native .dwg support and development platform, go here


DotSoft Products Updated for IntelliCAD 11.0

dotsoft_mapping.pngAll DotSoft CAD add-on products are updated to include support for the new IntelliCAD 11.0 release:

  • 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

Existing DotSoft users should contact DotSoft directly to obtain discounted upgrades to their existing versions.

DotSoft is a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium. For details about the IntelliCAD platform, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil CAD DotSoft GIS

JTS IntelliCAD 11 Released


JTS IntelliCAD 11 is now available based on the IntelliCAD 11.0 engine. New features focus on view and visualization: section planes, 3D walk and fly, view cube tool, and view and visual style controls. Other new features include the 3D Positioner command; isolating, hiding, and unisolating entities; and displaying selected entities with a glowing highlight effect. And much more.

For engineers, architects, and other technical consultants, JTS IntelliCAD 11 allows you to natively create and edit .dwg and .dxf files for 2D drafting and 3D wireframe modeling. JTS IntelliCAD includes global perpetual licenses and also an easy way to self-transfer licenses.

JTS IntelliCAD quickly incorporates new IntelliCAD engine releases, allowing its user base to benefit from new features and improvements in a matter of days. To learn more about OEM options using the IntelliCAD engine, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC CAD

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces IntelliCAD® 11.0

IntelliCAD 11.0

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 11.0.

IntelliCAD 11.0 is a major release that includes performance improvements and new features.

IntelliCAD 11.0 focuses on new view and visualization productivity tools: use section planes to visualize cross-sections of a model, view models as though you are walking or flying through them, use the view cube to check and switch viewing directions, and use the view and visual style controls to quickly apply a different view and visual style to a model.

More new features include working with startup suites; exporting to .obj files; importing map files by connecting to PostgreSQL, MySQL, and WFS servers; moving and rotating entities interactively using the 3D Positioner command; isolating, hiding, and unisolating entities; and displaying selected entities with a glowing highlight effect. Other new commands include Facet Model Pipe, Reverse, Break at Point, Map Service, Update Field, Model, Hatch Generate Boundary, and Match Cell. Ease-of-use improvements can be seen in data links, tables, geographic location setup, the Publish command, and a new Visualize ribbon tab.

For versions of IntelliCAD that work with BIM files, import Autodesk® Revit® 2022 files, create and assign visibility states, select and work with .ifc and .rvt underlays using the Explorer, and use the Audit command to check for errors in .ifc files that are attached as underlays.

For versions of IntelliCAD that open, save, and edit .dgn files in their native format, use the Audit, DXF Out, DWG Out, and Divide commands; work with associative dimensions; import linetypes from .lin files; and use the DGNGLOBALORIGIN system variable. Working with .dgn files also includes several performance improvements: regenerating and saving files with scalable linetypes is more than ten times faster, erasing entities is four times faster, snapping is more than ten times faster, and redrawing, zooming, and panning are overall faster.

For technical users, IntelliCAD 11.0 incorporates ODA SDKs version 2022.12, Microsoft® Windows® 11 SDK which is compatible with Windows 11, and Spatial® Technology ACIS® version 2022.

IntelliCAD IcAPI is pre-released to members. The new API is highly compatible with AutoCAD® Object ARX and allows ITC members to build applications with a single code base that runs on both platforms.

“On the surface, IntelliCAD 11 is a software release with many enhancements, which include a focus on making viewing and visualizing models easier and more effective,” said David Lorenzo, ITC President. “While new features are exciting for users, there is even more going on under the hood for IntelliCAD developers. A member pre-release of our new IcARX API eases porting of AutoCAD® ObjectARX applications and will usher in a new era of development for the consortium.”

IntelliCAD 11.0 is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 11, 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 an overview of new features in IntelliCAD 11.0, you can review the IntelliCAD 11.0 Overview video on YouTube. Also, see the public IntelliCAD 11.0 web page. For more general 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 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 website ( or call 1-503-293-7655.


4M FineHVAC used for 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium


AECbytes describes how 4M HVAC was used to design the Qatar Foundation Stadium—one of the venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held later this year. The article also describes why 4M HVAC was the tool of choice.

FineHVAC is integrated BIM software for designing and calculating any HVAC installation, including all study results: calculation sheets, technical reports, bill of materials and costing, as well as all the final drawings (plan views, panel diagrams, details).

4M is a member of the ITC and develops CAD and BIM software for architecture, engineering, and construction. To find out more about 4M's success with IntelliCAD, check out the success story and more about IntelliCAD's BIM technology here.


ZWCAD 2023 Available Now

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Newly released ZWCAD 2023 includes new features and improvements, such as a Sheet Set Manager for organizing and managing drawings, improved tables, 3Dconnexion mouse compatibility, and faster operations for frequently-used activities such as selection and panning. 

ZWCAD is developed by ZWSOFT and is a .dwg-compatible CAD solution with a familiar CAD interface and easy-to-use commands. ZWSOFT has been an ITC member since 2002, and their products are used by over 900,000 users from more than 90 countries and districts.