Articles and Press Releases

New Carlson 2019 Releases, Including DGN

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Carlson Software recently released version 2019 of its product suite including Carlson Mining, Carlson Survey, and Carlson Civil/Hydrology/GIS. Carlson products come with IntelliCAD built-in and an option for their end-users to purchase Autodesk® AutoCAD® separately if desired. 

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As expected, new features are found throughout the Carlson product line. Special mention goes to working natively with both .dwg and .dgn files. Open, save, print, and edit all with one CAD editor thanks to the IntelliCAD 9.0 engine.

For more details from Carlson, see:

Topics: CAD Survey Civil IntelliCAD Carlson Software DGN DWG

Mobile CAD

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Two decades of IntelliCAD has built a solid foundation for blending CAD with new technology that wasn't around twenty years ago. Like smartphones.

At IntelliCAD World 2018 in Prague we got an update on all things IntelliCAD Mobile. The mobile app is currently a viewer that runs on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows (desktop app). You can do all the navigation that you'd expect and also toggle layers and measure with a tape line. A variety of file types are supported, not just one or two: 

  • .dwg: Open or view as external reference; includes architecture, civil, and mechanical objects.
  • .dxf: Open.
  • .dwf: Open or view as external reference.
  • .dae (COLLADA): Open.
  • .pdf: View as external reference.
  • .png, .jpeg, .tiff, and more: Open or view as external reference.
  • .dgn: Coming soon for open and external references.

IntelliCAD Mobile, like IntelliCAD desktop versions, is built with libraries from the ODA. IntelliCAD continues to be intertwined with ODA technology after twenty years of growth by both organizations. And partnerships are what the ITC is all about. We'll be posting soon about ITC members and their technologies presented at the conference. Impressive technology. Impressive partners.

Topics: ITC CAD IntelliCAD Mobile Platform DGN DWG PDF

Choose Your Editor, Choose Your File Format

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Who would have guessed that IntelliCAD — first released as an Autodesk® AutoCAD® clone twenty years ago by Visio Corp. — would some day support .dgn editing? Probably no one.

At IntelliCAD World 2018 in Prague this week we got an update on the ITC's DGN initiative.

The goal is to open and edit .dwg and .dgn files using one application: IntelliCAD. 

A choice in .dgn editors is exactly in line with IntelliCAD's roots as a choice in .dwg editors. Not only that, but soon users will be able to use one application and choose their file format according to their needs. More choice.

Here's the current status for working with .dgn files:

  • Draw and edit .dgn entities. 
  • Select .dgn entities and use grips and snaps.
  • Assign layers, colors and properties to .dgn entities. 
  • Re-use .dwg-based scripts, LISP, SDS, and IRX code with .dgn. (Some function coverage is still under development.)

For more details about the ITC and DGN:

Topics: ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD World Conference DGN

New Release: PROGECAD 2019 Professional

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PROGECAD 2019 Professional is a major release from ITC member ProgeSOFT SA. 

Just a few of the new features: AUTOSEZ, SLOPE, AIDIMFLIPARROW, 3D PDF support, import and export to many new file formats, enhancements to point clouds, and much more.

PROGECAD is a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD application 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: DWG ITC DGN CAD ProgeSOFT

Available APIs, the Lists Grows

iw2017api.pngIntelliCAD comes with so many APIs that it was a good idea to review them at the 2017 conference in Auckland. 

In addition to the APIs that most ITC members already know about (scripts, LISP, SDS/ADS, .NET, .NET Classic, IRX), there's also:

  • DGN API 
  • Architecture API 
  • Civil API 
  • Mechanical API 
  • Facet Modeler API 
  • RVT/RFA BIM API (BIM special interest group) 
  • IFC BIM API (ITC BIM special interest group

We saw live demos of IntelliCAD sample apps to see what you can do with some of these APIs. The Architecture API has an interface that allows you to extend IntelliCAD quickly to create windows, walls, stairs, and doors without complex coding. And the Mechanical API, which will be available in IntelliCAD 9, also lets you extend IntelliCAD but to create mechanical objects while instantly providing support for viewing and printing them.

 

  • BIM APIs were discussed here
  • DGN API was discussed here

 

The ITC has been careful to avoid using any APIs to create custom objects so we don’t compete with our member’s vertical solutions." – At the API demo session

Topics: BIM DGN Mechanical Civil Architecture ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD World Conference Lisp SDS

DGN: Why Not?

iw2017dgn.pngComing into the IntelliCAD World Conference, it wasn’t clear what the ITC was doing with DGN and why. “Native DGN Editing” was on the schedule, but why would .dwg users want to edit .dgn files side-by-side? Intriguing idea in theory, but practically speaking aren’t most CAD folks either .dgn or .dwg users?

Now we see: take your existing code that runs and customizes IntelliCAD for .dwg files and have that same code work for .dgn files. Here is what we learned that's already working natively with .dgn files directly in IntelliCAD:

  • Drawing lines, plines, circles, arcs, rectangles, text, blocks, leaders, revclouds, and more
  • Zooming, grips, snapping
  • Colors, layers, xrefs
  • Copy, move, explode, erase, and more
  • Array, offset, boundary, trim, fillet, and more

It will be only the second .dgn editor in the marketplace, but the same IntelliCAD will also work at the same time with open .dwg files. So will we eventually see more CAD users working in both .dwg and .dgn? As for ITC members, will they mix and match the top features of .dwg and .dgn to create a best-in-class blended solution? Why. Not.

Topics: DGN ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD World Conference

Newly Released: progeCAD 2018 Professional

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progeCAD 2018 Professional, now available, is a major release from ITC member ProgeSOFT SA. 

progeCAD 2018 Professional is a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native general-purpose CAD application based on the IntelliCAD engine and includes additional features such as PDF to DWG Converter, Block Libraries with over 22,000 blocks, Raster-to-Vector module, Google Earth integration, EasyArch plugin for architects, 3D PDF export, and much more.

For more release details and a video about new features, see the progeCAD news announcement

For details about how ProgeSOFT delivers its solutions based on IntelliCAD, see the success story.

Topics: DWG ITC DGN CAD ProgeSOFT

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 8.2

Portland, OR, USA, July 1, 2016 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.2.

IntelliCAD 8.2 is a major release that includes new support for exporting 3D .pdf files; more options added to existing features that export 2D .pdf files, export .bmp files, and attach underlays; new in-place multiline text editor; new support for maximizing and minimizing viewports; and various other new commands such as BCOUNT, IMAGEFRAMEMODE, FIELD, and TEXTTOFRONT. IntelliCAD 8.2 also includes improved performance when working with complex blocks, panning and zooming, exporting to .pdf files, and more.

IntelliCAD 8.2 is optionally available with the ability to open, save, create, and edit .dgn files in the native DGN format. IntelliCAD 8.2 also includes optional integration with Artisan Renderer to create photorealistic images of models quickly using a wide range of pre-set materials and lighting setups combined with the ability to create custom lights and realistic materials.

For IntelliCAD versions that include a ribbon, IntelliCAD 8.2 now includes ribbon panel expanders, ribbon versioning support, and the ability to customize the ribbon using the CUSTOMIZE command.

IntelliCAD 8.2 is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista®, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

David Lorenzo, ITC President said, "This new release not only continues our commitment to improve performance and features for editing native .dwg files but provides optional native editing for .dgn files as well. A lot of work has gone into the core to allow native editing for different file formats within the same framework, and I am excited to see how the ITC and its members can leverage that in the future.”

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: CAD DGN DWG ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD 8.2

ITC Member ProgeSOFT SA Releases progeCAD 2017 Professional

ProgeSOFT SA, a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, announced the next major release of its flagship product, progeCAD 2017 Professional, a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native general-purpose CAD application.

progeCAD 2017 is based on the IntelliCAD 8 platform and contains entirely rewritten source code with a new up-to-date ribbon look, improved performance, native 64-bit and multi-core support, new commands, and more.

For more details, visit http://www.kten.com/story/31871281/progesoft-sa-releases-progecad-2017-professional-on-the-brand-new-engine

Topics: DWG ITC DGN CAD ProgeSOFT

ITC Member ActCAD Releases ActCAD 2016

ActCAD Engineering Solutions Private Limited, a commercial member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, announced the release of ActCAD 2016 Standard (32bit & 64bit) and ActCAD 2016 Professional (32bit & 64bit) which are based on IntelliCAD 8.1b engine.

ActCAD is general purpose CAD software for Civil, Mechanical, Architectural, Electrical, Structural, Interior and Exterior Design consultants. ActCAD is a 2D drafting & 3D modeling CAD software meant for engineers, architects and other technical consultants. ActCAD is native .dwg & .dxf CAD software used to create and edit drawings. ActCAD is based on the technologies from IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC), DS Spatial and Wintopo. It uses the most recently released version of IntelliCAD to offer the best performance and features to its users. In addition, ActCAD includes many other tools like Block Libraries (in the domains of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Architectural, Structural, P &IDs, etc.), batch file converter, units converter and many other productivity enhancement tools. ActCAD also has the capability to open the .dgn file format and save it to .dwg/dxf file formats. All .dwg/dxf versions from R2.5 to 2016 are supported.

For more information, visit: http://actcad.com/news.php

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC DGN ActCAD