Articles and Press Releases

4MCAD23 Now Available


4M has launched 4MCAD23, a new major release redeveloped on top of the latest IntelliCAD 10.1a engine. With a completely new and enhanced interface, 4MCAD23 is significantly faster in almost every function, including a new OpenGL graphics engine. To further its interoperability with native .dwg files and its 100% .dwg and IFC compatibility, the new 4MCAD23 is compatible with AutoCAD® Revit® 2021 files as well, being capable to import practically any type of file.


4MCAD23 includes a large number of new features and tools, such as the insertion of dynamic blocks, support of 3Dconnexion input devices, enhanced layer management, new editing tools and commands for single/group entities, new options for text and tables, enhanced printing and publishing commands, digital signatures for .dwg files, and much more. 

4MCAD is available in four versions: 4MCAD Viewer, 4MCAD Classic, 4MCAD Standard, and 4MCAD PRO. The latter two versions are also available with cloud key licenses, allowing 4MCAD users to work easily from any location at any time and from a PC/laptop without limits.

To learn about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here. To learn how 4M benefits from the IntelliCAD technology, see the success story here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG 4M ITC CAD

CADdirect 2023 Released with Artificial Intelligence


CADdirect 2023 AI is now available from BackToCAD! Ranging from LT to Pro versions and with a variety of licensing terms, CADdirect 2023 AI includes everything you'd expect from a CAD system plus block libraries, digital signatures, architectural and BIM support, PDF import with Raster 2 Vector and OCR, 2D and 3D PDF publishing, and more.
CADdirect 2023 AI uses artificial intelligence and machine learning for its proprietary digital signatures and to enhance the accuracy of .dwg files when imported from PDF. Users also can use the built-in AI help system to create more efficient models and streamline design work. 

CADdirect 2023 AI versions are based on the IntelliCAD 10.1a engine. To learn more about IntelliCAD, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG BIM ITC Architecture CAD BackToCAD AI

ArCADia BIM 14 Available Now


ArCADia BIM is software for building projects: architecture and communication, electrical installations, sanitary installations, and construction. Recently released ArCADia BIM 14 includes a faster data input engine, easier library management for 3D objects and surfaces, tool palettes, network licensing, and more. 

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ArCADia BIM is CAD software for the construction industry, supporting 2D and 3D design and is based on IntelliCAD. To learn about how ArCADiasoft and the ITC work together, see the success story. To learn about IntelliCAD's BIM platform, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG BIM ITC CAD ArCADiasoft

FRAMECAD in Action


Carnegie Construction used the FRAMECAD system to construct a new building at Emirates Park Zoo, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The site had narrow access that restricted construction options, but the FRAMECAD system and its ability to group frames by zones helped make the project a fast success.

From the start of production, it took six employees just ten days to install all necessary frames.

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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 BIM ITC FRAMECAD Construction

Spotlight on 4M FineGREEN: BIM Energy Simulation


4M FineGREEN is energy simulation BIM software that can upgrade old and new buildings of any kind and scale according to LEED energy efficiency standards. FineGREEN uses the renowned EnergyPlus™ calculation engine sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Providing the most familiar 3D BIM interface to EnergyPlus on top of IntelliCAD, FineGREEN easily determines the best energy-efficient building design solutions from the initial architectural concept through HVAC design to the entire project completion. Being at the same time 100% .dwg and IFC compatible, the program ensures close collaboration with any other BIM application, such as Autodesk® Revit®, Graphisoft® Archicad®, Allplan®, 4M's own IDEA®, etc.

FineGREEN enables the designer to study effective alternative design scenarios in order to reach the optimal solutions for any type of new construction, as well as to identify the most interesting retrofit design alternatives. Simulation results are organized in detailed output tables, charts, and graphical representation forms, to easily make comparative evaluations of the alternatives.
FineGREEN contains rich libraries open to the user, including weather files and climate data, building components, construction assemblies and materials, HVAC and lighting equipment, templates with structure and system profiles, as well as activity & operating schedules based on the Ashrae 62.1 and 90.1 standards. The program performs Site Shading Analysis, HVAC Systems Modeling (using a wide range of predefined HVAC system templates that can be easily customized by the user or even defined from scratch), Daylighting Analysis for each zone, Solar & Wind Energy Modeling, and more. FineGREEN additionally includes a sophisticated building cost analysis, figuring out the cost of a building from the early design to project completion and operation. It also produces a report for LEED certification.

FineGREEN belongs to the 4M BIM Suite, which also includes IDEA Architecture and FINE-MEP. A very detailed understanding of the concept and functionality of FineGREEN is provided in the IntelliCAD 10.1 DevCast video at:
For more details about FineGREEN, you can also go to the 4M website at To learn about how 4M benefits from the IntelliCAD technology, see the updated success story here.
Topics: IntelliCAD DWG 4M BIM ITC CAD

See IntelliCAD at Carlson Software Go West 2022

Carlson Go West 2022 Save the Date

Headed to Carlson Software's Go West 2022 user conference? Check out IntelliCAD while you're there—many Carlson products are based on the IntelliCAD engine. Go West 2022 is April 4-6, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, US. The in-person conference includes training tracks for Carlson Survey, Civil, SurvCE|PC & Instruments, Mining, PhotoCapture & P3D, and Takeoff.

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To find out how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, see the success story. To learn how IntelliCAD helps developers and their products use .dwg seamlessly, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC Carlson Software CAD

Updated CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 Includes .dwg File Comparisons

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The most recent update of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 includes the ability to compare .dwg files. When you compare drawings, CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 highlights all two-dimensional changes such as deletions, additions, and modifications. 

The latest maintenance release of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 also includes enhancements to visual styles and other improvements. Users of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 PE, 10.1 PE PLUS, and 10.1 PE PLUS Network can freely download and install the maintenance update.

The most recent maintenance version of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 is based on the IntelliCAD 10.1a engine. To learn how CMS benefits from ITC membership for .dwg technology and manufacturing solutions, see the success story. To learn how you can use IntelliCAD as your native .dwg platform, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG CMS ITC CAD

ActCAD 2022: Maintenance Releases Available

actcad-2022-primeActCAD 2022 Prime, Professional, and Standard versions include new features and enhanced commands. To get the latest ActCAD 2022 maintenance release, ActCAD users can upgrade to the latest version 1267 using the ActCAD command CHECKFORUPDATES. The new maintenance version is available for ActCAD 2022 Prime, Professional, and Standard.

The latest ActCAD version is also available directly from the ActCAD website in the downloads area.

Available in 64- and 32-bit, ActCAD is a native .dwg and .dxf CAD software program used for 2D drafting and 3D modeling. ActCAD is based on the IntelliCAD engine. To learn more about how ActCAD and the ITC work together, see the case study. To learn more about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC ActCAD CAD

ACCA's Focus on OpenBIM


Interoperability is a win for all project stakeholders when using BIM software from ACCA. With a focus on OpenBIM and the IFC file format, ACCA software users can collaborate and exchange project information, regardless of the BIM tools and applications used.

ACCA offers BIM solutions for construction management and estimating, building and structural design, presentations including AI, renewable energy, and more.

ACCA is a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and delivers several BIM and technical products based on the IntelliCAD engine. To learn more about IntelliCAD's BIM technology, go here.


Spotlight on 4M FineFIRE: BIM Fire Fighting Design

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FineFIRE is the BIM standard for fire fighting design; it faces projects of any kind or scale in an easy, fast and reliable way according to all the latest standards. As shown in the IntelliCAD 10.1 DevCast videos, here are project examples implemented by FineFIRE:

  • Large industrial projects: The Dalli case study (home products)
  • Big storage projects: The Coca-Cola HBC case study
  • Factories and manufacturing: The Paper Factory case study
  • Hotels and resorts: The Thassos Grand Resort case study

FineFIRE considers all the parameters of the physical and functional characteristics of a sprinkler network to support smart network modeling, identification of clashes between other MEP installations, quick exploration of alternative viable options, extraction of a Bill of Materials, and overall easy collaboration and sharing of information between designers and constructors. More specifically, FineFIRE:

  • Combines a state-of-the-art BIM technology on top of IntelliCAD, allowing the user to design piping networks faster and easier.
  • Ensures full compatibility with Autodesk® Revit®, Graphisoft® Archicad®, Nemetschek® Vectorworks®, Google® SketchUp Pro®, or equivalent.
  • Allows you to work with any type of piping network (tree systems, gridded, looped, etc.).
  • Places sprinklers automatically, considering building hazards and the type of sprinklers.
  • Performs a detailed hydraulic simulation for the highest accuracy in network sizing, considering the equipment technical characteristics (i.e., pump curves/diagrams).
  • Generates the exact quantity of project materials along with their costs.
  • Provides a fully documented final printout with calculation reports and a set of drawings in 2D and 3D.
  • Supports all existing standards (NFPA13 American Standard, EN 12845, BS9251, AS2118, ASIB11, FM GLOBAL, CEA 4001, etc.).

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And all the above coexist synergistically within an integrated BIM environment where the user can work and interact directly on the 3D building model. Details of the concept and functionality of FineFIRE is provided in the IntelliCAD 10.1 DevCast video at this link:

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG 4M BIM ITC CAD