Articles and Press Releases

Carlson Software Celebrates 40 Years


Not many CAD companies today can say they're 40 years old. Congratulations to ITC member, Carlson Software!

In 1983, a land surveyor and engineer named Bruce Carlson took his smarts, ingenuity, and can-do approach to begin creating land surveying software. Carlson Software was born and now delivers CAD software for the land surveying, civil engineering, GIS, construction, and mining industries. For more details about their history, see the Carlson news.

Carlson Software has been a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium since 2007. To find out how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, see the success story. To find out more about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG Survey Civil Carlson Software CAD

IntelliCAD 11.1 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 11.1 Professional version, go here.
  • For the IntelliCAD 11.10 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

CMS IntelliCAD 11.1 Available Now Based on IntelliCAD 11.1


Ready for more CAD in the new year? Just-released CMS IntelliCAD 11.1 includes all the new features found in the IntelliCAD 11.1 engine, focusing on new commands and abilities in dimensioning, blocks, and tables. More features throughout the program also include turning live sectioning on/off, aligning model space entities in layout viewports with entities in paper space or other model space viewports, drawing facet model helices, extracting isolines, custom paper sizes for .pc3 files, and more. 

CMS IntelliCAD versions, some of which include BIM technology, can be purchased and downloaded with a perpetual or subscription license and can include a USB dongle for portable licensing. New users can try a free trial at Existing CMS IntelliCAD 11.0 users can update for free—simply uninstall version 11.0 before installing CMS IntelliCAD 11.1.

CMS IntelliCAD 11.1 is based on the IntelliCAD 11.1 engine which was released to ITC members just two weeks ago. For details about IntelliCAD's native .dwg support and development platform, go here. For details about CMS and the ITC work together, see the success story.


Get ActCAD 2023 with the Latest IntelliCAD 11.1 Engine


ActCAD 2023 Prime, Professional, and Standard versions are now available based on the IntelliCAD 11.1 engine. Available with all the features and improvements found in IntelliCAD 11.1 — released just last week to ITC members — the new version highlights custom paper sizes for .pc3 files, new table features, and the following commands: QDIM, CENTERLINE, CENTERMARK, DIMSPACE, ALIGNSPACE, BLOCKREPLACE, QUICKWBLOCK, BLOCKTOXREF, SURFEXTRACTCURVE, and LIVESECTION. There's more too!

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.

It took just one week for ActCAD to release with the new 11.1 IntelliCAD engine. To learn about how ActCAD benefits from membership in the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, see the success story. To learn more about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here.


The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces IntelliCAD® 11.1


The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 11.1.

IntelliCAD 11.1 is a major release that includes performance improvements and new features. 

Many new commands are available: Quick Dimension, Adjust Spacing, Center Mark, Center Line, Replace Block, Quick Block Save, Live Sectioning, Align Space, Facet Model Helix, and Extract Isolines. New features also include the ability to define custom paper sizes for .pc3 printer configuration files, replace blocks with existing external references, and choose alternate fonts when an SHX font cannot be found.

More enhancements include an improved interface when printing and exporting to PDF, more ways to add sheets when publishing, a home view and rotate arrows for the view cube, blocks in table cells, table cell content management, and multileader styles, multiline styles, table styles, and visual styles as part of the Explorer.

For IntelliCAD versions that support working with BIM files, export to .ifc files and attach or import files from the command line.

For IntelliCAD versions that support editing and creation of .dgn files in their native format, use the Change and Measure commands, load linetypes from .lin files, and work with leaders through LISP and SDS.

For technical users, IntelliCAD 11.1 incorporates ODA SDKs version 2022.12 Service Pack 1, Artisan SDK version 2022, and Open CASCADE Technology (OCCT) version 7.6.0.

IntelliCAD IcAPI is updated and pre-released to members. The 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.

“We’re excited to deliver our second major release in five months and before the year ends,” said David Lorenzo, ITC President. “Additionally, we’ve received feedback about our initial member pre-release of IcARX API earlier this year, and the first on-the-ground implementations are proving that IcARX is advancing to more easily port AutoCAD® ObjectARX applications to the IntelliCAD platform.”

IntelliCAD 11.1 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 11.1 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.


See ZWCAD at the Big 5 Show

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Headed to the Big 5 International Buiding & Construction Show in Dubai, UAE from December 5 to 8, 2022? Make sure you stop by to see ZWCAD at:

  • Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 - Stand No.SS1 G12

ZWCAD is developed by ZWSOFT and is a .dwg-compatible CAD solution with a familiar CAD interface and easy-to-use commands, while also featuring fast performance and flexible licensing terms. 

 ZWSOFT has been an ITC member since 2002, and its products are used by over 900,000 users from more than 90 countries and districts.


Now Available: Carlson 2023

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Carlson Software just released its Carlson 2023 product line. A brief roundup of new features and enhancements: Carlson Survey supports multiple centerline files and GNSS base point adjustments, Carlson Civil contains improved 3D design tools, Carlson Point Cloud includes improved color edge identification, and Carlson Hydrology delivers enhancements to HydroNET and GIS features. And there's much more!

To find out more about Carlson Software's latest tools and CAD software for the land surveying, civil engineering, GIS, construction, and mining industries:

IntelliCAD is the default CAD engine that comes built-in to Carlson Software products. To find out how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, see the success story. To find out more about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software CAD GIS

Introducing ActCAD 2023 Map Drafter

actcad-2023-map-drafterActCAD 2023 Map Drafter is a new product that helps designers produce and deliver digital maps. It includes all the 2D drafting and design features you would expect, plus image calibration, local language text features, map view and flow directions, profiles, image markers, map cleanup, ESRI shape export, and much more.

Want to learn more?

ActCAD 2023 Map Drafter is based on the IntelliCAD 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.


Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC ActCAD CAD Mapping

New ENDUROCADD Version Based on IntelliCAD

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The new version of ENDUROCADD® from BlueScope Steel includes full 3D visualization of light gauge steel models and produces detailed site drawings to show how to install the BlueScope Steel ENDUROFRAME® system. BlueScope Steel started using the IntelliCAD engine in November 2021, and they plan to continue expanding ENDUROCADD functionality in the coming months.


ENDUROCADD software is part of the ENDUROFRAME system, which is used for manufacturing light gauge steel frames and includes a complete package of design software, production management software, rollformer, accessories, and support. ENDUROCADD software is based on the IntelliCAD engine. To learn more about using IntelliCAD as a native .dwg platform, go here.


ODA Summit 2022 Replay Available

oda logoDid you miss the ODA summit that aired last month? Need to re-watch the topics most relevant to your business? ODA Summit 2022 highlighted industry topics for CAD, BIM, mechanical, and more.

The replays are available here:

The ITC is a founding member of the ODA. You can read about the ITC and ODA working together at the ODA Member Showcase.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG BIM ITC CAD Mechanical ODA