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IntelliCAD 8.0 Released By IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

New Features:

Working with Files

  • Open, save, and work with .dwg files of version 2014.

  •  Work with image files in both IntelliCAD Professional and Standard versions. Additionally, more raster image formats are supported in IntelliCAD Standard.
  • Create custom rendering materials and mapping projection planes in both IntelliCAD Professional and Standard versions.
  • Import Collada (.dae files).
  • Improved support for DGN overlays, Civil3D, ADT, and mechanical object enablers.
  • Attach MrSID MG4 compressed raster images.

Performance Enhancements

  • IntelliCAD is available in 64-bit in addition to 32-bit.
  • Increased cursor speed.
  • Improved PDF export performance and reduced resulting file size.
  • Improved performance for multiple sessions on multi-core machines.
  • Improved Print Preview zoom performance.

Viewing Drawings

  • The grid can be drawn as lines or dots, can display beyond the drawing extents, and can be adaptive, which includes automatic resizing and subdivision based on the zoom level.
  • The Dynamic Viewpoint command was enhanced to include multiple ways of selecting a point from which to view three-dimensional entities.
  • The 3D Orbit command allows you to orbit a drawing, that is, rotate the view. Commands includes Constrained Orbit, Free Orbit, Continuous Orbit, Constrained X Orbit, Constrained Y Orbit, and Constrained Z Orbit.

Layers

  • Manage layers with layer states.
  • Search for layers by name.
  • Filter layers.
  • Layer properties include Transparency and Viewport Freeze.
  • New Layer Tools menu and toolbar.

Rendering

  • Rendering interface redesigned and enhanced.
  • Complete rendering features are now available in IntelliCAD Professional and Standard versions.

APIs

  • IntelliCAD 8.0 uses Teigha version 3.9.1 from the Open Design Alliance.
  • IntelliCAD 8.0 uses VBA 7.1.
  • Script command execution uses the DDE API.
  • New LISP method (protect) to create protected LISP files.
  • New LISP method (acad_truecolordlg) supports true color selection. The old method (acad_colordlg) will continue to call up only the index color dialog.
  • New SDS method sds_truecolordialog() supports true color selection. The old method sds_colordialog() will continue to call up only the index color dialog.
  • New LISP method to convert RGB color string to an index integer (rgbtoindex). This method has an SDS equivalent: sds_rgbtoindex().
  • New LISP method to convert RGB color string to an index integer  (sds_indextorbg). This method has an SDS equivalent: sds_indextorgb().
  • sds_clearcallback().
  • sds_rgbstrtocolorref changed from a string to a long.

More New Features

  • CUI menu files supported.
  • Many user interface enhancement features, including more efficient menu and toolbar organization, slimming of toolbars to create more drawing space, and more.
  • Many improvements to paperspace, such as UCS icon changes, ease in which modelspace viewports are created, and more.
  • All color assignments for screen items, such as background color, icon color, etc., can now be made by choosing Tools > Options > Display tab, then clicking Color Scheme.
  • New Quick Select command.
  • Tip of the Day now displays as an event in the corner of the main window when IntelliCAD starts.
  • Improved grip editing for dynamic blocks.
  • Image Attach command supports embedded world file data in MrSID image files.
  • New PRINTOPTIONS command for easy accessibility to Print Options.
  • New XOPEN command to allow quick editing of attached xref files.
  • New Draw Order options to quickly push back or  bring forward annotation and hatches.
  • Enhanced CUSTOMIZE command eases menu and toolbar customization.

System Variables

  • Added or updated: 3DORBITMODE, CUSTOMICONSPATH, EXPLAYERFIL­TERWIDTH, FACETRES, GRIDCOLORMAJOR, GRIDCOLORMINOR, GRIDDISPLAY, GRIDMAJOR, GRIDMODE, GRIDPOINTSMAX, GRID­STYLE, LAYERINVERTFILTER, LAYOUTCREATEVIEWPORT (which replaced and deprecated PSPACEMVIEW), LISPPATH, ORBITCOLOR, PRINTTILESIZE, PSICONCOLOR, QSELECTLISTVALUES, TEXLIBPATH, TRIMALLMAXNESTEDBLOCKLEVEL, UITHEME.
  •  All color-related system variables were changed to support RGB and index color values: APERTURECOLOR, AUDIOICONCOLOR, AUTOTRACKCOLOR, BKGCOLOR, BLIPCOLOR, COLORX, COLORY, COLORZ, DZOOME­COLOR, DZOOMSCOLOR, DZOOMVCOLOR, HIGHLIGHTCOLOR, HYPERLINKICONCOLOR, MODELTOOLTIPCOLOR, MODELTOOLTIPB­KGCOLOR,OLEBKGCOLOR, PICKBOXCOLOR, PSPACEBCOLOR, PSPACEMCOLOR, PSPACEPCOLOR, SELCROSSINGAREACOLOR, SEL­CROSSINGFRAMECOLOR, SELWINDOWAREACOLOR, SELWINDOWFR­AMECOLOR, SNAPCOLOR, VIEWPORTLOCKBORDERCOLOR.

Important Fixes:

The following list details some of the 1100+ fixes that were implemented since the 7.2d release in November 2013.

Open and save files

  • Audit command fixed for redundant text entities.

Display

  • Several fixes to prevent leftover screen pixels or empty screen portions during zooming and dragging.
  • Display of hatches improved.
  • Several fixes to cursor display in different scenarios.
  • Several fixes for Zoom Extents.
  • Several fixes for display issues when zooming in.
  • Improvements to 3D solids display.
  • Full Render fixed when using with a UCS different from WCS.

Selection and entity editing

  • Fixed snapping to 3D solids in blocks.
  • Fixed node snapping in xref drawings when PDMODE is non-zero.
  • Fixed grip editing for splines created from polylines.
  • Polar tracking guides fixed for new drawings.

Hatches

  • Improved speed and accuracy for hatching while using Select Area.
  • Fixed calculation of hatch lines enclosed by a circular arc.
  • Fixes for calculating hatch areas and boundary hatches in different cases.
  • Fixed hatching of visually closed polylines.
  • Fixed boundary detection for boundaries off screen.

Text and multiline text

  • Fixes for multiline text positioning.
  • Several fixes for the Find command.

Printing

  • Improvements to TrueType Font selection for printing.
  • Fixed issue when printed dashed area did not match print preview.

APIs

  • VBA/VSTA:
    • Fixed ability to set height for AddAttributeDef and AddText methods.
    • ColorIndex property fixed.
  • LISP:
    • Fixed BKGCOLOR type for (fill_image) function.
    • Fixed (entupd) and sds_entupd to update modified blocks.
    • Fixed (getorient) function.
  • SDS:
    • (ssget) handles complex filters by application name.

More fixes

  • Fixed ability to toggle wipeout frames for wipeouts that are part of blocks.
  • LIST command fixed for vertices of 2D and 3D polylines.
  • Flatten command fixed for 3D polylines (converting to 2D polylines) and for misplacing entities on the current layer.
  • Shape names from SHX files are no longer case-sensitive.
  • RGB colors fixed during PDF Export.
  • Offsetting fixed for spline entities.
  • Fillet command fixed for polylines with arc segments.
  • Fixed MATCHPROP for dimensions and viewports.
  • Draw order fixed for copied entities.
  • Fixed lineweight \"adjust display scale\".
  • Fixed MIRROR3D when using in NWUCS.
  • Scale accuracy fixed when inserting an image and using a positioning file.