Features of ProgeCAD 2020 Professional


New in USER INTERFACE

  • The New CAD engine with improved features and stability based on Teigha Version 4.3.2 and IntelliCAD 9
  • Tool palettes for Blocks, Hatches and frequently used Commands. Use the tool palettes to organize blocks, hatches, and custom tools in a tabbed window. Easily customizable by Drag & Drop. Options and settings are accessible from shortcut menus.
  • Improved visualization of texts and entities using Anti-Aliasing technology. Anti-aliasing is extremely important to making text smoother and easier to read.
  • The New Blocks Palette for inserting and editing of internal Blocks with Drag & Drop support
  • Property Panel Tree: the new selection control to view selected entities in a tree list allowing Properties local editing ( highlighting/modifications based on the tree selection)
  • Double Click actions: customize the actions executed on DoubleClick to specific entities types


Latest Features

  • AEC, Civil, GeoMaps, Mechanical objects support for visualization and properties editing
  • Improved support of PointCloud with ReCap (.rcp/.rcs) files
  • Print 3D Hidden with silhouette. Creation of clean 3D prints on curved solid parts printing in Hidden Visual Style
  • Print with transparency on Hatches by using "Print Style Table" (CTB/STB) color configuration.
  • Xref Notify: the control of updated or missing xrefs. progeCAD displays a baloon when an XREF (External Reference) linked to the active drawing is modified
  • STEP/IGES Options: the setting of conversion modes for STEP/IGES files (Quick Monocrome, With Color, Import as Surfaces)
  • Digital signatures to .dwg files: a digital signature certifies the author of a file and indicates whether the file has been altered since the digital signature was applied. Recipients of drawings are provided with reliable information about the author of a drawing. Owners of drawings are provided with reliable verification that a drawing has not been modified since it was digitally signed
  • Publish restyling: the redesigned user interface; new features in the print settings
  • Custom Folders preset: adding of your most frequently used folders to the open/save dialog. Quick access to your disks/network
  • Formulas in Tables: table cells can contain formulas that do calculations related to the values in other table cells
  • SysVarMonitor: monitoring of a list of system variables with notifications sent when some variable on the list is modified
  • Improved PDF export with more options available, such as making exported text searchable, the DPI setting for exported images and hatches, hyperlinks export, linearized .pdf files, and more


New Commands


Block Editor (_BEDIT).

The Block Editor offers a special authoring area to enable free drawing and editing of blocks geometry



Construction Line

A construction line is a special type of the infinite line that is typically used when quick drafting techniques are required. Similar to the infinite line, the construction line is a line through a given point, oriented at a specified angle in the three-dimensional space and extending to infinity in both directions



MULTIPLOT

select title-block blocks or Polylines boundaries to print them sequentially using the boundaries as print windows



ADDSELECTED

create a new object of the same type and general properties (Layer, Color, Linetype etc.) of a selected object, yet with different geometric values



QUICKWBLOCK

create quickly an external DWG file from a selected group of elements



CAMERA

Define settings for 3D views of drawings according to a location and target. You can also specify the camera height, clipping boundaries for the view etc.



ARRAYPATH

lace object copies uniformly along a path or a portion of a path



AREATEXT

calculate boundary area and place the text with the value in the center of the area. Through the configuration dialog the user can set: Units used for drawing, Units desired for measurement, Prefix, Suffix Units of measurement, Decimal number, Retain boundary. It is possible to select an area through multi points, the direct selection of entities or by clicking inside a closed area


CHANGEBLOCK

create a new Bock Definition from a Block instance and open Block Editor to create a new modified Block


RENAMEBLOCK

rename a block and add a new block definition for further editing


DWF/DWFx Import/conversion(DWF2DWG)

One click conversion DWF to DWG,DXF,DAE,3DS,DGN - Convert DWF to AutoCAD, 3D 3DStudio, SketchUP, Microstation progeCAD convert DWF,DWFx files to different drawings file formats. Usable and editable quickly and easily.  The DWF2CAD feature allows to save time by easily transferring projects, drawings, parts of existing as DWF to CAD drawings to use them as native files. Convert DWF in 3 steps:
1) Install progeCAD 30-day Trial
2) Open DWF,DWFx files into progeCAD
3) Save as DWG/DXF or Export to DAE,3DS,DGN from the Export menu


Gradient Hatch Support

Gradients can be displayed and created through a user friendly interface. Improved Hatch Form.


ProgeCAD Cloud

Cloud services will reshape the consumer digital lifestyle experience, with progeCAD save and open drawings on Cloud! progeCAD Cloud makes it easy for you to reach any of your drawings wherever you are. progeCAD Cloud supports the major cloud services for file sharing and syncing like DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.



Traceparts and Cadenas for progeCAD

iCADLib integrates Traceparts web portal progeCAD's Cadenas web portal for easy guided usage of more than 100 million of blocks.  TraceParts and Cadenas are leading digital engineering 3D content companies offering cutting-edge business solutions through powerful web based products and services.


3D PDF Export

Create ADOBE PDF standard with your dynamic 3D content inside. PDF3D allows to communicate to all the globe and share your data with anyone in an easy  and innovative way.


Perspective Image Correction

Thanks to the new plugin, images and photos insertion is easy and intuitive, with the ability to correct their perspective through the multi-point system.


Image georeferencing

Georeferencing is the process of scaling, rotating, translating and deskewing the image to match a particular size and position. Special for GIS!


ECW support

ECW is an open standard wavelet compression image format developed by Earth Resource Mapping. The file format is optimized for aerial and satellite imagery, and efficiently compresses very large images with fine, alternating contrast. This is a lossy compression format.MrSID support Multiresolution Seamless Image. It is a file format (filename extension .sid) developed and patented by LizardTech for encoding of georeferenced raster graphics, such as orthophotos. The MrSID (.sid) format is supported in major GIS applications such as Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CARIS, ENVI, ERDAS, ESRI, Intergraph, MapInfo, and QGIS.


Jpeg 2000 support

Jpeg 2000 is a wavelet-based image compression standard. It was created by the Joint Photographic Experts Group committee in the year 2000 with the intention of superseding their original discrete cosine transform-based JPEG standard.


PDF, DWF and DGN Underlay

PDF, DWF and DGN files can be attached as an underlay to a drawing file and used as background for your drawings. CAD entities can be created over the Underlays. Much like raster image files and external references (Xrefs) an underlay is not part of the drawing, but is linked to it.


Raster

Insert and manipulate Raster images with only one click of the mouse! With the powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools, progeCAD helps you to easily clean up, edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans. Use a wide range of image data, embed images, insert and export images and use a polygonal mask boundary to display image subsets.  Image transformation functionality and georeferenced image display.


Raster to vector

progeCAD Professional includes WinTopo, the raster to vector tool, which main functions are:

  • Loads BMP Bitmap images (raster)
  • Refines bitmap lines and detects the edges
  • Creates monochromatic vectors from refined lines
  • Views vectors on top of the bitmap
  • Load vectors to progeCAD, IntelliCAD, AutoCAD

ACIS Solids

Main functions: reads and writes 3D solid objects with ACIS libraries (the same as AutoCAD®).  ACIS solids are available thanks to an agreement signed with Spatial, the supplier of technology for solid modelling to the most important CAD software in the world. progeCAD Professional has implemented a complete management of ACIS solids, which can now be viewed, printed, created and edited.  Any exchange of projects with CAD, which include ACIS Solids (such as AutoCAD® 2000, 2009), is therefore much easier! Creation of complex three-dimensional shapes using solid models becomes a way simpler procedure.


Dynamic Input

Dynamic Input is an alternative way of entering commands  through  a command line interface at your Crosshair. You can input data like the length of a line or the radius of a circle with dynamic visualization of changes relative to mouse movements When dynamic input is turned on, a tooltip displays dynamically updated information next to the cursor. When a command is in progress, you can specify options and values in the tooltip text box. You can also configure dynamic input to meet your personal or company standards. The feature is to further boost your productivity by making drafting and editing processes way more efficient.


Dynamic UCS

The previous progeCAD versions constrained the drafter to constantly change the XY plane to work on a particular face or plane of an object when working with 3D models. You had to specify a new user coordinate system every time you changed views. The new dynamic UCS feature automatically creates a temporary XY plane to draw on. The dynamic UCS feature dramatically speeds up drawing in 3D environment.


MultiLINE

The multiline command allows the drawing of multiple parallel lines with a single command. Not only does this feature allow you to create simultaneous, perfectly parallel lines, but these lines are also treated as one entity allowing easier editing.  The Multiline support greatly speeds up and simplifies drawing and improves the AutoCAD ® compatibility. Multilnes Styles supported. 


Spiline Editing

You can delete fit points of a spline, add fit points for greater accuracy, or move fit points to alter the shape of a spline. You can open or close a spline and edit the spline start and end tangents. Spline direction is reversible. You can also change the tolerance of the spline. Tolerance refers to how closely the spline fits the set of fit points you specify. The lower the tolerance, the more closely the spline fits the points.
You can refine a spline by increasing the number of control points in one portion of the spline or by changing the weight of specific control points. Increasing the weight of a control point pulls the spline more towards that point. You can also refine a spline by changing its order. The spline order is the degree of the spline polynomial + 1. A cubic spline, for example, has order 4. The higher the spline order, the more control points it has.


Multigrip Editing

Modify, move, rotate, scale, stretch or mirror using multiple Grips


Advanced Solid Grips

By dragging grips you can change the shape and size of primitive solids. For example, the change of the height of a cone will maintain the overall cone shape and automatically update the base radius. The Solid Grips feature is introduced  to enrich 3D editing operations. Snap Extension Snap to some point along the imaginary extension of a line, arc or a polyline segment


AEC objects visualization

Graphical entities created with Architectural Desktop are visualized inside a DWG drawing file


DGN Import

Import drawing files from Microstation Collada Import. Import Collada (.dae) drawings


STL and Collada (DAE) Export

COLLADA is a COLLA borative Design Activity for establishing an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications. Collada is supported by several 3D software like SketchUp®, SAP Visual Enterprise Author, 3DS Max etc.

STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software. STL is also known as Standard Tessellation Language. This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping (3D printers) and computer-aided manufacturing.


Render Export Tool

The export tool for Lightwave 3D (.lwo), 3DStudio (.3ds), Kerkythea (.3ds), Pov-Ray (.pov)  makes progeCAD a friendly companion to export drawings to advanced rendering engines.


Default layers - NEW

Set up progeCAD with default layers to place automatically dimensions and tests on the correct layer.


Layer manager

Save different layer states (on, off, thawed, freeze etc.) for different editing, visualization or printing requirements and restore them in a click.


Express tools

Express tools is a library of more than 30 highly efficient tools designed to help you boost your progeCAD productivity. Easy-to-use, integrated into menus and toolbars, and cover a wide range of progeCAD functions, including layer management, drawing, object selection, object modification and extended data.


Quick dimension

Create and modify quickly a large number of dimensions at a time.


Dimension Style Manager

Creates new styles, sets the current style, modifies styles, sets overrides on the current style, and compares styles


Polygonal layout viewports

Create a nonrectangular layout viewport or convert a closed object, polyline, circle etc. into a viewport.


Annotative Objects

The feature automates the sizing of annotations such as text, hatch and dimensions in multiple viewports with varying scales.

The annotative objects are scaled based on the current annotation scale setting and are automatically displayed at the correct size. The following objects can be annotative, meaning that they can size automatically:

  • Text (single-line text)
  • Mtext (multi-line text)
  • Dimensions
  • Tolerances
  • Hatches
  • Blocks
  • Block attributes

Find & replace

Automatically finds (or replaces) a string into a dwg drawing, supported in Texts, Attributes, Hyperlinks, Dimensions.


Loft Command

The loft command is similar to the extrude command, but much more versatile. Instead of extruding a single shape, the loft command allows you to extrude several shapes and make one continuous object.


FlatShot

Creates a 2D representation of a 3D solid object based on the current view of the solid object. An entire drawing can be flattened with an single operation.


Helix Command

Draws a 3D Polyline in the form of a helix


DWF import & export

progeCAD Professional reads and writes standard DWF files. DWF Export supported.


DWF View

progeCAD Professional visualizes DWF files.


Recovery manager

An easy drawing recovery through the graphic interface in case of crashes.


Realtime pan & zoom

The exclusive PPAN Technology* provides pan and zoom in realtime allowing easy management of large drawings, also with big hatches and TrueType fonts.


Polar tracking (Polar snap)

It helps to draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationship to other objects. When polar tracking is turned on, temporary alignment paths help you create objects at precise angles.


Eattedit

Advanced attribute editing, the AutoCAD® like feature.


Etrack - Otrack

Used to avoid the necessity of drawing construction lines in order to locate points.


Xref manager

progeCAD manages insertion of external references into the drawing, that means that other drawings are dynamically inserted in the main drawing Modifying a secondary drawing, the corresponding drawing inserted in the original one will also be modified. The Xref manager is an integrated mask (similar to the one available in AutoCAD ) which allows management of external references insertion easily and visually.


eTransmit

Utility for gathering, compacting and transmitting DWG files. External references (xref) , fonts, shape files, images and other supporting documents are included in the eTransmit pack, improving drawings interchange.


Flexibility and personalization

Like AutoCAD®, progeCAD has a bar for typing commands and a series of icons arranged around the drawing area which facilitate and speed up the use of various functions. There are obviously pull-down menus which, like command aliases and tool bars, can be personalized. Likewise the management of layout and blocks is compatible with AutoCAD®. Layouts and blocks can be managed and inserted with the help of the same commands as in AutoCAD®.


Development (AutoLISP, IRX, SDS, VBA, .NET)

The user can choose between different programming languages in order to personalize progeCAD (C#, VB.NET, VB, Delphi, Lisp, C++ etc.). As well as LISP, IRX C++ similar to AutoCAD® ARX, SDS C++ compatible with AutoCAD® ADS, Microsoft's Visual Basic for Application (VBA),  COM automation support, .NET support