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New in CAD.direct 2019 8

 

Working with Files

 

  • Export to a 3D .pdf file.
  • Export to a 2D .pdf file now includes new compression modes, image clipping, and gradient hatches.
  • For .pdf, dwg, and .dgn underlays, new support includes monochrome, fade, back-ground color adjust, show, and show clipped properties.
  • Export to a .bmp file now supports visual styles.
  • Some versions of CAD.direct 2019 include the ability to open, save, create, and edit .dgn files.

 

Performance Enhancements

 

  • Increased performance when working with many external references.
  • Increased performance for PDF creation and reduction of resulting .pdf file size.
  • Increased selection performance in drawings with complex blocks.
  • Improved pan and zoom speed for very large drawing files.
  • New CACHEFILES will externally cache layout data to enhance layout switching performance and memory usage.

 

Text

 

New multiline text editor allows you to edit multiline text in place. However, not all multiline text features are implemented in the new editor. To switch to the older dialog box version of the multiline text editor, set the MTEXTED system variable to „old editor“.

 

New Field command allows you to create a field as multiline text.

 

Working with Entities

 

  • New dialog box for the REFEDIT command and new -REFEDIT command.
  • New dialog box for the ARRAY command and new -ARRAY command.
  • New TEXTTOFRONT command moves text, dimensions, and leaders to the front of other entities.

 

Viewing and Rendering Drawings

 

  • Users who previously used Ctrl + Left mouse click and drag to orbit the drawing should now use Shift + Middle mouse (or wheel) click and drag to orbit. Ctrl + Left mouse click and drag is now used to move and copy selected entities.
  • New integration with Artisan Renderer for some versions of CAD.direct 2019 allows you to create a photo realistic image of your model quickly using a wide range of preset materials and lighting setups combined with the ability to create custom lights and realistic materials.
  • New commands VPMAX and VPMIN allow you to maximize and minimize viewports.

 

More Features

 

  • For CAD.direct 2019 versions that include a ribbon, the ribbon now includes panel expanders, versioning support, can be customized using the CUSTOMIZE command.
  • Entity snapping for underlays are now accessible using the Options command.
  • Updated .NET API with new functions.
  • NET plugins can now be autoloaded.
  • Many new LISP functions.

 

System Variables

 

  • Added or updated: ARTISAN LICENSE, AUDIONOTETOOLTIP, BLOCKCACHE, CACHEFILES, CACHEMAXFILES, CACHEMAXTOTALSIZE, DGNOSNAP, DRAWINGTYPE, DTEXTED, DWFOSNAP, HYPERLINKBASE, LAYLOCKFADECTL, ORBITPREVIEWDELAY, PDFOSNAP, RENDERPLANARENTS, SHOWGRIPMENUS, SKETCHMODE, UNDERLAYFADEDEFAULT, WNDCUSDLGPOS, WNDCUSDLGSIZE, WSAUTOSAVE, XDWGFADECTL, XFADECTL.
  • Removed: AUDIONOTE, CTRLMOUSE, DYNORBITCTR, HYPERLINKICON, and SELECTCLOSEDENTS.

 

Performance Enhancements

 

Multi-core support for opening and regenerating files, which provides 1.5 to 3 times performance improvement on multi-core computers.

 

User Interface

 

  • New ribbon interface that can be used with or without the menus.
  • New icons throughout CAD.direct 2019.
  • Updated status bar.
  • Autocomplete commands when typing at the command line.
  • Updated Properties pane.
  • Support for workspaces.
  • Color schemes are now available.

 

Printing

 

  • New Publish command.
  • New ability to print to DWF/DWFx files.
  • New ability to print to PNG and JPG files.
  • Advanced options added for print stamps.

 

Viewing Drawings

 

New support for annotation scaling.

 

Working with Entities

 

  • New Helix command.
  • New Revision Cloud command.
  • New XPLODE command.
  • Tab through commands when hovering over a grip.
  • New Z-axis orthomode support.
  • New Match Properties Options dialog box.
  • New Text to Multiline Text command.
  • New dialog box for the BLOCK command.
  • New 3D entity commands: Loft, Sweep, Polysolid.
  • New Set to ByLayer command.

 

APIs

 

  • CAD.direct 2019 8.1 uses Teigha version 4.0.1 from the Open Design Alliance.
  • New .NET API.
  • New IcUi API for creating CAD.direct 2019 based MFC dialogs or special dialog controls.

 

System Variables

 

Added or updated: ANNNOALLVISIBLE, ANNNOSCALELIMIT, AUTO-COMPLETEFILTER, AUTOCOMPLETEMODE, AUTOCOMPLETEOP-TIONS, AUTOCOMPLETEDELAY, AUTOCOMPLETETRANSP, AUTOCOMPMINTEXTLEN, CANNOSCALE, CANNOSCALEVALUE, CUR-RENTAFFINITYMASK, DIMANNO, HPANNOTATIVE, LOCALEROOT-PREFIX, LOFTANG1, LOFTANG2, LOFTMAG1, LOFTMAG2, LOFTNORMALS, LOFTPARAM, MSLTSCALE, MTMODE, MULTICORE, PICKFIRSTFLAGS, PRINTTRANSPARENCY, PSLTSCALE, PSOLHEIGHT, PSOLWIDTH, SELECTIONANNODISPLAY, SETBYLAYERMODE, STAT-BARSTYLE, and SURFACEMODELINGMODE.

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