Features of ActCAD 2018 (based on IntelliCAD 8.3a)

Many File Formats
ActCAD 2017 supports many file formats to import and export as shown in this image. All dwg & dxf files from R2 to latest 2017 version are supported.

Create & Edit Tables
  • ActCAD 2017 supports Creation and Editing of Tables
  • Import CSV file to Table
  • Export Table contents to CSV file
  • Fully compatible with Table feature created in other CAD software (except formulae)
  • Many operations like insert/delete rows, insert/delete columns, merge cells, unmerge cells
  • Change Background and Text Colors
  • Several controls to each cell like lock, unlock, format etc.

Printing and Plotting
actcad intellicad print and plot
  • ActCAD supports all common printing features for drawings and we can change the paper size, resolution while printing.
  • There is true type Font selection for printing.
  • Many enhancements to Plot module for better user experience.
  • ActCAD can create PDF files compliant with the PDF/A Standard.
  • The PDF/A file format is often a requisite for official institutions and public administrations.
  • The PDF/A file format is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents.
  • PDF/A differs from PDF by prohibiting features ill-suited to long-term archiving, such as font linking (as opposed to font embedding).

Dr.KLN Drawings Converter
 KLN Converter
  • This converter facilitate the conversion of Portable Document Format (pdf) files and Post Script (ps) files to various other formats.
  • Please see below table for various conversion options available in this program:
Input Formats Output Formats
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf).
  • Post Script File (.ps).
Drawing Exchange Format (.dxf), Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg), Computer Graphics Meta File (.cgm), HP Graphics Language (.hpgl), Printed Circuit Board File (.pcb), Print/Plot Control Language (.pcl), Power Point Presentation (.pptx), Windows Meta File (.wmf), Enhanced Windows Meta File (.emf), Text (.txt), Portable Document Format (.pdf), Post Script File (.ps)

3D Models based on ACIS Kernel for 100% compatibility
3D Draswings
  • ActCAD 3D modelings are based on ACIS solid modeling. It is easy to understand and easy to learn as well as easy to construct the diagrams.

P & ID label text
P&ID Label Text
  • P&ID Label Specification Text with required input values and orientation.
  • Using P & ID Label text we can give the properties of a cylinder in a single attempt like diameter, thickness, length, material of the pipe.

Very Familiar User Interface and Commands
Friendly User Interface
  • ActCAD is easy to learn then we can easily operate the software.
  • Help description is used to learn all the features in the software.
  • No need of any Special learning.
  • Tip of the Day displays as an event in the corner of the main window when ActCAD starts.
  • ActCAD has very popular user interface with similar commands, icons and shortcuts which facilitate the user to readily operate the software.
  • Many user interface enhancement features, including more efficient menu and toolbar organization, slimming of toolbars to create more drawing space.
  • we can easily access all the tools.

Batch Auditing of Drawings
ActCAD Audirt Drawing
  • Audit command is used to fix any errors in the current file.
  • You can also audit any open file to check it for errors. You specify whether you want ActCAD to fix any errors that are found automatically.
  • By using audit drawing command we can audit many drawing files at a time. By this we can fix errors in all the drawing files.

Raster to Vector Converter
Raster to Vector
  • In ActCAD we can convert the raster image to vector as .dxf format. By this vectorization all the dimensions will visible with clarity.
  • Then we can easily edit the drawing file.

ActCAD Drawings Batch Converter (dwg/dxf/dgn)
ActCAD Converter
  • By using the ActCAD converter we can convert the .dwg files into ActCAD files. We can convert a single file or multiple files.
  • DWG Converter is a new tool introduced to facilitate the files interchange with other DWG/DXF/DNG-based CAD software.
  • Allows to easily convert drawings between different DWG, DXF, DGN versions.

Units converter
  • Using this unit converter we can convert one form of units into different forms. we can convert the units like temperature, distance, speed, time, power, mass and many more.

Check for Updates
Chek for Updates
  • In ActCAD we can check the updates of latest versions by using check for updates in the help. It may help us to update for the latest version with new features.

Import CSV Points
Import CSV Points
  • In ActCAD it can import all the csv points in the excel sheet to CAD drawings. Click on ok. Select the excel file which you want to capture.
  • Open the excel file.
  • Then all the points will capture in the drawing.

Capture CAD points to Import CSV Points
Capture CAD points to Import CSV Points
  • It captures the CAD points and the Hole coordinates to the External CSV file. This CSV file is in the batch mode.

Extract Block Attributes
Extract Block Attributes
  • In ActCAD this command is used to extract all the attributes in the block to the excel file. Because of this it is easy to identify the same types of entities in the drawing file.

Actcad Ribbon
Actcad Ribbon
  • In ActCAD the Ribbon interface is designed to help for quickly find the commands which are needed. All the Commands are organized in logical groups that are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity. It is easy to use and having high performance.
  • Now ActCAD supports both common Menu interfaces: the Classic one based on the standard toolbar and the new up-to-date Ribbon-based menu as of Microsoft Office® or AutoCAD® Ribbons use tabs to expose different sets of controls, eliminating the need for many parallel toolbars. Customizable through CUI Files.

Explore Layer
Explore Layer
  • ActCAD explorer with the layer Name list displayed. You can view, create, copy, or edit layers in the ActCAD explorer.
  • You can determine whether entities on a layer print, and you can also assign a color, line type, line weight to entities drawn on a layer.

Xref Manager
Xref Manager
  • On the ribbon, choose Insert > xref manager Click Attach.
  • Specify the drawing file to attach as an external reference, and then click Open.
  • In Reference Type, choose how you want to insert the drawing:
  • Attachment – inserts a copy of the drawing and includes any other drawings that are externally referenced within the referenced drawing.
  • Overlay – lays a copy of a drawing over your original drawing; it does not include any nested external references from the externally referenced drawing.
  • Make any additional selections. Click OK.
  • If you marked Specify On-Screen for any items, follow the prompts to attach the external reference.

Pdf Underlay
Pdf Underlay
  • In ActCAD we can attach the pdf files in to the software.<.li> On the ribbon, choose Insert > pdf underlay.
  • Choose the .pdf file you want to attach. Click Open. Specify which page of the .pdf file to attach. Select an insertion point.
  • Enter the scale in which to insert the .pdf file.
  • Enter the rotation to use for the insertion.

Dgn Underlay
Dgn Underlay
  • On the ribbon, choose Insert > dgn underlay.
  • Choose the .dgn file you want to attach. Click Open. Select an insertion point. Enter the scale in which to insert the .dgn file.
  • Enter the rotation to use for the insertion.

Dwf Underlay
Dwf Underlay
  • On the ribbon, choose Insert > dwf underlay.
  • Choose the .dwf file you want to attach. Click Open. Select an insertion point. Enter the scale in which to insert the .dwf file.
  • Enter the rotation to use for the insertion.

Text Styles
Text Styles
  • In ActCAD we are having all the text styles. It is easy to select a required style. It will be available in the ActCAD explorer text styles.
  • ActCAD explorerrwith the text style Name list displayed. You can view, create, copy, or edit fonts in the ActCAD explorer.
  • When you add text to a drawing, it is created using the current text style.
  • The text style determines the font, height, width, oblique angle, and font file.

  • ActCAD supports LISP, DCL, .NET, SDS, COM, TX and IRX programming languages for customization and automation.
  • On the ribbon, choose Tools > Load Application (in Applications). Or type appload and then press Enter.
  • In the Load Application Files dialog box, choose the routine you want to run (make sure that it is the only one selected), and then click Load.

  • The render command creates a more realistic image than using visual styles because the use of light sources gives the image depth.
  • However, render creates an image that is less realistic than the full render command, because Full render also calculates shadows and reflections; uses surface materials to calculate reflection, refraction, and transparency; and uses a background image.
  • Perfect Full Render when using with a UCS different from WCS.

Arc Aligned Text
Arc Aligned Text
  • The ARCTEXT command enables text alignment along an existing arc object. It is a very handy feature to add complex curved text in your drawings.
  • You can give all the properties of text like position, dimension, color, bold, underline, style and font.
  • Click ok button to add the text to the drawing.
  • You can edit the text by double clicking on the text. In the left side of the window you will get all the properties and you can modify the text or properties of the text.

ActCAD Explorer
ActCAD Explorer
  • Displays the ActCAD Explorer so you can view, create, copy, or edit layers, layer states, layouts, line types, text styles, coordinate systems, blocks, dimension styles, or views within your drawings.
  • You can also use the ActCAD explorer to copy these elements from one open drawing to another. The ActCAD explorer is a great way to manage and maintain your drawings.

Pdf Export
Pdf Export
  • On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose export, or type export and then press Enter.
  • In Save As Type, choose Portable Document Format (.pdf). Specify the name of the file you want to create. Click Save.

Change Numeric Text Values
Change Numeric Text Values
  • In ActCAD we can change the numeric text values by selecting the change numeric text values and click on it then you can select what you want do means addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
  • After selecting enter the number.
  • Click on ok.
  • Select the text which you want to modify.
  • Then click enter.

  • Languages
    • ActCAD supports 13 international languages. If you want change the language
    • Go to tool, in that select options. There you can find set language. Click on it. Select the language what you want to set.

    CUI Import
    CUI Import
    • In ActCAD we can import the cui files. For this go to the tools and select the customize option. Select the menus option.
    • There you can find import drop down menu and select import all.

    • The command creates a breakline, a polyline including a breakline symbol, by specifying two points and the location of the breakline symbol between them.
    • You can control the relative size and appearance of the breakline symbol and the extension of the polyline beyond the selected start and end points.

    • Creates multiple copies of entities in one of two symmetrical patterns: rectangular (rows and columns) or polar (circular). Similar to the 3D array command, except that entities are arrayed in two-dimensional space.
    • On the ribbon, Edit > Array (in Modify). or Type array and then press Enter.
    • Select the entities, and then press Enter.
    • In the prompt box, choose Polar/Rectangle.
    • Optionally choose Base to specify a new base point for the Array, then select the base point.
    • Fill the details accordingly what you have chosen polar/Rectangle.

    • The Field tool automates the insertion of titleblock text or any other annotations in a drawing.
    • If you insert title block text in your drawings, you know how it is difficult to keep that text updated and accurate.
    • There are also many people who place drawing numbers or names in several different places in a drawing and that inflicts extra work. With ActCAD you can use fields to automate the insertion of titleblock text or other annotations in a drawing.
    • Especially, if you use this text repeatedly, you can save time and improve accuracy.
    • It is surely the case when you have to do this with the current date, the drafter’s initials, the company name and address and so on.

    Annotative Objects
    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:
    1. Text(single-line text)
    2. Mtext(multi-line text)
    3. Dimensions
    4. Tolerences
    5. Hatches
    6. Block
    7. Block attributes

    RGB and Color Index Value
    RGB and Color Index Value
    • All color-related system variables support RGB and index color value. .NET API and .NET API with user drawing interaction support (AutoCAD® compatible).

    Auto Complete
    Auto Complete
    • When entering a command or system variable, you are assisted by a list or auto completion of the commands and system variables as they are being typed.
    • A must-have for CAD professionals who are fond of typing commands directly on their keyboards instead of using Menus or Toolbars.

    • Creates a three-dimensional solid with a rectangular profile from a line, arc, polyline, or circle.
    • Specify start point or [Entity/Height/Width/Justify] : Select the start point of the polysolid.
    • Specify next point or [Arc/Undo]: Continue selecting points, then press Enter when done. To create an arc segment, choose Arc. To erase the previous point, choose Undo.

    Point Cloud Attach
    Point Cloud Attach
    • A point cloud is a set of 3D points that represents the surface of an entity in three dimensions.Point cloud files are typically created by 3D-scanners.
    • Attaching a point cloud file (.pcg or .isd file) is similar to attaching an image file.
    1. On the menu, choose Insert > Point Cloud Underlay. Or type pointcloudattach and then press Enter.
    2. Choose the .pcg or .isd file you want to attach.
    3. Click Open.
    4. Select an insertion point.
    5. Enter the scale in which to insert the point cloud file.
    6. Enter the rotation to use for the insertion.

    64 Bit and Multicore Support
    64 Bit and Multicore Support
    • ActCAD 2017 evolves to offer native 64-bit and multi-core support with improved memory management.
    • Handling of large drawing files gets much more efficient on 64-bit machines, while performance when opening or regenerating ActCAD drawing files has been enhanced by 1.5-3 times on multi-core computers.
    Working with Files
    • Open, edit and save .dwg  and .dxf files right from R2.5 to  version 2016
    • Work with image files in both ActCAD Professional and Standard versions. More raster image formats are supported now
    • Create custom rendering materials and mapping projection planes in both ActCAD 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
    • File opening and closing speeds drastically improved

    Performance Enhancements
    • ActCAD is now 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 zoom levels
    • The Dynamic Viewpoint command was enhanced to include multiple ways of selecting a point from which to view 3D 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.

    • Totally improve the display performance with an option to enable or disable Hardware Acceleration
    • Several improvements to prevent leftover screen pixels or empty screen portions during zooming and dragging
    • Display of hatches improved
    • Several enhancements to cursor display in different scenarios
    • Several changes to Zoom Extentsk command
    • Several improvements for display during zoom operations
    • Improvements to 3D solids display
    • Perfect Full Render when using with a UCS different from WCS

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

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

    Text and multi-line text
    • Improvements for multi-line text positioning
    • Several changes to Text Find command

    • Improvements to TrueType Font selection for printing
    • Many enhancements to Plot module for better user experience

    • 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 interface redesigned and enhanced
    • Complete rendering features are now available in ActCAD Professional and Standard versions

    • ActCAD supports LISP, DCL, .NET, SDS, COM, TX and IRX programming languages for customization and automation
    • ActCAD 2016 uses Teigha version 3.9.1 libraries from ODA
    • 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
    • New SDS method sds_truecolordialog() supports true color selection
    • New LISP method to convert RGB color string to an index integer (rgbtoindex)
    • New LISP method to convert RGB color string to an index integer  (sds_indextorbg)
    • 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 model space 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 ActCAD 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
    • There are 100s of system variables supported in ActCAD similar to other popular CAD software