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Intellicad 6.2 released by intellicad technology consortium


IntelliCAD 6.2 Released By IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

 IntelliCAD 6.2 was released on 4/27/2006.

New Features:

Assign true colors and color book colors

You’ve always been able to add color to your drawings using index colors, but now you use two new color features:

  • True colors — Defined using 24-bit color, there are more than 16 million true colors from which you can choose.
  • Color books — Defined with a list of colors, color books help you organize collections of colors. For example, you can store a unique color scheme in a color book for a client and then use colors only from that color book for the client’s drawings.

Work with raster images using ADeko Raster

IntelliCAD Professional version includes new raster imaging software to help you work with images in your drawings. Working with raster images is similar to previous IntelliCAD versions, with easy-to-use features located on the Image menu in IntelliCAD.

Export to PDF and 3D DWF format

You can export drawings to two new formats:

  • PDF — Portable Document Format files allow you to distribute your drawing to others for viewing with Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®, which is free software that users can download, and for viewing, reviewing, and editing with Adobe® Acrobat.
  • 3D DWF — 3D Design Web Format files can be viewed in a Web browser if Autodesk® DWF Viewer is also installed on the computer. DWF Viewer is a free tool from Autodesk® that always supported viewing 2D DWF files, but now supports viewing DWF files in three dimensions.

Use entity snaps

When using the extension option with Intersection Snap and Apparent Intersection Snap, IntelliCAD draws dashed extension lines to help guide you as you use the extension snap option.

If you are working in the command bar, you can modify the active command by typing m2p or mtp to enable a one-time snap to the midpoint of two points that you specify.

Edit text in the command line

The command bar and Prompt History window include enhanced text editing, including cutting, copying, and pasting text; copying the last command line or the entire command history; and repeating a previously executed command.

Create wipeout entities

Wipeouts are unique entities that can help you hide areas of your drawing. They display with the current background color, so the details behind the wipeout do not display or print. However, if your version of IntelliCAD does not include raster image capability (that is, does not include an Image menu), wipeout entities display, but the details behind the wipeouts also display.

Create audio notes from existing *.wav files

In addition to recording audio notes in IntelliCAD and attaching them to entities, you can now create audio notes from existing *.wav files. Audio notes created from an existing *.wav file are saved in the drawing file and the separate *.wav file remains unchanged.

View thumbnails of drawings

When you open or save a drawing, drawing files can be displayed in a number of ways, including by filename with or without the additional details. Now you can also view thumbnail images of drawing files.

You can also view thumbnail images when you browse drawing files on your computer using programs that came with your operating system, such as Windows® File Explorer or My Computer.

Use new and enhanced system variables

New system variables include: AUDIOICONCOLOR, NOMUTT, OSNAPCOORD, OSNAPHATCH, OSNAPZ, and RTSKIPCOUNT.

Enhanced system variables include: CECOLOR and SNAPCOLOR.

Important Bug Fixes:

Display

  • In some cases IntelliCAD improperly clipped block sub-entities and they did not display.
  • The display of Chinese characters has improved due to better handling of double-byte characters.
  • The handling of visibility flags on attributes is improved.
  • Sub-entities in blocks properly support the display of lineweights.
  • Dimensions from earlier DWG versions are not translated to new locations when a drawing is opened.
  • Clipping is improved for overlapping viewports.
  • Mview viewports saved as \"Off\" in IntelliCAD do not display as \"On\" in Autodesk® AutoCAD®.
  • Draworder has been greatly improved for entities within blocks and external references.
  • Draworder is properly retained for edited entities (Copy, Block, Move, etc.).

Open and save files

  • IntelliCAD uses the new DWGdirect 1.14.02 libraries.
  • IntelliCAD properly saves binary extended entity data.
  • Extended entity data on group objects and view entities is saved properly.
  • Corrupted or missing plot styles do not prevent entities from being saved.
  • New actions are taken to help prevent data corruption when opening and saving drawings. If necessary, additional error messages display.
  • Opening files includes general performance improvements.
  • IntelliCAD saves the active drawing first (rather than non-active drawings first) when multiple files are open and IntelliCAD is closed.

COM API calls (IntelliCAD Professional versions)

IntelliCAD now uses the 6.4 VBA SDK version.

Print parameters can be set correctly through the COM API.

The objects, methods, and properties in the following table have been updated or added to the COM application program interface.

Objects

Methods Properties

3DSolid

ArrayPolar
ArrayRectangular
Boolean
CheckInterference
Copy
Delete
Erase
Explode
GetBoundingBox
GetExtensionDictionary
GetXData
Highlight
IntersectWith
Mirror
Mirror3D
Move
Rotate
Rotate3D
ScaleEntity
SectionSolid
SliceSolid
SetXData
TransformBy
Update

Application
Centroid
Color
Document
EntityName
EntityType
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Layer
Linetype
LinetypeScale
Lineweight
MomentOfInertia
Parent
PlotStyleName
PrincipalDirections
PrincipalMoments
ProductOfInertia
RadiiOfGyration
Thickness
Visible
Volume

Application

 

Activedocument

Dictionary

AddObject
AddXRecord
Delete
GetExtensionDictionary
GetName
GetObject
GetXData
Remove
Rename
Replace
SetXData

Application
Count
Document
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Item
Name
Parent

Dictionaries Collection

Add

Application
Count
Item
Parent

Dimension

TextPrecision
AltRoundDistance
DecimalSeparator


Entity Objects (all)

GetExtensionDictionary

HasExtensionDictionary
Lineweight
PlotStyleName

Group

AppendItems
Delete
GetExtensionDictionary
GetXData
Highlight
RemoveItems
SetXData
Update

Application
Color
Count
Document
EntityName
EntityType
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Item
Layer
Linetype
LinetypeScale
Lineweight
Name
Parent
PlotStyleName
Visible

Groups Collection

Add

Application
Count
Item
Parent

Layer

 

PlotStyleName
ViewportDefault

PlotProperties

GetCustomScale
SetCustomScale

OptimizeLevel
OriginX
OriginY
Pens
PenWidth
Rotate
StandardScale
UseStandardScale
Units
Version

Region

ArrayPolar
ArrayRectangular
Boolean
Copy
Delete
Erase
Explode
GetBoundingBox
GetExtensionDictionary
GetXData
Highlight
IntersectWith
Mirror
Mirror3D
Move
Rotate
Rotate3D
ScaleEntity
SetXData
TransformBy
Update

Application
Area
Centroid
Color
Document
EntityName
EntityType
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Layer
Linetype
LinetypeScale
Lineweight
MomentOfInertia
Normal
Parent
Perimeter
PlotStyleName
PrincipalDirections
PrincipalMoments
ProductOfInertia
RadiiOfGyration
Thickness
Visible

Shape

ArrayPolar
ArrayRectangular
Copy
Delete
Erase
GetBoundingBox
GetExtensionDictionary
GetXData
Highlight
IntersectWith
Mirror
Mirror3D
Move
Rotate
Rotate3D
ScaleEntity
SetXData
TransformBy
Update
ScaleFactor

Application
Color
Document
EntityName
EntityType
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Height
InsertionPoint
Layer
Linetype
LinetypeScale
Lineweight
Name
Normal
Parent
ObliqueAngle
PlotStyleName
Rotation
Thickness
Visible

SolidCreator

AddBox
AddCone
AddCylinder
AddEllipticalCone
AddEllipticalCylinder
AddExtrudedSolid
AddExtrudedSolidAlongPath
AddRegion
AddRevolvedSolid
AddSphere
AddTorus
AddWedge

Application
Parent

Window

Scroll

Caption
WindowHandle32
WindowState

XRecord

Delete
GetExtensionDictionary
GetXData
GetXRecordData
SetXData
SetXRecordData

Application
Document
Handle
HasExtensionDictionary
Name
Parent
TranslateIDs

Dialog Control Language (DCL)

  • DCL list boxes and DCL images display the proper height.
  • DCL list boxes handle truncation correctly.

Hatches

  • When associative hatches are erased, their boundaries are no longer erased with them.
  • Direction on ellipses and elliptical arcs are not changed when the drawing is saved, which had previously caused issues when these entities were used as hatch boundaries.
  • The Bhatch command can use entities inside a block as a boundary edge.
  • User-defined hatch patterns do not have their base point reset when the drawing is saved.
  • Non-associative hatches do not display as associative in the Hatch dialog box.
  • The Bhatch dialog box and the HPASSOC system variable are now synchronized.

Text

  • Text and MText now support the display of UNICODE characters.
  • The justification and display of TrueType fonts is improved.
  • Text is no longer modified when opening and closing the DDEdit dialog box.
  • IntelliCAD does not crash when adjusting the ruler in the Mtext dialog box.
  • The Mtext dialog box displays with the current background color and all text colors appear the same as in the drawing.
  • Vertical text grip point and direction now more closely match AutoCAD.
  • Mtext paragraph tab justification is improved and more closely matches AutoCAD.
  • Formatted text pasted from Excel appears formatted correctly in IntelliCAD.
  • Font mapping includes general improvements.
  • Diameter symbols display properly in Mtext.
  • Mtext supports the Explode command.
  • Stack text diagonally (\\S1#2).

Zoom

  • Transparent zooms do not disable the current selection.
  • Entity snaps can be used to specify points for a Zoom window.
  • The Zoom command properly finds the extents of dimension entities.
  • Although the Dynamic Zoom option was available previously, it is now located in the list of command options and in the menus.

Print features

  • IntelliCAD properly prints lineweights less than 2 millimeters.
  • Dot hatch patterns print correctly and display in the Print Preview window correctly.
  • IntelliCAD opens CTB and STB print style table files created in AutoCAD 2005 and 2006.
  • IntelliCAD handles corrupted CTB and STB print style table files better.
  • Canceling the Print Preview window no longer closes IntelliCAD.

ACIS and 3D solids

IntelliCAD uses the new ACIS R15 SP3 libraries.

Rendering

IntelliCAD uses the latest DaVinci Rendering 5.6.4 libraries.

Offset

  • The Offset command includes better handling of polylines that have a large number of vertices close together (that is, short distances between vertices).
  • The Offset command trims degenerate parts when the resulting curve self-intersects.

Support for Trim and Extend commands

  • General improvements were made to handle complex cases for the Trim and Extend commands.
  • Ray entities support the Trim command.
  • Dimension entities support the Trim and Extend commands.
  • Wipeouts support the Trim and Extend commands.
  • Image entities support the Trim and Extend commands.
  • Polyline entities have improved support for the Trim and Extend commands.

Mview

  • Mviews that are turned off are properly supported.
  • Mview group 90 codes are saved properly.

Installer

The IntelliCAD installer has been completely re-written with InstallShield 10.5.

More fixes

  • Layouts do not disappear when they are renamed.
  • Performance has been increased 8X when inserting drawings with large polyface meshes.
  • Chamfers can be created between lightweight polyline and line entities.
  • The New Drawing Wizard does not create multiple files when Finish is clicked multiple times.
  • Toolbars are no longer moved from their previous position during IntelliCAD startup.
  • Mlines can be exploded properly.
  • The Undo stack is not corrupted while scrolling with the mouse wheel.
  • When a parent drawing is saved, linetypes are not changed to Continuous in external references.
  • Header and footer controls in the Options dialog box show correct data.
  • Dimension values do not change when copying and pasting from one drawing to another drawing.
  • The Area command computes the area correctly.
  • Proxy entities can be deleted.
  • The Hide and Shade commands work properly in perspective view.
  • IntelliCAD no longer randomly hangs when the focus switches to another application while changing the drawing settings.
  • IntelliCAD no longer crashes when snapping to the intersection of nested block entities.
  • IntelliCAD no longer hangs when the vertically docked command bar is minimized.
  • IntelliCAD no longer randomly crashes after browsing linetypes in IntelliCAD Explorer.
  • Many memory leaks have been fixed, including large leaks when handling meshes.

 Technical Notes:

 

Importing 3D DWF files not supported

While you can export a drawing to 3D DWF format, you cannot import 3D DWF files. If you attempt to import a 3D DWF file, the drawing in IntelliCAD will be blank. Importing 3D DWF files is unsupported at this time.

2D DWF files may produce errors

If you open or audit a 2D DWF file, you may receive error messages or the file may become unusable. The ability to work with 2D DWF files is still under development.

Wipeout entities print as filled polygons

Wipeout entities print as polygons filled with the same color as the current background color. In some cases this may cause unexpected print results, for example, if printing on colored paper.