PowerCADD 8 Wish List

About the PowerCADD 8 Wish List
This section of our web site contains a list of current wish list ideas for the currently in development release of PowerCADD version 8. Registered visitors are welcome and encouraged to vote on items and share their comments. We've started this list after the official release of PowerCADD version 7.

With the release of PowerCADD v8 we're have start a new PowerCADD 9 Wish List. If a wish list item from PowerCADD v8 was granted, we've left it in this section and added an appropriate comment. If a wish wasn't granted we've moved it to the PoweCADD 9 Wish List where you can comment or vote in an online poll.

The objective is simple:
To gather relevant, real world, user feedback on what features are most desirable for the next release of PowerCADD. Ultimately we're hopeful the results will prove to be a reasonable guide to assist Engineered Software in their planning and development process.

Poll Choices are:

  • Very Important Feature: you think the feature is a big deal and has a big impact to your workflow
  • Important Feature: not critical to your workflow but something you'd find useful or would explore more deeply if it was there
  • Not an Important Feature: this feature wouldn't impact your workflow at all and you're not interested or don't see value in exploring it

To vote, simply read a wish list idea and cast your vote in the polling box using the link at the end of the article. You're invited to post comments on any wish list item or comment on the poll itself.

Duration of the voting on Wish List items:
There is currently no official end date since there is no official notice of when PowerCADD 8 might be released. A logical end date will be determined and announced on this web site.

Results of the Polls:
The results of the polls are unofficial and do not guarantee any wish list idea will make it into the next release of PowerCADD. The poll is intended to collect information which can be passed onto Engineered Software for consideration in their planning and development process.

A reminder:
caddpower.com is an independently owned and operated website and is not affiliated with any software or hardware vendor or manufacturer.

Let the games begin!

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Ability to automatically lock and unlock objects

Feature Overview

It would be great if PCD? remembered which items were previously locked and prompted me to lock them again after completing an operation.

Feature Description:

Currently, when performing a select all, and the selection set contains locked items, I get a prompt allowing me to Unlock items. This makes perfect sense, for example I may be selecting all the content to perform a move by drag operation and adjust the layout of my drawing. Great -- makes sense but after I perform my operation I don't know which objects I had previously locked, which was likely done for good reason, and now I have to manually go back and try to recall what they were and lock them again. This operation is time consuming and can be confusing since in a large object count drawing I may well not recall which items I had locked.

Feature Request:
After completing my operation (e.g. moving all the objects) , I should be prompted for something like "would like me to relock previously locked items". Put another way, it would be great if PCD remembered which items were previously locked and prompted me to lock them again after my operation.

Given I get a prompt to unlock items, that seems to be a flag at the object level. If that flag/status can be remembered then it seems possible to know the items should also be locked again. Of course this is all subject to my inability to program squat Laughing out loud

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Import Tabbed Text Files as a Table

Feature Overview

Ability to import a tabbed delimited text files and have PowerCADD create a table. The resulting table would be editable like tables created with the Table Tool are now.

Feature Description:

A tabbed text file refers to a text file which is generic in nature where items are separated by tab's and carriage returns and saved in a plain text format which may be opened in a variety of applications - a PowerCADD symbol report is an example of a Tabbed text file, sometimes referred to as a tab delimited text file.

We'd like some mechanism to import a tabbed text file back into PowerCADD is important to routine work flow. The imported tabbed text file would be a table (vs. a text block with Indents and tab's).

For example: when a symbol report is saved, it cannot be imported back into PowerCADD in an editable format. Rather it must be opened in another application (Excel, AppleWorks, FileMaker, etc) and brought back into PCadd using Place (e.g. Placed PDF?) to retain formatting. If the table is pasted in then all formatting is lost.

If PowerCADD could import the tabbed text file as a table, simple editing could be done directly in PowerCADD.

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Poll Choices are:

  • Very Important Feature: you think the feature is a big deal and has a big impact to your workflow
  • Important Feature: not critical to your workflow but something you'd find useful or would explore more deeply if it was there
  • Not an Important Feature: this feature wouldn't impact your workflow at all and you're not interested or don't see value in exploring it

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If you found this article or the website in general to be helpful, educational or a time and money saver you can show your support. Thank you ~ Brian (huc) Huculak

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Vote Here: Import Tabbed Text File as Table

Very Important Feature
33% (1 vote)
Important Feature
67% (2 votes)
Not an Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 3
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PowerDWG 8 Wish List

A subset to the PowerCADD 8 Wish List
To keep things organized, we've collected our PowerDWG v8 Translator wish list items together as a subset to our main PowerCADD 8 wish list.

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Combine Paper & Model Space

Feature Overview

The ability to combine AutoCAD model space and paper space when reading DWG? files.

Feature Description:

Currently, the PowerDWG Translator has unofficial support for combining AutoCAD Model Space and Paper Space entities with translating a file as noted in this article. We'd like to see support for that unofficial feature formalized and automatically combine Model Space and Paper Space entities (or give us the choice) when reading (opening) a DWG file.

On the surface the feature request may seem simple. However, among the various technical hurdles this request has, one of the biggest issues we can see is what happens when there are multiple view ports in the AutoCAD DWG file, where each one might contain distinct Paper Space elements? How should the PowerDWG Translator handle that condition?

  • Should it it create one new PowerCADD file for each viewport?
  • Should each view port become a distinct sheet setup in PowerCADD, thereby allowing the common Model Space data to be used and a distinct layer (or layers) be made for the Paper Spaceentities?
  • Are there other practical alternatives?

Cast your vote using the link below

Poll Choices are:

  • Very Important Feature: you think the feature is a big deal and has a big impact to your workflow
  • Important Feature: not critical to your workflow but something you'd find useful or would explore more deeply if it was there
  • Not an Important Feature: this feature wouldn't impact your workflow at all and you're not interested or don't see value in exploring it

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If you found this article or the website in general to be helpful, educational or a time and money saver you can show your support. Thank you ~ Brian (huc) Huculak

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Vote Here: PowerDWG 8 Paper & Model Space Combined

Very Important Feature
33% (1 vote)
Important Feature
67% (2 votes)
Not an Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 3
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Support for AutoCAD Associative Hatches

Feature Overview

The ability for the PowerDWG Translator to automatically translate Associative Hatches from AutoCAD into PowerCADD Hatch patterns..

Feature Description:

Currently, the PowerDWG Translator shipping with PowerCADD v7 does not translate Associative Hatch patterns from AutoCAD. If the objects in AutoCAD have an Associative Hatch assigned, the resulting object in PowerCADD has no hatch pattern at all. The feature request is essentially broken into two parts:

Part 1: Minimum Requested Functionality
At a minimum, the PowerDWG Translator should translate the AutoCAD Associative Hatch into basic PowerCADD Objects. Currently the Associative Hatches from AutoCAD are simply ignored increasing editing time to recreate the drawing look and feel.

Part 2: Ideal Functionality
In a perfect world the AutoCAD Associative Hatches should be translated into PowerCADD Associative Hatches. The new (AutoCAD) hatch pattern would be appended to the PowerCADD Document's Hatch Palette. These Hatch patterns should be translatable round trip; they would be maintained when saving PowerCADD drawings as DWG and when importing DWG drawings from AutoCAD.

Current Work Arounds
In order to have AutoCAD DWG file Associative Hatches translate into PowerCADD:

  1. Open the drawing in AutoCAD
  2. Explode the Associative Hatches
  3. Save a copy of the AutoCAD DWG file
  4. Open the file from (3) in PowerCADD
  5. Result: the AutoCAD hatch pattern becomes basic objects in PowerCADD

The work around can be time consuming and does require additional steps which can only be carried out in AutoCAD. However, in those cases where it's important to maintain the same look and feel between AutoCAD and PowerCADD, the fix works and may be worth the additional effort.

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Poll Choices are:

  • Very Important Feature: you think the feature is a big deal and has a big impact to your workflow
  • Important Feature: not critical to your workflow but something you'd find useful or would explore more deeply if it was there
  • Not an Important Feature: this feature wouldn't impact your workflow at all and you're not interested or don't see value in exploring it

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If you found this article or the website in general to be helpful, educational or a time and money saver you can show your support. Thank you ~ Brian (huc) Huculak

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Vote Here: Support AutoCAD Associative Hatches

Very Important Feature
100% (3 votes)
Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Not an Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 3
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Support for AutoCAD Xrefs

Feature Overview

The ability for the PowerDWG Translator to automatically bind AutoCAD Xrefs when translating a file

Feature Description:

Currently, the PowerDWG Translator External provides a warning dialog if the DWG file being translated contains Xref's. While this is a helpful warning, advising us that the translation will be incomplete, it requires translating each referenced drawing separately. The resulting individual files have to manually reassembled which can be difficult, or in some cases impossible due to a lack of common reference points in each file.

The only current work around is to have the original AutoCAD drawing author use the Bind Xref to make a single file for translation. In some cases, particularly on large scale projects with multiple consultants, this level of coordination is difficult as it requires additional steps by the coordinating consultant.

The fact PowerCADD knows which Xref drawing is missing is a big steps and tells us it knows the content exists... now the next logical step is to just include in the translation. A simple thing to say and we're sure quite a difficult thing to achieve but one that would be a significant step in cross platform coordination on large and small projects.

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Poll Choices are:

  • Very Important Feature: you think the feature is a big deal and has a big impact to your workflow
  • Important Feature: not critical to your workflow but something you'd find useful or would explore more deeply if it was there
  • Not an Important Feature: this feature wouldn't impact your workflow at all and you're not interested or don't see value in exploring it

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If you found this article or the website in general to be helpful, educational or a time and money saver you can show your support. Thank you ~ Brian (huc) Huculak

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Vote Here: PCadd 8 DWG support for Xrefs

Very Important Feature
100% (5 votes)
Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Not an Important Feature
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 5
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