PowerCADD 9

About PowerCADD 9

August 26 2010:Engineered Software has released PowerCADD 9

Visit this link on our website to learn more about Buying PowerCADD for the first time or to learn how to Upgrade from a previous version of PowerCADD to version 9. Engineered Softwares website also has information on what's new in PowerCADD 9 and we have information here in our PowerCADD 9 Learning Center. We also suggest readers visit PowerCADD Canada to read this release announcement for PowerCADD 9.

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This section of our PowerCADD User Learning Center is dedicated to the latest version of PowerCADD, version 9. Premium content on this site is restricted to registered users only. To post comments, vote in online polls, and access other features on this website please register or login.

Basic System Requirements:

PowerCADD 9 supports Intel only Apple Macintosh Computers.

Recommended System Requirements for PowerCADD 9:

While the minimum system requirements will do the job with respect to PowerCADD, here are a few additional or modifications to those requirements well worth considering:

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PowerCADD 9.1.5 update - help for folks running OS X Sierra

PowerCADD 9.1.5 - Help for Mac OS? X Sierra users!

  • As of March 5, 2017 PowerCADD 9.1.5 was issued as a free update for existing PowerCADD 9 users
  • PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.5 Build QC06) is the most current version
  • This should provide some help for PowerCADD users running Mac OX Sierra 10.12.x




Background

PowerCADD users running Mac OS X Sierra (10.12.x) are finally getting a little help. Engineered Software (authors of PowerCADD) have posted a free update link on the front page of their website at www.engsw.com XTNL URL

For a full list of what's new and update you should install PowerCADD 9.1.5 and then choose Help menu > Update Notes. Here's a copy of what's in those release notes:


PowerCADD 9.1.5

  • Release 1
  • Resolve Gatekeeper issue where WildTools failed to load on Sierra.
  • Simplify PowerCADD install code recognition and resetting.
  • Restore drag-reorder capability to the layer window.
  • Due to customer confusion and technical support load, enable legacy PowerCADD 4 translators. Note: Please save all PowerCADD 4 files you wish to retain access, in the current PowerCADD 9 format.
  • Remove use of legacy GetKeys and KeyMap, which are unreliable on some systems.
  • Force batch-printing to false when PowerCADD starts. Several users have crashed whilst printing, which left batch printing set to false. This suppresses the AskPrintJob dialog.
  • Display print dialogs in freestanding mode to work around error in legacy printing system where the sheets remain attached to the window.
  • Properly open double clicked-files upon starting PowerCADD.
  • Add menu to explicitly reset installation codes to save on technical support.
  • Additional logging added for registration issues.
  • Fix crash with advanced text editing window.
  • Enable legacy translators
  • Sign PowerCADD with new certs.

While Engineered Software's update notes do not specifically state full compliance with Mac OS Sierra this update is important step to that end. As always, take a measured approach to implementing the updated software into your workflow and send any issues you find to Engineered Software by email so they can better improve their product. If you're a Mac OS Sierra (10.12.x) user we highly recommend updating.

What To Do

If you are an existing PowerCADD user (any version) there are few different options depending on which version of PowerCADD you currently have. Here's a general breakdown:

As usual we recommend making a backup of your current PowerCADD application folder before updating.

Free Updates for Current PowerCADD 9 Users:
Current PowerCADD 9 users can update for free by downloading the update from the home page of Engineered Software. Please visit Engineered Software's website at www.engsw.com XTNL URL and use the links on the front page to download your free update. You can also download updates for your registered third party xtnl plug-in's including WildTOOLs from that location. Here is a direct link to the downloads page www.engsw.com PowerCADD 9.1.5 Update XTNL URL Simply go there to download the update - then follow the screen prompts to install the software on your hard drive.

Paid Upgrades from versions of PowerCADD prior to PowerCADD 9:
Current registered PowerCADD users can upgrade from an earlier version of PowerCADD (e.g. PowerCADD 6,7, or 8 to PowerCADD 9) will need to pay for their upgrade to PowerCADD 9.1.5 and should contact Engineered Software or your International Distributor for pricing. Please note these are paid upgrades (not free updates). Please visit Engineered Software's website at www.engsw.com XTNL URL for details on how to upgrade.

New PowerCADD Users:
If you are buying a new version of PowerCADD (from Engineered Software in the U.S., Canada, or an International Distributor), you will receive the latest version with that purchase. However, we encourage all new purchasers to confirm with the respective seller that PowerCADD version 9.1.5 (or newer) it what will be provided.

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What Changed in PowerCADD 9

What's different in PowerCADD 9 from previous versions?

In PowerCADD 9 Engineered Software added a special Help Menu item which brings up a list of the new features of PowerCADD 9 ( Help menu → What's New ). To further assist we've added to that with lists and general description of changes in no particular order, grouped by function. We have listed the PowerCADD 8 feature first, and how it has changed in PowerCADD 9, new items unique to PowerCADD 9 have been noted as NEW and did not appear in earlier versions.

Requirements

  • PowerCADD version 9 (9.0.0 or newer recommended)
  • Mac OS? X 10.5 or 10.6 (Snow Leopard version 10.6.4 or newer recommended)



General:

  • Consistency: The change is --- there was once again no change to the general look, feel, behavior of the application.
  • Performance: Faster execution of menu items, saving & opening files, and just about every other aspect of the application. In general it's been optimized to take advantage of what Mac OS X Snow Leopard has to offer with it's new architecture. The rendering, storing, and management of raster images is improved; reducing files sizes and once again increasing performance.
  • Backwards Compatibility: Opens legacy drawings from PowerDRAW6, and PowerCADD 1 through PowerCADD 9.
  • Cosmetics: Improved rendering of font sizes on high resolution monitors for various floating windows including Edit and Layer Windows, and larger Tool palette icons.


  • Preferences:

    • General → Convert Incoming PICT? Data to Objects: Deleted.
    • General → Interpret PICT Bitmaps as Placed Objects: Deleted. By default any such items may be cropped or modified using various PowerCADD 9 features and techniques.
    • General → Check for Software Updates: Deleted.
    • General → Drag and Drop Enabled: Deleted. This works on an incoming basis only from Picture Clipping Files on the Desktop into a PowerCADD 9 document.
    • View → Hilite Color, Snap Color, Background Color, Construction Line Color: Interface change from buttons to Mac OS X Color Wheel icons. Behavior is the same, interface is cleaner.
    • View → Scale Patterns: Deleted. By default patterns do not scale when zoomed in or out.
    • View → End Caps: Deleted. End Caps are now an object level attribute as opposed to a global Application Level Preference.
    • View → Palette Size: Moved to Preferences → Tools.
    • View → High Quality Drags: Deleted. By default all drag operations render a high quality live preview. To display a low quality preview press Control while performing the drag operation.
    • View → Save Window Positions: Moved to Preferences → General.
    • Tools → Scale Points on Zoom Out: Moved to Preferences → View.



    Drawing Setup:

    • Show → Simulate Thin Lines: This item no longer has a check box setting; to disable the feature (the same as Unchecking this feature in PowerCADD 8 ) simply drag the slider all the way to the right to turn it off.
    • Snap → Nudge Amounts: Nudge amounts now respect drawing scale and layer scale. Example, a nudge value of 12" will always be 12" even with switching between layers with unique layer scale settings.
    • Print → Registration Marks: Deleted.



    Menu Items:

    • File Menu → Open: Legacy files are automatically converted to PowerCADD 9, a copy of the file is saved in the same location as the original.
    • File Menu → Open, Import: Support for additional file formats including AutoCAD r2010, EPSF, Illustrator, and Postscript.
    • File Menu → Open → *.dwg: Improved translator performance and stream lined interface, support for *dwg r2010, improved text support for special characters.
    • File Menu → Save: Drawings saved as PowerCADD 9 contain a QuickLook Preview accessible in Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6)
    • [inline:PCD9QuickLookPreviewNew.jpg]

    • File Menu → Place... Cropping: Behavior of Cropping Placed, Imported or Opened raster images and PDF?'s has changed. To crop from a mid point handle bar press Shift + Cmd as illustrated below. Attempts to crop from mid point handle bars without pressing those keys will not crop the object.
    • [inline:PCD9CropShift.jpg]

    • Edit Menu → Edit... Polygon Edit Dialog: This feature has been deleted. The polygon edit dialog pictured below no longer appears when choosing the aforementioned menu item with a polygon selected.
    • [inline:PCD9NoPolyEditDialog.jpg]

    • Edit Menu → Exit Group: Behavior changed when existing nested groups. By default it now steps out one level at a time instead of existing to the root drawing (previously required a custom key command). To exit to the root drawing assign a custom key command. See the PowerCADD User Manual for additional information.
    • Edit Menu → Select Special: Updated to support new End Cap object attribute.
    • Tool menu → Live Area: New. Allows you to insert a smart text object in the drawing display the area and/or perimeter of an object. Resizing or reshaping the object will dynamically update the displayed value.
    • Tool menu → Auto Alpha: New. Allows you to remove a specified color from a raster (bitmap) image. Once removed the previously colored pixels become transparent (see through).
    • Tool menu → Objects to Bitmap: Choosing this menu item will always display a dialog to specify the DPI to be used for conversion. In PowerCADD 8 and earlier it was necessary to press Option to set the DPI for conversion.
    • Tool menu → PDF To Objects: New. Allows you to converted postscript based object files such as PDF, EPSF, Illustrator and Postscript in PowerCADD to editable bézier curves and text.
    • [inline:PCD9NewToolMenu.jpg]

    • Tool menu → Set Data: Deleted. Note this was also deleted as part of a rolling change in PowerCADD version 8.
    • View menu → Greek Text, Hide/Show Hatch, Hide/Show Transparency?, Hide/Show Dimensions: These menu items have been deleted.
    • Attr menu → End Caps: New. Allows you to assign the style of end cap used for lines and other open ended geometry for each object. In previous versions this was an application level Preference setting which assigned to the same end cap style to all open ended geometry.
    • [inline:PCD9AttrMenuEndCapsNew.jpg]

    • Window menu → Object (Obj.) Notes: Deleted.
    • Window menu → Date Browse: Deleted. Note this was also deleted as part of a rolling change in PowerCADD version 8.
    • Window menu → Edit: Will also display the DPI and Bit Depth (number of colors) of a selected raster image.
    • [inline:PCD9EditMenuDPINew.jpg]

    • Window menu → Layer Window: Layer Attributes for Scale and Color may be accessed by double clicking a layer name, pressing the Edit button, or pressing the new Scale or Color buttons at the bottom of the Floating Layer Window.
    • [inline:PCD9LayerWindowNew.jpg]

    • Window menu → References: Interface and behavior completely reworked. Reference the PowerCADD User Manual for additional information (Help menu → PowerCADD Manual).
    • Window menu → Overview: Increased redraw performance.
    • [inline:PCD9ReferenceWindowNew.jpg]

    • Help menu → What's New: New. Opens a PDF file outline new features for this release.
    • Help menu → Tutorial: New. Opens a PDF file for Chapter 2 of the manual, getting started with PowerCADD.
    • Help menu → PowerCADD Manual: New. Opens a searchable PDF file of the complete PowerCADD User Manual.
    • Help menu → PowerCADD Tool Guide: Deleted (link pointed to third party content related to PowerCADD version 7 which was out of date).



    Tool Palettes:

    • Magic Wand: Updated to support new End Cap object attribute.
    • Advanced Text, Text, Sticky Notes, Leader Lines: Text is indexed for Spotlight searching in Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.
    • Round Rectangles: Rotating a Round Rectangle will retain that object type (previously they became polygons).
    • Place Symbol: Options for Setting Data tags was deleted as a function of removing the Set Data External described earlier. This was also a rolling change to PowerCADD 8.
    • Offset Line: Optional Setting added for Multiple Increments (see PowerCADD user Manual for additional information (Help menu → PowerCADD Manual).
    • Parallel Offset: Optional Setting added for Multiple Increments (see PowerCADD user Manual for additional information (Help menu → PowerCADD Manual).
    • Eye Dropper: Updated to support new End Cap object attribute.
    • [inline:PCD9UpdatedTools.jpg]



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PowerCADD 9 Free Updates

PowerCADD 9 Free Updates

From time to time Engineered Software, authors of PowerCADD, issue free software updates to address any important issues that may have developed after release of the software. If you also use the WildTOOLs add-on, that External also includes free updates. Staying current is easy and always the best way to make sure you're getting the most out of your PowerCADD investment. This section of our PowerCADD User: PowerCADD 9 Learning Center is dedicated to documenting those rolling changes.

Whats the difference between an Update and an Upgrade?

We receive this question a lot so we'll clarify the terms here:

  • Updates: These are incremental changes made to a release of PowerCADD and are free from Engineered Software either directly or through your regional distributor. For example, an update would be from PowerCADD version 9.0.0 to PowerCADD 9.0.1
  • Upgrades: A product upgrade is from one full version of PowerCADD to another. For example you would upgrade from PowerCADD 8 to PowerCADD 9. Upgrades are not free; but they are purchased at a discounted price as compared to purchasing a full new copy for the first time.
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PowerCADD 9 Known Issues

About PowerCADD 9 Known Issues

Call them what you will: bugs, problems, nuances, glitches, whatever. Bottom line is there are going to be issues with any software. Sometimes it's a bug, sometimes is a change that affects existing users who upgrade. Anything we've confirmed as known issues with PowerCADD 9 is posted in this section of our PowerCADD 9 Learning Center

We post what version of PowerCADD and Mac OS? X are affected, a complete description of the problem, and any work arounds that can be used. When an issue is fixed we update the article with that critical information.

New in this version of our Known Issues section is the Priority ranking we've assigned. We have attempted to place a general ranking of low, medium, or high to each known issue. It's important to remember these are our own (caddpower.com) rankings of the issues, and they do not constitute a formal priority ranking by Engineered Software. Ultimately determining the priority of items to address falls to Engineered Software but we've included a relative ranking to help you (our readers) gauge the possible impact to your work flow.

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PowerCADD and Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Will PowerCADD Run in Mac OS? X 10.9 Mavericks?

  • PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.3 or newer required)
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (10.9.2 or newer recommended)




Background

Any version of PowerCADD version 1 through version 8 will not work with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9). The only version of PowerCADD approved to run in Mac OS X 10.9 is PowerCADD version 9.1.3 or newer.

If you are experiencing problems with your version PowerCADD not working at all, or being overly problematic (various symptoms might exist) then check your version of PowerCADD and Mac OS X as there is quite possibly a mismatch that is causing the problem.

To find out what version of PowerCADD you are using:

  1. With PowerCADD running, choose PowerCADD menu → PowerCADD Profile
  2. A dialog will open listing the version and build numbers

To find out what version of Mac OS X you are using:

  1. Choose Apple menu → About This Mac. A dialog opens and the version number is listed there.

What To Do

If you are an existing PowerCADD user (any version) there are few different options depending on which version of PowerCADD you currently have. Here's a general breakdown:

Paid Upgrades
Current registered PowerCADD users can upgrade from an earlier version of PowerCADD (e.g. PowerCADD 8 to PowerCADD 9) and should review the information on this page of our website. Please note these are paid upgrades (not free updates). For pricing contact your International Distributor or if you're in the U.S. contact Engineered Software.

Free Updates
To make sure you receive emails and all relevant information on keeping your copy of PowerCADD v9 up to date please make sure you've registered your product. In the United States, contact Engineered Software directly (click here for link XTNL URL). In other countries please contact your regional distributor (click here for link XTNL URL). If you have not received an update notice from Engineered Software (or your regional international distributor) contact them directly from the links previously provided.

In general, it's highly recommended you update your version of PowerCADD 9.x to 9.1.3 before upgrading your current version of Mac OS X to 10.9 Mavericks. If you have already upgraded your copy of Mac OS X to Mavericks before updating your copy of PowerCADD 9 contact technical support at Engineered Software (in the U.S.), or technical support for your international distributor at the links noted earlier. We also have a related article at this link you may find useful.

New PowerCADD Users
If you are buying a new version of PowerCADD (from Engineered Software in the U.S. or an International Distributor), you will receive the latest version with that purchase. However, we encourage all new purchasers to confirm with the respective seller that PowerCADD version 9.1.3 (or newer) it what will be provided on the master install CD. If the version is older than that (i.e. PowerCADD v9.1.0 verses v9.1.3) then please confirm the update process you'll have to follow or have the seller provide the most current version for your new purchase.

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PowerCADD 9.1.3 Drawing Window Goes Blank After Printing

Issue: After printing the drawing windows looks blank (all white)

Affects:

  • PowerCADD 9.1.3 and Mac OS? X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Priority: Low
  • This issue has been reported to Engineered Software and has been reported as corrected but update has been released


Description

After choosing File? menu → Print..., the drawing window goes all white / appears blank as opposed to showing the original drawing window contents prior to printing. See screen shots here for before and after examples:

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Before choosing File menu → Print...

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After choosing File menu → Print...

Work Around

The fix is easy: Press the 0 key (that's the zero number key) to force a screen redraw. The original drawing content is rendered correctly to screen. This is essentially a cosmetic issue.

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Problem updating PowerCADD 9.1.2 under Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9

I updated to Mac OS? X Mavericks 10.9 before I updated my copy of PowerCADD to 9.1.3. Now what?

Requirements

  • PowerCADD version 9.1.2
  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 (10.9.2 or newer recommended)



Background

Okay, so you missed our related article about updating your copy of PowerCADD 9.1.2 before you upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. You've read the instructions in the update email you received from Engineered Software Technical Support about how to update your version of PowerCADD - problem is you tried going to Help menu → Updates... but the ES Updater.app won't work and you can't enter in the detailed information provided in the official update email. It's okay, all is not lost.

Please note, update instructions are provided by Engineered Software (or your regional International Distributor) that include very specific steps along with passwords and log in identification information. Our note here does NOT include that information, rather it's just a summary on how to get the updater application to work. You should reference the PowerCADD update email that you received for the specific log in information and any specific instructions not covered here.

What To Do:

You can get direct access to the ES Updater.app which is what makes the update process happen. Now, this method can appear to be a bit daunting as it requires you to dig into some of the inner workings of PowerCADD. Rest assured if you follow these steps precisely there's nothing to worry about.

Caution: As is typical before running any software application update or upgrade - always make a backup - of your current copy of PowerCADD before performing any update.

To Run the ES Updater.app from Inside the PowerCADD Application Package, do this:

  1. Quit PowerCADD 9.1.2 if it's already running
  2. Open the PowerCADD Application folder. It should be located at: Applications Folder → PowerCADD
  3. Locate the item named PowerCADD.app
  4. Right+Click (or press Control key + click) on the item named PowerCADD.app
  5. Choose Show Package Contents from the Contextual Menu
  6. Click to navigate to the following folder Contents → Mac OS
  7. In there you'll see an application titled ES Updater.app - Double click that application
  8. Follow the update instructions you received via email to correctly log in and update your copy of PowerCADD 9.1.2

Good News Shortcut for Canadian users: If you're a registered PowerCADD user in Canada just contact Evoy and Associates (www.evoy.com) and they have a terrific email that gives you a one click solution with no need to fiddle around with the steps noted above!

Summary:

So, in short even if you jumped the gun and upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks before updating PowerCADD from 9.1.2 to 9.1.3, all isn't lost Smile Just follow the steps and you'll be up and running faster than it took us to write this article!

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PowerCADD and Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite

Will PowerCADD Run in Mac OS? X 10.10 Yosemite?

  • Yes However PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.3 or older is NOT recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • See this formal page on Engineered Softwares website for additional information (link)

Dec 15 2015: A Free Update to PowerCADD 9.1.4 is available for full compliance/compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11). See comments below for details




Background

Any version of PowerCADD version 1 through version 8 will not work with Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10). While PowerCADD 9.1.3 will currently run under Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite we currently recommend waiting to upgrade to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) until a maintenance release for PowerCADD is provided by Engineered Software.

If you have already upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) there are some nuances you should be aware of that cause some significant inconvenience to your workflow.

Please note this type of situation isn't historically unusual for any major Apple Mac OS release. As always we recommend PowerCADD (or any Mac user who relies on their computer for business), wait before implementing any major Mac OS system software until at least a ".1" version is released (e.g. 10.10.1) as that gives Apple time to sort any last minute nuances. It also provides time for business users to contact their mission critical software vendors to ensure the products either work 100% or have at least been updated (typically for free) for compliance with the upgraded operating system. In essence we believe in a measure twice, cut once approach and the follow the golden rule of never mess with billing.

To find out what version of PowerCADD you are using:

  1. With PowerCADD running, choose PowerCADD menu → PowerCADD Profile
  2. A dialog will open listing the version and build numbers

To find out what version of Mac OS X you are using:

  1. Choose Apple menu → About This Mac. A dialog opens and the version number is listed there.

What To Watch Out For

Please see comments below for any additions or critical followups to this list

If you pulled the trigger on upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) then keep an eye out for these items that have been reported to Engineered Software for their review:

  • Cosmetic Issue: When choosing File? menu → Place... you will see a copy of the file to be placed open behind your primary drawing window. The file will place correctly.
  • Cosmetic Issue: When choosing PowerCADD menu → Preferences... → General, the text label for Save Prompt is cut off and clipped due to text wrap. The setting entered in the Save Prompt time field will work correctly
  • Functional Cosmetic Issue - IMPORTANT: The selection cursor icon (that is the cursor that appears when any selection tool is activated) rendered as transparent on the drawing window. Normally that cursor renders as a (+) type icon. However the cursor renders as transparent and is virtually impossible to see on screen. This impedes user functionality as the icon disappears over both a white drawing page, a solid filled object, or on a black background drawing page. Solution: Choose PowerCADD menu → Preferences... → Tools and enable Long Cross Hairs and Snap Crosshair. This will allow for visual tracking of the selection cursor in the main drawing window. The normal system arrow cursor is not affected and appears normally when interacting with menu items or the drawing window features. Tool icons behave normally. That is - this problem affects the selection cursors only. As an OPTION if you prefer to leave long crosshairs off you can enable black background instead (we recommend using Drawing Setup → Show → Black Background as opposed to PowerCADD menu → Preferences → View → Background Color).
  • Cosmetic Issue: The dialog box that appears when a custom tool palette is missing an external when PowerCADD loads is truncated. The custom tool palette is missing that tool which is expected, only the dialog box is truncated
  • Cosmetic Issue: Hatch Origin icons don't render with a red dot denoting the point of origin for a specific hatch. The menu item itself work correctly.
  • Functional Cosmetic Issue - IMPORTANT: When accessing the Mac OS X System Color Picker ( ATTR menu → Fill Color... or ATTR menu → Pen Color... or any location that access the Mac OS X System Color Picker) there is no way to display ALL of the system color swatches. That is - the system color swatches normally displayed at the bottom of the dialog can't be resized to show the full number of swatches. As such there's no way to access more than the first 24 color swatch positions (normally there is a maximum of 140 possible color swatch positions at the bottom of a system color picker window).

While other minor issues also exist, those have been the bigger ones we've seen thus far in production work. As noted earlier we've reported these (and other) items to Engineered Software and can report (within the confines of non-disclosure agreements and professional courtesy), that some items are fixed and others are forth coming.

What To Do

If you are an existing PowerCADD user (any version) there are few different options depending on which version of PowerCADD you currently have. Here's a general breakdown:

Paid Upgrades
Current registered PowerCADD users can upgrade from an earlier version of PowerCADD (e.g. PowerCADD 8 to PowerCADD 9) and should review the information on this page of our website. Please note these are paid upgrades (not free updates). For pricing contact your International Distributor or if you're in the U.S. contact Engineered Software.

Free Updates
To make sure you receive emails and all relevant information on keeping your copy of PowerCADD v9 up to date please make sure you've registered your product. In the United States, contact Engineered Software directly (click here for link XTNL URL). In other countries please contact your regional distributor (click here for link XTNL URL). If you have not received an update notice from Engineered Software (or your regional international distributor) contact them directly from the links previously provided.

New PowerCADD Users
If you are buying a new version of PowerCADD (from Engineered Software in the U.S. or an International Distributor), you will receive the latest version with that purchase. However, we encourage all new purchasers to confirm with the respective seller that PowerCADD version 9.1.3 (or newer) it what will be provided on the master install CD. If the version is older than that (i.e. PowerCADD v9.1.0 verses v9.1.3) then please confirm the update process you'll have to follow or have the seller provide the most current version for your new purchase.

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Fill Patterns Don't Preview Correctly When Printing to PDF

Custom Fill Patterns in PDF? Files Don't Preview Correctly when printed from PowerCADD 9.1.3 in Mac OS? X 10.10 Yosemite

  • PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.3)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Using Mac OS X 10.10 Save As PDF print option
  • Preview.app Version 8.0 (859)




Background

With the introduction of Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) there is now a problem with some custom color fill patterns after using the Mac OS X Save As PDF feature available when printing. Since we wrote and use the custom color fill patterns from the ColorPortfolio libraries we saw the problem there first. However the problem could occur with other custom fill patterns so we encourage folks to review this article to understand what to look for and for the work arounds.

This cosmetic on screen problem is specific to Preview.app provided by Apple in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The original PowerCADD data, the fill pattern object, and the data sent to the print queue is not at fault.

It's important to note the problem is essentially a cosmetic on screen issue only. That is, even though lines will appear in the custom fill patterns when rendered to screen the PDF file prints correctly (without the lines through the pattern). The fundamental problem is many PowerCADD users rely on PDF for on screen review and nobody wants the screen preview to look wrong when issuing files to clients or service providers. After all we're Mac user and WYSIWYG? is part of our DNA!

How do we know this is a problem with Mac OS X 10.10 and it's version of Preview.app Version 8.0 (859)?

  1. We used the same test file in PowerCADD 9.1.3 running both Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  2. We created a PDF File from OS X 10.10, and from OS X 10.7.5 using File menu > Print > Save AS PDF which is controlled by the Mac OS
  3. We opened the files in the respective versions of Preview.app for the appropriate version of Mac OS X
  4. In all cases, the PDF files opened in Preview.app in OS X 10.10 Yosemite displayed the problem
  5. In all cases, the PDF files opened in Preview.app in OS X 10.7.5 displayed prefect (i.e. no problem)
  6. As an additional cross check we opened the files on a different computer running Mac OS X 10.10 and Preview.app 8.0 (859). We did that so we could rule out the possibility that the graphics board or monitor resolutions might be impacting the tests. In all cases the problem was consistent across three computers running Mac OS X 10.10 (a MacBook Air circa 2013, a MacBook Pro circa 2010, and an iMac 5K 2014).
  7. And finally to find the smoking gun we opened all the PDF Files in OS X 10.10 Yosemite using Adobe Acobat Pro v10 along side Preview.app Version 8.0 (859). In all cases the files rendered perfect (no problems., no lines) in Acrobat Pro but exhibited a problem in Preview.app Version 8.0 (859) as pictured here (Preview.app is on top, Acrobat Pro is on bottom):

What To Watch Out For

The condition will not present itself until you choose File menu > Print... > Save As PDF from PowerCADD's File menu and you open the resulting PDF in Preview.app version 8.0 (859) as issued by Apple with Mac OS X 10.10.0 Yosemite.

Here is an example of what the custom fill pattern object will look like in PowerCADD 9.1.3 running on Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) or in any other version of Mac OS X and PowerCADD 9.1.3:

Here is an example of how that same custom fill pattern object will look after choosing File menu > Print... > Save As PDF from PowerCADD's File Menu and opening the file in Preview.app in Mac OS X 10.10. What's important to note are the black vertical and horizontal lines that now cover the fill pattern. This grid of lines will change as you zoom in or out of the image. As noted earlier these lines will NOT print but look horrible and confusing on screen.

HINT: If you're not familiar with creating PDF Files from PowerCADD check out our related articles:

What To Do

Fortunately there are a few choices to get around this problem which we'll cover here. Which one is best will depend on what solutions (hardware and software) you have available to you. For us, we prefer the solution below which uses Saving to Postscript and then making the PDF - but use the solution that makes the most sense for you.

Option 1: Do Nothing and Live With It with Preview.app Version 8.0 (859) in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Okay, this is a cosmetic issue as we described at the start of this article. So if you can live with it just open the PDF file in Preview.app and know that the problem is cosmetic. If will still print fine but may look odd on screen for some users

Option 2: Use A Different Application to View your PDF Files in OS X 10.10 Yosemite
As pictured earlier, Acrobat Pro version 10 renders the same content correctly. So use that application instead. Other app's that display PDF may also render the data correctly so try a few others if you don't have a copy of Acrobat Pro on hand.

Option 3: Use an older operation system
As noted earlier, we used Mac OS X 10.7.5 when first trying to find the source of the problem. Older versions of Mac OS X use a different version of Preview.app so the problem doesn't present itself.

Option 4: Create a Postscript File instead of PDF
This option requires more work but yields a file that renders to screen correctly in Preview.app that ships with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. To create the Postscript file and then distill it to PDF do this:

  1. Open your file in PowerCADD 9.1.3 running Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  2. Having done a page setup, choose File menu > Print...
  3. From the bottom left of the Print Dialog choose Save As Postscript... from the pop-up menu as pictured here:
  4. From the Save As... dialog specify a location to save the file. (e.g. the Desktop)
  5. Drag and Drop the file created in (4) above (e.g. MyFile.ps) onto the Preview.app application icon in the Dock (or wherever you've kept the application).
  6. Result: The file is converted to PDF. The resulting PDF will have a preview that's correct (no lines running through the fill pattern)

Summary

To wrap it all up - the problem is specific to the version of Preview.app version 8.0 (859) that Apple shipped with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It's entirely possible that version of Preview will get an update as Apple moves forward with rolling updates to Yosemite (as of this writing Mac OS 10.10.1 has been released to developers as a beta for testing). Until Apple provides a fix just know that the data in the PowerCADD file is fine and you have a few choices to address this cosmetic issue. The truth of the matter is it took significantly longer to find the actual source of the problem - and type up the summary - than we would have liked. However, the bottom line is the look and feel of our product (design and drawings) is critical and we only want the best possible product being seen by our clients. When we see something as serious as this looked we chase it to ground so we know why it happened and how to fix it.

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PowerCADD 9 Techniques, Tips, & Tricks General Information

Looking for information on Tips and Techniques with PowerCADD 9?

Don't forget to check out the PowerCADD 6, 7 and 8 sections of our PowerCADD Learning Center. Why? Well the general techniques applicable to those versions of PowerCADD in almost every case also apply in PowerCADD 9. This section (PowerCADD 9) of our PowerCADD Learning Center contains information unique to PowerCADD 9 that is either not in the manual, or unique to some aspect of Mac OS? X and PowerCADD that is beyond the scope of the manual, or simply content in the manual that may need further clarification.

You can get access to the searchable PDF? version of the PowerCADD 9 manual by simply launching PowerCADD and choosing Help Menu → PowerCADD Manual. If you're new to PowerCADD 9 don't forget to review all the content in the Tutorial which can be found again by launching PowerCADD and choosing Help Menu → Tutorial.

If there's something specific you'd like us to address on this website for the PowerCADD 9 Learning Center feel free to email us -- while can't make any promises we'll do our best to try and accommodate your requests and questions.

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Attach Menu didn't create the type of object I expected

When I choose Tool menu → Attach the resulting object isn't what I expected. Why?

Requirements

  • PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.3 or newer recommended)
  • Mac OS? X (Mavericks version 10.9.2 or newer recommended)


Background

To fully address this condition the history of the Tool menu → Attach is important.

What does Attach do? It allows you to you to physically join the end points of lines, arcs, béziers, and polygons to form a new, single object. The result of the operation can be a Polygon, a Bézier, or a Group depending on the settings of the menu item and the type of object geometry selected.

Originally (way back in PowerDraw 2 or 3? circa 1989ish?) Attach always yielded a polygon unless the selected path (objects to be attached) contained higher level geometry such as an arc or elliptical arc. In that case a Group was always created which traced the selected path with a new Polygon. In effect always keeping the higher level geometry. This made a lot of sense - and that's still the case today. Why? Because a higher level geometric object (e.g. an arc ) can always be converted to lower level geometry (e.g. lines or a polygon) -- but -- lower level geometry can never be converted to higher level geometry (e.g. we can't convert a polygon to a circle but we can convert a circle to a polygon). That's a critical distinction.

Starting in PowerCADD 8 and continuing into PowerCADD 9, we've been given a lot more control and the manual does a great job of describing those optional settings for Attach. There in effect three distinct optional settings for the Attach command and they are fully explained in the PowerCADD 9 PDF? manual (choose Help menu → PowerCADD Manual and search for the term "attach" - page 252).

What To Do:

There are optional settings for the Attach menu item that let you control what the resulting geometry should be. As noted above they're described in the manual but in general:

Do This:

  1. Hold the Option key and choose Tool menu
  2. Observe: The menu display changes and Attach now appears at Attach... (note the three dots)
  3. Move the mouse and release on the Attach... menu item and a dialog will appear giving you three choices.
  4. Select the desired option and click on ok button
  5. Select the objects to be attached
  6. Choose Tool menu → Attach
  7. Result: The selected objects are attached and converted as specified in 4 above

What's critical to understand is the distinction we outlined earlier about higher level and lower level geometry conversion and potentially destructive results. Remember that higher level geometry like an arc, or elliptical arc, have unique properties. For example an Arc is defined by a specific center point (defined by an XY position) and a radius, a starting arc angle, and an ending arc angle. Those are unique and geometrically advanced properties that let us do all kinds of other things such as dimension all those attributes.

Why is that important?

Well, imagine we were drawing a road center line - we need to be able to dimension that information to get it built. Unless we're building a drag strip, or a highway through Kansas, it's a pretty sure bet the road alignment will contain arc and tangent line geometry.

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In the above dialog (optional settings that appears from step 3 described earlier), two of these conversion options destroy the advanced higher level arc geometry in our road example. Specifically the no conversion check box retains the high level geometry and gives us a new traced polygon with which we can do other things. (hint: read the manual for details: the traced polygon is part of a group with a pen pattern of nil which can easily be found and changed).

Why would we want that traced polygon? Well we can do all sorts of things like get a total road length with one click. Or use the polygon and then apply the Parallel Polygon menu item to create a filled version of the entire road alignment for renderings or cost analysis. There is a whole host of choices - but - we always have the real arc geometry to go back and dimension! Had we chosen to convert it all to a polygon or bézier curve we'd have no high level arc geometry left to dimension or edit - making more work for ourselves.

Summary

There is no single best choice for what optional settings to use for Attach. Rather, the fact we have the choices is what's critical as every drawing situation is different. Pick the one that's right for you - just remember the optional settings are remembered until you go back and change them.

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PowerCADD 9 Top 10

My Top 10 Favorite Things About PowerCADD 9

It always seems unfair to try and rate ones favorite things about a new software release. After all, we all have different needs, desires, and workflows. In all fairness I'll even admit that my own list of favorites is to a certain degree situational depending on the task or deadline at hand.

The task of creating a top 10 list gets even trickier when you put into the context the amount of time and effort programmers put into all the little things that make such a big difference. Often it's those little things that get overlooked during the months of beta testing as we get accustomed to them -- sadly they become just a one line sound byte (sorry for the pun) that never does them justice.

Still, for what it's worth, at the time of this writing here are my top 10 favorite things about PowerCADD 9, most favorite listed first.



PowerCADD 9 Top 10:

  1. Performance: It's just really fast in everything it does from opening and saving files to working with objects and menu items. Those guys at Engineered Software know how to write some fast code.
  2. Consistency: It never ceases to amaze me how, looking back over 20 years of using this product, just how consistent the behavior and interface has been. It really makes it easy for veterans to get the most out of new features quickly while making it easy for rookies too.
  3. Spotlight: The ability to search basically anything that's text in PowerCADD 9 is just a great productivity boost in locating and managing files in the Mac OS? X Finder.
  4. QuickLook: Again another Mac OS X Finder level efficiency tool. Select a file, or several files, tap the space bar, and see a preview of the drawing right at your finger tips! Designers and illustrators are visual folks and we appreciate being able to find files by looking rather than remembering file names.
  5. Backward Compatibility: The fact I can open drawings up from PowerDRAW 6 or PowerCADD 1 thru 8 (and my legacy symbol libraries) is great and makes it a breeze to bring all my legacy files forward. They've made it dead easy to upgrade those old drawings by automatically updating them when opened and saving a copy of the new file for me!
  6. References: Managing and manipulating referenced drawings just got a whole lot faster and easier. How they're able to track the movement and renaming of referenced drawings is truly impressive. The only way I've been able to break a link was by deleting the referenced drawing or moving it off my server (or local hard drive if that's where I made the link). Even with a broken link I still see the last saved state which is a nice way to be treated after shooting myself in the foot!
  7. Alpha Channel Support: See through, transparency, opacity, call it what you want. If you have a bit image with a see through background, those bits will still be see thru in your PowerCADD 9 drawing. A great way to integrate entourage elements like trees, cars, shrubs, and people into your renderings from must about any source you can imagine!
  8. DWG? 2010: Because no application is an island -- support for *.dwg release 2010 is a great feature. The translator external is faster, easier to use, and has improved support for various subtle but important things. I can't wait to see where this goes in the future.
  9. PDF? To Objects: Bring in those EPSF, PDF, Illustrator, or Postscript files and the convert them to editable bézier curve objects. Lots of neat uses for that ranging from creative to technical.
  10. Live Area: Sure the Edit Window always displayed the area and perimeter of objects (and still does), or you could (and still can) insert the area and perimeter of objects into the drawing. But having that information displayed and linked to the object in the drawing is a great productivity boost! If you've ever done land use or area planning you'll really appreciate seeing the area of the smart labeled object update immediately it's reshaped.

As a reminder I reserve the right to change my mind and modify or reorder the above list based on a whim or what I'm doing to meet a deadline Cool

Feel to share your favorite things about PowerCADD 9 by posting a comment.
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PowerCADD 9 for El Capitan and Yosemite

PowerCADD 9.1.4 For Mac OS? X 10.10 Yosemite and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

  • Yes PowerCADD version 9 (9.1.4 Build 14 Dec 2015 or newer) is fully compatible with Mac OS 10.10 and 10.11
  • Operating Systems: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We recommend OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • As of Dec 15, 2015 PowerCADD 9.1.4 was issued as a free update for existing PowerCADD 9 users




Background

PowerCADD has been updated for full compatibility for Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x) and El Capitan (10.11.x). In addition, third party external plug-ins, including WildTOOLs, have also been updated.

This is much more than an simple incremental update. PowerCADD 9.1.4 is a complete rework of PowerCADD code from the ground up, yielding significant performance increases and setting the groundwork for faster and easier changes going forward for PowerCADD 10 and beyond. To paraphrase from what Apple so eloquently said with the release of iPhone 6s:

The only thing that's changed is everything -- inside. However, PowerCADD 9.1.4 still looks and feels like the product we've used for decades: elegantly simple and intuitive.

For a full list of what's new and update you should install PowerCADD 9.1.4 and then choose Help menu > Update Notes. In general here's a partial list of key items that have changed.

  • Performance: Numerous changes to the foundation yield better overall performance in opening and saving files including a marked improvement in files containing large bitmap images. In general, performance increases are in the range of 30%. A lot of legacy code and routines depreciated by Apple have been removed thereby improving the serviceability of PowerCADD moving into the future.
  • Advanced Text Editing in Place: Previous versions of PowerCADD using Advanced Text required editing that text in a dedicated edit dialog. Advanced Text can now be edited in place simply by clicking on the text block with the advanced text tool. Selecting Advanced Text and pressing CMD+E will still open the Advanced Text Edit Dialog and allow full access to the advanced text special features and formatting.
  • Code Signed for OS X Gatekeeper: You can re-enable GateKeeper in Mac OS X Preferences... and set it to Allow apps downloaded from: Mac App Store and identified developers, and PowerCADD will behave correctly
  • Legacy File? Support Has Changed: Due to the difficulty for supporting legacy file formats, PowerDCADD 9.1.4 does not contain translators for PowerDraw (.PD6) and PowerCADD 4(.PC4, .LIB) files. Users who need access to old files should bring them forward with 9.1.3 in order to maintain access. NOTE: Press and hold the Option will load the legacy translators for that session, allowing you to open legacy file formats from PowerDRAW 6 and earlier versions of PowerCADD.
  • Miscellaneous: There are an assortment of subtle changes including full support for long file names, better importing of legacy PowerCADD key commands, and commands like Place... returning to the last folder you've used (instead of defaulting to the Documents folder). In addition all the niggly issues we mentioned in this post on our website INTL URL are all addressed!

Overall the simple fact PowerCADD 9.1.4 is fully compliant with the latest versions of Apple's Yosemite and El Capitan operating systems will be a big deal for multi-seat installations. You can now plan and move forward to get everyone on a common operating system.

What To Do

If you are an existing PowerCADD user (any version) there are few different options depending on which version of PowerCADD you currently have. Here's a general breakdown:

Free Updates for Current PowerCADD 9 Users:
Current PowerCADD 9 users can update for free by downloading the update from the home page of Engineered Software. Please visit Engineered Software's website at www.engsw.com XTNL URL and use the links on that page to download your free update. You can also download updates for your registered third party xtnl plug-in's including WildTOOLs from that location.

Paid Upgrades from versions of PowerCADD prior to PowerCADD 9:
Current registered PowerCADD users can upgrade from an earlier version of PowerCADD (e.g. PowerCADD 6,7, or 8 to PowerCADD 9) will need to pay for their upgrade to PowerCADD 9.1.4 and should contact Engineered Software if your in the U.S. or Canada, or your International Distributor for pricing. Please note these are paid upgrades (not free updates). Please visit Engineered Software's website at www.engsw.com XTNL URL for details on how to upgrade.

New PowerCADD Users:
If you are buying a new version of PowerCADD (from Engineered Software in the U.S., Canada, or an International Distributor), you will receive the latest version with that purchase. However, we encourage all new purchasers to confirm with the respective seller that PowerCADD version 9.1.4 (or newer) it what will be provided.

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PowerCADD 9 Wish Lists

PowerCADD v8 was released March 2008 and we've already started our PowerCADD v9 wish lists. Who said the life of a software developer was easy Smile

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Spotlight Search Support

feature request -- not sure how easy -- but given the move to X Code this one might be practical and reasonably painless

The ability to have PowerCADD drawing text content indexed by Apple Spotlight search engine.

Right now we have to use the comments field (or an automator action to set comments) to add important date or search criteria. For example, drawing title blocks typically contain important info on the project name, project number, and key dates and descriptions of when a drawing was issued. For example I might need to find all my drawings that were 'issued for construction' or 'issued for tender' on project 'x' ; content which appears in the drawing titleblock as matter of standard drawing practice in virtually every office I've seen drawings from.

A little thing that could be helpful; until then we do have a work around that's pretty easy

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Control Click to Remove a GuideLine

Feature Overview

While there are quick ways to remove all guidelines from a drawing or turn them on or off, there's no short cut to removing a single guideline from a drawing.

Feature Description:

Currently, removing a single guideline from a drawing requires dragging it onto the ruler. While this is a very easy task, it does require a lot of mouse movement, particularly on large monitors. It's also somewhat disruptive to the workflow in that it requires we remove our attention from the object at hand to drag things onto the ruler. Given we can currently control+click on an item to bring up a contextual menu to object attributes, why not also have the ability to control+click on a guideline to remove it. Since one of the underlying reasons behind contextual menu's is to make the drawing process more efficient by reducing mouse movement in and out of palettes and menu's, this seems like a logical extension to the process.

We realize it's a little thing - but it just seems like it's the little things that make life easier Smile

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  • 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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Cropping Referenced Drawings

Feature Overview

The ability to crop and un-crop Referenced drawings similar to how we can currently crop and un-crop Placed items.

Feature Description:

Even though Referenced drawings span multiple layers, they are in essence treated as a single entity in that they can be selected and rotated, scaled, bound, etc, all from the References menu. If we can see the References bounding box, it would be helpful to treat that bounding box the same as we do with Placed items; cropping and un-cropping the referenced content; all layers associated with the referenced item would be affected.

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  • 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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Drawing Preview when Editing Groups

Feature Overview

An application level preference to enable/disable seeing a preview of the drawing when in Edit Groups mode (Edit menu -> Edit Groups).

Feature Description:

Currently when editing a group, all other drawing data is hidden and only the group is displayed. However, when editing groups, it's often important to see other drawing data for reference. The preview, if enabled, could be a reduced opacity version (i.e. dimmed) of the layers that were visible when the Edit Groups command was chosen from the Edit menu.

Example: If the user needs to rotate one element in a group relative to some other general drawing reference point, it's important to see that contextual data from the main drawing.

Current model requires users to either:

  1. Guess where the other drawing data is when editing the group. This can result in having to edit the group multiple times to get things right
    • or
  2. Copy data from the general drawing, then choose Edit Menu > Edit Groups, then Paste the general drawing data for reference. After completing the Edit Group operation the pasted reference objects need to be deleted

The problems are fairly apparent with both models. Option (1) in particular may get even more cumbersome if Edit All Layers is OFF and the object needing to be copied is on a different layer, or if the object needing to be copied is part of different group or symbol.

The ability to enable/disable preview when editing groups would speed up the drawing editing / production cycle. An application level preference seems reasonable since it's presumed most users would want this feature 'on or off' ( much like Hide Reshape Fills is a logical Preference choice for general application behavior across all drawings).

We think the new feature in PowerCADD 7, which displays static text Editing Group in the Layers Window during an Edit Group operation is a significant first step and we think being able to choose to see (or not see) a drawing preview that is faded (reduced opacity) would be a welcome feature and logical next step.

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  • 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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Vote Here: Edit Groups Drawing Preview

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Improved Previews for Bitmap Effects

Feature Overview

The preview presented when using the Apply Bitmap Effects... menu item is too small (note, it's acknowledged this is an Apple limitation since the menu item calls Apple's QuickTime). An improved preview where the entire drawing window acts as the preview would provide better visual feedback.

Feature Description:

Any QuickTime or similar effect should be previewed in the main drawing window. The dialog box for the QuickTime effect should also be moveable. The current model makes it difficult to get predictable results.

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  • 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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Optional Tool Settings Append as Sheet

Feature Overview

When pressing Option and clicking on a tool with two dots, the Optional Tool Settings dialog should append as a sheet to the associated tool palette.

Feature Description:

Currently, tools with optional settings (two dots in their icon), pressing Option and clicking on a tool opens a new floating window. In the case of PowerCADD Tools, those windows float and can be moved around. In the case of WildTOOLs, those windows don't float (a long standing HIGs? violation and pet peeve) and are stuck to the center of the screen area.

The proposed feature for tools with optional settings; their settings should open as sheet appended to the tool palette instead of a floating dialog.

Why

The user already knows where the tool palette is; it's my work flow anchor for production. I've had to move my mouse around just to press option and click on the tool to open the dialog. I then have to go through more mousing around to get to the dialog to either move the dialog (in the case of PowerCADD tools) and enter the data.

It would more convenient if the optional settings just appended to the Tools Palette as a sheet. It would behave in principle just like the see-through / auto-fade settings work now for floating windows or the primary tool palette. In case you missed it, here is how you can adjust the auto-fade settings in PowerCADD 7: Control+Click on any tool palette and choose Palette Settings... from the contextual menu to see this sheet append to the selected tool palette:

Having all the user interface elements grouped together around the tool palette would be more efficient for production and provide a smoother user interface. While it's possible to assign a key command to a tool which includes the Option key to force the dialog, having it all associated with the tool palette as a sheet just seems like a nice logical extension of the Mac OS? X interface.

Special Note: If the optional settings were appended to the tool palettes, it would also mean that WildTOOLs would follow the same standard (or at least one would hope so), thereby unsticking their optional tool settings from the center of the screen and making for a more fluid and consistent work flow.

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Wish List: PowerCADD 9 ACAD Translator

Some of the items here are carry overs from our PowerCADD v8 translator wish list. Some items are new.

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Batch Processing

Feature Overview

Reintroduce the ability to Batch process reading (opening) DWG? or DXF? files and writing (saving) PowerCADD to DWG or DXF.

Feature Description:

The old PowerDRAW translator, a stand alone application, had the ability to batch process files. We'd like to see that feature integrated into the PowerDWG Translator External. Key elements would include:

  1. The ability to open (read) multiple DWG or DXF files by pointing the translator to a folder full of files
  2. The ability to save (write) multiple PowerCADD files to DWG or DXF by pointing the translator to a folder full of files
  3. The ability to save presets of translator settings that could be applied to reading or writing DXF or DWG files
  4. The presets noted in (3) would include the ability to link to the Line Weight to Color or Color to Line Weight settings and other existing optional translation settings

Optionally, we'd also like to see the translator let us save the preset settings a droplet. Dropping a folder full of files onto the droplet would tell PowerCADD to automatically process the files (either read or write) with the saved settings.

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Clip Filled Objects when Writing DWG

Feature Overview

The ability for PowerDWG to automatically clip objects when writing (saving) a PowerCADD drawing as a DWG file.

Feature Description:

In PowerCADD, and on the Mac in general, we can create objects that are filled white; for example a rectangle that is filled white. If that filled rectangle is on top of another object, for example a line, the white fill hides the line (or portion of a line) below it as shown here:

That technique, which could loosely be referred to as masking, is a common one used in PowerCADD drawings and on the Mac OS?. When a PowerCADD drawing using that technique is saved as a DWG file, the fill pattern is ignored (not a surprise) and in AutoCAD the user sees through the rectangle to the line below. As shown here, that is clearly not the same condition as we drew in PowerCADD (illustrated above).

[inline:PCD8_Wish_DWGClip_02.jpg]

So, what do we mean by clipping when writing a DWG file?
In the old days, PowerCADD has a Plot Driver built in -- that plot driver would cut or clip overlapping objects when creating the HPGL? files necessary for output. In the example we're describing above, the results would be that the section of the line, hidden by the white fill, would be clipped where it intersects the sides of the rectangle. In effect, producing new line segments where they intersected. As shown here, if the PowerCADD PowerDWG Translator supported clipping, like it's old Plot Driver did, we'd see a result in AutoCAD that looked like this:

The result in AutoCAD would look like they did in the original PowerCADD drawing
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A short trip in the way back machine, back to the roots of Engineered Software and their experience with writing Plot Drivers, would yield a valulable addition to the PowerDWG Translator that would bring us one step closer to WYSIWYG? translation between the Mac (PowerCADD) and Windows (AutoCAD) worlds.

Of course, we'd like the clip filled objects feature to be a radio button optional setting so we can choose to turn it on or off. Yes -- we'd like it all, thank you very much Cool

Work Around

Currently, the only work around is to manually trim the types of intersections illustrated earlier. Clearly, in a complex drawing, that can be an extensive (and expensive!) task, particularly where smart objects such as doors or windows are used to mask wall lines to create openings. The only other choice is to start the PowerCADD drawing, from the start, with the plan that is going to be exported via DWG to AutoCAD and draw down to that standard. While this is a reasonable approach, it negates many of the advantages we have by drawing on a Mac and with PowerCADD.

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Vote Here: PCADD 8 PowerDWG Clip Filled Objects

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Map Fill to Hatch Patterns

Feature Overview

The ability for the PowerDWG Translator to automatically map PowerCADD fill patterns in a drawing to hatch patterns when saving (writing) out a DWG file.

Feature Description:

Those of us who have been around the block and using PowerCADD (and PowerDRAW) might remember a feature in the PowerDRAW Translator application. This was a separate application used to translate PowerDRAW files to DXF? in those days but it had a great feature: the ability let the user map their Mac OS? X fill patterns to any hatch pattern they liked.

The feature was actually part of the plot driver technology and it worked great, except for one flaw: it wouldn't look inside of groups.

We'd like to see that feature brought back and improved upon. Let the user map their PowerCADD fill pattern to a hatch pattern when writing a DXF or DWG File?. The objects fill pattern, whether in a group or symbol or an independent entity in the drawing, would be converted when saving the DWG file so it opens in AutoCAD with a hatch pattern instead.

There is some discussion here about the AutoCAD Wipeout feature that could also apply in this case. But our thought in bring this old feature back to the future is the technology is already there and maybe that will make for an easier start point and lay the foundation to build upon. Were also going to more digging into that AutoCAD feature since there may be silver lining in there too!

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Save Setups for Translation Settings

Feature Overview

The ability to save the settings used to translate a drawing as a preset setup that could be recalled again later and applied to different files.

Feature Description:

When a file is opened for translation, the user has to make a variety of choices for the translation settings such as scale, sheet size, limits, extents, whether to use a specific pen color to line weight lookup table, delete off page objects, etc.. There are in fact several settings which must be set.

Currently the translator remembers the last used settings, which is helpful but limiting. Ideally it would be great if all the settings and optional settings assigned in the Incoming Settings Window could be saved as setup. In principle this is similar to how Gradient settings, Sheet Setups, or how Color To Line Weight and Line Weight to Color translation settings are saved and may be applied quickly by selecting them from a menu.

Given most AutoCAD shops are consistent in how they setup files, or at a minimum are consistent with how files in a given project are setup, the proposed new feature would make it considerably more efficient when multiple translations are required on a project (which is typicall the case). The time savings also become even more significant when we realize there are typically multiple consultants on a given project, each with their own AutoCAD to PowerCADD translation setting requirements. In addition, those user who work with multiple consultants on multiple projects would see an even greater benefit for the proposed feature.

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Write Global Origin with DWG

Feature Overview

The ability to specify the Global Origin for a DWG? file written from PowerCADD is critical to cross platform consultant coordination. The differing coordinate spaces requires additional effort on the part of WinTel/Acad users receiving the PCadd DWG file which is often unacceptable in terms of a 'delivered product'.

Feature Description:

Writing DWG with a user specified global origin would simply speed up cross platform coordination with AutoCAD and other 1:1 Coordinate system applications on both Mac's and PC's (for example, FormZ, a Mac and Windows 3D modeling application using a 1:1 coordinate system, or AutoCAD which is also a 3D and 2D application using a 1:1 coordinate system)

This would seem a logical extension of the current Global Origin feature allowing me to work with large coordinate values with in PowerCADD.

Work Around

Currently, the only work around is to have a copy of AutoCAD on hand (running on a dedicated Windows computer or on an Apple computer running Windows in some type of emulation environment), open the translated PowerCADD file and move it manually to the required coordinate location. If Global Origins were written with the DWG file when saved from PowerCADD, the anchor point and appropriate XY insertion point could be included in the file, thereby saving this step and simplifying the cross platform translation process.

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XML Database Support

Feature Overview:
Write the user defined database attributes assigned in PowerCADD as an external XML? resource file for the current suite of database file options.

Feature Description:

XML is at the core of numerous aspects of Mac OS? X and various internet technologies. In it's simplest definition, an XML (Extensible Markup Language) file is a cross platform, smart , text file which formats data which can be more readily used by other applications. XML support would make the entire database process more seamless and set the stage for future interopability of the user defined PowerCADD database attributes. Two common examples of similar implementations include:

  • Apple iLife'04: XML allows the database for items such as playlists defined in iTunes to be read in iPhoto. Chapter marks in iMovie can be used/read by iDvd, etc.
  • Apple's Addressbook application publishes it's contents in XML allowing the data to be read and repurposed by various third party authors. There are several examples of third party applications which take advantage of the XML format of Addressbook including iWork and YouControl. There are other third party applications which read the Addressbook XML formated data for printing address labels and envelopes.

PowerCADD currently provides several methods for users to assign database attributes to objects (see our two related links here and here for additional information on the currently available methods).

In the current scheme, the database attributes are assigned to objects within PowerCADD and are saved with the core PowerCADD drawing. in order to extract the database attributes, users must perform a Save As... and select the appropriate report option which results in a text file saved to disk. The text file can then be manually integrated into various third party applications for additional value added analysis. However, changes made to the drawing require saving a new report and reimporting that file. The cycle can become cumbersome and tends to slow down the work flow.

Maintaining a proprietary drawing object database is important for the core PowerCADD drawing objects and that should not change with support for XML. However, opening up the user defined database attributes as defined using Object text, Symbol Tags, Set Data, Export Data would make the data more usable without compromising the proprietary drawing file database/format.

The basic methodology for this feature request is:

  1. A unique XML file is written to disk when a user assigns a database tag using any of the existing methods.
  2. The XML file is live linked to the drawing database: that is, if the user makes a change to the drawing (for example deleting a symbol), the appropriate XML file is updated when the PowerCADD drawing file is saved.
  3. The user could then link to the XML file saved to disk in their database application of choice which would reflect the last saved state of the XML File?

Support for XML should not compromise the internal, proprietary, PowerCADD drawing database. However, making the user defined database tags from Symbol Tags, Object Text, Export Data and Set Data accessible via XML would help stream line the work flow. Using an open, cross platform standard, also helps set the stage for future database development.

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arc by chord niggly issue

this is an old and ongoing niggly thing

when I'm drawing Arc by Chord, I can't press TAB to activate the Edit Window and specify the chord length.

Why not? I can use Tab for direct entry of the length and angle but not the chord length which arguably the most important part.

I think it compromises the effectiveness of the tool.

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