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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DWG for 2011 also supported

FYI the file format didn't change between AutoCAD r2010 and 2011 so the translator reads both those formats. Saving is as easy as choosing 2010 which can be read by ACad r2010 or r2011

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