What's new in CADAM Drafting Version 4 Release 2.5

The following changes have been made to the CADAM Drafting product since Version 4 Release 2.4.

System Changes

Support for Windows 7 (Windows only - Added in 425 SP3)

Support for Windows 7 has been added in CADAM Drafting 425 Service Pack 3.

Support for Czech characters (Windows only)

20 characters have been added to the "01" character page to support the creation of text bearing elements using Czech characters.

HP-UX 11i Support (HP-UX only)

HP-UX 11i is now supported by CADAM Drafting Version 4. Earlier levels are no longer supported.

AIX 5.2 and 5.3 Support (AIX only)

AIX Version 5.2 and Version 5.3 are now supported by CADAM Drafting Version 4. Earlier levels are no longer supported.

Searchable documentation (Windows only - Added in Refresh 3)

A searchable version of the documentation is now provided with the product.  This version is launched by selecting Contents from the Help menu.  This documentation can also be accessed directly by double-clicking on the CCDSearchableDoc.chm file in the CCD_ROOT\En_US\Help folder or by placing a shortcut to this file on the desktop.

Windows XP support  (Windows only)

Windows XP is supported for use with CADAM Drafting V4. Windows 2000 continues to be supported. Windows NT 4.0, 95 and 98 are no longer supported.

Windows 95 support removed (Windows only - Support removed in Refresh 3)

CADAM Drafting V4 no longer supports Windows 95.

LUM 4.6.7 support 

LUM 4.6.7 is now supported for use with CADAM Drafting. 

Additional Windows Language Versions Supported (Windows only) 

CADAM Drafting will now run on Central European, Eastern European, Russian, Turkish, and Greek versions of Windows.


Function Key DIMENSION Changes

Flag to remove new dimension text clearance when JIS dimensions are transferred to MF CADAM

When new JIS dimensions created in CADAM Drafting V5R5 and above, or 424 and above are transferred to MF CADAM, the text clearance displays differently than pre-existing JIS dimensions.  A switch has been created that will force all JIS dimensions to display with the old style clearance.  To activate the switch, place a file (containing at least one character) named "oldjis" in the CCD_ROOT/PROFILE directory.  Note that, upon return to CADAM Drafting, these transferred JIS dimensions will continue to behave as pre-424 dimensions.  


FK Line Change

Line divide feature

The new line divide feature creates lines that divide the area between two existing lines into equal spaces.  To divide an area, the user specifies the number of spaces into which the area will be divided, then selects the first bounding line and then the second.  The appropriate number of new lines are created, equally spaced between the two selected bounding lines.  The newly created lines are the same length as the first selected line, except in the case where the intersection point lies on the first selected line.  This function is accessed in FK Line, menu item DIV.

Implicit points when creating PT-PT lines

When selecting existing lines to create a PT-PT line, CADAM Drafting now determines whether the selection was closest to an endpoint or a midpoint of the existing lines.  The closest of these points will be used as the defined endpoint of the newly created line.


FK Relimit Change

Relimit both ends

The new relimit both ends feature allows both ends of an element to be relimited in a single operation.  For example, if a horizontal line is intersected by two vertical lines and the user wants this line to be relimted to both of the vertical lines, they would select the BOTH ENDS option in FK Relimit, select the line to be relimited, then select each of the limiting lines.  The horizontal line would then be relimited to fit within the two vertical lines.  At this point, the user can press YN to flip the line to be relimited to the outside of the veritcal lines.


FK Symbol Change

Allow arrow attach point to be moved

The arrowhead attach point of an existing arrow can now be repositioned.  This is done under FK Symbol -> Arrow -> Edit.  If the arrow to be edited is selected on the arrowhead itself, then the arrowhead attach point will be moved to the subsequently indicated point.  If the arrow is selected anywhere else on the arrow, the previously available repositioning options will apply.


Hardcopy Changes


This new option of the GEOMSCALE parameter will automatically set the plot scale such that the geometry will fit within the specified xsize,ysize limits.


In previous releases, dashes were always plotted at the size specified in the "Length of Dash Segment" and "Length of Space".  The plot scale did not affect the display of dash segments and spaces.  Setting this new option to "yes" will apply the plot data scale to the "Length of Dash Segment" and "Length of Space" parameters if the plot data scale is less than 1.0.  These parameters will not be affected if the plot data scale is greater than 1.0.

User definable Postscript accuracy (Windows only)

The user can now specify the accuracy of Postscript plots.  This is done with the new "%ac" parameter in the Postscript ".def" file.  The parameter is followed by an integer number that specifies the desired DPI accuracy in hundreds.  For example, specifying "%ac 2" would produce Postscript plots with a print accuracy of 200 dots per inch.  A new default "psc.def" file is supplied with CADAM Drafting which sets this value to 300 dots per inch.  Previously, the accuracy of Postscript output was fixed at 100 dots per inch.  Note that, while setting this value higher will result in more accurate output, it will also result in larger Postscript files and, therefore, slower output performance.

Plotter table sorting

The plotter table is sorted and refiled whenever the user adds or modifies a plotter table entry.

Plot data not needed when batch plotting

When batch plotting, it is no longer necessary for plot data to be defined in the model(s) to be plotted.  If plot data is not present, a Window ALL will be performed.  The resulting extents will be used for plotting the model.

Single queue plotscript (AIX only )

A new plotscript has been added.  This plotscript simplifies the process of setting up print queues on AIX as it does not require a separate backend queue.  See $CCD_ROOT/PLOT/onequescript_hp2.

CADEX Changes

Add wiredata to netlist report

When a netlist report is generated, any blank wiredata will be replaced with a non-blank wiredata found within the same net.

Traceable lines

Lines can now be traced, whereas previoulsy only multilines could be traced.

Windows panels (Windows only)

The Diagnostic Messages, Extraction Options, Sheets to Trace, Generate Report Names, Views to Trace and Traceable Lines panels are now all implemented as Windows dialog panels.


EFT Changes

AutoCAD 2000 Support

DXF and DWG files generated by AutoCAD 2000 are now supported.

Ellipse handling options

The OMAP_ELLIPSE parameter has been added to allow the user to specify whether ellipses should be exported as true ellipses or as a polyline approximation.  Ellipses exported as AutoCAD ellipses will now maintain their linewidth attribute if AutoCAD 2000 is specified.

Select between mtext and regular text

A new output parameter has been added to determine whether text is exported to DXF/DWG using mtext or regular text.  The parameter is OMAP_TEXT and can be set to either "mtext" or "text".  The default setting is "mtext".  Access to this new parameter has also been added to the interactive export parameter panel.

Import of splines defined by control points

AutoCAD splines that have been defined using control points can now be imported into CADAM Drafting.

Solid areafill support

Solid areafills having no pattern are now translated to DXF solid hatch elements.

Improved color mapping

Color mapping has been improved so that color conversion is done directly from RGB values rather than simply matching color indices.  

Improved linetype mapping

CADAM Drafting linetypes are now mapped much more closely to AutoCAD types.  

Improved width mapping

Heavy, medium and light lineweights are now mapped to .1mm, .3mm, and .5mm, respectively.  Pen widths (from STYLE2) are mapped to the defined pen width for each pen.  

NC line handling

NC lines are now mapped to a separate layer upon export to AutoCAD.  Upon re-importing, lines on this layer will be mapped back to NC lines. 

User definable line weight mapping

The user can now specify the line width to be used in creating the DXF/DWG file when mapping heavy, medium and light lineweights.  These values can be specified interactively on the parameters panel or in the config file using the OMAP_HEAVY, OMAP_MEDIUM, and OMAP_LIGHT keywords.

NC lines placed on a separate layer

NC lines are now placed on a separate layer when exported to DXF/DWG.

Enhanced linetype mapping

The linetype mapping option has been significantly enhanced. Support has been added for STYLE2 linetypes. Also, these linetype definitions will be placed in the exported DXF file. See "Specifying Line Types" in the EFT documentation for more information.

Sample line and shape definition files

Sample AutoCAD line and shape definition files are now provided with CADAM Drafting in the DXF\lines_and_shapes folder. You can use these files with AutoCAD to more closely approximate CADAM Drafting linestyles.


IUE Changes

IUE Macros Toolbar Program List (Windows only)

The user or system administrator can now specify which IUE programs will appear in the IUE Macro Toolbar dropdown list.  See Customizing CADAM Drafting Toolbars for more information.

Support for Windows OLE elements

Limited support has been added to IUE to handle Windows OLE elements that may be embedded in a CADAM Drafting model. This support includes traversing for OLE elements, retrieving extent data and deleting existing OLE elements.



Point Size Specification (Windows only)

The system administrator can now specify the displayed size of points in the Drafting Customization panel in CADPROF.  Valid sizes range from 1 to 24 pixels.

Default Detail Import Library (Windows only)

The system administrator can now specify the default directory for Detail Import in the Drawing Management panel in CADPROF.

Default Logon Data (Windows only)

The system administrator can now specify a default logon ID and password for any defined CADAM file system on the Define CADAM File Systems panel in CADPROF.  It is also now possible to specify that the logon panel be skipped.  See Summary of Steps for Installing an ICF Server for more information.