What's new in CADAM Drafting Version 5 Release 13

The following changes have been made to the CADAM Drafting product since the Version 5 Release 12 base release.

System Changes

Long File Name Support (Windows only)

Limited support for model names more than 20 characters in length has been added. See "Conventions for File Names" in the Getting Started With CADAM Drafting for V5 manual for more details and information about the limitations of this new function.

New Layers panel (Windows only)

The Layers modification panel in FK Group /LAYERS/ has been converted to a Windows panel. This panel is now also accessible with a right mouse button click using the Advanced Mouse Button function.

Advanced Mouse Button function default changed (Windows only)

The Advanced Mouse Button function now defaults to "On" for new users who do not have a previously saved registry setting for this function.

Key x,y location for Paste Special (Windows only - added in SP1)

An x,y location can now be keyed when initially pasting the clipboard contents or when moving the clipboard contents that were just pasted. This function is available under Paste Special.

Support for Smarteam V5R11+ (Windows only - added in SP3)

Smarteam versions V5R11 and above are now supported by the CADAM Drafting Smarteam interface. (For more information on the CADAM Drafting Smarteam Interface, please see http://www.cadam.com/ccd_products_smarteam.htm

Multiple part field definitions (Windows only - added in SP3)

Previously there was only one PN,FN definition in Cadprof ("Num. chars per field" in the Drawing Management panel). Now administrators can define "exception" directories (on local filesystems) and groups (on remote systems). See Drawing Management Parameters on Windows for more information.

Advanced Mouse Button - Edit Note (Windows only - added in SP3)

All properties of a note can now be edited, and immediately visualized, by right-clicking on a note and selecting the Edit Note function.


Function Key Circle Change

Ellipse definition with parallelogram

Ellipses can now be defined by selecting 4 sides of a parallelogram.


Function Key Corner Change

Chain mode when creating chamfers (Added in SP3)

"Chain mode" is now available when creating chamfered corners.


Function Key Group Change

Move temp group to current layer (Windows only - added in SP3)

If a temporary group exists when the new layer definition panel is brought up, the option to "Add grouped elements to the current layer" is available. Clicking on this button will move the elements in the temporary group from the layer in which they currently reside to the current layer.


Function Key Offset Changes

Repeat offsets (Added in SP3)

An offset distance may now be specified in "x@y" form, indicating that the offset distance "y" should be repeated "x" times. For example, keying 4@0.5 would be equivalent to keying "0.5,1.0,1.5,2.0" for the offset distances.

Default offset distance from relative analysis (Added in SP3)

The default offset distance will now be seeded with the results of a previously performed FK Analysis /RELATIVE/ operation.


Hardcopy Changes

New Print menu items (Windows only)

The plot toolbar now contains 2 new buttons for "Print" and "Print with Window Temporary Plot Data". Clicking on the "Print" button will print the current model to the default Windows printer without any intervening dialog. "Print with Window Temporary Plot Data" will do the same thing, but will use the current window boundary to create temporary plot data. These options are also available from the File menu. When selected from the File menu, these options will display the printer selection dialog box.

Batch plot with the Windows printer (Windows only)

The printer selection dialog will no longer be displayed when plotting to the Windows printer in batch mode. Instead, the print will automatically be sent to the default windows printer.

"Modify" button added to plot format table panel (Windows only)

A "Modify" button has been added to the plot format table button to allow the administrator to more easily control the order in which the formats are displayed.

"ALL" and "BOX" now available when defining plot data (Windows only - added in SP3)

The "ALL" and "BOX" command bar buttons are now available when defining temporary plot data.

EFT Changes

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 (Added in SP2)

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.

Break up incoming files for MF compatibility (Added in SP3)

A new input parameter has been added to allow the user to specify that a large incoming DXF or DWG file should be broken up into multiple models, each of which is smaller than the site's defined MF Model size. The resulting models are grouped together as an overlay family. This parameter is accessed by first setting the Layer Map flag to No. This enables the IMAP_MFC parameter. If this parameter is set to Yes, a new parameter appears allowing the user to specify the MF model size to use.


IUE Change

Support for Windows OLE elements (Added in SP1)

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.


ICF Change

Improved model text compatibility parameters (Windows only - Added in SP3)

Three new parameters have been added to the Define CADAM File Systems panel in cadprof to improve compatibility of the model text field:

Use MF Conventions - This refers to the justification of the userID within the model text. The mainframe left-justifies the userID, the workstation right-justifies the userID. By selecting "Yes" for "Use MF Conventions", the userID will behave as it does on the mainframe.

Add time to Julian date - "Yes" will append the time to the julian date, "No" will leave the time blank. The time occupies the 4 spaces to the left of the date.

UserID len - This allows the user to define the mainframe userID length. This length will default to a value of 6 if undefined. This length will be used regardless of the setting of "Use MF Conventions". The userID field will be padded with blanks (either left or right) to the length defined in the "UserID len" field. This field must have a value between 1 and 24.


CADEX Changes

Traceable lines (Added in SP1)

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

Windows panels (Windows only - Added in SP1)

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.

Automatic and enhanced cdxcvt processing (Windows only - Added in SP3)

When importing a model through ICFTRAN, if the model is determined to be a CADEX model, the CADEX Convert (cdxcvt) utility is run against the model. Because cdxcvt works on filed models and ICFTRAN does not normally file the model, ICFTRAN, in this case, files the model in a predetermined Group/User so cdxcvt can be run. Once the model is filed and cdxcvt has completed, the converted model is opened.

In addition, when moving CADEX models from Mainframe CADAM to CADAM Drafting, the /BUILD/ -> /CONVERT/ -> /WORKSTATION/ process should no longer be performed on the model. All necessary processing is now performed by cdxcvt.