What's new in CADAM Drafting Version 5 Release 16

The following changes have been made to the CADAM Drafting product since the Version 5 Release 15 base release.

System Changes

Concurrent off-line licensing support

Concurrent off-line licensing (the ability to check out a concurrent licenese for temporary use on a computer that is not attached to the network) is now supported. More details can be found in the documentation in the CCD_ROOT\License\Off-line\NodelockLicenseManager folder.

Set point size interactively (Windows only - added in SP1)

Point size can now be set interactively under Options -> Display Settings. This option was previously only available under cadprof.

Note parameters can be set via a Windows panel (Windows only - added in SP2)

You can now set all note parameters through the general Properties panel. With Advanced Mouse Button Functions set on, right-click in any open area on the drawing, then click on Properties... then click on the Change button next to Notes. A panel containing all of the note properties appears, as well as a sample note that shows what the current properties will look like when applied to a note. This panel provides the same function as setting parameters individually under the /PARMS/ function in function key Note.

CNTL keys for editing (Windows only - added in SP3)

Cntl+X, Cntl+C, and Cntl+V can now be used to access the CADAM Drafting Cut, Copy and Paste functions.

Euro symbol added (Windows only - added in SP3)

The Euro currency symbol has been added at Unicode code point 20AC.


Function Key Dimension Change

Support for Symmetry dimensions

A new menu item, /SYM/, has been added to allow Symmetry dimensions to be created under the JIS and ISO standards.


Function Key Group Change

Activating Layer Mode with a large model (Added in SP2)

In previuos releases, Layer Mode could not be activated if the current model contained more than 65,000 elements because CCD attempts to put all existing elements in Layer 0 when Layer Mode is first activated. Since a layer can not contain more than 65,000 elements, CCD would not allow Layer Mode to be activated in this case. Layer Mode can now be activated regardless of the number of elements in the current model. If there are more than 65,000 elements in the current model, Layer 0 will be created but NO element will be added to any layer. It will be up to the user to create additional layers and to manually add elements into these layers (observing the 65,000 element limit) after Layer Mode is activated.


Function Key Note Change

/FONT/ available under Windows (Windows only - added in SP1)

Users can now select from a set of bitmap fonts when displaying and plotting text elements. When text is plotted with one of these fonts, the text string is placed in the plot file. This will enable searching on text in CADAM Drawings that have been converted to PDF. The fonts available are Times Roman, Helvetica and Courier (including bold and italic variants).

Size limit on imported tables removed (Added in SP2)

In previous releases, CSV files with more than 50 rows or 50 columns could not be imported under the /TABLE/ function. This limit has been removed. The new limit is 60,000 cells.


Function Key Relimit Changes

Break at intersection

A line or circle can be selected in the new "Break at Intersections" function. This will cause the selected element to be broken at all points where a valid element crosses it. Valid intersecting elements are lines, circles, multilines, text, points, splines, symbols and dittos if a line was selected. Valid intersecting elements are lines, circles, and multilines if a circle was selected.

Relimit dimension arcs

Dimension witness arcs can now be relimited.


Hardcopy Change

FONTOVERRIDE plot option (Windows only - added in SP1)

A new option, FONTOVERRIDE, is available when plotting to the Postscript, CGM and Windows printers on Windows. This option allows the user to specify that all text should be rendered using one of the bitmap fonts that is now available. When this option is used, the actual text string will be placed in the plot file. An example of where this will be useful is when CADAM Drafting drawings are converted to PDF. Having the actual text string in the plot file will allow text searching within the PDF file.


IUE Change

DPI returned for raster elements

The DPI is now returned for raster (itype=2060) elements.


EFT Change

Support for AutoCAD 2004, 2005 files

AutoCAD 2004 and 2005 files are now supported by the EFT translator.


Hybrid Raster Change

Last directory remembered

When selecting character recognition and dictionary files, the last directory accessed is now remembered for subsequent file selection.


CADEX Change

Location of CADEX support drawings (Windows only - Changed in SP2)

All support drawings and files will now be expected to reside in a subdirectory named "Support". Moving these support drawings and files will be done automatically when the user brings up CADEX for the first time under V5R16 SP2. A file named "support_migration_done-do_not_remove" will be added to every CADEX drawing directory that has already been processed. If this file is deleted or renamed, it will cause the search and relocating of the support drawings and files to be re-done.