What's new in CADAM Drafting Version 5 Release 6 

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

System Changes

Advanced Mouse Button Functions (Windows only)

Right mouse button clicks can now be used to edit element properties (color, style, width, etc.) and to operate on elements (erase, no show, add to group).  Right clicks over open space can also be used for mode switching, such as current view/layer/overlay, and for editing current model properties and modal settings.  See the section on Using the Advanced Mouse Button Functions in the "Getting Started with Cadam Drafting V5 on Windows" document for information on activating these functions and for a complete description of the available functions.

Windows 95 (OSR2) Support (Windows only)

CADAM Drafting V5R5 adds Windows 95 (OSR2) support.  

New character strokes

Strokes for several new characters have been added to the CADAM Drafting character table to support customers migrating to CADAM Drafting from the Helix and MICROCADAM products. 

Group Properties (Windows only)

The Advanced Mouse Button Functions has been enhanced by adding the menu item Group Properties.  This option will appear in the context menu when a temporary group exists and will allow the user to modify the Style1, Style2, Width and Color properties of all valid elements in the temporary group.

Restrict Local Filing (Windows only)

A new option has been added to CADPROF -> Drawing Management called "Restrict Local Filing".  Setting this option to "Yes" will disable the ability to file models locally.  This option is useful for those customers who have mixed Windows and UNIX installations and who want to force their Windows users to file models remotely on a UNIX server.

Additional Accelerator sequences added to support the CADAM Drafting Keypad (Windows only)

A series of cntl+shift accelerator sequences has been added to enhance the usability of the new CADAM Drafting Keypad.  (See www.cadam.com for more information about this new product.)

Preview Images (Windows only)

Small preview images can now be saved with a CADAM model.  This image is displayed on the "Open" dialog panel when a drawing is selected, allowing the user to see a small image of the model before actually opening the model.


Function Key DIMENSION Change

Display of dimensions with no text

A dimension with no text will no longer display with a locator dot in place of the text.  

Dimension text clearance factor now applied to JIS dimensions

The "Dimension Text Clearance Factor" is now applied to JIS dimensions.  In previous releases it had only been applied to ISO and IBM dimensions.  Unlike ISO and IBM dimensions, this factor is only applied to JIS dimensions that are created in CADAM Drafting V5R5 and above, or 423 Refresh 2 and above.  Users wishing to have these newly created JIS dimensions display with an identical clearance to pre-existing dimensions will need to change the default factor from "1.0" to "0.333333".

Flag to remove new dimension text clearance when JIS dimensions are transferred to MF CADAM (Added in Service Pack 1)

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 dimesions.  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-V5R5 dimensions.  


Function Key GROUP Change

Exact grouping

FK Group, /GROUP/ had a new menu item (/EXACT/) to enable the user to be more selective when performing a group by type operation. By selecting this option, the user is able to group elements that exactly match the selected element's generic and sub-generic type. This option can be useful in differentiating between the various CADAM Drafting symbols (Triangle, Rectangle, Dot, Rivet, etc.), for example.


Function Key HRAS Change

Location of character recognition files

Character recognition files that are created by the user will now be stored in the user's HOME directory instead of in the "current" directory.


Function Key Point Change

Isometric grid

A new option to support isometric grids has been added to the /GRID/ function.


Function Key Symbol Change

Editing font strings (Added in Service Pack 1)

A new /EDIT/ option has been added to /FONT/ which allows the characters in an existing font string to be edited.


Hardcopy Changes

Plot Current enhancement (Windows only)

The Plot Current function no longer requires the model to be filed before plotting.

Preserve drawing name when creating output file name (Windows only)

A new plot option, PLOTOUTSFX, has been added to allow the user to specify that the model name should be used when creating the plot output file name.  (Currently, a random name is generated to ensure uniqueness before the file is sent to the plot queue.)  This option also allows the user to specify the file suffix to be used.

Style1 linestyles on small circles

When the circumference of a full circle falls below the size of a full Style1 pattern repetition, but remains above the "Minimum Dash Length", three pattern repetitions will be used when plotting any full circle with a Style 1 linestyle applied.  The pattern will be scaled uniformly to allow the full three repetitions to be applied to the circle's circumference.

Sample plotscript for TIFF output (Windows only)

A sample plotscript showing how Postscript output can be converted to TIFF using 3rd party software is now included in the CCD_ROOT/PLOT/Samples directory.  Plotscripts included in this directory are simply samples.  It is the responsibility of the user to obtain any necessary 3rd party software and to configure the software and script properly for their environment.  

Sample plotscript for PDF output (Windows only)

A sample plotscript showing how Postscript output can be converted to PDF using Adobe Acrobat software is now included in the CCD_ROOT/PLOT/Samples directory.  Plotscripts included in this directory are simply samples.  It is the responsibility of the user to obtain any necessary 3rd party software and to configure the software and script properly for their environment.  


FMTFIT=ONLY,xsize,ysize will scale the format to fit within the boundaries defined by xsize, ysize but will not effect the scale of the geometry within its borders. However, if the format is scaled down to the point where it is smaller than the geometry within its borders, the geometry will be clipped at the outer border of the format.

Automatic Sorting of Plotter and Format tables

Plotter and Format tables are now automatically sorted.  The plotter table is read (and sorted) once at the start of the CADAM Drafting session. The format table gets sorted every time it is re-displayed.

GEOMSCALE=n.n option

This new option specifies that the plot data scale stored in the model should be ignored and that the value specified as "n.n" should be used.

GEOMSCALE=SIZE,x,y option (Added in Service Pack 1)

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.

SCALEDASH option (Added in Service Pack 1)

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.


CADEX Changes

IBM generated license now used (Windows only)

As of 423 Refresh 1 CADEX on the Windows platform is officially available through IBM as part of the CCD CADEX PRPQ (RPQ#P99014 - Product ID 5799-CAX).  As part of this official availability, the Windows version of CADEX now requires an IBM-generated license.  If you are currently using CADEX on the Windows platform, and are using a license key that was created by Dassault Systemes for a release prior to 423 Refresh 1, you will need to obtain a new license from IBM.  Beginning with V5R5, CADEX is also available with the Windows version of CCD V5.  A valid CADEX V4 license is required to use this version of CADEX.

CADEX now available on AIX media (AIX only)

The CADEX software is now available for installation from the CADAM Drafting for V5 AIX media.  Note that this version of CADEX still requires a CADEX V4 license.

Several CADEX enhancements

Add wiredata to netlist report (Added in Service Pack 1)

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


EFT Change

AutoCAD 2000 Support

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


IUE Change

Absoft ProFortran Version 6.2 certified (Windows only)

The Absoft ProFortran Version 6.2 compiler has now been certified for use with IUE application programs written in Fortran.

IUE Macros Toolbar (Windows only)

The IUE Macros toolbar allows the user to run IUE programs without going to the IUE function key.  This new function consists of a drop-down menu containing a list of all available IUE programs and 5 toolbar buttons to which individual IUE programs can be assigned.  Selecting a program from the drop-down list or selecting one of the assignable buttons will immediately execute the selected IUE program.  All IUE programs that are located in the CCD_ROOT\iue\bin directory will appear in the drop-down list. 


MCX/Helix Translator Changes

Helix translation substantially enhanced

As of V5R6 the MCX and Helix translators have been substantially enhanced and offer near-100% accuracy when importing MCX or Helix models into CADAM Drafting. 

Batch Helix translation (Windows only)

A batch Helix translator (named bulkxfer.exe), which also translates symbol tables and format tables, has been added.

LDX data support (Windows only)

The Helix translator will now transfer LDX data to CADAM Drafting CADEX data.

Preview images (Windows only - Added in Service Pack 1)

Helix Preview Images are now transferred to CADAM Drafting Preview Images.



Point Size Specification (Windows only - Added in Service Pack 1)

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