Bricscad - GeoTools e-Newsletter # 164:


March 5, 2014
Bangalore, India

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*** Bricsys Announces Interim Dividend, Releases V14.2 With New Features

Bricsys unveiled V 14.2 on Feb 28, 2014. This is another feature packed release, and an interim dividend from the company during the V14 life-cycle that is bound to delight the user and application developer community. I looked at the Release Notes and found that most of the new improvements are direct implementation of user requests, as can be seen from the various Support Request numbers in it. Here is a low-down on what is new in BricsCAD V14.2:

  • 2D drawings from 3D models are now easier than before.
  • GENERATED DRAWING VIEWS: the BMGENDRAFT and BMGENSECTION commands have been completely reworked.
  • Some command names have been renamed. A new VIEWBASE command has been added, and replaces the earlier BMGENDRAFT command. The VIEWBASE command now creates the drawing views as simple 2d entities, rather than as a 3d solid with special visual styles. This make management of 2d representation simpler and easier.
  • A new system variable VIEWUPDATEAUTO now controls whether the 2d views are automatically updated when the source 3d model changes. A bounding box around the view tells whether the view needs updating or not.
  • A new command VIEWUPDATE updates your 2d views on demand.
  • QUICKDRAW is back - in a different avatar. The other good news is that the functionality of the previous QUICKDRAW feature of V13 has been re-introduced in this version, although in a different way. A new command called VIEWEXPORT now allows views to be exported to model space, in exactly the same manner as QUICKDRAW.
  • A new VIEWSECTION command has been added, and replaces the earlier BMGENSECTION command.
  • The BMGEN... commands will be retired in V15.
  • A new system variable PROJECTIONTYPE has been added which controls the projection type used when generating drawing views. A value of 0 provides for First Angle projection (Europe) while a value of 1 provides for Third Angle projection ( U.S., Canada, Australia). This setting is stored in the drawing.
  • The OVERKILL command arrives in BricsCAD As a developer of productivity tools for BricsCAD, I am mighty pleased with this new feature. You can now remove duplicate entities, partially overlapping entities and more using this command. This is a pain-point which has been finally addressed. What I liked is that there is a command line version also, which will allow un-attended processing of large number of drawings at once.

** BricsCAD now supports CUIX files

So, if you have AutoCAD CUIX files, you can re-use them straight away in BricsCAD. This is convenient because now, I do not have to maintain my menus in CUI and CUIX formats for both platforms. Internally, BricsCAD converts the CUIX files into CUI files and any bitmaps within the CUIX files are stored in RESZ files.

The SHEET METAL menu flexes its muscles again. More features unfold.

For the Mechanical industry, the newly introduced Sheet Metal feature gets a shot in the arm again. It is now possible to associate a bending table with a Sheet Metal model. .CSV files containing bending tables can be specified using the corresponding field in the Mechanical Browser. Bend deduction values from the table are used to exactly calculate unfolding matching the used manufacturing tools. With this addition, Bricsys is clearly focusing on the pain-points to make sure the Sheet Metal module is well on its way to give the big guys in this segment a run for their money.

A brand new command SMFLANGECONNECT allows closing gaps between two arbitrarily oriented flanges.

** HATCH improvements

V 14.2 adds support for snapping to hatch pattern geometry, controlled by new OSOPTIONS system variable setting.

OSOPTIONS = 0: Object snapping is enabled for hatch entities

OSOPTIONS = 1: Object snapping is disabled for hatch entities.

This option is disabled by default in BricsCAD.

There are a significant number of performance and usability improvements as well as defect fixes in this new release. You can read the Release notes for a detailed description of the same. Most improvements are in Direct Modeling, Constraints features, Sheet Metal, Snap+Track, Hatching, Annotative Scales, Visual Styles and more. Lastly, Lisp application developers have something to cheer about. There are huge speed improvements in Lisp function speeds, with the introduction of Fast-COM in all vla functions. Fast-COM, which is an internal, equivalent fast implementation of ActiveX functions using more efficient techniques is now part of mainstream Lisp and users automatically use it in BrcsCAD, reaping performance benefits. Unlike other dwg CAD companies, Bricsys keeps BricsCAD users delighted by adding new features throughout the life-cycle of a release. You don’t have to wait till October each year to learn about new features in a new release. V14.2 is certainly one of those exciting releases with new features across the board. Releases such as these highlight the intense level of communication and connect between Bricsys management and developers on one side and the user & partner community on the other side. This also underscores the need for users to be on an active and current subscription to be part of this incredible association.

*** Bricsys Release BricsCAD V14 for Linux

* BricsCAD V14:

* BricsCAD Communicator:

On February 14, Bricsys today released the V14 version for Linux. This is a historic day for the CAD community.With V14 on Linux, BricsCAD is undoubtedly the most comprehensive CAD application in this planet that runs on the Linux platform. Bricsys has pushed the envelope further by bringing BricsCAD V14 to Linux, inclusive of all the innovations that we have got used to in Windows - the Quad interface, Annotative scaling, Sheet Metal, Generative Drafting, all Mechanical menus and so on. This is not a watered-down version, you get full featured Platinum capapbilities on Linux too. Bricsys switched from Windows-based code to OS-neutral code about five years back. I remember the time when all MFC classes were being painstakingly migrated to WxWidgets. This was a strategic decision that has reaped huge benefits. Today, we see the results of this migration once again. BricsCAD on Windows offers a modern, stable .dwg platform at a fraction of the price. Stability, compatibility and an overall lean overhead were key goals. It is heartening to see all of this achieved today in Windows and Linux. "I'm very proud of the development team who worked incredibly hard to bring so much new functionality into BricsCAD V14. We continue to deliver on our promise to unify 2D CAD and 3D direct modeling for .dwg on Linux." said Erik De Keyser, Bricsys CEO.

I reproduce some content from the Bricsys news release:

First time ever in .dwg Linux platform, BricsCAD offers:

  • Generate associative 2D and 3D views and sections
  • Automatically generate orthographic, isometric, and section views. The views are updated automatically when the 3D model changes.
  • Sheet metal design Create 3D sheet metal parts by extruding 2D profiles and adding new flanges trough simple push/pull actions. Bends, junctions and reliefs are added automatically. The parts can be unfolded automatically and then exported as 2D .dwg or 2D .dxf files for use with CAM systems.
  • QDim, MLeader, ConvertPoly, and HatchEdit commands for 2D drafting
  • High-speed Lisp engine (FAST-COM)
  • 30,000 3D Standard Parts library
  • Helix and Sweep commands for 3D modeling
  • New licensing engine for stand-alone, network, and volume licenses

*** See More in our blog:

*** Direct download URLs:

* BricsCAD V14:

* BricsCAD Communicator:

* GeoTools V14 for BricsCAD V14:


* CADPower V14 for BricsCAD V14:


Thank you for your continued support. As always, we welcome feedback at all times.

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