BricsCAD - GeoTools - CADPower e-Newsletter # 215:


May 2, 2016
Bengaluru, India

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Bengaluru, India

*** Headline news: DesignSense Software Technologies, in association with Portal Graphics of Brazil, announces the launch of the Brazilian Portuguese version of CADPower and GeoTools software.

This is the fourth language in which our software operates, which now includes English, German, Spanish and Portuguese(BR).

Portal Graphics [] is a leading reseller of BricsCAD in Brazil and is also actively engaged in offering customized CAD software solutions to their users in Brazil.

The entire user interface of CADPower and GeoTools, which includes command line messages, dialog box UI, installation and licensing and sales and support collaterals like command lists and brochures have been completely interfaced in Portuguese by Portal Graphics.

The Portuguese version of CADPower and GeoTools is available both for the AutoCAD and BricsCAD platforms.

Portuguese (BR) version download links:

GeoTools for AutoCAD:
CADPower for AutoCAD:
GeoTools for BricsCAD:
CADPower for BricsCAD:

The addition of Portuguese(BR) language support reflects the growing demand for our products in one of the largest and fastest growing economies of the worls, Brazil.

*** CADPower V 17.02 Update:

** Improved command: CP_MVEDIT (Menu: CADPower-> Polyline-> Vertex Management-> Mulitple Vertex Editor):

The CP_MVEDIT command was originally intended to provide basic vertex editing tools based on fixed X, Y and Z movements. In V 17.01, we extended the functionality by adding simple dynamic movements which allowed interactive movement on the screen while the user could see the results graphically.

In this update, we have further enhanced it and this tool can now be used for several size, area and proximity simulation studies.

A new option called 'DynamicCustom' which was added in V 17.01 has been further improved.

The following options are now available in this command:

1 - TowardsEachOther (moves both picked vertices towards each other)
2 - AwayFromEachOther (moves both picked vertices away from each other)
3 - FixFirst-MoveSecond (keeps first point fixed and moves the second point away)
4 - FixSecond-MoveFirst (keeps second point fixed and moves the first point away)
5 - Length [EqualAdjust] (adjusts length by moving both points either towards or away from each other)
6 - Length [FixFirst-MoveSecond] (adjusts length by keeping first point fixed and second point away from first)
7 - Length [FixSecond-MoveFirst] (adjusts length by keeping second point fixed and first point away from second)
8 - RotateCenter (rotate around the center, the segment formed by two points)
9 - Rotate [AroundFirstPt] (rotate the 2-point segment around the first point) - WIP
10 - Rotate [AroundSecondPt] (rotate the 2-point segment around the second point) - WIP

The basic editing premise is that you pick two points on the polyline to edit, and apply an editing operation as described above.

The editing operations are based on relative movements, with directional constraints applied. Each iteration of the movement results in a new shape of the polyline which changes the area as well as perimeter. This is shown on the screen interactively so that you can stop the simulation when the desired results are achieved. There is also a 'Reverse' option provided which can be used to quickly reverse the simulation direction. This is useful when you are near the intended final result but need to go back anf forth to get the perfect geometry.

** Improved command: CP_HOLETABLE (Menu: CADPower -> Draw -> Rule-Based -> Hole table):

The CP_HOLETABLE command was first introduced in V 16.12. Initial demos of the tool opened up a lot of requests for improvement and new features.

In this version, we have made significant improvements. The command now requires a frame (close polyline) and everything inside the frame goes into the hole table automatically. No selection is required.

This version supports selection of blocks (with attributes), circles and closed polylines as elible items that can go into the hole-table.

Circle diameters, polyline areas and block attributes are reported in the table and a summary is created.

Circle diameters, polyline areas and attribute value occurences are counted and summed up in a quantity table providing an alternative way of presenting data to the user.

*** GeoTools V 17.02 Update:

** Improved command: GT_READGMLFEATURES (Menu: GeoTools -> Export -> Import a single GML feature from file):

The GT_READGMLFEATURES command has been improved significantly. It now offers the ability to extract points, lines and polygon geometry directly from GML files and create entities in the CAD platform. The earlier version of this tool would import features based on a feature name and an expected file structure. This new enhancement called 'Raw Import' ignores all features and attributes and brings in only the geometry. This feature ensures that you can now import geometry from all and any GML files without any pre-conditions of structure.

Additionally, the GT_READGMLFEATURES command also improves the interface and offers the choices for import in a easily selected popup menu.

The GML file format is still very touchy and you may have more variants of the same that we have not seen. Please send them across to us if you find this command not functioning as expected.

*** Blog coverage:

*** Direct download URLs:

* BricsCAD V16:

* BricsCAD Communicator V16:

* CADPower V17 for BricsCAD V16, V15 & V14:


* GeoTools V17 for BricsCAD V16, V15 & V14:


* DesignSense Software on Facebook

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