Bricscad - GeoTools e-Newsletter # 228:


September 22, 2016
Bengaluru, India

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Bengaluru, India

*** Bricsys Starts shipping V17 enabled license keys from today

Starting today, all new orders of BricsCAD V16 will automatically have V17-enabled keys. This means that ant V16 purchased now and until V17 is officially released next month, will be automatically upgraded to V17 without having to pay anything. This also applies to licenses purchased wintout subsription as well.

*** BricsCAD V17 Release next month:

About a month from now, Bricsys holds the annual conference in Munich, Germany on October 19 and 20, 2016.

If you have not registered for the conference, you may do so at this URL:

You need to have a Bricsys account to register. If you do not already have one, this is the best time to create one for free.

BricsCAD V17 is releasing during this conference. V17 promises to be yet another historic release that will push the limits of the .dwg platform and make BricsCAD deliver its promise on BIM, Sheet Metal and 3D Direct modeling to a completely new level. And all within the comfotable zone of working in a .dwg environment.

This means that, as a designer in the manufacturing industry, you can go all the way from accurate 3d modeling, sheet metal design, automatic bi-directional view geeration and complete 2d detailing with BricsCAD itself.

With DSTools (DesignSense add-on) on BricsCAD and you have a complete solution for strip layout and tool design / dieset manufacturing.

If you are a designer from the AEC industry, you can combine the simplicity of Sketchup-like tools for concept design with the accuracy of CAD, and bring in the intelligence of BIM to create a 3d model that is a dynamic digital model of your construction.

We will be there at the conference and cover the event live via blog feeds, video bytes & tweets.

*** DesignSense BricsCAD Sales & Support Team Moves to a New office

We have relocated to a new office, about 1.5 km from the old office.

Note out new address:

#825, 2nd Floor
Puttadas Complex
JSS College Circle
Jayanagar 7th Block
Bengaluru - 560070

*** CADPower V 17.11 Update:

Our micro-vertical & productivity platforms CADPower & GeoTools continue to witness strong user acceptance and growth in the global AutoCAD-BricsCAD user community.

** New command added: CP_AUTOPOLYLABEL (Menu: CADPower -> Annotation -> Automatic Polygon Detect & Label):

The CP_AUTOPOLYLABEL command is an automatic polygon detect, shape detect and area labeling command rolled into one. It runs entirely on the command line and asks the user several questions like polygon edge layer(s), closed polygon and label layers, text height, polygon name and so on. The command applies the BOUNDARY command around the picked point to identify the enclosing polygon. The user is given a choice whether to create the actual closed polygon or just report its area and shape in the MTEXT object created. The resulting polygon geometry is also described as a shape (rectangle, square, circle or polygon with n sides).

While annotating areas, it is also possible to optionally acquire the area annotation and conversion parameters as set by the CP_CALCAREA command and use the same in this annotation as well.

** Enhanced command: CP_CONNECTBLOCKS (Menu: CADPower -> Blocks -> Block Related -> Connect blocks based on attribute values):

The CP_CONNECTBLOCKS command connects blocks based on attribute values. The command has been reworked completely and is as good as new now.

You can specify one of more block names, an attribute tag and a connect criteria. All blocks whose attributes match the specified criteria will be joined by a single polyline.

The 'Connect criteria' is specified in two ways:

Geographically Sorted: Checking this option sorts matching attributes purely based on a geographi sort order. The following geographic sort orders are supported:

Increasing X values
Increasing Y values
Decreasing X values
Decreasing Y values

By incrementing Point IDs: Checking this option sorts matching attributes purely based on the increasing order of their attribute values, and not geographically.

The values can be entered as follows: 1-50,60,90-End

The above syntax would connect points from 1 to 50, then 60, followed by 90 to the end (maximum) point number in the drawing.

Two special values permitted in the syntax are 'Start' and 'End' which would use the minimum and maximum point number respectively in the drawing.

** Bug fixes: The loading of the partial CUI menu in BricsCAD has been improved and some errors which were observed while running the German version has been fixed.

*** New CADPower videos added

Create centroid marks inside closed polygons

CADPower Connect blocks based on attribute values

*** New GeoTools videos added

Create centroid marks inside closed polygons

Create closed polylines from a mass of networked polylines

Google Earth Rubber Sheeting Tool

DWG2KML Google Earth KML/Z Export

Draw cross-sectional profile from 3D polyline

*** Blog coverage:

* BricsCAD V16:

* BricsCAD Communicator V16:

* CADPower V17 for BricsCAD V16, V15 & V14:


* CADPower V17 for AutoCAD 2017-2007:


* GeoTools V17 for BricsCAD V16, V15 & V14:


* GeoTools V17 for AutoCAD 2017-2007:


* DesignSense Software on Facebook

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