CAD6 News

CAD6 Release 2023.1 is available now!

The most recent improvements and extensions:

New: Now with 150+ Libraries – All available Standard Libraries with more than 20,000 symbols are now included with CAD6industrie and CAD6studio. The "Manage Libraries" dialog searches for libraries and offers them for easy and fast opening.
New: New Drawing with Frames and Title Blocks – The "File > New Drawing" command is now much more convenient. In addition to different sheet sizes and page counts, drawing frames and title blocks can now also be selected directly. In addition, a list of recently used templates is available.
New: Preview for the Snapping function – Get a preview showing which point would be snapped from the current position (including its derivation and coordinates) while moving the crosshairs. After snapping, you get much more detailed information about the point that was actually snapped.
New: Extension and revision of the 3D Part – With numerous new commands and options, the 3D part has become more powerful and, above all, easier to use. The most important innovations are:
 • Use the new 3D mappings to dynamically map 3D spaces into the 2D world, enabling you to display multiple views of the same 3D parts in one drawing.
 • When editing the parts tree, a preview for each single component is now available. All previews (when creating, inserting, and modifying) now show the 3D parts with transparently colored, filled surfaces.
 • Click on a plane or edge to get a plan view of it from the front. With the new "Work in screen plane" mode, you can then work directly in this view, both when creating new 3D components and when placing and moving with 2D functions.
 • A special undo and redo for views can be used to step back and forth through previous views.
 • Memory requirement for 3D parts was reduced further, they can now contain up to 1 000 000 faces.
 • Direct exchange of 3D surfaces via DXF/DWG, with automatic detection of edges and corners during import. Output of 3D data into PDF files using CAD6PDF.
New: Switch to Direct2D – After being unchanged for more than 30 years now, the screen display process has been converted completely from GDI / GDI+ to Direct2D, which means that all outputs are accelerated by the graphics card. This has several advantages:
 • The image build-up is faster for complex drawings, sometimes by a factor of up to 20.
 • The display quality for raster graphics and the edge smoothing of objects and texts are permanently available without any loss of speed.
 • The improved handling of transparent surfaces makes it possible to display objects in a slightly transparent manner while they are being moved and edited, which means that the background is still recognizable, and, more fluid than before.
New: Improved Bitmap Handling – The handling of raster graphics has also been converted:
 • Raster graphics export as well as the generation of preview graphics for drawings and blocks now also use Direct2D, which makes them faster.
 • In addition, it is now possible to generate raster graphics with a transparent background (in BMP, PNG, and TIFF format).
New: Passive Pens – When switched to passive, pens only serve as properties presets for newly created objects. The passive mode for pens is recommended if data is to be exchanged with other CAD systems via DXF/DWG which do not support pens on principle.

For a detailed list, please refer to the change log in the CAD6 Online Manual.

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