Welcome to another edition of the AllyCAD newsletter.

Following the successful Beta testing phase of AllyCAD 2010, and with its official release taking place next month, we are very excited to announce its imminent launch to you. This newsletter contains information about the new software, our new workshops available to clients at no charge, industry news, the IMESA Conference and as always a new tech tip.

AllyCAD 2010 October Launch
AllyCAD 2010 AllyCAD clients who are up to date with their Support and Upgrade subscriptions are automatically eligible to receive AllyCAD 2010 at no extra cost. If you are not up to date, now is the time to do so! The new package will be dispatched to clients as from 1st October.

AllyCAD 2010 has been rewritten to allow for both 2D and 3D draughting and is even faster and stronger than AllyCAD 3.6. If you want to take your product design to the next level and are thinking of switching to 3D, you will be happy to know that AllyCAD offers:
  • Layouts and viewports
  • 3D entities
  • Multiple Views
  • 3D rendering
  • Blocks and XRefs
When it comes to compatibility, Knowledge Base is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance (ODA) along with Bentley, ESRI, Oracle, Siemens, ZWCAD, Infrasoft, IntelliCAD and many others. AllyCAD 2010 therefore fully supports the reading and writing of AutoCAD's DWG format, DXF, Caddie CEX, Arcview SHP and ASCII files. This gives you the flexibility to move between drawings without having to worry about incompatibilities and data exchange problems. In addition to this, AllyCAD handles JPG, TIFF and huge BMP files with ease and also supports TFW, LOG and HGR geo-referenced bitmaps.

Lastly we have made sure that AllyCAD 2010 carries with it all the intuitive interface and industry toolkit functionality that you are familiar with in AllyCAD 3.6. We will retain the AllyCAD "strong points" and have not significantly changed the menus and methods of the software. The operator will therefore work in the same manner, but in a more user friendly way. Learning curve will therefore be even shorter which is fundamental in today's world.

PLEASE NOTE: CIVIL DESIGNER clients will be updated to AllyCAD 2010 when we release CIVIL DESIGNER 2010 next year. This is due to the fact that AllyCAD 2010 will be able to open old AllyCAD files of previous versions but will save them in the new format that allows for 3D entities and is much more powerful. This new format is being made compatible with the new CIVIL DESIGNER 2010 version so that it operates seamlessly on our new 3D Platform and is fully compatible with AutoCAD and its 3D entities. Release date is expected to be around April next year.

If you have any questions about the new software or wish to request the best price for updating your current Support and Upgrade Subscription, please contact a key accounts manager.

New User Workshops
Starting from 4th September 2009 we will be holding workshops at our three offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban between 2pm and 4pm on Fridays. There is no charge for this and is an added service to our existing clients. This gives you the opportunity to spend 2 hours alongside our experienced support staff. With help and advice, tips for improving speed, efficiency and overall understanding of the powerful functionality of our software, you will have the perfect opportunity to develop your skills further, making your time even more productive. So come visit us, bring your projects to us and come and find out more about:
  • Any software functionality queries,
  • Our software's latest functionality and future functionality,
  • Any other questions related to our software, services and support.
That's a total of 144 free user workshops a year across our offices on top of regular user group meetings and client visits. Now that's personalized service that you can't get anywhere else. We will be limiting the number of users that can attend each workshop to 8 clients to maximise the benefit to you. So please contact your nearest office to book your spot.

IMESA 2009 Conference and Exhibition
IMESA COnference 2009 With the theme "Serve Our Cities, Rescue Our Resources" this year's IMESA conference explores ways of using resources more effectively and sustainably. Topics to be investigated include: the energy crisis, equitable service provision among communities, and the legacy of 2010 - 'an infrastructure opportunity or an asset management nightmare'. IMESA 2009 will take place 28-30 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Knowledge Base look forward to seeing you there. Read More

New Knowledge Base Website
Knowledge Base If you've not already been there, check out the updated Knowledge Base website. We hope that the improved layout will help you find information that you need more efficiently. The AllyCAD and CIVIL DESIGNER websites will also undergo an overhaul in the near future for your benefit. Do let us know if you have comments or requests regarding the content we make available to you online.

Visits and Training Activities
Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following upcoming visits and training activities. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your training or product needs. Please call us on (021) 701-1850.

Port Elizabeth 1 - 3 Sept Client visits Reece
Johannesburg 7 - 15 Sept CIVIL DESIGNER training: All modules Cameron
East London 7 - 11 Sept CIVIL DESIGNER training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Water Andrew
Pietermartizburg 14 - 17 Sept CIVIL DESIGNER In-House training Cedric
Cape Town 15 - 23 Sept CIVIL DESIGNER training: All modules Andrew
Port Elizabeth 5 - 9 Oct CIVIL DESIGNER training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Sewer Andrew
Durban 13 - 16 Oct AllyCAD training Brett M
East London 6 - 9 Oct AllyCAD training Brett M
Johannesburg 12 - 20 Oct CIVIL DESIGNER training: All modules Cameron
Durban 19 - 23 Oct CIVIL DESIGNER training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Sewer & Water Cedric
Namibia 21 - 22 Oct Advanced Road training Andrew

If you are interested in training, please call us to discuss your training needs. All courses are CPD and ISETT SETA accredited.

INTERNATIONAL, Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia Cape Town
(Head Office)
Tel: (021) 701 1850
Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Zimbabwe Durban Office Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323
Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province, Botswana Johannesburg Office Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959


Tech Tip Bitmap List
This Tech Tip explains how to manage bitmaps loaded into a drawing.

View this Tech Tip.


AllyCAD v3.6 PRO & SME
- Build 12 patch files (12/06/2009)
AllyCAD v3.6 Micro
- Build 12 patch files (12/06/2009)
AllyCAD v3.6 Freeware
- Build 12 (17/02/2009)
AllyCAD v3.6 HASP Driver Update
- (14/10/2008)


AllyCAD clients can access the AllyCAD support forum which allows interaction with other users and also provides discussion with the software developers. The platform allows you to share valuable macros, post new topics, reply to topics, edit and delete posts, and attach and download files. Free registration allows immediate access. Register here


You can now own AllyCAD via a 'Lease to Own' payment option over a 12, 24 or 36 month plan. This option is available to South African clients only and is linked to the prime lending rate. Please email


Access the Support Forum here.
Email the Support Centre.

Tel: 086 0101 999 (South Africa only)
Tel: +27 21 7011850 (International)


The Outsourcing Centre offers a dedicated engineering support team who handle infrastructural design tasks ranging from data capture and drafting through to GIS related assignments. The team is available to assist with project deadlines and data can be presented in any format required. Contact for further details.



Customer Quote Deon Nel
Nel & de Kock Town and Regional Planners, George

"The great thing about working in AllyCAD is that it saves so much time and can handle bitmaps and large volumes of data with ease."

Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team
Knowledge Base

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