AllyCAD used in nearly 40 countries
AllyCAD is now being used in 40 different countries and is preferred for its simplicity and versatility. It is one of the fastest and most powerful CAD packages on the market.
Our client base is dramatically expanding to encompass engineers, surveyors and architects who use AllyCAD for large scale projects, as well as thousands of industrial designers and hobbyists who use AllyCAD for their designs of everything from model steam engines to garden sheds and office furniture.
This year we decided to start including showcases of hobbyists and smaller designers on our AllyCAD HOME page. By submitting your designs to us, you will qualify to have your own page on our website with a link to your company details and contact numbers.
New Improved Tech Tip tutorials
We have improved our Tech Tip tutorials by making them more informative and including more images and screenshots. Take a look at the latest Tech Tip tutorial in this newsletter and let us know what you think? We will also be including video clips via youtube in the near future to assist you further. If you have any suggestions for future Tech Tips, please do let us know.
Increased demand for AllyCAD
OUTSTANDING CLIENT RETENTION
Knowledge Base's retention of clients (this excludes sales to new clients) has been 96% for the last 5 years. On top of that, the 4% we lose includes companies that have gone out of business since 2008. So this in fact means that our client retention is closer to 98%!
Studies show that a client retention rate in excess of 95% guarantees an unrivalled level of customer satisfaction in the sector and moreover, these retention rates during a global recession, put us amongst the top global companies in the world!
Knowledge Base and the ODA
SPEEDY AND BETTER DEVELOPMENT
Knowledge Base is one of the founding members of the ODA that has grown to 1200 members. The benefits of membership include sharing the costs and effort associated with software development in respect of compatibility with the DWG format as it evolves.
Being a Founding member gives Knowledge Base access to the Teigha source code and allows us to be involved in the management of the ODA. "The ODA enables Knowledge Base to develop products faster and better and concentrate on real advantages for the end user," according to Software Development Manager, David du Toit.
"We can quickly and easily keep in step with DWG changes which means that we can focus our efforts on other areas such as making our software more powerful and feature rich." In the long term, both customers and Knowledge Base benefit through the ODA, giving engineers and designers the best possible solution at their fingertips.
AllyCAD well received by Educators
AllyCAD is used in schools throughout South Africa and the latest Grade 10 text books have been highly commended by educators. Neil Simons, Education Department Curriculum Planner, expresses: "As a curriculum advisor I am proud to say that AllyCAD is there to build the next generation of CAD users. As part of the curriculum nationally it is expected of learners to know Basics of CAD in Grade 10, Application of CAD in Grade 11 and 12.
AllyCAD is being used to equip and up-skill learners with CAD skills. The software is user-friendly and well received in schools. The content in the Grade 10 Civil Technology book is set at a basic level and those who use it find it very helpful in getting to grips with the potential of a CAD program," says Neil.
Currently the Grade 11 book has been approved for implementation nationally and it incorporates the use of AllyCAD for the Civil drawings. The content in the Grade 11 book covers external and internal walls, how to draw the roofline and elevations and how to go about drawing isometric views. The Grade 12 book has been finished and is in the process of being approved.
The program works intuitively and that is why is its ideal program for facilitating the learning process and ensuring optimal results.
Questions from the Knowledge Base Forum
Whilst having your Subscription up to date gives you access to the number 1 Dedicated Support Centre in Africa, we are also encouraging user participation with our developers through our Knowledge Base Forum. If you have a question, please post it on our forum and one of our support staff or programmers will get back to you.
How can I output my .dr4 or .dwg files in other formats? For example as a JPG or PDF without losing the quality and sharpness of the printout?
To save a .dr4 drawings as image do the following:
To save the image as PDF, you need to have PDF creator installed. We are using DocuPrinter (www.neevia.com) in this example.
We look forward to sharing more news, information and software tips with you in our next quarterly newsletter. For any feedback, enquiries or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Knowledge Base Team
ALLYCAD 2011 HOME EDITION
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