Welcome to the latest AllyCAD newsletter. We trust you all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter and feel refreshed to tackle the rest of the year. Build 6 has been released making AllyCAD even faster and more powerful. Be sure to take a look at the Annotation Scales Tutorial, enter our project photo competition to win and for those that wish to use AllyCAD at Home, do take a look at the AllyCAD 2011 Home Edition.

AllyCAD 2011: Build 6 released

We have released build 6 (April 20th 2011) which has some significant improvements for all AllyCAD 2011 clients. Visit our updates page on the AllyCAD website to download the latest build if you have not done so already. For those that have enabled AllyCAD to prompt them when a new build is available, you should already be aware of this latest release.

SO WHAT'S NEW IN BUILD 6:
  • Even further improved speed optimization
    We are focusing on improving the speed of AllyCAD to ensure it is the fastest CAD package on the market. We have done some extensive work on optimising the program for operational speed in build 6.
  • Various Enhancements
    1. DWG import now uses the DWG's "insert units" to better guess the DWG units and scale.
    2. DWG Export has option to automatically converts DR4 XRefs to DWG's.
    3. Multiline radiused corners are now trimmed on the "inside" if line element offset is greater than the radius. Multiline extents calculation fixed.
    4. Add Layout function now has the option to either create a "default" viewport, or add a viewport using a Named View.
    5. Publish Layout function now allows publishing of the layout as a DWG or DXF file.
    6. Optimisation of auto-tracking of large LW polylines (4000+) primitives. Significantly (about 20 times) faster.
    7. Point snap to base of arrows of dimensions is considered undesirable. Removed.
    8. Settings and Styles dialogs only redraw the view if needed (ie: avoid extraneous redraws).
    9. Repeat Last should only repeat specific functions.
    10. SHX symbols in symbol linestyles are now drawn using the entity's lineweight.
    11. Hatch annotative scaling implemented.
    12. SHP import of polygons can be either mpolygons or closed polylines.
    13. Added support for import of M type SHP files (the M or measure value is ignored).
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
    As always we are continually refining your software to work better, faster and remove all minor bugs.


Feature Focus

INSERTING NAMED VIEWPORTS INTO A LAYOUT
Previously, if you wanted to allocate an existing named viewport to a layout you would have to create a blank layout and then insert a viewport from the layout menu. In build 6 the process is speeded up as AllyCAD will allow you to select the named viewport as soon as you create a layout. You can then position the viewport and proceed to add other viewports if necessary.




AllyCAD 2011 Home Version

NEW VERSION FOR HOME USE
AllyCAD HOME offers the full functionality of our Professional CAD software and is suitable for the hobbyist and for small venture drawing purposes. This version is limited only in its maximum drawing size (300Kb). Click on the thumbnails below to see some examples on our AllyCAD forum of drawings completed in the HOME version.



AllyCAD HOME (with user guide and basic tutorials) is available at the nominal cost of 36. You can purchase AllyCAD HOME online through the following link: http://www.allycad.com/home.asp.


CAD Humour




AllyCAD Photo Competition

SEND US A PICTURE OF YOUR DESIGN
We have decided to hold a project photo competition for AllyCAD users. We will be giving away the new APPLE ITOUCH to the selected winner. All you have to do is send us the following:
  • A photograph of the project (completed or in progress)
  • One sentence on how AllyCAD helped you, OR what you used the software for, OR why you enjoy using AllyCAD.
Whether you have used AllyCAD to design a stadium, residential property, mechanical component, furniture, civil works or survey diagram or even just your garden shed, you could be the prize winner. We will be selecting what we think are the most original or interesting from all the entries, and then will draw randomly from these.

Please limit images sizes to less than 3MB. We will accept 1 or 2 images for a single project. Clients can submit images for more than one project to increase your chance of winning.

Please email your images to jayson@knowbase.co.za.

Make a name for yourself

GET YOUR PROJECT STORY PUBLISHED FOR FREE
We provide our clients with a marketing opportunity by regularly publishing their success story in various top trade journals as part of our promotion strategy. This close relationship is highly prized by our existing clients. If you have a success story that you would like to tell us about, please contact us (info@knowbase.co.za) with a very short description of what project you have completed with AllyCAD in the last year or will complete by 2012 and we will get in touch with you.


Update Your Subscription & Receive 2011

Make sure your subscription is up to date to receive AllyCAD 2011. If you are not up to date and want to receive the latest major release, please get in touch with us at info@knowbase.co.za to experience the full AllyCAD Advantage.


Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team

 

TECH TIPS & TUTORIALS


ANNOTATION SCALES

ANNOTATION SCALES TUTORIAL
Some types of CAD objects can be marked as 'annotative', which means they can be drawn at different sizes in layout viewports. This tutorial shows how to add annotative Text and Dimensions, but the procedure is similar for the other annotative object types.
READ THIS TUTORIAL >>
 


ANNOTATIVE TEXT

ANNOTATIVE TEXT
You may specify the height of text and dimensions in drawing units, mm or inches. If the text height is specified in drawing units the text will be scaled in layouts. If the text height is specified in mm or inches then it becomes annotative text which is always drawn in the specified size on paper regardless of scale.
READ THIS TECH TIP >>
 


ANNOTATIVE TEXT

HOW TO CHANGE THE ANNOTATIVE SCALING PROPERTY
You may change the annotative scaling for individual entities by setting the Annotative property to Yes/No in the Properties Bar.
READ THIS TECH TIP >>
 


AllyCAD 2011 CONVERSION COURSE


"I was very happy with the conversion course and find that the new version continues to be very user-friendly in comparison to other packages that I have used. 2011 definitely has a 'wow factor' to it!" Hendrik Olivier, SCIP (Johannesburg)



The AllyCAD 2011 conversion course allows you to get up to speed with the latest software version and become increasingly productive. To book your seat or enquire about training please contact one of our offices. We look forward to your call.

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International
Shantell T: (021) 701 1850 /
E: shantell@knowbase.co.za

Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe
Nalini T: (031) 566 3323 /
E: nalini@knowbase.co.za

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana
Barbara T: (011) 675 3959 /
E: barbara@knowbase.co.za


LATEST UPDATES


AllyCAD 2011 - LATEST BUILD
- Build 6 (2011/04/20)
AllyCAD 2011 HOME - LATEST BUILD
- Build 6 (2011/04/20)
V3.6/2011 - HASP DRIVER UPDATE
- (2010/10/20)


THE ALLYCAD ADVANTAGE


3D and lightweight polylines, blocks, Xrefs, multiline text
3D functionality, meshes, faces, solid shapes & rendering
Specialised Toolkits that greatly enhance your productivity
Control Centre access to symbols, hatching, text, dimension & line styles
Extended modify functions such as stretch, mirror, cut/rub
Multiple parallel lines with definable styles, line-arc-line
Database attributes linked to entities, replace text items
Convert geometry into drawing entities for complex shapes
Powerful selection filters select entities based on attributes
Specialised Toolkits that greatly enhance your productivity:
Survey - SG diagram, general and sectional plans, COGO
Architectural - makes drawing houses and buildings faster
Mechanical - includes fasteners, shafts, gears, parts list
Structural - hot / cold rolled steel sections & building grid
Enhanced bitmap capability loads multiple large images
Maximum compatibility with the latest DWG/DXF formats

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