AllyCAD Quarterly Newsletter


AllyCAD 2011   -   Works Like You Do!
ALLYCAD NEWS AND UPDATES

AllyCAD 2011 to be publically released at the end of the month!

We will begin shipping AllyCAD 2011 to all clients that are up to date with their subscription at the end of November. If you are not up to date, NOW is the time to make sure that you are.

We have done many significant improvements to AllyCAD 2010 to make the latest 2011 version even better. The below section gives you a taste of many of the new functions and features we have added or improved. AllyCAD 2011 is a huge jump forward from AllyCAD 3.6 and has already received much praise from those that have had a sneak preview of it on our AllyCAD training courses.

What's New In 2011
AllyCAD has been rewritten to allow for both 2D and 3D draughting and is even faster and stronger than AllyCAD 3.6. We have added full 3D, with 3D rendering with smooth shading, perspective view and hidden line removal. You can define your own lighting and view your design in multiple named viewports or in different perspective views and work on any view (top/side/iso) at the same time. If you want to take your product design to the next level, you will be happy to know that AllyCAD offers:
  • Full DWG compatibility
  • Mouse wheel zoom & pan
  • Visual snaps show snap points
  • Visual geometry tangents
  • Auto-updating Layouts
  • Split Views
  • Multiple named viewports
  • Blocks (enhanced symbols)
  • Embedded drawings (Xrefs)
  • Text in mm on paper at all scales
  • Coordinate Table styles
  • Multiline Text Editor
  • Dimension preview as you draw
  • Perimeter tracking for hatch
  • Enhanced Sheetfile Editor
  • OLE objects (.DOC, .XLS, .CDR)
  • 3D entities
  • 3D rendering

NEW: 3D OBJECTS
AllyCAD comes with the following 3D drawing functions using polygon meshes:
  • Box
  • Cone
  • Dome
  • Sphere
  • Pyramid
  • Tube

NEW: 3D SURFACES
You can create 3D surfaces using the following polygon meshes:
  • Ruled Surface
  • evolved Surface
  • Extruded Surface
  • Tesselated Surface

NEW: ANNOTATIVE SCALING FEATURE
AllyCAD once again allows you to specify text, dimensions, arrows and block inserts as "mm on paper" regardless of scale. When you add a paperspace viewport, AllyCAD will automatically configure the viewport such that annotative objects in the viewport are drawn at the same size in "mm on paper" as they appear in the modelspace.

NEW: PRODUCTION DRAWINGS UPDATE ON THE FLY
Our system will also automatically generate all your final plans as dynamically updating layouts which will reflect all drafting changes instantly so that your design and production drawings are always in sync.

NEW: FULL DWG COMPATIBILITY
By full DWG compatibility, we mean simply opening an existing DWG drawing or easily converting your AllyCAD drawing into the DWG format with no loss of data and with just a few clicks. No "work arounds" are required because the data structures are identical in terms of the design. This includes XRefs, Layouts with viewports and styles. AllyCAD can also read DGN, CEX, UCX, DRG and SHP files.

NEW: SHEETFILE EDITOR
Your production drawings are now dynamically updated as you change your design. Using the new powerful sheetfile concept, unique to AllyCAD, you can generate production drawings with detailed title blocks, north signs, grids, scale bars and much more so that your plotting requires minimal, if any, CAD editing. The sheetfiles can be created or edited using normal CAD functions in a vastly improved Editor. AllyCAD 2011 works seamlessly with version 3.6 sheetfiles as well.

NEW: VISUAL EDITORS
AllyCAD 2011 brings forth superb customizability of the Graphical User Interface (GUI). You can easily edit menus, toolbars, palettes, linestyles, through visual editors. You don't have to edit text files to customize these anymore. Company standards can then easily be enforced by placing standardized pallets, pen mappings, line styles, menus etc on a network drive for all workstations to use seamlessly. Visual indicators, skins, prompt colours, geometry colours and messages can also be customized.

NEW: CONTROL CENTRE
The Control Centre gives you quick and easy access to view and interact with styles, layers and objects in a drawing through a central interface.


Control Panel, Properties Bar & Output Bar



NEW: PROPERTY BAR (for entities)
All entities can now be easily edited in the same place through the Properties Bar. One can quickly select a set of entities and then edit properties common to them.

NEW: LAYOUTS
AllyCAD now has layouts that can contain viewports into the model space. If your model changes, so do your layouts.

NEW: OUTPUT BAR
The Output Bar displays information such as the measurements and properties of entities when you measure or query an entity or polygon area. The Output bar will be displayed automatically when results of an operation need to be presented to the user. Output can be printed or written to file.

NEW: TABLE & TOLERANCE ENTITY FUNCTION
The Table & Tolerance Entity function makes it a lot faster to draw tables and tolerances. Table styles can now simplify table formatting.

NEW: ADVANCED SELECTION FILTER
In addition to the legacy selection filter dialog, which has been greatly streamlined, a new very powerful Advanced Selection Filter has been added.

NEW: DRAWINGS FROM TEMPLATES
You can create template drawings with your preferred settings, styles and titleblocks and then use them as a starting point when you start a new drawing.

NEW: STYLE IMPORTER
The Style Importer allows you to import styles from external drawings. This is much quicker than trying to recreate the styles by hand.

NEW: TEXT STYLES
Powerful use of text styles for drawing and customising text.

NEW: FLYOUT TOOLBARS
The toolbars in AllyCAD 2011 can display multiple toolbar buttons without sacrificing screen space by employing sub-toolbars (called flyouts). These are displayed only when activated and are otherwise not visible.



NEW: CAD ENTITIES ADDED
The following are just some of the new CAD entities that have been added:
  • 3D Face
  • Arc-Aligned Text
  • Helix
  • Lights
  • 3D Polyline
  • MLeader
  • Multiline
  • OLEFrame
  • Polygon Mesh
  • Polyface Mesh
  • Ray
  • RText
  • Spline
  • Table
  • Tolerance
  • Wipeout

NEW: EXPLODE AND REPEATEDLY EXPLODE FUNCTION
This explode function breaks a compound entity (object) into its component entities (what it is made up of), while the repeatedly explode function will explode a compound entity to its base entities so that they can be edited.

NEW: COMPREHENSIVE PURGE FUNCTION
This function removes unused objects from the drawing. You can select what entities you wish to remove from the dialogue box.

NEW: DATABASE LINKAGE
Link drawing entities to external database records containing attributes. You can therefore store your data in an external database and display up to date data on your drawings without editing the drawings.

NEW: RIGHT CLICK CONTEXT SENSITIVE MENU
All our functions have a right click menu containing options specific to the current function. This will increase your drawing speed, because functions you are likely to use are easily accessible when you right click.

NEW: BLOCK BROWSER (Symbols)
Allows you to visually browse symbol files and drawings for blocks. Please note that we now refer to Blocks instead of Symbols.

NEW: OLE FRAME OBJECT FUNCTION
The new OLE Frame function allows you to embed other documents into your drawing which can always be useful in keeping track of everything you need that relates to the design.

IMPROVED: DIMENSIONING
Completely reworked dimensioning which is much easier to use and flexible than before. Dynamic dimension preview shows you exactly what the dimension will be before it becomes part of the drawing. You can also have different dimension styles per drawing.

IMPROVED: PLOTTING
New plotting function uses the powerful sheet file system, but generates layouts with viewports. Your production drawings will therefore automatically update as you change your design.

IMPROVED: VISUAL SNAPS
Visual snaps allow you to see where a snap will occur before you click. While moving the cursor, the program will dynamically indicate where the nearest snap point is. While in Graball snap mode, it will also indicate what type of snap point is the nearest snap point.

IMPROVED: GRAPHICAL EDITING
AllyCAD gives you easy graphical editing of all selected entities by either selection handles or nodes. This includes hatches, elliptical arcs and splines.

IMPROVED: USER INTERFACE & EASE OF USE
AllyCAD's user-interface has been made much more intuitive, consistent and user-friendly in the latest version.

IMPROVED: AUTO TRACKING
Much improved auto tracking for defining hatches, which includes island detection.

IMPROVED: GEOMETRY LINES FUNCTIONALITY & CIRCLES
We have retained the Geometry lines (a superset of construction lines) and circles that was in AllyCAD 3.6 but they now give better visual feedback when you are busy drawing and are more intuitive and easier to use.

IMPROVED: IMAGE HANDLING ABILITY & SPEED
Easily rotate, clip, georeference your images with brightness/contrast control. AllyCAD is known for its lightening speed of handling huge images. We currently support JPEG (jpg), JPEG2000 (jp2), Windows Bitmap (bmp), LizardTech MrSID (sid), ERMapper ECW (ecw), Portable Network Graphics (png), Graphic Interchange Format (gif), Tagged Image Format (tif), TrueVision Targa (tga) and Personal Computer Exchange (pcx), which should cover just about any image you may have.

IMPROVED: FASTER REDRAWS
We have optimized our redraw routine to make redraws really fast which further improves your productivity.

IMPROVED: MOUSE WHEEL ZOOMING & PANNING
This helps you to quickly get to the part of the design that you need to work on with the mouse wheel.

and so much more...
 
 ALLYCAD 2011 TECHTIPS

To help you get moving with the benefits of AllyCAD 2011 we release regular Tech Tips. View the 3 latest tutorials below.

1. CUSTOMISING MENUS
Cutomising Menus

This Tech Tip explains how to use the Menu Editor. View this Tech Tip

2. CUSTOMISING PEN PALETTES
Palette Editor

This Tech Tip explains how to use the Palette Editor. View this Tech Tip

3. CUSTOMISING THE TOOLBARS
Cutomising Toolbars

This Tech Tip explains how to use the Toolbar Editor. View this Tech Tip


 LATEST UPDATES

AllyCAD 2010 - LATEST BUILD
- Release 5 patch file (15/07/2010)
AllyCAD 2010 HOME - LATEST BUILD
- Release 5 patch file (15/07/2010)
V3.6/2010 - HASP DRIVER UPDATE
- (19/12/2009)


 SUPPORT CENTRE NEWS

We are happy to announce that we have increased the size of our support centre to ensure that there is always support for when you need it most.

Our newest member is Pierre Marais who has 13 years experience with Knowledge Base software and was previously employed by Robert Leslie Consulting Engineers (1997 to 2010).

PIERRE MARAIS: SUPPORT & TRAINING
Support Centre

Pierre has recently been involved in the Burgundy Estate (2006 to 2009) where he designed and drafted all the internal roads, water, stormwater & sewer networks. Burgundy Estate consisted of a total of 5800 Units. Pierre was further involved with the Buhrein Estate which consists of approximately 5000 units and is currently being constructed.

Pierre has experience in the construction of large buildings in Tel Aviv (Israel), plus the entire design and construction of many residential homes here in South Africa as well as having done over 700 designs or alterations to new and existing properties.

In addition to welcoming our newest member, our training staff and programmers can also be called on to assist in support which makes us the largest and most experienced support centre in Southern Africa for CAD and Design Software.

Our support is regarded as the best in the industry. There are very few (if any) software developers that you can call and ask to add a new function and they will look into it! When you are under pressure to perform, Knowledge Base will deliver and go out of its way to customise a solution for you in the shortest time possible.

Our attitude to support is quite simple. We know that time is money, and if you have a problem then we have a problem. We will do everything we can to help you resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Your AllyCAD Subscription allows you access to our Customer Support Centre as well as puts the latest version of the software in your hands when it is publically released. We offer telephone, email, remote desktop sharing and onsite support services.

Contact info@knowbase.co.za to get up to date with your subscription.
 

 CUSTOMER SHOWCASE

Fast Tracked Projects
Customer Showcase

Meeting service delivery deadlines according to tight specifications is the aim of every engineering project.

This was especially true for the restricted timeframes and fast tracked processes leading up to the FIFA 2010 World Cup, with infrastructure investment in the country’s air, rail and road transport networks boosting much-needed development. Read this showcase

  ALLYCAD 2011 CONVERSION COURSE


Book your AllyCAD 2011 training now to learn all about its new features and become increasingly productive. Some of the functionality covered on this course includes:
  • Customize your Screen layout
  • Create a New Drawing
  • Utilize the Drawing Functions
  • Set Global Settings
  • Create Drawing template Files
  • Utilize Display Commands
  • Employ Object Snaps
  • Use and understand Drawing Planes & View Planes
  • Edit Objects
  • Draw to Actual Size
  • Use Annotation Functions
  • Utilize Advanced Drawing Functions
  • Create and Plot Sheetfiles
  • Print
The AllyCAD course length differs accordingly to your experience with the program. AllyCAD version 3 users can complete the course in a day or two. 4 Days is required for new users. To book your training please contact shantell@knowbase.co.za.


 'LEASE TO OWN OPTION'

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 info@allycad.com.
 

 SUPPORT

Access the Support Forum here.
Email the Support Centre.

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



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The Knowledge Base Team

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