Functions and Features

AllyCAD speeds up your design time and allows you to design the way you want to.

New Features in AllyCAD 8.3

AllyCAD 8.3 is now available. If you are an existing client with a current license you can update to the latest version of AllyCAD. Alternatively contact for information about bringing your license up to date.
  • In the SG toolkit it is now possible to edit the data list prior to drawing.
  • Connection/servitude/indicatory data can be added to the SG Diagram data table before drawing.
  • Select Same feature has been introduced.
  • Jump to the centroid of any polygon.
  • A portion of an image can now be exported as a new georeferenced image.
  • Polar Drop function has been added.
  • The Polar Repeat interface allows polar repeat increments using 2 points.
  • Custom properties can now be added to the IFC Export.
  • New materials and texturing options have been added.
  • Enhancements to Reality Mesh data loading.
  • Improved Layer Visibility and Layer settings dialog.
  • Import PDF functionality has been included.
  • Print settings can be saved per drawing.
  • When pasting CAD entities, current clipboard entities are included in the selection display.
  import PDF function
The Import PDF function allows structured elements of a pdf document to be imported as CAD entities.

Polar Drop Function
The Polar Drop functionality allows speedy circumferential spacing.

materials and texturing
New Materials and Texturing options have been added.

Full DWG and other Compatibility

AllyCAD allows you to work with DWG files easily and with no loss of data and includes XRefs, drawing space and layouts, multiple viewports and various line, text, dimension and table styles. AllyCAD can also read DGN, CEX, UCX, DRG and SHP files.

Image Handling Ability & Speed

AllyCAD is known for its lightning speed in handling multiple images as well as its compatibility with geo-referenced data. We currently support the JPG, BMP, SID (MrSID), ECW (ERMapper), PNG & TIF image formats among others. Easily rotate, clip, and adjust the brightness and contrast of your images with the built-in image controls and the Image Manager.

Google Earth Compatibility

Capture and georeference the active view from Google Earth. The resultant image can then be imported into the correct position in a survey drawing. This is useful for preplanning development surveys and preliminary designs. Import snap shot aerial photos and extract grid elevations of your project from Google Earth, plus then export project CAD lines from visible layer(s) to Google Earth as a KML file. It is also possible to export arcs and circles.



New Block Editor

The Block Editor allows you to edit the CAD-entities in the block definitions in your drawing. It will display the selected block in a separate drawing window. Once you have finished editing the block you may simply close the window or use the Save option.

Layer Groups & Filters

Layer Groups and Layer Property Filters make working with multiple layers more convenient, allowing you to group layers and display layer subsets in the layer grid. Filters can be used to filter which layers are displayed.

Layout Navigation

Select and display a layout from a displayed list which makes it a lot easier to find a specific layout when there are many drawing layouts.



Expand Detail Function

The 'Expand Detail' function from AllyCAD 3 has been implemented. Dimension linear scale and layer magnification values are adjusted for the expanded details.


3D Navigation

Navigation in AllyCAD's 3D Render View (zoom in/out, pan and rotate) has been made very quick and easy to use.


Hatch Perimeter Tracking

Hatches and solid fills are so much easier with vastly improved auto perimeter tracking including island detection and multiple perimeters.



Shape File Export

ArcView Shape file export now includes arcs and circles (exported as exploded lines) as well the contents of any inserted blocks or XRefs in the drawing.

CAD Entities

In addition to the 3D entities we have also added the following new CAD entities:
  • Helix
  • Arc-aligned text
  • Spline
  • MLeader
  • Tolerance
  • OLE Frame
  • Ray
  • Rtext
  • Table
  • Multiline

Control Centre

The Control Centre gives you quick and easy access to view and interact with blocks, line types, text styles, layers and objects in a drawing through a central interface.



Import shape files with Lat-Long coordinates

ArcView Shape files in geographical coordinates can now be converted to survey coordinates during import. Importing also has an option to create an Access MDB file (requires the relevant ADO database driver) containing the data associated with the Shape file. The data link can be manipulated to produce labels based on the contents of the database table.

Sheetfile Editor for production drawings

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 Sheetfile Editor. AllyCAD works seamlessly with older sheetfiles as well.

Visual Snaps with GrabAll snap mode

Visual snaps allow you to see where a snap will be applied as you move the cursor. The screen will be dynamically updated to indicate where the nearest snap point is and in GrabAll snap mode, it will also indicate what type of snap point is nearest.


allycad sheetfiles

AllyCAD visual snaps

Print / Publish the Drawing Space / Multiple Layouts

The 'Publish Layout' function allows you to save one or more layouts to disk as separate drawings, and has now been extended so that you can print multiple layouts in one operation.


Supports Northern & Southern Coordinates

AllyCAD supports both Northern and Southern hemisphere survey coordinates to ensure that you maintain data integrity with astounding accuracy.


Dynamic Dimensioning

Dynamic dimension preview shows you exactly what the dimension will look like before it becomes part of the drawing. You can also have different dimension styles per drawing.

AllyCAD print drawing space

AllyCAD Coordinate system

AllyCAD Dynamic Dimensioning

Annotative Scaling

AllyCAD once again allows you to specify text, dimensions, arrows and block inserts as "mm on paper" regardless of scale. When you add a viewport to a layout, AllyCAD will automatically configure the viewport so that annotative objects in the viewport are drawn at the same size in 'mm on paper'.


Faster Redraw Speed

AllyCAD gives you a super fast redraw speed with speed optimization and drawing settings caching.


Zoom, Panning & Zoom Hot-keys

You may now zoom in and out of the drawing by rotating the mouse wheel. This helps you to quickly get to the part of the design that you need to work on. Hot-keys 1 to 9 have been assigned to the first 9 named viewports or, if no named viewports are defined, to pre-defined zones within the paper limits in the drawing space.

Annotative Scaling

Fast Redraw

zoom and panning with AllyCAD

Convert single to multi-line text

The new 'SText to MText' function allows you to indicate one or more single-line text entities, which are then joined together into one multi-line text entity.


Output Bar information display

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 need to be presented to the user. Output can also be printed or written to file.


Comprehensive Purge Function

This function removes unused objects from the drawing thereby reducing it's size. You can select which entities you wish to remove.

Annotative Scaling

AllyCAD Outbar Info

comprehensive Purge function

Batch Print

Batch printing allows you print the drawing, the layouts or both from all AllyCAD drawings in a selected folder. Print orientation is automatically selected according to the drawing and/or layout settings.


Export to PDF

Drawings can be exported in Adobe PDF format. The exported file will contain the drawing and any layouts, each as a separate page. The drawing layers are also present in the PDF file and can be switched on/off as desired.



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.

Batch Print

Convert to PDF


Property Bar

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.


Load Bitonal TIF images

Bitonal TIF images are special 2-colour images whose background can be drawn transparent.


Style Importer

The Style Importer allows you to import styles from external drawings. This is much quicker than trying to recreate the styles from scratch for every new drawing.

AllyCAD properties bar

AllyCAD Bitonal Image

AllyCAD Style Importer

Pick & Apply Settings

The 'Apply Settings' function lets you indicate one entity, whose settings (layer, colour, linestyle etc) can then be 'painted' onto multiple entities. Which settings are applied can be modified in the 'Apply Settings' CAD bar.


Flyout Toolbars

Flyout toolbars contain multiple nested toolbars without sacrificing screen space. The nested toolbars are displayed only when activated and are otherwise not visible.


Text Styles

Text styles allow you to apply multiple text attributes to one or more text items by simply editing the associated text style or applying a different text style.

AllyCAD Fly-out Toolbars

AllyCAD Text Styles

Multiple arrows with one text item or block

The 'MLeader' entity consists of one or more leader lines attached to a note. This allows the note (which can be a text label or a block) to point to multiple items of interest in your drawing. Each leader line can have multiple vertices, and can be smoothed. MLeader Styles can be used to standardise the appearance of your MLeaders.


Auto and dynamically updating layouts

AllyCAD now has layouts that contain viewports into the drawing space and will also automatically generate all your final plans as dynamically updating layouts which will reflect all drafting changes instantly. If your drawing changes, so do your layouts, so that your design and your production drawings are always in sync.



The AllyCAD specialised toolkits have been designed to speed up essential but time-consuming tasks relevant to the various CAD disciplines:

AllyCAD Mleader

AllyCAD Layouts

AllyCAD Toolkits

Multiple Views & Viewports

You may now split the drawing window into multiple views, each with its own view direction (including isometric views). You can even draw from one view to another. In addition you may create named viewports so you can identify key parts of the drawing and switch between the views easily. In the upcoming version, it is now also possible to 'step into modelspace' from a layout viewport.


Table Editor

The Table function makes it a lot faster to draw tables with definable column widths, text styles and colours. Table styles can be defined to simplify table formatting.


Tolerance Editor

Annotate your drawing with tolerances through the simple interface of the Tolerance Editor which also allows you to include finishing symbols.

AllyCAD Multiple Views

AllyCAD Table Styles

AllyCAD Tolerance Editor

Embedded Drawings (Xrefs)

Multiple drawings may now be embedded in the working drawing allowing multiple designers to work on different aspects of a project while allowing the rest of the project team to see the latest changes. The XRef's layers, linestyles, text styles, dimension styles and blocks will be merged into the current drawing.


Geometry Lines

Geometry lines are a superset of construction lines and are now enhanced to give better visual feedback when you are busy drawing, making them more intuitive and easier to use. They allow you to position lines and arcs tangential to each other, and to define the basic layout of the drawing elements. You can then fill in with solid lines to create the objects. In short, geometry lines allow you to focus on your design.


Ole Objects

The new OLE function allows you to embed other objects such as documents, spreadsheets and illustrations in your drawing. To edit these objects simply double click to activate the host application for the object.

AllyCAD Embedded Drawings

AllyCAD Geometry


Advanced Selection Filter

A new and very powerful Advanced Selection Filter has been added in addition to the legacy selection filter, which also has been greatly streamlined for ease of use.


Multiline Text Editor

Add a text paragraph with multiple lines of text by defining a box that will contain the text. You can apply formatting to parts of the text using controls similar to standard word processing systems.


Enhanced Symbols (Blocks)

An extensive symbols library (blocks) is supplied. The new Block Manager allows you to visually browse symbol files and drawings for blocks.

AllyCAD selection_filter

AllyCAD Multiline Text Editor

AllyCAD symbol Blocks

Explode & Repeatedly Explode

The 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.


Easy Menu & Toolbar Customisation

AllyCAD includes superb customization of the user interface and drawing standards. 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 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.


3D Capabilities

We have added full 3D with hidden line removal, rendering with light sources and shading, and perspective views. 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.

AllyCAD explode function

AllyCAD Menu Editor

3D Capabilities

Draw text aligned to entities

The 'Draw Text' functions now allow you to align the rotation and position of the text you are drawing to existing text or lines in the drawing, this avoiding the hassle of manually aligning/rotating the text after adding it to the drawing.


Set The Transparency of Entities

All entities now have a 'Transparency' property, which can range from 0 (fully opaque) to 90 (90% transparent). Entities can also have 'By Block' or 'By Layer' transparency. Transparency can be used to 'see through' solid objects so that entities 'behind' the object are visible.

Xref & Locked Layer Fading

XRef fading value (0% to 90%) can now be specified in System Settings. Specifying an XRef fade value of 50 will cause all XRefs to be drawn such that the colours in the XRef are at half intensity. This makes it easier to identify which parts of your drawing belong to XRefs. Locked layer fading works in the same way, allowing you to reduce the brightness at which locked layers are drawn, to more easily identify which entities in your drawing are on locked layers (and therefore not editable).

AllyCAD Draw Text

AllyCAD Transparency

AllyCAD XRef Fade

Drawings From Templates

You can create template drawings with your preferred settings, styles and title blocks and then use them as a starting point when creating a new drawing.


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.


Database Linkage

Drawing entities can be linked to external databases containing attributes, should the information in external database be updated the associated drawing will be updated without editing. In addition, data associated with entities in SHP files can be linked and queried.

AllyCAD Templates

Graphical Editing

AllyCAD Databse Linking

New 3D Entities

The following are just some of the new 3D entities that have been added:
  • 3D Face
  • Polygon Mesh
  • Ruled Surface
  • Evolved Surface
  • Box
  • Cone
  • Sphere
  • 3D Polyline
  • Lights
  • Extruded Surface
  • Tesselated Surface
  • Pyramid
  • Tube
  • Dome

Add On Tools

AllyCAD offers the following tools and editors that work outside of the program:
  • Accelerator Editor
  • Batch BBF
  • BMP Geo LO
  • Digitiser Editor
  • Linestyle Editor
  • Menu Editor
  • Palette Editor
  • Registry Reset
  • Settings Transfer
  • Toolbar editor

  • Google Earth Snapshot


 And so much more...

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