progeCAD 2013 Professional

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  • progeCAD, powered by IntelliCAD 7.x, is an AutoCAD® Industry compatible 2D/3D CAD application that works with AutoCAD® DWG files from AutoCAD® 2.5 through AutoCAD® 2013!
  • progeCAD is the first Alternative CAD opening 2013 DWG and compatible with Windows 8!
  • progeCAD‘s original format DWG ensures a complete compatibility with AutoCAD® WITHOUT ANY FILE CONVERSION and without loosing any critical information. progeCAD lets you export drawing files both in DWG and DXF format.
  • progeCAD supports an interface complete with an “AutoCAD® – Like” icon menu and “AutoCAD® – Like” commands.
  • progeCAD Professional is general-purpose 2D and 3D design software useful for CAD field & concept sketch. It offers very high compatibility with AutoCAD® and Direct Modeling in native .dwg. progeCAD is so much more than an alternative! progeCAD offers more CAD functions than AutoCAD® LT or TurboCAD Pro at a fractional price to AutoCAD®, ArchiCAD or Microstation.
    New licenses include 1 month free support.
  • Languages available for progeCAD Professional:
    English,  French, Spanish, German, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Italian, Polish, Czech, Serbian, Russian, Hungarian.
  • Download the FULL VERSION for FREE for a non-obligation, fully-functional thirty-day trial.
  • Download the amazing eBooks by Ralph Grabowski available for free to familiarize with progeCAD and customize it.

2013 new features

  • DWG 2013 support
  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP full compatibility
  • Up to 20 times faster in Open and Save.
  • PC3 Print Support
    a plotter configuration file, or PC3 file, enables you to easily configure a plotter and to save the settings for later use
  • Multigrip Editing
    modifies, moves, rotates, scales, stretches a single or multiple objects using multiple Grips
  • Snap Extension
    snaps to some point along the imaginary extension of a line, arc or polyline segment
  • Separated Hatches and Editing
    creation and editing (including trimming) of separated hatches
  • New Dimension Options and Features
    Quick Dimension, Jogged Dimension, Inspection Dimension, Arc Lenght

  • Multiline Command
    allows to draw multiple parallel lines in a single command
  • EasyArch Metric and Imperial
    the powerful Architectural plugin supports now also Imperial measurement
  • Improved Multi-line text
    several new features and options available for Multi-line text input
  • New Print Interface
    the AutoCAD®-like style print dialog with Page Setup Manager
  • Traceparts and Cadenas for progeCAD 
    iCADLib integrates the progeCAD Traceparts web portal and progeCAD Cadenas web portal for easy-guided usage of more than 100 million of blocks. Directly guided block insertion from the web into your drawings just in a snap
  • PDF, DWF and DGN Underlay
    PDF files can be attached as an underlay to a drawing file and used as a background for your drawings
  • DGN Import
    opens Microstation files
  • FlatShot
    converts 3D solids to a 3-view 2D drawing

  • AEC objects visualization
    graphical entities created with Architectural Desktop can be visualized inside a DWG drawing
  • Spline Editing
    deletes, adds, moves fit points of a spline; opens or closes a spline; edit the spline start and end tangents
  • Dimension Style Manager
    creates new styles, sets the current style, modifies styles, sets overrides on the current style and compares styles
  • Helix and Loft Commands
    draws a 3D polyline in the form of a helix; extrudes several shapes and makes one continuous object
  • STL and Collada (DAE) Export
    COLLADA
    is a COLLAborative Design Activity for establishing an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications.
    STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software for rapid prototyping (3D printers)

High compatibility with AutoCAD® 

progeCAD’s original format is DWG. This ensures unrivaled compatibility with AutoCAD® without any need for file conversion or any danger of information loss (support for DWG up to 2013).
progeCAD lets you export drawing files to any previous AutoCAD versions, both in DWG and DXF format.

Fully compatible with Windows® 8
progeCAD runs on Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.

EasyArch – The Architectural 2D plugin

The automated building tool plugin for architects, designed to increase productivity in house and interior design and remodelling. EasyArch is a plugin for architects, designed to increase productivity.
EasyArch allows to:

  • Create walls
  • Edit walls (delete, rotate, MOVE, copy, make/cap holes etc.)
  • Insert, copy, move, edit doors and windows automatically
  • Manage layers (quick turning on/off, freeze/UnFreeze, isolate etc.)
  • Manage and insert parametric blocks from additional menu
  • Create stairs
  • Create roofs
  • Create and edit tables of elements, rooms, spaces
  • Assisted dimensioning

Metric and Imperial support

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PDF Import (PDF to DWG)

progeCAD converts vector PDF engineering drawings into the DWG/DXF format as editable objects. It accurately reproduces lines, shapes and text strings.

PDF and JPG format Printing/Export

The PDF format is extremely convenient for the publication of your documents, which can then be read with ADOBE ACROBAT READER.
Acrobat Reader is a free product; many PC have it already installed, alternatively it can be downloaded from the Internet.
However, in order to produce PDF files a specific product such as ADOBE ACROBAT is usually needed and this can cost up to a few hundred Euro.
progeCAD 2013 Professional automatically adds a virtual printer which can produce PDF files without the need to own ADOBE ACROBAT.
The PDF file’s parameters can easily configured.

Gradient Hatch support

Gradients can be displayed and created through an user friendly interface. Improved Hatch Form.

Advanced Hatch interface

Improved Hatch form with an ‘AutoCAD® like’ approach.

Plotter Configuration and PC3 support (new)

Improved printer management with printer control better integrated with progeCAD, paper orientation control, Layouts configurations stored in the drawing.

Starting from progeCAD 2013, configurations for Windows system printers are stored in plotter configuration files (.PC3 files). Unlike in AutoCAD®, PC3 plotter configuration files in progeCAD apply to Windows system printers only.

In a plotter configuration file, you override one or more settings of the Windows system printer installed on your system. You can configure progeCAD for many plotting/printing devices and keep multiple configurations for each single device.

Each plotter configuration file contains information such as:

  •     The device driver and model
  •     The output port to which the device is connected
  •     Various device-specific settings.

iCADLib module and Libraries

The iCADLib module for progeCAD ensures the best organization and management of the symbols Libraries.
Advanced module for blocks management. More than 22.000 2D/3D Blocks ready to use. Construction, Architectural, ANSI-ISO and DIN-ISO Mechanics, ANSI and IEC Electrical, Electronic, Steel Profiles, Furniture, Kitchen.

Traceparts and Cadenas for progeCAD (new improved)

iCADLib integrates the progeCAD’s Traceparts web portal and progeCAD’s Cadenas web portal for easy guided usage of more than 100 million of blocks.
Directly guided block insertion from the web into your drawings just in a snap.

TraceParts and Cadenas are leading digital engineering 3D content companies, offering progressive business solutions through powerful web based products and services.

The progeCAD’s Traceparts web portal and progeCAD’s Cadenas web portal are freely available to progeCAD users worldwide, with hundreds of supplier catalogs and 100 million CAD models and product datasheets suitable for the design, purchasing, manufacturing or maintenance processes.

Image georeferencing
Georeferencing is the process of scaling, rotating, translating and deskewing the image to match a particular size and position. Special for GIS!

ECW support
ECW is an open standard wavelet compression image format developed by Earth Resource Mapping.
The file format is optimized for aerial and satellite imagery, and efficiently compresses very large images with fine, alternating contrast. This is a lossy compression format.

Jpeg 2000 support
Jpeg 2000 is a wavelet-based image compression standard.
It was created by the Joint Photographic Experts Group committee in the year 2000 with the intention of superseding their original discrete cosine transform-based JPEG standard.

PDF, DWF and DGN Underlay
PDF, DWF and DGN files can be attached as an underlay to a drawing file and used as background for your drawings. CAD entities can be created over the Underlays.
Much like raster image files and external references (Xrefs) an underlay is not part of the drawing, but is linked to it.

Raster
Insert and manipulate Raster images with only one click of the mouse!
With powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools, progeCAD helps you to easily clean up, edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans.
Timesaving image display features—Use a wide range of image data, embed images, insert and export images, and use a polygonal mask boundary to display image subsets.
Image transformation functionality and georeferenced image display.

Raster to vector
progeCAD 2013 Professional include WinTopo raster to vector tool
Main functions:

  • Loads BMP Bitmap images (raster)
  • Refines bitmap lines and detects the edges
  • Creates monochromatic vectors from refined lines
  • Views vectors on top of the bitmap
  • Load vectors to progeCAD, IntelliCAD, AutoCAD

ACIS solids

Main functions: reads and writes 3D solid objects with ACIS libraries (the same as AutoCAD®).
Essential for those who deal with Industrial Design, Dies, complex architectural elements and generally for any application in which creating complex three-dimensional shapes quickly and easily is essential.
ACIS solids are available thanks to an agreement signed with Spatial, the supplier of technology for solid modelling to the most important CAD software in the world.
progeCAD 2013 Professional has implemented a complete management of ACIS solids, which can now be viewed, printed, created and edited.
Any exchange of projects with CAD, which include ACIS Solids (such as AutoCAD® 2000, 2009) is therefore much easier!
The creation of complex three-dimensional shapes by using solid models is therefore much simpler in comparison with the more traditional techniques.

MultiLINE (new)
The multiline command allows the drawing of multiple parallel lines with a single command. Not only does this feature allow you to create simultaneous, perfectly parallel lines, but these lines are treated as one entity, allowing for easy editing.
The Multiline support greatly speeds up and simplifies drawing and improve the AutoCAD® compatibility

Spile Editing (new)
You can delete fit points of a spline, add fit points for greater accuracy, or move fit points to alter the shape of a spline. You can open or close a spline and edit the spline start and end tangents. Spline direction is reversible. You can change the tolerance of the spline also. Tolerance refers to how closely the spline fits the set of fit points you specify. The lower the tolerance, the more closely the spline fits the points.
You can refine a spline by increasing the number of control points in one portion of the spline or by changing the weight of specific control points. Increasing the weight of a control point pulls the spline more towards that point. You can also refine a spline by changing its order. A spline’s order is the degree of the spline polynomial + 1. A cubic spline, for example, has order 4. The higher a spline’s order, the more control points it has.

Multigrip Editing (new)
Modify, move, rotate, scale, strtech or mirror using multiple Grips

Snap Extension (new)
Snap to some point along the imaginary extension of a line, arc or polyline segment

AEC objects visualization
Graphical entities created with Architectural Desktop visualized inside a DWG

DGN Import
Import drawing files from Microstation®

STL and Collada (DAE) Export

COLLADA is a COLLAborative Design Activity for establishing an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications.
Collada is supported by several 3D software like SketchUp®, SAP Visual Enterprise Author, 3DS Max etc.
For a comprensive list of supportig software see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COLLADA

STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software. STL is also known as Standard Tessellation Language
This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping (3D printers) and computer-aided manufacturing.

3D photorealistic render

This is an ideal product for architects and for all those designers who need to view their own drawings in a photorealistically visualization.

progeCAD 2013 Professional includes the advanced Rendering function, based on the ray-tracing algorithm, and has the following characteristics:

  • photorealistic rendering with light and shade, reflection and transparency effects
  • Materials like wood with grain, stone, plastic, metal, bricks can be personalised, different shades
  • The finishing can be personalised with effects of reflection or transparency.
  • Complete control over illumination thanks to multiple light points
  • Exporting of images in JPEG, TIFF, TGA, PNG and BMP format
  • Library of pre-set materials
  • Smooth shadows
  • Sun position control
  • Save images with custom resolution
  • Improved performances
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Render export tool

Export tool for Lightwave 3D (.lwo), 3DStudio (.3ds), Kerkythea (.3ds), Pov-Ray (.pov).
Make progeCAD a friendly companion to export drawings to advanced rendering engines.

Layer manager (new improved)

Save different layers status (on, off, thawed, freeze etc.) for different editing, visualization or printing requirement and restore them in a click.

Express tools

Express tools is a library of more than 30 productivity tools designed to help you extend the productivity of progeCAD. Easy to use, integrated into menus and toolbars, and cover a wide range of progeCAD functions, including layer management, drawing, object selection, object modification and extended data.

Quick dimension
Create and modify quickly a large number of dimensions at a time.

Dimension Style Manager
Creates new styles, sets the current style, modifies styles, sets overrides on the current style, and compares styles

Google Earth add-on

Import a Google Earth view to locate your CAD 3D models or publish your projects in Google Earth.

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Polygonal layout viewports

Create a nonrectangular layout viewport or convert a closed object, polyline, circle etc., into a viewport.

Wipeout entities

Very useful to hide undesidered or unecessary part of the drawing, expecially useful with Xref and viewports visualization.

Refedit (block in-place editing)

You can edit blocks without leaving the host drawing. Changes are saved back to the originally inserted drawing.

Find & replace

Automatically find (or replace) a string into a dwg, both in Text, Attributes, Hyperlink, Dimension.

Loft Command
The loft command is similar to the extrude command, but much more versatile. Instead of extruding a single shape, the loft command allows you to extrude several shapes and make one continuous object.

FlatShot
Convert 3D solids to a 3-view 2D drawing. An entire drawing could be flattened with an single operation.

Helix Command
Draw 3D Polyline in the form of a helix

DWF import & export
progeCAD 2013 Professional read and write standard DWF files. DWF 3d Export export supported.

DWF View
progeCAD 2013 Professional visualize DWF files.

Recovery manager
Easy recover of drawings through graphic interface in the event of crashes.

Realtime pan & zoom
The exclusive PPAN Technology* boost pan and zoom in realtime, allowing an easy management of large drawing, also with big hatch and TrueType fonts.

Polar tracking (Polar snap)
It helps to draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationships to other objects. When turned on polar tracking, temporary alignment paths help you create objects at precise angles.

Eattedit
Advanced attribute editing – AutoCAD® like.

Etrack – Otrack®
Used to avoid the necessity of drawing construction lines in order to locate points.

Xref manager

progeCAD manages the insertion on the drawings of external references, that is drawings dynamically inserted in a main drawing (by modifying a secondary drawing, the corresponding drawing inserted in the original one will also be modified).
Xref manager is an integrated mask (similar to the one available in AutoCAD®) which allows the management of external references insertions easily and visually.

Layout

Multiple layouts management with layout tab. Support multiple print tables configuration. Compatible with AutoCAD®‘s layouts.

eTransmit

Utility for gathering, compacting and transmitting DWG files. External references (xref) , fonts, shape files, images and other supporting documents. Improve the drawing interchange.

Flexibility and personalisation

Like AutoCAD®, progeCAD has a bar for typing commands and a series of icons arranged around the drawing area which facilitate and speed up the use of the various functions.

There are obviously pull-down menus which, like command aliases and tool bars, can be personalised.
Likewise the management of layout and blocks is compatible and these can be managed and inserted with the same commands as AutoCAD.

Development (AutoLISP, IRX, SDS, VBA)

The user can choose between 3 programming languages in order to personalise ProgeCAD IntelliCAD.
As well as LISP, IRX C++ similar to AutoCAD® ARX, SDS C++ compatible with AutoCAD® ADS, Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Application (VBA) and COM automation support.

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Native DWG V V V
DWG for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2013 V X X
Drawing recovery V V V
Export to DWF V V V
Edit multiple drawings V V V
User Profiles support V V V
PC3 Support V V V
Multiple Paper Spaces (layouts) V V V
Architectural Plugin V X X
AutoCAD 3D surface commands V V X
ACIS viewing V V V
Full ACIS modeling & editing V V X
Flatshot V V X
Loft and Helix commands V V X
AEC Objects Visualization V V X
XRef Manager V V V
MTEXT support via external editor V V V
Hatch editing V V V
Lineweights (display and print) V V V
Raster Image Display (image management) V V X
Image polygonal clip V V X
Redline and Markup support V X X
Rendering V V X
Image menu V V V
CTB color table files V V V
STB style table files V V V
Graphical Block Preview V V V
PLOT command V V V
AutoCAD Command Line V V V
AutoCAD menu and script files V V V
Explorer for managing layers, blocks, line types V V V
Object Properties toolbar V V V
Edit properties of multiple entries V V X
Properties palette V V V
Apparent & Extended intersection snap V V V
Polar Tracking V V V
Express Tools V V X
Refedit ( Edit locally individual objects within a Block) V V X
Layer Manager ( Save and Restore Layers configurations) V V X
ETrack V V V
Visual Menu Customization V V X
ActiveX, including in-place editing V V X
Solutions Development System (IRX – similar to ARX – SDS/ADS C++) V V X
AutoLISP (including DCL) V V X
Script Recorder V X X
COM support V V X
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) V V X
External VBA file loading (multiple .vbi) V V X
PDF to DWG (convert PDF files to DWG files) V X X
JPG print V V X
PDF print V V X
STL and Collada (DAE) Export V V X
PDF, DWF, DGN Underlay V V V
Raster to Vector module V X X
iCADLib libraries blocks manager V X X
Block libraries (Construction, Architectural, ANSI-ISO and DIN-ISO Mechanics, ANSI and IEC Electrical, Electronic, Steel Profiles, Furniture, Kitchen) V X X
Traceparts and Cadenas integration V X X
True Type Font V V V
Unlimited Dimensioning support V V V
Quick Dimension V V V
eTransmit V V V
Find & Replace V V V
Native ECW support V X X
Native Jpeg 2000 support V X X
True color support V V V
Wipeout V V V
Traceparts and Cadenas integration V X X

progeCAD 2013 Professional is available with different licensing solutions:

SL – Single license
can be registered on one PC at a time (license can be moved on another PC)

NLM – Network Licenses
can be installed on unlimited PCs in the net and used at the same time by several users according to the purchased licenses (1 NLM=1 concurrent user). The number of network floating licenses determines how many users can work with the product concurrently, so in accordance with this the necessary number of licenses should be acquired. License Take-Awaynew NLM licenses can be temporarily moved on a laptop or a remote PC to be used offline. Max flexibility!

Corporate One Site – Site License
Unlimited users under the company name within one unique company location or a unit

Corporate Country – Global License
Unlimited users under the company name within the same country