progeCAD 2018 Professional
progeCAD 2018: enjoy the new Ribbon Interface, the power of 64 bit and Multicore support.
progeCAD 2018 Professional: a stable, complete and easy-to-use DWG CAD at a fair price.
AutoCAD® compatible 2D/3D CAD applicatio that works with AutoCAD®DWG files from AutoCAD® 2.5 through AutoCAD ®2018 ! The best solution forAEC,MCAD and all generic CAD usages.
- progeCAD‘s original format DWG ensures 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 drawing file formats.
- progeCAD offers the interface complete with the “AutoCAD® – Like” Classic icon and Ribbon menus 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 at a fractional price to AutoCAD®, ArchiCAD® or Microstation®.
New licenses include 1 month free support.
- New amazing features:
New advanced Render, SHAPE Import, User interface improvement, perspective image correction and other new features…
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2018 new features
- New Render engine based on Artisan
New integration with Artisan Renderer (free included). The Render allows you to create a photorealistic image of your model quickly using a wide range of pre-set materials and lighting setups combined with the ability to create custom lights and realistic materials.
- ESRI-SHAPE Import
New commands to import SHAPE (ESRI) files with geometry and its attributes into DWG drawings.
- Superhatch Command
Create hatch patterns from images, blocks, external references (xrefs) and wipeouts
- In-place Editor for Text and Multiline Text
The new multiline text editor allows you to edit multiline text in place. However, not all multiline text features are implemented in the new editor.
- PDF Print with Layers
Create high quality PDF files from drawings (with layers!). progeCAD Professional prints PDF files with the same Layer structure of a drawing. The layers can be set on/off in the PDF document using Adobe Reader.
- Improved PDF Export
Export to 2D .pdf files now includes new compression modes, image clipping and gradient hatches
- Improved PointCloud import (.pcg, .isd, .xyz, .ply, .las, .laz)
- Perspective image correction
Thanks to the new plugin, photos insertion is easy and intuitive, with the ability to correct their perspective through the multi-point system.
- New Array dialog
- XREF and Locked layers Fading
Controls the dimming for Xref entities and entities on locked layers
- Fade control with RefEdit command
Now progeCAD supports the XFADECTL system variable, controls the amount of fading within a reference being edited in place.
- New interface for RefEdit command
- 3D Connection SpaceMouse support
progeCAD now supports the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse. The 3D Mouse allows to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate models while selecting with your traditional mouse. This unique two-handed workflow makes design work more comfortable and efficient.
- Click on Options in Command line
String options on the command line can be selected with the mouse.
- Maximixe Viewport
The command allow to maximize and minimize Viewports. With this command you temporarily expand the current Viewport to Model Space and when you go back to Paper Space the position and the scale of the objects in the Layout viewport remain unchanged.
- Default Layers
Predefined layers for dimensions and hatches
- Hatch Transparency
Define the level of transparency for new hatches.
- 3D solids Sub Entity selection
Selection of Faces and Edges on 3D objects with the CTRL button and click.
- TEXTFRONT Command
The command brings all texts to the front.
- Improved compatibility with Microstation files Directly open your DGN files
- Import & Open new Microstation file formats (.dgnlib,.rdl,.cel)
- Object Snap on Underlay files (PDF, DWF and DGN)
- Improved Underlay objects:
For .pdf, dwg, and .dgn underlays, new support includes monochrome, fade, background color adjust, show, and show clipped properties
- Lock the location for Floating or Docked Toolbars
- Contextual Ribbons for Text, Multiline Text, Image entities and the Refedit command
- Pin Lock for Ribbon panel
- Workspaces options management
- Commands ISOLATEOBJECTS and UNISOLATEOBJECTS – HIDEOBJECTS
ISOLATEOBJECTS temporarily hides the display of all entities except those you select. The entities are displayed in the current view. All other entities are temporarily hidden. HIDEOBJECTS temporarily hides selected objects in the current view. All other objects are visible. UNISOLATEOBJECTS displays entities previously hidden with ISOLATEOBJECTS or HIDEOBJECTS
- Possible to associate a Default Template to the QNEW command
- New CACHEFILES will externally cache layout data to enhance layout switching performance and memory usage
The new command for editing single block instances
- CENTERMARK command (Express)
- New XDWGFADECTL
Controls the dimming for all DWG Xref entities.
- Add Slope linetypes for topographic drawings (Express)
- Improve LOFT command
- Rename Command
The new Rename command with an advanced interface
- Improved ETRANSMIT command
- DIMBREAK command
Breaks or restores dimension and extension lines where they cross other entities
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 2018). progeCAD lets you export drawing files to any previous AutoCAD® versions, both in DWG and DXF file formats.
progeCAD runs on: Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1 and Windows® 10
New Advanced Render – ARTISAN NEW
This is an ideal product for architects and for all those designers who need to view their own drawings in a photorealistically visualization.
- 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
- Library of pre-set materials
- Smooth shadows
- Sun position control
- Save images with custom resolution
- Improved performances
- Pre-defined lighting schemes
- Library of pre-set backgrounds, 2D and 3D (hemispherical image)
- Manage SnapShots, for store all the data from your work in scenes
- Archives of own libraries for materials, lights and backgrounds
Superhatch Command- NEW
Create hatch patterns from images, blocks, external references (xrefs) and wipeouts.
In-place Editor for Text and Multiline Text – NEW
New multiline text editor allows you to edit multiline text in place. However, not all multiline text features are implemented in the new editor. To switch to the older dialog box version of the multiline text editor, set the MTEXTED system variable to “oldeditor”.
Ribbon and Classic GUI
progeCAD supports both common Menu interfaces: the Classic one based on the standard toolbar and the new up-to-date Ribbon-based menu as of Microsoft Office® or AutoCAD®.Ribbons use tabs to expose different sets of controls, eliminating the need for many parallel toolbars. Customizable through CUI Files. Users accustomed to the classic Drop-Down menu and Toolbars can still stick to their preferred style.
3D Connection SpaceMouse support – NEW
progeCAD now supports the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse. The 3D Mouse allows to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate models while selecting with your traditional mouse. This unique two-handed workflow makes design work more comfortable and efficient.
EasyArch 3D – The Architectural 2D/3D plugin
The automated building tool for architects designed to increase productivity in house and interior design and remodelling.
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 the additional menu
- Create stairs
- Create roofs
- Create and edit tables of elements, rooms, spaces
- Assisted dimensioning
PDF, PDF/A 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 PCs 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 Professional automatically adds a virtual printer which can produce PDF files having no need of ADOBE ACROBAT. The PDF file parameters can be easily configured. progeCAD can create PDF files compliant with the PDF/A ISO19005 Standard. The PDF/A file format is often a requisite for official institutions and public administrations. The PDF/A file format is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents. PDF/A differs from PDF by prohibiting features ill-suited to long-term archiving, such as font linking (as opposed to font embedding). progeCAD also print drawings as Jpeg.
PDF Import (PDF2DWG)
progeCAD helps you convert your PDF files to editable DWG files quickly and easily. Generates and optimizes vector entities like lines, polylines, splines, hatches, circles, arcs and text strings. Intelligent TrueType texts and line width recognition. Retains colors in the DWG/DXF file. Compatible with Layered PDF, preserves the same Layers schema existing in the PDF when converting PDF to DWG. The PDF to CAD feature allows to save time by easily transferring projects, drawings, parts of existing in vectorial PDFs catalogues and manuals to CAD drawings to use them as native DWG files. Supports all versions of Adobe PDF file.
One click conversion DWF to DWG,DXF,DAE,3DS,DGN – Convert DWF to AutoCAD®, 3D 3DStudio®, SketchUP®, Microstation®.
1) Install progeCAD 30-day Trial
2) Open DWF,DWFx files into progeCAD
3) Save as DWG/DXF or Export to DAE,3DS,DGN from the Export menu
Plotter Configuration and PC3 support
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.
Print to DWF/DWFx files
Export drawings to the standard DWF and DWFx formats using PC3 printers.
PDF Print with layers – NEW
Create high quality PDF files from drawings (with layers!) progeCAD Professional print PDF files with the same Layers structure of the drawing. The layers can be set on or off into the PDF using Adobe Reader.
Cloud services will reshape the consumer digital lifestyle experience, with progeCAD save and open drawings on Cloud! progeCAD Cloud makes it easy for you to reach any of your drawings wherever you are. What is more, it is an optimal way of sharing drawings with your team and customers. progeCAD Cloud supports the major cloud services for file sharing and syncing like DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.How it works ? Click here
iCADLib module and Libraries
The advanced iCADLib module for blocks management ensures the best organization and management of your Symbol Libraries. More than 20.000 ready-to-use 2D/3D Blocks: Construction, Architectural, ANSI-ISO and DIN-ISO Mechanics, ANSI and IEC Electrical, Electronic, Steel Profiles, Furniture, Kitchen.
Traceparts and Cadenas for progeCAD
iCADLib integrates 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 cutting-edge business solutions through powerful web based products and services.
3D PDF Export
Create ADOBE PDF standard with your dynamic 3D content inside.
PDF3D allows to communicate to all the globe and share your data with anyone in an easy and innovative way. Smart collaboration with your draftsmen and designers as well as users who do not deal with CAD software.
3D PDF can be visualized with the free Adobe® Reader®/Acrobat Reader DC software.
To see the 3D content, open the file with Adobe® Reader®/Acrobat Reader DC
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.MrSID support
Multiresolution Seamless Image. It is a file format (filename extension .sid) developed and patented by LizardTech for encoding of georeferenced raster graphics, such as orthophotos. The MrSID (.sid) format is supported in major GIS applications such as Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CARIS, ENVI, ERDAS, ESRI, Intergraph, MapInfo, and QGIS.
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.
Insert and manipulate Raster images with only one click of the mouse!
With the powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools, progeCAD helps you to easily clean up, edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans. 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.
- 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
Main functions: reads and writes 3D solid objects with ACIS libraries (the same as AutoCAD®). 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 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! Creation of complex three-dimensional shapes using solid models becomes a way simpler procedure.
Dynamic Input is an alternative way of entering commands through a command line interface at your Crosshair. You can input data like the length of a line or the radius of a circle with dynamic visualization of changes relative to mouse movements. When dynamic input is turned on, a tooltip displays dynamically updated information next to the cursor. When a command is in progress, you can specify options and values in the tooltip text box. You can also configure dynamic input to meet your personal or company standards. The feature is to further boost your productivity by making drafting and editing processes way more efficient.
The previous progeCAD versions constrained the drafter to constantly change the XY plane to work on a particular face or plane of an object when working with 3D models.
You had to specify a new user coordinate system every time you changed views. The new dynamic UCS feature automatically creates a temporary XY plane to draw on. The dynamic UCS feature dramatically speeds up drawing in 3D environment.
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 also treated as one entity allowing easier editing. The Multiline support greatly speeds up and simplifies drawing and improves the AutoCAD® compatibility. Multilnes Styles supported.
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 also change the tolerance of the spline. 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. The spline order is the degree of the spline polynomial + 1. A cubic spline, for example, has order 4. The higher the spline order, the more control points it has.
Modify, move, rotate, scale, stretch or mirror using multiple Grips
Advanced Solid Grips
By dragging grips you can change the shape and size of primitive solids. For example, the change of the height of a cone will maintain the overall cone shape and automatically update the base radius. The Solid Grips feature is introduced to enrich 3D editing operations.
Snap to some point along the imaginary extension of a line, arc or a polyline segment
AEC objects visualization
Graphical entities created with Architectural Desktop are visualized inside a DWG drawing file
Import drawing files from Microstation®
Import Collada (.dae) drawings
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 comprehensive 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.
Render Export Tool
The export tool for Lightwave 3D (.lwo), 3DStudio (.3ds), Kerkythea (.3ds), Pov-Ray (.pov) makes progeCAD a friendly companion to export drawings to advanced rendering engines.
Save different layer states (on, off, thawed, freeze etc.) for different editing, visualization or printing requirements and restore them in a click.
Express tools is a library of more than 30 highly efficient tools designed to help you boost your progeCAD productivity. 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.
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
The feature automates the sizing of annotations such as text, hatch and dimensions in multiple viewports with varying scales.
The annotative objects are scaled based on the current annotation scale setting and are automatically displayed at the correct size. The following objects can be annotative, meaning that they can size automatically:
- Text (single-line text)
- Mtext (multi-line text)
- Block attributes
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.
Creates a 2D representation of a 3D solid object based on the current view of the solid object. An entire drawing can be flattened with an single operation.
Draws a 3D Polyline in the form of a helix
DWF import & export
progeCAD Professional reads and writes standard DWF files. DWF 3D Export supported.
progeCAD Professional visualizes DWF files.
An easy drawing recovery through the graphic interface in case of crashes.
Realtime pan & zoom
The exclusive PPAN Technology* provides pan and zoom in realtime allowing easy management of large drawings, also with big hatches and TrueType fonts.
Polar tracking (Polar snap)
It helps to draw objects at specific angles or in specific relationship to other objects. When polar tracking is turned on, temporary alignment paths help you create objects at precise angles.
Advanced attribute editing, the AutoCAD® like feature.
Etrack – Otrack®
Used to avoid the necessity of drawing construction lines in order to locate points.
progeCAD manages insertion of external references into the drawing, that means that other drawings are dynamically inserted in the main drawing Modifying a secondary drawing, the corresponding drawing inserted in the original one will also be modified.
The Xref manager is an integrated mask (similar to the one available in AutoCAD®) which allows management of external references insertion easily and visually.
Flexibility and personalization
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 various functions. There are obviously pull-down menus which, like command aliases and tool bars, can be personalized. Likewise the management of layout and blocks is compatible with AutoCAD®. Layouts and blocks can be managed and inserted with the help of the same commands as in AutoCAD®.
The user can choose between different programming languages in order to personalize progeCAD (C#, VB.NET, VB, Delphi, Lisp, C++ etc.). As well as LISP, IRX C++ similar to AutoCAD® ARX, SDS C++ compatible with AutoCAD® ADS, Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Application (VBA), COM automation support, .NET support
|DWG for AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2018|
|Classic Toolbars and Ribbon GUI support|
|3D PDF Export|
|EasyArch 3D (Architectural plugin)|
|ESRI-SHAPE Importer (.shp) graphic & data|
|Perspective image correction|
|In-Place Text Editor|
|Slope linetype (topographic)|
|Default Layer for Hatches and Dimensions|
|Fade for Xref, Locked Layer and Refedit|
|Export to DWF|
|Integrated Cloud Service|
|User Profiles support|
|Publish (Batch Plot)|
|Multiple Paper Spaces (layouts)|
|AutoCAD 3D surface commands|
|Full ACIS modeling & editing|
|Loft and Helix commands|
|AEC Objects Visualization|
|MTEXT support via external editor|
|Open/Import Microstation files (.dgn, .dgnlib, .rdl, .cel)|
|Raster Image Display (image management)|
|Image polygonal clip|
|CTB color table files|
|STB style table files|
|AutoCAD Command Line|
|AutoCAD menu and script files|
|Explorer for managing layers, blocks, line types|
|Object Properties toolbar|
|Apparent & Extended intersection snap|
|Refedit ( Edit locally individual objects within a Block)|
|Layer Manager ( Save and Restore Layers configurations)|
|Visual Menu Customization|
|ActiveX, including in-place editing|
|Solutions Development System (IRX – similar to ARX – SDS/ADS C++)|
|AutoLISP (including DCL)|
|Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)|
|External VBA file loading (multiple .vbi)|
|PDF to DWG (convert PDF files to DWG files)|
|Convert DWF/DWFx to DWG,DXF,DAE,3DS,DGN|
|PDF and PDF/A print|
|STL and Collada (DAE) Export|
|PDF, DWF, DGN Underlay|
|Raster to Vector module|
|iCADLib libraries blocks manager|
|Block libraries (Construction, Architectural, ANSI-ISO and DIN-ISO Mechanics, ANSI and IEC Electrical, Electronic, Steel Profiles, Furniture, Kitchen)|
|Traceparts and Cadenas integration|
|True Type Font|
|Arc Aligned Text|
|Find & Replace|
|Native ECW support|
|Native Jpeg 2000 support|
|Native MrSID support|
|True color support|