March 15, 2017
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*** GeoTools-CADPower Rental Plans & License Policy Update
In December 2016, we announced rental plans for GeoTools & CADPower. Our software is available both in rental and perpetual license plans, and I have written this post to clarify several questions our users have had about licensing.
Through this post, we would like to clearly announce the choice our users have: rental and perpetual. Currently, 95% of our users are on perpetual license and significant percentage of them use the current version as well.
We would like to encourage our users to move to a rental plan as this reduces the total cost of ownership and use of our software on an annual basis. Having said this, we have no intention of removing the perpetual license offering, at-least until May 2019.
We have made some changes to the licensing and upgrade policy and these rules & eligibility that apply when users request license file replacement, determination of upgrade costs etc.
Please review the latest license & upgrade policy for CADPower and GeoTools
*** CADPower V 17.22 Update:
** New command alias added: CP_AREATEXT (CADPower -> Annotation -> Create/update length/area annotation): The CP_AREATEXT command is a new command alias that runs the CP_LENTEXT command and does quick area annotations and shows them as text objects.
This command is a new alias and functions within the body of the CP_LENTEXT command.
** Enhanced command: CP_LENTEXT: (CADPower -> Annotation -> Create/update length annotation): The CP_LENTEXT command has been completely revamped and improved. In addition to length annotation, this command now supports area annotation also, which is also exposed through a new command alias called CP_AREATEXT.
The following improvements are made in the functioning of this command:
1. For length annotations, you can now use arcs, circles and splines also, in addition to lines and polylines.
2. For area annotations, you can use closed polylines, splines and circles.
3. Area annotations from closed curves can be created as text objects, or existing ones updated (similar to CP_LENEXT functions).
4. When existing text is updated with length or area values, you now have an option to append the value to the existing text. This feature was added based on user requests from many of our CAD detailing users who often want to capture a name and length/area quickly in DWG and export as CSV files to Excel.
For example, a reinforcement detailing drawing containing the bar names and length, or bounded area names and area can now be easily tagged together in text objects (using the append option) and exported to Excel (via CSV) using the CP_TXT2FILE command easily. This significantly cuts down a painful and manual process of measuring each length using OSNAP and having to manually type it in along with the name into Excel.
This enhancement is generic and is useful in a large number of CAD detailing situations in the quantity take-off department.
5. The 'Modify length/area' and 'Pre-set length unit conversions' are fully supported for both length and area annotations.
6. During length measurement of picked polylines, it is now possible to specify whether you want to annotate the full length of polyline or length of the picked segment alone. Earlier, the CP_LENTEXT command would only annotate the length of the picked segment and not the full length.
With this optional setting, it is now easier for the users to have finer control of the output as desired.
7. A number of other improvements have been made in the user interface and messaging for a better user experience.
*** GeoTools V 17.22 Update:
** Enhanced command GT_ASN_PROP: (Menu: GeoTools -> Conversion -> Assign Properties):
The GT_ASN_PROP command has been bug-fixed and improved considerably. The earlier version was designed to only work with 3d polylines and would compulsorily search for elevation objects around every vertex of the polyline. We realized this was not practical and extended the inherit functionality to 2d polylines also. Further, the search can be performed around every vertex (suitable for 3d polylines) or near the ends (first and last point) of 2d polylines.
If you have 2d contour polylines (all with 0.0 elevations) and nearby text objects representing the contour elevation, it is now a breeze to assign contour elevations to such polylines.
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*** Direct download URLs:
GeoTools for AutoCAD:
** English: http://www.4d-technologies.com/geotools/download/geotools_en.exe (or) http://www.4d-technologies.com/geotools/download/geotools_en.zip
** German: http://www.4d-technologies.com/de/geotools/download/geotools_de.exe
** Spanish: http://www.4d-technologies.com/es/geotools/download/geotools_es.exe
** Portuguese-BR: http://www.4d-technologies.com/ptb/geotools/download/geotools_ptb.exe
CADPower for AutoCAD:
** English: http://www.4d-technologies.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_en.exe (or) http://www.4d-technologies.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_en.zip
** German: http://www.4d-technologies.com/de/cadpower/download/cadpower_de.exe
** Spanish: http://www.4d-technologies.com/es/cadpower/download/cadpower_es.exe
** Portuguese-BR: http://www.4d-technologies.com/ptb/cadpower/download/cadpower_ptb.exe
GeoTools for BricsCAD:
** English: http://www.coordsys.com/geotools/download/geotools_bricscad_en.exe (or) http://www.coordsys.com/geotools/download/geotools_bricscad_en.zip (Mac-friendly)
** German: http://www.coordsys.com/geotools/download/geotools_bricscad_de.exe
** Spanish: http://www.coordsys.com/geotools/download/geotools_bricscad_es.exe
** Portuguese-BR: http://www.coordsys.com/geotools/download/geotools_bricscad_ptb.exe
CADPower for BricsCAD:
** English: http://www.coordsys.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_bricscad_en.exe (or) http://www.coordsys.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_bricscad_en.zip (Mac-friendly)
** German: http://www.coordsys.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_bricscad_de.exe
** Spanish: http://www.coordsys.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_bricscad_es.exe
** Portuguese-BR: http://www.coordsys.com/cadpower/download/cadpower_bricscad_ptb.exe
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