CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD are constantly "under development", in order to program enhancements and to keep the software compatible with the actual Windows versions.
On this page you'll see the "version history" and update informations.
Enhancements in CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.33.00:
Import & Export PDF
With this powerful new feature the user may import drawings (= vector data) from PDF files and use them in CAD4U/CAMOD drawings.
Including the support of layer information.
This function allows the user to resize the drawing.
The user is first prompted to select the start and end points of a line and is then asked for the new dimension.
The drawing data and paper are then resized.
This is the fastest way to force imported PDF drawings onto the correct scale.
DWG / DXF Import & Export Translator updated and extended
The translation modules are updated to support the latest DXF and DWG file versions!
A Bitmap can now be drag moved to the chosen location.
Circle Diameter Replace
All circles of given diameter range may now be replaced with a new diameter.
There is now the option to switch between all layers and those in the drawing.
A new column has been added to the palette which indicates whether a layer is used in the drawing.
Enhancements in CAMOD V.33.00:
CNC Cut Gap
This is a new function which will cut a gap in a selected line or arc.
The radius comes from the CNC Contour A settings and an extra gap can also be set.
CNC Multiple Contours
The CNC CONTOUR functions have been replaced by new functions
allowing up to 3 CNC contours to be created at the same time.
Plane Clear Hatch
The function now includes the option to create vertical as well as horizontal hatch lines.
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.22.00:
The main target of the development work for V.22 was making the DXF/DWG drawing data exchange better and supporting 64-Bit operating environment.
Completely new Import DXF/DWG function (see video movie).
The function is considerably enhanced:
- All mappings of layer, colours and linestyles are now presented on one single dialog.
- The colour mapping now attempts to match the CAD4U/CAMOD colour to the DXF colour automatically.
- The colour mapping also allows lineweights to be mapped to colours, and the user can choose whether to use this mapping during DXF Import.
- There is a new option to control the calculation of snap points after importing.
If switched OFF, this feature may save a lot of calculation time!
- "Extruded entities" are converted; this includes Arcs, Circles, Inserts, Lines, Polylines and Solids. This improves DXF and DWG imports and avoids mirrored display of extruded entities.
- In the DWG/DXF Import Options dialog the user is given a prompt if the CAD4U/CAMOD colours are close in RGB to the PAPER colour.
This gives the user a chance to change the colours if they wish before continuing the import.
- During IMPORT the "anonymous block" flag is used to mark DXF blocks as "anonymous" (= DXF hatch and associative dimensioning records) to allow VIEW FILTER to be used to control the display and selection of these blocks.
- A new choice has been added to allow users to choose to ignore "anonymous blocks" when importing DWG/DXF, "anonymous blocks" are simply skipped should the user choose not to convert them.
- The library page is no longer presented at the completion of the import.
- LIBRARY / DWG EXPORT A new function which exports .DWG files (into DWG Version R.12).
- The new options "Invisible Layers not translated" and "All Layers translated" control the import of DXF/DWG entities assigned to an invisible layer.
There are now three options for how the Layer Table is updated during DWG/DXF Import:
- Create a new table, use automatic colour mapping and use layer names from DXF layer table.
- Overwriting the names of the present layer table.
- Keeping the present CAD4U/CAMOD layer table entries. DXF colours and layer names will be lost.
There are new options for the Paperspace handling:
- Only Modelspace, no Paperspace Data translated.
- No Modelspace, only Paperspace Data translated.
- Or to be prompted when importing a drawing. If the prompt option is chosen then when a drawing is imported the user will be asked whether to ignore Paperspace Data or translate only Paperspace Data.
Further informations regarding DXF and DWG drawing data exchange can be found on the support page.
New: VIEW FILTER (see video movie).
A new function intended to replace Speed Filter, VIEW FILTER, will filter records for selection as well as display, and individual entities including lines, arcs, circles and polylines can be chosen for filtering.
- All functions requiring selection use the VIEW FILTER settings.
- INSERTS and BLOCKS display overrides all other records. If INSERTS or BLOCKS display is on, all sub-records of the INSERTS or BLOCKS are displayed regardless of the other record filter options. This should make it easier to edit only inserts or blocks.
- The VIEW FILTER includes "Anonymous Block" filtering for drawings imported from DWG or DXF
- "Draw Filtered Records Gray" will draw filtered records in gray, except for Bitmap Inserts which are skipped.
CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.22 are available as 64-Bit version now, optimized for the 64-Bit-Windows 8 and 7 operating system. A 64-Bit software may address more memory and works safer in the 64-Bit environment.
The 32-Bit versions of CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.22 are still available for the 32-Bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
New: LIBRARY / MAINTENANCE / CHECK LIBRARY
This is a new function which can correct some possible problems with libraries:
- Zero length inserts and blocks are replaced with a placeholder.
- Missing inserts and blocks are replaced with a placeholder.
- An integrity check can be run on inserts and blocks, and if mistakes are found they are corrected.
Only if there are corrections, the inserts and blocks are written back to disk. The checks are on aspects such as impossible radii, out of range (infinite) coordinates etc. similar to the checks recent CAD4U/CAMOD versions do when filing or exporting.
- Purge blocks. Similar to the previous Purge Blocks but quicker and deletes more blocks than before.
The user can select any combination of these and stop the operations with a provided "stop" button and at no risk to the library data.
- FILE / PUBLISH
New functions PUBLISH, PUBLISH ZOOMVIEW and PUBLISH SELECTION are intended to be used when the user wants to output to formats such as .PDF and .XPS.
Drawings are rendered to a bitmap and then sent to the chosen printer output.
This is especially helpful when bitmaps with transparency are used in a drawing.
- SETTINGS / TOOLBARS / LOAD RDF and SAVE RDF have been added to the LIBRARY toolbar.
- The VIEW Toolbar has been extended with the VIEW FILTER and COLOUR FILTER functions.
- The layer table can now be set to a different file from the wc_layer.lft previously used.
If the user saves or loads a table in the SETTINGS / LAYER TABLE dialog or when importing DWG/DXF, then the layer table name will become the one the user selected.
The new filename is saved in the settings file so it will be used for the next session.
If there is no settings file or the user does not load or save to a new name, then wc_layer.lft will be used.
- The file name of the layer table is now displayed at the bottom of the LAYER PALETTE.
- FILE operation: The whole library box is highlighted and a small dot is drawn in the background colour to indicate the box position.
- Click on the library box for LOADING a drawing from an index page. This is faster than clicking onto a handle point, which is not really required while LOAD process.
The INSERT feature still requires to click onto a handle point for INSERTING a drawing with the need for an exact 'magnetic' handle positioning.
- FILE / BACKUP / Load Backup
Easy access to the first and secondary automatic backup files: the backup's page number, modified date & time, and length are included in displayed list of backups.
Since CAMOD V.22.00:
- DRAW / PLANE CLEAR HATCH
The horizontal hatching lines now stop short of the border; the gap is 10% of the tool diameter. This change increases the quality of the milling result!
- FILE / CNC MILLING/CUTTING
A LAYER NAME column has been added to the mapping lists of both of these functions.
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.11.00:
- The Dynamic Layer Palette now adjusts its dimensions to the number of layers in a drawing and allows direct access to layer settings and colour changes.
- If a library drawing has a name, it is added to the title of a drawing frame, and also used when printing.
- Hardware copy protection replaced by flexible software protection, also allowing downloadable versions.
- Technical program structures modified for optimized Windows 7 compatibility and safety.
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.10.00:
- Arc & Line Segmentation is now able to calculate lines too.
- The Print dialog has been extensively re-worked to use property pages and to allow the overriding of both lineweight and colour output for each layer!
- The Layertable includes display of the line-style and colour for layers set to single style or colour.
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.9.00:
- Arc Segmentation (Allows arcs to be created from line segments. This is particularly useful in the situation in which the lines resulted from
the scanning of arcs and curves or after importing DXF files.)
- Total Length Dimensioning
- Delete Drawing from an Index Page
- Change To... (Very similar to EDIT / CHANGE but allows an element to be selected from which the attributes will be copied.)
- Additional Toolbar Icons
- Separate Dimension Text Layer
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.8.00:
- Dynamic Zoom
- Coloured & hires index page display
- Project Codes for index pages
- Insert JPEG bitmaps
- More comfort in 2-screen mode
- Milling and Cutting Settings may be stored in files and copied via clipboard to be pasted into a drawing as a text listing (CAMOD only)
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.7.01:
- Print Selection
- Group Selection by Element Size
- Automatic Layer Capture during Chamfer or Fillet
- Automatic Paper Orientation during Print
- Fast Layer Assignment during landscape map editing (CAMOD only)
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.6.01:
- 3-Point Rotation
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.6.x:
- Insert bitmaps (in BMP-format)
- Text with TrueType-fonts
- Status bar page tabs
- Crosshair cursor
Since CAD4U(-XS) and CAMOD V.5.x:
- Colour filter
- Switchable toolbar
- Completed tooltips
- Context-sensitive online help now also for all palette and toolbar icons!
- Better CNC Contour feature (CAMOD only)
- Plane Clear Hatch feature (CAMOD only)
Since CAMOD V.4.3200:
- Wall Plane Feature (CAMOD only)
Since CAD4U(-XS) V.3.3201:
- Modernised userinterface styling
The movies were made with the CAMOD version. That's why the menus might show more features then you have available in CAD4U or CAD4U-XS.