Version history changes to gCADPlus.
Recent changes to gCADPlus are listed below. Right from the outset, we have been able to maintain a policy of releasing at least one upgrade per year and unlike other vendors, all upgrades have been available to users free of charge.
Added a link to the gCADPlus User Guide on the Help drop-down menu. The link now calls a searchable PDF version of the manual.
Improved responses to items used when generating plant schedules
Minor bug fixes.
Symbols made using point or linear gradients now allow for a ‘see-through’ option simply by changing the transparency value of the gradient.
Many new symbols have been added, many using the new gradient and point fill tools.
We have improved the link on the gCADPlus drop-down menu that enables access to additional palettes of symbols while working inside gCADPlus.
The clarity of query question prompts in the gCADPlus Sustainability Calculator has been improved. An initial default value of 5.0 has been set for each query with an initial overall starting sustainability rating of 4.33. The default value has been set in this way in order to encourage designers to aim for a rating above 5.0. Users can now download a palette of ‘sustainability’ symbols that among other symbols, contains a button that can be used to apply to a design after running the calculator.
We have improved the operation of the shadow command.
Labeling of symbols using BroadScale tools has been improved. Text is now visible in modelspace if the background is white. There is no longer a need to change the layer property from ByBlock to By Layer.
The MTEXT command now has a default text height more suited to common design spaces. There should be no longer a need to scale a Mtext entity to make text visible.
We have added new buttons (Mtext, Single Line Text, Windows Text, and Arc Text) for various text styles that are accessed via the draw drop menu.
When the command AUTOLABEL is used, the result is placed on layer L-AUTOLABEL. The line thickness for that layer is now set to 0.00 mm for crisper printing and the colour of the text is now set such that it displays clearly when the background is white.
We have made a major improvement to hatching. It is now possible to point to an area that needs hatching and gCADPlus radiates out and finds a suggested boundary. A polyline is created automatically at the boundary.
Added extra symbols and palettes.
If spacing in a leader is altered, it is now remembered when the drawing file is closed and reopened. A default value is now set to 0.5 for improved clarity.
PDF generated from gCADPlus can now be color-enhanced using IrfanView.
Now shows a count of the number of objects that have been removed by the purge objects command (PURGEX). That gives feedback that the drawing file has been cleaned.
Improve the “Select a plant” dialog box when setting plant species name to symbol. Selection of a plant species from the attached gcp file is much easier.
Fix made to rare bug. If users start a new drawing and use the BLOCKS command to insert a drawing containing nested blocks, all works well. However, they insert a second drawing that also contains internal blocks with the same names, gCADPlus crashes and restarts. That no longer occurs.
Added a link to the FILESIZE command on the File drop menu. Users can now check the size of the drawing that they are working on with a single click.
Made improvements to the SMARTLABEL tool. If a white background is in use, the label now shows more clearly.
We have implemented a common request from users to allow gCADPlus to snap to handles inside a block. Previously, it was only possible to snap to the insertion point of a block.
If text in a leader covers multiple lines it is now possible to adjust the line spacing.
Generating PDFs out of gCADPlus can cause to gCADPlus fail. We have increased the resolution – a new max option is now available. This provides a reasonably high-quality PDF ready for enhancement in image editors if required.
We have improved the sort options in the Properties box. When a user selects a mixed group of entities with (say) polylines and circles and text in the mix, it is possible to choose (say) circles from the set and operate on them (the circles), we highlight the entity that’s been chosen in light green.
Improvements to TEXTALIGN command. Previous versions required users to select each piece of text in turn. It is now possible to use a window to select multiple text entities.