FastCAD Version 6.10

Released 22-Dec-01
  1. DWG/DXF Improvements: Fixed problems with ProE & MicroCADAM dimensions written as an insert of an annonimous block with no dimension entity. Corrected errors is spline imports. Added support for ACAD global line-style scaling.
  2. User Interface Changes: Added support for 16x16 and 24x24 .ICO icons, which may be switched by a check box in the TOOLS dialog. V6 can now use V7-style .ICO files in addition to its own 16x16 .BMP files. For a freference ZWIN.ICO, two icons should be provided: ZWIN.ICO and ZWIN24.ICO.
    A new, cleaner look has been implemented for the on-screen tools. The OPEN/SAVE dialogs now have an 'All Drawings' file type option.
    Icons in menus may now have different processing for right and left clicking on the icon. Specify the right button click script in {} before the left button script, such as:
    #0,ZIN:[Zoom In]{~ZOUT;2;}~ZIN;2;

Version 6.038

  1. An oriental symbol catalog.
  2. A file browser that lets you preview files or even whole folders.
  3. A JPEG and PNG exporter that lets you save whole drawings or even areas of the current view at very high resolution.
  4. A fractal polygon and path command that lets you create great looking landmasses and rivers dynamically.
  5. Fractaliser (FRX) command added. It allows simple paths or polygons to be converted into fractal coastlines. Settings may be saved.
  6. Scale symbol references about their origin (useful for doing detailed map sections.
  7. Freehand drawing command with controllable resolution. Press CTRL to lift the pen up.
  8. Macro commands converted into commands Hex Grid, Outline, Outline in Black, Square Grid number label.
  9. Combine combines polylines. Line to Poly converts a chained line into a polygon.
  10. Dynamic versions of stretch, scale, rotate and move that allow easier control over the angle, scale and position of entities.
  11. New text commands, TEX powerful dynamic rotation and editing; change justification on the fly using C, L, R, B, M, T for Center, Left, Right, Bottom, Middle, Top. Type in the text height at any point, rotate on the fly in 15 degree increments or smoothly; use + or on the numkey pad to change a number in the text string.
  12. Explode Text converts text into its constituent parts. This enables text effects such as scaling xy, offsetting, adding fill styles to text, etc. It also displays more accurately than normal text at varying zoom levels.
  13. Edit text lets you edit multiple text entities. Text Export exports sorted text to a file. Replace finds and replaces text in a file.
  14. Dynamic Copy lets you create multiple copies of entities dynamically.
  15. Rename Symbols - a quick way of renaming and moving around a few symbol definitions.
  16. Sort Symbols - fronts selected symbols, southern most last to re-order mountains, woods, etc.
  17. Path to Poly - closes selected paths - can be useful in DXF/DWG import or after Line to Path.
  18. New feature by L. Lee Saunders. Escarpment - lets you add a series of symbols along a selected entity, creating borders, rail way lines, ridges, etc.
  19. New feature to beta test - CUT. This enables you to make new maps from sections of old ones. For more details type CUTMENUON, restart CC2, then pull down the CUT menu.

Version 6.03

  1. Added sheet outlines to LIST display so we can tell to which sheet an entity belongs.
  2. Changed Pen Width to Pen Thickness in the Change submenu. Added the new change commands to the CHANGE dialog: Pen Thickness, 2nd Color, and Color of SymRef.
  3. Updated XPDWG2.DLL to use version 1.014 of OpenDwg library. (We were using 1.012).
  4. Added Grid recalculation to ALIGN, EGRID, GRIDV, and SNAPV Commands. Only the edit dialog was properly adjusting changes to SNAPV.
  5. Added 'Trigrid' check box to the Rectangular Grid Class Edit dialog - this sets y spacing = 1.5*tan(30)*x spacing. It is like the CC-Pro Trigrid used for making simple isometric drawings. (axis 120 degrees apart, one is vertical). Note: If an angular grid is selected, and the grid is ON, the @x,y will be relative to the grid orientation; if the grid is off, it is relative to the normal x,y orientation.
  6. The @x,y tracking display also follows this: When an angular grid is ON, it shows @x,y deltas relative to the angular grid system. When off, it shows them relative to the x,y standard orientation.
  7. Note that an angular grid can still be selected and used with snap on and grid off, giving a 'translation'.
  8. Fixed bugs in updating grid status after Select Grid Dialog, when this was changed in the dialog.
  9. The size of the HEADER InfoBlock has been increased by 128 bytes to allow for future additions without needing to change the database version.
  10. Revised the intersection finding routine to use double precision resulting in increased intersection accuracy. Calculated the limit used in final on/off entity test as a fraction of the intersection pick point's distance from the origin.
  11. Made LIKE/KEEP commands (not modifier) work with pen thickness. The LIKE command also processes the 2nd color (KEEP does not because color2 is not a saved property state - it is per-entity only).
  12. Added ABOVE/BELOW commands, which move selected entities in the drawing to be above (drawn just after) or below (drawn just before) a specified entity.
  13. Added 'Offset from place points' check box to the smart symbols Control Point options dialog. It allows a dynamic perpendicular offset from the place point to the symbols actual placement. A numeric offset distance + or - may also be entered. Specifying offset in either manner overrides the cut on insertion check box option. (Offset symbols will not cut the locating entity). These are used for CD symbols.
  14. RPOLY now sets a maximum of 1000 nodes.
  15. Added macro command PICKA which sets the size of the pick box (valid values are between 2 to 32, 4 is standard). This value is saved in the registry from one session to the next.
  16. Revised DLIO to allow compressed save option, and the ability to load either a normal or compressed FCW file automatically. A check box in the Preferences dialog must be checked to enable this. This state is saved in the registry with the Desktop data. Note that saving a drawing in compressed mode takes longer.
  17. Added EDIT capability to XREF's. Picking an XREF with the EDIT command lets you change the XREF file name with the file open dialog.
  18. When a large drawing is being closed,, Windows can take a long time freeing the memory associated with each entity. This operation now shows an hourglass cursor during its operation, setting the arrow cursor on completion.
  19. CTRLP entity dialog check box settings are now retained during the current working session; they were reset every entity.
  20. Added a check box in PEDIT to 'Hide Outline if Filled' to allow a filled entity to have no outline. This is on a per-entity basis, and not part of the fill style.

Version 6.000

  1. Color button available on Status Bar it shows the current drawing color. Just click to choose a new color.
  2. Search through multiple files for text and map notes. Save searched files in special lists called bookmarks. Bookmark any file, enabling you to link files up for your adventures.
  3. The screen is now customisable; position icon bars, the status bar and color bar anywhere around the edge of the screen. Up to three customisable icon bars.
  4. A Freehand sketcher.
  5. A Fractaliser, which lets you add complexity to CC2 shapes. Rough out a coast, forest or river, choose an appropriate saved setting and just click. Design and save your own settings.
  6. Vastly improved hex and square grid creation features of any size or orientation. Label each hex with numbers and letters. Lock to the hex or square grid.
  7. More powerful scale, stretch, move and copy commands let you to rotate, or re-scale your objects in mid-flow the current scale, rotation and position are displayed in real time.
  8. Hotspots are always hot you dont need to select the finger icon to activate hotspots.
  9. Superior text placement change the scale, rotation, justification and style in mid flow.
  10. Outline text in any color.
  11. Explode text to give you stretched text, or text with a bitmap background.
  12. Number drawings quickly and easily.
  13. New entity order features let you slip mountains into mountain ranges or trees into forests.
  14. Full print tiling supported at any scale with print preview and percentage overlap.
  15. The network features lets you create complex floorplan layouts with crossing walls with no trimming.
  16. Smart symbols can align to edges, cut holes, scale themselves and offset from entities.
  17. Free upgrade for DD2 users including the new smart symbols and the excellent Room and Corridor commands.
  18. Improved on line help.
  19. A great new 170-page manual with original material including tips, techniques and tutorials.
  20. Added text-only Multiple file handling.
  21. The Multiple Drawing Control dialog displays a list of currently loaded drawings and indicates which is the current working drawing (the one that gets new entities & copied entities). It Also shows the read-only status. Both check boxes can be used to make changes. An icon indicates if the drawing is overlaid (main, overlay, or reference), or if it is a single-window (separate) drawing. The Multiple Drawing Control dialog also has buttons to allow the currently picked (grey in the list) drawing to be closed (removed without saving) and saved individually. The standard SAVE and SAVEAS commands save the current working drawing. Reference (Read-Only) drawings may be listed, counted, etc, and are valid for modifiers, but will not select for editing and may not be saved. Separate drawings (opened with OPENSEP) may not be copied from or to other drawings, except through the clipboard commands CUT, COPY, and PASTE. They use their own Layer Infoblock to determine visibility. To change this, make them the working drawing.
  22. Copying entities (with the INSERT COPY commands) will append the copies to the current working drawing. They may be selected from any overlay drawing, but not a reference drawing. Clipboard COPY will NOT copy from a reference drawing.
  23. Added EDSYMDEF command to the INSERT menu. This will open up a separate drawing window showing the contents of the selected symbol and make it the current work drawing. When that window is closed, you get the choice to keep changes or not. If you keep them (it is not undoable) then the definition of the selected symbol is updated. You must not close the source drawing file while editing the symbol definition.
  24. The BRNG modifier asks for an angle, then a point along that 'Bearing line'. Now, if a single value is entered, it is the distance +/- along that bearing. The prompt is now 'Select point or enter length'.
  25. MENUD and MENUDM commands now store the new default menu in the registry, for use when CC2 restarts. This lets users replace the FCW32.MNU as standard, have those changes survive an update, and still have the new FCW32.MNU accessible. (The MENUD and MENUDM commands load a menu, and if successful, it becomes what is reloaded on drawing changes). There is no standard menu item for either command.
  26. The NEW drawing command has been changed. Starting a new drawing starts immediately with the name (Work).FCW assigned. When any command attempts to save this drawing, it is renamed to WORK.FCW and then enters a Rename & SaveAs dialog. If that is cancelled, the name is now WORK.FCW. This works like most Windows programs where you do not pick a name until you save the new file, and avoids confusion with the 'Save' button in the SaveAs name dialog.
  27. ATCHON, ATCHOFF, ATCHT (toggle), LOCKON, LOCKOFF, LOCKT, ORTHT, GRIDT, and SNAPT toggles.
  28. All Bearing Angle input now will try to pick an entity with the first dig (unless attach is on, which disables this added behavior). If it finds one, then the bearing of the tangent to the selected entity at the pick point is used as the angle. This makes it easy to make things parallel to other entities. If nothing picks, the standard from point to point is used to pick the angle. Keyboard input is always explicit degrees. This works well with the BRNG modifier, and the GA macro command.
  29. Added CLONESYM command that copies an existing SYMDEF, renames the copy, and starts editing the copy. If the edit window is closed with no changes, two different symbols that look alike exist. This can be useful for prototype drawings.
  30. Added new command DRAGCPY (in the COPY menu) which is like drag except it does not erase the original, and it chains to place multiple copies. Unlike copy, where each new location @x,y is relative to the original, the command is relative to the last placement location. Many BBS users wanted this behaviour in copy, and this allows them to have it both ways.
  31. Added new commands DYNROT, DYNSCL, DYNROTC (copy) and DYNSCLC (copy) which do dynamic rotation and scaling without moving the origin (unless the DYNTRAK SHIFT is used to do so...).
  32. Revised the LAYERS dialog, and added a 'Purge Unused' button, which removes all unused layers except MERGE, STANDARD, and the current work layer.
  33. Added correction to names in the LAYER dialog so that names that start with up to 8 digits will sort alphanumerically correct.
  34. Multiple dwg scans now set each drawing as the working drawing during its scan so it uses all of its own header data.
  35. Speed improvement due to better handling of True Type font display.
  36. Added 4 more custom icon bars, and made Edit icon bar on in default new setup. We do not use the 4 new icon bars - they are for user customization. Made tools dialog (hammer) taller so that all current tools show up without scroll bar.
  37. Replaced Change Line Width dialog with standard prompt with prior value default, allowing use with macros.
  38. Revised draw logic so that anything not already optimized, if solid line, no fill, no width, will use paths in its windows API calls. It reduces the size of EMF file of 300 arcs, 300 ellipses, & 300 elip. arcs from 694K to 96K.
  39. DWG drawing import/export improvements.
  40. Added #tag select to popup menu and hotkey for entity select when popup select menu is enabled.
  41. The following commands now work on all entities within a group if the group entity is picked with LOCK ON: CHANGEC, CHGCBB, CHANGEL,CHANGELS,CHANGEFS,CHANGEDS,CHANGET,CHANGETX,CHANGELW.
  42. Added LISTLYR text-only command. This makes a list of all layer names in a text window which may be printed or saved to a file.
  43. The layer, add new layer, and rename layer dialogs have been widened to allow display of the maximum 31 characters (>31 incompatible with ACAD DWG/DXF).
  44. The DOS FCD importer now ignores leading 'end group' markers, allowing corrupted FCD drawings to be loaded. There is no guarantee that the grouping is correct on such drawings, but it is better to be able to load and work with them.
  45. The FCD importer now properly makes all text have line style 0 and fill style 0, without regard for justification.
  46. The PICT EDIT command now places the current BMP file name in the default open box, so that just clicking on OPEN will use the same drawing. It is no longer necessary to reselect the same file.
  47. Made layers dialog and LISTLYR listing sort alphanumerically, with numeric layer names listed first.
  48. RUNAPP & OPENDOC now work with # (CC2 directory) and $ (current directory) file path prefixes.
  49. ZNAME dialog now has a button to delete the selected view name from the list.
  50. Added macro command SAVEVARS with one text line (real CR reqd) value, a file path & name (it will be forced to .SCR). The command creates a script that may be run with SCRIPTM to restore the values of the current variables.
  51. Viewer was not echoing key input to the prompt display.
  52. Added OPENPD and OPENND commands, which open the prior and next drawing in a list of the 10 most recently opened drawings. They function like browser back and forward buttons. When a drawing is opened that already exists in the list, the current position in the forward/back list is set to that drawings existing position in the list.
  53. Added ZTEXT command, which zooms to the first instance in the database of text entered as a parameter to the ZTEXT command. The view is 4x the text extents, centered in those extents.
  54. When more than one item matches the pattern, all matching items are displayed in a dialog box list control - clicking on one of these items zooms to that text.
  55. A new icon has been added to the std toolbar for this command.
  56. SVC StMatch,pPattern,pTest has been added to make general text pattern matching available to XPs.
  57. Added two new sections to the PRINT dialog box: Tiling and Sheets. Sheets are not yet implemented. Tiling works for printing, but not yet print preview. You specify a # of pages X*Y and the specified print view is broken over that many pages, which can be cut and pasted together. The Overlap % value may be from 0 to 50 percent (there is currently no validity checking), and specifies the amount of each page that is repeated on the next.
  58. Changed the way the GE macro command works (shudder!) It now uses an RD_Pick1 to get the pick point, (Ents on frozen layers will not pick - Added GR command which is the same except that frozen layer entities will pick - 'Get Reference entity'), and returns IFERR set if no entity picks. It still returns a point, as many things that need an each pick use the pick point to avoid picking the entity twice. There have been many requests for this semantic change.
  59. Added SELSAVE and SELREST macro commands, which saves and rstores the current SELBY mode, such as dialog or each. Use at the start and end of a macro to preserve the current settings. The save stack is 4 nested levels deep.
  60. Added macro command GRFN. This command changes a full file path and name string, returned by one of the file name commands such as GFN or GFNOP or GFNSP, and changes it into a relative path name based on the current drawing.
  61. Fixed a bug in 6.02 betas that caused multiple-views to be lost on drawing load.
  62. Made revisions to the viewer, GRID button only on/off (no right btn dialog) remove freeze/thaw, added SAVE & SAVEAS to save view, layer, and NOTEs changes.
  63. Revised the entity selection popup to not include by line/fill style as these dialogs are not supported in the viewer.
  64. The StMatch function (& the ZTEXT command that uses it) now recognizes the first charactering being = as match exactly what follows. Without it, a leading and trailing * is appended so that if the pattern text is anywhere in the target, it matches. ie: 'street' would match '35th street NE' but '=street' would only match text that is exactly 'street'. Note that wildcard * & ? can still be used: '=Street*NE' would match 'Street NE' and 'Street in NE'.
  65. Added ZTEXTD command which enters the pattern text from a dialog, for Atlas support.
  66. The set view name (SVNAME) command now accepts a return for the window to name prompt, using the active window as the default.
  67. The viewer can now enter and edit NOTES text.
  68. Fixed a bug in renaming a layer that occured when the new name was shorter than the old name.
  69. Added a Bookmark facility. The BOOKMARK command (See the FILE menu) Opens a dialog which allows you to create and edit bookmark files. These are text files of type .BKM that have one file path\name per line. The current bookmark file name is saved in the registry. You can add, reposition, and delete entries, and select an entry and open that drawing file. The commands OPENBP previous, OPENBC current and OPENBN next commands open the previous, current, or next file name in the current bookmark file. They are repeatable, making scanning through a list of files easy. A bookmark file can be created for a project, and contain the names of all files related to that project.
  70. Added the SEARCH command which allows searching multiple drawing files, including nested directories, for drawings that contain either text entities or file notes that match a specified pattern (the patterns are the same as for ZTEXT). The dialog allows you to specify either 1 or two patterns, and a given entity much match either one pattern OR/AND another.
  71. The search results create a bookmark file 'Search Results' in the install directory, and when the search is complete, that bookmark is automatically selected and displayed for further use.
  72. The five most recent search paths and pattern strings are saved with the latest settings in the registry and when the SEARCH dialog appears, it is initialised to its latest settings.
  73. Made print preview show the new tiling, with each page outlined with a red border, and the effect of overlap shown on each tile 'page' in the preview window.
  74. Made Bookmark list wider, saved the 'show paths' check status in the registry.
  75. Added new macro command, IFDEF ?variable ?label which goes to label if the variable is already defined. Since an undefined variable in an IFx command causes a macro to get out of sync and fail, this can be used to know when to initialize variables.
  76. A new option in CC2 lets left-button clicks run a single action at the command prompt - you can spot this by the 'thumb' icon. If an action is not selected, then left button repeats the prior command. Preferences dialog can disable this, and enabling preselect always does so.
  77. The new command ASKBOX ?title ?line ?line ?CR makes a YES/NO question message box. IFERR is set if the user clicks on NO, and cleared if they click on yes.
  78. 7% speed up in redraw.
  79. Added the option in Text Specs dialog (default is ON for new drawings, off in existing), to use new text metrics. This result is that text matches the desired height much better over a wider variety of fonts, but is slightly higher and wider compared to existing metrics. Note that CHANGET can change individual text entities use of this flag.
  80. Added an outline-only style to the TSPEC dialog - truetype fonts are drawn as a hollow outline only in the entity color. This may be placed in FRONT of identical text without it set to give a different color fill.
  81. Widened the quick offscreen text extents check so that zooming in on the very end of text will always show - certain wide fonts did not.
  82. Added 'Add Search' function to the bookmark dialog. During the search the status tracking indicates in red 'Searching files', when complete, a search results dialog appears, and allows all multiple selection (Click shift for range, Click Ctrl to toggle individual, etc.) When all desired files have been selected, OK will add them to the current bookmark.
  83. Added the PROTECT command, which allows a drawing to have 'no change' and 'no printing' flags set. A security key number is chosen when these are set, and must be reentered to change these flags. This is a *low* security system, and can be easily broken by hackers. It will serve to show intent to bypass security in a legal context. The viewer does not have the PROTECT command, but will honor the flags. Print is current implemented, 'no changes' locks out entity add and edit, and style settings commands. NOTES can be edited and changed when the 'no change' flag is set. When 'no change' is set, a drawing may not be copied to the clipboard, which would remove this protection, nor can it be inserted as a part for the same reason.
  84. Added ability for Icon and color bars to be horizontal, and made the single viewer icon bar horizontal (holds more icons). Also added a new icon bar with file commands.
  85. The TOOLS command (Hammer icon) now allows icon bars, etc. to be positioned to any edge by repeated clicks on the tool in the list. It cycles from left, top, right, bottom, off, for icon and color bars, and top, bottom, off for the status bar. The symbol catalog & scroll bars remain check on/off as before.
  86. Added logic to the Bookmark Add Search Results dialog (multiple-select) to correctly process SHIFT-click (select range) and CTRL-click (add to selection) and plain click (clear any current selection & select this clicked item) as is standard window UI for multiple-select list controls.
  87. Made GE/GR macro commands do an ON attach for the point picked on the selected entity, so that later use will always succeed in picking the entity, regardless of active window scale changes.
  88. Made a significant improvement in FILLETs for two lines - fillets are normally calculated by successive approximation to allow many types of entities to be filleted. This resulted in problems making small fillets, and fillets very far from 0,0 (single precision limits). Now, if both entities are lines, a direct calculation is used, giving a much wider working range and much better accuracy.
  89. LIKE modifier and command now work with entities on frozen layers.
  90. Revised TrueType font matching to force TrueType fonts to be used. Print devices were able to override specified fonts with their own internal fonts for speed, which resulted in various font metric mismatches. Now, drawings imported from 5.16 match nearly exactly with no changes. This can affect screen display, but mostly affects how printers caused some glaring mismatches.
  91. The PROTECT dialog now allows layer status to be protected - When checked, nothing can be changed, and only LISTLYR will let you see layer names. This means you can hide certain layers, set a work layer for changes, and protect a drawing. Then, someone can only add changes to the specified layer, and not see anything you have hidden. This is ideal for sharing multi-player maps.
  92. Added mid-command dynamic pan/zoom: Click the middle mouse button, or mouse wheel. This starts a dynamic pan operation. The window in which you clicked the middle button becomes the active window. As you move the mouse, it is panned up/down, left/right. Holding the LEFT button down and dragging the mouse up/down zooms that window in/out. Releasing it returns to panning. When complete, click the left button to keep the changes, or the right button to undo the operation (including any active window change). A check box in the OPTIONS dialog allows this facility to be disabled on slow machines, or when the left button is desired for another purpose.
  93. The scroll bars now dynamically drag the window view as the thumb is held down and moved.
  94. Added a right-button popup menu to the dynamic pan (middle-button initiated) operation. This provides several sensitivity setting options, including a direct pan mode when the pan follows the mouse directly. The sensitivity settings are saved in the registry. Changed from Middle button to LEFT button drag for zooming.
  95. Added DYNPAN nestable command, which prompts the user to pick a window with the left mouse button - when you do, the Dynamic pan is started at that point. This allows this facility to be used by those with two-button mice. Added an icon for this command to the standard icon bar.
  96. Revised ZEXT - it was no longer setting the header full extents, since this command has been changed to calc the view visible extents, and this caused scroll bars to not have their range properly set in some cases.
  97. Made variables that start with ~ not do a context protect, as the ~ is used for relative point addressing. The ~ still works to preserve the prior commands in scripts, macros, menus, icons, etc.
  98. Posted a number of help file id changes, added a help button to the attach mode dialog.
  99. Added support for saving & loading 24-bit BMP files.
  100. Added support for Smart Symbols. Smart symbols add a level of automated intelligence to symbol placement. Smart symbols, when inserted, automatically align themselves with the straight-edged entity into which they are inserted. Also, they can automatically 'cut' and trim off the wall upon insertion. This is optional. Smart symbols can be easily created with the simple addition of control points to the symbol definition. Not only does that permit easy symbol creation, but existing symbols can also be rapidly converted into ready-to-use smart symbols.
  101. Added 8-bit/24-bit radio buttons for bitmap format selection to the clipboard options dialog. This format affects cur/copy to clipboard and save as bitmap output file formats.
  102. Added the ACT command: ACT ^2d point^ which runs the action at the indicated point. This is mainly for use in macros, although it will work as a single-action RUN when left-button actions are disabled.
  103. Added commands SAVECMAP, LOADCMAP, and DWGCMAP. SAVECMAP writes the current color mapper and flag settings to the file CMAP.CWM in the CC2 directory. LOADCMAP reads the values in this file into the current settings, which continue to be saved in the registry. Whenever a drawing is saved, it includes a copy of the CMAP settings then in effect. The DWGCMAP command copies these to your current settings, and will be used until you change them in some way. It is best to make a save of your standard settings once, and after you edit them in any way. Then you can use DWGCMAP to use settings appropriate to the drawing, then LOADCMAP to restore your standard settings. These commands have been added to the specs menu after the Line Width entry in a submenu under color mapping.
  104. Added text-only command LDSYMDEF command, which loads a part file as a symbol definition. Its file name becomes the symbol name, and its 0,0 point is the symbol origin. If the command is run from a script, the path\name is taken from the script rather than a dialog box. Wild cards are supported: '\mylib\*.fcw' will load all files in the \mylib directory. If no file type is specified, then FCW is assumed.
  105. Revised Preferences to allow compressed save option, and the ability to load either a normal or compressed FCW file automatically. A check box in the OPTIONs dialog must be checked to enable this. This state is saved in the registry with the Desktop data.
  106. An option has been added to suppress endcaps on wide lines. When an entity with width is drawn, if it has a line style and no fill style (hollow), this option being checked will suppress the drawing of endcaps. This provides compatibility with CC-DOS Wide Line behavior. This setting is saved in the registry.
  107. Added SHEET facility. The SHEET command (also in INSERT menu) allows sheets to be created, renamed, and deleted. Each sheet may individually be visible or hidden, and one may be checked to be the current sheet. All new and copy entities are placed on the current sheet. The sheet named COMMON is the standard, non-sheet drawing. It may be selected, but never hidden as a sheet.
  108. The commands MOVESHT and COPYSHT lets you select entities on any visible sheet and either move or copy them to a selected sheet. The destination sheet is the one that is greyed in the sheet dialog - do not confuse it with the current sheet. You pick this by clicking on the sheet name. This allows entities to be moved/copied to sheets that are currently hidden.
  109. If you delete a sheet, then all entities on that sheet are also deleted - DELETE can NOT be undone.
  110. Macro commands SHEET, DELSHT, HIDESHT, SHOWSHT are available. The SHEET command when run from a macro just reads the sheet name.
  111. SHEETs can be used either as 'super layers' in which all entities on each sheet are sorted into order by sheet name back to front, and hidden sheets greatly speed up handling large drawings, or as is their primary purpose, to enable multiple-page drawings stored in one FCW file, sharing common layer and style settings and symbol definitions.
  112. The PRINT dialog now has a combo box added to the view specs which specifies one of five standard sheet printing options. You can specify printing: COMMON only (standard drawing), All visible sheets as overlays (single page), all visible sheets as separate pages, all sheets as separate pages, or the currently selected sheet, and a check box allows COMMON entities (those not assigned to any sheet) to also be printed on each separate page of a multipage print.
  113. Added SHEETS to all menus and standard icon bars. Added 'Auto hide all but current and COMMON sheet' check box and move up/down buttons to the sheet dialog. Sheets will both draw and print in this order. Note that move up and move down are *not* undone by cancel.
  114. SYMDEFs defined during the editing of another symdef are now moved into the main drawing list on close, leaving the SYMDEFs actual address unchanged, so that SYMREFs added using the new def work correctly, and no nested SYMDEFs are created.
  115. Made database format change to version 6.03. This adds four bytes to each entity record.
  116. Added optional second color. For now, CC2 sets both colors to the current color, and CHANGEC and PEDIT update color2 if it was the same as the old color1.
  117. Revised code to calculate bulge arcs (ARCB command) 3 pt arc & circle calcs to improve precision (internal variables now all double precision).
  118. Added DXF Output # decimal places edit box in the DWG/DXF options dialog, allowing specification of the max # decimal places. Values >8 are unlikely to produce better results.
  119. Added Pen Thickness status button - click on it for change dialog. Valid values are 0 thru 2.54mm - the dialog and status button can be set to inches, but the underlying database value is always stored as 1/100 mm (byte 0..254). Value 255 is reserved for 'Use the value of the current SYMREF'.
  120. Pen thickness applies to vector text fonts as well, and will control the line weight with which they are drawn.
  121. Added CHANGEPT change pen thickness command. Note that it specifies thickness in current drawing units, so explicit entry, such as 1.5mm or 0.007' is recommended. Using a width spec and a pen thickness allows wide lines with thick solid borders and interior fill patterns.
  122. Added CHANGEC2 change entity 2nd color command. This currently specifies the fill color. Using this, you can have a filled figure with its outline a different color from its fill. Note that all entities on creation have the 2nd color = the primary color. CHANGEC2 is the only way to change this.
  123. Added PTHICK command, (in SPECS menu) which brings up thickness dialog unless run from a script/macro containing value data after the command, in which case it is a command line prompt for the value, specified in current drawing units (or with overrides such as 0.007' and 2.0mm).
  124. A 'Drawing' button has been added to the symbol catalog. If you click on it, the symbol catalog displays and works with the symbols in the current drawing. Clicking on 'Catalog' then returns to the current catalog. If you click on catalog when the catalog is displayed, then you get the open catalog file dialog. The current state (catalog or button) is shown by that button being 'down'.
Back

Please activate Java...