o   Increased Performance: A change in overall structure of the program to increase performance. Changes include, but are not limited to:

      Bitmaps optimized for faster redraw

      Database change for faster access, loading, reduced file sizes

      Restructuring to take advantage of Apple core performance increases including faster redraw times

      faster redraw in Overview Window

      Faster execution of menu commands

o   QuickLook Previews: support for Mac OS X Finder level quick preview of drawings. Press Space Bar to view the last saved state of the PowerCADD 9 file. Previews are created for Legacy PowerCADD files when saved as PowerCADD 9

o   Backwards Compatibility: Open all versions of PowerCADD 1 through 9 and PowerDRAW 6. 

o   Cosmetic Changes: improved rendering of font sizes in various floating windows including Edit and Layer Windows. Larger tool palette icons

o   Consistency of Interface: User interaction is consistent with all prior release versions of PowerDraw and PowerCADD (the big change here is, once again, there was no change)

o   Documentation: Include link to PDF version of documentation from within the application for easier customer support and customer self help.


o   Tools:

      Text Tools: Text is indexed for Spotlight Search in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

      Selection Filter: updated for End Cap object attribute

      Magic Wand: updated for End Cap object attribute

      Parallel Line: new option for multiple increments

      Parallel Offset: new option for multiple increments

      Eye Dropper: updated for End Cap object attribute

      Rounded Rectangles: Rotating a rounded rectangle is still a rounded rectangle, previously became a polygon.



o   File Menu:

      New File Formats: Support to Open, Import, Place: EPSF, Postscript, Illustrator and numerous other raster and object level graphic formats.

      .dwg support:

      Read and Write for *.dwg release 2010 formats

      improved DWG interface, default selection of area to be translated if user doesn't select an area

      improved interface when saving files to reduce dialog boxes if a drawing has only one layer, or no sheets, no all visible layers

      improved reading of special characters, unicode (UU) symbols and stacked dimensions read correctly

o   Preferences Menu:

      Magnetic Windows: turning this preference off now automatically demagnetizes all floating windows; previously they had to be manually torn apart after disabling this preference

      Share Usage Statistics: send statistics to Engineered Software on most use features to assist in refining product development

o   Edit Menu

      Select Special: updated for End Cap attributes

      Exit Group: by default existing a nested group backs out one level at a time. Previously required creating a custom key command that included OPTION key to back out one level at a time

o   Tool Menu

      Live Area: area and/or perimeter values inserted into the drawing are linked to the objects, values update on the fly as objects are resized or reshaped

      Auto Alpha: Knock out any color from a bit image and make them transparent

      Alpha Support: support for alpha channels (transparency) when Open, Place, Importing bit images from other applications with transparent backgrounds

      PDF To Objects: Convert postscript based graphics (EPSF, PDF, Postscript, Illustrator, etc.) to editable objects (bezier curves) or editable text

o   View menu:

      High quality previews of all operations is now standard when moving objects

o   Layout Menu

      Rename Sheets: more direct method of renaming sheet setups

      Guidelines: more direct method to delete individual guidelines, control click on a guideline to remove it

      Drawing Setup, Dimensions:

      new setting to specify offset of dimension text from the dimension line

      new setting to control display of leading zeros

o   Attribute menu:

      End Caps: ability to apply a line end cap as an object attribute (previously an application wide preference)

o   References:

      General: refined and simplified model for how the user interfaces with Referenced Drawings

      Management: new Reference Status Window describing status of all references in a drawing

      Masking: ability to create a rectangular or polygon shaped mask of a referenced drawing, displaying only desired portion of the drawing.

      Edit masks to change view port or see entire drawing with real time, live preview in the main drawing window

      Manipulating References: Referenced drawings behave just like any other PowerCADD object making it faster and easier to perform tasks such as scaling, moving, deleting, or rotating referenced drawings.

      Placing: live preview of reference being placed, insertion point is placed dynamically with all other references automatically using the same reference point (see manipulating references for moving a reference)

      Resolving Paths to References:

  master drawing always displays last saved state of a reference, even if the link to that reference is broken

      extremely robust search engine for finding links to references that have been moved or renamed. Breaking a link to a reference is so robust that deleting the file is typically required to break a reference


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