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EasyArch 3D: the exclusive progeCAD parametric tool for professional architectural drawing

November 3rd, 2014

progeCAD 2014 Professional, an AutoCAD® compatible 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD application, incorporates the parametric architectural plug-in, EasyArch. EasyArch serves to enhance the design of architectural elements both in 2D and 3D modes and to increase your productivity in house and interior design.

EasyArch 3D is the fastest and easiest way to create walls, windows, stairs and other 2D/3D parametric objects optimizing the user’s time of completion of architectural projects.To learn how simple it is to work with EasyArch 3D, click here and watch the first video tutorial.

Even users with little experience will be able to design in 3D with the help of such an intuitive tool like EasyArch.
The architectural module allows you to work simultaneously in 2D and 3D, as when inserting parametric objects in the 2D view you obtain a 3D model automatically. Ultimately you get a comprehensive idea of a building, from its exterior model to floorplanning. To add an element to the 3D model of a building, you simply need to indicate the values of its parts sizes; the element modification is just as easy. To learn how to modify the previously inserted parametric objects, click here and watch the second video tutorial.

Alongside EasyArch 3D, progeCAD 2014 Professional includes a series of other features which are just the same efficient and highly productive: 3D PDF Export, Hatch trim, PDF to DWG Converter, image management, 3D modeling (ACIS), advanced rendering, tables creation and editing, dynamic blocks editing.

progeCAD with its EasyArch module and other features is available for download as a 30-day trial here.

ProgeCAD and SoliCAD s.r.o. invite You to The International Engeneering Fair in Brno

September 23rd, 2014

ProgeCAD and SoliCAD s.r.o. have great pleasure in inviting You to visit their exhibition stand during The International Engeneering Fair (MSV 2014) which takes place in Brno, the Czech Republic from Monday, September 30th, 2014 until Friday, October 3rd, 2014.

The International Engineering Fair (MSV) is the leading industrial trade fair in Central Europe, which covers practically all areas of the engeneering industry and this year will focus on measuring, control, automation and regulation technology.

SoliCAD, a construction and development office as well as official distributor of progeCAD, will showcase at Stand 014, Building P the latest CAD solutions for all fair attendees. Constructors, engeneers, any other industry professionals and anyone who has to do with DWG drawing files or is willing to enter the world of CAD drafting will find the SoliCAD stand worth their attention. SoliCAD will be giving either the basics of the progeCAD software or further insight into the product to any visitor at their stand so as to present the best AutoCAD® alternative to the concerned audience.

All visitors are welcome!

progeCAD Architecture 2014: an advanced powerful BIM solution for parametric Architectural design

June 12th, 2014

ProgeCAD is proud to unveil the new progeCAD Architecture 2014 version, the CAD software program incorporating the cutting edge BIM technology and fully compatible with AutoCAD®.
progeCAD Architecture 2014 is an ideal tool for advanced Architectural design offering the user a winning combination of general-purpose CAD features and sophisticated functionality of the Building Information Modelling system along with the incontestable advantage of the DWG environment. The program is now faster, more efficient and precise to create building models at the most competitive price.

IFC 2×3 file format import and export and multiple Viewport creation are for sure two of the most exciting novelties of the new progeCAD Architecture 2014 version that are to enhance the design process by adding greater flexibility. The support of the IFC file format, the standard object-based file format with a data model for better exchange of architectural projects, will contribute to full compatibility with other BIM applications such as Allplan®, Revit®, ArchiCAD®. The IFC format allows to import and export building data, including such complex objects as stairs and roofs, significantly reducing data loss. Creating multiple Viewports on one Layout with the possibility to separately handle visualization options will speed up the creation of unique views of a project and facilitate print layout management.

progeCAD Architecture 2014 is a 2D/3D DWG-native CAD software application, fully compatible with  AutoCAD® and other CAD programs supporting DWG/DXF/IFC file formats. 3D design with progeCAD Architecture is even faster and easier than 2D drawing in a generic CAD application such as AutoCAD® or progeCAD Professional. The program optimizes projects creation by making the building design phases easy and straightforward: from modelling to rendering, and up to interactive virtual tours of a model. Besides, progeCAD Architecture 2014 is compatible with the Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 operating systems supporting even the latest Windows 8.1 OS with significant engine performance improvement. The intuitive GUI is quite familiar as it includes all drawing and editing commands and tools of the generic industry standard CAD software. The 2014 version is also showcasing the following new features:

  • Single hided roofs of any shape defined by polylines
  • Render engine and material compatibility improvement
  • Print improvement with Plot options support
  • Insertion of X-Refs with Solid ACIS
  • Changes in the default values ​​of some parameters or commands to ensure compatibility with the latest AutoCAD® versions (like in Tolerances and MText)
  • Changes allowing plot preview and settings display even with no printer selected
  • Background colour support in MText (through the Property Panel)

Click here to watch a Video presentation of  the new features of progeCAD Architecture 2014.

Owing to the fact that progeCAD Architecture integrates the BIM technology, the user operates directly on a 3D model, that ensures the speed of execution and editing as well as great creative freedom during the process of modelling. It is possible to insert complex parametric objects (such as doors, windows, roofs, stairs, 2D/3D furnishing) directly in a 3D model observing their interaction and transformation in real time. Immediate visualization of all modifications in 2D and 3D dramatically saves up time and reduces errors when revising a project.

Alongside with the generic CAD features and architectural intelligent BIM components, progeCAD Architecture provides the tools typical of the advanced DWG environment, such as: ACIS 3D solid modelling, advanced rendering, animation creation, CTB and STB print files support, free 2D and 3D block libraries. The architectural design is further assisted through complete image management with high quality photorealistic rendering, 3D/4D smooth animation, as well as material maps and topographic components.

Damiano Croci, CEO for ProgeCAD, comments: “The release of progeCAD Architecture 2014 is an important milestone on the way to developing an architectural BIM program ever more complete, intuitive and easy-to-use, designed to increase your productivity and efficiency by reducing design time and allowing to minimize errors when preparing construction documentation.”

ProgeCAD invites everybody to test the new release by downloading a 30-day fully functional trial version of progeCAD Architecture 2014 here. For more information, please go to the official website and the YouTube Channel entirely dedicated to the program. Not to miss out on any update, visit our blogs and major social networks facebook, twitter and google+.

The 40th UAP Annual Convention and CONEX 2014

April 8th, 2014

ProgeCAD’s Partner in the Philippines, the Architechy company, is participating in the 40th UAP Annual Convention and CONEX 2014. The tradeshow will be held from April 10th to 13th in Pasay City at SMX Convention Center, the biggest convention and exhibition structure ever built in the Country. ProgeCAD Philippines is going to unveil the latest English version of progeCAD Professional 2014, the low-cost 2D/3D CAD software offering the AutoCAD® look-and-feel, DWG 2014, 3D PDF Export, PDF to DWG conversion and many other features.

The UAP National Convention represents the premier event of The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), an integrated and accredited professional organization of architects. CONEX is a big showcase of products, materials, technologies and services. The organisation has made innovation and sustainability the group’s top agenda for this year’s Expo and it makes the event even more interesting than the previous editions. Thousands of architects and design professionals will convene for the occasion starting from tomorrow.
Inspired by last year’s successful participation, ProgeCAD Philippines is again joining this exhilarating event to present the new features and tools of its cost effective CAD product.

This tradeshow represents an ideal platform of inspiration and a place to share critical information on architecture and design. In fact, CONEX 2014 includes a rich calendar of seminars, film shows, meetings and presentations during the three-day event. The CONEX organisers expect many visitors, architects, designers, technical professionals to attend it and many exhibitors are ready to propose a big range of products, materials, solutions for building and construction that can capture interest and attention of the public.

The ProgeCAD team will be highly pleased to offer either the software basics or further insight into the software to any visitor to stand C225, so that they could familiarize themselves with the best AutoCAD® alternative in the CAD market.

For more information about the progeCAD software, please visit our websites www.progecad.com and  www.progecad.ph. To get in touch with the ProgeCAD office in the Philippines, please find their contact details at  www.progecad.ph/index.php/contact.

We invite you to follow this blog and our social pages on facebooktwitter  google+ to be updated on future initiatives.

ProgeCAD and “Honorable Architect Award 2013″

February 5th, 2014

ProgeCAD is associating itself with its Indian Partner to congratulate Mr. PRS Siva Kumar on receiving “Honourable Architect Award 2013” from the Indian Institute of Architects.

Mr. PRS Siva Kumar, an internationally recognized Architect from India, has been using progeCAD License in his design and development office.
Apart from the “Honourable Architect Award 2013”, Mr PRS was also awarded “Dream house of the year 2013” and “Dream House Interior of the Year 2013″ for the design of a Bungalow in down South of Tamilnadu. Furthermore, Mr. PRS’s design of a garments factory at Thirupur (Tamilnadu) was rated as one of the 10 best semi-industrial Green Buildings in Tamilnadu.

Mr. PRS is one of the most valuable ProgeCAD Supporters who has not only been using the progeCAD software in his everyday design tasks, but also collaborating with the ProgeCAD Team through feedback and his shrewd observation contributing to the software improvement from version to version.

progeCAD 2014: the true 2D/3D alternative CAD for everyone

February 3rd, 2014

ProgeCAD is proud to unveil the new release of progeCAD 2014 Professional, the most reliable AutoCAD® alternative on the market. The program has been enhanced with unique features and tools, has improved its performance and stability while maintaining a highly competitive price.

progeCAD 2014 Professional is a general-purpose DWG/DXF-native CAD based on the latest IntelliCAD technology. The present progeCAD edition includes a series of new features and tools, offers improved performance and stability, as well as a better usability thanks to an even more intuitive interface. The new software version ensures full integration with the latest Windows 8.1 operating system, being also compatible with earlier Windows 7, XP, 8; and supports all AutoCAD® DWG files from version 2.5 up to v.2014 sparing the necessity of time-consuming file conversion and incompatibility issues. The graphical interface look-and-feel as well as the way you use commands, menus, scripts, fonts, hatches and linetypes immediately recall the AutoCAD® environment, which is no doubt a benefit for a user accustomed to the industry standard software allowing him to get started with no training whatsoever.

Among the most interesting features, one should certainly name: 3D PDF Export, the EasyArch 3D plug-in and the Hatch trim command.       
DWG to 3D PDF Export is an exceptional tool for better communication and sharing of your projects among your colleagues and clients. It allows you to obtain an interactive 3D model of a project, displayable and editable with the free Adobe® Reader® program. Click here to watch a video-tutorial dedicated to the stunning 3D PDF Export tool
The EasyArch plug-in, the new version of the automated architectural tool intended to facilitate building and interior design, now works also in 3D. EasyArch 3D comes with a completely revised interface and supports Metric and Imperial measurement systems. Click here to watch a video- tutorial on EasyArch 3D.
progeCAD has implemented the long-awaited Hatch trim through the “Cut” command, which will allow you to create complex fill areas in a few quick steps.

progeCAD is a versatile CAD program, the development team have been seeking to make it even more user friendly and productive by implementing ever new tools and utilities that would optimize the design process and facilitate the drafter’s working routine. The 2014 version has been enriched with the following features:

  • Tables viewing and editing, even those of AutoCAD®. The table is the best and most widely used way of reporting data in a drawing, in the production of parts lists, bills of materials and so on. Not only can you open DWG files containing tables, but also create new tables directly in the drawing sheet or import (otherwise copy and paste) tables from Excel, Open Office or Libre Office. The table can also be generated automatically from the attributes of the blocks inserted in the drawing.
  • Dynamic Blocks Editing. progeCAD 2014 allows to edit the geometry of dynamic blocks through the Grips.
  • Batch Plot. Layouts taken from one or more drawings can be printed or exported to PDF or DWF using the print settings of individual layouts.
  • 3D Printing.  STL files management for output on 3D printers
  • .NET Support. Programs created with the .NET technology can be linked to progeCAD drawings

progeCAD 2014 Professional proposes a number of advanced features: images management, 3D modelling and rendering. Furthermore, the software package offers the PDF to DWG Converter which allows to import an existing PDF file, convert it to DWG, and then be able to open and edit it as if it were any other CAD drawing.

The program comprises the iCADLib module with over 22.000 ready-to-use blocks and provides exclusive free access to the TraceParts and Cadenas portals. Customers can easily download and insert producer standard parts and normalized symbols in their drawings. Click here to watch Video illustrating new features of progeCAD 2014 Professional.

Damiano Croci, CEO at ProgeCAD, commented the new release with great enthusiasm:”progeCAD 2014 Professional is here up for grabs! The new release is in fact the outcome of collaboration between the development team and software users. It was actually our customers who gave us useful tips that brought about the development of such exciting tools as the 3D EasyArch plug-in for the automated building and interior design and an amazing 3D PDF Export tool for a stunning presentation of your projects. The new release is another step forward for ProgeCAD, which has been striving to facilitate the design process and to provide more useful tools for customers across a wide range of industries. progeCAD is a CAD for everyone!”.

ProgeCAD kindly invites everybody to test the new release, the free fully-functional 30-day trial version is downloadable here. You can also visit the www.progecad.com official website and the YouTube Channel for more information, videos and tutorials. You can also follow ProgeCAD on facebook, twitter and google+ to be always updated in real time.



iCADMac 2014: the alternative CAD for the Mac OS X platform

December 13th, 2013

ProgeCAD is proud to unveil the new version of iCADMac 2014, the real AutoCAD® alternative in the world of Apple®.

iCADMac, a 2D/3D DWG/DXF- native CAD for Mac OS X, offers an ideal solution for Apple® users who can avail themselves of a cutting-edge CAD technology at a competitive price for their everyday design tasks. The software provides full compatibility with DWG, the CAD standard format recognised officially worldwide, as well as a vast range of tools and features to enhance 2D design and 3D modelling.

The DWG file format ensures thorough compatibility with AutoCAD® files from Version 2.5 up to V.2014. Having a familiar look-and-feel and hence no learning curve for AutoCAD® users, iCADMac can serve as a perfect AutoCAD® replacement. Furthermore, the new 2014 version is compatible with Mavericks and better supports the Mac Os Mountain Lion features.

Drawings created with iCADMac can be displayed and edited on iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch® in the DWG and PDF file formats.

iCADMac is the first CAD software for Mac exclusively enabling export from DWG to 3D PDF to obtain an interactive 3D model of a project, displayable and editable simply with Adobe Reader.
The PDF format facilitates sharing and revision of 3D models within a design team, among suppliers and customers.
iCADMac 2014 offers other advanced and exclusive functionality:

  • Convert from PDF to DWG
  • The  iCADLib module to manage block libraries with over 22.000 ready-to-use blocks
  • Free access to the Traceparts and Cadenas portals integrated in iCADLib

iCADMac’s other exclusive commands: LOFT, CLOUD, PACKANDGO, SMARTLEADER and Field. The LOFT command creates a new solid object or a surface by specifying a series of cross sections. The CLOUD command allows you to create revision clouds to indicate that certain areas of the drawing require or contain revisions. The PACKANDGO command creates a compressed file/package containing the current drawing and its dependent files, such as referenced images, referenced PDF files, font files and font mapping files, PrintStyle files and print configuration files. The SMARTLEADER command helps to draw leader lines that connect annotations to a drawing entity. The Field command adds fields to update visible information such as modification data, drawing name and author. The full list of the iCADMac 2014 features is available here.

Damiano Croci, CEO at ProgeCAD, comments: “iCADMac is the right tool to manage CAD projects in the Mac environment. The affordable price alongside with the provided quality functionality make our alternative product highly competitive compared to other CAD alternatives. Our company has always been striving to live up to expectations of its customers and to propose CAD solutions of the latest generation. The current version has actually been enhanced through implementation of such innovative and unique features as 3D PDF export. iCADMac is the only CAD software for Mac offering this feature”.

The progeCAD team has also thought of the necessities of its customers who make use of the latest innovative devices such as iPAD, iPhone and iPOD. DWG drawings can be edited on iCADMac and sent free to iPAD, on which the drawings are displayed in the protected and advanced PDF file format. In this way, iCADMac users will always have their drawings at hand, even when they are working on the site.

For more information about iCADMac 2014, please visit our website www.icadmac.com and download a 30-day fully functional trial version http://www.icadmac.com/download/. Moreover, you can gain a clear insight into the iCADMac 2014 potential by taking a look at the iCADMac video tutorials available on the official YouTube channel and be updated following the new iCADMac facebook page.

ProgeCAD supports the Philippines

December 4th, 2013

The ProgeCAD company could not hold itself aloof from the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines early November 2013 and lent a helping hand to the Philippine population by making a donation to the Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF Doctors Without Borders) Organisation. Furthermore, ProgeCAD Philippines was on the ground in northern Cebu to hand out relief goods and together with the United Architects of the Philippines Organisation they were being actively involved in devising and constructing emergency shelters to make it possible their prompt deployment.

The ProgeCAD company considers it vitally important to make every possible contribution to support disaster relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines after the recent natural disaster, as it really can make a difference.

The scale of the calamity is enormous and affects especially the central area of the Philippines. The typhoon has caused millions of victims and devastating damages leaving hundreds of thousands of people without their homes. Just like many other Organisations worldwide ProgeCAD has mobilised the company resources to promptly assist the affected in the disaster area and made a charitable contribution to Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF Doctors Without Borders) to support the massive recovery efforts right after the natural disaster

Many Humanitarian Organisations are collecting medical and food supplies to help the affected by the calamity in the Philippines. People from numerous villages and towns have to rebuild their lives in the months ahead which means that everyone’s support counts and is highly anticipated

The company has always been particularly sensitive to social issues and over the years regularly offered its support for disaster recovery efforts in different corners of the world. As an example, in 2006, the company helped to raise funds for the victims of Tsunami in Asia, in 2009 for humanitarian relief operations in Darfur and, finally, in 2012 for the reconstruction of Haiti after the earthquake.

Damiano Croci, CEO at ProgeCAD, commented: “All ProgeCAD heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the affected by this horrible disaster in the Philippines. With so many people in need, we want to lend our support to those who have lost everything. We hope our donation will contribute to the common goal of helping people in the Philippines to rebuild their lives in the wake of this natural disaster”.

ProgeCAD is striving to raise awareness of the urgent support needed for the Philippine population and it encourages everybody to contribute to this cause. Please visit the www.msf.org website to learn more about their relief efforts.

ProgeCAD and SoliCAD s.r.o. at the International Engeneering Fair in Brno

October 7th, 2013

ProgeCAD and SoliCAD s.r.o. kindly inform that during The International Engeneering Fair (MSV 2013) which takes place in Brno, Czech Republic from Monday, October 7th, 2013 until Friday, October 11th, 2013 will expose their exhibition stand.

The International Engineering Fair (MSV) is the leading industrial trade fair in Central Europe, which covers practically all areas of the engeneering industry and this year will focus on measuring, control, automation and regulation technology.

SoliCAD, a construction and development office as well as official distributor of progeCAD, will present at their stand no. 015, building P the latest CAD solutions to all fair attendees. Constructors, engeneers, any other industry professionals and anyone who has to do with DWG drawings or is willing to learn drawing will find the SoliCAD stand  worth their attention.  SoliCAD will take pleasure in offering either the software basics or further insight into the progeCAD product to any visitor at their stand so that they could acquaint themselves with the best AutoCAD alternative.

All visitors are welcome!

progeCAD Professional ENG v.

July 29th, 2013

ProgeCAD is happy to announce the release of another important update for the progeCAD 2013 CAD software platform. progeCAD is a well-known AutoCAD® alternative capable of fast DWG CAD drawing, PDF import/export, architectural or mechanical CAD drawing at a fraction of the cost of AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT®. progeCAD 2013 is a milestone update which delivers over 300 improvements.

Some of these improvements include minor additions to the user interface, such as adding a “remove boundaries” button in the hatch dialog, improvement to QSELECT and adding message box to allow to user to show created PDF or JPG after printing. Other enhancements include developer improvements in SDS C++, VBA and support for several new VL, VLA and VLAX functions including  vlax-get-acad-object, vla-get-activedocument, vla-get-modelspace, vlax-get-property and much more.

Speed and reliability has also been improved again in multiple areas including copy, undo, freeze & thaw, selectionpreview, group sorting by name, general graphics and navigation as well as others areas. Other improvements include over 100 small fixes in various areas of the software environment.

Existing users of progeCAD 2013 should be notified automatically of the update via the progeCAD update advisor. Users can also download the fully updated version from www.progesoft.com or one of their international partners. For a free thirty-day trial of this latest version of progeCAD, CAD users are encouraged to visit the website of the region progeCAD representative, such as www.progecad.us in the US and Canada or www.caddit.net in Australia and New Zealand. See www.progesoft.com for a complete list.