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Google Earth integration: the case of lifeline equipment design

February 1st, 2016

Some time ago we made contact with a few companies dealing in design of safety equipment. One of these companies pointed out an issue that progeCAD Professional was able to smartly solve.

This company is specialized in design of protection lifeline systems for roofs, installable in the waterproof roof covering and the thermal insulation, and intended for the public and industrial buildings. progeCAD, actually, proved itself to be an efficient tool even before getting down to the design phase; the program allowed to reduce the costs of the project estimate, which is often an onerous burden for the company budget. progeCAD enabled the company to skip over the on-site survey which using the software turned out to be an unnecessary step. Our technical specialists recommended that the company make their accurate estimates with the help of the integrated Google Earth, a powerful tool included in progeCAD. With this add-on, the user can place CAD models against a background of a location offered through a vast choice of Google Earth maps which are imported and geo-referenced in progeCAD. In this specific case progeCAD made it possible to take all the measurements and calculate the surface area by simply making a drawing straight on an image of the building imported from Google Earth. The User benefited from making considerable cost cuts, doing without an on-site survey and still maintaining high quality and accuracy in the estimate of costs. What is no less important is that this add-on offers another possibility, namely the publication of CAD models in Google Earth. For more information on the plug-in for progeCAD, click here.  

ProgeSOFT SA is striving to come up to meet expectation of its CAD users and is taking part in spreading CAD as a technical tool for the academic and professional worlds through offering solutions to existing issues and improving its users’ daily design routines. Likewise this case, progeCAD has demonstrated to be a true alternative solution for private design studios and technical offices that can easily handle their projects with an advanced and versatile CAD application.  

progeCAD Professional is available in its trial mode 30 days for free by clicking here. The dedicated videos and tutorials on this program can be found on the official YouTube channel while to stay tuned and updated, please visit our facebook, twitter, linkedin, and google+ pages.


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

September 11th, 2015

ProgeSOFT and SoliCAD s.r.o. kindly inform that they will have their exhibition stand during The International Engeneering Fair (MSV 2015) which takes place in Brno, the Czech Republic from Monday, September 14th, 2015 until Friday, September 18th, 2015.

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. 018, building P the latest CAD solutions to all fair attendees. Constructors, engineers, any other industry professionals and anyone who has to do with computer aided design will find the SoliCAD stand worth their attention. SoliCAD will take pleasure in offering either the software basics or further insight into the progeCAD program to any visitor at their stand so that they could acquaint themselves with one of the fastest growing manufacturing program.

All visitors are welcome!


ProgeSOFT provides support to Save the Children Organisation

July 16th, 2015

ProgeSOFT offered its contribution to the operations of reconstruction of the Nepal regions hit by the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal on 25th April 2015. The earthquake ravaged multiple Nepal areas echoing in India, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and causing damages to persons and property.

For years the ProgeSOFT company has been supporting Save the Children, the international independent Organisation that saves children’s lives, fight for their rights and take an active part in aid operations in the regions struck by natural disasters. In the present emergency aid operation Save the Children’s teams assisted Nepal’s children and their families giving out hygiene kits, tarpaulins and materials to set up temporary shelters to guarantee the safer and more protected conditions.

ProgeSOFT has given its further humble substantial support by donating some progeCAD licences, the CAD software program for professional drafting,  necessary for the Organisation to create design project  documentation for the shelters construction. For the Save the children Organisation the task of dwellings reconstruction is even tougher and more complicated due to the hard climatic conditions. The progeCAD software was used to create design projects of 1000 temporary classrooms to allow the children to resume their studies.

Damiano Croci, CEO for ProgeSOFT, commented: “We would like to stand by the victims of the Nepal earthquake in this difficult moment and don’t want to miss out on the chance of giving a helping hand to the people who find themselves in trouble.”

The ProgeSOFT company with the technical team support the aid operations of Save the Children and are inviting its users to learn more about this organisation and its noble deeds by visiting their official website: www.savethechildren.org.uk

ProgeSOFT pushes the right buttons to make clients happy!

May 19th, 2015

progeCAD Professional is a versatile 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD tool for professional drafting widely known as a cost-effective alternative to AutoCAD®. The ProgeSOFT company is proud of its contribution to the optimization of its customers’ design treadmill through offering a little and handy CAD software package which has been helping along thousands of users worldwide. And today the company is delighted to share with you one of the happy experiences, a story of a Customer from India, Mr. PRS Sivakumar, an acknowledged Architect and Interior Designer who uses progeCAD Licenses in his design and development office.

Mr. PRS Sivakumar is one of the zealous ProgeSOFT supporters, who exploits progeCAD Professional to perform his everyday design tasks and on top of it collaborates with ProgeSOFT’s Technical Team submitting his ideas, testing results and giving his expert’s take on the software functionality and performance. This Customer is a shining example of the software product devotee who is running in double harness with the CAD developer doing his little bit for the program steady improvement from version to version.

In his glowing testimonial about progeCAD Professional, Mr PRS Sivakumar tells his story about switching to the economical CAD solution and elaborates on the discovered perks of progeCAD:

We are veterans in CAD since 1996. When my office switched over to progeCAD when the 2011 version came with a special Indian Price tag, that was the wisest move I had made in the whole of my professional life. (When I said “switched over”, it was not a transition – my staff & myself got accustomed to progeCAD in half a day). I have the “lighter” version of the Big CAD 2014 on 5 of my computers installed concurrently with progeCAD. These are Core-i3 with 8 GB RAM with Nvidia GT 630 graphics cards with 2 GB VRAM. While progeCAD runs effortlessly & superbly on these machines (even with much leaner hardware too – which my friends have), the other CAD limps & stalls every now & then. So since the last 2 years my staff have never launched that program and they are more than satisfied with progeCAD. And I did not renew my subscription to the expensive “lighter” version of the Big CAD. Every year it is getting more & more expensive and demanding more & more power from the computer – and it became a very painful annual expenditure.”

Then in his testimonial Mr PRS Sivakumar moves on to disclosing his company daily routines and working peculiarities as well as the way progeCAD is applied to this:

We routinely produce not less than 300 detailed drawing sheets for an individual Bungalow/ Villa and about 1000 drawings for star hotels etc. And we have not had any trouble doing these on progeCAD nor any loss of productivity when compared with the expensive CAD.”

In particular he starts dwelling on progeCAD’s advantageous features he has benefited from: “And with the customization capabilities of progeCAD (you cannot customize the “lighter version” of the Big CAD), including LISP – which my office uses extensively, productivity boost is very evident. […] I am writing this review from an architect & interior designer’s point of view. But this 2016 version has a host of other new features for professionals in other disciplines of Engineering. (which I have not explored nor used). progeCAD has some exclusive features which are highly useful in day-to-day works when the expensive CAD does not have. Converting a PDF drawing file to a .dwg format can be done with ease with the pdf converter plugin readily available within progeCAD. I have found that this does a much superior job in giving clean .dwg drawings including the layer contents on different layers – which even the expensive pdf to dwg converter sold separately by 3rd parties fail to do. And the expensive CAD does not even have this mostly used utility.”

The architect spotlights the financial aspect as one of the fundamental benefits of progeCAD noting that: “progeCAD in India costs less than 1/10th the price of the Full Version CAD and less than 1/3rd the price of its younger brother, the lighter version of CAD which had 2d capabilities with much lesser 2D features than its bigger brother. So even as a 2D CAD it was deprived of many advanced 2D functionalities which the bigger brother had”.

Users are often unwilling to change easily their software they get accustomed to, but in conclusion Mr PRS Sivakumar readily assures that progeCAD is a sustainable solution and a surefire choice:

If somebody asked me on sustainability with running cad programs, then progeCAD is the way to go. One would never regret – it is an investment rather than an expenditure”.

The ProgeSOFT company always welcome feedback, constructive criticism and suggestions that will allow to enhance the program and come closer to standard. You are kindly invited to share your progeCAD experiences!

If you want to evaluate the program, at least out of curiosity, ProgeSOFT offers you a free fully-functional 30-day trial version downloadable here. For more information about the progeCAD software, visit www.progesoft.com, to watch videos and tutorials, please go to the official YouTube Channel and be updated through the facebook, twitter google+ social pages.

Molnet och Dropbox i nya versionen av lågprisalternativet ProgeCAD

March 5th, 2015

Hårt satsande lågprisalternativet till AutoCAD, ProgeCAD, har släppt en ny version – 2016. Den är fullt kompatibelt med AutoCAD 2016 och Windows 8.1. 

– Men den nya versionen av ProgeCAD är allmänt fullmatad med nyheter, t ex stöd för Microsoft One, Google Drive och Dropbox. Här finns också ny avancerad solidhantering och dynamisk inmating och UCS, säger Hans Engström på Eurocitydata.

En viktig bit i nya ProgeCAD är molnet.
– Med ProgeCAD Moln blir det enkelt att komma åt ritningar var man än befinner sig, säger Engström. Det är också ett optimalt sätt att dela ritningar inom arbetsgruppen och med kunderna, ProgeCAD Moln stödjer de vanligaste molntjänsterna för fildelning och synkronisering som Dropbox, Google Drive och Microsoft One Drive. ProgeCAD:s konfigurationsinställningar sparas i molnet och kan enkelt exporteras till en annan PC.
Dynamisk inmatning. När det gäller nyheten med dynamisk inmatning så är det ett alternativt sätt att ange kommandon genom en kommandorad vid hårkorset. Man kan ange data som en längd för en linje eller en radie för en cirkelmed dynamisk visning av ändringar relativt musens rörelser. När dynamisk inmatning är påslagen visas dynamiskt uppdaterad information bredvid markören. När ett kommando pågår kan du ange alternativ och värden i textrutan. Man kan också konfigurera den dynamiska inmatningen till sin egen eller företagets standard.
– Denna funktion är till för att ytterligare öka produktiviteten genom att göra ritandet och redigerandet ännu mer effektivt, säger Engström.
Läs mer om nya ProgeCAD i VFs pappersedition nr 2-2015, som utkommer i början av april.

ProgeSOFT unveils progeCAD 2016 Professional, the new edition of the cost-efficient general-purpose CAD platform

February 23rd, 2015

Today ProgeSOFT is excited to announce the most eagerly awaited new release of the company’s main product, progeCAD 2016 Professional, a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD platform fully compatible with AutoCAD® and other CAD programs supporting DWG/DXF file formats.

progeCAD 2016 Professional, the software for advanced technical drawing acknowledged by the CAD professionals in need of the DWG environment, offers in its new edition DWG compatibility with AutoCAD® DWG files versions up to 2016. Thanks to Cloud technology integrated with progeCAD 2016, the level of collaboration and data sharing has been dramatically enhanced. The Cloud integration  allows the CAD operator to save and open drawings on a Cloud station enabling access to projects literally from everywhere you want and to anyone you need to design, view and revise. The new version is also showcasing the Dynamic input feature as an alternative way to specify coordinates in the drawing area and a rethink of GUI, inviting Users to assess the interface new graphics, welcoming colours and by far more user-friendly and appealing look-and-feel. The user interface by all means remains familiar containing all the drawing and editing commands and tools of the industry standard CAD software. Then there are the scores of fixes of the former listed bugs and glitches like solid extrusion, zoom, ortho and object snaps just to name a few which are to gratify the User of the 2016 release.

Listed below are the main new features of the progeCAD 2016 edition:

  • Dynamic input, a command line interface at your crosshair to enter commands and coordinates with interactive display of changes; configurable according to your personal or company standards.
  • Dynamic UCS, to speed up 3D modelling this feature automatically creates a temporary plane to draw on, so you don’t need to constantly specify a new UCS to change views.
  • Cloud integration. Enhance collaboration and simplify teamwork through an easy reach to your drawings! progeCAD Cloud supports the major cloud services for file sharing and syncing like DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.
  • Advanced Solid grips, enriched 3D editing through the grips. Select and drag black squares of grips on a 3D model to alter the shape and size of primitive solids. The change of one parameter will maintain the overall solid shape by automatically updating other parameters.
  • 3D Ortho. Classic X,Y Ortho snap modes have been beefed up by orthogonal snap mode for the Z-axis, restricting cursor movement not only to horizontal and vertical, but also in the up and down directions.
  • Annotative objects, the feature automates the sizing of annotations such as text(single and multi-line), dimensions, hatches, tolerances, blocks and block attributes in multiple viewports with varying scales. The annotative objects are scaled based on the current annotation scale setting and are automatically displayed at the correct size.
  • Drawing Fields. Save time and improve accuracy using fields to automate the insertion of titleblock text or other annotations in a drawing, especially, when this text occurs repeatedly like it is in case of the current date, the drafter’s initials, the company name and address etc.
  • ARCTEXT, the command enables text alignment along an existing arc object, very handy when adding complex curved text in drawings.
  • Breakline, the command line creates a breakline, a polyline including a breakline symbol, by specifying two points and the location of the breakline symbol between them. You can control the relative size and appearance of the breakline symbol and the extension of the polyline beyond the selected start and end points.
  • PDF/A Print. Create PDF files compliant with the PDF/A Standard often requested by official institutions and public administrations and used for long-term archiving.
  • Change Space, the CHSPACE command to move or copy entities from Model Space to Paper Space or the other way round very quickly and easily. Entities are also scaled by the viewport scale to come out in the correct size.
  • Draw order advanced tools, control of draw order of CAD entities through a new toolbar.
  • Autocomplete command mode. Enhanced command line input assisted by a list or auto completion of commands and system variables as they are being typed.

Click here to watch Video demonstrating the new features of  progeCAD 2016 Professional

As commented by Marco Lucini, director for ProgeSOFT SA: “progeCAD Professional is designed to make the draftsman efficient and precise at the most competitive price. With the new 2016 edition the program takes another step forward to be in line with the technology at the cutting edge. This surely has to do with Cloud integration, the functionality in high demand in the market, as well as Dynamic input implementation, the most requested by our users feature. Our little CAD package is getting ever more complete, intuitive and easy-to-use to serve you and your productivity.”

progeCAD 2016 Professional is compatible with the Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 operating systems and also ready for  Windows 10. Alongside all the generic CAD standard commands progeCAD provides the tools typical of the advanced DWG environment, such as: ACIS 3D solid modelling, advanced rendering, Dynamic UCS, ICADLib blocks library manager. The design process is further assisted through complete image management, from raster images insertion to their in-place editing. The Professional package also puts at disposal of its Users a series of customization tools, supporting the following programming languages: LISP, DIESEL, IRX (C++ Similar to ARX), SDS (C++ ADS compatible), VBA and COM automation.

ProgeSOFT is inviting you to download a 30-day fully functional trial version of progeCAD 2016 Professional  here. For more information the official website and the dedicated YouTube Channel  can be consulted.  Not to miss out on any update, the blogs and major social networks facebook, twitter and google+ are at your disposal.

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.

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