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The 40th UAP Annual Convention and CONEX 2014

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

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

Monday, 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!



International Building Fairs 2013

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

ProgeCAD and SoliCAD s.r.o. invite you to the 18th International Building Fairs (ITB Brno 2013) which will take place in Brno, Czech Republic from Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 until Friday, April 27th, 2013.

The 18th IBF covers practically all areas of the building industry: building construction and engineering services, building crafts and technologies, building materials and products as well as machinery construction. SoliCAD, a design office and official distributor for progeCAD, is setting up its stand at IBF to present  the latest CAD solutions to all fair attendees. Not only designers and architects and any other industry professional, but also anyone who has to do with DWG drawings or is willing to learn drafting 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! You can receive a 50% discount of the entrance fee for the 18th ITB Exhibition.
For that , you just need to contact SoliCAD (info@solicad.com) and ask for an invitation card.

progeCAD 2013 Professional: big steps forward with the new alternative CAD version

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

ProgeCAD is pleased to announce a new release of its flagship product: progeCAD 2013 Professional.

After many efforts, the result is a new software package which looks like the best product among the CAD alternatives. The new release allows to open 2013 DWG files and is compatible with Windows 8. These implementations are most advantageous to users that will surely benefit from other updates as well. The software has been renewed with exclusive features and tools capable to tempt any CAD professionals, just to mention a few of them: drawing open and save time improvement, separate hatches and hatch trim, PDF to DWG conversion and new blocks available on iCADLib.

You may wonder if such product exists. “Yes, it does”. Not only does it exist, but also the software has improved by leaps and bounds thanks to the hard work of the development team that made the program richer than its previous versions.

You may wonder what this product is like. Here you are! It is reliable, easy-to-use and low-cost. These qualities are taken into consideration by professionals who care about their work productivity.

It is Reliable because it guarantees the usage of DWG files created with previous versions or with other software without any conversion. The native format of the software is DWG as always and that ensures a full compatibility with AutoCAD® files including recent DWG 2013. Not to forget the full integration with the latest Windows 8 operating system, as well as Windows 7, XP and Vista. Moreover, the software performance is improved and you can test it by yourself opening and saving DWG files. It is up to 20 times faster than before!

It is Easy-to-use because it provides familiar to AutoCAD® users features and tools.

It is Low-cost because its price is extremely reduced compared to competing products. The full list of the progeCAD 2013 Professional features is available on our official youtube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z0YnIl42rs

 

progeCAD 2013 Professional is really new, in fact our development team have worked hard on the rewrite of the entire source code to generate a powerful alternative to AutoCAD® software.

But is it really so? The 2013 version includes many characteristics that can easily compete with other CAD products. It also contains the following features:

-   Separate Hatches and Hatch Trim. Creation and editing of separate  hatches.
-   PC3 Print Support. PC3 files enable you to easily configure a plotter and save the settings for later uses.
-   Spline Editing. Delete, add, move fit points of a spline; open or close a spline; edit the spline start and end tangents.
-   Multigrip Editing. Modify, move, rotate, scale, stretch  a single or multiple objects using multiple Grips.
-   Snap Extension. Snap to some point along the imaginary extension of a line, arc or polyline segment.
-   Traceparts and Cadenas for progeCAD.  iCADLib integrates the progeCAD Traceparts  and progeCAD Cadenas web portal.
-   New Dimension Options and Features. Quick, Jogged and Inspection Dimension, Arc Lenght.
-   Multiline Command. It allows to draw multiple parallel lines in a single command.
-   New Print Interface. The AutoCAD®-like style print dialog with Page Setup Manager.
-   PDF, DWF and DGN Underlay. PDF files can be attached as an underlay to a drawing file and used as a background for your drawings.
-   DGN Import. It allows to open Microstation files.
-   FlatShot. The command converts 3D solids to a 3-view 2D drawing.
-   AEC objects visualization. Graphical entities created with Architectural Desktop can be visualized inside a DWG drawing.
-  Helix Command. It allows to draw a 3D polyline in the form of a helix.
-  Loft Command extrudes several shapes and makes one continuous object.
-   STL and Collada (DAE) Export. These file formats are supported by many software packages.

We invite you to watch our official video about the new characteristics at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jG9c6x9Ir0

The PDF to DWG file converter is only one of the other exclusive features of progeCAD 2013 Professional and it responds to client needs. This tool allows you to import an existing PDF, convert it to DWG, open/edit it as if it were any other CAD drawing.

The unprecedented advantage is that users will save much time by retrieving drawings from catalogs or brochures and editing them without their original files. The software also includes a renewed version of EasyArch, the 2D architectural plugin, that increases productivity in creating floor plans and furniture layouts. The user will appreciate being able to draw a door or all other architectural elements of a floorplan by directly inserting a dynamic element selected from those available, with the possibility to vary all the parameters. EasyArch now supports Metric and Imperial measurement systems.

The iCADLib libraries have become a feather in progeCAD’s cap being beefed up with more than thousands of new blocks in the 2013 version. The libraries are now integrated with the TraceParts and Cadenas portals, where you can access millions of blocks. There, customers can easily download and insert producer standard parts and normalized symbols in their drawings.

Another significant feature of the software package is the integration with Google Earth to import georeferenced data and images and to publish 3D CAD models in Google Earth. Last, but not least, is the raster-to-vector tool provided to upload images that are then converted into drawings.
There is a special page dedicated to the technical aspects of the software at www.progesoft.com/en/products/progecad-professional/

We invite you to follow us on our official website: www.progecad.com For all those interested a free 30-day trial version of progeCAD 2013 Professional is available on www.progesoft.com/en/ while those who want to leave comments or suggestion, they may do so on ProgeCAD’s official facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/progeSOFT-progeCAD/136313050820

80th National Annual Convention: PIA and ProgeCAD support the “green cause”

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The ProgeCAD team recommends to all his followers the participation in an interesting event:  the 80th National Annual Convention. It will take place in Cebu City from the next 21st to 24th of February and it is organised by the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) and supported by our ProgeCAD Philippines partner.
“Touching Earth, touching Lives” is the main theme of the meeting, it will focus on ecological and social awareness in design. The Philippine Institute of Architects takes always care of environmentally friendly topics showing its green advocacy as well as ProgeCAD.
Architect Dioscoro Alesna Jr, event co-chairman for plans and programs, states: “The theme mainly covers on how architecture literally affects the earth, the way in which a building “sits” in its environment and its visual impact in the cityscape and how we, as architects, touch people’s lives with our designs”. His sentence sums up the peculiar aspects of the forthcoming convention. It is very actual especially now after the recent natural disasters occurred in the Philippines, where new design solutions were developed, for example: emergency housing and refugee camp using paper-tube walls or paper poles used also in Japan and Africa.
In fact, the Philippine Institute of Architects sees the convention as a way where architects can discuss and plan new developments in case of calamities. The three days meeting is inspired by well-renowned architects in the global industry and was driven to address the environmental issues facing the Philippines. The 80th national annual convention is also a way to involve new followers to the green movement promoting a change in culture and attitude of people.
The official calendar evinces the presence of the notable speakers: Kazuko Sejima, Kundoldibya Panitchpakdi and Doosdee Thaitakoo. Unfortunately Shigeru Ban is unable to be part of the event as advertised in the last period. The first contribution is “Architecture is environment” by Kazuko Sejima. She won the prestigious Pritzker prize together with Ryue Nishizawa. The second contribution is “Sustainable Housing in the Time of Climate Change” by Kundoldibya Panitchpakdi and the third one is “Balancing Conservation and Development in Historic Town Centers” by DosadeeThaitakoo, both architects from Thailand. Then there will be lectures about sustainable houses and way of balancing conservation on historical places. All this will be accurately supervised by ProgeCAD that always supports these environmentally friendly causes.
Architects and representatives of non-architect companies are welcomed to join the event starting from Thursday and we invite you to do the same! For more information about ProgeCAD, visit our website www.progecad.com and about our Philippine partner, click here http://progecad.ph/index.php/contact

progeCAD sponsors Como Projects – Lakefront

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Saturday, 10th March 2012, the award ceremony for the best project of Como’s lakefront took place at Como’s public library. All the projects for reconstruction of Como’s lakeside were carried out by Architectural students of the Milan Polytechnic University. progeCAD’s Commercial Director for Italy, Dino Spatafora, granted licenses of BIM software, progeCAD Architecture, and licenses of generic CAD software, progeCAD 2011 Professional, to the students who devised and presented the best scheme of the Lakefront in Como.

Within the Second Architectural Design Workshop, the students worked out 15 design concepts of Como’s lakeside reconstruction, in particular the projects were focused on the study of new decorative furnishing, special paving and lighting of walkway. The scientific committee consisting of Prof. Corrado Baldi, Prof. Massimo Cartone, Prof. Aldo Castellano (the Milan Polytechnic University), Architect Leonardo Del Grosso, Doctor Lodovico Festa, Ing. Frantze Piunti and Chairman Professor Cesare Stevan (Dean of the Architectural Faculty of the Milan Polytechnic University) were judging the students’ works to assign prizes made available by progeCAD srl.

The three works selected and awarded by the jury stand out thanks to their rich design content alongside with high technical performance and a greater focus on the specific project issues.

progeCAD works in close collaboration with universities and research institutions to bring out and promote groundbreaking architectural and engineering technologies. “The projects proposed today by Architectural students are good case studies of research and design for regeneration areas,” said Dino Spatafora at the end of the ceremony “We are very pleased with the results and we hope that very soon we’ll be able to bring other new and exciting initiatives within the framework of our collaboration with universities. ”
The three projects selected by the jury are especially remarkable due to their high technical performance and a deep insight in the specific issues of the project.

Click here to visit the projects and photos page…

progeCAD Selected Editor’s Pick of the Week by Desktop Engineering

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

DUBLIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA — Desktop Engineering (deskeng.com) announces that progeCAD USA’s (Clackamas, OR) general-purpose, AutoCAD-like 2D and 3D design application progeCAD 2010 Professional was selected as its Editor’s Pick of the Week for September 1, 2010.
“progeCAD Professional is an AutoCAD-like application. It can handle DWG files easily and that it offers commands, interfaces, ‘feel,’ and functionality that should make it readily accessible to seasoned AutoCAD users,” says Anthony J. Lockwood, editor at large for Desktop Engineering. “It’s a low-cost, general-purpose 2D and 3D design CAD system appropriate for concept sketches to MCAD layout.”
“The pitch that progeCAD USA uses is that progeCAD is an AutoCAD-like application at far less cost,” explains Lockwood. “That’s true as far as I can tell. But I actually think that progeCAD is a productivity enhancement system.”
“Its cost enables you to spread AutoCAD-like functionality around your company relatively inexpensively,” concludes Lockwood. “The hour here, the day there it can save you could return your investment in no time flat and that effect can be the one little thing that gets you to market more quickly.”Read the complete Editor’s Pick of the Week at “Low-Cost CAD System Improved.”
Desktop Engineering magazine, which is published monthly by Level 5 Communications, is an industryleading media brand covering hardware and software engineering solutions for the manufacturing, medical, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, process, and other industries. Its readership of 60,000 is 100-percent involved in upfront design processes. Desktop Engineering’s website, deskeng.com, is a valuable resource updated regularly with breaking news from the global engineering, design, and manufacturing industries.
“Desktop Engineering covers MCAD, simulation and analysis, reverse engineering, and rapid technologies for design engineers and engineering management,” said Steve Robbins, executive editor. “We focus on computer technologies that enable 3D modeling and simulation.”
“Each issue of DE offers news updates, hardware and software reviews, articles, and in-depth coverage of rapidly evolving industries,” Robbins added. “DE delivers information that increases ROI and helps shorten time to market. Whether engineers are working on the latest aerospace project or an industrial designer is creating a new cell phone, DE provides solutions to their day-to-day challenges.”
For more information about daily news updates, monthly updates from the magazine, and advertising opportunities, contact:
Desktop Engineering, Level 5 Communications Inc., 1283D Main St., Dublin, NH 03444; 603-563-1631, fax
603-563-8192, www.deskeng.com .

CAD Training Facility for progeCAD Users Opens in Australia

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Tuesday, 08 December 2009
 Sydney, Australia – CADDIT announced the opening of a permanent venue in Australia for progeCAD design training. Newcastle Computer Training will be hosting the first one-day class on Thursday, 28 January 2010. Special pricing for this basic class in CAD design should especially appeal to small businesses on the Australian East Coast.

progeCAD is a powerful tool for AutoCAD-compatible CAD drawing. progeCAD offers most of the same commands and DWG file format support, but at a much lower cost compared to AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software. Recent years have also seen many customer-driven improvements in speed and flexibility. In 2009 progeCAD added in-place text editing, paper space sheet size display and 3D Google Earth model export. New buyers are now also enjoy a free upgrade to the 2010 version upon release.

“We are very happy to finally have a ‘permanent’ venue for customer training in a professional atmosphere, assisted by computing professionals”, remarked Mr. Ben Decker, DM CADDIT Australia. Plans are also slated for Australian classes in Alibre Design, PTC Pro/ENGINEER and T-FLEX CAD/CAM software from CADDIT.

Newcastle Computer Training is centrally located on Wood Street, Newcastle NSW not far from major highways and public transportation. A wide choice of accommodation is also available. All software, hardware and needed training materials will be provided on site.

Specific questions about next class content material are being answered by CADDIT on (02) 8777 5588. Registration for progeCAD Training 2010 can be completed by phoning (02) 4962 4040 or by ordering a “Class Registration Product” online at http://www.caddit.net/.

Newcastle Computer Training (formerly CADGRAPHICS) offers affordable training in comfortable surroundings at the mouth of Hunter Valley in Newcastle. The website is http://www.newcastlecomputertraining.com/ . Trevor Burndred has a Dip. Eng and Assoc. Dip. in Business (Microcomputers), has successfully run a Hunter Valley based computer company since 1993.

CADDIT is a regional CAD Solutions consulting company and distributor for affordable and high-end 2D, 3D, mechanical, civil and architectural design products, with head office in Liverpool, NSW Australia. The website is http://www.caddit.net/ .

For more information:

www.caddit.net/auto-cad/AutoCAD.php
www.newcastlecomputertraining.com/
www.caddit.net/store/index.php?main_page=contact_us
www.caddit.net/cad-cam-software/alibre.php

progeSOFT Announces Two New eBooks by Ralph Grabowski Available for Free Download

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Como, Italy – April 20, 2009 – progeSOFT s.a.s., in cooperation with progeSOFT North America, has arranged special distribution rights for two new eBooks published by upFront.eZine Publishing. Both eBooks, Inside progeCAD 2009, and Tailoring progeCAD 2009, are available on progeSOFT s.a.s. (www.progesoft.com) and progeSOFT North America’s (www.progesoft.us) websites, as well as many of their valued reseller’s websites, for free download.Ralph Grabowski, the author of over 100 books and several hundred magazine articles about computer-aided design, publishes a free weekly email subscription based e-newsletter for CAD users called upFront.eZine, and writes a nearly daily news, tips, and commentary on the CAD industry weblog called WorldCAD Access, with nearly one million page-views in under four years.

Inside progeCAD 2009, a Tutorial for New Users, takes you step by step through a typical project teaching you each step of the way how to utilize the progeCAD product in a work environment. Sections include a guided tour, 101 tips, progeCAD for AutoCAD users, and teaches you how to setup a new drawing, placing text, creating symbols, adding dimensions, and other important topics.

Tailoring progeCAD 2009, a Guide to Customization, is a comprehensive tutorial on customizing and programming progeCAD 2009 including changing the user interface, programming in LISP, and more. It features dozens of tips, menu customization and setup of toolbars, custom linetypes, hatch patterns and fonts, with some exclusive topics not covered elsewhere.

About progeSOFT:
progeSOFT, executive and founding member of the IntelliCAD® Technology Consortium. has been developing CAD software for over 20 years. They can be contacted via their website at www.progesoft.com

About progeSOFT North America
progeSOFT North America (www.progesoft.us) distributes progeSOFT products through a reseller network in North America, and produces progeADD-on products running on progeCAD. See our website for a list of Authorized progeSOFT and progeADD-on Resellers.

ProgeCAD is either a registered trademark or a trademark of ProgeSOFT s.a.s. ProgeADD-on is either a registered trademark or trademark of ProgeSOFT North America. AutoCAD is a registered trademark or a trademark of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.