Monday, August 10, 2015

Windows 10 and progeCAD

    If you are considering upgrading your operating system to Windows 10 there are some things you need to be aware of in regards to the compatibility of previous versions of progeCAD Professional.
    Unfortunately, the only version of progeCAD compatible with Windows 10 is our latest version, progeCAD 2016 Professional, and one must have the latest release of the software installed to be fully compatible. If you are currently using progeCAD 2016, you can make sure you have the latest update by selecting the help menu inside progeCAD and select check for updates to install the latest before doing your upgrade to Windows 10.
     For those users on older versions of progeCAD, you can upgrade your progeCAD to the latest version at the following links:
progeCAD 2013 and Previous Versions: Upgrade any version of progeCAD to the latest version
    Please include your serial number in the field provided when checking out online.
    Thank you for your continued support of progeCAD software!



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buy progeCAD 2014 Today, Get progeCAD 2015 Tomorrow, FREE!



Portland, OR, USA – December 16, 2014 – progeCAD USA has announced that those purchasing progeCAD 2014 Professional will receive a free upgrade to the next release, progeCAD 2015 Professional, coming soon.

  • Great New Features -

New features of progeCAD 2015 Professional will include read/write and create DWG 2015 drawings. Other compelling features included in the upcoming release are described below:

  • Dynamic Input - command line interface at your crosshair
  • Dynamic UCS - auto create a temporary XY plane to draw on
  • Solid Grips - activation of Grips on ACIS solid
  • 3D Ortho – Orthographic planes on Z axis
  • Annotative Objects - scale objects at the current annotation scale including Block, Text, Attributes, Hatch, Tolerance, and Dimension
  • Fields - automate the insertion of titleblock text + other annotations
  • Arctext – Add text along Arcs
  • Breakline Command - Create lines and polylines with breaking symbol
  • PDF = graphic content exchange output complies with PDF/A standards

  • Share and Collaborate with Cloud Drawing Management -

progeCAD 2015 will also contain a built-in cloud drawing management system called the iCADcloud. Easy to use, this drawing management system allows you to simply open and save drawings you wish to include in your projects using built-in open and save dialogs.

Simply save your project drawings under the iCADcloud folder on your PC and check-ins and check-outs become automatic. The iCADcloud allows you to easily share files with others and collaborate on your projects without fear of over-writing others changes. A full history of drawing modifications, and the ability to manage other project file types are made available through the website interface to the iCADcloud.

  • Two Versions for One Upgrade -

To celebrate this milestone release, progeCAD USA is offering upgrades from any previous release, to progeCAD 2014 Professional for current progeCAD customers, along with a free upgrade to the 2015 version upon it's release. Customers can jump two or more versions with the purchase of a single upgrade!

  • Updates and Upgrades -

As always, progeCAD gives its clients free updates to minor releases through a notification system built into the software. progeCAD only charges an upgrade fee when changing major versions. The software will continue to function normally regardless of the users decision to upgrade or not.

  • Optional iCARE Subscriptions and Support -

Users can save 20% by choosing to subscribe to the iCARE Subscription and Support Service when purchasing iCARE with any progeCAD new or upgrade license. ICARE gives you a yearly subscription to the latest progeCAD software along with help desk support to ensure formal issue resolution of any progeCAD issues you may find.

  • Compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 -

progeCAD 2015 Professional has been designed to be compatible with the new Windows 7 and Windows 8.x Operating systems from Microsoft. Users planning to migrate to the new operating system are encouraged to upgrade to progeCAD 2015 Professional soon to ensure compatibility. Those with older operating systems will not suffer from any issues due to the new release running on the new Windows platform.

  • Industry Specific Add-on Products -

progeCAD USA also offers the progeBILLD series, architectural building services design software add-ons, progeEARTH, a civil survey design software add-on, and progeTABLE, which allows import and synchronization between progeCAD and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets. 30-day evaluations of these products are available for free download on our website.

  • About progeCAD -

progeCAD is CAD software highly compatible with industry standards, such as AutoCAD Drawings (DWG) v2.5 through 2015, “AutoCAD Like” menus and commands, SHX and TrueType fonts, AutoLISP, AutoCAD blocks, etc. progeCAD Professional, a proven replacement for AutoCAD, offers PDF to DWG import, over 20,000 blocks and symbols organized in the iCADLib Block library Manager, 3D ACIS solid modeling, advanced rendering with materials, Raster/Vector hybrid image editing and conversion, EasyArch, a 3D Architectural Plug-in, and other tools specific to progeCAD. Sold at a fraction of the cost of most AutoCAD software, progeCAD Professional, powered by IntelliCAD, is a logical choice for drafters, designers, engineers, architects, anyone needing AutoCAD compatible software at 1/10th the cost of other CAD software.

About progeCAD USA
progeCAD USA (http://www.progecad.us), offers progeCAD shipping with several different options including NLM Network, USB Mobile, and affordable Site Licensing. Industry specific add-ons are also available for architectural BIM design (progeCAD Architecture), Land Development (progeEARTH) and Building Services Design including Electrical, Piping/HVAC, and Mechanical/Structural (progeBILLD Applications). Download the Free Full 30 day trial versions of our software when you visit our website at www.progecad.us.

progeCAD is either a registered trademark or trademark of progeCAD, in the USA and/or other countries. progeADD-on, progeBILLD, progeEARTH, progeOFFICE, progeTABLE, are registered trademarks or trademarks of progeSOFT North America in the USA and/or other countries. IntelliCAD is a registered trademark or trademark of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium in the USA and/or other countries. AutoCAD, and AutoLISP are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.


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12042 SE Sunnyside Rd.
Suite 591
Clackamas, OR 97015
USA
Email: info@progecad.us
800-975-iCAD

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Secret War on DWG


There is a secret war over DWG, a war whose battle has been waging for over 10 years...

Most customers believe that when they sit down and create a design that they can count on their CAD software to provide the ability to open, save, and edit their investments of time, money, sweat and tears. However, many may not understand that there has been a war being battled by Autodesk, and those who provide applications which can read and write the DWG "standard".

If you are one of thousands who have trusted your designs to AutoCAD, you may feel comfortable continuing to use the software, placing trust in one of the largest software companies in the world. You have come to expect big brother of protecting your investment in data, and many of you have no need to consider that you may be causing yourself long term roadblocks to owning what is rightly yours, the DWG files you build each day. Yet most may not really understand what the software is doing under the covers that may cause major headaches for them in the future.

Since AutoCAD's first release, native DWG objects have been just that, native to the DWG format. These objects such as lines, arcs, and circles, were identifiable and replicable through their mathematical formulas, available to anyone who has the wherewithal to research what these formulas are. Even third parties who originally created the wealth of add-ons to AutoCAD which improved the productivity of base CAD design were by nature made up of these base mathematical objects (often combined together as a group in container entity type called Blocks, easily exploded back to their origin types). That is to say, by combining these primitives into a group they could then be identified by the nature of the group rather than its original entities, however it wasn't difficult to distill them back to their original entity types, after all, the groups were also defined inside the DWG file.

However, something changed around the turn of the millennium. Autodesk decided they could not get fat enough just supplying the base CAD system. They saw the incomes of their partners, the third party developers, as income they could use to further their quest for dominance, and thus decided to enter their "partners" ecosystem. This move caused a rapid decline in the number and strength of those involved with creating vertical applications using AutoCAD Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

About this same time, however, a new threat popped up in the CAD Market threatening the monopoly Autodesk had built in the CAD Market. A product called IntelliCAD which could read and write the same file format as AutoCAD, with several of the same APIs, using the same menu and command structure, was released at a fraction of AutoCAD's bloated pricing.

Autodesk needed a way to keep competition from selling compatible CAD software that easily replaced AutoCAD. Unless they did so, they would not be able to continue their monopoly and charge ten times as much as the software should cost.

So Autodesk built a new API into AutoCAD, ostensibly to allow those third party developers to be able to create more powerful applications, but in reality to allow Autodesk to create interoperability problems which could be used to squeeze out competition. This new API was called ARX, and while this new way of developing software did lead to a more powerful ability to create designs, it also had a side effect, a side effect which very few understood. This new API, mostly used in Autodesk vertical products, allowed them to stray away from the AutoCAD primitive entity types standard in the DWG format, and by creating objects obfuscated as brand new entity types, so called "Custom Objects", they would again control who could read and write to DWG files.

These new object types allowed Autodesk to obfuscate and hide the objects so that no one but those using Autodesk products could re-create or edit them. Which could have been fine for their customer's, except, Autodesk refuses to share the formulas that these objects are using, and without the ability to re-create and edit these objects they have effectively kept all others from the ability to work with these objects.

Originally these blank slate objects were defined in the vertical applications I touched on previously. However, several releases back they started to mix in these custom objects with the base AutoCAD design program effectively creating new entity types without the descriptive mathematical formulas behind them. What was once straightforward was starting to become prohibitive.

What does this mean for customers? DWG data is becoming more and more inoperable with competing software packages due to the lack of concern fueled by Autodesk's quest for market dominance. Thus the drawings you create everyday will be incompatible with anything other than AutoCAD in the near future unless something is done to regulate or modify current practices. 


progeCAD has a partial solution, by exploding proxies and converting them back to their original entity types, you'll be able to see, change, and save these entities. However, doing so loses their grouping and specialty data, and as the number of proxy entities increases and becomes more complex in definition it becomes an uphill battle to stay in front of the creation of more and more proxy entities. But for many a partial solution is better than no solution.
 

 Lets be clear on who the villain is causing this interoperability. It isn't the company who provides a great CAD value for a fair price which works with the DWG standard, and it isn't the company that attempts to circumvent this secret strategy by attempting to replicate and replace these undefined proxy hell objects. 

The villain is the corporation who is happy to charge you a fortune for their software while hiding the true nature of their interoperability strategy. This isn't some random occurrence that just happened, but a well thought out corporate strategy to lock in customers and "encourage" them to stay invested in the overpriced pig at the trough, Autodesk AutoCAD. 

Many users over the years have begun to explore other alternatives that give their data a future of freedom. For those still on the AutoCAD Army, we challenge you to vote with your feet, abandon the big corporate pig and march to a vendor with whom you can place your trust, and ensuring the long term viability of your CAD DWG data.

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progeCAD 2014 Professional Delivers DWG 2014, 3D PDF Conversion.

Portland, Oregon, USA, January 31, 2014 - progeCAD USA, a leader in 2D/3D CAD software, has announced the release of progeCAD® 2014 Professional, the next major release of the proven AutoCAD® replacement Computer Aided Design software.

ProgeCAD 2014 Professional, an alternative to high priced CAD systems such as AutoCAD®, allows designers to become productive immediately using a similar menu structure, similar commands, and the same DWG drawing file format as AutoCAD®, at 1/10th the price, and with little or no learning curve for former AutoCAD® users.

The new progeCAD 2014 Professional contains many new enhancements that offer improved performance, stability and speed. The 2014 professional release reads/writes AutoCAD® 2014 DWG files. This version is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1 as well as previous operating systems back to Windows Vista. The release of 2014 has improved the overall performance of progeCAD. Other exciting progeCAD 2014 Professional features include:

EasyArch 3D is a new version of EasyArch with a renewed interface, more parametric objects and 3D design.

3D PDF Converter creates ADOBE 3D PDF standard with your dynamic 3D content inside. 3D PDF allows you to communicate your designs in 3D and share your data with anyone in an easy and innovative way.

The normal trim command can now Trim Hatching Objects.

Table creation/editing

Dynamic Blocks editing through the use of the Grips, which allow you to Stretch, Scale, Rotate and change how the block is visualised.

Use Multi-Line styles

progeCAD 2014 also includes many bug fixes and improvements.

Current progeCAD users can upgrade to the latest version at a significant discount to the already-low price of the full version. progeCAD 2014 Professional offers flexible licensing options:

Single Plus licenses allowing for desktop and laptop install.

Network NLM licenses with Take-Away technology for remote work.

USB portable licenses perfect for consultants or the shop floor.

Corporate licenses with unlimited installations at an unrivalled price.

A 30-day full trial version of progeCAD 2014 Professional is available for immediate download at the progeCAD USA website: http://download.progecad.us

About progeCAD USA
progeCAD USA (http://www.progecad.us), the North American progeCAD office, offers progeCAD shipping with several different options including NLM Network, USB Mobile, and affordable Site Licensing. progeCAD Add-on products in land design, architecture and MEP are also available, as is software for use on the Apple Macintosh (http://icadmac.us). Download the Free Full 30 day trial versions of our software when you visit our website.

progeCAD is either a registered trademark or trademark of ProgeSOFT, in the USA and/or other countries. progeADD-on, progeBILLD, progeEARTH, progeOFFICE, progeTABLE, progeDATA, progeWORD are registered trademarks or trademarks of progeSOFT North America in the USA and/or other countries. IntelliCAD is a registered trademark or trademark of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium in the USA and/or other countries. AutoCAD, and AutoLISP are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders
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Suite 591
Clackamas, OR 97015
USA
Email: info@progecad.us
1-800-975-iCAD (4223)


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