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The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) introduces IntelliCAD Release 10, a major update of its drafting solution. 

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) introduces IntelliCAD Release 10, a major update of its drafting solution. 

IntelliCAD Release 10 adds new graphics capabilities to improve performance and allow for increased support for materials. Image courtesy of IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

IntelliCAD 10 from IntelliCAD Technology Consortium adds OpenGL ES graphics device, a new materials library and more. 

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) introduces IntelliCAD Release 10, a major update of its drafting solution. 

IntelliCAD is a standalone drafting solution that is also used as the foundation for CAD products from several vendors. ITC is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, and uses ODA solutions extensively in the CAD product. 

New in Release 10 is support for OpenGL ES, a new graphics device that provides IntelliCAD with the ability to offer enhanced performance and new visual features. There is now a materials library which contains materials that can be assigned to entities and layers and then displayed with visual styles. There are also spot and point lights that can display in-program with visual styles.

The redesigned View Manager has more options available and allows users to make selections dynamically for the view’s background, perspective, lens length, and more. Related is new dynamic input, which incorporates command prompts and measurement guides at the cursor. 

Printing with .pc3 customization files is enhanced with the ability to set margins, page size, .pmp files, and settings that vary according to the output file type. 

New import file formats include popular 3D data formats .OBJ and .STL. 

Many new properties are available for various entity types in the Properties pane, including the ability to view properties of custom entities. IntelliCAD 10 also includes the ability to migrate user interface customizations from previous versions.

Smaller features that will have a big efficiency boost for end-users are the ability to re-order and sort layer filters; combine paragraphs and clear formatting of multiline text; determine which user interface items are hidden when cleaning the screen, use new videos and online resources from the Start page; convert closed entities to solids; specify a layer state for each published sheet; a redesigned status bar, enhancements for Section 508 usability; better 4K display support; and an initial Hungarian translation.

For versions of IntelliCAD that work with BIM files, draw roofs and beams, create mitered joints for beams, explode attached BIM underlays into polyface meshes and polylines that can be edited while retaining underlay functionality, and use new options for section lines and elevation lines.

For versions of IntelliCAD that open, save, and edit .DGN files in their native format, the supported command set now includes Multiline Text, Chamfer and Dimension Styles.

For technical users, IntelliCAD 10 incorporates ODA SDKs version 2020 Update 2 and enhanced .NET and IRX functionality for increased API capabilities.

Other improvements and fixes are found in performance, working with files, editing and selecting entities, text, printing and more.

“IntelliCAD 10 is a huge structural update with new core libraries from the ODA, a new geometry library, updated graphics, and new APIs,” says David Lorenzo, ITC president. “Yes, there are several interesting new features for users too, but the structural changes provide a much stronger foundation on which ITC members can build even more complex and diverse applications.”

IntelliCAD 10.0 is supported on Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 64-bit versions. IntelliCAD Mobile Viewer versions are available for Windows desktop, Google Android, Apple macOS and iOS.

An overview video of IntelliCAD 10.0 features is on YouTube here. 

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization funded and directed by its members specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium licenses the IntelliCAD technology to its commercial members, who in turn market and sell applications based on IntelliCAD to their end users. 

To learn more about the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, click here. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website. 

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