April-May is that time of the year when Bricsys releases a major interim update of BricsCAD during the life-cycle of its current version. This is a significant mid-year release with REAL features added, most of which were announced and disclosed as the feature road-map during the launch of the new release in October the previous year.
Incidentally, this is also the time when Well-Known-CAD releases a major* update of its number changing version with very insignificant changes.
In this post, we examine some of the new features of this update - BricsCAD V 15.2.
V 15.2 is loaded with a number of new enhancements across the board - general DWG enhancements, sheet metal, 3d modeling, BIM, conceptual modeling, geo-location and more.
The new features are best summarized in this video from bricsys.tv
Here is a complete list of what's new in BricsCAD V 15.2:
Quad Cursor Draws
The function of the unique Quad™ cursor is extended so that it now also draws entities. Users bring up the Quad by clicking the right mouse button to not only modify selected entities, but also place new ones in drawings.
Sheet Metal Junctions
A significant improvement to the sheet metal design facility creates junction features automatically, with BricsCAD supporting several types of junctions.
Junction gaps are automatically preserved, and can be controlled separately by the user. A new system variable defines the target CAM system for unfolding sheet metal parts.
BricsCAD V 15.2 now allows you to completely define your location on the earth and also specify the coordinate system that belong to the current drawing data.
Web Map Service
Map Connect adds correctly located maps to drawings through a connection to a web map service. One or more data layers can be selected for downloading as image files; users can specify the ground resolution and number of tiles into which the data should be divided. The ten most recently used connections are remembered for subsequent sessions. The Geographic Location dialog is redesigned so that users can define and store geographic location data in drawings.
Version 15.2 also offers users the following enhancements, and many more:
- Basic editing of 3D solid faces containing spline geometry
- Offset with preview faces of 3D solids as well as detected boundaries.
- Import 3D data from BIM and SketchUp files
- Stacked multi-line text settings dialog
- Support photometric IES files and web-style lights
- Auto-complete commands by searching for mid-string text
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