Possibly the best 2D draughting system available on the Apple Platform By Engineered Software.
With PowerCADD, drawing, designing and drafting in a natural way allows productive work to be measured in hours and days, rather than months and years. Even though it comes with complete documentation, most people, familiar with the Macintosh interface can begin work with the familiar tools without even picking up the manual. This intuitiveness increases your ability to rapidly become proficient and productive. The interface simply doesn't get in your way and you don't have to think about it.
PowerCADD has just turned 23 and in its 15th version. Well this version is 9 which means its the 15th version after the initial introduction of PowerDraw which was the first serious CAD product on the Mac platform way back in the days of floppy disks and Black and White Screens. PowerCADD followed as the PowerPC became available with another processor change for Apple. Now with yet another processor change and the Intel chip we have the latest incarnation and PowerCADD 9 built for Intel and Intel only.
What's new... Take a look at our PC9 page.
Catalina is here and is a 64 bit only OS. The current version of PC9 is still 32 bit. This means it will not run on Catalina. The new 64 bit version is well under way and we had expected it to be ready before Catalina was out. But its taken a little longer than expected. Please do not update your OS yet as PC will not run.
Please turn off auto updates to ensure you are not upgrading the before the 64 bit version is ready.
PowerCADD 9.1.4 update is available. This version is compatable with Yosemite and El Capitan. Please note you will need to update all your plugins, Wild Tools, PowerClip etc, with this version.
ES have been using Yosemite since its early beta, and it has been working smoothly with the current shipping version of PowerCADD. We would not recommend updating the OS yet, regardless of PC compatibility. There are always teething issues which are OK for home users to deal with but not when one is producing. We aren’t aware of anything to prevent early adopters from moving to Yosemite, but if you encounter problems, we will not be able to immediately get you a new version of PowerCADD. And downgrading from Yosemite to Mavericks is difficult.
Thus, for most users our advice is to wait for our maintenance release 9.1.4 of PowerCADD before transitioning to Yosemite so that the program can be fully qualified and quickly updated if problems arise.
PC 9.1.3 is released and provides Maveric support. Includes 9.1.2 update which cures install on Lion systems issues. Go to HELP/updates in PowerCADD and use codes;-
User name: EUR913
Ensure you have your install codes as this update will ask for them!
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PC 9.1.3 is released and provides Maveric support. Includes 9.1.2 update which cures install on Lion systems issues.
Extreme Caution!!! PowerCADD 9 is not compatible with Mavericks. Do not upgrade your OS just yet!
ES are currently working on making PC9 compatible with Mavericks and the update is imminent.
Please be aware that the free or almost free program called PopClip is reported to damage PowerCADD files beyond repair and crash the program.
If you have used PopClip please report your findings. Naturally enough if you have not avoid it!
We have observed that when a power outage occurs with Mountain Lion systems it sometimes corrupt the plist where the serial and install information is stored. PowerCADD will thus keel asking for you to key in the install information after every re-start. An easy fix you need to re-install the plist which was provided with your upgrade.
We are aware there is a problem with new installations of 9 on Mt.Lion. The serial install is not persistent and each time you open PC it will ask for your install codes and registration. The fix we know is imminent, but until ES have solved the problem we have a solution to this. Please contact us if you are getting this persistent request for codes and registration information.
Mountain Lion. Beware!
As always a new OS can bring great new features but also new problems for your applications.
PowerCADD 9 is not expected to have any running issues with Mountain Lion. But its early days yet so as always tread carefully and install with caution on systems used for production. If you use Time Machine its may be worth dedicating a hard drive, or a partition to back up your existing system just in case. It will allow you to step back to Lion or earlier. There is a problem with new installations of 9 on Mt.Lion The install is not persistent and each time you open PC it keep asking for your install codes and registration. We have a solution to this in the short term while ES are solving the problem which we know is imminent. Please contact us if you are getting this persistent request for codes and registration information.
PowerCADD 8 will not run with Mountain Lion.
PowerCADD 7 will not run with Lion or Mountain Lion.
Unfortunately it is not possible to keep older copies of software running with OS changes and there will not be a fix for 7 or 8.
WIBU driver issues on Lion. We have had reports of dongle's not working with the latest update to Lion. This can be cured by installing the latest WIBU driver V6.
Scroll down to WIBU Key for Users/WIBU Key RunTime for Mac. Select V6.
Multiple registration problems. I install PowerCADD but then when I quit and open again it asks for the install codes again. This is due to a change in Permissions within Lion. Easily fixed instructions here.
PC update to address Lion issues.
A PC update is available taking it to 9.1.1. This update fixes the known issues with Lion. You should update as soon as possible. Please contact us for details if you have not received an email already.
OS LION. Proceed with caution!
PowerCADD7 is not compatible and will not operate under Lion.
PowerCADD 8 is not considered compatible with Lion.
PowerCADD 9 has issues with Lion. They are not show stoppers as such, but are irritating. Avoid upgrading to Lion if you can.
Likely you have a permissions problem down the file path to:
Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/Network/com.engsw.PowerCADD8.plist (PowerCADD 8) PowerCADD9.plist (PowerCADD 9)
Every location in the file path must have Read/Write privileges
First thing you might try is to set or change the offending command in PowerCADD to an Option plus Keystroke.
Second you might check to determine if the shortcut keystroke is used in the System Preferences.
Keyboard Stops Working (Commands Stop Working):
Commands function as expected in 10.5 and 10.6. However, in 10.7 after using the software for a while, the keyboard
stops working. Quit and the the keyboard starts working again. Please notify Engineered Software and we will send
an email requesting further detailed information.
Some Commands stop working:
Quit and restart reestablishes the commands. Please notify Engineered Software and we will send an email requesting
further detailed information.
Moving files on a volume that is not a Macintosh formatted volume will make the files unreadable.
Sometimes too many files are opened. This is an Apple bug not exclusive to PCADD
PowerCADD 9 will of course be updated as and when issues with Lion are discovered. PowerCADD version 8 will not be revised and 7 will certainly not work so proceed with caution when updating systems. In addition, also proceed with caution when moving older files to newer systems. We have found that even Apple products have bugs in Lion!
A source of information on Lion, making interesting reading if you have enough time! Its far from concise!
The referenced article indicates that only a very few programs will take advantage of the new features initially and we concur.
Importantly Rossetta has gone! If you still use any PPC app's beware they will not work!
Dongle drivers are much the same as before. The old driver 5.20 still works fine with 8 and 9 on Lion.
All the best.
Have fun, enjoy the new Operating System, but proceed cautiously.
PowerCADD 9 and In2Space.
The eagerly awaited PowerCADD v9 and its complimentary 3D partner In2Space are now available.