DWG/DXF Translator

Of course, even race jockeys have to occasionally communicate with a cad on a nag, so you’ll be happy to know that the DWG/DXF translator is now part of PowerCADD and no longer an extra-cost option.


SEE IT ALL when you import DXF/DWG.

Drag a selection rectangle to select the portion of the drawing to be imported.


There’s a vastly improved interactive interface so you can take the blinders off and see what will be imported, for much more accurate and efficient translations. Best of all, the translator now supports file formats through AutoCAD 2006.

Scrolling Menus
When you import a DWG drawing, sometimes you have way too many attributes. In PowerCADD 7, the arrow, dash and line weight menus scroll so you can get to all of them, and you can easily delete them from the menus.

Topographic Z Height Support
You can’t see it directly in PowerCADD at this time, but your favorite 2D drawing program now has an internal mechanism to support assigning a Z height to any PowerCADD object, and there is a topo point object for survey data. Civil engineering capabilities are now within your reach with an embarrassment of riches in two extra-cost externals: Topography Tools and WildTool’s TopoTools. Wait till you see what you can do in PowerCADD.

Layer Window
There are major improvements to the Layer Window with new, optional snap and print layer status columns. You have new Sort, Duplicate, Sort Visible List and Hide Invisible options, as well as opacity layer attributes. You can select multiple layers and then set the opacity, color, etc. for all of them in one operation.


BIG CHANGES in the Layer Window with new, optional snap and print layer
status columns. Use the scroll wheel on a mouse to scroll the layers list.


Layer Sheets now support layer attribute settings and there’s an improved interface for renaming sheets. Sheets now remember the locked status, color, opacity, printable and snapable settings of layers. This means that you can use Layer Sheets for opacity changes only, that is to change the emphasis of the drawing with transparencies.

Windows and Tool Palettes
You now have a choice of large or small tool palettes. Floating windows and tool palettes are optionally magnetic, and you also have an auto-fade option that is handy if you work on a small screen. When you turn this on, floating windows and tool palettes fade to transparent when they are not used so you can see the entire drawing.



Use the Shadow Attributes Window to set the shadow color, opacity, offset, angle and blur for any object, including text. While a shadow is typically black, it may be any color—and a different color than the object itself.


The Blossom Tool Palette
Brings up the PowerCADD tool palette by the mouse cursor. Or it can be a custom tool palette of your favorite tools, right at your mouse and easily available. And you can now assign your own custom key commands for Blossom.

New Drawing Tools include a Notation Tools palette of bubble note objects in many optional shapes and a Revision Cloud tool. The Trim/Extend tool now handles arcs, provides a swipe selection for multiple objects and will trim to objects within groups. The Reference Point tool now supports multiple styles and sizes. There’s a new Parallel Line Offset tool and an improved Parallel Offset tool, both of which will perform parallel offsets within a group.

Move Points is now enhanced, as are the Paint Bucket and Fence Cut tools.

PowerCADD now offers margin support for the precise location of the drawing on paper. Print Selection is now a distinct menu item, and there are additional print settings to print to the center of the printable area or the paper.



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