Monday, 15 August 2011

Autodsys Releases IntelliCAD 7 Standard


Portland, Oregon — Autodsys, Inc. ( today (11/8/2011)released IntelliCAD 7 Standard with support for DWG 2010 to 2012 files as well as many features to enhance user productivity and enjoyment.

"IntelliCAD 7 is the most significant update in the 14 year history of IntelliCAD", said Ronald Prepchuk, President of Autodsys. “With a new internal database and every command rewritten to take advantage it offers significant advancements in performance, compatibility, and stability.” he added.

A few of the key enhancements to IntelliCAD 7 Standard:

  • Teigha is now IntelliCAD's internal database for DWG files
  • Support for AutoCAD 2010-2012 files
  • Displays Architectural Desktop and Civil3D objects
  • Support for DRX (ARX-like) applications
  • Visual Styles
  • Associative Dimensioning
  • Xref editing
  • Display of gradient hatches
  • Non-rectangular viewports
  • Paper-space virtual 'paper'
  • Dockable Properties Pane that can be pinned or hidden
  • Hundreds of fixes and improvements

About IntelliCAD

IntelliCAD started as a secret project of Softdesk in the mid 1990's. When Autodesk purchased Softdesk they were forced by the Federal Trade Commision to divest IntelliCAD which was then purchased by Visio Corp. In 1999 Visio founded the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium to further develop IntelliCAD as an industry standard platform for CAD solutions. IntelliCAD software is designed to work like AutoCAD and contains all of its standard features including DWG file support as well as support for industry standard commands, menu files, script files, shape files, text fonts, hatch patterns, linetypes, LISP programs, SDS/C++ programs, and VBA programs. It also contains many advanced features that make it easier to create and edit DWG files. IntelliCAD has a suggested retail price of $199.

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Background Information about IntelliCAD

An Article about the history of IntelliCAD by Tony Zilles on the CADinfo.NET Web site. A much better, shorter read than the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium web site.

What Different Versions of IntelliCAD are there, and what do they cost ?

Commercial members of the ITC license the IntelliCAD source code and are free to modify the technology to meet their particular needs.

Members are free to name their products IntelliCAD but have the option of identifying their products with a different name.

Since the IntelliCAD technology is under continuous development, most members choose to add on to their products using the LISP, SDS, and/or VBA API's rather than directly modify the source code.

Most member's products contain the standard features as shipped by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium. Some members combine the technology with their own vertical solutions to create a complete design package for various engineering and architectural disciplines.

The ITC has a list of their Member's and their respective products at

Thus you will find terms like Standard, Classic, Iron, Silver, Gold, Pro, Pro Plus etc. etc. That means that a Standard Edition from Member A may not be the the same as a Standard Edition from Member B.

Can you purchase IntelliCAD in the UK ?

It is possible to purchase IntelliCAD from a source within the UK.

Not everyone is happy purchasing goods over the internet using credit cards, because of the obvious security issues. One also has to remember that Customs will add 3.5% Import Duty and 15% VAT, plus the Post Office will add a handling fee for pre paying the Import Duty and VAT and then recovering it from you.

For this reason CADopia have appointed CADENTIAL as the UK Reseller for IntelliCAD.

IntelliCAD Reading Room

The CAD Digest reading room for IntelliCAD contains links to tutorials and selected articles whaich are denoted with a special star symbol and picked by or written by CADdigest staff and therefore conform to their exacting editorial standards for relevance, interest, usefulness and timeliness.