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ProgeCAD and Icadsales have announced the release of the advanced ProgeCAD 2010 Professional, built using the IntelliCAD core.

ProgeCAD 2010 Professional natively works with any drawing created with AutoCAD, including the earlier versions.

The latest software release, DWG 2010, is now available and is DWG compatible.

ProgeCAD 2010 Professional has other similar AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT features, such as an AutoCAD-like interface complete with duplicate menus, toolbars and commands and compatible support files that allow the user to move files such as fonts, hatch patterns and line types directly from AutoCAD to ProgeCAD with little or no modification.

Unlike most AutoCAD-compatible computer-aided-design (CAD) programs, ProgeCAD 2010 Professional offers a number of extra features, such as gradient hatch patterns controlled with a new AutoCAD-like hatch dialogue, a complete properties bar and time-saving DWG drawing.

Hatching has been improved to ensure the reliable selection of objects to apply hatch patterns.

ProgeCAD now has the capability to plot in greyscale and to apply screening to objects via the printer.

Objects created with ProgeCAD 2010 Professional’s solid-modelling commands can be used to profile their 2D representations to create sections and views to allow for detailing and dimensioning.

Other developments include improved selection windows with dynamic entity highlighting and a new property palette with hide and fly-out.

ProgeCAD 2010 now supports export to the following file formats: PDF, 3DS (Autodesk 3D Studio Max), Pov (Povray raytracer), Lightwave, ACIS .SAT, SVG (XML format), O2C, Google Earth KML, DWG and DXF, as well as raster image formats.

A number of other import and export tools are available, including Google Sketchup, Alias Wavefront, IGES, Step, stereolithography files and ESRI Arcinfo.

Performance and stability improvements have been made to real-time pan, zoom, file save and open operation, printing, 3D shaded models in rotation, 3D operation and paper space operation.

The command PDF import has been integrated with the Adobe PDF Layers.

Drawings imported will negatively arrive with layers, dimensions, precise geospatial locations and metadata.

Users can start working with the imported drawings immediately without a major upfront cleanup of raster-to-vector shortcomings.

When plotting to a PDF file, users can choose to include necessary information into the PDF files to allow collaboration and real knowledge to be delivered along with the files, while safeguarding their designs in house.

AutoCAD LT users might be interested in true ACIS 3D modelling, Autolisp, VBA and SDS (C++) program extensions – features not supported by AutoCAD LT.

Current ProgeCAD users can upgrade to the latest version at a discount.

Network NLM, USB mobile and corporate licensing options for the 2010 version are available.

Progeadd-on vertical industry applications have been updated to work with ProgeCAD 2010 Professional.

Users can choose from Progebilld, a line of building services modules including electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning/plumbing and mechanical/structural, along with an architectural design package, ProgeCAM, a link between part design and CNC machining, or Progeearth, a civil survey add-on.

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