ProfiCAD Since Version 4
Correction of drawing size of old documents (created with version 3 and 4)
Improved compatibility with AutoCAD
Improved compatibility with DXF
Documents exported to the DXF format can be opened with DWG TrueView 2010.
Updated DWG import component.
Insert - AutoCAD Document
This feature is available only in the paid version (not in ProfiCAD Home).
New command "Insert - AutoCAD Document" allows you to embed a document of type DXF or DWG in the background of your drawings and draw the electrical wiring over it.
A dialog box appears. Use the "Open" button to open the document (DXF or DWG). The document conversion takes a few seconds and then a preview of the document is displayed.
Insert the document into your drawing using the "Insert" button. You can use the button "Save" to save the document to the PNG format, make adjustments in any graphics program and then insert it into your drawing using the "Insert - Picture" command.
After inserting the document adjust its location and size. Do not forget to switch the program back to the normal layer. Use the command "View - Switch to Background mode.
Try our new Free Online DXF and DWG Viewer.
New Dialog box "Document - Size"
Dialog box Document - Size offers two options to enter the drawing area:
a) specify the size of the drawing directly in mm
b) derive the size of the drawing from the size and number of the sheets of paper.
Because the printable area of the paper depends on the printer, you must select the printer (using the button Setup). You can specify the number of sheets of paper the width and height. The program calculates the total size of the drawing.
This dialog box is used only to specify the size of the drawing, not to determine on what format of paper it will be printed. This is so because sometimes the same document printed on one sheet of example A2, sometimes on 4 sheets A4 paper size, etc. The selection is therefore carried out just before printing in the Print dialog box.
We recall that the printable area of paper for each printer is slightly different. Therefore it is appropriate to calculate with a reserve, and leave some space at the borders of the drawing.
Added Video Title Block with Company Logo
- Fix: No outlets are created accidentally when drawing electrical symbols.
- Bezier curves can be ended with an arrow.
- When exporting a document as an graphical image, the name of your document is prefilled in the dialog box. You just need to select the extension - bmp, emf or png.
- A new command (File - Open Title Block) was added to facilitate opening of title blocks. The dialog box opens in the correct directory so it is easy to select the title block you need.
- In File - Options - Paths, a new button "Open in Explorer" was added. This button opens Windows Explorer in the directory where your ProfiCAD library is located. Useful when you need to manipulate the contents of the library (rename, move or delete files and directories).
- A new shortcut Ctrl+W closes the current document.
- Arrows can be flipped (reversed) - using the "flip arrow" shortcut in the Properties panel.
- When you select a title block (File - Options - Title block), the fields from the title block are added to the document's summary info. You only need to fill in the values.
Adding French, German, Hungarian, Italian and Portuguese. You can switch the language in File - Options - Others.
More info about the ProfiCAD translation status.
Easier wire drawing
In the wire drawing mode the outlets of the symbols are graphically emphasized to facilitate attaching wires to the symbols.
Easier polyline drawing
It is possible to finish a polyline or polygon by the mouse right button.
Snap of the current document can be adjusted on the main toolbar (2).
New feture called "automatic snap" can be activated by the button (1). In this mode the value od the snap is automaticaly calculated from the actual zoom.
When drawing graphical objects, the cursor's shape indicates which object is being drawn.
It is possible to set up an electrical symbol to be omitted from the bill of material.
Thanks to Andrey for translation! You can set language in File - Options - Others.
Improved menu "Help"
Menu "Help" contains several commands for easy access of several services on the internet (i).
A wire can end with an arrow. Arrows can have style line set.
Fixed size of texts
Size of texts is independent of the font size Windows setting (96/120 DPI)
Fixed crash that occured when changing zoom.
Position of texts
Position of texts can be adjusted from the Properties panel.
Initial values of lines nad wires
If you change color or thickness of a line or a wire, the next line or wire will be drawn with the same color and thickness. Not everybody may like this feature and that is why you need to switch it on in Program settings - Others - Use initial values of lines and wires.
Now it is possible to zoom using the mouse wheel. If you hold the Ctrl key, the document area is scrolled vertically, with the Shift key it is scrolled horizontally.
Use command View - Pan document area (or use the hand icon ) to switch to the panning mode. Now you can move around in the drawing while holding the mouse left key. Quit this mode by right button or use Esc key.
In Program settings - Others you can set whether you wish to maximize the main window and to create a new document when the program starts.
When drawing wires and attaching them to outlets, the red mark is shown even if there is an image in the background.
Export to DXF
ProfiCAD can export documents to DXF format version 21 (AutoCad 2007).
Length of wires
List of wires displays length of the wires.
Grazias a Pablo para la traducción! You can set language in File - Options - Others.
In the Properties pane it is now possible to set endpoints (X, Y) of lines.
Improved visibility of the outlets when editing symbols.
In the Properties pane it is now possible to set center (X, Y) of the graphical objects. It is possible to set width and height of a rectangle and an ellipse from the Properties pane.
It is much easier to select a symbol from several overlapping symbols.
In the Properties pane it is now possible to alter position of the objects (left, top, right, down) and width of lines with mouse wheel.
ProfiCAD has one common editor for diagrams, symbols and title blocks. That means that for example drawing a diagram is done the same way as drawing a symbol - snap, UNDO, cloning, export and other features are available. Because the editor looks and feels the same for all types of files, the color of the ruler indicates which type of file is being edited.
If you hold down the Ctrl key when drawing, lines are drawn horizontally, vertically or with angle of 45°. Rectangles and ellipses are drawn as squares and circles.
Graphical objects under the mouse cursor are displayed emphasisedly, which makes it easier to select them. Before you click you know you are clicking on the correct place.
Custom line styles
Line styles have been extended and it is possible to define custom line styles.
List of wires
You can generate and print a list of wires of the drawing with names of the wires and names of the elements connected by the wires.
It is possible to create custom title blocks and use them in the documents. Title blocks are demonstrated in the sample drawing C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\Documents\samples\electrical floor plan.sxe.
ProfiCAD uses several panels. These panels can be moved and docked to any size of the main window, make them auto-hidable to save place or close them.
Automatic scrolling has been refined.
Thanks to these arrangements the scrolling no longer starts unintentionally when mouse pointer approaches the main window's edge (attempt to click an icon, make a menu selection etc.).