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DataCAD and AutoDesk have both been busy offering users new version of their software


DATACAD LLC has released DataCAD version 8.05.01, a free update to its Windowsbased software. This enhancement release gives users improved visualisation capabilities and new options for customising the user interface and hard copy output. DataCAD 8 customers can download the version 8.05.01 update free from the DATACAD web site at http: //www. datacad. com.

InterfaceNow users can easily customise the DataCAD user interface directly from within the application's Interface Settings dialog. Font name, style, and point size for the menu window and message window can be set independently. In addition, the user can customise the drawing background colour, toggle the icon toolbar on and off, and set the menu window to the left or right of the drawing window.

CADD users require specific options for controlling the way that lines are displayed and printed. Now DataCAD users can map drawing line colour to printed line width, density, and colour directly from DataCAD using the new Pen Table dialog, and augment the printer manufacturer's supplied options.

Up to 255 line colours can be mapped to one of 15 pens in the Pen Table, allowing the user to establish the most appropriate settings for architectural drawings.

DataCAD 8.05.01 also offers visualisation enhancements. An enhanced QuickShader now provides lighting intensity controls and background colour settings. In addition, menu button highlighting and a line type/hatch pattern preview window have been added. For compatibility with other Microsoft Office applications, the DataCADDrawing Window can now be saved as a bitmap (.BMP) image for use in sales presentations, proposals and technical documentation. For more information call 860 677-4004 in the US or visit http: //www. datacad. com.


Autodesk has announced its nextgeneration design software, AutoCAD 2000.

This new release of the market-leading application focuses on design communication and collaboration, with extensive tools for accessing design data on both local networks and the internet. The stand-alone application features over 400 productivity enhancements, and will be opitised for vertical markets.

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