And what about WildTools, the untamed mustang of the PowerCADD world? As all experienced WildTools users know, every new version has offered consistent, across-the-board improvements in new tools, refinements and capabilities. It continues. WildTools 8 is another major advance in the most powerful drawing tools ever created.

The most important news is that the WildTools wild-man has finally figured out how to apply modern programming and object-oriented techniques to drawing tools in PowerCADD. The most powerful capabilities of WildTools are now key components that are used in many ways. For example, the Polygon tool has long offered a draw-reshape capability so you can reshape as you draw. That’s now available in many multi-click tools such as the Chain Dimension, Running Dimension, Measure and Cloud tools. Hmmm. Maybe there’s a polygon tool hiding in all of them.


DRAW RESHAPE lots of things.

Here's just one example. Drawing with the Chain dimension tool.




Drawing with the pen mode of the Cloud and Linear Patterning tools.


And you’ll see the Pen tool as pen modes for the Cloud and Linear Patterning tools, to draw clouds around large areas, or to draw curves with a pattern of objects. Linear patterning is used in the on-screen rulers of the Measure tool and for studs in the Composite Wall Tools. Little parts of this and that, put together in many different ways. The result is a dramatic improvement in drawing capabilites throughout WildTools. But then, if you’ve been using WildTools for the past decade, you already knew that was going to happen.

You can now nudge with the Move Points tool, and all of the Move Points tools, the Distort Points tool and their cousins now offer non-contiguous selections to add and delete vertices before you move anything.

The Needle tool now handles text styles for dimensions, pen and fill opacity, and hatch. Magic Wand tool and Match handle opacity and hatch, Blend and Blend Line handle opacity. There’s a new Squiggle tool that allows you to squiggle objects with a single click, even inside groups.

The Offset Line tool now has a dual offset option that lets you draw the room and the next wall in a single operation, and a multi-click option for creating a series of offsets. Similarly, the Join tool and Elliptical Arc tools have a multi-click option. The Line Break tool will now trim lines to circles, ellipses and arcs.

All dimensioning tools now draw a full dimension object so you can see the dimension text. Hand fractions are an option, and the Running Dimension tool has the option of drawing a chain of dimensions.


NEW ON-SCREEN RULER of the Measure tool.


The Measure and Protractor tools have a completely new on-screen ruler display, including dual dimensioning if you like.


the height as you move them in the drawing.


New dimensioning tools include the Dimension Point, Datum Dimension and Area tools.

In the Nuts & Bolts palette, the Anchor Bolt tool replaces the Bent Bolt tool and offers additional bolt styles. There’s a new Headed Weld Stud tool and a Threaded Rod tool as well.



The Centroid tool calculates mass properties of shapes.


Engineers will appreciate the new Centroid tool to calculate mass properties of shapes.

In PerspectiveTools, the Move, Duplicate, Distribute and Move Points tools now have cross-plane moves, while the Radial Duplicate and Radial Distribute tools have cross-plane rotations. WildTools 3D and PerspectiveTools now offer a complete suit of axial rotation and duplication tools.



This is a perspective axial radial duplication.


The new ShadowTools palette has seven tools for working with transparencies and shadows. Composite Wall Tools is a new palette for drawing highly detailed composite wall depictions commonly used in Europe.


COMPOSITE WALLS are popular in Europe.


And the new TopoTools palette offers ten tools to help in the construction and analysis of topograpical drawings. Even though PowerCADD is a 2D program, it now has the capability of storing a Z height in any PowerCADD object. Begin with the Z Needle tool to assign a Z height to a contour lines on a topo drawing, then use the Section Profile Tool to produce a section profile chart. How complicated is that? Not very.



Just click and drag across contours. Yes, this actually is happening in PowerCADD.


You draw a section line across the contour lines, the tool sees the contour lines and their heights, and draws the section profile chart beside the section line. Click and drag. Then you can use the Contour Text tool to place height-text objects along the contours.



Another hard one. Click on a contour line and then move the mouse to locate the text.


Or if you want to calculate slopes and grades, place topo point objects in the drawing with the Topo Point tool, and then use the Grading tool for slope, two- or three-point interpolation. It’s easy to locate even-interval contour lines—say two-foot contours—from odd heights and locations, and then you can connect these with the Spline tool to create a topo map.

There’s more, but this means that PowerCADD now has many of the capabilities that have been the exclusive domain of those pee-cee CAD programs out there.


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