CADS Electric revision 18.0.4 has been released. This brought along again further improved functions.

24.4.2019
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CADS Electric revision 18.0.4 has been released. This brought along again further improved functions.

IFC files visible in the document tree

In the IFC file creation, an option to transfer the created IFC file as a project document has been added. This way, you can display the IFC files in the window of Electric in the Documents tree. The settings that have been used in the creation of the file are saved to the project, which makes it easy to update the files throughout the project. The update function can be found in the context menu of the tree view.
This will make the situation easier, especially if you need to create a separate IFC file of each floor of the building. The already created IFC files can be updated with a single command in the context menu of the IFC-folder.

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Wiring functions

Several new possibilities were added to the wiring functions; likewise the operational logic was improved. Drawing the flush/surface wiring is significantly easier as you can smoothly switch views with the key combinations T+Enter or T+Space. The switch location will be marked in the drawing with a small slash sign.

Another innovation is the possibility to insert references if wiring continues in another place in the drawing but the wiring line itself cannot be drawn in the picture. The cable length between the references is calculated according to the shortest route.

In the new version our customers will be happy to find the long-wished option of “breaking” the wiring at the wiring intersections in the wiring context menu. The wiring will not actually be cut but it will be hidden at the points of intersection.

To put it simply, you only select the wiring that needs to be cut, and the program will hide the wiring in question at each point of intersection. Naturally, these hidings remain even if the wiring is modified or its location is changed.

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This function along with the referencing possibility will help produce clearer drawings. Shorter intersections can be hidden with an auxiliary function and the longer ones can be managed with wiring references.

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The new version also seeks to improve the operation logic in surface wiring by means of automatic corners. Surface wiring now comes with an automatic corner limit by default when the starting point has been assigned to the wiring point.

This makes surface wiring over corners easier. The shortcut keys to change the mode remain but now with more options to choose from.

  • Ctrl+< switches the wiring side (in the case of corners, also the corner turning side)
  • Tab changes the distance from the horizontal line as before.
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Also, the tab-key applies now only to the entered wiring, that is if new midway wiring points are added after the original assignment, the tab-key will not affect the already entered points.

Terminal strip functions

The last two software revisions have undergone big modifications in the terminal strip functions of the circuit diagram application. Many functions have been merged. For instance, the previous terminal strip functions’ toolbar has been replaced with a single function. The development still continues and next we are planning to improve the support for using multi-layer connectors.

Location of terminal strips

The biggest change is in the location of connectors. Now the display mode of connectors can be selected already in the dialog window and not when locating the first connector, at which time the location of drawings is more straightforward. The terminal strip symbol rotation can now be found behind the F8 key, which is already known from the location of other symbols.

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With the new dialog, you can create and locate the terminal strips or locate the already created connectors to the drawing with the same function.