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22 Mar 2013

Combining CAD formats

Elena Reznikova

Specializing in the development of CAD-related software for more than 10 years Soft Gold Ltd considers its mission to promote information technology as a vehicle for advancing creative potential and providing engineering and technical specialists with state-of-the-art developments for industrial applications which is an especially vital goal nowadays. The main products of the company include applications, libraries and plug-ins. CADSoftTools products enhance professional capabilities and provide users with all the tools necessary to facilitate versatility and originality. These tools are designed for DWG, DXF, HPGL, SVG and CGM file formats, and are used by numerous companies in over 100 countries worldwide. CADSoftTools is among the leading software developers in the sphere of CAD libraries for Borland Delphi, C++ Builder. One of the most popular products developed by CADSoftTools is ABViewer, a multifunctional tool for CAD design and construction documents. The application has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Supporting more than 50 raster, vector and 3D file formats, ABViewer allows to create and edit drawings and then save them as AutoCAD DWG / DXF, PDF, JPG and other vector and raster formats. ABViewer is a very quick and easy-to-use viewer, thatís why itís perfectly compatible with file managers. The user interface provides fast access to visualization settings of displayed files, their zooming and moving. A multifunctional printing system allows printing large images on small format printers. Maintaining the original proportions, an image is divided into multiple pages with the original proportions, which can be glued together into one large drawing after printing. At the moment CADSoftTools is improving ABViewer by adding new possibilities for the users and making the existing features more convenient. Speaking of ABViewer, we should also mention the product CADEditorX, which is an ActiveX control that contains the features of ABViewer, has the same graphical user interface and can be embedded into other applications. In addition, Internet Explorer also allows embedding CADEditorX control onto web pages.

As was mentioned above, one of the most important areas of the company is libraries for software developers. For instance, CAD Import VCL and CAD Import.NET are multipurpose libraries with a wide scope of use, which are necessary for developing applications in a vast range of industrial sectors, such as mechanical engineering, building, circuit technology, cartography and analytic systems, where it is necessary to work with CAD file formats. The main advantage of CAD Import VCL and CAD Import .NET is the ability to create applications for managing CAD files (for Example, AUTOCADģ files) in Delphi and Microsoft Visual Studio development environment fast and without any additional external applications. CAD Import VCL is available in Delphi source code, CAD Import. NET contains only managed code. CADSoftTools libraries allow to solve many important problems including reading vector DWG, DXF, PLT, SVG, CGM, SVG and many raster formats and also converting and creating files DXF, PDF, SVG, PLT.

CADSoftTools also provides a wide range of plug-ins for programs IrfanView, XNView, Konvertor and ABC-View Manager, which support DWG, DXF, HPGL/HPGL2, SVG and CGM file formats. CAD View Plugin for Total Commander allows to view CAD drawings in TC Lister and export them to JPEG and TIFF. As for CAD Image DLL, it can be used not only as a plugin but also as a developer tool in VC++, VB, Delphi and other languages.

CADSoftTools always seeks to keep up with the times and to follow the modern trends in the field of programming. At the moment the company is developing Web CAD SDK that allows to work with drawings only with the help of browser based on HTML5 technology. Meanwhile all modern browsers (including desktop, tablet and mobile ones) are supported. Web CAD SDK operates in the client-server mode and requires a server in order to receive the necessary data and transmit drawings. . Another CADSoftTools product based on HTML5 technology allows to view drawings online using a web browser including iPhone, iPAD and Android devices

Today, CADSoftTools continues to work on CAD software of the new generation and is planning further development.

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