22 September 2015

New Geomagic Design Features & How to Move a License

Geomagic Design offers the best of both worlds with robust feature-based parametric modelling side-by-side with direct editing tools for manipulating imported geometry from STEP, Parasolid, Inventor and other 3D CAD software, at a comparatively affordable price. With the release of Geomagic Design 2015.1 (17.1.0) will come several new features available to software subscribers as part of their product update. Updated MCAD file format support will help ensure ongoing model read/write interoperability with newer versions of 3rd party CAD systems like Solidworks and Siemens Solid Edge.

Two new features provided in the 2015.1 update will be associative assembly mirroring and "live linking" with KeyShot rendering software. Both features will save time for designers.

Assembly Mirror Component feature allows designers to create mirror-reverse instances of existing parts and subassemblies across a selected plane. This mirror feature can maintain associativity and reflect changes made to the parent instance, including motion etc. Live linking with KeyShot likewise saves design time by allowing designers to update scenes with new geometry from the Geomagic Design model while keeping all existing scene settings, material bitmaps and light positions. Below is a video released by 3D Systems demonstrating an early version of this functionality:


For users of previous versions of Alibre or Geomagic Design, these new features add to the value of the excellent flat-rate upgrade-and-update amnesty offer on CADDIT.net. Questions about Geomagic Design CAD Software can be submitted to CADDIT here.

Speaking of questions, several users have been asking about how it is possible to "move" a license using the new Flexnet license management for Geomagic Design. Simply stated, the software is deactivated from the "License Key Status" on one PC and activated on another. Without a license activation, Geomagic Design will ask for one each time it is started. If the license code is already activated on another PC, this license can be made free again using these steps as shown below: 1) Make sure the current system is connected to the internet. From the Home Window of Geomagic Design click "Help" -> "About Geomagic Design". 2) Click the "License Key Status" button. 3) Select "Virtual Dongle":

4) Click "Deactivation" from the Virtual Dongle functions. Select your license and click the grey arrow (lower right of box) to proceed. Once the license is deactivated online, it can be activated on the new target PC/Laptop/etc:

Geomagic Design users wishing to move their license offline, without use of an internet connection, may consider purchase of a hardware USB dongle available from CADDIT here.

09 September 2015

Affordable AutoCAD Upgarde Alternative for Windows 10

Sydney, Australia  08 September 2015 - CADDIT announces the release of progeCAD for Windows 7, 8 and now Windows 10. progeCAD has long been regarded as the leading fully-compatible alternative to Autodesk AutoCAD software in Australia. This latest upgrade is available free of charge to all existing progeCAD 2016 registered users and may be downloaded as a full trial version from CADDIT.net. A significant new feature of the new progeCAD 2016 update is full support for Microsoft Windows 10 operating system as demonstrated on this Surface Pro 3:

progeCAD 2016 running on Windows 10 / Surface Pro 3

Users of previous versions of progeCAD, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and similar software products are encouraged to download the free progeCAD trial version, which will run full-feature and obligation free for 30 days from CADDIT Australia. progeCAD includes critical features like AutoCAD-like drawing commands for DWG file reading and writing, PDF printing and conversion back to CAD, iCADlib block library, dynamic block and cursor and fast OpenGL graphics engine. Collectively packaged at a price still under AUD$600 with USB and floating network license options, progeCAD 2016 delivers unprecedented value. These features have all been now tested and upgraded to work with Windows 10.

Previous versions of various CAD programs may not be compatible with Windows 10. Users are encouraged to take this opportunity to take advantage of the affordable pricing when considering their upgrade options. For further information about how progeCAD, contact CADDIT in Parramatta.

24 August 2015

Upgrade Alibre or Geomagic Design Any Version to V17, Special Offer

CADDIT announces a limited, one-time maintenance fee which will allow CAD users to upgrade to the most current version of Geomagic Design from any previous version of either Alibre- or Geomagic Design. Any customer in Australia who bought Alibre Personal, Alibre Professional, Alibre Design Expert and Geomagic Design Elements, and who are not on current maintenance can subscribe now for one flat fee on the CADDIT.net website until December 31, 2015. Maintenance subscribers receive all updates and support from 3D Systems for a one-year period after booking, so for outdated / lapsed users this represents an excellent return on the original investment and an opportunity to migrate over to the new license system. Note that the exact AUD price is subject to change. Offer applies only to each seat of purchased software. Multiple installed seats on one license will be charged separately. Dongle and network fees may apply seperately.  This offer does not apply to the AlibreCAM, Mfiles/Vault or Dynamics add-ons.

For one flat fee, any user of previous versions of Alibre or Geomagic Design can now update - includes hobby users.
As previously announced, newer versions of Geomagic Design now use a new serial-key based floating license which requires occasional connection to the internet for verification purposes. Users with problematic internet, or having no internet, may wish to take advantage of the new Geomagic Design USB license dongle instead. The USB dongle can be ordered on the same page as CADDIT Geomagic Subscription Renewals.

These offers are only valid for online purchases placed using the following web link:

At a highly affordable price point, Geomagic Design delivers top-end tools at lower cost, including comprehensive assembly, parametric and direct editing tools, 2D documentation, sheet metal design, motion analysis and integrated CAD data sharing tools. For more information about 3D Systems Australia, Geomagic Design or this promotion, contact CADDIT HERE.

24 April 2015

Important Free Update for All progeCAD 2016 Users

Sydney, Australia 24 April 2015 - An important update has been released free for all English version progeCAD 2016 Professional Single, USB and Network installations. progeCAD 2016 is a general-purpose 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD, the optimum cost-effective alternative to AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT®. progeCAD 2016 Professional reads and writes AutoCAD® DWG versions 2.5 - 2016. progeCAD 16.0.6 has been released as both an automatic update and as a fully downloadable package on the CADDIT website. The following is a non-exhaustive list of important improvements have been delivered in progeCAD 2016.0.6.6:
  • Fixed COPYCLIP between progeCAD and other software products
  • Fixed EXTRUDE of not closed polylines but with equal end and start points
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed SPACEBAR to change grip function
  • Layer Manager: Fixed creation of layer group filters
  • Removed wrong ortho glyph used with ETRACK on NWUCS
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed not allowed chars
  • Annotative Dimension: Added regeneration of annotative dimensions to avoid disappearance
  • Fixed BOX command starting from not 0 Z
  • Fixed update of angle with rotation in Z axis in VIEWCTL dialog
  • Fixed ROTATE3D X/Y/Z options in NWUCS
  • Fixed CONE/CYILINDER specify radius with Z point
  • Fixed creation of BOX by length in NWUCS
  • Fixed command WEDGE length option
  • Dynamic UCS: Fixed exception in some cases
  • Disabled OSMODE for command LOFT
  • Annotative blocks: Fixed assign of annotative scale after SAVE and re-OPEN
  • Annotative blocks: Added BLOCKSCACHE variable to disable cache of blocks
  • Annotative blocks: Fixed BLOCKSCACHE change removing automatic reload of current drawing to avoid hang
  • Annotative blocks: Added check to annotative blocks changing active annotative scale, if found pcad asks the user to disable blocks cache and reload drawing
  • Added check to avoid useless and slow set of pdf printer margin
  • Fixed JPEG printer
  • Fixed LOFT command. Now it accepts parameters from LISP
  • Fixed crash/exception saving (also autosave) drawing with thumbnail
  • Fixed save of last used path to allow to set it by external IRX
  • Fixed lisp PRINT and PRIN1 with "\\"
  • Fixed FILLET command of a closed polyline
  • Fixed FLATSHOT and implemented dragging of created blocks
  • Fixed error when autosaving a 2013 drawing
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed CONE, SPHERE, CYLINDER commands typing diameter instead of radius
  • Added new contextual menu items for viewports. "Viewport Clip", "Display Viewport Objects" and "Display Locked".
  • Command VPORTS : Fixed ON/OFF for option Lock
  • Fixed ESNAP on ACIS with NWUCS
  • Dynamic UCS: Added dynamic UCS to CONE command and direction of extrusion
  • Dynamic UCS: Added Dynamic Ucs to WEDGE command
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed NNx and NNxp annotation in ZOOM command
  • Fixed extrude command with mouse direction and esnap
  • Fixed a wrong option in the ucs menu
  • TBSIZE variable set to readonly
  • QLEADER position error (with modified ucs)
  • Fixed specify of height of CILYNDER depending from mouse direction, ESNAP or ORTHO 3d
  • Fixed specify of height of BOX depending from mouse direction, ESNAP or ORTHO 3d
  • Dynamic UCS: Fixed Cylinder command with dynamic UCS
  • Changed the saving version parameter for command line
  • Fixed freeze with files with OLE objects
  • Removed colon at the end of EasyArch object's attributes in the edit object mask
  • Cloud: Fixed save to cloud without fonts
  • Fixed INSERT command setting angle with keyboard and POLAR
  • Fixed Missing Arc Aligned Text label in QSelect
  • Fixed ROTATE command setting angle with keyboard and POLAR
  • Added some check to avoid exception in NCOPY
  • Fixed DWGPREFIX and DWGNAME variable for files in 2013 format
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed dimension pointed lines scale in imperial/metrics drawing
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed height of text in dynamic dimension in drawing if current text style has fixed height
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed FLATTEN prompt for options
  • Dynamic Input: Moved dynamic controls away from cursor position
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed prompt text of command TEXTMASK and MOCORO and various messages in express
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed display of unselected text in dynamic control
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed draw of caret in active edit control
  • Fixed Hatch of dynamic blocks
  • Fixed BREAKLINE command in NWUCS
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed PAN and ZOOM during selection in localized version
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed cursor on mandatory option list after select (PEDIT, IMAGECLIP,...)
  • Removed grips from solid face perpendicular to view direction
  • Fixed position of tooltip of ESNAP/ETRACK/POLAR
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed RAY and XLINE input
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed reset of value in GetString mode
  • Dynamic UCS: Fixed dynamic UCS during RTPAN/RTZOOM
  • Fixed the "File" menu when closed all documents
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed display of dynamic input controls after RTPAN in REVCLOUD command
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed display of selection set coordinate controls after RTPAN
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed options in RASTER commands
  • Dynamic Input: Fixed update of controls and dimensions using only keyboard