GRAITEC, a European software developer for modeling and drawing creation for the construction industry, announces the release of version 2013 of its flagship 3D structural steel detailing software for automating drawing production: Advance Steel.
The improvements in Version 2013 are organized in the following categories:
ERGONOMICS AND EASE OF USE
Independent of the AutoCAD platform since Version 2012, Advance Steel improves its ergonomics and ease of use by providing a new user interface element, the "palette", which contains animated buttons and tooltips. New features, such as direct access to workshop drawings with a simple right-click in the model or the improved capabilities of working with joint groups, further enhance the simplicity of this new version.
NEW PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
Advance Steel has many new innovations: first, the ability to create custom connections allowing users to define, store and reuse custom connections in their projects and thus easily adapt to all types of situations.
Version 2013 also adds new connections for cold rolled profiles (anti-sag and tie rod systems, trimmer cleats, and eaves beam connections) for faster and more efficient drawing creation.
Many other features are also available such as the option to create welding lines in drawings. This function is based on recognition technology of "notable points" that updates automatically when the model is changed which also applies to manual dimensions that are updated automatically by Advance Steel 2013. These innovations provide greater efficiency in terms of modeling and document creation for fabrication and assembly, and significantly increase user efficiency.
Advance Steel "Professional" and "Premium" versions come with an Application Programming Interface (API) which allows users with computer programming skills to enhance and customize the software.