This version contains support of multi-threading, faster 3D graphic, faster 2D graphic, improved support of virtual printers (like print to pdf), changes in volume and mass calculations, printing of images from 3D and further improvements in input of STEP files.
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Multi-threading (parallel processing of data) is implemented in preparation of 3D display (faster in file open or after rebuilding solids), in creation of 2D drawings from 3D, in volume, mass and moment of inertia calculations and in STEP files input. If enough of memory is detected, this features are used automatically. On the other side, you can turn them off optionally, or select number of used threads. For computers with multiple core processors and enough of memory, multi-threading increases speed significantly.
For OpenGL rendering, you can set 3 different methods. Until now, the slowest and less demanding was used as default. From now on, the fastest method is selected, if enough memory is detected. The fastest method increases time of 3D redrawing approx. 3x. You can change OpenGL settings from command ‘cfg’.
Redrawing of 2D is up to 3x faster, especially if you work with a lot of non-continuous lines. This improvement is more obvious under Windows. Also, this improvement is valuable especially for slow and old computers.
For printing into virtual printers, like pdf, you can use true-type fonts. If a print batch is defined, you can change a printer for this batch. If it is supported by printer drivers or by system, you can redefine path of virtual print output. Also, as a new feature, you can print 3D images directly from 3D mode.
Now, these calculations are changed. In most situations, volume is calculated numerically, but more accurately. Mass and volume calculations use multiple threads, so the time of calculation is shorter. You can define various mass densities for selected solids. If mass is calculated, the result can be assigned to solid attributes permanently. By other words, you can conveniently define mass for all objects at one step and work with them in BOM. Also, center of gravity is stored until the end of VariCAD session and can be used for location input.
You can define a constraint fixing object directly at selected axis.
A lot of new features can be set or changed in “cfg” command – we recommend to look at these settings.