connectCAD 2018: a revolutionary edition

All-new Connect Tool completely rewritten from the ground up.

Enjoy extra speed, more optimized engine, many updates on usability to make your work faster and easier.

five types of connections

five connection types

Like all other Vectorworks tools you change tool mode by clicking the icon in the Mode Bar. Connect now has 5 connection styles:

  • polyline - normal poly with corners
  • rounded - poly with rounded corners
  • chamfer - poly with chamfered corners
  • arrows - FROM and TO arrow pairs
  • link - lets you connect to a socket in another document

plays by Vectorworks rules

the new Connect Tool plays by Vectorworks rules

If you can use the Vectorworks polyline tool you already understand our Connect tool. Click on a socket to start, click on empty space to add points, click on a socket to end. During connect you can zoom in and out, pan using the same keyboard shortcuts as all other Vectorworks tool. Drawing auto-pans as you get to the edge of the drawing no problem. Want to remove the last point? hit Backspace. Want to abandon Connect? hit Escape. All the same, all inuitive.

upgraded Heads Up Display

see where you are going with the Heads up Display

See where you are going with the upgraded Heads-up Display. Even when zoomed out you can see where you are connecting thanks to the Heads-up Display that follows the cursor. From the source to the destination the HUD shows the connection you are building as the cursor hovers over a socket. Saves you zooming in and out just to find your way.

improved Make Cable Report

cable reports offer calculated and estimated length

Cable Reports have gone a step further. We took on board your comments about device locations and cable length calculations, and revised these processes to remove troublesome issues. We also introduced the ability to define Estimated Lengths for cables. This is particularly handy for hire companies who need to ship standard-length cables from their stock. Estimated length let’s you calculate the design length and then bump that up to the nearest standard length. No more short cables!

peer rating in Shared Device Library

peer rating in device sharing library

Device Builder has been reworked keeping the same philosophy removing workflow snags. And the online community device library is taking steps towards better accuracy as we learn to leverage your input for the benefit of designers worldwide. Thanks to your contributions the library has grown from nothing to an extensive collection of commonly-used equipment. Now as you use this information we can rate the accuracy of devices and focus our efforts to make this a reference point for any design

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