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Alibre and progeCAD 2013 End of Support

Sydney, Australia 19 September 2016 - CADDIT Announces end of all legacy support for the following outdated products:"Alibre Design" - All Versions (not including Geomagic Design). Users wishing to maintain a support relationship with CADDIT Australia should now be using Geomagic Design (full version) instead.progeCAD - 2013 and earlier versions only. Up-to-date subscription and new license users are not affected. Other users can upgrade here (link).Why is installation support removed from very outdated product versions? First, we want to express our appreciation for all of the engineers, architects, builders, designers and manufacturers who have selected our products from among many in the past. Our products have advanced significantly. Frankly, we have little choice in this matter of very old version support. With Operating System support removed from Windows XP and Vista by Microsoft, supporting older software not only becomes unviable, but also unsafe as these systems are no longer provided with critical Functionality and Security patches. Windows 7 EOL (End Of Life) was announced by Microsoft (see table here ).As with previous EOL announcement, end of support means any help from our local office in re-installing, moving, lost keys or passwords, registering, unregistering or otherwise assisting a user of a deprecated product. progeCAD users from any version will, however, still have the option to buy a license lookup (link) should they misplace their installers or serial codes. Users of progeCAD versions newer than 2013 continue to be entitled to one free lookup for each active license.I have progeCAD 2010 and I lost my license. What can I do?You will need to buy a license lookup service for each license in question, here: have progeCAD 2014 and I lost my license for the first time. What can I do?Contact us here for your free one-time lookup: have Alibre Design 2012...

CADprofi for progeCAD 2017 Released with progeCAD Update

Sydney, Australia 26 August 2016 - CADDIT announces the simultaneous release of two products: CADprofi for progeCAD 2017 x64 and major progeCAD update for immediate download on or CADprofi 12 is a brand new release, now supporting the latest version of progeCAD Professional. progeCAD is a powerful low cost AutoCAD alternative for Windows offering perpetual license, similar commands and interface. progeCAD is an important update including dozens of improvements in areas of user interface, developers API and other aspects.CADprofi 12 is a full-feature 2D/3D MEP add-on module set for progeCAD 2017 Professional. Each module specializes in major areas of building design: Electrical installation design, HVAC ductwork and hydraulic plumbing systems, Architectural details and Mechanical assembly design. Each module adds domain-specific knowledge to progeCAD's general-purpose CAD environment. CADprofi is also supported on AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.The progeCAD 2017 enhancements include many fixes:- Fixed FLATSHOT and SOLPROF to generate complete projections and create arcs and circles (not elliptical)- Fixed usage of custom paper size such with HP 500 plotters- Fixed crash in NVidia Quadro driver- Fixed crashes using crash reports- Fixed error using PC3 referring to an unavailable plotter- Fixed OVERKILL performance- Fixed regen of blocks after layer thaw- Fixed deadlock in property palette refresh switching layout- Fixed SWEEP command in surface mode with closed object- Fixed direction of extrusion of BOX command- Fixed set of FONTALT variable for eastern asian languages- Fixed -ARRAY command with localized default options- Fixed preview of create table dialog- Fixed hide of ANNOALLSCALE and ANNOALLVISIBLE status bar panes- Fixed resize of LAYWALK dialog- Fixed crash grid zooming out to infinite- Fixed COPYTOLAYER to show layer dcl- Fixed second level flyout size- Fixed crash setting transparency to plot- Fixed erase of layer DEFPOINTS from layer palette- Fixed localization of some messages in...

progeCAD 2017 Released on

Sydney, Australia 18 May 2016 - CADDIT announces the release of progeCAD 2017 Professional on the website for immediate download. progeCAD is a flexible general-purpose CAD drawing program that is used in a wide range of industries, including architecture and building, fabrication, landscaping, strata management, mechanical design and many more. progeCAD is the long-standing low cost alternative for AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® software in Australia. progeCAD 2017 still offers perpetual licenses (no rental, no annual subscription is required) and is tested for compatibility on all major Windows platforms from 7 through Windows 10, both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. 2016 marks the tenth year of progeCAD availability in Australia and New Zealand and the ninth year of their partnership with CADDIT in the region. It is fitting that for such an occasion we offer the most significant release of the program.progeCAD has long offered low-cost CAD software with the purpose of being as highly compatible with AutoCAD as possible. progeCAD has long offered advanced AutoCAD-like functionality in the areas of 2D and 3D CAD drawing using similar commands, icons and user interface. progeCAD supports all AutoCAD-native file format DWG versions from the newest 2017 version to very old. This year progeCAD will offer a native x64 (64-bit) environment while continuing to support x86 (32-bit) processors as well. Significantly, progeCAD 2017 offers a 1.5x - 3x performance improvement through use of multicore CPU processing as well. CADDIT now offers trial users the choice between 64-bit or 32-bit CAD download versions. All progeCAD 2017 licenses from CADDIT, including single stand-alone, mobile USB and company network licenses, will now conveniently work with either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions.progeCAD 2017 x64 still offers 32-bit version on CADDITprogeCAD 2017 offers users other new choices as well. Users can select, on first-time start up of the...

CADDIT Announces the Release of Geomagic Freeform 2016 in Australia

Sydney, Australia 16 May 2016 - CADDIT Australia announces the release of Geomagic Freeform and Freeform Plus 2016 version. Geomagic Freeform offers a cornerstone solution in the 3D "digital thread" of rapid manufacturing and reverse engineering suite from 3D SYSTEMS. Specifically, Geomagic Freeform is a comprehensive organic 3D engineering solution for digital sculpting, haptic-controlled VR modelling, surface design, 3D Scan processing, CAD interoperability and mould making. Geomagic Freeform offers the sensation of "virtual clay modelling" with physical model feedback to the designer - however Freeform models remain fully editable (as opposed to physical sculpting - try "undo" in real stone). Moreover, Geomagic Freeform works seamlessly with related 3D SYSTEMS technologies of 3D scanning and 3D printing.Freeform 2016 introduces a number of new features and options, including:Enhanced Sketching and Curve Tools• Improved sketching tools to capture design intent• Easily extract curve networks from a part in the object list• Improved touchscreen support for curve drawingStructureFX ™• New tools for complex lightweight lattice structures• Select existing patterns or create customs forms• Quickly create clever and complex designs with CellFx,LayeredFx, CageFx, and ShapeFXDirect Geomagic Capture Scanning• Directly capture physical objects in 3D with Geomagic® Capture™ scanner• New Dynabar tools to support the scanning, alignment, and merging of scansWrap for Freeform Plus• Freeform Plus includes cooperative application• Use the high quality Geomagic surfacing tools to CAD surfacesClay File Viewer• Stand-alone viewer for clay (.cly) files• Visualize models with zoom, pan and rotate capabilities• Analyze designs using measure and cutaway tools CADDIT also announces the availability of Geomagic® Sculpt™ - a simple, fast yet sophisticated precision voxel 3D sculpting and modelling software solution. Create organic designs and edit and transform existing 3D data with sculpting, shaping and detailing tools not found in traditional CAD software. Get the sensation of clay modelling with the...

progeCAD 2017 Free Upgrade and Preview

progeCAD has long stood as the default "professional" low-cost AutoCAD alternative software option. progeCAD offers and affordable perpetual-license alternative for "renting" high-cost AutoCAD access, with the ability to create, read, write and edit native AutoCAD DWG and DXF files fluently using and interface very similar to what AutoCAD users are accustomed.CADDIT now announces the worldwide offer of free upgrades to progeCAD 2017 of equivalent type for all progeCAD 2016 licenses and upgrades paid for on or after 24 February 2016. This means that a purchase of progeCAD 2016 USB will also get a free upgrade to 2017 USB at no extra cost, an upgrade from progeCAD 2014 to 2016 will also get 2017 upgrade at no extra cost, and so forth. Upgrades will be distributed during the first few weeks after the global release announcement of progeCAD 2017 on the CAD Software Blog and on This free upgrade offer applies to ENGLISH language license purchase only, and will continue until the release of progeCAD 2017, on 2017 represents the most exciting release of progeCAD to date, offering one fell swoop of general improvements, including:NATIVE 64-bit version with theoretical memory limit of 16-terabytes for x64 PC architecture, Windows tuning model (8 terabytes "User" and 8 terabytes "Kernel"). This means ability to edit vastly larger DWG drawing files than under the previous 32-bit architecture. progeCAD no longer supports 32-bit as of 2017 release. New RIBBON-BASED INTERFACE option. Users now have the choice between ribbon, toolbar, both or neither. Updated status bar, with icons and new features. Improved memory management and hardware graphics acceleration (OpenGL), again increasing stability and drawing speed. Multi-core support for opening and regenerating files, which provides 1.5 to 3 times performance improvement on multi-core computers (er.. well, we hope that is most of us by now..) Other...

Alibre Upgrade No Longer Available after 30 April 2016

On 19 July, 2011 3D Systems first announced its acquisition of Alibre Inc. and its flagship 3D mechanical design software. The product was subsequently rebranded under the "Geomagic" portfolio as "Geomagic Design". This year will mark the fifth anniversary since this acquisition and new features which have subsequently been introduced. 3D Systems has thus far supported all versions of Alibre, including Alibre Design Standard, Professional and Expert with either ongoing maintenance subscriptions or upgrade opportunities. For several months a well-published opportunity for flat fee "update and upgrade" was made available in Australia through Many users took good advantage of this window of advantage to update Geomagic Design and Alibre versions that were three, four or even six years old and we wish to extend thanks to all who are participating. The flat fee promotion has now ended, as was announced, on 31 December 2015.3D Systems business channel has made it known to CADDIT of the intention to drop all upgrade support for Alibre Design PE, Alibre Design Standard, Alibre Design Professional and all similar levels of Geomagic Design Standard and Professional. Going forward, there will only be one product level available to all Geomagic Design users, as demonstrated on the CADDIT webstore. Users of lower-version products will need to buy a completely new license if they wish to update their software. The date for this change is 30 April 2016, and only affects users of the old PE, Standard and Professional product levels - Expert and Geomagic Design (full) are not affected, can continue to update their subscriptions per usual at this link. Also, any users under current active Geomagic Design maintenance are likely not affected as they will mostly likely already be migrated to the full product version.Users in Australia at any level can still order maintenance...