Release Notes - CET Designer® 2.4
CET Designer® 2.4 brings several enhancements and new functionality. Among others, improvements of the Calculation dialog and better handling of frozen objects.
CET Designer 2.4 has also seen general performance tuning that leads to faster response and general speed ups.
A listing of the main new features in CET Designer 2.4:
- New options in the Calculation dialog
- Improved handling of CAD files
- Message if no PDF reader installed
- Improved handling of frozen objects
- Changes of existing tools
- Resizing of images and textures
- New options in the Paper View and in the Print Report dialog
- Option to render in an external process
- Resizing the 2D and 3D view
- New way of handling patches and updates
- Changing language in the Extension Manager
- Changes in CET Movie Studio
- A new accessorie avaliable
- Known issues
New options in the Calculation dialog
- The group function in the Calculation dialog now groups on Company and Category by default. You can, of course, make your own group settings.
Click the View Settings symbol on each Article View tab and select the desired groups on the Groups tab. Finish by clicking the Save as default button.
- When loading saved settings from the View settings dialog, you now have the option to load the settings into your current article view or a new view. Click the yellow file symbol on the actual Article View tab and click Load in the bottom of the View Settings dialog that appears.
- You can now hide the option that lets you create multiple article views. Multiple article views are enabled by default. You find this option in the Calculation Control Panel.
Improved handling of CAD files
- CET Designer now supports AutoCAD 2010.
- CET Designer now supports the import of dwg files with Xrefs.
When exporting to dwg, CET Designer now includes previously imported dwg files as Xrefs.
- It is now possible to “deactivate” the 2D of imported dwg objects. By deactivating the 2D you will not risk moving objects accidentally. However, this removes the possibility to copy, move, snap or select objects in the 2D view. Select the imported CAD drawing in the 2D view. A green input box appears where you can deselect the option Activate 2D.
Message if no PDF reader installed
- If you ask CET Designer to create a PDF preview, and you have no PDF reader installed, CET Designer will now notify you that you do not have a PDF reader. In that case, you will get the option to save the file instead.
Improved handling of frozen objects
- Frozen objects will now be better at handling intersections with other objects or frozen objects.
- A frozen object will now have a different shade of grey depending on the size of the object/group: light grey for small objects and a darker shade of grey for larger objects.
Very large frozen objects will be turned into a thick grey frame instead of a big rectangle. Smaller frozen objects and groups are shown on top of larger ones in the 2D view.
Note, to freeze objects means that you can work with parts of your drawing without risking that the selected components are affected. To freeze an object, right-click the object in the 2D or 3D drawing area and select the Freeze option.
Changes of existing tools
- The "Align” tool is now called Position to make it a bit more clear what functionality the tool is intended to offer.
- The Ruler-distance measuring tool now shows both the rounded value, which can be set in the Precision drop down menu on the Tools tab, as well as the exact value of the measured distance.
- The right-click menu now offers the option Zoom in all objects in both the 2D and 3D view. This was previously only available for the 2D view right-click menu.
Resizing of images and textures
- Inserted images in the 2D view and the paper view are now automatically resized down to a maximum size of 125x125 pixels when imported.
When printing or creating a PDF, CET Designer will use a size appropriate to the size of your printout (following your dpi setting). This will reduce the strain on your system when working, as small images use less memory, and will not impact the quality of your printouts.
- When choosing a user defined texture, CET Designer will now detect if the chosen texture is larger than 800x800 pixels and offer to temporarily resize it in order to improve system performance.
New options in the Paper View and in the Print Report dialog
- You will now be able to set the dpi resolution for the images in all View Ports. Quality and type of rendering for individual view ports are still controlled from their respective quick property dropdowns. The resolution is set for each individual paper in the paper view.
- You will also be able to set the dpi resolution when creating pdf files in the Print Report dialog.
- The rendering quality/type for 3D View Ports has been moved from being its own dialog to being part of the quick property for the View Port. This drop down controls the quality/type of the rendering of the 3D View Port whereas the papers’ dpi setting controls the resolution.
Option to render in a external process
- Rendering with the advanced graphics engine now offers an option for letting a separate process handle the work of creating Normal and High quality renderings.
Rendering in a separate process offers several advantages:
- The new process allocates its own set of memory, so it is not constrained by the amount of memory already in use by CET Designer.
- Since the new process uses its own set of memory, there is less risk that a large rendering causes CET Designer to run out of memory.
- Should something go wrong with the rendering process, CET Designer will notify you, and you can then abort the rendering and continue working on your drawing.
Go to the control panel and click the Views tab. Then click the Graphics Engine Selection option and select the same options that is selected in the figure above. You also find this option in the Rendering Option dialog that you access in the 3D view toolbar.
Resizing the 2D and 3D view
- Now it is possible to resize the 2D and the 3D view. Just click and drag the border between the two views to the desired size.
New way of handling patches and updates
- As you probably know, an update or a patch needs to first be downloaded and then installed. From now on, the downloading process will be carried out in the background, and CET Designer will only utilize unused bandwidth to perform this task.
- When new updates for CET Designer or your installed Extensions are available, the Extensions button in the top of the application window will turn orange and a blinking arrow will point at the button. Click the button to access the Extension Manager. In the Extension Manager, a dialog will appear where you can decide when to install the updates; e.g. tonight, in the morning.
Note, the background installation option will be turned off as default. Please click the Tools menu in the Extension Manager and then click Options. Check the option Enable background updates.
Changing language in the Extension Manager
- You can now change the language in the Extension Manager. This allows you to switch the language before CET Designer is fully launched.
Changes in CET Movie Studio
- The default camera height for the Movie Studio is now 5’ 4”, instead of previous 6’, since this better matches the world average eye height.
- Some of the different recording modes in CET Movie Studio's advanced recording has been renamed.
- Movie Studio now supports resuming movie creation from where you last left off. This is applied if your recording was aborted or failed for some reason.
- You will now find a radiator in the Accessories field on the Wall drawing tab.
Below is a selection of all fixes and changes that have been done for CET Designer 2.4.
- Ceiling Grid Light warning about placing more than 100 lights will now only show once for a given drawing.
- Fixed problem with light settings that would sometimes cause custom settings to be forgotten again as soon as the settings dialog was closed.
- Fixed problem with View Ports in Paper View that would cause the View Ports to ignore their own visibility settings in favor of what was currently set in the 3D view.
- Fixed problem with imported dwg that caused it to always show in View Ports, regardless of what Visibility was set to.
- Fixed problem with circular architectural columns being invisible from certain angles.
- If you create very large PDF printouts, CET Designer retains a lot of this data to facilitate working in the Paper View, however this has the side effect of CET Designer not fully releasing all the used memory unless you restart the program.