CET Designer 6.5

Last modified: Apr 18, 2016
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Update – Patch # 3 (April 18, 2016)

Minor update to help ensure smooth updating to the upcoming 7.0 release in May.


Update – Patch # 2 (January 18, 2016)

Added support for SketchUp 2016.
Fixed problem that could in some cases cause system texts to use an incorrect font type, making texts look smaller.
Fixed problem with Reconfiguration tool that could cause it to lose filter settings when loading a drawing into a depot.
Fixed problem that could sometimes cause the end of walls to look “pointy” or partially cut off.
Fixed problem that could sometimes trigger an incorrect warning about failing to send in a bug report.
Fixed problem with inline spanning tiles that would cause the inline panel textures to have an incorrect rotation.
Fixed some problems with Danish language settings.
Fixed problem with PDF creation that could in some cases cause solid lines to turn into dotted red lines instead.
Fixed issue with Material Lab that could sometimes cause a crash when generating thumbnails.
Fixed issue with price calculation that could in some cases lead to a background crash.
Fixed issue with Briefcase notifications that could in some cases lead to a background crash.
Fixed problem with Undo in combination with Cutting or Cropping selections, which could cause objects to become disconnected.


Update – Patch # 1 (December 2, 2015)

Fixed problem with expand/collapse not always working correctly in the Calculation dialog for some items.
Fixed problem with Calculation where loading drawings created in older versions of CET Designer could cause some adjusted Sell% changes to not load correctly. This problem only occurred if the parts did not have a category set.
Fixed problem where it was in some situations not possible to delete the first Article View.
Fixed problem with thin walls that could cause images placed on them to become mirrored.
Fixed problem with Elevation text style not being retained when loading drawings saved in older versions.
Fixed problem with PDF creation not showing Chinese characters in text if they were written using the Arial font.
Fixed problem with preview rendering that would make it impossible to remove from the 3D view if the user had removed the job from the Render Tasks dialog.
Fixed problem with Custom Shapes that could cause holes made in the shapes to disappear when creating a PDF.
Improved behavior for Custom Shape when disconnecting and moving holes.
Fixed problem with CAD import, that could in some cases cause Hatch fill patterns to not display correctly.
Fixed problem with post processing that could cause the Focus/Blur tool to apply undesired amounts of Blur to transparent objects such as glass windows.
Added a limitation when placing the rectangular Custom Shape to prevent it from snapping upwards.
Fixed problem that could cause CET Designer to incorrectly state that the graphics driver is “decided by operating system” on some Windows 8 machines. This only applies to computers with Windows 10, and should no longer appear for other Windows versions.
Fixed issue with the simple graphics engine that could cause a crash when moving an image placed on a wall.
Fixed problem with Contour rendering and some glass materials that could cause the glass to be ignored during render.
Fixed issue with Photo Lab that could cause a crash when switching between thumbnails.
Fixed problem with Elevation symbols that could cause the symbol to be turned in the wrong direction.
Fixed issue that could cause a crash when preparing to render certain image setups in the Photo Lab.
Fixed problem with the Window Light component that would cause it to not give off light when affixed to thin walls.
Fixed problem with driver recommendations for some Intel graphics cards. Note: CET Designer requires the use of a dedicated graphics card, which the Intel HD and Intel Iris lines are not.


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November, 2015

New Features

New Hatch Fill Option for 2D Objects and Custom Shapes

A much asked for hatch fill option is now available! Hatching is available to use with 2D circles and rectangles as well as custom shapes. You will find the hatch style option in the green quick properties box that is displayed when an object in the drawing area is selected. Hatching also has its own tab in the Style Editor dialog, enabling you to set up your own favorites.

The default settings include these three different patterns for hatch fill, but you can also import hatch patterns from other programs, like for example AutoCAD:

Note: you can change the color of the hatch pattern. For the time being, you do this by editing the Line style, either in the object’s quick properties box, or in the Style Editor. Selecting a new line color will update the hatch pattern.

>> Click here to read more about the hatch option in the Style Editor

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Easier to Apply Logos to our New Office Accessories

A lot of new office accessories have been added – furniture, bags, file notes, vases, charts, teleconference phones etc. To make use of all this new cool stuff, make sure that you have the Office Accessories Extension installed. Oh, and we know some of you have been missing a backpack… We’ve included one! :)

new office accessories

Also, you can once again double-click on displays (such as computer screens) to apply your own images, as well as drag n’ drop supported images straight onto them from your desktop.

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Simplified 3D Clipping

You can now quickly set up a photo with clipping for the Photo Lab by using this new tool, found in the 2D view toolbar, to place a rectangle around the object(s) that you want to show. Your selection is thereafter sent to the Photo Lab as a new photo in your photo series.


>> Click here to read more about 3D clipping

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New Render Option – Outline Overlay

A new render option, Outline Overlay, has been added. When active, this will make CET Designer render two images. One normal render, and one contour render, which are then overlayed to create detailed outlines that can then be further adjusted in the post processing stage.

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The outline overlay photograph setup The outline overlay post processing effect
White kitchen without the outline overlay effect. White kitchen with the outline overlay effect.

Unlike the Cartoon/Sketch post processing effect, the Outline overlay option is aware of the actual shape of the 3D objects, and will only apply to actual 3D objects (and not, for example, the floor). Outline overlay can, however, be combined with the Cartoon/Sketch post processing effect.

NOTE: Outline overlay cannot be used in combination with Ghost rendering.

>> Click here to read more about Outline overlay


Also, new camera controls have been added. In addition to the old Clipping slider, you can now also exert detailed control over Perspective, Height (above floor) and what Pitch the camera should be at:


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Import Drawings from PDF Files

We have included a PDF import feature that lets you add a page or an image from a PDF file to the drawing area. This is very useful if you, for example, want to use a drawing from a PDF file in CET Designer.

You can access this functionality from the Image loaded from file component, by double-clicking on it after placing it in your drawing. In the PDF import window, you can browse for the page/image that you wish to use and then import it using drag n’ drop or the Insert button.


>> Click here to read more about PDF import

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Verify Drawing Measurements With the New Measure and Scale Tool

After importing a drawing, you may need to double-check the dimensions and the scale. For this purpose, use the new Measure and scale tool. By getting a control measurement between two points, you can either verify that the drawing scale is correct, alternatively tell CET Designer to rescale the image:

Measure and scale image toolMeasureAndScaleExample_65_eng

>> Click here to read more about the Measure and scale tool

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Added Functionality to the Custom Shape Tool

Functionality for custom shapes has been expanded with a set of new tools:

CustomShapeCreateRectangle_65 Create rectangle – the fastest way to create a basic rectangular shape.
CustomShapeCreateCircle_65 Create circle – the fastest way to create a basic circular shape.
CustomShapeSliceShape_65 Slice shape – lets you draw a line across a custom shape in order to divide it into one or more new shapes.
CustomShapeAutoWalls_65 Insert wall on edge – lets you point at the edge of any custom shape and click to automatically insert a wall along that edge.

Also, accessories will now recognize that they can be placed on top of a custom shape, just as they would on a normal table or worksurface.

>> Click here to read more about the Custom Shape Tool

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New Utility Extension: Revision History

The Revision History Extension (downloaded from the Marketplace) creates a legend with your revision history that can be placed in the drawing area or the Paper View. The legend will automatically populate itself with information from the current session (User name, Date, Time) whenever a new row is added.

revision history tab

The Extension automatically tracks changes to several columns; you can manually adjust which are visible, to best suit your project:

revision history columns

Information can be copied from the Revision History dialog (in tab separated format) for pasting into other programs.

The Extension also automatically tracks who has made changes to the history, and when. This particular information is not user editable, in order to maintain traceability.

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Reuse and Share Calculation Settings

New options to create, save and import custom Summary templates have been added to the View Settings dialog. This means you can now reuse or share your calculation view settings more easily:


We have added three different pre-defined styles to the print dialog to choose from when printing Article Views, and the Allow shortened column labels option is also new. If a manufacturer has allowed column labels to be abbreviated, such as Qty instad of Quantity, users can decide whether or not such shortened labels should be allowed in the printout:


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Improved Movie Studio Interface

The Movie Studio Extension is getting a new user interface for the Movie Editor, in order to bring it in line with the Photo Lab and prepare it for future changes. The functionality is the same as before. You can select a camera path and play it in the Movie Editor, change the path order or remove a path. When you are happy with the setup, you can export and save your movie.


Multiple Suns is now available as a light preset option in the Export Movie dialog.

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Embed Part Information in Certain Objects

It is now possible to embed part information into SketchUp objects, graphics-only Edit Graphics objects, CAD objects and Custom Shape objects. When right-clicking on a supported object, the menu will now display a list of databases from which you can pull information. The availability of databases is based on which Extensions you currently have installed and activated, and what those manufacturers have chosen to make available for use this way.


Objects that have part data added to them this way will automatically be given an SI tag (which stands for Symbol with Information) in order to distinguish them from other objects. The new SI tag is available in the Categorization dialog to help control visibility.

Symbols with embedded part information can be queried.

Each object with added part information will display this information in a tooltip to let you see, at a glance, how many items have been added to it.


>> Click here to read more about integrated part information

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Notice When Running the 32-bit Version of CET Designer

Users running a 32-bit version of CET Designer on a 64-bit version of Windows will be given a notice the first time CET Designer is started after updating to version 6.5. It is highly recommended to run the 64-bit version of CET Designer whenever possible as we are going to start phasing out support for 32-bit versions of Windows in the near future.

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Order Export Option Removed From the File Menu

The Order Export option has been removed from the Import/Export section of the main CET Designer File menu. The option is still available from the File menu within the Calculation dialog; same as before.

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Increased Maximum Value for Extending Floors

The Floor settings dialog now allows you to extend the floor out to 500 meters (1640.4 ft), which is an increase from 10 meters (32.808 ft) in previous versions.


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Changes in 3D Clipping Behavior

As long as there only are Show rectangles in the drawing area, CET Designer now automatically assumes that you want to hide everything else (as if you had placed one large hide rectangle covering the entire drawing). This is intended to make it easier to quickly show only a small section of objects, withouth having to first place a hide rectangle.

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3D PDF:s Compatible with More Apps

Exported 3D PDF files should now be possible to open in more apps on mobile devices, as long as the app you are using supports 3D content in PDF files.

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Windows and Doors Follow Wall Transparency

Windows and doors now follow the transparency setting of the wall they are set in.

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Support for Rendering Larger Images with HDR in Photo Lab

For 64-bit versions of CET Designer, the Photo Lab now supports rendering images in HDR up to 8 megapixels in size (increased from 4 megapixels), and non-HDR images up to 18 megapixels in size (increased from 9 megapixels).

Please keep in mind that most computer screens today have a resolution capable of fully fitting an image between 2.073 (a 1080 p HD monitor) and 8.8 megapixels (for really high-end 4K monitors). This means that unless you are rendering for output on a high-end printer, creating images above 2 megapixels takes unnecessarily long to produce.

The Natural Light option in Lighting & Shadows has been renamed to Sun for natural light, in order to avoid getting confused with the Natural Light rendering mode.

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Factory Reset Option Moved

The Factory reset button for settings in CET Designer has been moved from the Control Panel to the Clean Restart launch option. This was done in order to keep this type of rarely used controls gathered in one place.

NOTE: These tools should normally only be used after consulting with CET Support.

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Added Support for More Lines in CAD Export

Improved CAD export now supports more types of lines (like Dash, Dot, Dot-dash-dot).

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Tag Lines and Texts now in the Style Editor

We have added Styles support to tags for text and lines.

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Edit Quantities in the Reconfiguration Tool

You can now edit quantities, and even zero out lines, in the Reconfiguration tool.

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Solved Issues


 Clipping rectangles will now correctly remove the lights from light sources that are hidden.
Fixed problem with data fields not correctly accepting Bold or Italic text settings.
Fixed problem with input fields in quick property dialogs that would cause them to not accept the Copy or Paste (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) commands.
Fixed problem with the Incrementer tool that would cause it to not reset the count when moving to a new drawing.
Fixed some readability issues for German and Swedish translations, that could result in some words getting cut off.
Fixed some readability issues for Chinese translation, that could sometimes result in signs too small to read properly.
Fixed problem where text could temporarily become invisible if grouped with an arrow object, and the arrow was then moved using single select.
Fixed problem with Windows 10, that was making it impossible to select Norwegian as your preferred language in CET Designer.


Fixed problem that could affect some graphics cards, causing visible distortions or blackouts in the 3D view.
Fixed problem with holes in custom shapes that could cause the rotation point to “fall” down into holes in the shape.
Fixed problem with custom shapes and using single select to move holes, that could cause the hole to be removed instead of moved.


Fixed a problem with very large blocks and alternatives that could cause the objects inside the blocks to get unintentionally duplicated into other alternatives and there become unselectable.

NOTE: This will not change any existing drawings, only prevent the problem from occurring in new ones.


Fixed problem that could cause the Paper Manager and Print Reports dialogs to not show updates in a synchronized manner, if both dialogs were open at the same time.
Fixed problem with printing where certain combinations of alternatives and Paper View settings could result in an error stating that “The document contains no pages”.

Photo Lab

Fixed problem with copying of photo settings that would not include clipping settings.
Fixed problem with photos sometimes displaying an incorrect thumbnail.
Fixed problem with some photos not wanting to render due to incorrect 3D data.


Fixed issue with PDF creation that could cause a crash if required images had not been rendered, and the Photo Lab had not been opened during the current session.
Fixed problem with creation of PDF that could cause the PDF to be created before re-rendering of too small images had completed, resulting in some empty images in the PDF file.
Fixed problem with repeatedly asking the user if he/she wants to re-render too small images, even if the images had already been re-rendered.
Fixed problem that could cause rendered images in Photo Lab to turn black when printing or creating a PDF file.
Fixed problem with multiple drawings that could confuse PDF creation, and cause the resulting file to wind up with the last opened drawing, instead of with the one used to create it.


Fixed problem with changing the style of multiple selected items of different types. This could cause the style to not apply correctly to all selected items.
Fixed problem with default font height settings, that would cause the value to not be visible unless the field was actually clicked in.
Fixed problem with style setting for the Calculate Area tool not getting saved when the Style Editor dialog is closed.
Fixed a problem with text style setting for the Calculate Area tool, that could cause the text to position itself incorrectly when precision was set to a high decimal number (like 6 decimals).


Fixed problem with some recent graphics cards not being properly identified, resulting in incorrect driver recommendations.

Movie Studio

Fixed problem where the final movie did not match the movie preview aspect ratio.


Import should now be faster if there are many similar items or a lot of items with less information attached to each.
Export should now be more accurate; i.e. exported items should now get correct materials when brought into Revit.
Fixed problem with exported objects not looking good in shaded or realistic view modes in Revit.
Improved installation which resolves problem with missing Revit template.
Fixed problem with CAD files missing from exported drawing layouts, if the layout was imported into Revit on a different computer. This was due to CAD files only being referenced instead of included in the file to save space.

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Known Issues

Tag Styles

It is not possible to change the color of text for tags, even though there is an option to do so in the Style Editor dialog. Text color is handled automatically to keep the visibility as good as possible at all times. This option will be removed in a future release, but was left in for now as it was closely tied to the other new style options for tags. Removing this option now would have meant not being able to release the tag styles at all with this release.


It is not currently possible to use the quick property wallpaper/photo/cover dropdowns to change materials on objects where an image has been loaded using double-click.

It is not currently possible to use the Propagate functionality for images manually loaded into Office Accessories through double-clicking.

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