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GstarCAD 2018 Release

With great software performance and more efficient design tools, GstarCAD 2018 offers brand new experience in both architectural and mechanical design!

  • 1. The performance optimization plays an important role in GstarCAD 2018. The performance of common-use operations like “OPEN”, “QSAVE”, “PLOT”, “CLIP”, “TRIM”, “PASTE”, “MOVE”, “DYNAMIC SELECTION”, and more commands are significantly enhanced. The overall drawing performance is even better than ACAD when handling big drawings.
  • 2. Support the latest DWG 2018 format together with more compatible features.
  • 3. New productive and practical innovations help to accomplish designs faster. These functions include “Attribute Increment”, “DWG Convert”, “Section Plane”, “Area Table”, “Display Plot Styles”, and so on.

What is GstarCAD ?

GstarCAD is well-known alternative CAD software of high compatibility with ACAD. With 25 years of continuous improvement and lean innovation, today GstarCAD is far ahead in performance, stability and other key indicators and becomes leading CAD software in the world.

Independent Property Rights

GstarCAD is based on independent intellectual property rights and patented core technologies owned by Gstarsoft.

Friendly User Interface

User interface and operating habits are very similar to ACAD, which is easier to operate and use. Zero training is needed for ACAD users.

Data Compatibility

Completely compatible with ACAD in data format, supporting the latest DWG/DXF up to version 2018.

Innovative Technologies

Unique and innovative technologies like Intelligent Display, Hierarchical Memory Exchange and Graphics Data Adaptive Compression are adopted to significantly enhances the speed in handling large drawings.

Application Development

Code-level compatible APIs ensures LISP/FAS/VLX plug-ins programed on ACAD can directly run on GstarCAD while VBA/.NET/ARX plug-ins can be seamlessly transplanted.

Multi-platform Application

View, manage and share DWG drawings from multiple devices by one click and enjoy mobile design and communication together with more than 10,000,000 DWG FastView users around the world.

Familiar Interface

Workspaces switching & interface appearance

2D Drafting and classic interface can be switched in a wink. 2D drafting interface is supported by a ribbon with its tabs and panels. It displays the most used commands as thumbnails for easy selection. Classic interface is supported by toolbars and it’s the most preferred by old users. Interface appearance makes your drawing environment more comfortable because it supports options for applying different themes as well as show or hide the menu bar, toolbars, file tabs and status bar.

Interface

 


Dynamic input

Dynamic Input provides a command interface near the cursor to help you keep your focus in the drafting area. Save time typing and finding out whatever longer or shorter command. Dynamic input can autocomplete the command name at once.

Dynamic Input

Property and Tool Palette

Properties palette displays the properties of the selected object or set of objects. You can specify a new value to modify any property that can be changed. Tool palette provides an efficient method for organizing and placing blocks.

Property and Tool Palette

Design Center

Design Center provides a graphic interface where you can manipulate and re-use drawings and their objects (blocks, layers, external references, and customized contents) from drawing files, network drives, and Internet locations. This way, you can speed up drawing constructing.

Design Center
 

Command Line

You can enter a command by using the keyboard. You can also repeat the previous command by pressing Enter or Spacebar without entering a command.

Clean Screen

If you want to maximize drawing space, you can press “CTRL+0” or click Clean Screen icon on the right of status bar to hide Toolbars, Windows or Ribbon.

File Tabs

File tabs offer a fast way to switch the opening-drawings, and you can change the opening-order by draging tabs. It also has built in functionalty like save, close, audit and properties.

Lock UI

Lock the position of toolbar/window. The lock icon in the status bar indicates whether Toolbar/Window is locked. Click the icon to display locking options.


Layer Properties Manager & Layer States Manager

Layer properties manager displays a list of the layers in the drawing and their properties. You can add, delete, and rename layers, change their properties, set property overrides for layout viewports, or add layer descriptions and apply changes in real time.

Layer states manager enables you save the current property settings for layers in a named layer state and then restore those settings later.

Layer Properties Manager

Files & Print

My Cloud

GstarCAD provides free cloud storage to registered users. If your are a registered user, you can share drawings with DWG FastView for Web, DWG FastView for Mobile and DWG FastView for Windows. You can easily view your drawings from web page, mobile phone or computer, making design work more free and convenient.

My Cloud
 

PDF Underlay

You can insert PDF files as reference underlay.

DNG Underlay

You can insert DGN files as reference underlay.

DWF Underlay

You can insert DWF files as reference underlay.

 
 
PDF Underlay
 

Drawing Compare

Compare drawing files of different version to identify the design changes. Colors are used to mark changed objects between old and new drawing files.

Graphic Compare

Compare drawings of similar appearance in the same drawing file to identify detailed geometric differences. Contrast results is inserted into the current drawing area.

Drawing Compare
 

Batch Purge

No need to open files. It can purge the excess objects such as blocks, layers, line type, dimension style or text style on several DWG files at the same time.

Batch Print

Batch print drawings with the same drawing frame attribute and to save engineer’s time to improve efficiency.

Drawing Lock

Turn the drawing into a whole block. Others can’t modify the objects of the original drawing. It is a good way to prevent others from modifying the drawing.

Import and Export

GstarCAD supports the following data format. Import: WMF,SAT,DGN,DWF,3DS Export: DWF,DWFX,WMF, SAT,STL,EPS,DXX,BMP.

Barcode

Generate Barcode and insert into drawing. Quickly find out the corresponding drawing later by scanning and identifiying Barcode.

QR Code

Users can insert a QR into a drawing, it can save drawings’ related information like company name, then you can access the information through mobile.

2D Drafting

AutoXlsTable and CAD Table to Excel

Autoxlstable allows create a sheet or table directly in Microsoft Excel to be inserted to GstarCAD automatically. CAD Table to Excel export accurately a sheet or table, composed by line/Spline and text/Mtext from GstarCAD to Microsoft Excel.

AutoXlsTable

Dynamic Block and Dynamic Block Editor

Dynamic Block function can save your time and make you specify drawings easily. You don’t need to repeatedly draw a series of standard components. This function can reduce your cumbersome block libraries in the process. What’s more, you can create and modify dynamic blocks properties in the Dynamic Block Editor.

Dynamic Block
 

Magnifier

This tool helps to view a specific area of your drawing as a magnifier with the capability of snap points without performing zoom in/outon big drawings like map or survey and also is practical to use and customize. Save time on exploring small details of your drawing or even drafting in a jungle of intersected objects easy and quickly.

Magnifier
 

Pline Boolean

Directly conduct SUBTRACT/UNION/INTERSECT calculation without converting polylines to regions. This command is 3 or 4 times quicker than TRIM.

Dimension tools

Dimension Tools provide accurate values for the objects, including Quick Dimension, Linear Dimension, Angular Dimension, Baseline Dimension, etc.

Annotation Scale

Annotation Scale automatically adjusts size of objects, such as text, dimension, block, etc. You can quickly and easily handle drawings of different scales.

Revision Cloud

Revision Cloud consists of a continuous polyline.

You can use it to call attention to parts of a drawing during the review stage.

Multileader

Multileader is an annotative function and is used to attach annotation to multiple leader lines. Multileader give information or special instruction.

Query total area

This function is not only able to query length and

area but also radius, angle, volume, total area and total length.Meet the needs of different users.

 

Express tools

Express tools contain a library of productivity tools designed to help you extend the power of your design. They are easy to use, easily integrated into your menus and toolbars, and cover a wide range of functions, including dimensioning, drawing, selecting and modifying objects.

Express Tools

Design

3D orbit options

3D orbit options like: Free Orbit, 3D Continuous Orbit, Orbit along the X-axis, Orbit along the Y-axis, Orbit along Z-orbit and 3D Orbit Center allows rotate the view in 3D space or even you can apply a shortcut (SHIFT+SCROLL MOUSE).

3D Orbit Options

Visual Styles

Visual styles control the display of edges and shading a viewport. You can control the effect of a visual style by switching each other. When you apply any visual style, the associated viewport is automatically updated to reflect those changes.

Visual Styles
 

3D Face and mesh modeling

3D face allows to create a three or four-sided surface anywhere in 3D space. Mesh Modeling creates a free-form polygon mesh. You can reshape mesh objects by smoothing, creasing, refining, and splitting faces. You can also drag edges, faces, and vertices to mold the overall form.

3D Face and Mesh Modeling
 

Solid and solid editing

3D solid objects often start as one of several basic shapes, or primitives, that you can then edit and recombine. Some samples of solid editing capability enables you join two solids, subtract one from the other, or create a shape based on the intersection of their volumes.

Solid and Solid Editing
 

Profiles and Sections

2D profile and sections can be generated from a 3D model through SOLPROF, SOLDRAW and SOLVIEW commands. Solprof creates 2D projection profile of 3D model consisting of visible and hidden lines. Solview creates orthographic views, layers, and layout viewports automatically. Soldraw generates profiles and sections in layout viewports created with SOLVIEW.

Profiles and Sections
 

Render and Materials

Render gives a photorealistic shaded image of a 3D solid or surface model, improving visualization. You can apply materials to your 3D model to define the shininess, bumpiness, and transparency of object’s surfaces to give them a realistic appearance.

Render and Materials

Customization

Quick access customization

Manages the customized quick access toolbar elements in the product. Add or delete commands at the quick access toolbar to make the drawing environment specific to certain types of tasks.

Quick Access Customization

User interface customization

Manages the customized user interface elements in the product. Customize the user interface to make the drawing environment specific to certain types of tasks.

User Interface Customization

Command aliases

A command alias is an abbreviation that you enter at the command prompt instead of entering the entire command name.Such as you can enter C instead of circle to start the CIRCLE command.

Command Aliases
 

Shortcuts customize

Shortcuts customize provides a faster way to invoke a command. The CUSTACC command allows you to customize, delete or modify existing command shortcuts.Such as CTRL+S for SAVE.

Shortcuts Customize
 

Object GRX

Object GRX technology provides the foundation for design software applications to share intelligent object data. You can run third-party Object GRX application programs or write your own.Plug-in applictions developed with VBA/GRX/DBX/Lisp/Vlisp can be loaded to GstarCAD.

Object GRX
 

.Net Framework

GstarCAD .NET API enables you to manipulate the application and drawing files programmatically with libraries that are exposed and can be accessed by many different programming languages and environments. Users are able to automate tasks such as creating and modifying objects stored in the database of a drawing file or change the contents of a customization file.

.Net Framework
 

What's new

New features for efficient design

 

Array

New array options are available to create copies of objects arranged in RECTANGULAR, POLAR, or PATH pattern.

Clip


 

Clip

New CLIP command clips a block, external reference, image, viewport, and underlay (PDF or DGN) to a specified boundary.

 


 

DWG Convert

Converts one or a bunch of selected drawing files to another DWG version available. The newly gen- erated file can…

DWG Convert

 


 

Section Plane

Creates a section object that acts as a cutting plane through 3D objects and saves the selected section plane as a 2D or 3D block.

Section Plane


 

 

Hatch to Back

Sets the display order of all the fill patterns to back position from all other objects.

Hatch to Back


 

 

Add Selected

Creates a new object of the same type and properties as selected object but with different geometric values.

Add Selected


 

 

Multiple

Executes a command repetitively, avoiding press enter or space bar key.

Multiple


 

 

ByLayer

Changes the property of the select -ed objects to ByLayer including color, linetype, lineweight, and materials.

ByLayer


 

Enhanced features to quick accomplish difficult tasks

 

User Interface

Ribbon, command line and status bar enhancements provide better user design experience. Show or hide ribbon to increase…

User Interface


 

Command Preview

The command preview provides you a quick feedback of the active command. It shows you exactly how the objects will look…

Command Preview


 

Plot Options

Improve 2D/3D drawing printing quality via Plot with transparency and Shade plot options. With Display plot styles…

Plot Options


 

Geometric Center

A new snap option (Geometric Center) has been added to improve the snap center of any kind of polygonal object.

Geometric Center


 

 

Innovative tools to save time on drafting and detailing

 

Area Table

Automatically dimensions and counts the area of closed objects and export the result to a table in the drawing area.

Area Table


 

Auto Layer

Command allows you to customize and predefine the associated layer of command to streamline drafting workflow.

Auto Layer


 

M2LVPORT

Quickly creates a viewport on layout space by specifying an area in the model space. And then calculate the viewport size…

M2LVPORT


 

Attribute Increment

Command helps to specify attribute of blocks with incremental value, and to modify attribute value of blocks…

Attribute Increment


 

 

 

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