Top Three New Features in ARES Commander 2019
ARES Commander 2019 is expected to be released in the second half of January 2019. Until then you can try the new features from a Pre-release version mentioned below:
To learn more about all the new features coming in ARES Commander 2019, download our PDF document here.
Please note that the Pre-release version is not intended for production use and is only available to get an early look at the upcoming features of Graebert’s CAD software, ARES Commander.
Every year ARES Commander is expected to have new features. We have chosen our top three features from the upcoming ARES Commander 2019 to share with you before the final release.
1. Commenting On Drawings
This new side palette will allow users to discuss the project. The same palette will be available in ARES Commander 2019, in ARES Touch (Mobile version) and ARES Kudo (Cloud version).
Note: This feature will not be available for test in the Pre-Release but will ship instead of in the final version in January 2019.
The new Commenting palette requires to use the Cloud Storage palette of ARES Commander to synchronize the drawing and related comments across users and devices.
- New comment thread: Add a new discussion thread
- Comments can be related to selected entities or just general comments
- Other ARES users can reply or create new comment threads
- Mark a Comment thread as resolved
In other words the Commenting feature works very similarly to Comments in Microsoft® Word Documents or Google Docs™. It is a very efficient and intuitive way to collect feedback or improve collaboration. The live synchronization of Comments by ARES Commander’s Cloud storage palette is further making sure that all the users get instant access to the latest version of the file and its related comments. If you use the ARES CAD software on different computers or mobile devices you can also make sure the file follows you on each device.
Example: You create a drawing on your computer with ARES Commander and share it with Peter, a colleague of yours, for feedback. Peter replies by inserting some comments related to entities in the drawing. After modification you share it with Tom, one of your sales representatives on the road who could possibly use ARES Touch to read it on his mobile. Then Tom meets the customer at his office and together they use ARES Kudo to look at the project online and share some feedback.
2. Customizable Blocks
The new Custom Block Editor (See image below) is introducing powerful features to create customizable blocks or converting existing blocks into Customizable Blocks. The command EDITCUSTOMBLOCK opens a new contextual Custom block editor ribbon. Use the new features to add rules or parameters for changing the appearance of the block reference when it is used in drawing. With Customizable Blocks, you can change the shape, size, or configuration following rules or parameters you defined.
You may use Geometric constraints to define geometric rules like keeping for example entities parallel to each other, concentric, perpendicular or of equal length.
3. New 3D Editing Options
The ARES Commander 2019 comes with new 3D Modeling with interactive push-pull, chamfer edges of 3D solids and polysolids for wall-like entities. These features are further explained below.
a) PolySolid creates 3D solid in the shape of a wall. A user can create 3D walls with straight and curved segments of constant height and width. Existing 2D entities such as lines, 2D polylines, arcs, and circles can be converted to 3D solids with a default height, width, and justification.
b) PushPull command dynamically modifies 2D / 3D entities by extrusion and offset.
- 2D: User can see on screen when user moves the cursor after selecting a 2D object
- 3D Face: User and pull an area formed by a closed boundary of a 3D solid face
c) Chamfer Edge
By using the Chamfer Edge command, user can Bevel or Chamfer the corner of two 2D entity or the edge of a 3D solid
- 2D Entity: A chamfer is an angled line that meets the endpoints of two straight 2D objects
- 3D solid: A sloped transition between two surfaces or adjacent faces on a 3D solid
To learn more about ARES Commander, visit our product information page here.