NEW FEATURES IN ARES COMMANDER

For Windows, macOS and Linux computers

The ARES CAD Software offers you more than a cost-effective alternative to create or modify drawings in DWG. Discover below some of the latest and greatest innovations for ARES Commander

Modern DWG Editing for Desktop, Mobile and Cloud

Discover the unrivaled agility of our Trinity of CAD concept. With ARES Commander you keep enjoying the comfort and performance of fully-installed CAD software for your daily work. Yet, the close interaction with our mobile and cloud versions bring your productivity to the next level.

Top new features in ARES Commander 2022

Drawing Compare Enhancements

Compare two versions of a drawing to display the differences with colors

The Drawing Compare palette allows you to compare the current drawing

with another one. Now, you can also compare files stored in your cloud storage. For example, compare a local file with a new version in cloud storage to understand the differences. You can also compare two files in the cloud, or two local files.

Offline Commenting

Now you can also use the Commenting palette with local files

Previously, the Commenting palette was only available for files in cloud storage and saved in Graebert’s online service; offline commenting extends the feature to your local files. Comments are stored in a dedicated file, which is saved in the same location as the drawing.

Printing and Sheet Sets

Large projects, by their nature, entail printing large numbers of drawings and sheets. Whether the final destination is paper or PDF, printing multiple versions can quickly become a confusing hassle. The Sheet Set Manager helps you configure a set of drawings to be printed for your project with different sheets. You can reorganize these sheets in subsets, to print them in proper order although they are coming from different files. Your project is always ready to print, even if multiple users are working in parallel on multiple files.

Graebert has also redesigned the print experience to boost productivity and provide a seamless transition for those new to ARES Commander. With familiar interfaces, AutoCAD users and ARES users will find it simple to collaborate on projects created in either product.

Redesigned Print Experience

Revamped Print dialog and new dialog for PDF options

User interface improvements enhance productivity and offer a more intuitive experience for users migrating from other CAD software, such as AutoCAD. The built-in PDF printer now includes a new dialog for PDF options; users can control the quality of vector and raster images, add layers, and add hyperlinks or embed TrueType fonts in the PDF files they create.

Use and Share DST files

Import, modify, and share sheet sets

Support for the DST format enables users to share sheet set configurations with other ARES users or with other CAD applications, including AutoCAD and similar software.

Sheet Set Manager

Use the new Sheet Set Manager to create, organize, and manage sheets from multiple drawings

Create/Modify Sheet Sets
Group sheets with layouts from different drawings, and use templates to create new sheets. The whole project is neatly organized in one place (even if users are working on different drawings), and ready to print at any time.

Manage Fields & Properties
Customize callouts, view labels, and title blocks using shapes and fields/properties.

Publish Sheet Sets

Print a set of drawings to PDF or to paper

Choose either PDF or paper for your output, then print the entire project (or just a subset) in a single operation. The publishing process will run in the background, and won’t interfere with your work.

Create Templates with Sheet Sets

Further increase your productivity by creating DWT drawing templates combined with sheet sets

The DWT format is used in ARES or other CAD software to configure ready-to-use templates pre-configured with layers, styles, blocks, layouts, and more. Learn in our video how you can combine this with the new Sheet Sets features.

New Options for Spline Entities

SPLINE and SPLINEDIT commands are enhanced

Splines can now be defined with either fit points or control vertices. The new SPLINEDIT modifies the parameters and properties of splines, or converts spline-fit polylines to splines.

Copy Nested Entities

Directly copy drawing entities that are nested into a block or xref

Do you need to explode a nested entity before you can copy its elements? Not anymore!

The new COPYNESTED command (alias NCOPY) duplicates drawing entities that are nested within blocks or xrefs, and places copies in a location you specify.

New BIM features in ARES® Commander 2022

Smarter DWG Drawings for BIM Projects

In version 2020, Graebert launched a plan to bridge the industry-wide gulf between CAD, with its 2D drawings, and BIM, with its 3D models. With new drawings features launched in version 2022, ARES Commander advances toward the goal of being the best-in-class CAD platform to document BIM projects

Available for Windows 64-bit, macOS and Linux

Two decades after its introduction, Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is widely recognized as a smarter way to collaborate around construction projects — yet even in the organizations that heavily employ BIM, there are still 3 to 10 times more CAD users producing technical drawings.

As it turns out, the need for 2D drawings is being driven — not diminished — by the rise of BIM. Drawings help to document BIM projects with a higher level of detail, which is especially important for execution, operations, and maintenance purposes. Highly detailed 2D drawings are also much easier to assess and validate than 3D BIM files, where information can be hidden in properties,

representing a serious legal liability in files shared with customers.

Consequently, there is a substantial need for 2D documentation today — and for better quality than the limited 2D outputs that BIM software can generate.

To create higher-quality 2D drawings with less effort, Graebert is equipping ARES Commander to extract the rich data stored in BIM objects and use it to automate drawing production. ARES Commander is the ideal platform for this initiative, because it preserves all the BIM information in drawings and retains associativity with the BIM model.

BIM Drawings Automation: Material Mapper

Automate the documentation of your BIM projects by pre-configurating the style of drawing entities generated from the BIM project.

Assign a specific color, hatch, or graphic style to a material just once, and all drawings will receive the correct graphics styles automatically. For example define that a certain type of walls would always be shown with a specific hatch.

BIM Drawings Automation: Labels

Automate the creation and update of labels for doors, windows, stairs, or virtually any entity created from the related BIM project.

Your labels will display the BIM data properties and graphics you choose,
and will automatically update whenever the BIM model is refreshed.

BIM Drawings Automation: Dimension Chains

Create smart aligned dimensions for a wall or any selection of BIM objects in your BIM drawings. These dimensions will automatically update.

Save time and speed drawing production by dimensioning selected enti-
ties automatically rather than manually.

BIM Features for Mac & Linux Too!

All the BIM features of ARES Commander are now also available for Mac and Linux users

Version 2022 makes features that were previously available only on Windows 64-bit also available for Mac and Linux. The BIM features are however not available for Windows 32-bit versions.

New Trinity features for subscribers in ARES® Commander 2022

Modern Collaboration Features for DWG Projects

The ARES Trinity unites Desktop, Mobile, and Cloud CAD into one cohesive solution, improving collaboration among team members and project stakeholders in any location, working on any device. In version 2022, users can more easily track their collaborators’ input: email notifications announce drawing changes by colleagues, and multimedia feedback can be collected from contacts via View-only links. To reduce the challenges of moving files among collaborators, version 2022 features expanded online storage options, including the free ARES Kudo Drive and more third-party integrations.

The largest choice of integrations to connect to your CAD data

The value of a modern CAD environment can only be unlocked when we connect our CAD tools to your data… wherever you decide to store your DWG files.The ARES Trinity is integrating closely with the APIs of all major cloud based services. For companies using AWS, we also provide direct integrations with company-owned S3 buckets as well as file collaboration solutions, such as Nextcloud.

And for companies that require dedicated servers, we offer the possibility to work with on-premises data. Through a dedicated link, our products can be connected to these private servers, leveraging the WebDAV protocol.

No matter the implementation, it is very important to us that customer admins have full control and can restrict which storage solutions are allowed within their company.

ARES Kudo Drive

Free online storage and ready-to-use DWG samples in the new ARES Kudo Drive make it simple to get started, whether you’re a longtime Commander user or brand new to ARES CAD software.

Have you explored the Trinity features in ARES Commander, ARES Touch, and ARES Kudo?

Cloud storage improves file security, accessibility, and version control. Because files are synchronized across users and devices, you can start a project on your office computer and seamlessly continue it on a smartphone or tablet in the field, or on a computer at home.

Wherever you are, you’ll always be working on the latest version, and you can view the file history and restore older versions as needed. Eliminate file-transfer challenges by sending View-only links to collaborators, and collect their feedback in the form of photos, voice recordings, and text comments. Maintain control over your files, no matter how many people are involved on a project, by managing and revoking access permissions at any time.

Enhanced Integration with Google Drive

Support for Google Drive Shared Drives and integration of ARES Kudo with Google Workspace

Business and Enterprise users of Google Drive can now use DWG files in Shared Drives in addition to the files stored in My Drive.

Integration with Google Workspace also enables these users to open and edit DWG files online with ARES Kudo, directly from the web version (drive.google.com).

New Third-Party Cloud Storage Integrations

Create and modify DWG files stored in Trimble Connect, Hancom Space, and Microsoft SharePoint

Trimble Connect
The ARES Trinity enables a seamless workflow for Trimble product users. They can store their DWG files in Trimble Connect and edit them in ARES Commander, ARES Kudo, and ARES Touch without having to constantly download and upload files like with other DWG-based CAD software. The files stay centralized in Trimble Connect, and user access controls prevent simultaneous changes.

Hancom Space
Users of Hancom Office, South Korea’s leading office productivity suite, can work with files stored in the Hancom Space collaboration hub without leaving ARES Commander, Cloud, or Kudo.

Microsoft SharePoint
In addition to files hosted in Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, the ARES Trinity now supports direct creation and editing of DWG files stored in Microsoft SharePoint.

Email Notifications

Users can now choose to receive email notifications when the drawings they are working on are modified, commented on, or marked up

Manage notifications preferences
Select from four levels of notification frequency, ranging from never to after every modification.

All the recent changes in an email
Each organized report covers all recent changes to the drawing, including a drawing thumbnail, history of modifications by each user, and comments and markups.

Transcription of Voice Markups into text
Any comments made as voice recordings will be automatically transcribed and included as text.

Auto-tagging of Picture Recording Markups
Photos or images inserted via the Commenting Palette are analyzed by AI, and automatically tagged if they contain such elements as people, text, or inappropriate content.

Open file from the email
Want to take action after reading the notification? A direct link will help you to open the file in ARES Kudo. Alternatively the system will offer to open in ARES Commander or ARES Touch, if they are installed on your device.

Version History

See the history of who modified your drawing and compare versions to see what is new, or revert changes to restore an older version

Maintaining multiple versions of a file can cause confusion and lead to rework. Streamline your workflow and reduce the chance of errors by keeping the entire drawing history in the same file.

With Version History, you can go back in time in the modifications of your drawing and highlight what’s new compared to a previous time. You can, for example, see what changes were made by another user.

Markups with Predefined Stamps

Quickly add a stamp — “APPROVED” or “FOR REVIEW,” among other choices — to a selection of entities

The stamp markups introduced previously have been enhanced with the ability to configure ready-to-use predefined stamps. Use those provided or create your own with custom text.

Markups on View-Only Links

Create a URL enabling your contacts to view your drawing online for free, and collect feedback or validation with comments and markups!

Clients and other contacts don’t need CAD software — or any CAD knowledge — to share their feedback through View-only links. They can add their input via a browser-based interface, using whichever format they prefer: text, audio, image, or stamp markups. Even non–CAD users find it easy and intuitive to make a voice recording and link it to relevant entities, for example.

Enhanced Control on View-Only Links

New options to define an expiration date and protect with a password

Sharing your drawings as View-only links becomes the easiest, fastest, and most secure method to share read-only access with someone else.

The View-only link can be permanent or time-limited. Adding a password can further restrict access to ensure nobody else can use the link. But most importantly, you can disable the link and revoke access at any time.

Create View-Only Links from ARES Touch

Now you can also create View-only links from our mobile version

In addition to ARES Commander and ARES Kudo, it is now possible to generate and share View-only links from ARES Touch as well.

Top new features in ARES Commander 2020

Drawing Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing to display the differences with colors

The new Drawing Compare palette allows you to compare the current drawing with another one.

E.g.: Understand modifications made by a colleague, compare two options for the same project, show before and after… etc.

Data Extraction

Extract information from entities or blocks
to a table or a CSV file

The Data Extraction wizard enables you to quickly create a bill of materials or to extract other types of information from your drawings.

Select entities and filter only the data you want to extract. You can further insert it as a table in the drawing or generate a file that can be imported in a spreadsheet.

Available in ARES Commander 2020 Windows 64-bit versions only

Custom Blocks Improvements

Equivalent to the dynamic blocks in other CAD software, you can use the custom blocks to create smarter entities, which size and look will adapt parametrically with additional grips. You may also include a dropdown menu to switch between different types and options for the same block.

Convert dynamic blocks into custom blocks

You can use dynamic blocks created with AutoCAD as they are. They will keep their intelligence and parameters in ARES Commander. But now you may alternatively use the CBCONVERT command to convert them into custom blocks which definition can be further modified with ARES Commander

Test mode in the Block Editor

The Block Editor includes now a “Test Block” feature (Command CBTESTBLOCK) to try your custom block definition without exiting the Block Editor.

Distance multiplier and angle offset

Previously you could already define a value as an increment to eventually limit how an entity would vary in size and avoid, for example, configurations that cannot exist or be produced.

Now, the distance multiplier lets you alternatively specify a factor by which a distance value of the custom block is increased or decreased (for example, double the size after each increment).

The angle offset works the same but with angles. You may, for example, define that entities could only rotate with angle increments of 60°.

Define multiple base points

Traditional blocks have only one base point. Now custom blocks enable you to define more base points to choose from during insertion. By pressing the Ctrl key you could cycle between them which significantly helps to position and align the block without any further actions.

Grip Editing of Hatches and Gradients

Manipulate the contour of your hatch or gradient hatch like if it was a Polyline

Select any hatch entity and you will see grips that will help you to manipulate directly the shape. Hovering over a grip point displays also a contextual menu with editing options.

Associative Patterns

Array copies of the same entity along multiple lines and columns and modify the pattern as you wish

Patterns allow you to replicate an entity following a linear or circular organization or along a path. These patterns are now associative. You can now edit them using grips or by a double-click on the associative pattern.

Lasso Selection

New selection method to save time!

Use the lasso selection method to specify entities within an irregularly formed contour specified by dragging the cursor.

PCX Print Configuration Files

Equivalent to the PC3 format in other CAD software

Import PC3 files or create and save new printer configuration files in PCX format. It makes it easy to reuse and share with colleagues the same configuration for successive printings.

Work Faster in 3D

New OFFSETEDGES and CONVERTEDGES commands

These new commands help you to extract 2D entities from the edges of 3D solids or surfaces.

This is in particular useful to extract construction entities you will use as a reference to create other 3D shapes combining with boolean operations or Push/pull actions.

Customize Your Workspaces

New CAD General workspace

The CAD General workspace offers an alternative ribbon to the default “Drafting & Annotation” workspace of ARES Commander. Icons are reorganized to facilitate the switch from AutoCAD or other similar CAD software.

Easily create and save your workspaces

Reorganize the user interface of ARES Commander as you wish and save your configuration as a new workspace.

Maps for ARES Commander

Free maps service for ARES Commander subscribers

Search for any address and get street maps and satellite images to insert in the background of your drawings.

This professional map service is developed in collaboration with Esri, the world leader for GIS solutions. Maps are geo-referenced and offer different levels of details depending on the zoom factor.

You can draw on top of these base maps or use the enquiry tools to collect the coordinates of a specific point, the area of a specific selection or the distance between two points.

This plugin relies on web-based service and is free but only if your ARES subscription is valid.

New Markup Features

The new markup features let you share comments and feedback with a new type of annotation features. Unlike other annotation tools such as text or dimensions, markups do not insert any entity in the drawing, they are like a collaboration layer on top of the drawing. Markups can be created from ARES Commander, ARES Touch, and ARES Kudo. They are synchronized in real-time across all the ARES users and their devices. For that reason, it is a service operated in the cloud. To use markups it is therefore required to use ARES Commander’s Cloud storage palette to save the drawing in Cloud storage.

Get started with markups

First, you need to use the Cloud Storage palette to enable live synchronization of your drawing

The Cloud storage palette is the blue tab you find on the right inside ARES Commander. The first time you use this palette you will need to connect a Cloud Storage such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Onshape or Trimble Connect.

Next, you can use “Save to Cloud” from the File menu or the command
SAVETOCLOUDSTORAGE to share a drawing with your Cloud Storage.

With the Cloud Storage palette, your drawings will follow you on any device, on ARES Commander, ARES Touch or ARES Kudo. With this palette, you can browse the Cloud Storage to find a drawing and open it for editing in ARES Commander. You keep the comfort to work locally and any modification you save in ARES Commander is synchronized. The drawing is therefore always up-to-date on any device and for each user. Simultaneously, comments and markups will also be live updated.

Comments and Markups

Both Comments and Markup features are found in the
Commenting palette of ARES Commander

You can show or hide the Commenting palette by doing a right-click in the ribbon area and choosing it in the list.

Comments and Markups are showing up in the same palette. Comments allow you to enter the text that you may link to a selection of entities. In turn, Markups enable you to interact in the discussion about the drawing with other types of annotations.

Stamp Markups

Use predefined and custom stamps

Stamps can be used, for example, to indicate if your drawing (or a portion of it) is confidential, draft, approved, rejected, validated… etc.

You can also create your own stamps with custom texts including, for instance, the date of the validation and by whom.

Picture Markups

Annotate drawings with pictures

Frequently an image would tell more about a situation than a large paragraph of text. This is even more true when you are on-site and you are commenting from your smartphone or tablet with ARES Touch.

With Markups, you can insert the images inside the discussion thread of the Commenting palette instead of inside of the drawing. Your Picture Markup can also be linked to a selection of entities and you can include multiple images in the same markup.

New BIM Features

The version 2020 represents the first step of Graebert’s revolutionary roadmap to build the best-in-class CAD platform to document BIM projects

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has been around for more than twenty years already. There is a strong interest in BIM because it represents a smarter way to collaborate around construction projects.

Nevertheless, statistics show that less than 20% of the users have transitioned to BIM. Why? The amount and complexity of technical information are increasing with the deployment of 3D, BIM and simulation. Drawings help to organize this information with a higher level of detail, which is in particular needed for execution, operations, maintenance, or legal purposes.

Another major reason is that the files shared with customers represent a liability. Highly detailed 2D drawings are much easier to assess and validate than 3D BIM files in which information is hidden in properties.

This explains why, even the organizations that are massively using BIM, keep employing 3 to 10 times more CAD users working on drawings.

The key problem, however, is that the quality of the 2D output from BIM software is reputedly very poor. There is a broken workflow between BIM and CAD users resulting in a terrible waste of time and resources. More generally, the value of BIM would significantly increase if the BIM data could also be shared, in an efficient way, with the other professionals involved in the project. This is why Graebert is focusing its efforts around drawings and data extraction.

BIM Navigator

Import IFC and RVT files and filter out only the BIM information you need

The BIM Navigator palette enables you to import and view one or multiple BIM files in ARES Commander. Supported formats include IFC (versions 2X3, 4 and 4×2), as well as RVT (Revit versions 2011 through 2020). You can further use the filters to show/hide only the objects you need, combining criteria such as the discipline, category, floor, class, or other BIM properties.

Available in ARES Commander 2020 Windows 64-bit versions only

Read BIM Properties

Select objects and read their BIM properties

While viewing and rotating the BIM project you can select objects. The BIM Navigator will highlight them in the Elements tree and the Properties Palette will display their BIM properties. Alternatively, you may select the objects from the elements tree and they will be highlighted in the project.

Available in ARES Commander 2020 Windows 64-bit versions only

BIM Data Extraction

Export the properties of selected BIM objects into tables in the drawing or CSV files for spreadsheets

Select BIM entities manually, or from the filters in the BIM Navigator, and extract their BIM data. The wizard helps you to isolate only the properties you need. The data can be inserted as a table in the drawing or exported to a CSV-file for use in Excel or other programs.

Available in ARES Commander 2020 Windows 64-bit versions only

BIM Drawings

Extract 2D drawings from sections of the BIM project

Specify section planes to extract any 2D drawing from the 2D BIM project and use ARES Commander’s CAD tools to further document the project with details or annotations.