Feature Comparison - IntelliCAD 5 and AutoCAD

IntelliCAD 5 Standard ($149)
IntelliCAD 5 Pro ($249)
IntelliCAD 5 Pro Plus ($349)
AutoCAD
2004-2005
AutoCAD
2000-2002
AutoCAD
R14
AutoCAD
LT
AutoCAD Compatibility
Native DWG
ü
ü NO NO NO NO
DWG OPEN for AutoCAD 2004-2005

New

NO

NO

DWG SAVE for AutoCAD 2004-2005

New

NO

NO

AutoCAD 3D surface commands
ü NO
ü
ü
ü NO
ü NO
Multiple Paper Spaces (layouts)
ü NO
MTEXT support via external editor
ü
User Profiles Manager
New
Hatch editing
ü
Complex Linetypes
ü
TrueType Fonts
ü
ACIS Object Display
ü
Drawing Recovery
New
Save as DWF - Export to web

New

Layout tabs for paper space layouts
New
Entity lineweight support
New
Entity Properties Toolbar
New
Advanced features
Explorer for managing layers,
blocks, linetypes
ü NO
Graphical Block Preview
ü NO
Fly-over snapping ü NO
Real-time Pan and Zoom
ü
ActiveX, including in-place editing
ü NO
*(Pro & Pro Plus) NO
•(Pro & Pro Plus) NO
Right-mouse click to edit properties
of multiple selected entries
ü NO
ü NO NO NO NO
Visual Menu Customization
ü NO
ü NO
Image menu
ü
Full ACIS modeling & editing
*(Pro Plus) NO
Export to BMP
New
QRender - an OpenGL based rendering environment that allows virtual walk-throughs and real-time rendering
New
*(Pro & Pro Plus)
NO
XREF Manager - Load, Unload, and Attach Xref's
New



AutoCAD command line
Most CAD professionals spend years mastering AutoCAD commands until they're second nature. Since these commands help create the majority of CAD work, IntelliCAD 5 transparently maps them to IntelliCAD equivalent commands.

AutoCAD DWG support
IntelliCAD 5 allows users to read, write and display DWG files from Version 2.5 right through AutoCAD 2002 - without conversion. And since drawings are natively created in DWG, they can be shared between IntelliCAD and AutoCAD without losing mission-critical information. IntelliCAD has an added safety bonus- if it encounters information it cannot work with, it preserves the data unharmed.

AutoLISP and ADS
IntelliCAD 5 preserves the investment users have made in developing AutoLISP routines to automate and enhance functionality in AutoCAD. This is an important feature, since thousands of these routines exist in corporate AutoLISP libraries or in public domains as shareware. IntelliCAD runs most AutoLISP routines directly, and existing ADS (AutoCAD Development Systems) routines, including DCL, can be run after a recompile.

Menu's, fonts and symbols
It's no problem to transfer custom AutoCAD environments into IntelliCAD 5, because it works seamlessly with symbol libraries, fonts (SHX), scripts (SCR), menus (MNU), and dialog box (DCL) files (which are typically part of ADS programs or AutoLISP routines).

Edit multiple drawings
IntelliCAD 5 allows users to open multiple documents at once (MDI). This powerful feature enables CAD professionals to review two or more drawings within one session, copy objects from one drawing to another, load and edit xrefs and copy and paste elements, blocks, and more from one drawing to another.

Scripting
Similar to macros found in Microsoft Office programs, IntelliCAD 5 records and automates commonly repeated tasks. For example, a script can capture command names, options and coordinates used in a given task, saving valuable design time. IntelliCAD also reads and writes SCR (script) files created in AutoCAD.

Visual Basic (IntelliCAD 5 Pro Plus)
IntelliCAD 5 Pro Plus not only supports standard forms of customization like AutoLISP and ADS, it offers the power of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). VBA is an object-based programming environment that uses the COM interface, which allows users to develop custom solutions. VBA is a component of Microsoft Office applications like Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Raster support (*Pro & Pro Plus)
IntelliCAD Pro 's advanced raster image support makes it easy to load, manage and manipulate scanned maps, photos, drawings and documents. Designs can also incorporate scanned documents such as aerial photographs, satellite imagery, design drawings or property maps within a drawing environment. IntelliCAD 5 also includes a set of raster image editing and manipulation tools for color, grayscale and monochrome images.

Photo realistic rendering (*Pro & Pro Plus)
IntelliCAD 5 fully supports 3D surface commands that help you produce high-quality 3D models, almost without effort. Display them as wireframes, with hidden lines removed, with surface shading or as fully rendered photo-realistic artwork. Choose from preset lighting effects, surface materials and backgrounds. Enhance more realistic renderings of textured surfaces like concrete and carpet. Assign materials via a layer lookup table.

(*) = not available on IntelliCAD 5 Standard

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