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NEW GENERIC CADD 6.0 STRENGTHENS COMPATIBILITY WITH AUTOCAD

 NEW GENERIC CADD 6.0 STRENGTHENS COMPATIBILITY WITH AUTOCAD
 BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that further enhances the compatibility between Generic CADD and AutoCAD(R), Autodesk Retail Products, a division of Autodesk Inc., has announced the introduction of Generic CADD(R) 6.0.
 This new release is a major value enhancement to the award-winning Generic CADD 5.0 which, this month, was selected for the "PC Magazine" 'Editors' Choice' award (Dec. 17 issue). In addition to its enhanced compatibility with AutoCAD, the new CADD 6.0 also offers new customization power, improved ease of learning, a complete Bill of Material generator and many other feature enhancements.
 This new multi-purpose 2D design and drafting tool is scheduled to start shipping on Jan. 15, 1992. The retail price will remain at $495. Upgrades of previous versions of Generic CADD will be available directly from Autodesk Retail Products.
 AUTOCAD COMPATIBILITY
 Generic CADD 6.0 directly loads any 2D AutoCAD (.DWG) drawing file for review, editing, printing and plotting. This facilitates the sharing of important CADD drawing files between departments and companies that use one or both of the programs. With Generic CADD 6.0, millions of AutoCAD drawings may now be accessed from the most common desktop PCs and even laptops.
 To further enhance compatibility, Generic CADD 6.0 will ship with matching AutoCAD Release 11 fonts and hatch patterns. Exporting Generic CADD files to AutoCAD is managed with a built-in .DXF file converter. Once a separate utility called AutoConvert(R) which sold separately for $99.95, this feature is now a simple menu selection. The .DXF utility is now 15 times faster than the separate AutoConvert, and more convenient for working with AutoCAD as well as other CAD, CAE, CAM, Draw and GIS programs.
 MACRO CUSTOMIZATION LANGUAGE
 Enhancements to the macro capabilities in Generic 6.0 constitute a full macro customization language. Users can now automate routine operations with macros on the fly and assign them to any of 48 function key combinations, or add them to the video or digitizer menu. The macro language builds on the two-letter commands that users learn while operating the program. Users are introduced to the power of macros with 15 useful macro routines including print tiling, rectangular array, fit text to arc, and a handy calculator.
 The new macro commands offer the ambitious user the ability to greatly automate applications and create new features. The commands provide the use of variables and expressions, reading and writing of files, control of the flow of command execution or branching, command prompt control and control of the screen display. Generic CADD 6.0 includes a complete customization guide and tutorial.
 EASE OF LEARNING, EASE OF USE
 An extensive online help system gives new users instant access to context-sensitive help on virtually any command. The documentation has been completely refined with short project-oriented tutorials and extensive glossaries and indexes for quick access to important information. Even the installation system has been redesigned for both simplicity and flexibility. The enhanced file selection and management system handles the most frequently used DOS functions. Users can locate, move, copy, rename, sort, load and delete files without leaving Generic CADD. And, directories can be quickly created, rearranged and deleted.
 BILL OF MATERIAL GENERATOR
 Quick and accurate parts lists and schedules, Bill of Material reports and cost summaries can be generated with a new Bill of Material generator. The utility searches a drawing file and then counts and tabulates the CADD symbol names and attribute information. The resulting table can be placed in a drawing as a schedule or printed directly as a report. Multiple databases can be saved for various Bill of Material layouts. Users can create databases or manipulate Bill of Material tables with many popular spreadsheet programs. This utility both imports and exports the common WK1 spreadsheet file format.
 FEATURE REFINEMENTS AND VALUE ENHANCEMENTS
 Designers and drafters will appreciate the significant increase in redraw speed, 12 multiple viewport screen layouts and a new multiple parallel line drawing tool. Cartographers and sign makers will especially like the 10 "typeset" quality fillable outline fonts included with the program. A total of 50 hatching patterns and more than 500 sample symbols are added for user convenience.
 For more information regarding the new Generic CADD 6.0, write to Autodesk Retail Products at 11911 North Creek Parkway South, Bothell, WA 98011. Or call toll-free, 800-228-3601 (USA and Canada only), or 206-487-2233, or FAX 206-483-6969.
 Generic CADD 6.0 is marketed by Autodesk Retail Products, a division of Autodesk Inc. of Sausalito, Calif. Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Autodesk Retail Products develops, markets and supports CADD and related software products for microcomputer users. AutoCAD, another product of Autodesk Inc., is the world's most widely used computer-aided design and drafting program. Autodesk also maintains offices in Europe, Japan and Australia.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Trademarks: Generic CADD and AutoConvert are registered trademarks of Autodesk Retail Products.
 AutoCAD is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Autodesk Inc.
 /CONTACT: Gary Kerr of Autodesk, 800-228-3601 or 206-487-2233/ CO: Autodesk Retail Products; Autodesk Inc. ST: Washington IN: CPR SU: PDT


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