Andre Neumann, development lead
Here is a list of what's new in the latest release of ARES Command for the desktop:
- New black UI to match the UI of Touch and Kudo
- Support for high-resolution monitors (ie, larger icons)
- Palettes have auto-hide. to access a palette, hover the cursor over its title bar.
- Trim hatches, such as a path through grass pattern.
- Path array copies entities along a path entity, such as an arc or spline
- Block attribute editor now handles all properties, text and its options, and the option to apply the changes to all instances or the selected attribute
- Multifunction grips edits lines, arcs, polylines directly, such as converting lines to arcs and back
- Actual preview in the Print dialog box (rather than just a letter A in a rectangle); no need to go to the Preview Preview dialog box
- Split dimension lines that cross other entities
- Command-line completion: enter just the first few letters of a command to all names
- PEdit gets the taper option, which retroactively changes constant widths to variable widths. Also Reverse opton, add Vertex to midpoint, and convert between line and arc segments.
- Save the drawing to Dropbox (or Google Drive, etc) and then open in Kudo or Touch
- Use @ for relative angles, such as drawing a polygon with corners of 72 degrees (@5 @72)
- Droplist showing undo actions
- Insert centerline between lines, concentric arcs, and polylines
- Clean (purge) now cleans "unspecified data"
- ChangeSpace moves entities between model and layouts
- SetByLayer changes the properties of an entity to match the layer's properties
New attribute editor dialog box in ARES
Using a test suite of 106 drawings ranging from 1MB to 80MB, they...
- Improved shaders for image display
- Faster hatch display speed
- Faster zoom, pan, and selection by 50%
XTra tools are LISP-based tools and this year are available to Mac and Linux (instead of just Windows):
- More annotation tools
- Tools for blocks and dimensions
- Modify and view and utilities
ARES Commander 2016 ships in November, with three service packs to follow in each quarter (Q1, Q2, Q3)