ViaCAD Pro 9 Mac WIP Update

Download ViaCAD Pro 9 WIP

The development team has announced availability of a Work In Progress build for ViaCAD Pro 9 for Mac.  PC builds will follow shortly.  If you are interested in testing the new release, click the icon to the right.

Some of the new features of v9 include:

• 64 Bit
With V9, all Mac builds will be 64 bit compatible.  This means you can load much larger parts and models. Previously you were limited to around 2.3 GB of model data in virtual memory. I’ve tested a model using over 20 GB with V9 and find this to be one of the more exciting aspects of v9.

The old Carbon framework used to interface to the Mac OS has been replaced with Cocoa.

Printing now supports floating point coordinates for improved accuracy.
Printing now supports previews.
Printing 3D objects in rendered views now support photorendered imaging.

• ACIS R23
Updated core kernel technology from our Dassault Spatial partner.

• Interop R23
Updated core translator technology from our Dassault Spatial partner.

• DWG DXF support for AutoCAD 2013
Support for the updated 2013 DWG/DXF file format.

•Woodworking Joints
We’ve added some woodworking joints. You can now create rabbet, dado (through, stopped, blind), miters, dovetails, and tongue/groove.

• New Quad Mesh Tools
This build includes a new main palette that includes tools for creating quad mesh primitives.

• Subdivision
New tool that smooths a quad mesh.

•3D Linear Duplicate

•3D Polar Array

•Customizable Grids
You now have an option to display the workplane grid as a polar or ISO grid. You can also change the grid orientation by an angle. Use the new Grid Properties dialog box under the Workplane menu to explore the different options.


We draw our 3D data to the screen using OpenGL. In the past, we composited objects that did not have a 3D opengl equivalent using 2D. The result was a small frame delay for compositing the 2D frame into the 3D frame. With V9, those draw elements that do not have a 3D opengl equivalent are drawn into an overlay window on top of OpenGL. End result, frame rates have the potential to be faster in v9, more testing and benchmarking needed.

•General Performance Improvements
Large file performance much improved as a result of improvements to ACIS R24 kernel and Interop, 64 bit, and OpenGL performance.

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