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Alibre 2018 Release notes.

Alibre release notes as /

Release scheduled for 8th April 2018

Updated Technology Components

Alibre has completely upgraded all the core technology components of Alibre Design including ACIS, 2D-DCM, 3D-DCM, HLM, ST-Developer, Datakit, ODA Toolkit, Adobe PDFLibs, and Visual Studio. This update includes several years' worth of enhancements by our technology providers.

Viewer Mode

Stakeholders can install Alibre Design and run it in Viewer Mode to inspect files without messing with licensing.

New License Types

Network Licensing and Passive Licensing allow total control over the licensing experience in secure environments where on-premises licensing is required.

  • Active on maintenance?

Look for an email from us around April 9 for details on the launch.

  • Not active on maintenance?

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High Resolution Displays

The product has been combed over to provide a significantly better experience on high resolution monitors. Many dialogs have been fixed to properly scale, icons have been tweaked, selection is easier, and much more.

New Home Window

A new Home Window with image icons for your most recent files, easier access to help and training, and faster access to common tools and licensing.

Miter Flange

A major enhancement to sheet metal, miter flanges are now available to create complex non-overlapping flanges. This new corner condition opens up many new classes of parts that were previously prohibitively time consuming to create and edit.

Licensing & Viewer Mode

Passive Licensing

  • For customers in extremely secure environments who cannot have data leave their computers during the licensing process, a new licensing mechanism now exists. A license can now be generated by sending Alibre the computer’s Site Key, a short code that looks similar to LSURFTBZQX.

Network Licensing

  • Allows customers to install a Licensing Daemon on the internal network via a Linux virtual machine.

  • All licensing is done on-network

  • Great for large, secure deployments

Viewer Mode

  • A new Viewer Mode has been added. When a license is not detected during startup, you have the option of inputting a license or selecting the Viewer option. The Viewer option starts the product in Viewer Mode, which allows you to open and interrogate the model (e.g. take measurements).

Component Upgrades

The following core technology components have been upgraded to the latest versions, giving you access to several years of updates and bug fixes from these component providers:

  • ACIS – the core modeling kernel

  • 2D-DCM – the 2D constraint manager / solver

  • 3D-DCM – the 3D constraint manager / solver

  • HLM – the hidden line manager

  • ST-Developer – STEP import/export

  • Datakit – Import/Export of 3rd party proprietary CAD formats

  • Adobe PDFLibs – PDF publishing

  • ODA Toolkit – 2D import/export

  • The build environment for Alibre Design (Visual Studio) was upgraded

High Resolution Support

A lot of effort has gone into making Alibre Design more pleasurable to use on high resolution displays (e.g. 4k):

  • Design/Drawing/Assembly Explorer icons now support higher resolutions

  • In-Place Editing icons now support higher resolutions

  • The Ribbon icons now support higher resolutions

  • Grabbing the Design Explorer divider to resize it is easier

  • Larger 2D Constraint Symbol option (System Options > Parts/Assemblies > Sketching > Sketch Constraints Size

  • Larger Sketch Node option (System Options > Parts/Assemblies > Sketching > Sketch Node Size)

  • DPI-aware selection snap makes selecting things much easier on high resolution displays

  • DPI-aware dialogs have been created for many that were not DPI aware – this fixes the jumbled look of dialogs on high resolution displays

General Display Fixes

  • Several scenarios where the canvas would be replaced by the “Red X”, for example after waking from Sleep Mode, have been addressed.

New Features

Miter Flange

  • Miter flanges (video) can now be created via the Miter option on the new Corners tab of the Flange dialog, dramatically simplifying the creation of many classes of sheet metal parts.

New Home Window

The Home Window has been completely redesigned.

Graphical Most Recently Used

  • On the new Home Window you can see icon previews of your most recently used files, making selecting recent documents easy and fast.

STEP export units

  • Previously all STEP files were exported in cm. Now, you can choose which units to use via System Options > Interoperability > STEP

Configurable Mouse Buttons

  • The Zoom, Pan, and Rotate commands can now be customized. If you use several programs, you can now make them all operate the same way.

Pick PDF Engine

  • The PDF publishing engine is now an option and can be selected from System Options > Drawings > PDF. If you install a new PDF writer (e.g. PDFill), it should show up here to be selected for use.

Default colour scheme

  • Small changes to the default colour scheme for rollover and preview color

API Enhancements

The following API improvements have been made:

  • New framework for creating .NET based AD Add-Ons

  • AlibreCAM: Trimmed surface API has been updated so AlibreCAM by MecSoft can be upgraded

  • Assigning Colour to a Feature in Part

  • Selection Events

  • Access configurations of Global Parameter Files

  • Dimensioning Between Points

  • Anchor/Hide/Suppress sub-assemblies

  • Capture images of the canvas

  • Set a part configuration within an assembly

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