1. What is new

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LWCAD 5.5 new features


New Tools:
Auto Roof fast tool for creating complex roofs from flat polygons, closed curves or floor plans
Extend Rooffast tool for extending the roof edges
Edge To Stairnew universal tool for creating stairs from curves or polygon-NURBS edges
Vector Clonesimplified version of Vector Clone to clone the selected geometry
Radial Clonesimplified version of Radial Clone to clone the selected geometry
Array Clonesimplified version of Array Clone to clone the selected geometry
Mesh Info tool for analyzing basic information about mesh (this will be heavily extended in next versions)
Material Pickermaterial selection and application tool
New License activation systemnew activation system with automatic-manual and online-offline activation.
LWCAD Options -> License panelnew panel with license activation status, and access to 'My licenses' section on lwcad.com
LWCAD Forumdirect access to the forum from the plugin by automatically logging in
LWCAD Supportdirect access to the support from the plugin by automatically logging in


Tools Updates:
New 2D-3D modenew 2D-3D mode for all primitives that use the depth parameter
Project snappingupdated behaviour of project snapping
Auto Locknew auto lock parameter for Line,Wall,Pipe,Line Roof....
Rect UVnew mapping modes: Polygon,Plane,Proj
Quad UVsimplified panel, new Flip U-V options
Stairs - beams and railingsall stair tools updated with new Beams and Railings modes (none,curve,surface)
Stairs - curvesnew 2D mode for all stair primitives
Wallnew 'Side Surfaces' option, the wall is generated with the left and right sides
WinDoorThe hole in the wall is divided by the window. The material of the front of the back is appropriately assigned.
Extrudenew grouping mode
Surface Clone -> Clone To LineSurface Clone renamed to 'Clone To Surface'
Radial Clone -> Clone To RadialRadial Clone renamed to 'Clone To Radial'
Array Clone -> Clone To ArrayArray Clone renamed to 'Clone To Array'
Line Clone -> Clone To LineLine Clone renamed to 'Clone To Line'
Point Clone -> Clone To PointPoint Clone renamed to 'Clone To Point'
Clone To LineThe line clone can be initialized by clicking on the existing curve
Clone To - Source Viewportnew parameter to specify the source viewport. Simple set-up with clicking in the viewport





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LWCAD 5.2 new features


Major Updates:
Smart Selection - LightWave selectiontools with smart selections are initialized with LightWave selection
NURBS offset algorithmimproved precision of end point tangents (interpolation mode)
NURBS extrude algorithmimproved precision when extruding NURBS surface (interpolation mode)
Clone Tools - instancesnew clone tools supporting LwCad instances
Clone Tools - random modulenew random functions included in all cloning tools
Clone Tools - collisions modulenew collision functions included in all cloning tools
Point Clonenew clone tool for cloning to certain point with rotation possibility
Line Clonenew clone tool for cloning along line,curve or spline (partially replacing Vector Clone)
Array Clonecompletely rewritten array clone tool with new pivot and bounding modes
Radial Clonecompletely rewritten radial clone tool
Surface Clonenew clone tool for cloning on polygons and nurbs surfaces (replacement for Spray Clone)
Uv Randomnew tool for UV maps randomization
Snap Panel - INST snappingnew 'inst snapping' parameter, snaping to important points on instances from Shape Library
Automatic installerinstaller is able to do automatic installation even if LightWave doesn't have configuration files
Options Panelnew 'precision [digit]' parameter, drawing dimensions in viewport with custom precision
Minor Updates:
Move Snapnew clone mode triggered with holding SHIFT key (replacement for previous Vector Clone)
Rotate Snapnew clone mode triggered with holding SHIFT key (replacement for previous Radial Clone)
Mirror Toolnew clone mode, tool moved to Modify section
Line,Arc,Spiral,Rectangle Stair,Fencesteps count visible in viewport when step snap enabled
Line,Pipe,Wall,Line Stair,Line Roof, Fencenew 'Angle' parameter, tools can adjust the angle between between last and previous last segment
Stair Toolsnew 'Reduce' parameter
Stair Toolsnew 'Geometry Type' parameter
Pipe , Profilerail freeze' parameter replaced with 'Rail Divisions' parameter (polygons and NURBS mode)
Profile'pivot' parameter is replaced with 'Pivot X' and 'Pivot Y' percentage parameters
Profilenew 'Keep Curves' parameter
Offset,Round,Extrude,Profilenew 'Show Handles' parameter, enable-disable drawing of handles in viewport
Extendnew 'Reduce option' parameter, extended segment is automatically reduced with original curve
Convert CurvesNURBS Curve' option updated to convert poly-line to nurbs curve
UCS grid + constraint + angle snapupdated snapping when snap event occurring on surface in perspective viewport


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LWCAD 5.1 new features


Interactive Mode    - new interactive mode for Rectangle,Circle,Arc and derived tools   
Pivot Handle           - new behavior of Vector Clone, Move Snap tools
Angle Tool              - new behavior of Angle and Rotate Snap tools
Arc Tool                  - new spiral mode and spring mode (using depth)
Radial Clone          - new spiral mode
Array Clone           - new rotate handle
                                - new Show Handles and Show Buttons option
Ucs Grid                 - reverted back to three modes: OFF,LW,UCS
Fence                     - simplified into two library types: fence and column, no presets
                               - new start-end column buttons
                               - new TAN button
Round                    - updated to round edge of closed NURBS surfaces

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LWCAD 5.0 key features


Smart Mesh

  • new unified geometry system based on polygons and NURBS surfaces

  • shared edges between polygons and nurbs surfaces are defined by new curves

  • curve version 2 - new version of nurbs curve with variable knot vector (backward compatible)
                               - closed segments
                               - improved editing options

  • flat surface         - flat nurbs polygon based on new nurbs curves
                                - compatible with polygons

  • nurbs surface     - standard nurbs surface with 2,3, or 4 edges
                                - open-closed along U or V direction


Smart Selection

  • new in-built selection system
  • fully integrated into smart edit tools

Smart Edit

  • minimalistic set of editing tools
  • complete set of editing operations compressed into few tools
  • works with smart mesh and nurbs curves

Multilingual support

        All menu items, panels and messages are translated into:
        German, French,Italian and Japan languages

Automatic installer

        professional installation, LWCAD is set up automatically for specified LightWave


LWCAD 5.0 updates


Primitives

  • all curve primitive tools support curve 2

  • all surface primitive tools support polygons and nurbs surfaces

  • Point Tool - can divide new curves and smart mesh

  • Line Tool  - new spline mode which creates an interpolated curve


Convert

  • Curvs To Surfs         - converts curves to polygons or flat surfaces

  • Surf To Curvs          - converts smart mesh to curves

  • Quads To NURBS - new tool, converts quad polygons to nurbs surfaces

  • Freeze NURBS     - converts smart mesh to polygons


Modify & Clone

  • all tools upgraded to work with smart mesh
  • Drag & Weight - updated to be able to drag smart mesh and curves

Edit

  • Join-Explode - updated to work with smart mesh, new auto corrections

  • Divide            - new tool for dividing smart mesh and curves
  • Reduce          - updated to reduce flat nurbs surfaces as well as polygons
  • Flip                 - new tool for flipping orientation of smart mesh and curves

Smart Edit

  • Offset     - Mass Offset upgraded to support smart mesh and smart selection
  • Extrude  - Mass Extrude upgraded to support smart mesh and smart selection
  • Round    - Mass Round upgraded to support smart mesh and smart selection
  • Loft         - new skinning tool, creates blended surfaces on smart mesh

  • Patch     - new patch tool, creates nurbs and flat patches

  • Profile    - Profiler upgraded to support smart mesh and smart selection

Shape Library

  • Export Instance Data - new tool for exporting LWCAD instance positions into text file
  • Export Instance Lwo - new tool for exporting LWCAD instances as LWO objects

Snapping

  • all snap modes updated to also work with Smart Mesh

  • NEAR       - disabled pol snap on ucs in perspective viewport

  • INT           - intersections between polygons, edges, curves, lines, axis and projections

  • UCS grid   - visualization of grid snapping

  • UCS grid   - works on pol edges, curves, constraints, axis, and projections
                    
    - visualize ruler on ucs axis   

  • RULER     - works on nurbs segments, pol edges, and nurbs surface edges

  • PROJ       - visualize all nearest and possible projections

  • AUTO UCS - new intuitive automatic mode, aligned to left corner



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