Today we are releasing Drew 1.8.
We added support for blocks, notes and assembly component drawings.
And a boatload of other improvements.
Last October we introduced Drew version 1.7.
That version added support for four languages.
It had a new and streamlined getting started wizard.
We also added automatic view rotation for all weldment sheets, so tubes that are designed at 45 degrees will lay flat in the drawing:
Are you sure every part in your assembly has a drawing?
You could verify this by crossing off each drawing within a BOM. That doesn’t sound like fun though.
We had some spare time over the holidays, so we decided to build something extra for Drew.
Now you can make sure every assembly component has a drawing:
This module allows you to:
We also added some filters to get a relevant view at a glance:
Toolbox components are not shown by default. Virtual components are shown because they might still need a drawing.
This module makes it much easier make sure every model has a drawing. That means no more manual checking and no more phone calls from annoyed suppliers.
Let us know what you think!
Drew works with floating licenses.
This means a user checks out a license when Drew starts and returns the license when he is done. This allows multiple SolidWorks users to take turns and share a license.
On request from our users, we added a way to find out who is currently using a floating license. When you are in the license window, just click the Find Users button:
If your license has changed because you added a user, for example, you can now get the latest license by hitting the reload button:
If the license somehow doesn’t work anymore and you can’t figure out why, just hit the Unregister button. Drew will remove the license file from your pc and remove the reference to your pc from our license server, so you can start with a clean slate again.
Most engineering companies have a big document about how to create drawings in the company style. We believe that if you can instruct a human how to do it, you can instruct a computer how to do it.
With the Company Styles in Drew, you capture your company’s preferences regarding drawing templates, sheet formats, 3D views and now, blocks and notes.
When you create a drawing, Drew shows all annotations for that Company Style. Just drag a block on a sheet to get started:
We included two cool and smart functions:
We added preferred positions because a standard block usually also has a standard position.
Do you always add it to the top left corner? Not a problem.
Always add it to the left of the title block? Drew can do that. Click the annotation and it will be added to its preferred position.
Just make sure you have set up the title block in the sheet format. If you haven’t already, check out how to define a title block.
Do you make a drawing sheet for each weldment body? Then you’re gonna love Drew. Drew can add a sheet per unique body with a single click. That means Drew will add 50 sheets with views for you if you need it, so you can spend your time on a hard problem again.
From now on, Drew can also add blocks or notes to each weldment sheet. If it’s a simple annotation you an attach it to the sheet If it’s a smart block that contains model data, you can link it to a 2D or 3D view.
There, another few clicks saved for each weldment sheet 🙂
As always, we made many smaller improvements as well:
There were some bugs that needed fixing this month. As always, thanks for letting us know that you found one.
CAD Booster aims to release a new version of Drew every four weeks. This keeps our changes small and it allows our customers to try out new functionality quickly. We also get quick feedback.
For every update, we try to balance four aspects for improving our product:
We are very happy that we were able to improve Drew on all four aspects again this time.
In this update to Drew version 1.8, we added more time-saving features so you can focus on the big problems again.
We added blocks, notes and an easy way to check an assembly for component drawings.
We were also able to improve existing features, the user interface and the stability of the product.