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October 24, 2016 - New Version Released! SmartDraft 16.1.6

New commands, features, or enhancements.
Added command to define a polyline, feature line, survey figure, or parcel line as a horizontal alignment.
Added command to report the elevations of points and surfaces.
Added command Points Offset Staking.
Added command Xref Overlay - Modify Reference Name.
Added command to place masking on user specified layer.
Added command to move masked object above masking object.
Added command Elevation Label Station Output Option Off - Polyline Type Only.
Added Station option for Polyline / Feature Line input option of the Elevation Label command.
Added the Multiple and Vertices option to the Elevation Label command when using Polyline 1 or Alignment 1.
Added support for all polyline types to the Elevation Label command.
Added rotation angle support to Point Labels Drag Location Export.
Added support for Land Desktop to Point Labels Drag Location Export.
Added rotation angle support to Point Labels Drag Location Import.
Added a Join option to the Points Connect with Polyline command.
Added support for Civil 3D and SmartDraft Point Objects via an Xref to the Points Connect with Polyline command.
Added support for Civil 3D Survey Database to the Points Export command.
Added elevation as target for the Daylight to Surface, and Daylight to Surface - Segment, and Daylight to Surface - Point commands.
Added layer buttons to select the Major or Minor contour layers from a dialog for the Change Polyline Layer at Elevation command.
Added "press Enter to select text:" to the "Enter text:" prompt of the Arc Text and Polyline Text commands.
Added option to select an alignment to the "Select text or alignment:" prompt of the Polyline Text commands.
Added the Filter and Select All option to the Delete Point Groups commands.
Added Non-dynamic option to the Create Profile Line and Edit Profile Line Options commands.
Added Manual Entry option to the Create Profile Line command.
Added support for SmartDraft Alignments, changed selection method, and enhanced the Elevation Label, Alignment Station and Offset Labels, Alignment Station Intersection Label, Label Alignment Stationing, Laterals along Alignment, and Points at Station and Offset commands.
Added prefix / suffix option to the Planview Label Manual command.
Added the Duplicate coordinate option to the Points at Station and Offset command.
Many issue were fixed. See history for full list.

June 12, 2016 - SmartDraft 16.0.2

New commands, features, or enhancements.
Added support for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017, AutoCAD Map 3D 2017, AutoCAD 2017, and BricsCAD v16.
SmartDraft Profile Labels Added dynamic profile labels, profile lines, and 3 line profiles. Civil 3D only.
Added the Profile Labels - Cleanup command.
Added the Add a River / Reach to a HEC-RAS Project command to add a river / reach to an existing HEC-RAS Project.
Added support for HEC-RAS 5.0.0 to the HEC-RAS Tools.
Added support for mulitple river / reaches to the HEC-RAS Tools
Added option to drawing bank lines in the Create HEC-RAS Planview Sections Lines, Levees, and Labels command.
Added dynamic label option to the Label Contours command and alias AC. AutoCAD 2012 or higher.
Added drag along path for dynamic Label Contours. AutoCAD 2012 or higher.
Added option to process the full length of a polyline to the Alignment Station and Offset Label
Added option to the Freeze VP Layer and Freeze VP Block Layer commands to support some Civil 3D Object.
Added placement of dynamic label to the profile Label Profile (Alignment Horizontal Geometry Data) command.
Added support for Pipe Network Pipes to the profile Profile Angle, Draw, Inquire, Label, or Pipe command.
Added support for Civil 3D Parcels to the Parcel Inquiry command.
Added Combine consecutive courses with common bearings or radius / direction in Create Reports.
Added Require Begin Line Code option to the PConnect command and Control Character, Comment Character, and Begin Line suffix code options to the PConnect Suffix Codes options.
Many issue were fixed. See history for full list.

December 11, 2015 - SmartDraft 15.2.4

AutoCAD and Civil 3D 2016
Fixed an issue with SmartDraft 15 which caused AutoCAD 2016 hang on start-up.
New commands, features, or enhancements.
Added command Planview Label Manual and alias PLM.
Added command Planview Crossing Pipes Label and alias PCL.
Added command Extract Contour(s) from a Surface and alias ECPL.
Added command Profile Copy and Adjust - Profile View.
Added command Label Profile View - Profile Slope.
Added command Label Profile View Profile Alignment Station Intersection and alias PVI.
Added command Point Labels Drag Location Export. For Civil 3D 2013 or higher.
Added command Point Labels Drag Location Import. For Civil 3D 2013 or higher.
Added second input data option to the Elevation Label and Elevation Label Edit commands, alias EF.
Added elevation truncate option to the Planview Crossing Pipes Label and Planview Structure Label planview label commands.
Added elevation truncate option to Station and Elevation, Distance and Elevation or Slope, Digitizing Planview, Profile Labels along the Alignment, Alignment Labels along the Profile, Label Profile View, Label Profile View (2 Points), Profile View Structure RIM Label Options, Structure Bottom Label Profile View, and Crossing Pipe Label Profile View profile view label commands.
Added elevation truncate option to Label Section Views section view label command.
Added "Leave all data As-is (Only Change the Profile View Reference)" to the Edit Profile View Label, and Edit Profile View Label (2 Points) commands.
Added options Slope, Grade, and Vertdiff to the Create 3D polyline command.
Added option Text Style to the Grid Tick Label command.
Added option to select a Surface from a list in the Daylight to Surface, Daylight to Surface - Segment, and Daylight to Surface - Point commands.
Added option to select an alignment from a list in the Alignment Station and Offset Labels, and Alignment Station Intersection Label commands.
Added options Select and Prompt to the Point Label command.
Added Offset and Note 4 options to the Alignment Station Intersection Label command.
Added "Include Xref Layers" option in the Layer Thaw command.
Added command Section View: Slope Label (2 Points) and alias SVS.
Added Draw Reach Line option in the Create HEC-RAS Planview Sections Lines, Levees, and Labels command.
Added a filter to remove Xref layers from the layer dialog box of the Change Layer command.
Added option ability to change a label to a tag or tag to a label using the Labeling Edit command.
Added option to the Freeze Object or Block Layer command to support some Civil 3D Object. When select Civil 3D objects are selected a list of the component layers will be displayed in a dialog for the operator to select the desired layers to freeze.
Added support for selecting Civil 3D objects to the ID Layer and ID Block Layer commands, if a supported Civil 3D objects is selected, a list of the component layers will be displayed at the command line.
Removed Join Email list option from the Authorization process.
Changed the profile block to P-LABEL-X(-A) in the Station and Elevation, Station Label, Distance and Elevation or Slope, Digitizing Planview, Curb Return, Alignment Labels along the Profile, and Crossing Pipes commands.
Changed the Legal Description from Polyline command to not change the original polyline when changing the direction, or starting point. The old method would change the original polyline which would cause a wired behavior if the polyline was labeled using Civil 3D styles.
Changed the dialog box for the Alignment Station Intersection Label command.


SmartDraft 15 and Civil 3D 2016 startup issue

SmartDraft 15.0.0 to 15.1.2 can cause a startup issue in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016. To help this issue from occuring download the smartdraft15startup.zip file and follow the instructions to patch SmartDraft..These files are for SmartDraft 15 Only.
 
Instructions for SmartDraft15Startup.zip.
1 Download SmartDraft15Startup.zip (10 KB) October 21, 2015
2 Open AutoCAD
3 Use the SMARTINFO to find the installation folder. (Default: C:\Program Files\SmartDraft)
4 Close AutoCAD
5 Unzip SmartDraft15Startup.zip
6 Copy the 5 *.mnl files into the <SmartDraft installation folder>.
7 Open AutoCAD and continue working

June 30, 2015 - Released! SmartDraft 15.1.2

New Civil 3D commands, features, or enhancements.
Added command Daylight to Surface (DTS), Daylight to Surface - Segment (DTSS), and Daylight to Surface - Point (DTSP).
Added command Solid Cut Surface and alias SCS.
Added command Profile from Polyline - Profile View.
Added support for Feature Lines to the Profile from Points or 3D Polylines along an Alignment command.
Added option to select the alignment from a dialog list for the Alignment Station and Offset Labels command.
Added 4th note line to the Alignment Station and Offset Labels and Edit Alignment Station and Offset Label commands.
Added Re-associate option to the Elevation Label and Slope Label (One Point) commands. This option is used to associate existing Elevation or Slope (1 point) labels to a new source object.
Added code to automatically place a single in / out elevation of the Structure Bottom Label Profile View and Edit Profile View Structure Bottom Label next to the leader.
Added code to increase the speed of processing a large number of SmartDraft dynamic labels when using the Update Labels commands.
Added "Place elevation's decimal point at Point Object's insertion" option to the Point Label and Point Label Edit commands.
Added Leader On / Off option to the Point Label Edit dialog.
Returned the User Node and Text option to the Point to Spot Label command. Removed in version 15.0.1.
Construction Notes commmand changes
Increased the limit from 132 characters to 512 characters in the Add Note - Construction Notes, and Edit Note - Construction Notes dialog.
Added code to read <tab> or <,> command delimited files when import notes in the Construction Notes Manager command.
Added note preview box to the Construction Notes Manager command dialog.
Other enhancements
Added command Load Land Desktop STP text style file and alias STP.
Added the Viewport Lock and Viewport Unlock commands. and alias VL abd VU.
Added Apply Layer Change and Layer List options to the Edit Text Properties command. Can be used to change the layer of attributes of a block.
Added option to the Text Online command to reenter the block selection dialog without exiting. Increased the size of the dialog box.
Added support for custom annotative blocks to the Text Online command.
Added option to convert first select line or arc to a polyline in the Join command.
Added Points option to specify points in the drawing area to the Measure Angle command.
Added Layer Type option to Arc Leader and Straight Leader and Reference Symbol command option dialogs. Missed in version 15.0.1.

April 27, 2015 - Released! SmartDraft 15.0.1

Added support for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016, AutoCAD Map 3D 2016, and AutoCAD 2016.
New Civil 3D Pipe Network Commands for Civil 3D 2012 or higher.
Added the Draw Single Line Pipe Profile View command and alias PVDP.
Added alias PSB to set Pipe Network Pipe direction to "By Slope".
Added the Insert a Null Structure into a Pipe Network command and alias PNIS.
Added support for Civil 3D pipe network pipes to the Polyline Text command.
New Civil 3D Pressure Pipes for Civil 3D 2013 or higher.
Added support for Civil 3D pressure pipes to the List, Labeling, ID Elevation, Measure Angle, Elevation Label, Text Align Parallel or Tangent and Text Parallel or Tangent, Point Elevation, or Polyline Text commands.
PConnect changes
Added the 2D and 3D filter options to the Description Key Style file of the PConnect and PConnect Description Key Style Manager commands. This allows the PConnect command to process 2D and 3D linework from a single description keys file and only process codes flagged by the specify type.
Added code to check for and erase zero length polylines begin created by the PConnect command.
Added code to better handle the .BC (best fit) suffix code in processing points using PConnect. There should be less S-curve (large arced reverse-curves) when using the best fix curve suffix code.
Other enhancements
Added MLeader object output option to the Arc Leader, Straight Leader, Profile Arc Leader, Profile Straight Leader, and Reference Symbol commands.
Added MLeader object output option to the Construction Notes command.
Added an Options prompt at the placement of tag / notes to the Construction Notes command.
Added Circle2 symbol to the Symbol Types.
Added support to the Label Contours command to label elevations using the Line option and XREFs.
Added "Adjust" prompt and option to the "Specify point for distance" prompt of the Calculate Elevation command.
Changed the options of the Point to Spot Label command. Added prefix and suffix to label value, truncate option to elevation, and rotation options. Removed User Node and Text, remove original point options, On Same Layer options, and Location options.

October 1, 2014 - News: Ownership change.

The developer, Rex Allan Cooper, reacquired the popular SmartDraft line of productivity enhancement software for AutoCAD. The acquisition of SmartDraft provides the exciting opportunity to develop features our clients, in the land development industry, requested. Several of which are in the developmental stage.  SmartDraft’s powerful enhancement features and ease of use make SmartDraft a great third party technology solution.


Review and Rating:

SmartDraft PConnect receives a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from About.com. 


SmartDraft Apps on the Autodesk Exchange Store

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SmartDraft Text Tools create text parallel, arc text, add notes, sequential text (both numbers and letters), text horizontal, vertical, align to object, text swap, copy string, add prefix / suffix, and much more.

SmartDraft Inquiry Tools measure distances, angles, ID points and elevations, count blocks, and list / label closed areas.

SmartDraft View Tools are a set of productivity tools when using view twist, saving and restoring the views, rotating the crosshairs, and creating viewports.

SmartDraft Pipe 2 Polyline generates an AutoCAD® polyline from a Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® pipe network.


Demonstration Videos

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Crossing Pipe Label (Profile View)
Elevation Labels
Point Block Extract
Text Tools
View Tools
Inquiry Tools
Construction Notes Video provides a quick walkthrough of the Construction Notes Tools (length: 17 minutes)
Cross Sections from Points Video gives an overview on creating cross sections from points collected in the field (length: 6 minutes).
HEC-RAS Tool: Create Sample Lines or Polylines along an alignment
HEC-RAS Tool: Create HEC-RAS Data
HEC-RAS Tool: Create HEC-RAS Floodplain Lines
HEC-RAS Tool: Create HEC-RAS Cross Sections
Inverse Points command
Associate Survey Working Folder command
Parcel Tools
PConnect command


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