Yes! We released CustomTools 2013 SP4, and what a release.
There are so many enhancements that it would be impossible to highlight every single one of them, but I'll pick a bunch, and tell you why you should update now, if you did not do so already.
Usability when it comes to Print & Convert.We have removed a panel which became obsolete by other changes, so you can now get to the print and convert dialog even faster than previously.
There is no more guessing and fiddling about, when it comes down to selection of documents to batch process.
Each batch rule is now intelligent, and when you select for instance DXF, all files matching the criteria for the profile will automatically be selected in the file view.
If you want to add more files to the Print and Convert list, you can browse for a folder containing files, and you can even select to include files which reside in subfolders to the one you add.
Configurations and batch operationsFor users doing configurations, we have introduced an option to print the active configuration. This means, you have an assembly with parts. Each part have configurations, and each part configuration will have a configuration specific drawing.
Now, simply activate the assembly configuration you wish to print, and rest assured that CustomTools will print all drawings belonging to this configuration.
Are you creating DXF or DXG files from your sheet metal parts?We now support adding notes related to the part. This could for instance be the Project Number, Material and Thickness properties plus the manufacturing quantity.
A minor improvement also worth noticing is, when using the CNC Tool on a drawing, we create now the flat pattern outline, and return to the parent sheet for more consistency.
Selecting files to copy, convert or printAnother enhancement was made for Print and Convert, but as a bonus this is also working during Copy operation.
If you have an assembly you can select groups of parts in the feature manager. Use CTRL or Shift selection as you are used to in Windows, press the print and convert or the copy, and the selected documents only will be handled.
Hierarchical lookup listFor the definition of the profile, we added a new type of list to the options.
This is called a hierarchical lookup list.
With this, you can define a tree structure list, where items can be grouped in logical top groups, and under each group you can then specify a more detailed sub-group. This will look and feel like a folder structure in Windows Explorer.
An example could be a car.
So you have the list CAR.
Under this item, you have chassis, frame, engine ...
Under engine, you have pistons, injection system, generator
Under Pistons you have raw piston, piston rings
Another thing we added is the option to remove characters from a combination property.
This means, you can now show first or last XX characters, or remove first or last XX characters, letting you have even more control over the output.
Search based on configurationsThe search capabilities have also been greatly enhanced for this version.
Now you can search on configuration name, and you can see previews of the found files. And to make the search even more useful, we now added the option to print directly from the search result window.
Keeping folder structure in copyIf you ever copied an assembly in CustomTools, you will like also the new feature we made here.
It is now possible to recreate the folder structure under the main assembly being copied, for a much more consistent result.
Excel reporting was also slightly enhanced, and we are now pleased to inform you that the inserted image is the one specific to the used configuration.
CustomTools now available in GermanFinally, we added German language support to CustomTools and we are now localized in 7 languages: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, French, Hungarian, German and of course English.
Did you read it all? - Now, watch the great video of our teams Top 10 Enhancements in CustomTools 2013 SP4.0