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Cadvilla Upgrade to Version 7 and How to Order

Below, you can find all prices for cadvilla Update version 7. This substantial update contains many new features and enhancements.

  Versions - upgrade from - to Price * Download **    
  cadvilla basic 4/5/6 to cadvilla basic EUR 13.95* ~ 1,4 GB order upgrade cadvilla basic  
  cadvilla basic plus 4/5/6 to cadvilla basic plus EUR 23.95* ~ 1,4 GB order upgrade cadvilla basic plus  
  cadvilla professional 4/5/6 to cadvilla professional regular €124.50
EUR 61.95*
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade cadvilla professional  
  cadvilla professional plus 4/5/6 to cadvilla professional plus regular €149.50
EUR 75.95*
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade cadvilla professional plus  
  * All prices incl. VAT special price is valid until November 30th 2017
** CD can be purchased for an additional EUR 9,95 when ordering.

For users who would like to take this opportunity to upgrade to a higher level product, please see the information below:

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  cadvilla basic 4/5/6/7 to cadvilla professional regular €220.00
EUR 105.95
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade to cadvilla professional  
  cadvilla basic plus 4/5/6/7 to cadvilla professional regular €199.00
EUR   93.95
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade to cadvilla professional  
  cadvilla basic plus 4/5/6/7 to cadvilla professional plus regular €375.00
EUR 188.00
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade to cadvilla professional plus  
  cadvilla professional 4/5/6/7 to cadvilla professional plus regular €176.00
EUR 143.00
~ 1,4 GB order upgrade to cadvilla professional plus  
  * All prices incl. VAT special price is valid until November 30th 2017
** CD can be purchased for an additional EUR 9,95 when ordering.

Additional features of cadvilla version 7.x.x.x

The additional features of cadvilla V7 listed in the following table only represent the most important changes compared to cadvilla V6. Of course, many other smaller modifications and enhancements as well as the elimination of certain weak points, have also been implemented.

Legend for the following table:

yes - Feature is included in this version
no - Feature is not included in this version

Below, you can find additional features of cadvilla Version 7.x.x.x compared to cadvilla Version 6.x.x.x .

Additional features in version 7 cadvilla basic cadvilla basic plus cadvilla professional cadvilla professional plus

Details  2D lines through parameter ... morenonoyesyes
2D lines through parameterInitially, five different line types were available in cadvilla. Now, you can also define your own line types. The standard line types were supplemented by 14 additional pre-defined line types which you can now extend by your own individual line types.

When creating your own lines, you can piece them together from individual segments. For this, just define the line length and the distance to the next line per segment. Then, assign a description for the line type and save the new definition with OK in the line definition file in the user directory. The newly defined lines are automatically available in all line dialogs.
Details  2D lines from 2D symbols ... morenonoyesyes
2D lines from 2D symbolsSimilar to free hatchings, you can now draw a segment of your own line and file it in the symbol catalog as a 2D symbol for further use.

A 2D line from 2D symbols is a line where a selected 2D symbol is ordered in sequence. To create an own line, first draw a segment of the line – surrounded by a rectangle – using the 2D drawing functions such as lines, polygons, circles etc. Then, save this line section as a 2D symbol.

When drawing the line from 2D symbols, assign the 2D symbol to the line in the line dialog. The surrounding rectangle from the symbol is removed and the remaining content is ordered in sequence along the curve (tiled).

There is an area in the line dialog called “Dimensions”. In case the symbol length changes, the height changes proportionally and thus enables a scaling of the symbols on the line.

Please find some examples of line types in the 2D symbol catalog under “Graphics 2D/2D Sample/2D Lines”.
Details  Planning escape and emergency routes ... morenononoyes
Planning escape and emergency routesCreating escape and emergency routes as well as firefighting plans according to DIN EN ISO 7010; DIN 4844-2 and DIN 14034-6 becomes tremendously easy when using the new escape and emergency routes planner.

Prior to creating the escape and emergency routes, a floor plan fully completed in cadvilla is required. If you already have such a project, you can immediately start planning escape and emergency routes. Otherwise, first create a floor plan with the functions available in cadvilla to enter walls, windows, doors, stairs and all other elements which should also be shown in the desired planning documents.

The following functions are available for planning escape and emergency routes:

  • Wizard to create an escape and emergency routes plan view:

    The wizard generates the floor plan in a new 2D view and in the correct scale. It assists you in placing a corresponding drawing frame. A special 2D view is automatically generated with the defined settings, and the floor plan is inserted with a frame.

  • Drawing functions for arrows and for marking the location

  • Simple color marking of walls and rooms

  • Comprehensive catalog with all required 2D symbols (standardized elements) to plan escape and emergency routes

  • Automatic generation of legends by means of the placed 2D symbols or from pre-defined templates

You can buy our fire escapr planner also as an extra add on to your cadvilla version. Further informations and how to use our fire escape planner you can find in our guides.
Details  Sorting layers and buildings in the project viewer ... moreyesyesyesyes
Sorting layers and buildings in the project viewerBy default, buildings and layers in the project tree are presented in the same order as they were generated. With this function, the order of layers can be changed within each individual floor, and the order of buildings as well.

It is possible to change the sequence manually and alphabetically ascending and descending. The order of layers can be sorted separately for each individual floor. A manual change of the sequence in the project tree is possible as well.
Details  Grouping views in the project viewer ... moreyesyesyesyes
Grouping views in the project viewerIn the first step, own categories are created via the context menu in the project viewer.

Afterwards, you can assign already created views to these categories. Especially in case of many views, this function allows you to maintain an overview of the project.

By activating and deactivating the categories, the included views are automatically switched to visible or invisible.

Details  New apartment management and apartment view with visual control ... moreyesyesyesyes
New apartment management and apartment view with visual controlWhen designing a new apartment via the context menu of the building, a new hierarchy level occurs called “Apartment”. The newly designed apartment is classified in this hierarchy level. Afterwards, this apartment can be assigned to rooms that have already been created.

Via the context menu of the apartment, an apartment view can automatically be created which displays all rooms of the apartment in color. The color of the spatial representation can be selected in the properties of the respective apartment.

In the apartment view, only those floors are automatically switched to invisible where there are assigned rooms. If the rooms of the apartment are distributed across several floors, the note “different floors” occurs also in the title of the apartment view.
Details  Generating and assigning visibility templates for views ... moreyesyesyesyes
Generating and assigning visibility templates for viewsThe visibility templates allow you to generate templates for various combinations of visibilities according to your own ideas.

Beforehand, create a visibility template that you need for your daily work, assign a name to them and save them universally. Afterwards, visibility templates (similar to a stencil) can be linked with views for existing projects that have already been created.

This way, the pre-defined visibilities can be transferred with just one click from the template to the views.

This eliminates the need of manually setting the combination of visibilities for individual views.
Details  Aligning to elements – alternative snap mode ... moreyesyesyesyes
Aligning to elements – alternative snap modeIn addition to the previous snap mode, the alignment of edges included in the project has been introduced for placing elements.

After activating the ‘Alignment mode” via the upper toolbar placing or shifting elements, the program searches for appropriate edges formed by existing objects. These edges are automatically extended towards the element to be positioned, and thus enables an exact placement of this temporary edge line through snapping.

This way, an element can exactly be aligned to another element without working with auxiliary lines or other design aids as before. The radius, in which the system searches for existing edges, can be adjusted in the general settings.

This input assistance works with all elements. This way, e.g. texts can be aligned to each other, or also doors and windows to opposite elements.
Details  Copying and shifting dormers ... moreyesyesyesyes
After selecting a dormer, it can be shifted accordingly using the shift functions. Dormers can be copied via the key combination Ctrl-C – and reinserted, also into another roof side, using the key combination Ctrl-V.
Details  Components of the staircase individually activatable ... moreyesyesyesyes
Components of the staircase individually activatableBesides the optional representation of a stair railing, now components of a railing can also be activated or deactivated separately. This option is available for the handrail, the posts, the pickets and the foot rail.

In our example, the pickets and foot rail were deactivated for the left railing.
Details  Changing the cutting depth in sectional views ... morenoyesyesyes
Changing the cutting depth in sectional viewsSo far, the depth of a cut has only been specified when entering a new sectional view and could not be changed later on.

If a change of the cutting depth was required later on, a new cut had to be created without exception. However, the disadvantage of this was that changes in the cut, such as additions and dimensionings, could not automatically be adapted meaning that the sectional view with the changed cutting depth had to be re-entered.

The new function allows you to change the cutting depth in the context menu after selecting the existing cut symbol. And the sectional view including all additions and changes is maintained. Only the cut itself is recalculated in the sectional view.
Details  Deleting and adding polygon points of the roof ... moreyesyesyesyes
So far, polygon corner points of the roof could only be shifted.

Now, polygon corner points can also be deleted after they have been selected, and other points can be added via the context menu.

The roof side properties can be reset to standard values and the roof behaves as if it was newly entered.
Details  Extension when shifting elements to other layers ... moreyesyesyesyes
Extension when shifting elements to other layersElements could so far be shifted to other layers via the context menu. To specify the target layer, another context menu was opened in which all available layers were listed one below the other. However, this method quickly became confusing and unclear in case of larger projects and large number of layers.

Now, a dialog window appears for specifying the target layer in which you can specify the target via a project tree, similar to the tree in the project viewer.
Details  Updating DXF/DWG 2018 format ... morenonoyesyes
The DXF/DWG import and export also support the new 2018 formats.

Furthermore, the import was improved in many ways as well. E.g., in the past it could happen that the dimension lines reached up to the dimensioned element. This has been changed so that such dimension lines obtain our standard settings and can thus provide a better visual presentation.
Details  Button “Ceilings on/ceilings off” in the toolbar ... moreyesyesyesyes
Button “Ceilings on/ceilings off” in the toolbarThere is a button in the toolbar to rapidly switch ceilings on and off.

Details  Various improvements ... moreyesyesyesyes
Now, when shifting with the pressed mouse button (within the plan parts), the position is maintained after the project is called up and even during printing.

Auxiliary lines are always located in the foreground and are not overlapped by selected objects.

The boxes surrounding a text can now be used as a snap point.

Longer texts on the screen now correspond to the print display.

For cadvilla professional and professional plus:
Corrections in case of subtraction solids and the elements to be considered here.

Additional features of cadvilla version 6.x.x.x

Below, you can find additional features of cadvilla Version 6.x.x.x compared to cadvilla Version 5.x.x.x .

Additional features in version 6 cadvilla basic cadvilla basic plus cadvilla professional cadvilla professional plus

Details  Mirroring 2D symbols ... moreyesyesyesyes
Mirroring 2D symbolsThere are two tools for mirroring 2D symbols that appear in the selection tool bar once a 2D graphic symbol has been selected. Mirroring a 2D symbol can be done on any specified axis or at the center point of the 2D symbol.

A distinction is made between two types of mirroring
- Basic mirroring
- Mirroring with a copy. In case of mirroring with a copy, the initial element is preserved and a new, mirrored 2D symbol will be created.

Mirroring still works even after selecting multiple 2D graphic symbols. After specifying the type of mirroring, all selected 2D graphic symbols will be mirrored at the same time.
Details  Mirroring 3D objects ... moreyesyesyesyes
Mirroring 3D objectsMirroring a 3D object can be done at the center point of the 3D object or on a defined mirror axis.
After selecting a 3D object, there are two mirroring tools available in the selection toolbar.

- Basic mirroring of a 3D object
- Obtaining a selected 3D object and creating a new, mirrored 3D object on the mirror axis.

Mirroring works even after selecting multiple 3D graphic symbols. Select multiple 3D objects and determine the type of mirroring in the selection toolbar. Afterwards, all selected 3D objects will be mirrored in one step.
Details  380 new 2D graphic symbols ... moreyesyesyesyes
380 new 2D graphic symbolsAs of version 6, there are 380 new 2D graphic symbols from the areas electronics, gas, water, safety technology available.
Details  More than 350 new textures ... moreyesyesyesyes
More than 350 new texturesThe texture catalog with more than 350 textures made by mtextur from the areas of asphalt, concrete, wood, HPL, ceramics, gravel, brick, plastics, metal, nature, natural stone, parquet, cobblestone, plaster, stone basket, flagstones, carpet, terrazzo

- The example shows an image taken using cadvilla with textures from the areas of concrete, plaster, wood, concrete, natural stone, ceramics, gravel, asphalt, terrazzo, cobblestone, metal mesh.
Details  Import and export of other 3D formats (sketchup,..) ... morenonoyesyes
Import and export of other 3D formats (sketchup,..)As of version 6, you can load other 3D formats into cadvilla in addition to the existing 3D formats, edit them right there and then save them as a cadvilla object file.

Besides the most known new 3D formats Google SketchUp and Collada, many other 3D formats can be used with cadvilla.

In detail, these additional new 3D formats are the following file names:
- Google SketchUp (*.skp)
- Collada (*.dae)
- Autodesk FBX (*.fbx)
- Luxology Modo (*.lxo)
- Cinema 4D (*c4d)
- Polygon file format (*.ply)
- Stereolithography (*.stl)
- VRML 2.0 (*.wrl, *.wrl97, *.vrml)
- DirectX (*.x)

In case you want to save specific parts of your projects as a 3D object, you can now export to one of the above mentioned 3D formats (apart from the existing 3D formats).

This option is interesting, for example, if you want to exchange data with a partner participating in your project. You simply have to agree with him on a suitable 3D file format, and your partner will be able to display the file sent to him in his own 3D program.

Especially when it comes to the 3D file formats Google SketchUp or Collada, most online portals provide access to a huge variety of up-to-date 3D objects. The majority of IKEA’s product range is, for example, available in Google SketchUp file format. On portals like 3D Warehouse , you can search for the desired objects through a search function, download them and import them in cadvilla. The use of the portal is subject of the terms of use from 3D Warehouse

The demonstration objects displayed here have been loaded from 3D Warehouse and then imported in cadvilla. The use is subject to the license terms of 3D Warehouse.

The new 3D important options and an internet connection allow you to access millions of 3D objects.
Details  Planning roof-mounting photovoltaic systems ... moreyesyesyesyes
Planning roof-mounting photovoltaic systemsAs of version 6, it’s possible to enter roof-mounting photovoltaic systems into the system. Capturing photovoltaic systems (in short: PV systems) is supported by an easy-to-use input mechanism while allowing for planning of a complete PV system within just a few minutes.

When entering the PV system, select the desired PV modules from a catalog and determine the associated parameters such as e.g. lateral spacing. In the distribution of the modules, all parameters will have an impact on the respective roof surface. When entering the data, the allocation of the module on the selected roof surface will be displayed.

After the confirmation of the proposed distribution of the PV modules with one mouse-click, the PV system will be inserted in the planning.

Now you can roughly calculate the output of the PV system via the evaluation dialog. In addition, you can obtain a parts list of the used modules with its mounting materials via the dialog based on neutral assumptions. These parts lists can then be exported and printed as an Excel, PDF or RTF document.

In case the prices for the PV module and its mounting units in the dialog are preset by the user, a rough cost calculation can be done as well.
Details  Planning flat-roof-mounting photovoltaic systems ... morenononoyes
Planning flat-roof-mounting photovoltaic systemsIn case of flat roof systems, you should determine the placing regions first. Placing regions are areas where the PV modules can be placed. Within these placing regions you can define the areas in which no PV modules must be installed.
After determining the placing regions, place the entire PV system with two mouse-clicks by simply determining the starting point of the placing using the mouse.

Afterwards, you can finalize the planning process using functions for modifying the row spacing, rotating the system (manual alignment of the modules and rows) as well as for setting a manual starting point.
Details  3D raster elements ... moreyesyesyesyes
3D raster elementsThe new function “3D raster elements” in the section “Surface planner” serves the purpose of covering surfaces (e.g. walls, floors) that should be covered with 3D elements in an evenly distributed manner as rows and columns.

Typical application areas for the function “3D raster elements” are for example facade claddings, mirror tiles, representation of floor plates in the outdoor area, wood panels, thermal insulation and many more. With just a few mouse-clicks individual walls up to entire building facades are veneered with 3D surfaces, or its terrace surface are covered with timber floor boards.

Openings in walls (e.g. window and door openings) are considered and can automatically be left out. The remaining surfaces arising from this are automatically added by partial surfaces from the 3D elements.

Profiles for the installation of the 3D elements can be created additionally and can automatically be inserted between the rows and columns. The cross-section of the profiles is selected from a pre-defined catalog or can be created on your own as well.

The created 3D surfaces can be provided individually with different textures and materials, but also in separate columns or rows.

Each included 3D element can be further divided into sub-surfaces with different dimensions and can manage its own materials.
After selecting a placing area in the 3D area of the 3D raster elements, you will receive a parts list of the placed 3D elements with the respective measurements. Identical 3D elements are added up in terms of their number and are summarized.
Details  Evaluate facade surface via context menu ... moreyesyesyesyes
Evaluate facade surface via context menuAfter the selection of an exterior wall, the context menu provides the function “Determine facade surface”.

When using this function, the software automatically identifies all exterior walls that are located exactly above and below of the selected wall and combines those to a total surface area.

This wall surface is then displayed in the following windows with a symbolic facade image. Wall openings (window and door openings) can be considered completely when determining the surface. But it’s also possible that the wall openings are only subtracted for a definable subtraction area higher than x.

Details  Output of all facade surfaces as a list ... morenononoyes
Output of all facade surfaces as a listThe list for the facade areas is created by a document that represents all facade surfaces of a building using a graphic for a facade view, the lengths and the width of the facade, and the gross and net surfaces (total surface area minus openings).

This list can be put out in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF format.

Details  Output of all roof surfaces as a list ... morenononoyes
Output of all roof surfaces as a listThe list for the roof surfaces includes all roofs of the building with graphics and a table including the total values for the roof surfaces, the ridge length, collar length, verge length, and gutter length.

At the end of the list of roof floor spaces the individual lengths and surfaces of all the roofs used in the project are summarized.

This list can be put out in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF format.
Details  Output of all 3D raster elements as a list ... morenononoyes
Output of all 3D raster elements as a listThe list for 3D raster elements is created by a document that represents the associated individual raster elements for all the previously selected raster surfaces in the form of a graphic, the number of equal elements, the description and the measurements. This list can be saved in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF.
Details  Output of all window details as a list ... morenononoyes
Output of all window details as a listThe evaluation of the list for all windows contained in the project includes a representation of all windows with dimensioning and representation of the set swinging/tilting definition.

In the table mentioned below the outer dimensions, the used materials (including remarks) and the total number of each window type is included.

This list can be put out in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF format.
Details  Output of additional surfaces as a list ... moreyesyesyesyes
- List of all floor spaces:

The list of all floor spaces of the building includes a list of all rooms for all floors levels with the associated floor spaces and the total surface area of the rooms of the floor level.

This list is, e.g., aimed at enabling flooring technicians to quickly determine how many square meters of parquet or carpets will be required.

- List of all wall surfaces and ceiling surfaces:

The list of wall and ceiling surfaces includes a floor-wise list of rooms with associated sidewalls and information about their lengths, heights and space.
The ceiling surface of the room is put out in addition to the room description.

This list is, e.g., for paintwork in order to be able to quickly determine how much paint will be required.

Both lists can be put out in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF format.
Details  Coloring 2D symbols ... moreyesyesyesyes
Coloring 2D symbolsAfter selecting a 2D symbol, the following parameters can be changed for the entire symbol in properties dialog.
- The line properties including color, line style and line width
- The filling properties of filled surfaces of the 2D symbol

This functions allows you to quickly color-adjust 2D symbols afterwards in the 2D view. For example, all electro symbols will change to gray and all water installation symbols will change to blue.

Another application option of this function would be the colored representation of the demolition and new construction of a project.

The process would be as follows:
- Select the areas for the demolition in the 2D view and save them as a 2D symbol.
- Select the areas for the new construction in the 2D view and save them as a 2D symbol.
- Insert both 2D symbols in the view, place them in the foreground and color them as desired.
- Afterwards, maybe disintegrate the symbol and delete parts of it.

Details  Additional new features and corrections ... moreyesyesyesyes
- Zooming on the cursor position has been assigned to the mouse wheel.

- Shifting up/down has been assigned to the hot key CTRL+SHIFT+mouse wheel.

(Both functions can be changed back to the default settings of the previous versions via the settings menu)

- Viewer’s standpoints can now be deleted more easily with new buttons via “3D functions/Viewer’s standpoint/Delete viewer’s standpoint”.

- The selection of a room (room text) selects the associated room text (room). Another click selects only the object clicked on.

- After renaming slides, the slide name is updated everywhere.

- The pre-setting of the graphic format for “Save view as image” is now JPG.

- The numeric post-editing of polygons via the context menu.

- Surface planner: Surfaces can be edited in 3D: Add, delete points, and shift pages in parallel, shift polygon points.

Additional features of cadvilla Version 2.x.x.x - 5.x.x.x

Additional features of cadvilla 2.x.x.x - cadvilla 5.x.x.x are listed here.