cadvilla - Upgrade to Version 8
Cadvilla Upgrade to Version 8 and How to Order
Below, you can find all prices for cadvilla Update version 8. This substantial update contains many new features and enhancements.
For users who would like to take this opportunity to upgrade to a higher level product, please see the information below:
Additional features of cadvilla version 8.x.x.x
The additional features of cadvilla V8 listed in the following table only represent the most important changes compared to cadvilla V7. 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:
- Feature is included in this version
- Feature is not included in this version
Below, you can find additional features of cadvilla Version 8.x.x.x compared to cadvilla Version 7.x.x.x .
|Additional features in version 8|
A)You set the properties of the timber stand layer already before or while entering the walls. Once the wall is integrated into the project, it automatically fills with timbers.
B)You simply open the properties dialog of existing walls and activate the timber construction for it.
C)You load a conventionally planned project and start the timber construction wizard to fill all walls of the project with timbers in one single operation.
The evaluation dialog shows a list of the bodies that project into the terrain and a corresponding 3D preview enabling you to also assign the elements visually.
- The parts of existing buildings that reach below ground level
- Terrain elements such as paths etc. that include depth in their characteristics
- 3D subtraction solids allowing you to design the terrain or to, e.g., to create underground parking garage entrances
In the 3D view, the parts of the bodies that form an intersection with the terrain are marked in red while other protruding parts are marked in green. Additionally, the calculated values are displayed.
The dialog also offers you a table with information on all individual items which you can copy completely or partially for further calculations and paste, for example, into an Excel table.
There are appropriate options for each. The dimensioning of doors within the element is displayed centrically while the dimensioning of windows is optionally displayed centrically from the opening direction.
As usual, you can transfer these properties to other elements in your planning using the function “Transfer properties…”
The dialogues, properties and input mechanisms are similar to those of the known downstand/upstand beams or ceiling panels.
The new component types can be distinguished by strip foundation and foundation (incl. floor panel) and can be displayed specifically through their visibility and both appear in the mass evaluation as well as in the evaluation dialog of the terrain.
Now, cadvilla offers two simple basic functions via new buttons on the “display” ribbon. These functions enable you to take a viewer’s perspective directly above the building. This way, you gain a precise view from the top or views from the side while being able to move around the building via the new dialog with a few simple mouse clicks if required.
The functions put the active 2D view in a special mode allowing you to only use the functions required for navigation. In the top view, this would be rotating around the Z-axis and in the side views, this would be moving the view to the right/left and upwards/downwards. You can terminate this alignment mode by pressing the ESC key and then move around in 3D again as usual.
This function enables you to, e.g. create 3D views from the top and to mark the stop and opening direction of the door.
The variety of combinations also creates numerous objects. Another benefit is that a suitable 3D object is available for practically any window size without the need to scale and distort the objects which often leads to unrealistic presentations.
This also results in numerous 3D objects. Corresponding blinds are included for all common window dimensions. Scaling is no longer necessary and the associated partly unreal presentation is a thing of the past.
For blinds, there are even various heights for each width available. This allows you to equip your building with objects in almost any opening state just like in reality.
We have improved this behavior. When extending and shortening walls, the elements contained in them maintain their exact position. If the shortening results in a window or door being located outside the wall, a dialog box appears where you can define this behavior. Optionally, you can delete the element or even keep it in the wall.
In any case, you no longer have to reposition the elements each time you make a change (using the CTRL-V function).
- Editing polygon points in 2D and 3D
- Changing the contour by adding or removing polygon points
- Entering a value for the height above the terrain, i.e. elements protrude from the terrain
- Entering a value for the depth in the terrain to determine the required excavation
- Entering a logical name for the elements so that they can be identified in the new evaluation dialogs
Additional features of cadvilla version 7.x.x.x
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|
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In our example, the pickets and foot rail were deactivated for the left railing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This list can be put out in PDF, EXCEL, HTML or RTF format.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.