System Enhancements:

  • True 64-bit Caddie reaches beyond the first 3GB to access all the RAM on your computer to make drawing faster, this also allows you to work with larger drawings and images and benefits from many performance improvements over the 32 bit version.  When installed from the DVD, the setup automatically detects whether your machine has a 32 or 64 bit OS and installs the optimum version for your machine.

  • The 2013 .DWG drawing format gives you the latest industry standard compatibility. Use the Save As... function and select the 2010/2011 .DWG format to save drawings for use in Caddie 18.

  •  All round enhancement of Dialogues with many having an updated look and feel with, colour, more variety to text size and use of graphics and preview windows that now support panning zooming and orbiting of the objects previewed.

  • Image optimisation and Geo-referencing for accurate “real world” site location and tiling have added for improved speed.

  • Faster ECW imaging featuring new ECW libraries that make refreshing ECW images faster than ever.

  • OLE enhancements make Inserting OLE objects easier due to the improved size and orientation detection.

  • Time management settings have been extended to allow folder specification and automatic backup option for daily, weekly or monthly backups to make record keeping and billing easier still.

  • User interface enhancements provide instant access to special characters and buffer and PI under Utilities.

  • Toolbars can be locked in position to prevent accidental moving. View – Lock Toolbars

  • All “pen” colours can now be accessed simply by typing in their number with no need to scroll through the whole list! All dialogue combos have been updated to support this new feature.

  • The new Referenced Symbol (RefSym) and Image Manager dialogues can now be resized to display full pathnames. File – Drawing Utilities – Manage Referenced Symbols…, Manage Pictures…

  • Enhancements have been made to dialogues with tick boxes and On / Off icons replacing the old style Yes/No buttons, making selection faster, simpler, giving enhanced visibility, and reducing the number of clicks required. For example: Scope – LaySet, AEC – Display Manager…

  • Object properties and the new Levels dialogue are displayed at start-up obviating the need for initializing each working session.

  • Explode objects now has controlled pattern mode options. Settings - Environment Settings - Patterns - Pattern Mode for Exploding Objects: No Pattern, Original Pattern, New Pattern giving greater control when reducing Objects to simpler forms.

  • Exporting of tables and creation of reports enhanced including new  spreadsheet tools and functionality.

Text, MLeader, Hatch and Opaques:

  • Enhancements to the text editor make adding ‘in-line’ formatting of text easy.  No need to split text paragraphs to add weight or emphasis, just select the words or characters and choose how you want them to appear, including, Font, Size, Colour and more.  Text – EntEdr, EdtEdr.

  • The text editor now also has a sizeable preview control with adjustable size text. Settings – Environment Settings – Text Editor: Preview…

  • In-line format codes can now be removed via the Context Sensitive Menu (CSM) making is easy to strip out format codes and revert the text to its basic form.  CSM – Remove Format Codes

  • The text of MLeaders can now be updated from the object properties dialogue.

  • New Quick Hatch tool provides easy drag and drop functionality for hatch selection, placement and editing, speeding up repetitive multiple hatching operations.  Quick Hatch provides grid previews of all Pattern Hatches and supports user Preset Hatch preview creation to make this a fast and simple way to hatch.

  • Hatch – HtcSet includes Hatch preview grids to make Hatch pattern selection.

  • Add and remove corners for Opaque masks, makes alteration easy and cuts out the frustration of having to recreate Opaques requiring amendment. s CSM - Opaque… - Add Corner, Delete Corner.

New Levels Functionality for Easy Multi-Storey Working:

  • Caddie 19 includes a new Levels tool that makes working on anything from 2-storey domestic to multi-storey offices easy.

  • Automated Layering, Display Groups and UCS height and rotation make it easy to stack your floor plans as they would be in the actual building, facilitating the easy management of vertical circulation and stairways, as well as helping in the identification of conflicts and services issues.

Sheets, Viewports and Layering:

  • Through Viewport editing makes making changes on your model simple and straightforward direct from your current sheet, and modifyingor moving annotatively scaled objects such as Text, Hatch, Dimensions and Leaders easy.

  • Enhanced control of layers for sheets and viewports to make controlling what gets printed easy, even when amending drawings.

  • Reposition drawing facility for multiple Viewports to take the ‘Arghhh’ out of moving your Model Space drawing. File – Drawing Utilities – Reposition Drawing…

  • Environment Settings now facilitates user control of whether Regens are carried out upon switching sheets, saving time, especially when working with very large drawing files.

  • New right-click functionality added on Sheet Tabs providing options for Rename, Copy, Delete or Goto Layout.

  • Auto-layering and pen/colour options added on Viewport creation to make ‘standardised’ presentation easy.

  • Additional Viewport functionality added to the CSM for quicker access.

  • The LayerSet dialogue provides additional functionality to control layer visibility on Sheets and in newly created Viewports.

  • The automatic enabling of layers on plotting is now optional within Environment Settings.

  • Exporting to PDF now allows user defined custom sheets for greater control.

Enhanced Block Handling and Editing:

  • The new preview pane within the Insert Block and Manage Block make selection and placement of the right block simple, first time, every time.

  • Enhanced editing of Block Attributes enable control of Text properties including Style, size, justification, pen and line giving greater control and enhanced drawing presentation.

  • Object Propertiesenhanced to show scaling and rotation properties on multiple block selection.

Architectural:

  • New symbols added to the Caddie Symbol Library including Shower trays.

  • SANS Lighting Placement and Scheduling - Caddie 19’s new SANS lighting placement and scheduling tools enable you to take your services drawings to a whole new level.  Track room placement and zoning; luminaire type, Wattage and duration; even days per year to make energy usage calculations simple.

Civil:

  • Railway embankment symbol command added.

Survey:

  • STLO19 and STLO27 have been added for ECW geo-referencing.

  • Support for .xlsx spread sheet files added to the Survey commands for data import.

DTM:

  • Alignment facility added to DTM sections and variable vertical spacing option added to DTM X- Section.

3D Working:

  • New Render Mode toolbar has been added. View - Rendermodes

  • Constrained Orbit for simplified viewing of your 3D models, especially useful for those using pen and tablet input devices.

  • Quick 3D Rotate tool added that toggles your selected Objects through all the “common 3D rotations” to speed up the process of realignment and reduce the strain on the grey matter.

Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC):

  • Now anyone can create their own multi-component wall from lines and hatching with the Create Wall tool.  Whether you only draw in 2D, or want the full AEC modelling experience, this tool will revolutionise the way you draw.

  • Set the reveals for doors, windows and openings and design your own closer details for the doors, windows and openings you insert.

  • Creating and modifying custom endcaps is now fast and painless with the new tools that allow you to copy and edit existing endcaps as well as create new ones from scratch.

  • A new auto-opening tool is added for when AEC windows span walls.

  • Walls from Polyline tool is a fast easy way of creating new walls on a drawing where the layout has previously been sketched out with polylines.

  • The Quick Plan modifier allows the piers to be added to walls by simply sketching in the new profile.

  • Add custom blocks to your AEC doors and windows to get the detail and character of your 2D drawings automatically, each time you insert one into a wall.

  • Generate automated schedules directly from your drawings with images for clarity and identification, and formulae to help with estimating and pricing.

  • The enhanced editing functionality from the CSM – AEC; makes drawing and modelling with AEC objects faster and more intuitive.

  • AEC units can be set from the AEC menu; make working with areas and volumes easy.

  • Wall style previews show the hatch, colours etc.

  • Support for Zones and Spaces is now added with the ability to map AEC objects to them adding a whole new level of functionality to scheduling and data take-off.

  • The Style Manager shows walls and can be rendered with Vio.

Vio Rendering:

 

  • Massive performance improvements  with analysis of geometry now up to 1000 times faster making it faster and simpler to achieve high quality renders, and opening up the possibilities for creating rendered walkthroughs using the File – Save Other - Make SWF file facility.

  • Improved render tools also feature drag and drop functionality of settings from previous renders to make creating lifelike renders faster and more fun.

  • The Sun Study command now has variable time settings to enable finer control of the time period to be investigated.

  • Recall Vio settings have been enhanced to show previews of all the renders in an image list and now has an automatic backup feature to help protect your data.

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Caddie user Mark Brown of  WW Brown & Sons commented on the value of the support he gets through the Caddie Maintenance programme;

'We would have no hesitation in recommending Caddie.  We have found Caddie support to be extremely responsive, assisting with any of our queries promptly over the phone and providing invaluable follow-up information'.



‘The Caddie YouTube videos are the best thing you've done, and absolutely essential when one lives and works in north of Scotland as I do; whilst I don’t take in this kind of information too well over the phone I can watch the videos in any spare moment I get, even late at night, and this makes them ideal for keeping me up to date.’

Hugh Mackay, Drafting Services



The key to successful implementation is effective training


'Thank you for the latest You Tube link. Very helpful - have been doing this stuff manually; it is great to see that it can be done automatically.
Look forward to the next YouTube training tip.'

Yours
Bruce 
Whitehead

The Price Whitehead Chartered Surveyors

 

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"These training videos are awesome - there is so much more to Caddie and its  great way to discover its full potential."

Graham Rocher 



The migration between Caddie 12 and Caddie 14 is seamless. You can’t see a difference until you start to experiment with all the new functions. The backup support form Caddie is still a constant and always satisfactory.
Alphonse de Jong, DE LA REY & CELLIERS ARCHITECTS CC


Caddie  - the 'Complete Package'

'We are very impressed and excited about Caddie. It is inspiring to see everything that Caddie can do and it is a major advantage that you have someone you can talk to about needs and implementations to increase productivity.

Finally there is a "complete package" and we can proudly say that we are part of the Caddie family.'

 

Architects Ink.

 



After doing the three day Quick Start Course I drew quicker on Caddie than on my old system



Updating to the latest Caddie is simple, with inbuilt auto-configuration and migration tools; but with Caddie Remote Assistance you can have the latest updates installed and configured for you, like Martin McGahon of Town & Country Planning Ltd.

'The ACS Support guys were fantastic!

They installed the latest Caddie software update for me, even migrating all my settings, completing the process in a matter of minutes and making the whole upgrade process seamless'.



'I have found Caddie to be user-friendly and simply wonderful to do architectural drawings with'
'I had no full time training from Caddie. This was my own decision, but Caddie''s consultants were very helpful and understanding by helping me whenever I require help.'
Henry Losper



Joe Snape discusses how Caddie gives him complete freedom to design, and how the one on one support provided by the Caddie team has enabled him to develop his CAD skills from simple 2D plans to fully rendered 3D architectural building models.

'I find Caddie such a fantastic program to work with as it enables me to create everything I need, no matter what type of drawing or modelling I need to do, with the only limit to what I can design and produce is my own creativity.  The Caddie support team are superb too, with Andrew and Sam from ACS Ltd. going well above and beyond to help me whenever I’ve needed assistance.
Before I switched to Caddie, I would struggle to produce even basic CAD plans, but now, thanks to the help and advice I’ve had from the support guys over the last 3 years I’m creating full 3D building models complete with life-like material textures too.  The building models I create enable me to produce all of my 2D plans, sections and elevation drawings, plus the 3D views rendered views that enable my clients to get a great understanding of how the finished building will fit into its surroundings.  I don’t believe that I could have made such huge strides with any other system and cannot praise Caddie and Caddie support enough for helping me to achieve this, they have been excellent, A* Service.’

Joe Snape

 



‘Caddie Time-tracker takes the embarrassment out of billing!’

‘Caddie’s Time-tracker enabled me to produce a full listing for all the time I had spent working on my client's drawings at the push of a button.’

‘the Time-tracker printout, detailing ‘Work Time’, Open Time’ and Saved Time, along with the actual time and dates of the drawing sessions made the job of agreeing on the bill easy’

Stewart L Thorley, Building Plans & Design

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Comments posted after watching the latest Caddie Killer Tips videos;

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Andrew Dukesell

Good tips as ever, really like the polygon selection, I wasn't aware of that.

Very useful.

 

Philip James

Some really useful tips.

Amazing that I couldn't draw a line a few weeks ago.  Picking it up very quickly.  Many thanks to Tony for his unbelievable patience!! Wish I did this years ago.

 

Allister Godfrey

Andrew thanks again for a very instructive video, I had forgotten about the poly select ... that's gonna be another of those tools I can't live without!

 

Allister Godfrey

OMG... I use copy and increment on text A LOT, but I have never paid any attention to copy multiple in the list ... genius!

 

Andrew, thank-you once again for a VERY informative video!



Personal support is essential for creating a successful company

'I would like to say how much we have appreciated CADDIE support over the years (26 years so far!). You have always been very prompt in dealing with any problems we have encountered, a service essential for the smooth running of the practice, so many thanks indeed.  The fact that the relationship is personal and not via some anonymous help-desk is very important to us as our practice has been built upon personal relationships with clients and providers alike. We hope that relationship will sustain far into the future.'

Philip Tilbury
Herbert J. Stribling & Partners

 



Its quite fantastic how Caddie changes your life.


“I’m not used to support like this – if more people realised how good it was they would also be using Caddie.”


In-place Block Editing with greying out of remaining drawings Objects

'Just a quick one to thank you so much for the excellent feature regarding the block edit where everything else is greyed out.  It really is little tweaks like this that makes Caddie so good.  It is fantastic and not only tells you that the block is being edited, it makes it much easier to see and edit.'

Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
For and on behalf of Asset Construction Consultants.



‘Caddie Tea Break Tutorials’

Just a quick email to let you know that we were very pleased to be part of the tutorial yesterday. It was a great way to see what the function does, and so much better than reading about it! 

I look forward to trying it out, once I have got the latest version of 19 downloaded.

 

Bruce Whitehead

Price Whitehead 

Chartered Surveyors & Rural Consultants



"Caddie is still the best CAD system on market, - I can vouch for that"

Richard Likupe

Palmleaf Architects



I have already won a job directly as a result of using Caddie’s 3D.  After seeing the model the client immediately gave me the project


Caddie Tea Break Tutorials

 'Thank you - incredibly helpful!'

Wendy



Peter Fishenden discovers how easy Caddie 20’s ‘AEC Build’ tools are to use...

'What can I say, WOW!

I was amazed by just how easy Caddie 20’s ‘AEC Build’ tools are to use, and genuinely gobsmacked at the results I was able to produce in such a short space of time.  In just over 20 minutes I managed to produce a complete model of my building, even including the roof, which I could view in the form of plans, elevations, or full-on 3D model – and this I’m especially pleased about since it now allows me to show exactly what is going to be built in a form that everyone can understand, not just for those who can read plans and elevations.'



Your Caddie software has revolutionised the way we work - we produce far better drawings much more quickly – should have changed years ago.



 

"The new PDF underlay feature is going to save so much time. The ability to snap to precise points on a PDF drawing is really quite amazing; no more guessing and freehand approximation."

 

Dan Kantorowich

mcdonaldarchitects



You wouldn't recognize the office now, there is no drawing board, just my Caddie workstation


“Thank you very much for your commitment to us - the Caddie Users"


A longstanding Caddie user's comments on the value of the support he gets through the Caddie Maintenance programme;

'Before calling Caddie support I had spent about an hour attempting to work out why I could no longer enter figures into my Construction Line offset command, but when I called the Caddie support guys, they quickly identified my problem and helped me fix it.  It turns out I had caught the 'NumLock' key by accident changing the function of the number pad keys on my keyboard!

I find the support I get through Caddie Maintenance invaluable, and paying for my maintenance by Standing Order means that I can pick up the phone and ask for help any time I have a problem.'



'I used Caddie 9 but Caddie 14 makes things much much simpler', Johannes Mnyandu, Department of Public Works


The Tea Break Tutorials are a revelation!

'For anyone who doesn’t benefit from  an office full of CAD savvy colleagues, or enjoy the luxury of a dedicated  iT department, the Caddie Tea Break Tutorials are a brilliant, short, fast, and easy way of picking up those tips and techniques that can really speed up everyday working.'

Ian Collier Chartered Architect



Melvyn Shackleton commented on the value of the support provided for Caddie by ACS Ltd.

'If you want your drawing problems sorted rapidly, go to the experts, call Caddie support!'



Caddie saves me the equivalent of two staff


Paul Adams switches to Caddie and prefers it to AutoCAD for drawing his architectural plans, sections and elevations

‘I had been an AutoCAD user since 1996, but  found switching to Caddie really straightforward, and I now use it for all my drawing work.  My work consists mainly of drawing up existing surveys along with plans, sections and elevations and overall I find Caddie better for drawing.'



My skills have developed rapidly with Caddie and I believe it allows me to produce excellent drawings far quicker than any program I have ever used


With Caddie, changing drawings is now a small rather than a major part of my life


As an Architect, Caddie draws the way I think.


“What we needed was stability and ‘DWG’ compatibility. Caddie has provided both”


Really useful tips in bite-sized chunks

'The Tea Break Tutorials are brilliant because they provide really useful tips in small bite-sized chunks that you can start using immediately, making them easy to remember!'

Stephanie Willcox - Architect



Caddie is incredibly quick to use, and also most importantly it’s very easy to learn, irrespective of your previous CAD experience


'Loving the scroll through the paper sheets ideal for larger projects when we have loads of paper spaces.'

Andrew Dukesell, principal of DBD Architectural Consultancy Ltd., commenting on some of the new functionality available in Caddie 23

 



Unique access to Caddie's development

‘Almost immediately after switching from AutoCAD to Caddie I realised that Caddie had some big advantages and just how unique Caddie is in giving every user such direct input into the way the software is developed, even for small practices like mine.  Whether it’s the fact that it’s a lot more ‘English’ in the way it works or the invaluable and extensive support, be it tweaking an existing command or adding new functionality to solve some new problem; it’s always possible to speak directly with the Caddie guys and get our ideas built directly into the software; incredibly useful, and very refreshing.’

Matthew Goddard BSc(Hons) MRICS
Asset Construction Consultants



I first came across Caddie several years ago (I think it was version 8!) and with every new release it just gets better and better. I believe that it is unique in giving every user direct input into the way the software is developed and the fact that the relationship is personal and not via some anonymous help-desk is very important to us. It’s always possible to get a query answered quickly and efficiently which is essential for the smooth running of our practice.

Sebastian Walsh - Hibbs and Walsh Associates Ltd



Philip James of Philip James Architecture reflecting upon his recent move to using Caddie;

'I should have done this years ago...when you first came to see me, in fact!'



Even working on archived drawings is quicker with Caddie

'I now find it quicker and far less painful to export drawings from my old CAD system so that I can load and work on them in Caddie, even if it’s only a 10 minute job!'

Anthony Staig IBC Architects



I really don't know what I would do without Caddie now



Colin Logan of 9yards Property Ltd. reflects on how much faster he can draw his architectural plans now using Caddie's smart AEC Build tools...

'I now use Caddie’s AEC Build tools for all my architectural plans, drawing complete and fully hatched walls at a stroke, and adding doors and windows just as easily.

Amazing to think that I used to draw all my walls manually, creating lines and offsets then hatching them all in individually - What a chore that was!'



After doing the three day Quick Start Course I drew quicker on Caddie than on my old system


I have just had my most productive year ever - and that is largely due to using your Caddie software.


Having been a KUHLMANN drawing board user in the 80’s I felt safe in the sense that I wouldn't have to adjust to the new technology “Computers”. Then I was introduced to the DOS version of CADDIE. We upgraded to CADDIE 5 Professional and used the programme until the hard drive of the computer gave up and I was forced to upgrade. We installed CADDIE 9, 12 &15. I was familiar with the CADDIE 9 and did not want to adjust to use the “NEW CADDIE”.

 

How wrong can one be?  Ever since I started experiencing the latest version of CADDIE it is an absolute pleasure. If I get stuck, help is just a phone call away.

 

Thank You CADDIE for an excellent drawing programme.

 

N J van Rensburg