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Alibre PDM
Duplicate Drawing Sheets
Copy/Paste Drawing Views
Linear and Arc Sketch Slots
Autoscale Sketch to First Dim
Themed Design Explorer
See Everything in v27
Feature Pattern on Path
Text on Path
Group Assembly Nodes
Chain / Paint Select
See Everything in v26
Suppress "-" For 0-tolerance
Retarget Dimension Tool
Ordinate Dim Overhaul
ISO Weld Symbols
Nicer Looking Annotations
Dark Mode
Colorblind Mode
Arrow Based Alignment
Change Config of Drawing
3D Wrap Feature
3D Project Feature
BOM Summation
Explorer and Toolbars
SVG Import / Export
Select / Dimension Snap
Side by Side Install
OBJ Export
Center of Mass
Sheet Metal Previews
Lofting Overhaul
Planes Along Curves
New File Menu
Equation Editor Overhaul
Save Overhaul
Feature Previews
New Ribbon
Icon Improvement
Better Keyshot Export
Movement Improvements
Physical Properties Options
Dynamic Design Library
High Resolution Cursors
Excel-based Thread Editing
Textured Cosmetic Threads
Face Color to Keyshot
Material Library & Editor
Better Sketch Snapping
Hole Parameters
Trace Images in 3D
View Cube Navigation
Multi-Sheet PDF Publish
New Constraint System
Unified Constraint Dialog
Constraint Limits
Fastener Constraint
Gear / Pulley Constraint
Rack & Pinion Constraint
Screw Drive Constraint
Color by Face
Show/Hide Explorer Nodes
Explorer Quick Tools
Explorer Sizes
Explorer Tree Style
Dogbone Hover State
Explorer States
Snap Tables and BOMs
Custom Part Properties
Beautiful Graphics
3D Illustration Mode
Alibre Script
Integrated PDF Publishing
Realtime Line Weights
Draggable Section Views
Viewer Mode
Miter Flanges
Home Window Redesign
Configurable Mouse Buttons
Rectangle by Center
Unequal Extrude/Revolve
Hide Part from All Views
Select by Layer
New Import/Export Pipeline
Large Model Performance
High Resolution Support

New Features

(2019.0) Beautiful new graphics in 2D and 3D - check the gallery for more images
(2019.0) Antialiased Edges - Crisp, clean lines in 2D/3D with anti-aliasing
(2019.0) Wonderful Text - Text is now crisp, clear, and easy to read.
(2019.0) High End Effects - Choose from a variety of lighting effects to make your model look great all the time
(2019.0) A suite of new options for view performance for large models
(2019.0) A new integrated PDF engine for 2D and 3D publishing is available
(2019.0) Realtime Line Weights in 2D - WYSIWYG
(2019.0) Multiple, draggable, realtime section views in 3D
(2018.2) Helical Boss and Helical Cut have been added to Alibre Atom3D
(2018.1) Alibre Script - Available in Alibre Design Professional and Expert, Alibre Script is a fully integrated, Python-based scripting language capable of driving nearly everything available in Alibre Design’s API without the overhead associated with making a standalone add-on. It’s particularly useful for automating repetitive tasks or creating 50 parts that vary slightly, for example. Try out some sample scripts. 
(2018.0) A new Viewer Mode has been added. When a license is not detected during startup, you have the option of inputting a license or selecting the Viewer option. The Viewer option starts the product in Viewer Mode, which allows you to open and interrogate the model (e.g. take measurements).
(2018.0) Miter flanges (YouTube) can now be created via the Miter option on the new Corners tab of the Flange dialog, dramatically simplifying the creation of many classes of sheet metal parts.
(2018.0) The Home Window has been completely redesigned.
(2018.0) Graphical Most Recently Used - On the new Home Window you can see icon previews of your most recently used files, making selecting recent documents easy and fast.
(2018.0) STEP export units - Previously all STEP files were exported in cm. Now, you can choose which units to use via System Options > Interoperability > STEP
(2018.0) Configurable Mouse Buttons - The Zoom, Pan, and Rotate commands can now be customized. If you use several programs, you can now make them all operate the same way.
(2018.0) Pick PDF Engine - The PDF publishing engine is now an option and can be selected from System Options > Drawings > PDF. If you install a new PDF writer (e.g. PDFill), it should show up here to be selected for use.
(2017.1) Rectangle by Center tool in 2D Sketch
(2017.1) Extrude Boss/Cutout/Thin: Bi-directional unequal lengths option
(2017.1) Revolve Boss/Cutout/Thin: Bi-directional unequal angle option
(2017.1) Ability to zoom/pan View Creation Preview in 2D Drawings
(2017.1) Additional Hide Part option in 2D Drawings allows you to hide parts in all views.
(2017.1) Add a Select by Layer tool in 2D Drawings, allowing the user to select all items by layer. This can be used for several things, such as the ability to get rid of sick dimensions all at once or performing layer changes on many entities at once without manual selection.
(2017.1) Home Window > Help > Forum link goes to new forum
(2017.1) Re-enabled auto-updater in product (only accessible in the next release, not 2017.1)
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.

Core Component Upgrades

(2019.0) DirectX Upgrade - Jump from DirectX 9 to DirectX 11 with years' worth of advancements.
(2019.0) Utilize your Graphics Card - Rendering pipeline now takes advantage of your nice graphics card.
(2018.0) Full update to latest ACIS – the core modeling kernel 
(2018.0) Full update to latest 2D-DCM – the 2D constraint manager / solver
(2018.0) Full update to latest 3D-DCM – the 3D constraint manager / solver
(2018.0) Full update to latest HLM – the hidden line manager
(2018.0) Full update to latest ST-Developer – STEP import/export
(2018.0) Full update to latest Datakit – Import/Export of 3rd party proprietary CAD formats
(2018.0) Full update to latest Adobe PDFLibs – PDF publishing
(2018.0) Full update to latest ODA Toolkit – 2D import/export
(2018.0) The build environment for Alibre Design (Visual Studio) was upgraded
(2017.1) Migrate to latest conversion library from Datakit for import/export of 3rd party CAD application data
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.

Bug Fixes

(2019.0) - Several transparent face issues
(2019.0) - Several issues with the measurement tool acting bizarelly have been addressed
(2019.0) - Improved licensing logic to make startup better under certain conditions
(2019.0) - Cannot set note size to 10pt prior to typing
(2019.0) - Fixed AutoUpdate from incorrectly prompting some international users to update
(2019.0) - Fixed an issue causing the software to hang when opening some assemblies
(2019.0) - Fixed Obj Ref error seen when opening a 2D drawing saved with inactive config of the part
(2019.0) - Activating a section view on some models causes some faces to become transparent
(2019.0) - Direct Entry coordinate dialog messed up on 4K monitor
(2019.0) - Move Curve Points dialog box messed up on 4K monitor
(2019.0) - Index Out of bound error fixed - when designs has multiple configs
(2019.0) - Object Ref error seen when trying to use "Change scale" option in this user drawing (ft and inches related)
(2019.0) - Editing some features would cause Alibre Design to crash
(2019.0) - Trim of Offset Ellipse throws Object Reference error
(2019.0) - Alibre crashes when closing some imported files
(2019.0) - Alibre silently crashes when launching Alibre Script from Part/Asm workspace
(2019.0) - Editing Text figures sometimes throws an exception
(2019.0) - Extrude dialog missing Reverse check box in Portuguese version
(2019.0) - Fixed several issues related to export and render of models with assembly features
(2019.0) - Placing a new bom in a blank drawing workspace no longer throws an exception
(2018.2) A bug was fixed that occasionally prevented the editing of External Threads.
(2018.2) A bug that caused the dimension style in-place editing menu in 2D drawings to have overlapping input boxes when the Fit option was selected has been addressed.
(2018.2) A bug causing an exception during first-run of the Script overlay if the ribbon is disabled has been fixed.
(2018.2) A bug that caused 2D drawing export to DXF to fail in some cases due to a centerline issue has been fixed.
(2018.2) A bug causing some add-ons to have issues if the ribbon is disabled has been fixed.
(2018.2) A bug when overriding the dimension value on the in-place editing menu in 2D drawings that caused the style to also be overridden has been fixed.
(2018.2) A bug causing a Disposed Cursor Error exception after switching color schemes has been fixed.
(2018.2) A bug causing issues with new View insertion in 2D drawings when the default units are in Feet and Inches has been fixed.
(2018.2) Several Alibre Script bugs were addressed.
(2018.1) Cannot create external cosmetic thread if the cylindrical face has any feature on it.
(2018.1) Some users experienced an error: “Attempt to access index __; valid range is 0..__” when editing or creating Notes after a Windows update. This has been addressed.
(2018.1) Sketches created via the API could become deformed in some circumstances
(2018.1) Glitch in displaying complex sketch in canvas when outside sketch mode
(2018.1) Sheetmetal error with converted conical sheet metal parts
(2018.1) Flatpattern fails for certain classes of converted sheet metal parts
(2018.1) Workspace orientation is not respected when project as flat pattern is applied
(2018.1) Object Ref Error seen when regenerating some legacy sheet metal parts
(2018.1) An “Unable to create bend law when adjacent flanges are coplanar” error has been fixed
(2018.0) Several scenarios where the canvas would be replaced by the “Red X”, for example after waking from Sleep Mode, have been addressed.
(2017.1.1) Fixed BOM callouts changing to all be ? marks.
(2017.1) Fix issues with cursor icon artifacts and distortion
(2017.1) Cannot enter angle values into Japanese Alibre input boxes because the automatically added degree symbol (°) is a multibyte character in Japanese which makes the entry invalid
(2017.1) Exception when placing Note in 2D drawing on some computers
(2017.1) Application crashes if Shift is held while placing a sketch entity with an inferred horizontal or vertical constraint
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.

Import / Export

(2019.0) Import/Export Pipeline completely redone
(2019.0) New industry-leading file translators for every file type
(2019.0) New ODA DWG toolkit for DWG and DXF import implemented, improving interoperability
(2019.0) Fixed STEP import issues from Allegro PCB Tools, DipTrace, Proteus 8, Creo, ProE
(2019.0) Import/Export success rate is much higher than in 2018
(2019.0) Added support for STEP242, NX, and JT files.
(2019.0) Support for Solidworks import/export has been removed - however Parasolid is a superior option with less translation quirks and is supported
(2018.2) The 2018 versions of DWG and DXF are now available for import/export.
(2018.0) Solidworks 2018 import is now supported
(2018.0) Inventor 2018 import is now supported
(2018.0) Parasolid 30 import is now supported
(2017.1.2) Fixed some SolidWorks parts importing as assemblies
(2017.1.2) Fixed CATIA import issues
(2017.1.1) Fixed color and part names missing when importing some Parasolid files
(2017.1.1) Fixed feature colors missing on some imported parts
(2017.1) Customer Assembly file exported as STEP from Inventor 2017 has some parts incorrectly scaled
(2017.1) Fixed bad Import of SolidWorks SLDPRT file
(2017.1) Fixed import functionality of CATIA V5 (V26) files
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.


(2019.0) - Exposed new graphics pipeline to add-on developers
(2018.2) Keyshot 8 is now available.
(2017.1.1) Fixed Keyshot’s dialog that used to say “Return to Geomagic Design”
(2017.1) Fixed Alibre Parameters Addin for Microsoft Excel v2010 and later
(2017.1) Keyshot 7 now works with Alibre Design 2017.1
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(2019.0) - Large Model Performance - View interaction performance (rotate/pan Frames per Second) for large models is now up to 5x faster.
(2018.2) For large assemblies, we’ve made several changes that should improve SaveAs/SaveAllAs dialog interaction performance significantly. Other changes should help improve assembly loading (open) performance.
(2018.2) Drawings of complex assemblies can now be opened faster. Optimizations for assemblies with many constraints and configurations now improve drawing file load times.
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.


(2019.0) Right Click on Most Recently Used - Previously when you right click on a Most Recently Used icon, the Windows folder containing the file is opened. We have enhanced this to now highlight the file within the directory, based on a user request.
(2019.0) Make Flexible - Significant work has gone into making Make Flexible substantially more robust
(2019.0) Ribbon Layout - A relatively minor reorganization of the ribbon and some tab and tool names
(2019.0) Imported Files in Design Explorer - Now the file type and name is shown in the Design Explorer, instead of "Imported File"
(2019.0) Language defaults for international users - Improved default language settings detection for some locations
(2019.0) Orient to Plane has been added in the Assembly right click menu
(2019.0) Global Parameter sorting - Global Parameter configurations are now sorted in the drop down
(2018.2) The last-used export type is now remembered between sessions. For example, if you tend to export STL files a lot, you no longer have to select STL as the export format after reopening Alibre Design / Atom3D.
(2018.2) New APIs to hide reference geometry such as reference planes, axes, and points.
(2018.2) The Computer Name of the licensed machine will be passed to the Alibre licensing server. This makes it easier for you and for support to figure out which machine needs to be decommissioned if you have a licensing issue. This will replace the “DeviceID” that is currently used, which is a random string of characters.
(2018.2) A string update in context menus in 2D drawings for consistency
(2018.2) A German language dialog has been modified.
(2018.2) Modified some PDF publishing strings to be more clear
(2018.2) Restoring a package file now auto-scrolls the Windows Explorer dialog to show the default folder being used during target folder selection
(2018.1) The Home Window open button has been moved to the left per customer request 
(2018.1) The Roll View Left and Roll View Right commands have been added to the Quick Access toolbar (near the gem) at the top left of the window.
(2018.1) The Reset View (formerly Orient to Sketch) tool has been made more prominent near the Select tool in Sketch Mode.
(2018.1) Several tools have been renamed for simplicity. For example, the “Measurement Tool” has been renamed “Measure”.
(2018.1) The Insert Axis and Insert Point dialogs in Sketch Mode now properly display on high resolution monitors.
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - Design/Drawing/Assembly Explorer icons now support higher resolutions 
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - In-Place Editing icons now support higher resolutions
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - The Ribbon icons now support higher resolutions
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - Grabbing the Design Explorer divider to resize it is easier
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - Larger 2D Constraint Symbol option (System Options > Parts/Assemblies > Sketching > Sketch Constraints Size)
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - Larger Sketch Node option (System Options > Parts/Assemblies > Sketching > Sketch Node Size)
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - DPI-aware selection snap makes selecting things much easier on high resolution displays
(2018.0) High Resolution Support - DPI-aware dialogs have been created for many that were not DPI aware – this fixes the jumbled look of dialogs on high resolution displays
(2018.0) Default color scheme - Small changes to the default color scheme for rollover and preview color
(2018.0) API - New framework for creating .NET based AD Add-Ons
(2018.0) API - AlibreCAM: Trimmed surface API has been updated so AlibreCAM by MecSoft can be upgraded
(2018.0) API - Assigning Color to a Feature in Part
(2018.0) API - Selection Events
(2018.0) API - Access configurations of Global Parameter Files
(2018.0) API - Dimensioning Between Points
(2018.0) API - Anchor/Hide/Suppress sub-assemblies
(2018.0) API - Capture images of the canvas
(2018.0) API - Set a part configuration within an assembly
(2017.1.1) Changed around 20 default options to make the initial experience better
(2017.1.1) Fixed cursor not changing to represent what was being hovered over
(2017.1.1) Fixed Spanish resources in some dialogs
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.

Alibre Script Updates

(2019.0) - Added Part.RemovePoint() and Part.RemovePlane()
(2019.0) - Added Part.AddPoint(Name, Point)
(2019.0) - Added Sketch.AddPoint(X, Y), deprecated Sketch.AddPoint(X, Y, IsReference)
(2019.0) - Added Part.AddAxis() for cylindrical faces
(2019.0) - Added Face.GetAdjoiningFaces()
(2019.0) - Added Part.AddPlane() for an axis and a point
(2019.0) - Added Point.X, Point.Y and Point.Z
(2019.0) - Added ThreeD.GetPerpendicularVector()
(2019.0) - Added Part.AddAxis using Point objects
(2019.0) - Added face mapping to 2D sketches, Sketch.StartFaceMapping() and Sketch.StopFaceMapping()
(2019.0) - Added generic mapping to 2D sketches, Sketch.StartMapping() and Sketch.StopMapping()
(2019.0) - Added TwoD.RotatePoint()
(2019.0) - Added AssembledPart.GetAssemblyVertices()
(2019.0) - Added AssembledPart.GetAssemblyBoundingBox()
(2019.0) - Added AssembledPart.PartPointtoAssemblyPoint() and AssembledPart.AssemblyPointtoPartPoint()
(2019.0) - Added Face.GetEdges(), Face.GetVertices() Face.GetArea()
(2019.0) - Added Edge.GetVertices(), Edge.Length and Edge.IsRectangle()
(2019.0) - Added Assembly.GetPartOrientation()
(2019.0) - Assembly.Selections now returns selection of subassemblies, parts, faces, edges and vertices
(2019.0) - Edge.GetPart(), Vertex.GetPart() and Face.GetPart() now returned an AssembledPart instead of Part if the edge/vertex/face was selected via a dialog window
(2019.0) - Added built-in functions CurrentPart() and CurrentAssembly() to console
(2019.0) - Added built-in functions CurrentParts() and CurrentAssemblies() to console
(2019.0) - Added built-in variable AlibreScriptVersion to console
(2019.0) - Added built-in class Windows() to console
(2019.0) - Removed extraneous blank line after entering a command in the console
(2019.0) - Separated save option for user data from UI layout
(2019.0) - Now able to select parts in an assembly using dialog windows
(2019.0) - Script changed identifier '*' moved to before script name
(2019.0) - Added chapter to manual on built-in functionality
(2019.0) - Added chapter to manual on sketch mapping
(2019.0) - Sketch.PointtoGlobal() and Sketch.GlobaltoPoint() now take into account script units
(2019.0) - Fixed bug with Part.AddPoint(Name, List) putting the point at the wrong location
(2019.0) - Fixed bug with ThreeD.TransformPointUsingVectors() inverting the X axis
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that stopped parts from being reselected when part selection box receives focus
(2019.0) - Can now handle corrupt user setting files
(2019.0) - Worked around bug in .NET and/or third-party controls that caused height of editor to be incorrectly determined
(2019.0) - Fixed issue that caused crash when starting Alibre Script after a new install of Alibre Design, until the PC was rebooted
(2019.0) - Fixed bugs that causes error if attempted to get part faces, edges or vertices when part has no body
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that caused browse buttons to not be disabled when disabling a dialog input that uses a browse button
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that causes error if an attempt was made to enable or disable images or labels in dialog windows
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that sometimes caused Face.DistanceTo() to return a value of zero
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that stopped line number from being shown in error messages
(2019.0) - Fixed bug that caused crash if running a script that was not saved
(2018.2) Added find/replace.
(2018.2) Enabled SQLite3 support.
(2018.2) Added support for show/hide of design planes, axes and points.
(2018.2) Fixed bug that caused an error when closing dialog windows.
(2018.2) Added support for activating configurations of parts and subassemblies inside assemblies.
(2018.2) Fixed selection bug.
(2018.2) Fixed missing Python libraries bug.
(2018.2) Added Sketch.ToXml(), Sketch.FromXml(), Sketch.SavetoXml() and Sketch.LoadXml().
(2018.2) Script-based dialog windows now have a selection system that more closely matches the built in dialogs in Alibre Design.
(2018.2) Script-based dialog windows now always highlight the focussed input.
(2018.2) Added button to preferences dialog to delete saved user data for Alibre Script.
(2018.2) 2D Sketch functions that add a Bspline now return a Bspline object.
(2018.2) Added GetPoint() to 2D Bspline object, allowing evaluation of a Bspline at any point.
(2018.2) Added Length and SubDivide() to 2D Bspline object.
(2018.2) Added Length, Subdivide() and SubdivideGetNormals() to BSpline3D.
(2018.2) Added GetPointAt() to 2D Bspline object.
(2018.2) Added GetPointAt() and GetNormalAt() to 3D Bspline object.
(2018.2) Hovering over script tab now shows path and filename of script.
(2018.2) Added Polyline3D, CircularArc3D, Line3D, PolylinePoint3D.
(2018.2) Added Sketch3D.Figures to query the parts of a 3D sketch.
(2018.2) Added constructor for Polyline.
(2018.2) Added support for passing parameters to scripts from the console.
(2018.2) Added support for running a specific script from the console.
(2018.2) Added Sketch.GetSurface to obtain the plane or face that the sketch was created on.
(2018.2) Script-based dialog windows now allow multi-selection of faces, edges, vertices, points, planes, axes and sketches.
(2018.2) Added context menu to script tabs.
(2018.2) AlibreScriptVersion global variable changed from major.minor as real to build number as integer.
(2018.2) Added auto indentation in editor.
(2018.2) Added tab/space options.
(2018.2) Console now shows Alibre Script build number.
(2018.2) Added Part.ExportRotatedSTL().
(2018.2) Added input changed callback to options dialogs.
(2018.2) Added ability to enable and display dialog inputs.
(2018.2) Added callback to options and utility dialogs to set up the user interface after dialog creation, e.g. enable/disable items based on current settings.
(2018.2) Added STL Exporter example script to allow export of rotated STLs for 3D printing.
(2018.2) Added Part.GetUserData() and Part.SetUserData() to store user data in part files.
(2018.2) Added Assembly.GetUserData() and Assembly.SetUserData() to store user data in assembly files.
(2018.2) Code completion now shows enum values.
(2018.2) Added some missing classes to code completion feature.
(2018.2) Fixed bug that caused script-based dialogs to not always be on top of the Alibre Design window.
(2018.2) Fixed bug that caused cross-contamination of python environment between part/assembly sessions when using the Windows class.
(2018.2) Added Part.SaveSnapshot() and Assembly.SaveSnapshot() to save images of parts and assemblies.
(2018.2) Now requests Windows perform a thumbnail refresh before saving a thumbnail of a part or assembly.
(2018.2) Added Part.GetFeature()
(2018.2) Added Feature.SetColor(r, g, b)
(2018.2) Added Part.Select() to select edges and faces
(2018.2) Added IGES and SAT exports of parts.
(2018.2) Added export options for assemblies.
(2018.2) Added part exporter example script.
(2018.2) Added file copier example script.
(2018.2) Added Part.Selections and Assembly.Selections to get current selections.
(2018.2) Added option to allow user to disable saving of layout and scripts to part and assembly files.
(2018.2) Added option to set and reset the default layout.
(2018.2) Added BIP export for parts and assemblies.
You have access to the latest features and bug fixes. Check back later for details on our upcoming releases.
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