What's New in Cut2D V8.5

The latest version of Cut2D, version 8.5 is now available. This is the direct successor to Cut2D V8.

On this page you can read a summary of the new additions and enhancments by clicking items from the list on the right or by scrolling down the page. To see the features in action there are videos included in the relevant areas below. Alternatively, to read a detailed description of all the changes you can download the “What’s New” PDF document using the button immediately below.

What's New in Cut2D Pro 8.5 PDF Document

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Cut2D V8.5 Upgrade Entitlement Information

Cut2D version 8.5 is a free upgrade to all customers who already have a copy of version 8.

The new software installation will be distributed via the Vectric Customer Portal which allows customers to access their software along with their licence codes at any time. It will be a completely new installation, not a patch. If an existing copy of the version 8 software is installed then the Tool Database, Postprocessors and Gadgets (for Pro users) will be copied across to the new installation.

Vectric will be emailing all existing registered owners of the software with details of how to either download the upgrade or if you are running an older version the information on how to purchase it. If you have not received an email and think you are entitled to the upgrade please email support@vectric.com with your registered license information so our support team can look into it for you.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

Specify the number of files in the "Recently Opened Files..." list
There is now an option to specify the number of files to show in the "Recently Opened Files..." list on the left hand pane when you first start the software. The number of files displayed are controlled in the Edit - Options menu, simply enter a value for "Recent File List Size", then once you re-start the software the list will build up to the number entered as you open or save new files.

The image to the right shows a list that has been edited to show 8 files.

SketchUp 2016 file format support
Version 8.5 has added support for the SketchUp 2016 format for *.SKP files when importing 2D vector data.

Animating the 3D View

Movements between the 4 set viewing directions (Iso, Along X, Along Y and Along Z) in the 3D View are now animated and will transition between views rather than instantly change. This behaviour can easily be toggled using the "Animate Camera Moves" entry in the Edit - Options drop-down menu.




Drawing Enhancements

SVG Import 
Version 8.5 has added support to import vectors from an *.SVG format file. SVG is a commonly used format on webpages and also as an output choice from design programs like Inkscape. Designed to be scaled SVG files often contain useful data which can now be extracted when importing vectors. Currently text entities are ignored by the SVG import, so they should be converted to curves in an SVG editor before importing if required.

Dimensioning and Snapping
Dimensions applied in the software can now snap to guidelines and also the corners and mid points of each side of the specified job setup area. This makes it easier to add measurements using locations which are not specified by a vector entity in the job.


Filleting Improvements
The vector Filleting tool has been improved so that the corner filleting no longer needs to lie between two straight line spans on a vector. It is now possible to add a fillet between any of the vector span types; Straight Line, Arc or Bezier Curve. In addition if the software finds a fit for the specified Radius it will add the Fillet across multiple spans. These enhancements add
a lot of flexibility to vector design within the software making it possible to easily add fillets to any area on a vector shape.


Extra Symmetry and Shift options added to Create Linear Array (Block Copy) tool
The Create Linear Array (Block Copy) tool has had some powerful new options added to it that give you much more flexibility when copying objects. The "Symmetry..." area on the form has four buttons with L shaped icons. Clicking any of these buttons will cycle through four possible options to adjust how the group of the first four objects in an array will be laid out relative to their direction. This pattern will then be propagated across the complete layout. The L-shape on the button indicates the layout that will be used relative to the objects original orientation.

The other addition to this tool is the ability to add a "Shift" distance to alternate Rows or Columns in the array. Adding an X shift will move every other row horizontally by that value. Adding a Y shift will move every other column vertically up or down by the value input. This allows you to easily create things like a brick pattern layout. Combining these new options along with the existing tools in the function makes it much easier to create a greater diversity of layouts with the Array tool.


Clipping Region for Bitmap Vector Fitting
When fitting a vector to a bitmap you can now select the region of the image that the fitted vector will be limited to. Selection is done by dragging a box with the mouse over the area of the Bitmap that you want to isolate the fitted vector. If a box is specified then vectors will only be fitted to the area of the Bitmap within the box and the edges will be closed. If no additional area is selected then the vectors will be fitted to the entire image as with previous versions.



Move to Sheet (Applicable to Cut2D Pro only - NOT Desktop)
When working with data that has been distributed across multiple "Sheets"by the Nesting tool you now have the added flexibility to manually move objects from one Sheet to another. Previously it was not possible to move objects between sheets. Simply select the object/s you want to move in the 2D View and right-mouse-click on them to access the "Move to Sheets" option from the pop-up menu.



General Toolpath Enhancements

Deleting All Toolpaths
Version 8.5 now has an option to Delete more than one toolpath, this can be accessed through the right-mouse-click menu in the Toolpath List. When you right-click on a toolpath name and choose Delete from the menu it will give you four choices to either delete the toolpath you clicked on, delete all the toolpaths or delete either the currently visible or invisible toolpaths. This will dramatically speed up toolpath deletion if you need to remove more than one at a time.

Toolpath Undo
This version has added the ability to Undo and Redo toolpath deletion. This is a very welcome addition for anyone who has accidently deleted a toolpath that they did not intend to, as you can now just hit the Undo icon, Edit - Undo or Ctrl+Z to get it back. This will also work with the new multiple-delete option detailed above.

Increased Toolpath Preview Simulation Resolution
Two additional choices have been added for the resolution that is used to create the Toolpath Preview material block. There are now five choices that can be accessed from the "Toolpaths" drop down menu and its sub-menu "Preview Simulation Quality". These choices are; Standard, High, Very High, Extremely High and Maximum. The first three are the equivalents of those available in previous versions of the software, the last two offer options for substantially more detail to be displayed when previewing the results of your Toolpaths.

This Preview block is defined by a dense grid of very small points (pixels), the more pixels used to create the block then the better detail from a toolpath that can be rendered. There is however a potential performance penalty for choosing a higher resolution and a guide to this is indicated on the drop-down menu showing how much slower it may be to perform the simulation, this will of course vary a lot depending on your computers specifications and what options you have displayed in the Preview Toolpath form (Animate Toolpath - Draw Tool).

The images show the Toolpath Previews for the same part which is a relatively small part on a larger piece of material, the one on the left shows it with a "Standard" setting and the one on the right with the new "Maximum" option selected.










Gadget Enhancements

IMPORTANT NOTE: This section applies to Cut2D Pro users only as Cut2D Desktop does not support Gadgets

Gadget Shortcuts
If you have Gadgets installed that you need to frequently access you can now associate a set of short-cut key combinations to run them automatically. The Gadget Shortcuts function can be found under the Gadgets drop-down menu. There is a list of 9 key combinations shown - Ctrl + F1 through to Ctrl + F9. In the box to the right of each of these it will say "Currently Unset" when you first open the form. Click on any one of these and then you can use the down-arrow to the right of the box to select from the list of currently installed Gadgets to associate them with the adjacent key combination.

Once set you can hit the specified key combination to run the Gadget, this makes access to your most used Gadgets much quicker and so help maintain a fluid workflow.

Job Setup Sheet Editor Gadget
Another addition to the Gadget drop-down menu in v8.5 is the option for the "Setup Sheet Editor". Clicking this gives you access to a form that will allow you to customize the Job Setup Sheet. You are able to change the logo displayed on the sheet, change the title, change the color of the header, footer and border and also choose which sections you want to output when you generate a Setup Sheet. You can also use the Reset button to return it to the default formatting.




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