About a month before Bricsys International Conference 2013, the company released the first beta of BricsCAD V14, which allowed me to peruse what was new. I was amazed: the readme file for new functions, changes, and bug fixes in commands, user interface, and programming ran to 11 pages.
I found this stunning, because I am also beta testing a new release from one of the Big Five CAD vendors: its upgrade "features" consist of a few tweaks to the user interface; not a single new drawing or editing commands.
I suppose I should argue that the big CAD vendor is running out of ideas, that the CAD market has matured, and that Bricsys is still catching up. But we all know that still there is much lacking in CAD.
Perhaps we are destined to be hobbled by the limitations of the computers our software runs on, perhaps there will one day be that breakthrough that finally makes CAD as easy to use as drawing on paper. As someone who began at age 14 in manual drafting, I long for some of that pencil-on-paper intimacy.
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Whatever the future holds, let's jump back to the present. Here in a series of posts, I provide you an overview of functions new and improved in BrisCAD V14.