We have now released ARD 2011 for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 64bit customers. This new version of the software has been completely updated/recoded into the .NET programming environment. Many of the changes to the software are 'under the hood', however the recode sets the foundations for a major revolution in the software over the next 6-12 months.
Over the coming months we will roll these changes back to the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 platform and to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 32 bit users.
The top new features in this release include:
The ability to open multiple independent cross section windows for any ARD Object (Road, Kerb Return, Cul-de-sac, String, etc). Each window can be repositioned wherever required and will update as any changes are made to the road cross sections or long sections.
The ability to project surfaces, alignments and other ARD Objects (such as Strings) onto the cross section view windows
A 'modeless' Design Data form providing users with the ability to edit the cross sections and review the changes immediately on every open cross section.
A Model Builder facilitating interactive creation of models using any/all ARD Objects. The new Model Builder boasts a dynamic and interactive display from which you can easily click on screen to remove portions of each object/string. All Roads and Codes that are included in the model are highlighted, and trimmed/excluded Codes are greyed out. Edits are stored in a list and can be readily edited and viewed int he interactive display. Click on Create Surface to quickly build a Civil 3D surface model using the included Strings and Codes
The ability to set any colour for ARD layers using the full AutoCAD colour palette