ACIS 3D and Solids modeling

ACIS 3D and Solids modeling

3D, Solids Modelling and ACIS .SAT file support in CMS IntelliCAD®

CMS IntelliCAD® PE Plus edition fully supports Spatial® ACIS solids modeling. Autodesk .dwg 3D solid modeling is compatible with ACIS file format. This means that 3D drawings created with CMS IntelliCAD® or AutoCAD®. CMS IntelliCAD® includes a non-history based, non-parametric-associative and non-direct modeling solids modeler. By being so, it's extremely fast to handle thousands of 3D individual solids entities with CMS IntelliCAD® resulting on a amazing graphics performance experience while handling large 3D files.

Interchange CAD data is a requirement and a reality between collaborative corporations. CMS IntelliCAD® PE Plus is able to import, edit, and export any existing .sat file files up to version 23 allowing 3D entities data interchangeability with other 3D CAD packages like SolidWorks®, Inventor, Alibre® or SolidEdge®.

Plus, starting from CMS IntelliCAD® v8.2 PE, it's now possible to import *.sat files in to IntelliCAD model view through ACISIN command. Additionally, though not being able to create/edit 3D solid entities, it also supports *.dwg file viewing that include such CAD entities.

Command Line, Menus, Toolbars and Properties Pane

Command Line, Menus, Toolbars and Properties Pane

CMS IntelliCAD® supports hundreds of AutoCAD® software commands. Select AutoCAD® software commands from the pull-down menus and toolbar icons, or type AutoCAD® software command syntax at the optional command line prompt - whichever best fits your work style. You can work with the CMS IntelliCAD window and its elements in a variety of ways. For example, you can display and rearrange the toolbars, display the command bar, and enable the status bar. The toolbars and command bar can also be floated anywhere on the screen or docked to the edges of the main IntelliCAD window.

The command bar is a dockable window in which you type IntelliCAD commands and view prompts and other program messages. By default the command bar displays the three most recent lines of prompts, but you can extend the window to display more lines. Move or resize the command bar by dragging it.

CMS IntelliCAD® also supports AutoCAD® software menus (MNU), dialog boxes (DCL), fonts (SHX), scripts (SCR), and symbol libraries, so you can easily transfer custom AutoCAD® software environments into IntelliCAD® and continue working in your favorite drafting environment.

When you type in the command bar, IntelliCAD suggests names of matching commands as you type. The suggested names appear in an AutoComplete window. Simply select the desired command in the list. In addition to command names, suggestions can include names of external commands, system variables, aliases, and LISP functions.

Commands can also be deployed from the IntelliCAD dropdown menu by choosing them from the available list of menu options. The available menu options depend on the experience level that is set at the IntelliCAD general options. Users can use both the default Ribbon interface and the IntelliCAD dropdown menu. IntelliCAD menu bar is not available by default and can easily be activate through a right mouse click on top of the IntelliCAD Ribbons.

In the Properties pane, changes that you make in the Layer, Color, Thickness, Lineweight, Linetype, Linetype Scale, and Print Style (if using named print style tables) fields affect all selected entities. To change the properties of a single entity in the selection set, choose the entity from the list at the top of the Properties pane. You can select the entities to be changed using any entity-selection method.

Ribbon User Interface

Ribbon User Interface

CMS IntelliCAD User Interface - the unified ALL-IN interface.

Users can work with the IntelliCAD window and its elements in a variety of ways. For example, you can display and rearrange the toolbars, display the command bar, and enable the status bar. The toolbars and command bar can also be floated anywhere on the screen or docked to the edges of the main IntelliCAD window. With CMS IntelliCAD user can combine both floating toolbars and menus with the new CMS IntelliCAD ribbon interface.
Switching tabs can also be quickly accomplish by rotating the mouse wheel while the mouse pointer is over the Ribbon Commands tab.

The ribbon contains several areas from which to choose commands: Ribbon Application button, Quick Access toolbar and Tabs with New Panel Expanders. Note that some few features are ONLY available at the PE Plus edition.

Application button — The Application button in the upper left corner contains file-related commands, such as New, Open, Import, Export, and more.
Quick Access toolbar — Contains common commands. Click the Quick Access toolbar down arrow to choose which commands display and to customize various visual elements of the drawing window.
Tabs — Contains related commands grouped together, for example, on tabs named Home, Edit, Draw 2D, etc.
Drawing Tabs and Workspaces — Show drawings on individual tabs in the main IntelliCAD window. Use the Options command, click the Display tab, then click MDI Options to specify set­tings for drawing tabs. Workspaces are now easily accessible on the Quick Access toolbar. Easily save workspaces by clicking Workspaces in the status bar and choosing Save Current As.

New drawing file tabs


At this main tab, users have access to the main, and most used, entity creation and editing features. Draw lines, curves, circles, modify entities, insert text, annotate and insert dimensions, create, insert and edit cad blocks, control layer features and share or transfer entities through Windows clipboard


EDIT tab allows entity editing

Draw & Draw 3D (Solids on PE Plus edition only)

DRAW tab allows users to control how entities are created. Major drawing entity creation, entity snaps, entity settings, 3D meshes, solids and solids editing are available at these tabs.


INSERT tab allows the insertion and control of external references and files.


At ANNOTATE tab users are able to create, edit and control text entities, insert all sort of dimensions including styles editing, revision cloud and wipeout markups, add and edit annotation scaling.


The VIEW tab allos users to control how to navigate and view drawing and entities. Preset views, Dynamic views, Layouts, View-ports, edit entities DRAW ORDER, set the visual style, render a 3D scene, set UCS and control display features.


File Export and Plot features are available at the OUTPUT tab. Exporting drawing fle or entities to *.DXF, DWF, SAT, BMP, WMF, EMF, PDF, SVG, STL and DAE file formats. PLOT through PUBLISH or PRINT, and set or manage print style are features available at this tab.


TOOLS tab gives access or runs custom applications development such as Microsoft VBA or .NET, LISP, IRX, SDS. Tools tab also is able to inquiry drawing entities like AREAS, MASS PROPERTIES, etc. or define variable settings. Manage drawing settings, external references and customize user menus, toolbars, keyboard shortcuts and alias. Major EXPLORE features are also available at the TOOLS tab.

Express Tools

New EXPRESS Tools tab provide you with expanded productivity tools and features like Copy nested entities, auto-number, attach leader to annotation, multi-lines styles manager and more.


With the HELP tab, users are able to get technical support through the built-in help feature, full PDF printable user guide (some features are only available at the full PE Plus edition), use the Bug submitting form, and also check for version updates or access the license manager. Users can also benchmark their graphics devices here.

Native *.dwg and *.dgn support

Native *.dwg and *.dgn support

Native .DWG file support - from version 2.5 to 2017 (2018 support starting from 8.4 PE Plus edition)

CMS IntelliCAD fully supports AutoCAD legacy drawings. IntelliCAD reads and writes .dwg files in their native format without any loss of data, from AutoCAD 2017 back to Version 11, including AutoCAD LT®. Because IntelliCAD uses Autodesk DWG compatible file format as its native file format, no translation is required.

CMS IntelliCAD® opens, edits, and saves any existing .dwg file files saved in version 2.5 through 2013, without conversion or data loss. That makes CMS IntelliCAD® 8.x more compatible with older versions of AutoCAD® software than AutoCAD® software itself!

Plus, starting from CMS IntelliCAD v8.2, it's now possible to natively OPEN and EDIT *.DGN files. *.DGN files will be saved natively as *.DWG files.

As CMS IntelliCAD is able to import DXF, DXB, DWF, DWT and DAE format files, it can also import MicroStation *.DGN format files by converting them to .dwg files.