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An interesting development in the CAD world is the upcoming release of
Visio's IntelliCAD (development code name Phoenix).

For interesting information check out:  http://www.visio.com/intellicad/

For the record, I love AutoCAD (r14). But I'm welcoming some long overdue
true competion for the Autodesk market.

Brent Koch, P.E.
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>From a 10/27 press release:

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Visio Announces Availability of IntelliCAD Preview CD-ROM
Prerelease Version of Visio's New Autodesk AutoCAD-Compatible Software
Permits Users to Test Drive with Legacy Data

SEATTLE ? Oct. 27, 1997 ? Visio Corp. (NASDAQ "VSIO") today announced that
it will widely distribute a preview version of IntelliCAD® by Visio in
mid-November. Formerly code-named "Phoenix," IntelliCAD software will offer
unparalleled compatibility with Autodesk AutoCAD drawings, commands, and
applications at an expected average selling price of $499 (U.S.). By
offering a preliminary version of IntelliCAD software to the general public
in the United States, Visio anticipates that large numbers of CAD users will
evaluate both the software's productivity-enhancing features and its
compatibility with AutoCAD.

"Users can't wait to find out for themselves if IntelliCAD truly represents
the first affordable alternative to AutoCAD that maintains compatibility
with legacy data and applications," said John Forbes, vice president and
general manager, technical products at Visio. "With the IntelliCAD Preview,
users can investigate to their own satisfaction the product's high degree of
compatibility with their .dwg drawings, AutoLISP macros, and other custom
data. Before Visio ships the final version, users can gain firsthand
experience of IntelliCAD's ability to round-trip .dwg drawings with no data
loss, and its exciting new productivity-enhancing features for the CAD
user."

By employing .dwg as its native file format, IntelliCAD software seamlessly
supports the vast number of legacy drawings created by CAD operators over
the years with AutoCAD, the dominant PC-based CAD application. IntelliCAD
allows users to round-trip AutoCAD-generated .dwg files without data loss,
including the new entities introduced in the latest version of AutoCAD,
Release 14. IntelliCAD also supports the same key customization features
that have distinguished AutoCAD in the marketplace. These features include
full support for the AutoLISP macro language, AutoCAD custom menus and
dialog boxes, and the Autodesk Development System (ADS) API, used by
third-party software developers to create applications that run on AutoCAD.
While maintaining compatibility with legacy data and applications,
IntelliCAD software also includes innovative features that enhance and
extend the AutoCAD work environment. These enhancements include a full,
event-driven implementation of Microsoft Visual Basic Applications Edition
(VBA), a Drawing Explorer for intuitively managing drawing layers,
linetypes, and blocks, a visual menu editor for easy customization of
AutoCAD-compatible menu structures, and a drag-and-drop button bar editor
that easily creates horizontal fly-out structures on toolbars. IntelliCAD
supports a feature frequently requested but still not available in AutoCAD ?
a multiple document interface (MDI) that permits the simultaneous editing of
multiple drawings. This feature also allows IntelliCAD users to cut, copy
and paste drawing entities between windows.  <<snip-end>>