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The very latest features & updates

Japanese & German language OCR and support for special characters

Update Version 10.2

Version 10.2 (named Lovelace) is a significant update. There are a large number of improvements and fixes in this version.

10.2 also sees the introduction of 2 highly requested features: support for text using ‘special characters’ and Japanese & German language OCR support.

The list of changes in 10.2 are very large, so here’s a brief overview of the improvements.


Features

  • New: Support for UTF-8 text. Including importing, exporting and OCR files with special characters.
  • New language support for OCR, including Japanese and German.

Improvements

  • Multiple improvements to importing raster and vector PDF files.
  • Multiple user interface enhancements focussed on improving the overall usability of the software.
  • Experience much faster image loading speeds on Windows.
  • The processing speed of Clean Image tools (Raster Effects) are significantly improved.

Fixes

  • Multiple fixes related to application stability.

OCR text at any angle

Update Version 10.1.1

This update includes further improvements to Scan2CAD’s OCR capabilities. Previously, OCR was supported for horizontal and vertical text in your images. You can now convert text at any angle.

Many more improvements are in version 10.1.1, let’s have a look at the list:


Features

  • New: Choose whether to combine vectorization results with existing vectors in the canvas.
  • New: Support for OCR on text at non-vertical/horizontal rotations.
  • New: Option to exclude intersecting lines for OCR.

Improvements

  • The ‘Convert Image’ dialog settings will are saved in for future sessions.

Fixes

  • Fixed styling of the page number field in the PDF Import dialog.
  • Technical vectorization with color mode enabled now produces correct results.
  • Fixed crashing which could happen with vectorization+ocr with color mode enabled.
  • Fixed the colors assigned for beziers with outline and technical vectorization modes.

New: Tabs, Keyboard shortcuts and many UI improvements

Update Version 10.1.0

Version 10.1.0 features many significant improvements to Scan2CAD’s UI. We’ve published a blog post in which we feature some of these improvements.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.1.0


Features

  • New: Include colors of raster image to technical conversions.
  • New: Keyboard shortcuts.

Improvements

  • New: Tooltips when hovering over icons.
  • New: Tabs as a replacement to the ‘files list.’
  • Scan2CAD will now run in 64bit for users running 64bit machines.
  • Many more interface improvements.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug with exporting vectors to PDF.

Vectorization improvements

Update Version 10.0.19

Version 10.0.19 includes a range of minor improvements to the conversion process including improvements to the vectorization results.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.19


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Improved vectorization results to remove unwanted vector lines.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in which a 3D vector file warning was being ejected after vectorization.
  • Fixed an offset which could be caused by using a high vector definition value during an ‘Outline’ vectorization.
  • Removed an extra dialog shown after vectorization.
  • Fixed an issue where monochrome images were being treated as color images during Raster Effects.
  • Fixed the rotate buttons in PDF import dialog

GUI improvements and more

Update Versions 10.0.18

There are many improvements in 10.0.18 which focus on making Scan2CAD’s user experience more intuitive. This update also includes improvements to PDF processing and vectorization results.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.18


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Multiple improvements to the GUI to improve general user experience.
  • It’s now possible to enter decimal values for the Deviation Factor. We’ve also implemented a minimum threshold for this value.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where too much memory was being used for specific PDF files.
  • Fixed an issue where unwanted vectors were created during an outline vectorization.
  • Fixed a bug which could create unwanted vectors during Technical vectorization.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause a crash when creating a new raster file.

New: Image inspection when converting images

Update 10.0.17

In version 10.0.17 we introduce the new ‘Image Inspection‘ tool. When converting your raster images Scan2CAD will automatically inspect the image looking for potential problems which would cause a poor quality conversion.  If potential problems are found Scan2CAD will provide recommendations for cleaning the image with Raster Effects.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.17


Features

  • New: Raster images are inspected during Vectorization. If image fails inspection recommendations for cleaning the image are provided.

Improvements

  • Improvements to how the canvas size is calculated when opening vector images.
  • Support for PDF files containing JBIG2 raster images.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in which Scan2CAD could crash when erasing a text string.

Improved stability of Vector Optimization

Update Version 10.0.16

This update features improved stability of Scan2CAD’s Vector Optimization. You can now use Vector Optimization to convert more complex vector designs. 

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.16


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • The crosshair cursor is now more visible on dark areas.
  • A border has been added to the Raster Erase Area tool.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the Zoom Area tool in which it was not working on Windows.
  • Fixed a bug in which Scan2CAD would crash when opening a PDF containing a previously unsupported raster image format.
  • Vector Optimization stability improved by increasing the support for complex vector shapes.

Fix for DWG 2018 files

Update Version 10.0.15

Version 10.0.15 includes a fix for DWG 2018 files created in Scan2CAD. We found that some AutoDesk products watermarked this format, this has been resolved in this release.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.15


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • New warning for users informing them when their antivirus software is blocking Scan2CAD’s activation.

Fixes

  • Fix for DWG 2018 fixes which were being identified as being created in ‘educational software’ by AutoDesk products.
  • Fixes to issues related to activating Scan2CAD through a proxy.

Fix to vector coordinates

Update Version 10.0.14

This update is strongly recommended for all users. We found there was a bug introduced in 10.0.13 which incorrectly placed vectors on the canvas, this update addresses the bug.

There are no other changes in this release.

Making vector scaling more accurate than ever

Update Version 10.0.13

In version 10.0.13 there are multiple improvements to the workflow of how you input vector scaling information. These improvements make it much more intuitive to accurately scale your designs. 

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.13


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Improvements in how text is extracted from PDF files.
  • Scan2CAD now warns you if you attempt to save an empty vector file.
  • The size of the vector canvas can be adjusted automatically to accommodate all vectors loaded from a file.

Fixes

  • Multiple fixes and improvements to the workflow of inputting vector scaling.
  • Fix to how Scan2CAD writes imperial/metric scaling in g-code files.
  • Minor fixes in how DXF R14 vector files are generated.
  • Fixes and improvements to the activation process.

More improvements to the handling of PDF files

Update Version 10.0.12

This release includes fixes and improvements for the processing of PDF files. In practice, this means that you can convert more PDF files than ever in Scan2CAD.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.12


Features

  • None in this release

Improvements

  • Improved the calculation of image positioning in PDF files.

Fixes

  • Fixed the PDF sampled function processing which improves the translation of vector colors.
  • Fixed the processing of PDF images with indirect dimensions.
  • Fixed multiple sub-paths stroking in PDF files.

Improved Raster Effects Experience & More

Update Version 10.0.11

Version 10.0.11 features an improved user experience when using Raster Effects plus improvements and fixes to the processing of images in PDF files and more.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.11


Features

  • None in this release

Improvements

  • Improved processing of the PDF files with CCITTFax images
  • Improvements to how images in PDF files are assembled.
  • Improved the usability of Raster Effects by disabling ‘Clean Image’ Raster Effects when the image is not monochrome. We also disabled the ‘Reduce Colors’ Raster Effects when the image is monochrome.

Fixes

  • Fixed on offset of text positioning in exported PDFs.
  • Fixed the processing of PDF files with color image masks.
  • Corrected the preset values for the Mechanical vectorization preset.
  • Fixed a bug in which it was not possible to open a file with an extension in uppercase via drag and drop into canvas.

New: JPX & JPEG 2000 support in PDF files

Update Version 10.0.10

This release features new support for JPX and JPEG 2000 image formats in PDF files plus minor usability improvements.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.10


Features

  • New: Support for JPX and JPEG2000 image formats in PDF files.

Improvements

  • It’s now possible to change the raster/vector file visibility by clicking on the file name.
  • Clicking on a Raster Effect checkbox now results in a tab change.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in which changing the Vectorization presets was not affecting the settings.

Enhanced dash-line recognition & more

Update Version 10.0.9

Version 10.0.9 features enhancements to Scan2CAD’s dash-line object recognition as well as improvements to the processing of PDF files.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.9


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Improved raster image extraction for PDF files.
  • Improved the recognition of parallel dash-lines.
  • Implemented a warning for when more than one instance of Scan2CAD is launched.

Fixes

  • Fixed a 1 pixel offset in the raster image positioning with some PDF files.

Fixes to Vector Optimization, text positioning & more

Update Version 10.0.8

This release includes a number of minor fixes improving the general usability and performance of Scan2CAD. Users on Windows 7 should now be able to zoom using their scroll wheel and we’ve addressed an issue in which Scan2CAD was incorrectly connecting polylines during a Vector Optimization.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.8


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • None in this release.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with image masks on macOS.
  • Fixed a bug in which polylines were being incorrectly connected during Vector Optimization.
  • Fixed the inability to use the scroll wheel to zoom on Windows 7.
  • Minor fixes to the positioning of non-horizontal text strings

PDF improvements & additional proxy network support

Update Version 10.0.7

Version 10.0.7 features a number of improvements and fixes for PDF images, text positioning, Raster Effects and more.

This version also includes additional support for users who connect to the internet using a proxy network. You can now enter your proxy connection details when required.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.7


Features

  • New: Support for proxy authentication

Improvements

  • Improved support for huge raster images on Windows
  • Added support for DXF files with missing $EXTMIN and/or $EXTMAX entities
  • Improved support for PDF images with binary masks
  • Improved the logic for the 3D vector file warning
  • Improved support for a range of vector PDF files

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the Smooth Raster Effect failing with some images.
  • Fixed an issue where all polybezier vectors exported with AutoCAD palette were black
  • Fixed the cumulative offset of the text coordinates during export/import of the PDF files

Drag & drop files into Scan2CAD & PDF improvements

Update Version 10.0.6

Version 10.0.6 makes it easier than ever to open your files. You can now drag and drop your files into the Scan2CAD canvas. 

If you’re on Windows you can use the ‘Open With’ file option to launch Scan2CAD and open a file.

This release also includes a fix to address a problem with PDF files in which Scan2CAD was not correctly negating images within the PDF files.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.6


Features

  • It is now possible to drop files into the canvas.
  • Users on Windows can use the ‘Open With’ option to launch Scan2CAD and open the file.

Improvements

  • We’ve improved how Scan2CAD negates images within PDF files.
  • It is now optional to install the VS2015 Redistributable during installation on Windows.

Fixes

  • None in this release.

New: Option to manually send log files

Update Version 10.0.5

In this release we’ve added a new feature giving users the ability to manually send their log file to Scan2CAD Support.

We found that some users’ networks were blocking the communication to our server which automatically sends the log file. This fall-back means you can still send your log to Scan2CAD support even when you’re having internet connectivity issues.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.5


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • We’ve improved our mechanism for creating log files which you can send to Scan2CAD Support for troubleshooting.

Fixes

  • None in this release.

New: Support for activating via a proxy server

Update Version 10.0.4

Some users reported that they were unable to activate their Scan2CAD free trial because connections to the Scan2CAD server were being blocked.

We found this was due to environments in which all outbound connections were via a proxy server. This can be typical in large corporate networks.

Version 10.0.4 adds support for such environments. 

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.4


Features

  • New: Support for activating Scan2CAD through a proxy server.

Improvements

  • None in this release.

Fixes

  • None in this release.

PDF raster image improvements & more

Update Version 10.0.3

Version 10.0.3 features minor improvements to Scan2CAD’s handling of raster images in PDF files and minor improvements to the activation of the free trial.

Here’s the full list of changes in 10.0.3


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • We have implemented a more stable method for negating images in PDF files
  • Improvements to decoding objects streams in PDF files
  • Small improvements to our activation method

Fixes

  • None in this release.