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The very latest features & updates

New tooltips and Grabcut enhancements

Update Version 10.3.4

In this release, Scan2CAD offers enhancements with the Grabut feature, used to convert images of physical objects.

This update also includes new tooltips that have rich descriptions of settings. More tooltips of this nature will be added in subsequent releases.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.3.4:


Features

  • New tooltips, giving rich descriptions for various settings.

Improvements

  • New: warning for users attempting to use Grabcut on a monochrome image.
  • Large images are automatically downscaled for Grabcut, significantly improving the image processing speed.
  • Improved processing of large polygons in the CNC Smoothing process.

Fixes

  • None in this release.

Multiple stability and usability improvements

Update Version 10.3.3

Version 10.3.3 is a small update bringing minor improvements and fixes to Scan2CAD, including even further improvements to the ‘Convert Vector Image’ feature and minor GUI enhancements.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.3.3:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Multiple improvements to the ‘Convert vector Image’ feature.
  • Minor improvements to the ‘DXF/DWG Export Options’ dialog.

Fixes

  • Fix to the Notarization of the MacOS app.
  • Fix to a bug in which CNC Smoothing was being applied to Vector Optimizations.
  • Fix to a situation in which Scan2CAD could crash when closing PDF files.

Vector image conversion improvements

Update Version 10.3.2

This update includes improvements to the ‘Convert Vector Image’ feature. This feature is popular for converting data within vector PDFs to the required CAD data.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.3.2:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Multiple improvements to conversions of vector images.

Fixes

  • Fix to the import/export of DXF files containing Polypolgons.

Improved conversion results

Update Version 10.3.1

10.3.1 features many improvements focussed on extended support for PDF files and improvements to the vectorization & OCR results.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.3.1:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Improved support for text in PDFs.
  • Improved arc recognition for technical vectorizations.
  • Improved support for raster images in PDF files.
  • Multiple improvements to OCR results.
  • Improved visualization of files containing vectors outside of the 0,0 coordinates.

Fixes

  • Fix to duplicate vectors being created during a vectorization.
  • Fixed a problem with switching between ‘Optimize Vectors’ and ‘CNC Smoothing’.

New CNC Smoothing tool and Lines + Arcs Vectorization

Update Version 10.3.0

10.3.0 (named Cantor) includes significant improvements many of which are focussed on CNC requirements.

Cantor features a new CNC Smoothing tool for reducing the number of vector nodes and a new ‘lines and ‘arcs’ output for vectorization.  

Here is the full list of changes in 10.3.0:


Features

  • New: Grabcut feature for extracting objects from photographs.
  • New: CNC Smoothing tool for reducing vector nodes.
  • Scan2CAD now displays the information of the vector you select with the cursor tool.
  • New: Lines & Arcs output option for Outline Vectorization which is ideal for CNC purposes.

Improvements

  • We have renamed the vector optimization dialog to ‘Convert Vector Image’ and improved the UX.

Fixes

  • Fixed crash occurring on macOS during activation of Network licenses.
  • Fixed minor bugs related to the ‘Convert Vector Image’ tool.
  • Fixed a rare bug that can occur when drawing a vector arrow line.

Improved stability in activations

Update 10.2.8

Version 10.2.8 includes a small update improving the stability of activating the Scan2CAD app.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.2.8:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Multiple improvements to conversions of vector images.

Fixes

  • Fix to the import/export of DXF files containing Polypolgons.

New: Floating Network Licensing

Update Version 10.2.7

We’re pleased to bring support for Floating Network licensing to v10.

This license option was supported in legacy versions of Scan2CAD (v8 & v9). We have totally rewritten the network licensing feature to support flexible licensing whilst keeping it easy to maintain.

You can see installation instructions for network licensing which includes an overview of how the Network license works.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.2.7:


Features

  • New: Network Licensing Support.

Improvements

  • None in this release.

Fixes

  • None in this release.

New: Save your custom vectorizaiton presets

Update Version 10.2.6

In 10.2.6 we are excited to give users the ability to save custom Vectorization presets. You can now tweak the settings of your conversions to a granular level and save your settings for future similar drawings.

This release also includes an important fix to the ‘Smooth’ tool within the ‘Clean Image’ dialog.

Here is the full list of changes in 10.2.6:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • None in this release.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where images were distorted when using the ‘Smooth’ tool.

New Preferences dialog

Update Version 10.2.5

Version 10.2.5 includes a new Preferences dialog which introduces two new features: Automatically optimize poor quality raster images and automatically remove white rectangles in PDF files.

These white rectangles are commonly written into PDF files but they are typically useless.

Here are the full list of changes in 10.2.5:


Features

  • Added a mechanism which optimizes JPG images on load.
  • Added a Preferences dialog.

Improvements

  • Improved the empty canvas state.
  • Multiple minor improvements in the licensing/activation of Scan2CAD.
  • Improved the performance for raster images created in Scan2CAD.

Fixes

  • Fixed crashing during vector optimization when colors were highlighted.

Japanese language OCR fix

Update Version 10.2.4

This version only features a required fix for users running OCR on Japanese language text on Windows. 

Here are the full list of changes in 10.2.4:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • None in this release.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue relating to OCR with Japanese language text.

More accurate OCR on Japanese language & macOS improvements

Update Version 10.2.3

Scan2CAD supports OCR on multiple languages including English, Spanish, German & Japanese.  This release features improvements in the OCR accuracy on Japanese-language text – arguably the most challenging language for OCR due to the complexity of the Kanji and Katakana characters. 

Here are the full list of changes in 10.2.3:


Features

  • No new features in this release.

Improvements

  • Improvements to the performance of OCR on Japanese language text.
  • Support for decrypting more PDFs.
  • The macOS app is now certified using Apple’s Notarization.

Fixes

  • Fix to icons disappearing on macOS.
  • Fixed issue in which values were not saved in the Scale Options dialog.

Improved vector editing and PDF processing

Update Version 10.2.2

This minor update of Scan2CAD includes improvements in the extraction of images, text, and vectors from PDF files. And better stability in selecting, moving and erasing vectors.

Here are the full list of changes in 10.2.2:


Features

  • None in this release.

Improvements

  • Improved support for raster images extracted from PDF files.
  • Improved the overall stability in selecting, moving and erasing vectors.
  • Improved the processing of vectors and text extracted from PDF files.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug with converting black vectors to white when saving to DXF/DWG.
  • Fixed a problem with switching tabs using the keyboard shortcuts (1, 2 & 3.)
  • Fixed a bug with text scaling in exported DXF/DWG files.

New: Offline licensing support

Update Version 10.2.1

Version 10.2.1 welcomes the eagerly awaited support for Offline Licensing. Users can now activate Scan2CAD in an environment which cannot connect to the internet.

This release also includes stability improvements and further licensing enhancements.

Here are the full list of changes in 10.2.1:


Features

  • New: support for offline licensing.

Improvements

  • Improved settings for connecting through a proxy server for activation.
  • Other improvements to the activation and licensing of Scan2CAD.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash caused by creating empty text strings.
  • Suppressed warnings caused by opening some TIFF files.

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.