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Workstation Application
NVIDIA POWERdraft
Release Notes
Software Version: 15.06.06
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NVIDIA POWERdraft
User’sGuide
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Table of Contents
1. The NVIDIA POWERdraft Driver
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Key Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
NVIDIA POWERdraft 3D Hardware Renderer . 2
NVIDIA POWERdraft Cockpit . . . . . . . . . 2
NVIDIA POWERdraft MultiView . . . . . . . . 2
NVIDIA POWERdraft MagniView . . . . . . . 2
NVIDIA POWERdraft Toolbar . . . . . . . . . 3
NVIDIA POWERdraft Hot Keys . . . . . . . . 3
NVIDIA POWERdraft Drawing Optimization . . 3
Online Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Additional Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Release History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Supported Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Online Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Overview of Resolved Issues by Version . . . . . 4
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.11. . . . . . 5
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.10 . . . . . 5
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.09 . . . . . 5
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.04 . . . . . 5
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.02 . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.01 . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.04.01 . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.04 . . . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.03.02 . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.03 . . . . . . . 6
Issues Resolved in Version 15.02.00 - 15.02.02
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Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.06 . . . . . 7
Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.04 . . . . . 7
Issues Resolved in Version 15.00.07 . . . . . 8
Known Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
MagniView: Rendering of 2D Images . . . . . 8
Export Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Model Space and Layout Mode . . . . . . . 10
Cockpit and Plot Preview/3D Orbit . . . . . . 10
Entity Selection in a 3D View. . . . . . . . . 10
“Redraw All” Hot Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
OLE Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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List of Tables
Table 1.1 NVIDIA POWERdraft Release History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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C
H A P T E R
THE NVIDIA POWERDRAFT DRIVER
This chapter contains the following topics:
• “Overview” on page 1
• “Key Features” on page 2
• “Release History” on page 3
• “Supported Languages” on page 4
• “Overview of Resolved Issues by Version” on page 4
• “Known Issues” on page 8
Overview
NVIDIA® POWERdraft™ is an NVIDIA Quadro® workstation application
utility.
The NVIDIA POWERdraft driver (software) is seamlessly integrated into the
AutoCAD environment and contains significant improvements over existing
driver technology. NVIDIA POWERdraft driver provides an extremely fast and
reliable platform for AutoCAD. 32-bit display list technology and knowledge of
the NVIDIA graphics adapter are combined to provide an optimal solution for
Windows AutoCAD users.
NVIDIA POWERdraft includes the MagniView, MultiView, and Cockpit
utilities, which are designed to enhance the AutoCAD drafting environment
without interfering with its functionality. Fully dynamic and integrated through
the NVIDIA SmartFocus technology, each utility is transparent to AutoCAD
and available during any AutoCAD command.
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The AutoCAD display driver, WHIP!, is part of the AutoCAD plotting engine,
which is a new feature in AutoCAD 2000. NVIDIA POWERdraft replaces the
WHIP! display pipeline but does not replace the plotting pipeline or affect the
AutoCAD plotting functionality.
Note: For details on using the features of POWERdraft, refer to the NVIDIA
POWERdraft User’s Guide.
Key Features
NVIDIA POWERdraft 3D Hardware Renderer
To support AutoCAD 3D functionality, NVIDIA POWERdraft includes the 3D
Hardware Renderer, which accelerates AutoCAD 3D viewing modes such as
3D Orbit or Gouraud Shaded.
Note: The Hardware Renderer has been enhanced for the current release
(version 15.06) of NVIDIA POWERdraft.
NVIDIA POWERdraft Cockpit
Cockpit lets you use your pointing device to dynamically pan and zoom your
current AutoCAD view. Fully integrated into the AutoCAD MDI (multiple
document interface) environment through the NVIDIA SmartFocus
technology, Cockpit has an easy-to-use graphical navigation interface, which
allows you to take full advantage of the enhanced NVIDIA POWERdraft
performance.
NVIDIA POWERdraft MultiView
Also fully integrated into the AutoCAD MDI environment, the MultiView
utility provides a visual History of previous views, where each view is
represented on a button face. Instant access to previous views allows you to
record and playback selected views in a consistent manner. Using MultiView,
you can also efficiently manage AutoCAD Named Views.
NVIDIA POWERdraft MagniView
The MagniView utility functions as a graphical magnifying glass giving your
drawing a more detailed appearance.
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NVIDIA POWERdraft Toolbar
The NVIDIA POWERdraft toolbar provides convenient access to several
NVIDIA POWERdraft commands.
NVIDIA POWERdraft Hot Keys
For common actions such as Pan, Zoom, and Redraw All, NVIDIA
POWERdraft provides configurable key combinations called Hot Keys. Hot
Keys work transparently and are always accessible within AutoCAD.
NVIDIA POWERdraft Drawing Optimization
NVIDIA POWERdraft provides a configurable Display Update cache to
accelerate the execution of Lisp scripts.
Online Help
When you have any NVIDIA POWERdraft window open, press F1 to display
online Help, which provides detailed user information about the application.
You can view Help outside the application if needed.
Additional Documentation
Consult the following documentation for further details on POWERdraft system
requirements, installation and configuration, and using POWERdraft features.
• NVIDIA POWERdraft User’s Guide
• NVIDIA POWERdraft Online Help
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Release History
Table 1.1 contains a summary of NVIDIA POWERdraft releases and the
versions associated with them.
Note: Some versions listed may not have been released outside of NVIDIA.
Table 3.1
NVIDIA POWERdraft Release History
Release
Version
Comments
Release 15.06
Release 15.05
Release 15.04
Release 15.03
Release 15.02
15.06.00 – 15.06.xx
15.05.00 – 15.05.13
15.04.00 – 15.04.02
15.03.00 – 15.03.02
15.02.00 – 15.02.02
Releases ongoing
Supported Languages
User Interface
The NVIDIA POWERdraft application user interface support the following
languages:
Chinese (traditional)
Chinese (simplified)
Czech
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Online Help
The NVIDIA POWERdraft online Help supports the following languages:
Arabic
Chinese (simplified)
Chinese (traditional)
Danish
Dutch
English
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Finnish
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Portuguese (Brazil)
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai
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Overview of Resolved Issues by Version
This sections contains lists of resolved issues categorized by POWERdraft
version number.
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.06.06” on page 5
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.06.04” on page 5
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.10” on page 5
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.09” on page 5
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.04” on page 5
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.02” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.01” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.04.01” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.04” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.03.02” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.03” on page 6
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.02.00 - 15.02.02” on page 7
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.06” on page 7
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.04” on page 7
• “Issues Resolved in Version 15.00.07” on page 8
Issues Resolved in Version 15.06.06
• Under Windows 2000 and Quadro2 Pro, resolved lockup problem that
occurred when two sessions of AutoCAD ran simultaneously with
POWERdraft installed.
• Under Windows 2000 and Quadro4 XGL, resolved issues with
POWERdraft and Land Development Desktop application.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.06.04
Under Windows 2000 and Quadro4 XGL, resolved problem that
occurred with POWERdraft refresh after restoring an AutoCAD window.
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Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.11
Added enhanced Setup (Installation/Option) options.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.10
Under Windows 2000 and Quadro4 500 GoGL, resolved problem with having
to render model twice in AutoCAD with POWERdraft open.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.09
• Resolved problem with mouse trail in POWERdraft.
• Under Synergy2000/Quadro2 EX, resolved problem with corrupted
display of paper space in Architectural Desktop 3.3 running with
POWERdraft 15.05.06.
• Resolved problems with Cockpit Pan and Zoom in Layout View.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.04
• Resolved problem where there was a system hang during plotting when
attempting to print.
• Under Windows XP, resolved problem with pauses between drawing lines.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.02
• Resolved problem with AutoCAD freezing during POWERdraft startup.
• Resolved issue where POWERdraft did not restore Named Views with saved
User Coordinate System (UCS).
Issues Resolved in Version 15.05.01
• Added AutoCAD 2002 support.
• Resolved problem where the AutoCAD Grid did not refresh correctly in
POWERdraft 15.04.xx and 15.05.
• Updated POWERdraft readme.txt and Help content; i.e., generalized the
file name references for application to all releases of POWERdraft.
• Resolved problem with inaccessible foreign language content after
POWERdraft installation.
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• Resolved corrupted true color raster images in MagniView and AerialView.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.04.01
• Resolved Win NT 4.0 with Quadro2 Pro/EX access violation.
• Updated POWERdraft Help.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.04
Added enhanced support for dual-processor systems.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.03.02
Resolved issue where AutoCAD 2000i ended with fatal error when using True
Type Fonts.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.03
• Added support for AutoCAD 2000i and 2000i-based applications.
• Resolved wrong .hdi renderer file configuration in POWERdraft Setup.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.02.00 - 15.02.02
• Resolved: When running the NVIDIA POWERdraft Setup program, an
unknown component named “lang_int” is selectable.
• Resolved: Under Windows 2000 with Quadro2 Pro or Quadro2 EX, minor
cosmetic defects appeared during installation of NVIDIA POWERdraft.
• Resolved: Under Windows 2000 with Quadro2 Pro or Quadro2 EX, the
NVIDIA POWERdraft logo was incorrect.
• Resolved: NVIDIA POWERdraft had display problems under Windows
2000 with Quadro2 Pro or Quadro2 EX.
• Resolved: Under Windows NT 4.0 with Quadro, the uninstallation program
did not remove all of the NVIDIA POWERdraft files.
• Resolved: Under Windows 2000 with Quadro2 MXR and AutoCAD 2000,
truck model in the Sample folder was corrupted using the nvidia6.hdi
driver.
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Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.06
• Resolved the Render command.
• Resolved exclusive installation of 3D Hardware Renderer.
• Implemented the new hot key “Wireframe now”.
• Accelerated the performance of AutoCAD AerialView. The AerialView
dynamic update mode feature is very useful, even with large drawings.
• Added new Cockpit feature, which allowed crosshairs and other construction
elements to be displayed during remote pan and zoom.
• Added another new Cockpit feature, which restored the old view when you
abort dynamic pan & zoom by pressing the ESC key before releasing the
mouse button.
• For Cockpit dynamic pan and zoom, improved the drawing order for most
cases, which is especially useful for very large drawings.
• Significantly accelerated the dragging list, which is used in commands such
as Copy, Move, and Rotate.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.01.04
• Included enhancements for Cockpit, which offered rapid and flicker-free
dynamic zoom and pan, a feature that is also available through the Cockpit
Remote Control.
• Offered a faster drawing speed compared to the AutoCAD application
without NVIDIA POWERdraft.
Issues Resolved in Version 15.00.07
Version 15.00.07 was the first version of NVIDIA POWERdraft and included:
• 3D Hardware Renderer to accelerate AutoCAD 3D viewing modes
• MultiView (a new feature)
• Configurable Hot Key for convenient navigation
• Configurable Drawing Optimization to accelerate execution of Lisp scripts
• Settings (integrated in the AutoCAD Options) option to configure NVIDIA
POWERdraft
• New commands
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Known Issues
The following software limitations are known to exist in the current version of
NVIDIA POWERdraft:
• AutoCAD 2004 Support
• MagniView: Rendering of 2D Images
• Export Formats
• Model Space and Layout Mode
• Cockpit and Plot Preview/3D Orbit
• Entity Selection in a 3D View
• “Redraw All” Hot Key
• OLE Objects
Note: Some of these issues may be fixed in future releases.
AutoCAD 2004 Support
Currently, POWERdraft does not support AutoCAD 2004.
MagniView: Rendering of 2D Images
The MagniView utility in POWERdraft is designed to show 2D graphics
of the current viewport only. A 2D sample image such as city map opens
in paperspace with the default paperspace viewport (viewport 1) active.
The default paperspace viewport mainly contains the floating viewport
borders and may also contain text. Consequently, MagniView can only
show viewport borders and text when starting with this setting.
Note: To view the complete image, click one of the floating viewports to make
it active. MagniView will then switch to show all the 2D graphics
contained in that viewport.
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Export Formats
The following export formats are not supported; i.e., the files generated are
valid but do not contain any entity:
• Windows Meta Files (*.wmf) (The command is _EXPORT Metafile.)
• Slide Files (*.sld) (The command is _MSLIDE.) Slide files are supported
with NVIDIA POWERdraft version 15.02.00 or higher.
Model Space and Layout Mode
The following limitations only apply to Model Space and Layout Mode (paper
space) but do not apply to Plot Preview:
• When using non-rectangular viewports in layout mode, the entities inside
those viewports are not clipped properly to the viewport border.
• End caps and join styles are not displayed.
• Line types may appear different from AutoCAD line types.
• The drawing order of TrueTypeText and elliptical arcs is different from the
original AutoCAD.
Cockpit and Plot Preview/3D Orbit
Cockpit does not work in Plot Preview or in 3D Orbit.
Entity Selection in a 3D View
When selecting an entity in a 3D view, the corresponding highlighted entity
may be off by one pixel to the side. When using the NVIDIA POWERdraft 3D
Hardware Renderer, fewer of these display errors occur than with
wopengl6.hdi.
“Redraw All” Hot Key
In a 3D viewport, the RedrawAll hot key does not repair pixel errors with
drawing entities, but non-drawing entities such as highlights, grips, or the
crosshairs are redrawn.
OLE Objects
OLE Objects are not supported in POWERdraft.
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