softelec has just released a new Version 11 of its VPHybridCAD software for editing and converting scanned technical drawings. VPHybridCAD V11 now supports all AutoCAD versions from 2004 to 2011. All VPHybridCAD products also support the 64bit versions of AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 making use of expanded memory and performance. For stand-alone operation VPHybridCAD V11 products now run on Windows 7, XP, and Vista in full 64bit mode. With a number of new and re-designed functions and features VPHybridCAD V11 continues to provide seamless access to scanned technical documents, either for detailed revisions with direct hybrid editing tools, or for complete automatic vector conversion.
For all VPHybridCAD products, such as VPraster and VPstudio, PDF file import has been largely expanded. While most variations of PDF files with embedded raster images are supported, even PDF data containing vector data can now be loaded and handled. A PDF/A export format option for long-term file storage has also been added.
Additional refinements such as optional raster selection limited to element intersections, "symbol search" recognition has been enhanced to also work on legacy DXF or DWG drawings. The function automatically converts recurrent groups of entities into blocks with attributes for unified handling, administration or replacement. This is especially helpful for legacy CAD drawings which are missing block structures like electrical symbols, assembly components, windows, doors, furniture etc.