For the past several months we’ve been hard at work on the next major revision of CabWriter; version 2.0 to be released July 2018. Our goal, using customer input, is to make CabWriter even more powerful and useful for all CabWriter users. A number of powerful new features have already been added with quite a few more scheduled to be added in the coming months. In addition to much requested new construction methods which are on the drawing board, we’ve been working to make the generation of production documentation and shop drawings even faster and more efficient and are planning some powerful new features to better support CNC. The new and upcoming features are described at the bottom of the page. And, check out the 2.0 beta training videos at right to get a flavor for what’s coming…
Become a CabWriter 2.0 Beta Tester
Our beta testers have been invaluable so far in helping us test the new features and suggest new ones. All CabWriter 1.x license holders are automatically entered into our 2.0 beta test program and have access to the latest and greatest 2.0 beta software. Pricing has not yet been set for CabWriter 2.0, but all users with a valid CabWriter 1.x Pro, CNC, or Home license will be guaranteed to receive a free upgrade to a 2.0 license when it is released this summer in addition to having early access to the software. The 2.0 beta software is fully functional including all Pro and CNC functionality. Note: CabWriter Home users will have access to Pro and CNC functionality during the beta test period, but will revert back to Home functionality only when version 2.0 is released. Home users will, however, be able to upgrade to Pro and/or CNC by paying the difference according to version 1.0 pricing.
There’s still time to help shape the future of CabWriter; purchase a license today and work with us to help make CabWriter work even better for you. We can’t guarantee that all feature requests will make it into the new version, but we welcome all suggestions.
New CabWriter 2.0 Beta Features (as of June 9th, 2018)
- Click here to view the CabWriter 2.0 beta release notes for full details on all of the new features.
- Support for cope and stick and raised panel doors, drawer fronts, and end panels with the choice of a number of different profiles for both the frame and panel.
- Upgraded the Re-Name Component tool, which is now called Make CabWriter Component, to make it easier to turn a custom part into a CabWriter component (see training video to the right).
- Made CabWriter less face frame oriented. The story stick no longer reference stiles; it works the same as before, but is oriented to cabinet ends and the connection between boxes. The intent is to put frameless cabinets on an equal footing with face frame within CabWriter.
- Full support for automatic drawing of end and back panel and opening fillers for frameless cabinets, including frame and panel, cope and stick, and sheets.
- Support for corner lazy susan cabinets with square back corner.
- Improvements to the back panel and door tools.
- Added ability to draw the applied toe kick face, but not the ladder base. Useful for some frameless construction methods.
- Added a CabWriter command to the File menu. File > CabWriter Production Documentation. It’s a one stop shop to generate cut lists, DXF files or door & drawer schedule reports to use for purchasing doors and drawers.
- Ability to automatically send scenes from SketchUp to LayOut. If a LayOut file hasn’t been created, CabWriter will open a new file using a user selectable template and create one page for every scene in the CabWriter model using a default scale.
- A change to the Assign Hatch tool. CabWriter now supplies a list of hatches to choose from and a dialog box to easily assign the hatch of your choice to each material in the model including a rotation and magnification to use when applied to the material in LayOut.
- Automatic hatching in LayOut. After assigning hatches, the new Hatch Section in LayOut command can automatically apply those hatches to the sections in the existing LayOut document with the appropriate rotation and magnification.
- Made a number of changes to the Draw > CabWriter > Create Section From Section Plane command to make it easy to recreate or redefine a current section.
- Added ability to designate specific scenes to use to generate the cutlist, DXF files, and door/drawer reports giving more flexibility in what to include in those documents.
- Ability to rename standard DXF layers to be more compatible with a users tool path software when exporting to CNC.
- Support for carcass construction with captured sides; the carcass top and bottom can now optionally run past the sides.
- Divided bases can now be constructed with stretchers instead of just a solid top.
- Support for additional carcass construction methods including through and stopped dado, rabbet, captured backs, and qualified tenon joinery.
- Additional DXF export capabilities including automatic recognition of CabWriter or user generated custom circular or rectangular cutouts, pockets, and drill holes in cabinet parts and including them in the DXF export with custom layer naming to encode the appropriate parameters necessary for the tool path software to automatically create tool paths.
- And much more…
Possible Upcoming CabWriter 2.0 Beta Features (Subject to Change)
- Support for multi-height cabinets such as over a range.
- Label printing
- Automatically draw doors and drawers in divided cabinets.
- Support for more than two hinges in CNC mode.
- Many more small feature additions and bug fixes. Help us add to the list…