Detailed New Feature List

  • Click here to view the CabWriter 2.0 release notes for full details on all of the new features and bug fixes.
  • 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…