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admin May 02, 2013, 01:51:44 AM (#30)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0291, 2013-05-01) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI MAXTools will now check for an updated version at startup! (may be turned off, if desired)
  • AI MAX Share: New option "One Level" when copying an assembly
  • AI MAXTools currently loaded version is now displayed in the titlebar (may be turned off, if desired)
  • AI ModelName Clash: Now supports scanning for, displaying, and correcting objects with no Model Name assigned.
  • AI ModelName Clash: Now scans for workplanes and workplane sets as well
  • AI ModelName Clash: Now has buttons (in preview panel) to highlight clashing object(s) in the structure browser. 
  • AI ModelName Clash: Selecting an object in the preview panel will automatically highlight it in the structure browser. Selecting the "All Shared" button will highlight all objects shared with the selected object.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Unshare and Group could delete other shared objects if a single object was selected to unshare.  Fixed.
  • AI Unshare and Group could display an error in some cases if the user clicked OK immediately after clicking "Next" (which would successfully complete the command).  Fixed.
  • AI MultiRename could display an error in some cases if the user clicked OK immediately after clicking "Next" (which would successfully complete the command).  Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI ModelName Clash: Much more clear display of object count, number of conflicts, etc.
     
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!
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admin May 16, 2013, 01:26:56 AM (#31)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0293, 2013-05-15) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI Reference Table enhanced to auto-populate the CB dia, CB depth, and Hole dia, for the Counterbore hole features in the Machining Module (must be using one of the Clearance and Counterbore tables in AI Reference Table
  • AI Reference Table: Added m3.5 to Metric Clearance and Counterbore table.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Bill of Material Generator: Could throw an error when generating a BOM. Error introduced in build 280. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI Bill of Material Generator: Improved message when any objects fail the volume scan
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!
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admin June 03, 2013, 02:46:29 AM (#32)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0294, 2013-05-20) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI MAX Workplane:  Workplane now is automatically sized to the selected face, regardless of WP orientation, not just for the initial orientation!  Workplane is also automatically resized if a different face is selected!
Bug Fixes:
  • None
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!

admin June 21, 2013, 05:48:43 PM (#33)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0296, 2013-06-21) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • None
Bug Fixes:
  • Automatic update check at startup would display an error when no network connection was available. Fixed.
  • A couple of the available commands for AI MAX Workplane would not work from the Ribbon.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Workplane button would remain in the toolbox, even if the option to turn it off was enabled.  Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!

admin June 27, 2013, 01:44:44 PM (#34)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0299, 2013-06-27) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • New AI MAXTools Ribbon Tab (v18+) and Menu (Pre-v18) available in Annotation Module.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI MAXTools Ribbon Tab could change position in the Ribbon when switching modules if another custom Ribbon tab was loaded.  Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!
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admin July 09, 2013, 07:04:28 PM (#35)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0300, 2013-07-09) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI ReplacePart now has an option to auto-hide the New object after selection, making it much easier to select the initial reference part.
  • AI ReplacePart also has a button to manually hide/show the new object.
Bug Fixes:
  • If AI MAXTools installation directory was not writable by the user, an error could occur.  Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
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admin July 11, 2013, 09:25:40 PM (#36)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0301, 2013-07-11) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI MAX Export now has an option to ignore or include Containers!
Bug Fixes:
  • None
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!

admin August 14, 2013, 02:40:05 PM (#37)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0305, 2013-08-13) has the following changes/improvements/fixes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI Bill of Materials Generator now has an option to ignore or include Containers!
  • AI MAX Export: New naming option to include the current date in export filenames.  This option is easily toggled on/off, and the user may select from nine date formats!
  • AI MAX Export: "Additional Text" option may now be toggled on/off.  Previous text choice will be retained and used the next time this option is turned ON.
  • AI MultiRename: new hidden option to hide the ability to change Model Names.
Bug Fixes:
  • When unable to determine the current version at loading, the notification is now done as an alert rather than a modal popup window requiring action from the user.
  • AI MAX Export: Build 301 introduced a bug when running in demo mode.  Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • U3D/3D PDF functionality did not always load correctly under some circumstances.  Fixed.
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!
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admin September 17, 2013, 01:35:09 PM (#38)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0306, 2013-09-16) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • Structure Browser now has an AI MAXTools submenu with various AI MAXTools functions. Collapse and Collapse Parent are now moved to  that submenu as well.
  • By default, the AI MAXTools submenu is added at the top of the structure browser. To add it at the bottom, set the variable ai::*ai-submenu-add-at-top* to nil. 
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Info: There were some inconsistencies with being able to edit values under some circumstances. Fixed.
  • AI QSave Package: Destination directory would not always be set correctly when starting and/or when the directory was typed directly into the destination directory field and "Remember Dest Dir" was turned OFF.  Fixed.
  • When selecting a unit-specific volume, mass or density field the corresponding values would display properly, but would not always be written correctly to the output file.  Fixed.
  • AI BOM: When writing a csv file, each line had an extra trailing comma. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • None
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
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admin October 11, 2013, 05:27:32 PM (#39)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0315, 2013-10-11) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • NEW FUNCTION! AI Polygon: quickly and easily create a regular polygon.  Specify the number of sides, the distance (inside circle, outside circle, or edge length) and starting angle.  Create construction circles inside and/or outside of the polygon.  Easily align the edge of the polygon with any direction.
  • NEW! Added support for version 19!
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Find Part: Would not always find read-only parts. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI MAXTools ribbon tab (v18+) is now visible in other applications (sheet metal, etc).
  • AI Bisect now works with many additional 2D functions (if you find any missing, please let us know!)
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
 Note that in addition to new behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!

admin November 06, 2013, 12:15:29 AM (#40)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0324, 2013-11-05) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI QSave: Added toggle for auto-refresh when changing options.  This allows the user to change multiple options without having the file name list refreshing on each change -- very convenient! This option is in the main dialog.
  • AI QSave: Added option to skip any top-level assemblies that do not contain any objects with a "modified" flag set.  There are also options to scan the model status and/or the database status.  This option is in the main dialog.
    NOTE: This option only applies if the "One file per object" option is set.  If "Save all in one File" is set, ALL selected objects will be saved, regardless of their modified status.
  • AI Polygon: Now provides visual feedback to indicate which direction has been selected for edge alignment of the polygon.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Find Part: Would not always find read-only parts. Fixed.
  • AI Polygon: Changing the center point or number of sides after the polygon was drawn could throw an error when trying to complete the command.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Export: Turning off Additional Text was not persistent between sessions. Fixed.
  • AI MAX Export: Didn't correctly create zip files (individual or combined) when the destination directory was a UNC path.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Export: Typing the destination directory didn't always work correctly.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Export: If the "Ignore Read-only" option was set, the scan would sometimes yield incorrect results. Fixed.
  • AI QSave: Save directory was not being properly displayed in some cases. Fixed.
  • AI QSave: Version to save was not always being set correctly. Fixed.
  • AI QSave: Typing the destination directory didn't always work correctly.  Fixed.
  • AI QSave: Shrinking options sections had a bug in the expand-shrink code.  Fixed.

Changed Functionality: 
  • AI Polygon: Updated prompt text for entering distance or circle diameter to indicate what distance is being chosen or where the polygon will be drawn relative to the specified circle diameter.
  • AI QSave: "Show File List" is now "Show/Refresh File List"
  • AI QSave: List of files to be saved is now sorted by pathname
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
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admin December 17, 2013, 01:54:23 PM (#41)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0332, 2013-12-17) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI MAX Share: Added "Rot 90," "Rot 180," and "Rot 270" checkboxes (only visible when using Circular Elements method.  Immediately rotates the destination object the specified number of degrees. Selecting the checkbox again will turn it OFF.  Also, these may be used in conjunction with the "Use Second Ref Dir" option, allowing even greater flexibility!
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: Camera angle view when moving forward or backward to next or previous drawlist is now stored as part of the drawlist info.  Returning to that drawlist will now draw the previous camera view for that drawlist (unless a Preferred View is defined). This option may be turned OFF, if desired. VERY COOL!
  • AI UnShare and Group: Now includes the option to specify the new ModelName for the objects to be unshared.  NOTE: all objects that are unshared will be given this Model Name, so if multiple non-shared objects are selected, unexpected results may occur.
Bug Fixes:
  • Help system: AI MAXTools help override (to access AI MAXTools help using the F1 key) would break some other applications that used the integrated help system (Cabling tutorials, for instance). Fixed.
  • AI Centroid: Could throw an error about an undefined error message when both faces and objects were selected. Fixed.
  • AI MAX Workplane: If a workplane was placed on a cylindrical face, and any geometry was place on the workplane (projected, etc), and then the face was then moved to the axis, the workplane could sometimes be shifted along the axis. Fixed.
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: If updated code was loaded into a session where drawlists had been previously defined using older code, an error would be thrown and loading would be interrupted.  Fixed.
  • AI ReplacePart: Initial replacement (for initial reference object) would not be named correctly when a new basename was specified. Fixed.

Changed Functionality: 
  • AI Polygon: Updated prompt text for entering distance or circle diameter to indicate what distance is being chosen or where the polygon will be drawn relative to the specified circle diameter.
  • AI MAX Share: Clicking "Back" now resets last destination element as well when using circular elements method.  This change allows repositioning of destination object using reference directions, even after a "Back" command.
  • AI ReplacePart: New Basename may now be specified in all situations.
  • AI ReplacePart: Default value for "Shared in Assembly" is now the Parent of the Initial Reference object.
  • AI ReplacePart: Modified UI so that when "Shared in Assy" is selected, the input box for the selected assembly is immediately below it.
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admin February 05, 2014, 10:08:48 AM (#42)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0342, 2014-02-04) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • AI MAX Share: Selecting an offset (or turning the offset OFF) didn't immediately update (i.e. it previously would only apply to future shares). Now it is immediately applied to the current share.
  • AI MAX Share: Default alignment is improved when using circular elements, including when using the "Reverse" functionality.
  • AI Find Part/Assy: Improved interface, now shows number of found objects, gives user the option to display the table immediately as well as whether to immediately highlight the found objects in the structure browser.  Also added a button to manually show the table of found objects.  Title of display table now also shows the search string.
  • AI Create Part: Added option to specify color of part at creation time.
  • AI Info: Added ability to set an object's density from the same material lookup table used in AI Create Part and AI Volume.  When a material is selected from the list, the corresponding density is assigned to the BASE density for the part (instance densities must be specified manually), and the aiMatl material attribute is set.
    NOTE: Once a material is set, the Density is not editable until the user either clears the material or sets it to "Custom".
  • AI MAX Export: Added an option to rename the objects as part of the export process.  When turned ON, the first part of the new name will always be the model name.  This will be followed either by a numeric indicator or by the object's original part name.
    NOTE: The main reason for doing this is that when exporting an assembly, some or all of of the neutral formats do not maintain the Model Name of the component parts and sub-assemblies.  This option provides a means of capturing the Model Name within the part name so that the components in the neutral file can be more easily identified.
  • AI BOM: Improved so that now model names are shown in the header section of the BOM when multiple top-level assemblies are selected.
  • AI BOM: Added a header style for objects (header section of the BOM).  Edit in ai-bom.css.
  • AI ReplacePart: Now includes an option to "Keep Reference Obj. Names."  This option will give the new object the same name as the object it replaces.  This is particularly useful for maintaining pin numbers, etc. where the order of objects is important.
  • AI Polygon: Now includes a feedback element on the edge of the polygon indicating which side of the polygon is aligned with the specified reference direction. Note that no feedback elements are shown if the alignment direction is not specified.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Info: Setting the density fields (either through setting the material or editing directly) would not update the mass field. Fixed.
  • AI MAX Share: When using the "Circular Elements" method, the "Use Second Reference Direction" option didn't work correctly ever since the introduction of the "Rotate 90|180|270" buttons. Fixed.
  • AI Info: Previous update to set densities from pulldown list introduced a bug where AI Info wouldn't start correctly if an assembly was selected. Fixed.
  • AI QSave Package wouldn't always correctly save the destination directory. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI Create Part: Density units are now displayed in the dialog.
  • AI Info: Eliminated screen flashing when editing densities, object names, etc!
  • AI QSave Package: Changed option from "Remember Dest. Dir" to "Use Last Dest Dir" which will attempt to save the destination directory and re-use it the next time AI QSave starts, including across sessions.
To download the latest version, please Click Here.
 
Note that in addition to new functionality and behavior, new versions may also introduce occasional bugs -- please notify us if you experience anything unexpected!

admin February 19, 2014, 03:51:42 PM (#43)

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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.10.00.0345, 2014-02-19) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • Right-click menu in structure browser now works with Pseudo-folders!
  • Added many more commands to the AI MAXTools right-click popup menu in the structure browser.
  • AI Info: UI further improved.  Added options to specify number of decimal places for density, volume and mass.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI Bill of Material Generator: Would not report mass for assemblies under some circumstances. Fixed.
  • AI Reference Table: Deactivating AI DesignMAX would cause an error when trying to use AI Reference Table, even if the module was reactivated.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Share: The "mutual exclusion" for the "Rot 90" etc, buttons had a typo, so some options wouldn't turn off as expected. Fixed.
  • AI Info: If an object had an instance density set, and a new material was specified, the instance density would NOT be reset. Fixed.
  • AI Info: Setting the density fields (either through setting the material or editing directly) would not update the mass field. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI Bill of Material Generator: Improved UI: easier selection of objects.
  • AI MultiRename: Improved UI: easier and faster selection of objects, including better handling of "Top-Level" objects.  If a single object is selected (including the root) and "Top-Level Only" is ON, the object and its immediate children are selected for processing.
  • Non-applicable commands are now disabled in the structure browser right-click menu instead of being hidden.  This provides better visibility into available commands.
  • AI MAXTools functions now attempt to activate the associated module, even when started from the Toolbox.  Previously, they would auto-activate when started from either a toolbar or menu, but not the toolbox.
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A new version of the AI MAXTools suite is available! The latest build (18.50.00.0364, 2014-04-24) has the following improvements/fixes/changes (see below for download link):
 
 
New Features/Functions:

  • New Module: AI SpellMAX for Annotation Module!  Functionality includes multi-language spell checking and Find and Replace!  Note: a separate license is currently required for this module!  If you'd like to try it for yourself, just let us know!
  • AI MAX Share: "Dest. Part" can now be toggled off to attempt to select the destination part automatically (only available when duplicating features).
  • Pre-populated the AI MAXTools toolbar with some of the most commonly used buttons from the AI MAXTools suite to ease new user transition.
  • AI Replace Part: New ability to specify Model Name for replacement objects, including using the Model Name from the Reference object, from the Source object, specifying No Model Name, or freely specifying it.
  • AI Replace Part: Now has an option to keep the Reference Objects' ID, but replace the geometry.  This does a reintegrate of the New object, allowing configurations to continue to work.  NOTE: "All Shared" must be selected for this option to be available.
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: Added buttons to interface bar to add one-click access to "Redraw Current Drawlist" and "Update Current Drawlist" functions. These two functions already existed, but previously were only accessible through right-clicking on the Action button.
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: Dragging and dropping a saved drawlist file into the open Modeling session will now automatically open the "Load Drawlists" dialog with the filename set to the name of the dropped file.  This allows full control over how to handle the new drawlists (replace all, etc).
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: Added ability to Delete All Drawlists.  To access, right-click on the Action button and select Delete All Drawlists.
Bug Fixes:
  • AI MAX Share: Auto-reversed reference direction is now better maintained for "Use previous Part/Posn"
  • AI MAX Share: Destination part was being reset when clicking "Reverse." Fixed.
  • AI MAX Share: Would throw an error if source object had an unusual pattern in its name (beginning with one or more digits, followed by one of a specific group of characters, followed by more digits).  Yes, it was a very unusual error.  :)   Fixed.
  • AI MAX Share: "Use Previous Part/Position" wouldn't always retrieve the previous feature. Fixed.
  • AI MAX Share: In some special cases, objects could rotate unexpectedly when using Circular Elements method.  Fixed.
  • AI MAX Export: If the top assembly was selected for export, an error message would be displayed that the root could not be exported. Fixed.
  • AI Replace Part: Sometimes the primary reference part would be deleted when it shouldn't have been. Fixed.
  • AI Replace Part: Scan Model button wouldn't work in some circumstances. Fixed.
  • AI MAX ViewHQ: Worked around a bug in the PTC/CoCreate code that would throw an error in certain circumstances (including previewing certain commands such as "thicken" and any of the "sweep" commands)
  • AI UnShare and Group: Specifying new Model Name didn't always work. Fixed.
Changed Functionality: 
  • AI MAX Share: When duplicating a feature, if the paste fails, the error message now asks the user if they want to continue or adjust their settings and try again.  If they try again, it's like hitting the "Back" button and  they can modify their options.
  • AI MAX Share: Now handles circular element method even more intelligently by initially treating opposite directions as if they were the same direction.  If the direction is not correct, the "Reverse" button can be used to adjust it.
  • AI Replace Part: Easier to specify new Object Basename, including more clarity on keeping existing object names.
  • AI Replace Part: Added ability to collapse the "Replace" and "Owner" sections without losing the ability to see which options have been selected.
  • AI Replace Part: When multiple reference objects are selected, they're now sorted before the replacements are done.  This makes it much more likely that the number order of the replacements will match the order of the reference objects.
  • Moved AI Set VP Up Dir to Application "All" so it can be used in Annotation Aux VP.
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