What's New in version 6.1 of MEDUSA4 Personal
With Version 6.1, the latest version of MEDUSA4 Personal, CAD Schroer has clearly focused on user-friendliness and ease of use. This approach has proven successful and has gone down well not only with private users. In addition to the new user interface, a great deal of work has also gone into numerous functions. As a result, the software is easy to master and can be operated intuitively.
New User Interface
Operating Systems Supported
Completely revised, modern User Interface
Completely New User Interface
The release of the new generation of MEDUSA4 Personal allows private users and small companies to take advantage of the many benefits offered by the new version. The free cad software comes with a completely revamped modern user interface. CAD Schroer has collected user feedback over the years and analysed it carefully. The result is a clearly structured modern user interface with a Ribbon menu and a context-sensitive dashboard that provides the user with an even faster access to the clearly structured functions. When designing the new interface special emphasis was given to new users, to make an easy transition to the software. All dialogs and features have been further revised to make access to them simpler as well as more user-friendly.
The ribbon menu has proved itself in many diverse applications within the software world; for that reason CAD Schroer has now implemented a ribbon interface for MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1. The new user interface is much simpler and hence more intuitive; existing users will notice the difference immediately. Navigation is easy because the functions are structured clearly and divided into context-sensitive groups. The re-design took into account that the path to click through to individual functions could be shortened; drawings can now be created even faster as a result. Users can customize the ribbon menu in MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 via an easy-to-use dialog-box. They can move individual icons around and create completely new function groups. CAD Schroer has also fundamentally overhauled the Icon-Design, making the function’s meaning instantly recognisable from the icon.
As one of the most popular and productive mechanisms in our systems we have continuously developed the dashboard. It was once again completely overhauled for the new generation MEDUSA4 Personal R6. Not only does it now have a permanent position on the left side of the application, it also includes all the properties and functions that are context specific to the current task. When drawing the dashboard displays all the relevant information, such as properties for the drawing sheet or for lines, texts, dimensioning, and symbols. Users can also edit the context sensitive tools and the associated function groups on the dashboard; they can add new functions, hide existing functions and even create new groups.
Windows File Manager
From MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 onwards, opening and saving of drawings and other file data is via the Windows standard file manager. Multiple files can now be opened simultaneously. Individual users can create their project file locations as a link in their explorer favourites and system administrators can manage access rights easily via Windows. Additionally, individual drawings can be previewed, with variable image size; either through the Windows file manager or directly via the Windows explorer.
Catalog and Symbol Browser
The new MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 includes a total re-design of the catalog and symbol browser. In the new browser, users have a precise overview of the symbol catalogs and standards used. When selecting a catalog the symbol browser preview window now graphically displays all the available symbols. If a specific part of the catalog is selected, only the appropriate symbols will be automatically retrieved and the relevant symbol preview will be displayed. Symbols can thus be easily searched, the required element chosen and placed in a drawing. The preview size of individual elements can be scaled dynamically. The selection facility previously available continues to be at the user’s disposal.
In addition to the normal menus, MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 now also offers users a menu that is optimized for tablets. It consists of a configurable area where individual functions can be placed by drag and drop, in the form of various sized icons. The tablet menu was designed for touchscreens and tablets, but it can also be used as a dialog box on a second monitor.
In Sheet Graphics toolbars
To reduce cursor movements to a minimum, and to ensure there are no functions duplicated in ribbons or the dashboard we have added two In-Sheet Graphics toolbars. These tool bars, are translucent, unless the cursor is over them, contain the most commonly used viewing tools, selection filters and sheet navigation tools.
Backstage area, Options dialog and administration
In the style of software with a ribbon we have gathered together all of the common functions into a single “Backstage” area. Not only “Save” and “Save As”, but license management, Options dialog and printing.
User Interface customisation
The new user interface of MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 is completely customisable at three levels. A user can show / hide / change button size of tools in the ribbon of dashboard. A user can also copy buttons to the tablet or shortcut area. A single command returns the interface to the start-up state. Administrators can manipulate buttons, groups and even ribbons to create an optimal company or department user interface. Dialogs can now be created using the industry standard GUI tool – Qt Designer
Optimized for modern screens
The new MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 user interface has been optimized for every common resolution used in modern screens, including the most common screen resolutions for laptops. The ribbon menu can be minimized to create extra space for the drawing area. The icons come in three different sizes, so they can be made larger or smaller as needed. The individual dialog boxes, such as the dashboard, the symbol manager, and the structure tree, can be detached from the user interface to free-up extra space for the drawing area, for example by moving them to a second monitor.
New and future-oriented: MEDUSA4 in the Cloud
With the new generation of MEDUSA4 Personal , the files can be completely managed in the cloud. In the current version, the cloud services Dropbox, Google DriveTM and Microsoft® OneDrive® are supported. This integration offers MEDUSA4 Personal maximum flexibility for data management and data exchange. Individual files can be securely stored online in the cloud and are enabled by the collaboration capabilities of each service for other users.
New: Sending Drawings as e-mail
In the new version of MEDUSA4, a drawing can be shipped as an email directly by pressing a single button. For this purpose, a new e-mail is automatically opened in the users default e-mail client and the drawings of MEDUSA4 attached to the email. This speeds MEDUSA4 communication and forwarding of CAD data to colleagues and clients.
New: Floating Input Dialogs
In the new version of MEDUSA4 Personal some input dialogs, e.g. length, height, width, or the radius of a geometry float directly on the cursor. Thus they are always easily visible and accessible to the user. All numeric inputs now offer the additional option of calculating values by entering formulas.
New: QR Codes
MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 allows text, web addresses and other information concerning the drawing to be saved as QR (quick response) codes in the drawing. These can be edited quickly and easily by double-clicking on the QR code. This makes the drawing even more informative, and lets you encode the associated websites and information as a QR code.
New: Locked groups and symbols
MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 allows individual groups and symbols on the dashboard to be locked so that the entire group is automatically selected, rather than selecting individual geometries. Loaded group symbols are automatically locked in MEDUSA4 Personal, and must be unlocked in order to edit them on the dashboard
Operating Systems Supported
Operating Systems Supported
MEDUSA4 Personal version 6.1 runs on Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit and 64 Bit, on Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro 32 Bit and 64 Bit as well as on Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit.
Visit the MEDUSA4 Personal download page to get your the latest version of the free CAD software for Windows.