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What’s New in M-Color 9?

M-Color is a presentation plotting software for AutoCAD users who need to develop high-quality plots of their CAD designs. It bridges the gap between traditional CAD drafting and presentation graphics software.

You can use AutoCAD’s precision drafting capabilities to create and edit your CAD drawings, and take advantage of the advanced graphical effects and publishing possibilities of M-Color to produce a high-quality presentation plot.

What are the benefits of using M-Color instead of traditional AutoCAD plotting?

HAND-DRAWING EFFECT

A hand-drawn adds a touch of personality to your drawings. You can use different effects (curve, deviate, move ends, break and vary width, multiple line segments) to make the drawing look like it was hand-drawn. This is an excellent feature for use in casting initial sketches from your designs, for example.

ONE-CLICK DROP SHADOWS

Adding drop shadows to text or graphics gives depth and flair to your layout. You can create drop shadows simply with the click of a button, then easily adjust the angle, distance, and feathering of the shadow.

TRANSLUCENT RASTER IMAGES, BITMAP TEXTURES, AND GRADIENT FILLS

You can make raster images partially transparent so that the background still shows through. You can use the same effect also for bitmap texture fillings and gradient fills. For example, imagine the possibilities of a gradient fill transitioning gradually towards transparency.

SMOOTH BLENDING OF RASTER IMAGES INTO THE BACKGROUND (8-bit alpha channels)

All transparent raster images are now smoothly blended into the background. With the new 8-bit alpha channel support you can add photos of trees, people, etc. that blend into your drawing perfectly.

IMPROVED RENDERING QUALITY AND MORE POWERFUL HANDLING OF TRANSLUCENCY EFFECTS

The rendering mechanism of M-Color has been completely renewed: as a result, the on-screen graphics are smooth and exact. Also, the previewing responds much more rapidly that before, especially when you have used transparent effects,

FASTER, HIGHER-QUALITY BITMAP EXPORTING 

The new technology of M-Color 9 enables you to export your drawings as a raster image in just a fraction of the time  used by previous versions of M-Color. In addition, the quality of the resulting image is enhanced.

50% SMALLER PDF FILES AND SUPPORT FOR PDF 1.5, INCLUDING LAYER DATA

With M-Color 9. you can generate small, high-quality PDF files. M-Color 9 also supports PDF 1.5, including inclusion of your CFG layer information in the resulting PDF file.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS 

M-Color 9 supports hyperlinks in PDF files. Also, you can now also save CFG and PAL files into old formats and activate your M-Color license instantly online. Another improvement providing flexibility is the integration with the AutoCAD paper frame in Paper Space.

For automated usage of the software, APIs for bitmap exporting and CFG and PAL manipulation are included in the program.

For more information about M-Color, make sure to visit our product page here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us today at info@microsolresources.com, or give us a call at (888) 768-7568 and we would be more than happy to help!

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About the author

Sofia joined Microsol Resources in 2018 as a Marketing and Sales Coordinator. She was born and raised in Colombia, where she got her Business Administration degree. She moved to New York in 2016 and has found a new passion within the field of design and construction. In her free time, she likes to practice yoga and run in Central Park.