MALEKKO to Develop Software Tools for Updating AutoCAD Block Symbol Libraries and Exhibit Drawings to Work with Xzibitware

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Exhibit Companies using AutoCAD have a large investment in their CAD Symbol Libraries as well as the hundreds of exhibit drawings sitting in file drawers. Any plan to improve CAD productivity and enhance the way exhibit part symbols are tracked and reported must also include a practical way to update a company's existing symbol libraries and exhibit drawing collection.

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MALEKKO Software Systems announced today that they are beginning work on new software tools that will update user-selected sets of conventional CAD block symbols and exhibit drawings so that they will work with their AutoCAD add-on product, Xzibitware. While Autodesk tries to ensure that each new release of their AutoCAD product continues to support older drawings, AutoCAD add-ons that track and report part usage and other data require some initial internal changes to a user's drawings and exhibit part symbol libraries. The tools described here will simplify making those changes and help an exhibit company move forward in their use of CAD technologies.

The first tool will allow the user to select a group of symbols on a workstation or file server, categorize the symbols, and, through a short list of options, automatically attach a pre-structured attribute set to each updated symbol. It will also automatically create a part category-specific data record for each unique part for use in Xzibitware’s customizable materials lists and multi-worksheet spreadsheets. The tool will work with System, Custom, and Hybrid parts.

A second tool will “learn” about part symbol usage in exhibit drawings containing conventional symbols and will update, automatically where possible, each symbol so that Xzibitware will recognize and report the symbol in the drawings. From this, Xzibitware will be able to help the user add or change parts in their drawings, count and group parts, tag parts with Callout labels, and create drawing bills of materials and various reports.

“We will be working directly with some exhibit companies who have agreed to help us develop the user interfaces and feature sets needed to make easy symbol and drawing updates possible”, said Richard Maddox, president of MALEKKO Software Systems in Atlanta. “And, we welcome suggestions from any others who may have an interest in updating their CAD systems as well. We created tools somewhat similar to these a few years back for one company. They were used to update hundreds of their old drawings as well as their symbol libraries. It really opened the door for them to be able to use Xzibitware effectively.”

For any exhibit company that would like to take advantage of the many benefits of an AutoCAD add-on like Xzibitware while still preserving their earlier investments in symbol libraries and exhibit drawings, these new tools may offer the best and most practical solution to achieving those goals.

About MALEKKO Software Systems:
Since 1995, MALEKKO Software Systems has been working with exhibit designers and detailers to identify their needs when creating exhibit structural detail drawings and exhibit materials lists. Their guidance has resulted in the Xzibitware software product created specifically for those working to design and/or detail Exhibits using AutoCAD. Current product users range from small design studios and independent designers/detailers to major exhibit design companies. Xzibitware works inside both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of AutoCAD 2010, 2011, 2012, and AutoCAD’s newest version, AutoCAD 2013.

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