WireCAD is a system design and documentation software that helps engineers and designers create CAD (dwg,dxf) documentation, draw and manage cable and connection information, automatically create functional block diagrams from user equipment definitions or download over 60000 definitions from WireCAD's Community Library, automatically assign cable numbers, auto-populate rack layouts, print cable labels, bills of materials, and other reports.
WireCAD is a stand-alone software, not a plugin, so no need to buy and maintain other expensive software.
WireCAD helps organize your projects and keeps track of all of your drawings, equipment, cables, and connectors.
Knowledge of CAD is not necessary. Simply describe your equipment using the Equipment Library and WireCAD will generate the functional block. WireCAD also hosts a growing community library* of over 60000 equipment definitions; make use of equipment definitions contributed by other WireCAD users to customize your own WireCAD library.
Drawing cables is easy with WireCAD's one-to-one (one output feeds one input), one-to-many, many-to-one or many-to-many cable options. All you have to do is select the type of cable you want to draw then click on your source followed by the destination and WireCAD will generate that cable in your drawing.
Cable numbering is a snap. Simply double click the cable in the drawing. WireCAD error-checks the project database and gives you the next number in the sequence.
Location changes are made easy by using our location-aware rack layouts. Simply move a piece of equipment and the change is rippled across the entire project.
Once detailed drawings are created, WireCAD has several tools to create overview drawings or Visualizations at the click of a button.
New in WireCAD v7 we have added new Visualizers, the ability to WireCADify your existing CAD blocks to make them work with WireCAD and more.
WireCAD also comes with a built in developers SDK and scripting engine so that you can create specific plug-ins to meet your needs.
*Not all functions are available in all product levels.
Windows 2K, XP, Vista, Win7, Win8*
Works natively on 64 bit machines
RAM: 512+ megabytes
Hard Drive space: 200+ megabytes
1024x768 32 Bit capable monitor/graphics (widescreen or dual screens are helpful)
Mouse with mouse-wheel
Port 1433 firewall exception to access the community server
Options for PRO and Enterprise level if considering SQL Server databases and/or multi-user installation with shared data:
SQL Server (2005 Express version is ok)
File server if multi-user
* Win8 requires that you install Microsoft .NET framework 3.5sp2 in order to run WireCAD.
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There is no limit to the number of projects you can create with any version of WireCAD
There is no limit to the number of drawings that you can associate with a WireCAD project
WireCAD XL limits the number of cables in the Project Cables database to 100. XLT, PRO and ENT have no limits (other than the limits of the Vista DB database which is 2 billion rows)
WireCAD XL limits the number of systems in the Project Systems database to 25. XLT, PRO and ENT have no limits (other than the limits of the Vista DB database which is 2 billion rows)
WireCAD works with the dwg and dxf file formats and can also export drawings as many popular graphics formats
WireCAD uses global databases to keep track of manufacturers and equipment, as well as signal types, cable types, connectors, etc.
WireCAD provides tools to allow you to create your own equipment definitions and add them to the database. We have spent years refining these tools to keep them simple and reduce the amount of typing involved.
No need to know drafting, WireCAD does all the tedious work for you. All you do is describe the equipment in the database. WireCAD creates the CAD blocks for you!
WireCAD numbers cables automatically for you and keeps track of numbers that you have used in other project drawings.
Print cable labels using the built in reporting engine.
Print cable run-sheets from the built in reporting engine.
Bill of Materials provides counts of equipment, cable types, input connectors, and output connectors.
WireCAD totals your PCHL by location for you!
WireCAD uses Vista DB and SQL databases which are open (no passwords). Our philosophy is that "It's your data." Note: using SQL databases requires you to have your own DBA (Database Administrator).
All the tools to create single line functional block diagrams with cable numbers and sytem identifiers (SysNames).
Every time you assign a cable number or SysName WireCAD checks the project database to ensure that you are not duplicating a port or number assignment and if found provides a number of options to deal with it. WireCAD also runs project discrepancy checks to display disconnected ports, duplicated ports, etc.
WireCAD provides the WireCAD community with a server to share WireCAD Equipment Library definitions with other WireCAD users.
Using the data in the project database (automatically generated from single-line drawings) WireCAD will automatically generate your rack layouts. And they are location aware, so if you move a device WireCAD updates everything that needs to update.
EWireCAD XLT and PRO allow you to move projects to other machines and to link to projects from other machines. XL does not allow you to move projects.
Use the default number format which uses the signal type prefix of your choice followed by a numeric sequence and any multicore data, or create your own number format using any of the data associated with the source and destination of the cable
Custom:JF-01>A10 TO VTR-01>SDI
Use the default number format which uses the Equipment type followed by a numeric sequence or create your own number format using any of the data fields associated with SysNames and concatenate it into your own numbering scheme.
Use the default reports or design your own using the report designer.
WireCAD includes a plug-in framework and software development kit (SDK) that allow you to customize the application to suit your needs.
Install WireCAD on any number of machines though only one machine will be able to operate at a time.
Install WireCAD on any number of machines and the number of active machines that can run concurrently is determined by your multi-user license count.
Define the conductor level data associated with a given cable, including the source and destination connector and the cable type.
AutoScheme™ Tools provide a means by which to create functional block diagrams directly from the information in the various databases.
Create users, groups and permissions with shared workflows and databases. Users must log in to WireCAD with the permissions of their group.
Export drawings, grids and reports directly into PDF documents from within WireCAD.
The speed and functionality of SQL databases are only available in PRO and requires you to have your own DBA (Database Administrator).
Share global and project databases among users and leverage the work of others within your organization.
Note: These elements are watermarked in the XL version of the software.