ARES Commander 2025 - Release Notes

ARES, Commander, 2025, Release Notes

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Written by Rodrigo Leiria
Updated over a week ago

LAST UPDATE: 2025 SP0.1 (25.0.1.1245)

You can download the last update from here.

Build No. 25.0.1.1245 (SP0.1) - Released 02/05/2024

Blocks and Data extraction:

  • Linear associative pattern is missing after save the changes in EDITCOMPONENT.

Geometry draw or modification:

  • Dimension arrows disappears after use FLATTEN command.

  • Improvement to retain the Vertical and Horizonal axis values in PATTERN dialog.

  • OFFSET command doesn't work in ARES Standard for some entity type.

  • The intersection point on the entity that intersects with the polar guide cannot be recognized.

  • Unable to modify the remaining trimmed part of Ray/Infiniteline in the EDITCOMPONENT environment.

Graphic System:

  • ESnap is not recognized on specific conditions with 3D Solids in block.

  • Improvements to display 3D Solid after EDITCOMPONENT.

Build No. 25.0.1.1225 (SP0) - Released 01/04/2024

COMPATIBILITY WITH AUTOCAD®

IMPROVED UI TO EASE TRANSITION

The Options dialog centralizes all the options for your drawing, including units and user preferences. It has been redesigned to make the Search tool more prominent and help you find the settings you seek.

In addition, a new Dimension Styles dialog provides quicker access to these options, so you can customize the style of your dimensions like in AutoCAD.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

A3 — ARES AI ASSIST

Powered by OpenAI technology, the new ARES AI Assist (A3) palette in ARES Commander is an artificial intelligence trained to assist ARES users in many languages. You can ask questions in a similar way as in ChatGPT, but with the difference that A3 has learned about CAD and ARES products.

A3 can explain step by step how to use features, answer general or industry-specific questions, convert values, and translate texts for your drawings. It’s your personal CAD assistant!

INTEROPERABILITY

CIVIL 3D SUPPORT IN ARES COMMANDER

ARES Commander 2025 is introducing support for Autodesk Civil 3D entities. This integration enables the proper visualization of Civil 3D entities within the ARES environment.

While initially offering limited grips and properties functionalities, this feature will continue to evolve in subsequent releases, providing a more seamless interoperability between ARES Commander and Civil 3D.

DWG TO DGN EXPORT

Previous versions of ARES Commander already had the capability to import DGN files and convert them to DWG format, or to attach a DGN file as a reference file in the background of drawings. Now, users gain the ability to export from DWG to DGN, making it easier to share files with users of Bentley MicroStation or Bentley ProjectWise.

3D FEATURES

3D VISUAL STYLES AS IN AUTOCAD

ARES Commander now supports Visual Styles created in AutoCAD. This means that a 3D drawing configured with such specific styles in AutoCAD is displayed the same way in ARES Commander, and vice versa — ensuring visual consistency between applications.

Visual Styles also enable ARES Commander users to produce higher-quality visuals of their 3D projects.

CAD FEATURES

AUTO-FILL IN TABLES

Auto-Fill is a very powerful and useful feature inside any spreadsheet or application that supports tabular data. This functionality is designed to save time and reduce the need for manual entry of repetitive data. For the TABLE entities in ARES Commander, Auto-Fill helps users to populate adjacent cells with various types of values.

LIBRARIES OF DYNAMIC BLOCKS

The tool palettes in ARES Commander, and the online Trinity Block Library in ARES Commander and ARES Kudo, have been enriched with 450+ ready-to-use dynamic blocks. These blocks are parametric and compatible with AutoCAD. They include symbols for Architecture, Interior Design, HVAC, Electricity, Plumbing, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, and more.

DWG FOR BIM

BIM DRAWINGS IMPROVEMENTS

In previous versions of ARES Commander, we introduced the unique ability to import BIM projects (IFC or Revit) and extract 2D drawings — such as floor plans, elevations, or sections — that can be enriched and saved in DWG. The new feature enables users to customize the display of specific entities, such as door symbols, in these drawings.

IMPROVEMENTS FOR MAC

SUPPORT FOR ARM PROCESSORS AND SONOMA

The Mac version is now offered in two setups: one for 64-bit Intel processors and one for 64-bit ARM processors (aka M1, M2, and M3). Previously, the compatibility with ARM processors was provided via the Rosetta translator. Now, ARES Commander offers native support, which improves stability and performance. The latest macOS — v14 (Sonoma) — is also supported now.

ARES TRINITY COLLABORATION FEATURES

MENTIONS IN COMMENTS

Use the @ symbol to mention your colleagues or contacts in the commenting palette in ARES Commander, ARES Kudo, and ARES Touch. Mentioning another user generates an email notification containing the comment and a link to the drawing. It is an easy and efficient way to get quicker reactions and assign tasks or questions.

CLOUD FIELDS & QR CODES

Combine ready-to-use QR codes and the new CLOUDFIELD command to easily insert inside your drawings links to specific versions of your drawing in the cloud. You may, for example, add a link to view online the latest version of a printed drawing, to ensure your contacts don‘t miss any updates. Alternatively, it could be a link to download the file as it was when it was printed.

System Requirements

Windows OS

Minimum

  • 64-bit version: Microsoft® Windows 10 or Windows 11 (with latest Updates and Service Packs)

  • Intel® i3 processor (6th generation) or AMD® Ryzen 3 (2nd generation)

  • 8GB RAM

  • 5 GB free hard disk space on SSD depending on accessory applications installed

  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with 1 GB GPU memory and DirectX 9 compliant (OpenGL version 2.0 or better)

  • Display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution with True Color (100% DPI scaling)

  • Mouse

For a good experience we recommend

  • 64-bit version: Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows® 11 (with latest Updates and Service Packs)

  • CPU Intel® i5/i7/i9 processor (8th generation or newer), AMD® Ryzen 5/7/9 processor (2nd generation or newer), or better

  • 16 GB RAM (or more)

  • 5 GB free hard disk space on SSD depending on accessory applications installed

  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with 1 GB or 2 GB GPU memory and DirectX 12 compliant (OpenGL version 4.3 or better) | (Nvidia – GeForce 700/800/900 series, GeForce RTX 20/30/40 series, GeForce GTX 16 series, GeForce MX 300/400/500 series or ATI)

  • Full HD monitor (1920 x 1080 pixels) or 4K Display (3840 x 2160 pixels) with True Color

  • Wheel mouse, or 3D mouse

MacOS

  • Intel Version: Mac® with Intel® Core™ i5 processor or better

  • ARM Version: Apple M1 ARM-based systems or better

  • macOS v12 (Monterey), v13 (Ventura) or v14 (Sonoma)

  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)

  • 5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation

  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL version 2.0 (OpenGL version 3.3 or better recommended)

  • Display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution, or better

  • Mouse (Wheel mouse recommended)

Linux

  • Ubuntu® 20.04 LTS, Fedora® 33

  • Intel® i3 processor (6th generation) or AMD® Ryzen 3 (2nd generation) or better

  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)

  • 5 GB of available hard-disk space on SSD for installation

  • 3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL version 2.0 (OpenGL version 3.3 or better recommended)

  • Display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution, or better

  • Mouse (Wheel mouse recommended)

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