Project Butterfly has gone through a major upgrade last week. We have released a new version with new features and tweaks:
- Large raster support
- Google Maps integration
- New Collaboration widget
- Measure tools
Project Butterfly, Meet Google Maps
You can now overlay your design on a Google Map from within Butterfly, and you can use this to present your plans and to make drafting on terrain much easier.
Using maps in Butterfly can be useful to a variety of fields, such as residential, environmental and governmental. A few examples include planning infrastructure design, urban planning, or just placing your house plans on the site.
More than a drafting tool, overlaying designs on maps makes a powerful presentation tool. Drawings come to life, and can be understood in the context of their surroundings.
With the map in the background of your drawing, you can collaborate on the drawing. Share it, review it, co-edit it, or even publish a link to it – it all works with the map or image that you’ve chosen.
Large Raster Image Support
You can now import a drawing with a large raster image background that you setup in AutoCAD.
Butterfly now supports over 20 popular image formats to serve as background to your drawing. We support all formats natively interpreted by the GDAL library.
Project Butterfly’s support of large images enables drawing over older drawings which are only available in printed or scanned form or over satellite and aerial imagery of the site.
Just like with Google Maps in Butterfly, you can share and collaborate on drawings with raster underlays.
Streamlining the Collaboration Process
We have made it easier for users to start collaborating on their drawings. Starting now, you only have one place to look for if you want to collaborate – whather its sharing your drawing, co-editing, or starting a design review. Each collaboration option has description text next to it, so you can easily find the right option for the task at hand.
You can find this window by clicking the large “Share and Collaborate” button.
Measurement Tools Added
Another addition to the latest version of Butterfly is the Measure tool also found in AutoCAD.You can now measure distances and areas in addition to drawing persistent dimensions.
We’d love to hear feedback from you. Write to us in the comments below, or use the Feedback link in the application.