Last week we updated Project Butterfly. That makes this release the 6th since our first launch. Each time we do our best to bring you new features and tools, but we also try to keep the application easy to use.
In this version we did three things: We simplified the sharing process, added new tools and capabilities that didn’t exist before and also boosted Butterfly’s speed and performance.
Butterfly now has a new and simpler way for sharing and co-editing (and with unlimited participants)
The philosophy behind Project Butterfly is keeping the interface simple so that both professionals and first-time CAD consumers can use it. That’s why we felt it would be best if we unified the sharing process. It is now more intuitive and easy to use, combining the best of the current sharing and co-editing into one streamlined process.
Using the Share button, you can give collaborators access to view or edit the drawing. If you and any of your collaborators are viewing the drawing at the same time, a real-time collaboration session will begin, enabling all sides to view and see each other’s changes in real-time. During real-time collaboration all participants see the exact same view of the drawing – including pan, zoom, layers, layouts and each other’s mouse pointers. You can now view a drawing together with as many participants as you wish, making sure everyone is on the same page.
At any time during the real-time collaboration you can detach yourself from the synced view using the “Hide others” button. The drawing can still be edited by the participants, but each one can focus on a different part of it.
You can set permissions for each collaborator (such as editing and download) and you can now even select to share just a part of the drawing using the Share invitation’s new “Crop” button.
We added advanced text editing tools
We have improved the text editor in Butterfly to be a lot more compliant with the AutoCAD text editor. You can now add and edit multiline text while controlling text alignment, color, font type and size.
We added Extend and Stretch tools
The two new tools have been added to the ribbon, and they can be found in the Edit tab in the ribbon. They both behave and operate like in AutoCAD.
We have made improvements to Butterfly’s performance
Working on drawings in Butterfly has just become faster and more fluent. The Zoom has received a boost in speed, as well as edit commands such as Scale and Rotate .
You can login to Butterfly now, the new features are already there.
As always, we would love to hear from you. What do you think of the new features? You can send us feedback via the app and you can comment here as well.