New Butterfly Version is Simpler and Stronger

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.


  1. Posted June 30, 2010 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

    I’m working with my mac and a magic mouse, and I find really difficult to make zoom in and out, or moving across the draw because the zoom is too fast.

    Is there anything I can do to solve it?

    Thanks a lot for all your work, keep going!!

    • Butterfly
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:55 AM | Permalink

      Hi, Rafa.
      We haven’t tested Butterfly with Magic Mouse yet, but there shouldn’t be a particular problem.

      If you could provide us with more detail about the behavior of Butterfly with the mouse, we can look it up for you.

  2. Diego Molina
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    Sería bueno que la barra lateral izquierda pueda ocultarse para dar una mayor área de trabajo.

    • Butterfly
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:58 AM | Permalink

      It’s an idea we’re looking into. We want to enable a larger workspace in the future.

  3. masarani
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

    it is wonderful … 😀
    i hope there is a way to exit a drawing without saving

    • Butterfly
      Posted July 19, 2010 at 12:38 AM | Permalink

      At the moment there isn’t, but you can go back to previous versions using the Timeline feature.

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