Version 11

Project Management

Drag & Drop Function

Drag & drop in the Project Management allows you to move or copy folders and projects easy and quick.

How it Works

Click and hold the file that you want to move with the left mouse button.

Move the file to the location where you want to save it. Keep holding down the left mouse button.

Release the mouse button when the cursor is hovering over the new folder.

Project Center

Linking Documents

The document management is now easier and quicker to use. It is possible to link documents directly from your computer in the Project Center.

How it Works

Click on the “Documents” item with the right mouse button.

Select the file in the file dialogue that you wish to attach to the selected project.

Input of Elements

Setting the VAT Rate

If you need to assign different VAT rates to different articles, LogiKal 11 makes this easy for you, too.

How it Works

When you create a new position, you can select different VAT rates. This requires that more than one VAT rate was previously created in your „User Database“ > „Estimations“ > „VAT Rates“.

Defining CE Declaration and U-Values

The legislator allows different estimation methods for the CE declaration and the estimation of U-values of smaller curtain wall elements.

With LogiKal 11 you can perform these estimations based on the product standard for curtain wall or the product standard for window elements.

How it Works

A new selection function for CE declaration and U-values is available.

In the program window “Create New Position” you can select under „Settings for CE declarations and U values“ on which base the CE declaration and the U-values shall be estimated.

New Hardware Selection

Hardware is now selected similarly to the selection in the Input of Elements. The software  asks about the connected components in logical order, one after the other. This ensures that everything is included; no components will be forgotten. This new way of entering the hardware also provides a clearer overview and offers improved user friendliness.

How it Works

Hardware Selection Layout

In the program window for entering the hardware, the list of hardware on the right has been restructured. All used articles are clearly and logically listed by category.

Saving and Loading the Hardware Selection

The two new icons on the right above the item list allows you to save your hardware selection globally for the project and use it again for other positions.

This replaces the “Project hardware package” function from earlier LogiKal versions.

Click on the disk icon to save your selection. A new program window will open. Under “Configuration Name,” enter the designation that you wish to save with the selection.

Click on the folder icon to add your hardware selection to a position.

Hardware Item View

There are two small icons on the right above each hardware selection.

These allow you to toggle between list view and icon view.

List view example

Icon view example

Modify Items from Hardware Packages

If LogiKal displays a package icon behind an article, this means that this article was specified in a hardware package selected by you.

If the package is displayed in gray, you cannot change the article.

If the package is blue, you can modify the article.

Selecting Hardware

When selecting the hardware, the software will query the connected components in a logical order, one by one.

An assistant will guide you through the entire inputting process.

The new program version features additional filter options.

These are located in the upper area of the respective component.

This means selecting articles is now even easier and more error-proof.

You can save your filter settings for the next use.

Positioning Components

Components are selected as before, from an overview list that includes a preview.

New in version 11 is the simplified positioning of the components on your element (here with the example of door hinges).

In the default setting, the position of the hinges is determined automatically.

If you prefer to arrange the hinges manually, this is now even easier with the new positioning tool.

Enable the “Manually” option and enter the desired valued in the text boxes for “Overwrite dimensions.”

The changes made here are also updated in the schematic on the left side.

Below the input mask is a field that allows you to freely position the hinges.

You can use the input formulas common for entering elements (e.g. G/2; G = total height)

Selecting Additional Hardware

Components such as cable transitions, electrical controls etc. can be added by double-clicking on “Other Hardware.”

Changing Selected Hardware

The configuration of the individual components can be easily changed by double-clicking on the item with the mouse button.

Estimation

Centrally Managing Optimization- and Order-relevant Options

Settings for the estimation and the material selection that have an immediate effect on the estimation of the position can now be centrally defined in the estimation data.

How it Works

The following options have been removed from the layout settings for reports and integrated into the estimation data.

CNC

Quick Access to Processing Groups and Processing Tasks contained therein

The adjustment of project CNC machinings is now easier.

LogiKal remembers the machinings of the recent edited position.

How it Works

Create a position with machinings and complete this in the Input of Element.

In the file menu of the project center, click on “CNC Database” > “CNC Groups.”

The machinings used for your position are now shown at the top of the program window.

To modify the machinings of a positio, double-click on the group.

You can edit the machinings directly from this CNC Group and promptly return to the group screen.

Click on a machining with the right mouse button and select the option “Go to CNC machining” from the context menu.

End Deductions, Saw Cut Deduction and Usable Residual Length

The “System article” screen has been completely restructured.

Each profile can be assigned an individually usable residual length under “User Database” > “System Articles.”

The saw cut deduction is now determined in the saw settings solely in relation to the machine.

These are located under “CNC Database” > CNC Company Standard” > “Properties” in the “Settings” tab.

If you need to define end deductions due to the technical characteristics of the saw, these can also be entered in this tab.

The values of “End deduction start” and “End” in the saw settings are compared to the end deductions stored in the profile or coater, and the largest respective value is used.

The values for the total end deduction and Eloxal total end deduction are now stored for every profile in the “System Database” under “Article Data.” This means customers are no longer required to update these optimization-relevant data.

If you are having the profiles powder-coated or anodized by an independent coater, you can enter the respective deductions under “User Database” > “Colours”.

CAD

Element input, CAD and estimation interaction

With LogiKal 11, CAD and estimation are integrated even more tightly.

For example, you can incorporate your elements into a CAD installation drawing as early as the design phase. To do so, simply add your item views and sections to your drawing.

Modifications made in the Input of Element in LogiKal are immediately updated in the drawing.

You can also edit the elements directly from the drawing.

This is then updated across all workplaces.

This significantly speeds up cooperation at your company and prevents mistakes.

All personnel will have access to the same version of the element’s design.

This interplay also works when a new CAD system is integrated into your workflow.

Here too, modifications are immediately forwarded from CAD to LogiKal and from LogiKal to CAD.

In addition, ERP systems use the same connection to keep materials, resource planning, estimations etc. up to date – no matter where or in what linked program the changes are made, all other instances will be current.

How it Works

Located in the file menu of CAD is the “Position” menu.

This menu allows you to create completely new projects and positions directly in CAD.

Positions can be added to the drawing area and edited.

To insert the item, open CAD and click on “Position” -> “Insert Position” in the file menu. Select an item from the list.

To generate a cross-sectional view of this position, click on “Position” -> “Set Section Line” in the file menu. Draw the cutting line with the left mouse button pressed.

Place the sectional drawing on the drawing area by pressing the left mouse button.

The sectional view can be changed by clicking the right mouse button.

Dimensional changes can be made directly via “Settings” -> “User Settings” -> “Positions”. This allows you to modify the size ratio between the drawing elements using the scale settings for view and editing.

Create Customized Toolbars

Shorten your mouse movement and speed up your work in CAD with the new custom toolbars.

How it Works

In the CAD file menu, click on “Settings” > “User Settings.”

Select the “Toolbars” tab.

You can select a toolbar from the list on the left under “Select toolbar.” All functions available in the selected toolbar are listed.

To create a new toolbar, click on the button with the green plus sign. Enter a name for the toolbar.

Now, select the functions that you wish to incorporate in your toolbar from the list on the right side.

To do so, set a check mark in front of the function.

When you are done compiling your toolbar, click on the “Save” button.

Your toolbar will now appear in CAD, where you can place it in the desired location.

Previous Function Call in the Context Menu

Simplify the handling in CAD and draw even faster by directly accessing the most recently selected function with just a single mouse click.

How it Works

In CAD, open the most recently accessed function by clicking the right mouse button: it is always listed at the very top of the context menu.

Plot Mask

Changing the scale of the drawing elements via scroll-wheel zoom

Using the scale function in the plot screen has become even more convenient. Now you can change the scale of individual drawing elements on the plot screen using the scroll wheel of your mouse.

How it Works

Select a drawing element / text block.

Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and press the scroll wheel of your mouse at the same time.

Moving the scroll wheel up will enlarge the drawing element.

Moving the scroll wheel down will shrink the drawing element.

On the right side you can see the current value under “Scale of Selected Object”

Placeable Area

On the plot screen, you can now individually define in which area a drawing element is placed.

This is especially handy if you are using pre-printed paper sheets.

How it Works

On the plot screen, click on “Viewport” on the right.

Define the area by grabbing the dotted line with the mouse and moving it freely.

Optionally, you can also enter the dimensions in millimeters at the top right.

Interfaces

New AutoCAD Plugin

The new AutoCAD plugin enables certain LogiKal functions within AutoCAD.

How it Works

Requirements for using the new AutoCAD plugin:

–         AutoCAD 2015 or later.
–         LogiKal CAD Suite 2D license

Installing the AutoCAD Plugin

First, install the AutoCAD plugin.
To do so, click on “Settings” > “Additional settings” in the project center file menu.
Select the “Interfaces” tab.
In the “AutoCAD plugin” area click on the “Install” button.

Setting up the AutoCAD Plugin

Open AutoCAD.

The new LogiKal toolbar is located in the lower area.

Click on the “Plugin configuration” button and enter the path of your LogiKal version.

New in the plugin are the user settings and most of the functions in the “Positions” area. These are directly linked to LogiKal. Changes made here are automatically adopted in the LogiKal project.

Important Technical Information

Windows XP is no longer supported!

LogiKal 11 will no longer support Windows XP.

Why is that?

We regularly release new versions of LogiKal with additional features, improved performance, and enhanced security. These new versions are no longer compatible with older operating systems.

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014. This is why we have also stopped supporting LogiKal for Windows XP.

What does this mean for me?

If you have installed LogiKal on a Windows XP computer, you will be required to update your operating system to a newer Windows version in order to use LogiKal 11 and future versions.

Please contact your IT administrator for questions about this issue.