About VectorDraw Developer Framework (VDF)

Add dynamic 2D/3D graphics to your application.

VectorDraw Developer Framework (VDF) is a component to easily create and manage and print 2D and 3D drawings. VectorDraw objects expose methods and properties that are compatible with most common vector formats and other CAD objects. It supports over 10 vector formats and many raster formats. VectorDraw Developer Framework (VDF) is fully object oriented, the component is written in .NET C# code. An ActiveX component is also supplied. This ActiveX provides backward compatibility for older development platforms like Visual Basic 6.0 (VB 6) and Delphi. VectorDraw Developer for Compact Framework (CE Libraries) also included.

VectorDraw Developer Framework (VDF) is a graphics engine-library that can be used from developers in order to visualize their applications. You can easily create, edit, manage, export, import and print 2D and 3D drawings - graphic files. A format used by VDF named VDML (and VDCL same as VDML but compressed) XML based that supports custom objects and is not depended from the component's version. The library also supports import-export of several vector and raster formats including native SVG export.

Supported Formats
VectorDraw supports these vector files and raster formats from import and export: .DWG, .DXF, .DGN, .PDF, .WMF, .EMF, .VDML, .VDCL, .BMP, .JPG, .TIFF, .GIF, .PNG, .SKP, .TGA.
These formats are also support but for export only: .DWF, .SVG, .HPGL

Basic capabilities of VDF engine

  • 2D Drawings 
  • 3D Drawings
  • Text styles (.SHX, .TTF)
  • Blocks, Inserts and Attributes
  • Clipping Sections
  • Layers
  • Layouts and Viewports
  • Editing capability inside Viewports
  • Render, Hide and Shade
  • Object Selection Snap (end , middle , center , nearest etc...)
  • Print, Print Preview and multiple page print jobs
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo
  • Materials
  • Lights
  • Line types (32 predefined linetypes) and custom LineTypes
  • MultiText and simple Text objects
  • Support WMF, EMF formats
  • Real transformations with vdMatrix object
  • Images (BMP, TIFF, GIF, JPG, PNG, TGA)
  • Linear and Angular units
  • Hyperlinks and Tooltips
  • Hatching
  • Asynchronous opening from URL location
  • External Reference Drawings
  • Extended Data (XProperties)
  • 3D Orbit
  • Zoom and Pan
  • 3D Views
  • Filter Selection object
  • UCS
  • Built in formats (VDML, VDCL)
  • User Defined Custom Objects and Custom Actions
  • Image Definition Object
  • TrueColor Support
  • Native .DXF Import/Export
  • Native Export to .PDF and .SVG
  • Globalization Capability of all resources.
  • Ability to merge the XREF's (external references) entities and its dependent symbols as part of the current drawing.
  • Asymmetrical tolerances in dimensions and more Dimension Overwrite values and formatted dimension texts.
  • Hatch Pattern object (63 predefined hatch patterns) with new Hatch dialog for the predefined hatch patterns.
  • Exported constants values for easier management of Vectordraw objects and programming.
  • Supported .DWG/.DXF files up to version 2010, .DGN files version 8, .DWF files (using the VectorDraw File Converter utility)
  • Large Number of User Edit Commands (Move , Erase , Rotate , Trim , Copy , Fillet , Offset , Extend etc...
  • 2D Curve Combinations ( Exclude , Intersect , Union , Exclusive Disjunction XOR)
  • Various Programming Environments (Visual Studio 2010 , 2008 , 2005 , Delphi , Visual Basic 6 , C++ 6)

Primitive Drawing Entities

  • Arc
  • 3DFace
  • Attributes
  • PolyFace
  • Circle
  • PolyHatch
  • Dimension
  • Viewport
  • Ellipse
  • Image
  • Insert
  • Line
  • Point
  • PolyLine
  • Rectangle
  • Splines (Fitting , Quadratic , Cubic)
  • Custom Objects 
  • Text & MultiText 
  • Group Objects 
  • Leader 
  • Construction Lines 
  • GroundSurface

Drawing Utilities

  • Grips
  • Ruler Object
  • Various Grid types
  • Snap
  • Osnaps
  • Ortho mode
  • Tooltips
  • Urls
  • Linear Units
  • Angular Units
  • Transparency
  • Offset command
  • Extend / Break / Trim Commands
  • Move / Erase / Copy commands
  • 3d Orbit Rotate of scene
  • Pan / Zoom commands
  • Many Drawing commands like Spline , polyline , line , circle , arc etc...

3D capabilities

  • Rendering types: Wire 2D, Wire 3D, Hide, Shade, Shade On, Render (applying materials, transparency & lights)
  • Views: Perspective, Orthogonal
  • Other: Lights, 3D section clipping, Transparency, Multi User coordinate system
  • Other: vdGroundSurface Object Supports Mapped Images Over Surfaces to Produce  a Photorealistic Ground Surface Using Aerial Photos
  • Other: Calculate a Surface from a List of Points and Countour Levels using Delanay Algorithm
  • Other: Volume calculation

VectorDraw Ray Tracing Engine (vdRay)
The VectorDraw Ray Tracing Engine(vdRay) is an add-on library to the VectorDraw Developers Framework (VDF) that gives you the ability to export photo-realistic images from your application. Easy and simple , vdRay will help you create nice images and also videos from your vdml files. Simply add some materials to your 3d objects , adjust the lighting , camera and export an image that supports shadows , mirrors , reflections and more. VDF (VectorDraw Developers Framework) 3D capabilities due to user interaction cannot offer effects that give photo-realism to the render output , this is where vdRay comes in, the add-on fulfills the need for better rendering output.

The VectorDraw Ray Tracing Engine -vdRay- is a component that can create photorealistic images using ray tracing algorithms. Through the Vector Draw component, all the existing vdDraw documents and drawings can be rendered taking into consideration certain properties such as reflection, transparency, surface roughness etc. The vdRay component is very easy to use and the visual benefits are obvious. Effects that can't be created with the current Vector Draw render machine (shadows, glass objects, mirrors and more) are now possible with Vector Draw Ray Tracing Engine - vdRay.

What you should know about vdRay:

  • The export of this library is mainly bitmap images(jpg,png,tiff,bmp,gif) and also a vdrv format which is a Vectordraw video format.
  • This product does not have a different license it follows the VDF annual license.
  • You cannot purchase this product as standalone, you have to be a VDF client in order to use and purchase add-on library.
  • You pay only once for this product , it's price is to obtain the right to use this add-on in conjuction with the VDF libraries. As long as you renew your VDF libraries you continue to have the right to use this product also.
  • The licenses of this product are equal to the VDF licenses you own. For example if you own 3 licenses of VDF then by paying the standard fixed price for vdRay library you otain 3 licenses of vdRay for your developers.
  • vdRay (as VDF is) is royalty free