VISI 2016 R1

VISI Modelling

VISI 2016 R1 can be installed and supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (64 Bit versions). Please note that only the professional version of the operating systems is supported. VISI 2016 R1 CAD delivers a number of enhancements to the graphical user interface (GUI), and major updates for sketching and element editing. Other significant items include developments to Parts Revision, Snapshot, a new combined view/section within the plotview and updated CAD translators.

Migration tool / Update settings

An enhanced migration tool is available to automatically update Settings/Configurations from a previous version of VISI. This tool allows the update of all relevant configuration files, profiles, custom settings and libraries, databases, CAM settings (tool databases, machine tool configuration, compass configurations), Mold/Progress libraries and others (please refer to the on line help of this tool for a complete description). This tool can be executed at the end of the installation or by running the shortcut installed under the VISI 2016 R1 application within the START menu.
Update Settings Update Settings
Steps for updating the settings from a previous version :
  • Select the reference VISI version path from where you need to migrate your settings and configurations (such as C:\VISI20 or C:\VISI21)
  • Press the "Update" button
At the end of the update process, a report (log) will be shown with the list of configurations and files that have been successfully updated.

Network Saving

VISI 2016 R1 delivers significantly improved speed when saving files across the network. The system will initially save a local file (from where you are notified when complete, and can continue to work) before saving the file to the desired network location as a background operation. 

User Interface / Picking / Graphics

1. Quick Access Toolbar management available on the top bar - A new quick access toolbar is available above the top bar providing access to the standard/system functionalities. Updated icon sets relative to product categories are also available.
2. New graphical icons at the top of the GUI to Apply/Cancel/Pg Down/Pg Up which allow you to step backwards & forwards through the current operation.
3. New Brush selection by open and close polyline. To activate, hold the left mouse button (M1) and drag during the polyline definition to enter into the “brush” selection mode.
4. Improvements to the Enhanced pick provides the ability to capture relevant points on virtual intersections, moves snap point along a virtual line (parallel to axes, perpendicular to segments, tangent to circles, etc ).
GUI improvements
5. Hidden line removal and Hidden lines in different style modes have been enhanced and can be used completely during all modelling operations. Options are available in the Settings command for the color, transparency and style of the hidden lines. New Antialias management improve the graphics representation to avoid the segmentation of lines.
6. The ability to highlight a relevant point and type an exact offset. When the cursor is on a relevant point, it is possible to simply enter the values for the offset or distance point when moving along a relevant direction.
7. Contextual icons on the M2 list - Pressing the right mouse button (M2) or the mouse wheel when inside the command will display the relevant icons typically available in the left-hand icon bar, at the position of the mouse cursor. This simplifies access to the picking options and minimizes the cursor movement.
8. Mouse buttons configurations can be adjusted to configure the most commonly used graphics movements to specific mouse buttons and actions.
9. Double click with mouse buttons can be customized using the System/Right Hand Menu command (Double click tab).
10. Speed enhancements when saving files on a network drive. All files are first saved locally (in the tmp folder), from when it is possible to continue to work with the WKF. After this operation, a second thread is started to copy the file onto the network in the background.

Edit Elements & Sketching

Sketch and Edit 1. New Edit element command for the modification of wireframe entities. Double click on the wireframe entity to enter Edit mode. This can be used on segments, circles, arcs, curves, profiles, and polylines.  This command allows the modification of shape, position and dimensions.
2. Sketch circles and Sketch lines enhancements - These commands have been improved using the new enhanced pick concept where the potential results are graphically displayed, and can be selected by using the Space bar. Combined selection between Elements and Points has been integrated in these commands. 
3. New option to create a Segment/line tangent to two curves within the Sketch command.

Parts Revision

Enhancements to the Parts Revision manager include the ability to define the revision field as a Number, String, or String+Number. Other improvements include the ability to use the Part revision code as part of the file name when saving Plotview pages, the ability to plot a table with the complete list of part revisions.


Improvements to the Snapshot manager include the ability to force a white background for image production, and the ability to work in Plotview mode and copy the snapshot to the clipboard ready to paste in other documents. It is now possible to save the snapshot list as separate image files (Bmp, Jpg, Png, Tif).


1. Enhancement on the Plotview Manager - Views, sections and details (and relative hierarchy) are now shown in the tree of the Plotview manager Pages 
2. View information is now displayed in the properties zone relevant to the selected node in the tree. For example, if selecting the page node, only the relevant information of the page is displayed, while if selecting a view, only the relevant information of the view is presented. 
3. New Outbreak section in Plotview - The ability to create a portion of a section inside a View (to create a combined view/section). It is also possible to determine the outer boundary format and the depth value for the section.
Other Plotview enhancements include :
  • Improvements on the arrows position for partial sections
  • An option to show only the layers or the parts used for view creation within the view properties dialogue
  • An option to select the parts in 3D environment within the view properties dialogue

CAD Interfaces

In addition to continuous quality improvements and enhancements on CAD translators, the main new capabilities for 2016 R1 are:
  • Presentation of file Preview increased performance
  • 3DPDF Writer enhancements for saving models in this format (performances, white background, fit on the screen)
  • DXF/DWG Reader general refurbishing
  • DXF/DWG update of Teigha libraries to 4.01
  • CATIA V5 Reader permits hole attributes mapping
  • Inventor support of 2016 files
  • UG Reader to support Layer Categories for Parts
  • Import/Export -  Unicode Support for 3D translators
CATIA V5 Import - CAM (Hole) Attributes mapping
To provide CAM information suitable to define standards for files imported from CATIA V5, each CAM attribute read from the model can be mapped to the relevant "Feature Manager" type (e.g. DRILL_3) and relevant color (e.g. DRILL_3 = 43). Such association can be applied through editable configurations available within the \User_Profiles\Default\xxx\HolesAttributes.cfg. It is also possible to choose whether to import original face colors (default) or apply those defined by the current "Feature_Configuration" (apply_colors = 1).

Interface Import Format (click to open)

Import Format File Extension Supported Version
ACIS .sat, .sab, .asat, .asab R1 - R25
Catia V4 .model, .exp 4.1.9 - 4.2.4
Catia V5 .CATPart, .CATProduct R8 - R25 (V5-6R2015)
Catia V6 .CATPart, .CATProduct V62015x
IGES .igs, .iges Up to 5.3
Inventor .ipt, .iam V6 - 2016 (.iam V11)
NX (Unigraphics) .prt 11 - NX 10 (NX9 for PMI)
JT Open .jt V10.0 and older
Solid Edge .par, .asm, .psm V18 - ST7
SolidWorks .sldprt, .sldasm 98 - 2015
Parasolid .x_b, .x_t, .xmt_bin, .xmt_txt 1.0 - 27
Creo (PTC) .prt, .asm 16 - Creo 3.0

Interface Writer Format (click to open)

Writer Format File Extension Supported Version
PDF .pdf 1.7
ACIS .sat, .sab, .asat, .asab R18 - R25
Catia V4 .model Catia 4.1.0 - Catia 4.2.4
Catia V5 .CATPart, CATProduct R15 - R25 (V5 - V6 R2015)
IGES .igs, .iges 5.3
STEP .stp, .step AP203, AP214 (Geometry only)