News about the new version of EasyKitchen 3.1

Dear friends! In connection with the events that took place and are still taking place in the world this year, the work went slower than usual. If we planned to release a new version of EasyKitchen library at the beginning of summer, now we have to postpone the release to about mid-late August. And this is if the government again does not impose any serious restrictions.

In our country, strict quarantine was introduced from the beginning of March to the end of May, because of which all offices and enterprises were closed. Including our furniture production with an office where the library is being developed. We worked online, which significantly slowed down the work. And when the restrictions were lifted, at first all efforts were thrown at the surrender of “hovering” furniture orders. There was very little time left for the development of EasyKitchen 3.1, but still the process was slow, but it was going.

At the moment, we are in a stable state, when all post-quarantine activities are completed and work is going on as usual. The development of a new version of EasyKitchen is in full swing. About 30 kitchen modules are already ready. When compared with the current version of the library, it may seem that this is not enough. In fact, due to the optimization of modules, we were able to combine the functionality of many similar modules into one. Thus, the new EasyKitchen library will have fewer modules, but with much more functionality and flexibility. For example, instead of 12 modifications of the angular module BF2, there will be only 4 with the same capabilities. This will facilitate the search for the desired cabinet in the list and allow you to make more changes directly in the project, without having to get a new module and without setting it up again. There is no such flexibility in any furniture design program!

Here is a far from complete list of new features and capabilities of the future version:

  • Edge marking with a dynamic click right on the ends of the panels.
    Rotate the texture by a dynamic click on the plane of the panel.
  • By default, all panels, facades, and HDFs will already have basic textures applied. So you can immediately see the direction of the texture and its type (chipboard, MDF, HDF).
    Texturing is also revised. Now, if you apply the texture in the wrong place, the part simply will not be painted.
  • The binding axes changed their shape, making them less noticeable, but at the same time more functional. For example, it is now easier to center the module.
  • The buttons for opening doors and drawers have become invisible and integrated inside these components. Separate buttons are no longer needed, which greatly simplifies the design of cabinet furniture.
  • The dynamic menu is greatly simplified. Due to the new functionality along the edge, there is no longer an urgent need for it. There are only a few of the most needed features. It is now displayed and hidden through the layer window.
  • There was an opportunity to place an additive. By default, it will not be in the modules, because This creates a significant load on SketchUp and not everyone uses this functionality. Also, everyone works with different fittings and adjusting the additive for each will not work.
  • The fittings will now be real, and not in the form of pictures, as now. Hinges and gas lifts that realistically move along with the opened facade are already ready. Plans to add other lifts. All accessories are customizable and always fall into the report.
  • The grooves for the GOLA profile have also been modified. Now on vertical panels you can create up to 4 grooves. You can move them both through the parameters and manually. For wall mounted cabinets, the GOLA end profile is now integrated inside the module. To display it, just select the appropriate parameter in the options window.
  • Drawers have learned to recognize the position and number of GOLA profiles, both through templates and with manual placement.
  • All modules and components have been simplified and optimized. Nesting was also reduced. This allowed to add new functionality and speed up the library.
  • Most of the internal parameters are listed in the general list of module parameters. Now it will be easier to manage the module and its components. Almost any modification can be made from common parameters.
  • The attribute structure has also been optimized. Now the parameters are not divided into global and local. This opens up new possibilities for furniture design. A list of attributes that can be accessed in order to achieve more flexible results will be published. The era of formulas is just around the corner!
  • New panels and additional components will appear with much wider functionality and flexibility. Just one new "Section" element is worth it! After all, with its help, you can divide the inside of the main module into any sections. And this is so lacking for the construction of furniture in the current version.
  • Kitchen modules will have the opportunity to change the anchor point and indent from either side.
  • Case Depth is now active. There will be no need to calculate the indentation front and back. It is enough to set the desired depth in this parameter.
  • The internal structure of the kitchen modules is now supplemented with new sections with shelves and racks - up to 3 compartments in width, each of which can have any number of shelves. This feature is activated by the new parameter "Structure Type".

A list of all the innovations will be published after the release of EasyKitchen 3.1. If you require any additional functionality, please describe it in the comments. Now there is an opportunity to add something else to the library.

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