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Version 2.9 of the EPLAN software platform launched

12 March 2020

EPLAN has announced that Version 2.9 of the EPLAN computer aided engineering (CAE) platform will be made available worldwide at the end of February 2020.

The new version brings important improvements including QR codes that can store hyperlinks, a layer management feature that ensures all changes are saved automatically, and much more. Projects can be completed faster with mass editing of project data using expanded navigators complemented by the option to re-use previously developed macros.

The QR codes are invaluable when working in the field and can be readily accessed through apps on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. The codes can also be incorporated into printed documentation, making it faster and easier to use to look up supporting data.

Another feature of the new version of the EPLAN Platform is that exchanging symbols in placeholder objects has been simplified: they can now be replaced just by selecting the appropriate value sets. Users benefit from greater transparency with fewer macro variants. 

Layers Management has been made even easier than before thanks to a dockable dialogue feature and automatic saving of changes. Another improvement is easier project searchability within layers and subprojects. Designers working with EPLAN software can use the properties dialogue for an object found in the search results list to change the assignment of the layer.

The list view of the Macro Navigators has been expanded to include additional navigators such as the Parts Navigator, PLC Navigator and Wire Navigator. This gives Version 2.9 powerful practical advantages since project data can now be edited even more easily and quickly. Furthermore, once a macro project is completed, standardised macros can be inserted into other projects from the Macro Navigator, using drag and drop. This results in considerable time savings because the older method of macro selection from the directories is no longer needed.

The new Management dialogue feature makes it much easier to edit user-defined property arrangements for schematics and 3D device placement. A Context menu facilitates finding the properties used, and all the property arrangements in a project can be displayed in one place. Furthermore, multiple properties can be edited simultaneously when exporting and importing property arrangements for different components.

In the EPLAN Platform, multilingual entries can be made for many properties and input fields in both projects and parts management. Users can manually translate these entries into a uniform language, or have it done automatically. Version 2.9 provides even better support for multilingual projects: fields for which multilingual input is possible are now identified, as standard, with an icon on the user interface. When text is entered into a multilingual field, it is initially language-independent, but if it needs to be translated, the user can quickly assign it to the specified source language.

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