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License Time-out Feature in AutoCAD

September 16th, 2005 No comments

AutoCAD and a lot of other products support the time-out feature for network licenses using FLEXlm.

Using this feature can save your company quite many licenses as you can see from this sample graph.
If you don’t use the time-out feature the usage might look like the blue curve but with the time-out feature on it can look like the green curve.

More about License Time-out Feature.

This document only mentions TIMEOUT but I recommend that you use TIMEOUTALL instead. This allows you to automatically have any added feature using the time-out feature. I run into this when upgrading to AutoCAD 2006 and found I had forgot to add the new feature to the adskflex.opt file.
Instead of using a syntax like below:
TIMEOUT 48800ACD_2006_0F 3600
Change it to use:
TIMEOUTALL 900

Note also that I use 900 as this is the minimum supported value that AutoCAD handles.

Any of the following activity in the active application prevents the client workstation from being idle:

  • Any keystroke.
  • Any mouse click.
  • Any command, Lisp expression, menu macro or script in progress.
  • Any Modal dialog box opened (a dialog box which needs to close before continuing to other tasks).
  • Note: Using the Help system does not keep the session active.

If you are a user of FLEXlm licenses you might also be interested in looking at JTB FlexReport to further help you optimize your network licenses.

Originally from JTB World

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IMSI Releases TurboCAD 3D Mac (Architosh)

September 16th, 2005 No comments

Macintosh World Gains New Engineering CAD Tool with IMSI TurboCAD 3D Mac

From: Architosh
Type: News Report

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Flipper CAD Control 3.10 Available (ProWorks)

September 16th, 2005 No comments

Flipper CAD Control 3.10 Update

From: ProWorks
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Hyperlinks Tip (CAD Panacea)

September 16th, 2005 No comments

Hyperlinks Tip

Source: CAD Panacea
by R.K. McSwain

Another quick tip. You can use hyperlinks to navigate to named views in a drawing….

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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UGS Launches NX 4 (UGS)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

UGS Launches NX 4

From: UGS
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Licom Launches alphastair V6 (Licom Systems)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

Licom Launches alphastair V6

From: Licom Systems
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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iCHECK for Inventor Released (INCAT)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

INCAT Products Launches Quality Checker for Autodesk Inventor

From: INCAT
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Lattice3D Enhances 3D Publishing Applications (Strategic Reach PR)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

Lattice3D Launches New Versions of 3D Publishing Suite

From: Strategic Reach PR
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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MWH Soft Ships InfoSWMM Calibrator (MWH Soft)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

MWH Soft Launches New InfoSWMM Calibrator for High-End Performance Wastewater Model Calibration

From: MWH Soft
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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DAZ Studio Unveiled (Business Wire)

September 15th, 2005 No comments

DAZ Productions Launches DAZ Studio, a Free 3D Figure Posing and Animation Software Package

From: Business Wire
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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29 Flaws in CUI

September 14th, 2005 No comments

AutoCAD 2006 made a huge change in the customization of toolbars, menus, mouse buttons, and so on. The new environment is called “Customize User Interface,” or CUI for short.

Working with CUI for my “Tailoring AutoCAD 2006” e-book, I found dozens of bugs and irritants. Here’s my list:

1. The TbCustomize command prevents tampering with the user interface. It disables the Customize and Toolbar commands, but not the CUI command. (By disabling the Customize command, it prevents access to tool palette groups, and locking out Toolbar makes no sense, because it is an alias for CUIl.)

2. Commands are listed illogically:
– some are listed by name, as they should be, such as AcisIn.
– some commands are missing, such as AcisOut.
– some commands are listed by a description, such as 3D Pan, instead of 3dPan.
– several commands are listed by the same description, such as “Center” for Zoom Center, Ellipse Center, Center osnap, and DimTEdit Center. You can only tell which is which by examining the macro.
– some commands are listed with an option first, such as “4 Viewports,” instead of Vports 4.

3. The Customize User Interface dialog box is hugely complex, so it is strange that the Find command is “hidden” in shortcut menus, instead of on the dialog box’s toolbar.

4. CUI loads slowly. It takes 10 seconds to open the dialog box on my 2.4HGz computer with 1GB RAM and 300GB of diskspace. When debugging macros, this 10-second delay really cuts into ROI [return on investment]. Makes me pine for the days of editng the acad.mnu file with Notepad.

5. CUI is supposed to control how toolbars appear when AutoCAD 2006 starts, but most of the options don’t work.Properties such as Orientation and Default Location have no effect.

6. When creating a new toolbar, it does not appear until you exit CUI and then explicitly open the toolbar. Perhaps this bug is linked to the bug in #5.

7. When working with toolbars, CUI displays a non-operating mockup of the toolbar. All it does is display buttons that make a depressing motion; nothing else works, mockingly.

8.The Description area has incorrect wording. For example, the description for a toolbar’s Name is: “Displays the name of the menu item.” It should say, “Displays the toolbar name in the tooltip.”

9. Ironically, there is no icon for the CUI command, nor does it appear on any toolbar. Related to this, numerous other commands also lack icons.

10. You can no longer drag commands from CUI to the Tool Palettes — useful for adding commands to the palettes. No commands can be dragged out CUI to anywhere, as was possible before.

11. The Customize command should be an alias for CUI; instead, it displays a stripped-down version of the Customize dialog box that deals only with Tool Palette groups and their import/export.

12. AutoCAD 2006 uses eleven commands to do the work of 2:

* (1) CUI displays the the Customize User Interface dialog box.
* (2) CuiExport, (3) CuiImport display the Transfer tab of the Customize User Interface dialog box; could be replaced by CUI +1.
* (4) CuiLoad, (5) CuiUnload, (6) MenuLoad, and (7) MenuUnload perform the same action as the Load Partial Customization File button in the Customize User Interface dialog box.
* (8) Toolbar, (9) TbConfig, and (10) Workspace Edit are hardwired aliases for CUI.
* (11) Menu opens .cui and .mnu files.

Of the eleven, only CUI and Menu are unique.

13. A bug that has existed since menu macros were introduced: macros start with two ^C but should start with three, as in ^C^C^C, to handle deeply nested commands, such as PEdit. IntelliCAD uses 3 ^Cs, why not AutoCAD?

14. Several toolbar options were relocated from the Customize dialog box to the hugely-complex Options dialog box; why not keep thiings together in the CUI dialog box?

15. When selecting a .bmp file to use as an icon, CUI does not immediately display it. Instead, you need to scroll to the end of the list of icons, and then select it.

16. CUI remembers every .bmp file you load for icons, so if you are just playing around, be forewarned that there is no way to remove icons you don’t want.

17. When creating a new icon in CUI, you cannot start with a blank icon. You have to select an existing icon, erase its bitmap image, and then draw the new one.

18. The Button Editor lacks a floodfill tool. Filling areas with color requires picking every pixel.

19. When working with menus, the Properties pane lists the Large Image option, even though they are not used with menus.

20. Menus seem to show shortcut keystrokes automatically — sometimes. The pattern seems to be that Ctrl-keys are included automatically, but F (function) keys are not; they have to be hand-coded.

21. CUI displays a list of shortcut keystrokes. Attempting to print the list crashes AutoCAD. This bug was not fixed in Service Pack 1.

22. When creating new keyboard shortcuts, you cannot right-click and then select New Keyboard Shortcut from the menu — as with most other customizations in CUI. Instead, the menu shows “New Temporary Override.”

23. Buttons cannot have macros added from scratch. The Properties pane is blank until you drag a dummy command into it, and then edit that command’s macro.

24. When you drag a command onto a button, the button’s existing macro is replaced; there is no undo.

25. As with toolbar properties, the Workspace properties for toolbars have no effect.

26. Not all customizations are centralized in CUI yet. Among the missing are aliases and tool palettes.

27. While the documentation implies that only .lsp files can be added to the LISP section, you can include .vlx and other files as well.

28. Speaking of documentation, it is dismal for CUI — although I do understand the frustration of documentation writers working with unfinished software.

29. The .cui file, while in ASCII XML format, is harder to read and edit than the previous .mnu format. Indeed, comments in the .cui file warn agains editing it directly, an irritant to third-party developers.

Other flaws have already been reported by users and fixed by Autodesk — such as the .cui file becoming corrupt.

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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PowerMILL 6 Includes New Functionality (Delcam)

September 14th, 2005 No comments

Delcam’s Latest Release of PowerMILL Sets New Standard for CAM Software

From: Delcam
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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MEDUSA4 Now Available on Linux (CAD Schroer)

September 14th, 2005 No comments

MEDUSA4 Now Available on Linux

From: CAD Schroer
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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SYCODE Launches TerrainCAD 1.0

September 14th, 2005 No comments

SYCODE Launches TerrainCAD 1.0

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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ProgeSOFT launches ProgeARC

September 14th, 2005 No comments

Como, Italy – September 13, 2005-09

ProgeSOFT released  the new version of ArchT: ProgeARC.

ProgeARC is a complete 2D/3D parametric AEC software which
assists
architects and designers in the drafting of civil and
industrial buildings,
both in the drafting of the project’s tablets
and in the creation of abacuses
relative to the architectural
components used.

“Why are architects and designers spending a lot of time for
a single project”
said Dott. Dino Spatafora ProgeSOFT
Marketing Director
“when they could
use our technology
DRAW IT ONCE, saving their precious time?”. 

ProgeARC, now available as application for ProgeCAD 2006
Professional
and for AutoCAD® 2000, 2000i, 2002, includes
all commands used for
the creation of architectural elements
(walls, doors, windows, stairs, roofs, etc.)
a library of
symbols of 4000 blocks and many procedures which can
facilitate
the management of complete projects.

ProgeARC is the most flexible and yet the more powerful
software of its kind.
Learning to use it is quick and it reduces
drawing times; its use will demonstrate
that its performance
goes well beyond any expectation.

The key features of ProgeARC are:

– Format: Original DWG
– Compatibility with ProgeCAD 2006 Professional and
  AutoCAD® 2000,2000i,2002
– Possibility to work in 2D and 3D with no restrictions
– Creation of personalised reports
– Integrated 3D photorealistic render with automatic
  allocation of materials
– Navigation for textual and graphical data (blocks)
– Parametric creation of architectural elements (walls, doors,
  windows, stairs, roofs, etc.)
– Libraries with more than 4000 blocks
– Possibility to integrate estimate calculations

ProgeARC is available in two versions: Imperial (Works with
Inches standards)
and International Imperial/Metrics (Works
with Inches and Metrics standards).

Bookmark the web site to download the Trial of ProgeARC:

http://www.progesoft.com/compra/index.asp?left=progearc&lang=eng

Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from ProgeSOFT

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TouchCAD 3.5.0 Released (Lundström Design)

September 13th, 2005 No comments

TouchCAD 3.5.0 Released

From: Lundström Design
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Simplified Logic Unveils Nitro-BOM (buydesignautomation.com)

September 13th, 2005 No comments

Simplified Logic’s Nitro-BOM Streamlines PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER with MS-Excel

From: buydesignautomation.com
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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GlobalCAD Ships LandARCH 2006 (GlobalCAD)

September 13th, 2005 No comments

LandARCH 2006 Landscaping Solution Announced for AutoCAD/LT/ADT

From: GlobalCAD
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Mathsoft Delivers Mathcad 13 (MathSoft)

September 13th, 2005 No comments

Mathsoft’s Mathcad 13 Delivers Enhancements that Drive Engineering Innovation

From: MathSoft
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Displaying information about your drawing

September 13th, 2005 No comments

You can display a variety of information about a drawing and the entities it contains, including:
  • Information in the drawing database about selected
     entities.
  • The current drawing status.
  • The time spent working on the drawing.

This information is displayed in the Prompt History window and in the command bar.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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