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CAD Going Mac; Mac Going PC (upFront.eZine)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

CAD Going Mac; Mac Going PC

Source: upFront.eZine
by Ralph Grabowski

In the last week, three CAD vendors announced four products for the Mac: IMSI’s TurboCAD, SolidWorks’ eDrawings and Cosmic Bl…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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Delcam Intros User Forums (Delcam)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

Delcam Introduces On-Line Forums for CAD and CAM Users

From: Delcam
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Parker Instrumentation Adds 3D Models to Website (OilOnline)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

Parker Instrumentation Adds 3D CAD Drawings to Website

From: OilOnline
Type: News Report

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Fluent, Materialis Preview New UTM Solution (Materialise)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

Fluent Previews 3Matic-for-FLUENT and TGrid 4.0 Wrapping Solution for Automotive Underhood Thermal Management CFD

From: Materialise
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks Intro’d (eMediaWire)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

Empresa Solutions Transforms Engineering Change Management for PDMWorks Users with Release of New Product

From: eMediaWire
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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MicroStation V8 XM Edition Released (Bentley Systems)

June 30th, 2005 No comments

MicroStation V8 XM Edition Now Available to Bentley SELECT Subscribers

From: Bentley Systems
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Setting the current layer

June 30th, 2005 No comments

When you create new entities, they are drawn on the current layer.
To draw new entities on a different layer, you must first make that layer the current layer.

To make a layer current

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Layers.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool.
  • Type explayers and then press Enter.
2 In the Layer Name list, select the layer you want to
   make current.
3 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Edit > Current.
  • In the Layer Name list, select the name you want to
     make current, and then click the Current tool.
  • Double-click the layer name in the Layer Name list.
  • Right-click the layer name you want to change, and
    from the shortcut menu select Current.
4 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.

To set the current layer to that of an existing entity

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Set Layer By Entity.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Set Layer By Entity
     tool.
  • Type setlayer and then press Enter.
2 Select the entity to set the current layer.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Autodesk needs your expertise!

June 29th, 2005 No comments

Autodesk is conducting weekly usability studies for AutoCAD future features at our facility in San Rafael California. For these sessions we need participants with all levels of experience with AutoCAD and other industry-associated applications.

A typical in-lab session lasts 1-1.5 hours and you will be paid $60 for your time. You will be working with product designers/usability engineers and helping us to validate future features or changes.

In many cases it is possible to book two sessions back to back and we will double compensation for your time. If you are interested or would like more information please contact: traci.garzelli@autodesk.com.

We also hold sessions in many locations around the world as well as online sessions so stay tuned for more opportunities to participate in the usability sessions. You can also sign up at http://myfeedback.autodesk.com/ to get involved in the AutoCAD Futures projects.

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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D-Tools Debuts SI 4.5 (D-Tools)

June 29th, 2005 No comments

D-Tools Debuts System Integrator 4.5 Working with AutoCAD at InfoComm

From: D-Tools
Type: Press Release

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Creating and naming layers

June 29th, 2005 No comments

You can create an unlimited number of layers in every drawing and use those layers for organizing information.
When you create a new layer, it is initially assigned the color white (or black, depending on your system settings) and the linetype CONTINUOUS.
By default, a new layer is also visible. After you create and name a layer, you can change its color, linetype, visibility, and other properties.

NOTE Layer names created or renamed in ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD can have up to 31 characters and cannot include spaces. ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD will, however, display longer layer names and names containing spaces, such as layers created in AutoCAD 2000.

To create a new layer
1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Layers.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool.
  • Type explayers and then press Enter.
2 Choose Edit > New > Layer. The program adds a new
   layer to the Layer Name list, with the default name
   NewLayer1.
3 Type a name for the new layer over the highlighted
   default name, and then press Enter.
4 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.

NOTE You can also create a new layer by selecting the Layers element for a drawing and clicking the New Item tool.

To change a layer name in the current drawing

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Layers.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool.
  • Type explayers and then press Enter.
2 In the Layer Name list, select the layer you want to
   make current.
3 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Edit > Rename, type a new name, and then
     press Enter.
  • Highlight the layer name you want to change, type
     a new name, and then press Enter.
  • Right-click the layer name you want to change, and
    from the shortcut menu, select Rename, type a new
    name, and then press Enter.
4 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.

NOTE You cannot rename the 0 layer.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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DWF Toolkit 7: What is it? What does it mean?

June 28th, 2005 No comments

The release candidate for DWF™ Toolkit 7 features portability across Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac OS X. The toolkit’s debut on May 25, 2005 has many users asking about what is now possible with the new toolkit. To answer this question properly requires an understanding of the structure of a DWF file as well as the Autodesk DWF Viewer.

The DWF format is based on industry standards. For example, a DWF file itself is actually a standard zip file. The zip file contains a manifest, which is like a table of contents, constructed from XML – another industry standard. In addition to the manifest, the DWF file contains 2D and 3D streams of graphics. You can actually rename any DWF file to have a .zip extension and see the manifest, 2D streams, 3D streams, thumbnail, etc. inside.

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The DWF Toolkit provides an application program interface (API) for reading and writing 2D or 3D DWF files. This free piece of software allows third-party developers to build applications that create and view multisheet 2D and 3D DWF files, object properties, DWF Composer markups, and more. The toolkit contains C++ libraries that aid in the generation, reading, and parsing of DWF files. Companies can use it to work with DWF files without having to understand the underlying data format. The DWF toolkit contains support for DWF files as defined with the release of AutoCAD 2006.

The DWF toolkit is actually comprised of several smaller toolkits – each with a special purpose:

1. DWFTK – reads and writes the DWF format including the manifest and the zip structure
2. WhipTK – reads and writes the 2D graphics streams
3. W3DTK – reads and writes the 3D graphics streams
4. DWFCore – provides a basic framework for building a DWF-related application

These four toolkits have been written in a platform independent way so that they operate on Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. Compared to earlier versions, DWF Toolkit 7 provides a more obvious API, faster XML parsing, and optimizes string processing. With the introduction of DWFCore in DWF Toolkit 7, developing a DWF application has never been easier.

The  Autodesk DWF Viewer and the Autodesk DWF Composer are two applications that make use of the DWF Toolkit. In addition to the DWF Toolkit, these applications make use of an underlying operating system to provide their functionality.

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The Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk DWF Composer also provide an API. This allows the viewers to be embedded in HTML pages, Microsoft Office documents, or other third party applications. The API for 2D viewing is available today. The API for 3D is under development. Unlike the DWF Toolkit which requires C++, programming to the viewer API can be done with other programming languages like Visual Basic.

The portability of the DWF Toolkit to the Mac OS X platform means that DWF-based applications can run on the Macintosh. For example, a company could now develop a translator application that converts ArchiCAD data to DWF. This application could now run on the Macintosh. As such, many Macintosh developers have downloaded the toolkit since it was posted on the Autodesk web site. The portability of the DWF Toolkit to the Linux platform means that DWF-based applications can run on the various flavors of Linux. For example, a company could now develop a server application that generates DWF files on demand. This application could now run on a Linux-based server. As such, many Linux developers have downloaded the toolkit since it was posted on the Autodesk web site. With the DWF Toolkit being platform independent, the future looks very promising for more and more DWF-based solutions.

Scott Sheppard
DWF Technical Evangelist

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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WorkNC Preview at EMO (Sescoi)

June 28th, 2005 No comments

Sescoi to Preview Latest Version of WorkNC at EMO

From: Sescoi
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Scan2CAD v7.3 now available

June 28th, 2005 No comments

Scan2CAD v7.3 now available

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LineScale v1.60 Released (LineType)

June 28th, 2005 No comments

LineType Software Updates Popular PDF Measuring Plug-in

From: LineType
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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CAMWorks Supports SolidWorks 2006 (TekSoft)

June 28th, 2005 No comments

CAMWorks 2006 Brings Enhanced Machining Accuracy and Efficiency to SolidWorks 2006

From: TekSoft
Type: Press Release

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TurboCAD “Highly Recommended” by Cadalyst (IMSI)

June 28th, 2005 No comments

TurboCAD Professional Version 11 Receives Highest Rating Review From Cadalyst Magazine

From: IMSI
Type: Press Release

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Organizing information on layers

June 28th, 2005 No comments

Layers in ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD® are like the transparent overlays you use in manual drafting.
You use layers to organize different types of drawing information.
In ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD, each entity in a drawing exists on a layer.
When you draw an entity, it is created on the current layer.

You can control the visibility of layers in individual viewports.
When you turn a layer off, entities drawn on that layer are no longer visible, and they do not print.
Although a layer may be invisible, you can still select it as the current layer, in which case new entities are also invisible until you turn the layer back on.
Entities on invisible layers can also affect the display and printing of entities on other layers.
For example, entities on invisible layers can hide other entities when you use the Hide command to remove hidden lines.

You can also freeze and thaw layers.
Entities drawn on frozen layers do not display, do not print, and do not regenerate.
When you freeze a layer, its entities do not affect the display or printing of other entities.
For example, entities on frozen layers do not hide other entities when you use the Hide command to remove hidden lines.
In addition, you cannot draw on a frozen layer until you thaw it, and you cannot make a frozen layer current.

You cannot freeze the current layer.
If you attempt to freeze the current layer, a dialog box appears prompting you to specify a different layer.
You also cannot freeze or thaw a viewport layer.
To set this property, you must set TILEMODE to Off.

You can lock or unlock layers.
The entities on a locked layer are still visible and will print, but you cannot edit them.
Locking a layer prevents you from accidentally modifying entities.

Each layer has its own color and linetype. Entities you draw on a particular layer are displayed in the color and linetype associated with that layer unless you override these settings.
You control all of the associated settings for layers using the Layers elements in the IntelliCAD Explorer.

To display layers in the IntelliCAD Explorer

Do one of the following:
• Choose Settings > Explore Layers.
• Choose Tools > IntelliCAD Explorer.
• On the Tools toolbar, click the IntelliCAD Explorer tool.
• On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Layers tool.
• Type explayers and then press Enter.

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When Layers are displayed, three tools on the Layer toolbar provide the following functions:

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You can change any of these settings by clicking either the tool or its current condition.
You can edit the color and linetype of a layer by clicking the color or linetype name and selecting the values you want in the dialog box.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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AutoCAD 2006: Customize User Interface (CUI) Update

June 27th, 2005 No comments

There is a new hotifix update released for AutoCAD 2006 based products.
Link to Update

This update corrects two problems that have been reported by customers with regards to editing CUI files.

* Duplicate IDs in a CUI file cause an error message indicating an invalid file.

* Menu files that contain a screen menu are incorrectly converted, resulting in extra spaces at the top.

Upon converting a menu file that contains a screen menu, erroneous blank lines are added at the top of the screen menu section. This can affect the display of commands that appear toward the bottom of the screen menu.

Description of Problem
Editing a CUI file could introduce duplicate entries (IDs) that may cause the file to become corrupt. Loading the corrupt CUI file results in an error message stating that the file is invalid and you can no longer customize the file.

Affected Products
* AutoCAD® 2006
* Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2006
* Autodesk® Building Systems 2006
* Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series 8.0 – (for AutoCAD 2006 when installed as part of Autodesk AutoCAD Revit Series 8.0.)
* Autodesk Map® 3D 2006
* Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2006
* Autodesk® Land Desktop 2006
* AutoCAD® Electrical 2006
* AutoCAD® Mechanical 2006
* Autodesk Mechanical Desktop® 2006
* Autodesk Inventor® 10 – (for AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 or Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2006 when installed as part of Inventor 10.)

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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Are you ready for 3D?

June 27th, 2005 No comments

Last week while I was in Barcelona I did a presentation on making the move from AutoCAD to Autodesk Inventor.  For those of you in the manufacturing field who are thinking about making the move to real 3D…consider signing up for my webcast on July 14.  The time is now to make the move to the exciting and extra-productive world of 3D where you’ll find that it’s so much easier than you thought it would be.  If you’ve ever tried 3D in AutoCAD – well that just doesn’t count.  Let’s face it, 3D in AutoCAD is no easy task…3D in Inventor is so surprisingly simple you’ll be certain there must be a catch!  And imagine having the added bonus of a robust 3D model to work with along with all those 2D drawings you need to hand in…all done in a software package that was designed specifically for machine designers. 

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Once you’ve tried Autodesk Inventor you’ll become an addict – take it from someone who can relate…I’m no pro at Inventor yet, but the more I work with it the more I can’t put it down.  So join me for my webcast and learn more about the number 1 best selling design package…Autodesk inventor….sign up today at Autodesk Inventor webcast

And it should be noted…I never found the cake in Barcelona…how sad…(but I had a fabulous time searching for it!)  : )

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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IMSI Releases DesignCAD v16 (IMSI)

June 27th, 2005 No comments

IMSI Announces the Release of DesignCAD Version 16

From: IMSI
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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