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IntelliSense Ships IntelliSuite v8 (Business Wire)

July 29th, 2005 No comments

IntelliSense Ships IntelliSuite v8, a Revolutionary New Version of its CAD/EDA for MEMS

From: Business Wire
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Single Line Text Tip for AutoCAD 2006

July 29th, 2005 No comments

One of the nice things about AutoCAD 2006 is the ability to edit single line text in place(created with either TEXT or DTEXT).  You see the text exactly as it’s going to appear, in the place it’s going to appear (WYSIWYG).  Previous releases used the DDEDIT text editor instead…a separate little dialog box that displayed elsewhere on the screen as seen below. I much prefer the new means of editing.

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That said – it’s come to my attention that using the new means of editing turns off a nice feature I use all the time when creating single line TEXT.  You no longer have the  ability to move your input device around and reselect new start points in one single DTEXT command.  This feature allowed you to place many lines of text in your drawing very quickly, all in different locations.  Now you have to reenter the command to place subsequent text strings.

So if you are still following me – and you’d like to know how to get the functionality back into AutoCAD 2006 here’s the hot ticket:

Set DTEXTED to 1

You’ll get the old DDEDIT text editor, but you’ll be able to select multiple insertion points for your single line text…so it’s a definite trade-off.

One user wrote me that he preferred the old editor anyway.  He mentioned that with DDEDIT he didn’t have to zoom into the text to see it…thus saving time.

So it’s up to you…but I thought this might alleviate a little frustration some of you might have!

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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AutoSolids Version 3.13 Announced (AutoSolids)

July 29th, 2005 No comments

AutoSolids Version 3.13 Announced

From: AutoSolids
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Working with coordinate systems

July 29th, 2005 No comments

When you create entities in a drawing, they are located in relation to the drawing’s underlying Cartesian coordinate system.
Every drawing has a fixed coordinate system called the World Coordinate System (WCS). You cannot delete or modify the WCS.
Your drawing may contain additional coordinate systems, however, each with its own 0,0,0 origin and orientation.
You can create as many user coordinate systems as you want, and then save and recall them as you need them. You can edit the origin of a coordinate system from within the IntelliCAD Explorer by single-clicking the origin coordinates and then typing new coordinates.
For example, you can create a separate user coordinate system (UCS) for each side of a building. Then, by switching to the UCS for the east side of the building, you can draw the windows on that side by specifying only their x- and y-coordinates.
You can create and then switch between various user coordinate systems by selecting Coordinate Systems in the IntelliCAD Explorer.

To display the Coordinate Systems element

Do one of the following:
• Choose Settings > Explore Coordinate Systems.
• Choose Tools > IntelliCAD Explorer, and then click the
   Coordinate Systems element.
• Choose Settings > User Coordinate Systems, and then click
   Explore UCSs.
• On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Coordinate
   Systems tool.
• Type expucs and then press Enter.

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Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Free X-CAD Has Its Price

July 28th, 2005 No comments

The x-cad.net Web site received its desired 100,000 registrations before the self-imposed deadline of 1 August. (We can’t be sure that 100,000+ signed up. From comments left on this blog, some people spammed the x-cad site with multiple registrations.) About a week earlier, Alibre announced it was behind the mystery Web site, and that the software is named “Design Xpress.” These are some of its features:

* Advanced part modeling – shelling, 3D sketch, reference surfaces, and so on.
* Create and edit assemblies with up to 25 parts; larger assemblies can be opened for viewing only.
* Create 2D drawings with standard orthographic views; drawings are fully associative.
* 3D import/export of STEP, SAT (ACIS), and IGES; 3D export of STL; 2D import/export of DXF and DWG.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that this free software isn’t quite so free. It requires a full-time Internet connection so that Google ads can be displayed. When the connection goes missing, the software shuts down after saving your work. If you don’t have the connection (such as dial-up users and those on the road), you either can’t use the software, or have to pay Alibre “a small fee,” as yet undefined.

The limit on 25 parts is designed to encourage you to upgrade to Alibre’s more expensive software. Also, the download ends 31 August.

I had thought Alibre would use the 100,000 customers as a resource for optional support and targetted upgrades.

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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More AutoCAD Setvar Tips

July 28th, 2005 No comments

So how about some more system variable tips?  (Are you getting tired of hearing about my travels?)

XEDIT –  If you’d like to disable the ability to perform in place-XREF editing, you can do so by turning XEDIT to off.

VISRETAIN – This very popular system variable allows you to keep your layer settings for attached xrefs in the current drawing.  If you’ve ever been frustrated when you return to a drawing with attached xrefs only to find the layers have snapped back to their original settings – this system variable will make your life much easier.

PSVPSCALE – Use to set the scale factor for all newly created viewports (handy if you plan on creating multiple vports with the same scale factor).  Setting PSVPSCALE to 0 will size the model to fit within the viewport (a mystery scale factor).

Top Secret Bonus variable you can only change in the system registry:

XNOTIFYTIME – I should have mentioned this variable earlier when I wrote about XREFNOTIFY (last week).  This obscure variable controls the number of minutes AutoCAD will go between checking for XREF updates.  You might want to modify this under certain conditions so I thought I’d throw it in.

FYI- the Fort Myers User Group meeting was fantastic – a good time was definitely had by all!  I was amazed at how many companies are hiring designers and CAD operators in the Fort Myers, Florida area…something for you to think about if you’re looking for a job!

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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Solid Edge Users Can Visualize Visualfx Resins (LightWork Design)

July 28th, 2005 No comments

LightWorks Provides Solid Edge Users Access to Accurate Rendering of GE Advanced Materials, Plastics’ Resins

From: LightWork Design
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Cyco AutoManager 2005 Ships (Cyco Software)

July 28th, 2005 No comments

Cyco Software Ships Cyco AutoManager 2005

From: Cyco Software
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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AcadX.com – Xtending the Power

July 28th, 2005 No comments

AcadX.com – Xtending the Power

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Setting the current text style

July 28th, 2005 No comments

When you insert text in a drawing, the text is created using the current text style. You can also select a different text style when you create text.

To make the text style current

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Text Styles.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Text Styles tool.
  • Type expfonts and then press Enter.
2 In the Text Style Name list, click the style you want to
   make current.
3 Use one of the following methods to make the style the
   current style:
  • Choose Edit > Current.
  • Click the Current tool.
  • With the cursor in the right pane of the window, right-click
     to display the shortcut menu, and choose Current.
4 To complete the command and return to your drawing, close
   the IntelliCAD Explorer window.

NOTE You can also make a text style current by selecting it in the Text Style Name list and clicking the Current tool or by double-clicking the text style name in the Text Style Name list.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Can’t Read the Text in MTEXT? (Lynn Allen’s Blog)

July 27th, 2005 No comments

Can’t Read the Text in MTEXT?

Source: Lynn Allen’s Blog
by Lynn Allen

I’ve received several emails this past week on the same issue – so I thought I’d post the solution should any of you run into…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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New DWF Toolkit Compatible with Existing Autodesk DWF Viewers

July 27th, 2005 No comments

New DWF Toolkit Compatible with Existing Autodesk DWF Viewers

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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ABVENT Presents Artlantis R (Abvent)

July 27th, 2005 No comments

ABVENT Presents Artlantis R

From: Abvent
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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LightWork Delivers New Digital Material Libraries (LightWork Design)

July 27th, 2005 No comments

Release of Digital Materials for Accurate Simulation of GE Advanced Materials, Plastics’ Range in LightWorks-Based CAD Applications

From: LightWork Design
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Cadence Enhances OrCAD Line (Cadence Design Systems)

July 27th, 2005 No comments

OrCAD Technology Enhancements from Cadence Improve Efficiency for Scalable PCB Design

From: Cadence Design Systems
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Modifying text styles

July 27th, 2005 No comments

A new text style is initially assigned default values for height, width factor, oblique angle, and other characteristics.
You can change these values for both new and existing text styles. You can also change the font assigned to the text style.
If you change the font or orientation properties of a text style assigned to text previously inserted in the drawing, all text using that style is regenerated to reflect the changes.
Oblique angle and height, if specified, are given by the style definition when text is created, but are not updated for existing text when the style is changed. A fixed text height value of 0 allows you to specify the text height at the time you insert text into the drawing.
Any other value sets height of the text to that value; the program does not prompt for the text height when you insert text into the drawing.
The width factor determines the horizontal scaling of text. A value less than 1 compresses the text (for example, 0.75 compresses the text 25 percent); a value greater than 1 expands the text (for example, 1.50 expands the text 50 percent).
The oblique angle determines the forward or backward slant of text as an angle offset from 90 degrees. Negative values slant text to the left; positive values slant text to the right.

To modify a text style

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Text Styles.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Text Styles tool.
  • Type expfonts and then press Enter.
2 Select the text characteristic of a style that you want to
   modify. The text characteristic either toggles its value or
   a dialog box appears, allowing you to make the
   modifications you want.
3 To complete the command, close the IntelliCAD Explorer
   window.

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Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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New DWF Toolkit Compatible with Existing Autodesk DWF Viewers

July 26th, 2005 No comments

The DWF 7.0 Toolkit allows a 3rd party developer to develop applications that read or write multi-sheet drawings in DWF (Design Web Format) format. The toolkit contains a C++ library that aids in the generation, reading, and parsing of DWF files. Experienced C++ programmers can use it to work with DWF files without having to understand their complete underlying data format. This toolkit contains support for the DWF file as defined with the release of AutoCAD 2006. The DWF Toolkit is not intended for Visual Basic programmers who wish to work with the API of the Autodesk DWF Viewer. These users should consult the Autodesk DWF Viewer API documentation.

The version of the DWF Toolkit is not to be confused with the version of a DWF file.

  1. A DWF file has a file version. It appears at the beginning of every DWF file. It is visible by viewing any DWF file with any text editor such as NotePad. (Note: The rest of the DWF will not appear readable in the editor.)
  2. The DWF Toolkit has a release version. The toolkit is incorporated into DWF-related applications. For example, the DWF Toolkit version is listed in the About box of Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk DWF Composer.

The two versions are not the same. This is a common misconception. The DWF Toolkit is an API with version numbers that are independent of the DWF file version. Autodesk happened to release the DWF Toolkit 6.0 at the same time it released the DWF 6.0 (multi-sheet DWF) file format. This coincidence has confused many people.

The DWF Toolkit 7.0 is what Autodesk and Autodesk partners use to read and write DWF 6.0 files as well as DWF 6.1 files (3D DWF). Even though there is a DWF 7.0 Toolkit, DWF 7.0 files do not yet exist. Future versions of the toolkit will be DWF Toolkit 7.1, 7.2, 8.0, etc. The DWF file format version number will only change if we modify the DWF file format itself. For example, the DWF 5.5 format introduced Block Refs. The DWF 6.0 format contained multiple pages. The DWF 6.1 format introduced 3D. The DWF Toolkit version 7.0 is the successor to DWF Toolkit version 6.0. DWF Toolkit 7.0 is recommended for all DWF needs regardless of the file version. It reads and writes a DWF file of any DWF format version.

 

DWF Format 5.5
single sheet 2D

DWF Format 6.0
multi-sheet 2D

DWF Format 6.1
single sheet 3D

DWF Toolkit 6.0

Read/
Write

Read/
Write

 

DWF Toolkit 7.0

Read/
Write

Read/
Write

Read/
Write

DWF Viewer 5.x

View/
Print

View/
Print

 

DWF Viewer 6.x

View/
Print

View/
Print

View/
Print

DWF Composer 1.x

View/
Print

View/
Print

 

DWF Composer 2.x

View/Print/
Markup/Measure

View/Print/
Markup/Measure

View/Print/
Markup/Measure

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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Datranet Releases Fusion-DX v2.4 (Datranet)

July 26th, 2005 No comments

Datranet Announces the Release of Fusion-DX Version 2.4

From: Datranet
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Axiom Expands MicroStation Productivity Toolkit (Axiom)

July 26th, 2005 No comments

Axiom Expands Flagship MicroStation Utility Suite with CAD Standards Software

From: Axiom
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Creating and naming text styles

July 26th, 2005 No comments

Fonts are character sets that consist of letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols.
Each font is stored in its own font file.
Text styles apply additional formatting to fonts. You can create multiple text styles based on the same font, changing the various characteristics to alter the appearance of the font. To create a new text style, you assign formatting characteristics to a font.
ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD uses *.shx font files and provides a selection of fonts.
These fonts are located in the ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD/Fonts directory.
You can also use any font designed to work with AutoCAD. Many fonts are available from third-party vendors.

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

To create a new text style

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Text Styles.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Text Styles tool.
  • Type expfonts and then press Enter.
2 Choose Edit > New > Style.
3 Select the font on which you want to base the new style,
   and then click Open. The program adds a new style to the
   text styles list with the default name, NewStyle1.
4 Type the name for the new style by typing over the
   highlighted default text, and then press Enter.
5 To complete the command, close the window.

NOTE You can also create a new text style by selecting the Styles element and clicking the New Item tool.

To change a text style name in the current drawing

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Text Styles.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Text Styles tool.
  • Type expfonts and then press Enter.
2 Do one of the following:
  • Select the text style, choose Edit > Rename, type a new
     name, and then press Enter.
  • Click the text style name you want to change, type a new
     name, and then press Enter.
  • Right-click the text style name you want to change, and
     from the shortcut menu, select Rename, type a new
     name, and then press Enter.
3 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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