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3D PDF Direct from 3D CAD

August 30th, 2005 No comments

Document3D has a new 3D PDF Module that lets you create PDF files with 3D illustrations. What’s new is that Document3D now imports 3D CAD models directly — no need to create intermediate U3D files, which is the format PDF uses to store U3D files.

In addition, exploded views and interactivity (zoom, pan, etc) are generated without needing to write JavaScript.

Document3D software is meant for capturing and creating design metadata, step-by-step instructions, bill-of-materials and other product information in final 3D-enabled Adobe PDF documents. You can download a free demo from QuadriSpace Corporation’s Web site.

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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Ashlar-Vellum Updates Cobalt, Xenon & Argon (Ashlar-Vellum)

August 30th, 2005 No comments

Ashlar-Vellum Releases Cobalt, Xenon & Argon Version 7

From: Ashlar-Vellum
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Working with dimension styles

August 30th, 2005 No comments

From the IntelliCAD Explorer, you can use the Dimension Styles element to cut, copy, and paste dimension styles from one drawing to another.

NOTE You can select the dimension style and use the Microsoft Windows shortcut keys (Ctrl+A to select all, Ctrl+X to cut, Ctrl+C to copy, Ctrl+V to paste) to accomplish the same results. You can use these shortcut keys with all other IntelliCAD Explorer elements as well.

A dimension style contains the settings that control the appearance of a dimension
Although you cannot control these settings from within the IntelliCAD Explorer, you can use the Dimension Settings dialog box to control settings related to the appearance of arrows, lines, text, units, and other formatting characteristics.

To display the IntelliCAD Explorer Dimension Styles element

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

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Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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CoCreate’s 3-Way Choice

August 29th, 2005 No comments

CoCreate says it is the only CAD/PLM vendor to offer customers the choice of:
– perpetual licensing.
– hosted licensing.
– subscription licensing.

What they call “subscription licensing” is a truer version than most other CAD vendors. CoCreate lets customers to rent the software on an annual basis; other vendors expect you to pay the full amount of the software, and then tack on the annual subscription fee.

(Hosted licensing is where the software runs on CoCreate’s computer, and you access it remotely; the advantage is that there is little or no softare to install and upgrade on your own computers.)

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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Precision engineering (MCAD Online)

August 29th, 2005 No comments

Precision engineering

Source: MCAD Online
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Over the past few years RD Precision has almost doubled its turnover, thanks in part to its adoption of EdgeCAM Solid Machini…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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Industry news: RealDWG (MCAD Online)

August 29th, 2005 No comments

Industry news: RealDWG

Source: MCAD Online
by Martyn Day

Autodesk recently made its DWG libraries available in a new format for developers and customers, allowing the opening and sav…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Saving a block as a separate drawing

August 29th, 2005 No comments

You can save a block as a separate drawing, and then you can open and modify that drawing as you would any other drawing.

To save a block as a separate drawing file

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Blocks.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Blocks tool.
  • Type expblocks and then press Enter.
2 In either the Details or Images view, select the block you
   want to save.
3 On the IntelliCAD Explorer toolbar, click the Save Block To
   Disk tool.
4 In the Save Block dialog box, select the folder in which
   you want to save the block.
5 In the File Name field, type a name for the new drawing
   file (or accept the default, in which case the new drawing
   name is the same as the name of the block), and then click
   Save.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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ReShape Releases PD Builder 5.2 (Business Wire)

August 26th, 2005 No comments

ReShape’s PD Builder Flow Automation Solution Adds New Enhancements to Further Increase Physical Design Productivity

From: Business Wire
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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AutoCAD 2006 Service Pack 1

August 26th, 2005 No comments

AutoCAD 2006 Service Pack 1

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AutoCAD LT 2006 Service Pack 1

August 26th, 2005 No comments

AutoCAD LT 2006 Service Pack 1

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Attaching a drawing as an external reference

August 26th, 2005 No comments

You can attach another drawing to the current drawing as an external reference and insert a copy of the drawing into the current drawing.
The name of the external reference drawing is added to the Block Name list. Changes made later to the referenced drawing will appear in this drawing when you reload the external reference.

To attach an external reference

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Blocks.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Blocks tool.
  • Type expblocks and then press Enter.
2 On the IntelliCAD Explorer toolbar, click the Attach
   Drawing tool.
3 In the Select File To Attach dialog box, select the
   drawing you want to attach, and then click Open.
4 In the drawing, specify the insertion point.
5 Specify the x, y, and z scale factor and the rotation
   angle, or in the prompt box, select Done.
6 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.

To edit the path of an external reference

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Blocks.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Blocks tool.
  • Type expblocks and then press Enter.
2 Click the path you want to change.
3 From the Insert Block dialog box, select the new drawing
  you want as the external reference.
4 Click Open.
5 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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AutoCAD Tip: Circles Based on Area or Circumference (WorldCAD Access)

August 25th, 2005 No comments

AutoCAD Tip: Circles Based on Area or Circumference

Source: WorldCAD Access
by Ralph Grabowski

AutoCAD provides five way to draw circles with the Circle command, but none of them are based on the circumference or area of…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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MSC Updates SimDesigner (MSC.Software)

August 25th, 2005 No comments

MSC.Software Announces New Release of SimDesigner

From: MSC.Software
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Inserting a drawing as a block

August 25th, 2005 No comments

You can insert as a block another drawing into the current drawing. After you do this, the block name is added to the Block Name list in the IntelliCAD Explorer.
Changes made later to the inserted drawing will not be reflected in this drawing.

To insert a drawing as a block

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Blocks.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Blocks tool.
  • Type expblocks and then press Enter.
2 On the IntelliCAD Explorer toolbar, click the Insert External
   File Blocks tool.
3 In the Insert Block dialog box, select the drawing you want
   to insert, and then click Open.
4 In the drawing, specify the insertion point.
5 Specify the x, y, and z scale factor and the rotation angle,
   or in the prompt box, select Done.
6 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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The AutoCAD 2006 Dynamic Blocks Series Part 3 posted

August 24th, 2005 No comments

The complete three part series Dynamic Blocks Best Practices Series is now complete and online.

Part 1: Dynamic Block Overview and Quick-Start Tutorial
Part 2: Inventory of Block Editor, Commands, Parameters, Actions, and Parameter Sets
Part 3: Advanced Features of Dynamic Blocks, Naming Parameters and Actions

www.autodesk.com/autocad-blocks

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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Document3D for Adobe PDF (QuadriSpace)

August 24th, 2005 No comments

QuadriSpace Offers 3D Authoring for Adobe PDF Files

From: QuadriSpace
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Ansoft Intros Q3D Extractor v7 (Ansoft)

August 24th, 2005 No comments

Ansoft Announces Q3D Extractor v7

From: Ansoft
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Inserting a block

August 24th, 2005 No comments

You can insert into a drawing any block listed in the Block Name list in the Intelli- CAD Explorer. This includes blocks contained within any open drawing.

To insert a block

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Explore Blocks.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Explore Blocks tool.
  • Type expblocks and then press Enter.
2 If you wish to insert a block from another open drawing,
   select the drawing in the Elements pane. (If the block
   is contained within the same drawing, you can skip this
   step.)
3 In either the Details or Images view, select the block
   to be inserted.
4 On the IntelliCAD Explorer toolbar, click the Insert tool.
5 In the drawing, specify the insertion point.
6 Specify the x, y, and z scale factor and the rotation angle,
   or in the prompt box, select Done.
7 To complete the command and return to your drawing,
   close the window.

NOTE You can also insert a block by choosing Tools > IntelliCAD Explorer, and then double-clicking the name of the block you want to insert in the Block Name list.

NOTE You can also insert a block from the Insert menu. (See Chapter 13, “Working with blocks, attributes, and external references.)”



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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More AutoCAD Setvar Tips to Increase your Productivity!

August 4th, 2005 No comments

I’m on my way to Chicago for a couple days of meetings where I’ll get to talk briefly about User Groups (one of my favorite topics!).  Just watched "Monster-In-Law" on the plane which was good enough to pass the time and thought I’d finish off the flight by sharing some more AutoCAD system variables with you.  Thanks so much for all the positive feedback on my movie reviews – I’m sure the San Francisco Chronicle will be calling me soon to add me to their entertainment staff!  LOL!

Fine tuning the system variables in AutoCAD can make a world of difference to your productivity.  You’ll want to make sure you set them up precisely to your liking.  And after you’ve set your system variables up just right – be sure to save them out to a file in case you need to reinstall AutoCAD, or you accidentally do something that resets them (or perhaps someone else does that for you!).

You can save your system variables out to a file by using the Express Tool: SYSVDLG.  This can be found in the Express Menu under Tools=>System Variable Editor

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So here are a few more to add to my many days of system variable offerings (are you keeping track?):

UCSFOLLOW:  You 3D users may have discovered that your view automatically updated to reflect the new plan view whenever you change your UCS in AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD 2006. Surprise!  If this new setting is not to your liking simply turn UCSFOLLOW to off.

TBCUSTOMIZE:  Turns off the ability to customize toolbars and tool palettes should you not want your users to have access (not exactly rocket science to see that you can simply turn it back on so I wouldn’t count on this as your main deterrent)

SIGWARN:  If you use digital signatures on your drawings and are tired of seeing the warning appear letting you know there is a digital signature attached to the drawing you can disable it with SIGWARN

SNAPBASE:  The best use for SNAPBASE is controlling the origin point for your cross-hatching in releases prior to AutoCAD 2006.  Simply set the SNAPBASE to the location where you’d like your hatching to begin.  AutoCAD 2006 added in a option to the BHATCH command that let’s you easily control the origin for hatch patterns so you AutoCAD 2006 users can ignore this one!

Well that’s just a few – will add more later!  Try to stay out of the heat…

Originally posted by Lynn Allen from Lynn Allen’s Blog

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Autodesk Master Classes at SIGGRAPH (PR Newswire)

August 4th, 2005 No comments

Autodesk Underscores Strength in 3D and Visual Effects at SIGGRAPH 2005

From: PR Newswire
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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