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ArchiCAD Marries Sketchup

October 31st, 2005 No comments

…not in the M&A sense (mergers and acquisitions) but in the API sense.

SketchUp now acts as a front-end for ArchiCAD. The idea is to do 3D sketching in Sketchup, and then import the sketches into ArchiCAD for detailed design and output of drawings. The automatic data transfer translates Sketchup objects into ArchiCAD objects on a generalized basis:

horizontal surfaces –> slabs
vertical surfaces –> walls
oblique surfaces –> roofs
components –> objects, doors, or windows

If the generalized xlation ain’t good enuf, then you can define rules to specify which SketchUp elements are converted into ArchiCAD construction elements. To transfer a multi-story SketchUp, however, you need to manually slice it at the appropriate heights for ArchiCAD to translate it into stories.

SketchUp users who also use ArchiCAD can download the free add-on here, after registration.

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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Softree Delivers RoadEng 4.1 (Softree)

October 31st, 2005 No comments

Softree Makes Earthwork Balancing Easier

From: Softree
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT 2006 – What’s new in ProgeCAD

October 31st, 2005 No comments

Customize more options

The following features are new to the Tools > Options dialog box:
  • General tab Set the default save format. Specify how
     drawings are opened.
  • Paths/Files tab Specify search paths for print style
     tables.
  • Display tab Use Up/Down arrows in the command history.
     Show or hide the Model and Layout tabs. Show or hide
     scroll bars.
  • Profiles tab Create and manage drawing environment
     profiles.
  • Printing tab Specify headers and footers for all drawings.
     Assign default print style table settings for new drawings.

Save and restore drawing environment profiles

Customize the settings that control your drawing environment, and then save and restore those settings in a profile.
For example, if you prefer working with custom menus and toolbars, you can save these settings as your own profile. Profiles can be helpful if you have multiple users with different preferences, or if you are a single user who works on various projects that require unique settings.
You can even export your profile and bring it with you when you work on a different computer.

Navigate model space and paper space

Use the enhanced Model/Paper Space control in the status bar to switch more efficiently between model space and paper space on either the Model tab or a Layout tab. You can also change the display of the Model and Layout tabs in the following ways:
  • Show or hide the Model and Layout tabs.
  • Reorder the position of the Layout tabs.

Work in the command bar

In the command bar, you can do the following:
  • Select text, and then right-click to copy, cut, and paste.
  • Press Ctrl + K and Ctrl + L to move forward and backward
     in the command history.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows to scroll the command
     history, if enabled by choosing Tools > Options.

Choose single ProgeCAD sessions

Use the new Single Session command (type singleton) to choose whether ProgeCAD can be started one time or multiple times simultaneously.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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TableBar for AutoCAD Table Available As Freeware (MCADCafe)

October 28th, 2005 No comments

Cadig TableBar Toolbar For AutoCAD Table Available As Freeware

From: MCADCafe
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Okino Updates SolidWorks CAD Importer Module (Okino Computer Graphics)

October 28th, 2005 No comments

Okino Releases Updated SolidWorks 2006 CAD Importer Module, Compatible with Maya v7, 3ds max v8, Lightwave v8.5, XSI v5 & Others

From: Okino Computer Graphics
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeCAD 2006 – Using AutoCAD commands with ProgeCAD (Learning IntelliCAD)

October 28th, 2005 No comments

ProgeCAD 2006 – Using AutoCAD commands with ProgeCAD

Source: Learning IntelliCAD
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Because ProgeCAD supports hundreds of AutoCAD commands, you use the commands you already know. For example, to draw a circle,…

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300,000 Page Views!

October 27th, 2005 No comments

Today marks the 300 thousandth page-view of this Weblog. Thanks for dropping by and reading some of my 440 postings — as well as clicking ads.

(It took a year for the first 100,000, but just ten more months for the next 200,000 page-views.)

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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GlobalCAD Releases Hatch Manager 2006 (MCADCafe)

October 27th, 2005 No comments

GlobalCAD Announces Hatch Manager 2006 For AutoCAD/LT/ADT

From: MCADCafe
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeCAD 2006 – What’s new in ProgeCAD

October 27th, 2005 No comments

Hatch

Editable Hatch.

Dimension

Many of the incompatibilities in the previous version have been eliminated, enabling for a more accurate management of design dimensions.

ProgeCAD ETRACK

Use object Snap tracking to track along alignment paths that are based on object snap points.

ProgeCAD Properties palette

The Properties palette is the main method for viewing and modifying properties of ProgeCAD objects.

ProgeCAD Quick Select dialog box

Specifies the filtering criteria and how you want ProgeCAD to create the selection set from that criteria.

ProgeCAD Copy with Base Point

Use Copy with Base Point to specify a base point when copying objects. The base point enables you to position the copied objects precisely when pasting them into another drawing.

ProgeCAD Paste to Original Coordinate

ProgeCAD pastes the object copied to the Clipboard into another drawing at the same coordinates used in the original drawing.

ProgeCAD Clip Image

With Clip Image command, you can define a subregion of an image for display and plotting.

ProgeCAD Correlate Command

Applies a linear correlation to align a raster image to a vectorial drawing or another image, setting insert point, scale and rotation.

ProgeCAD Toolbar Layer Addon

Quick launch of common layers tool.

Lineweight for Display and Printing

Lineweight is supported on Video and Plot.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Free AutoCAD 2006 Dynamic Blocks Tutorial

October 26th, 2005 No comments

Author Ellen Finkelstein has made available a free tutorial on the new AutoCAD 2006 Dynamic Blocks and source file direct from her latest book AutoCAD 2006 Bible. All that is required is free registration on her website. After you sign up, you will receive an e-mail where you can download the tutorial and the drawing.

Link to Offer

Cheers,
Shaan

Have free tutorials, tips, helpful blog or website links you wish to offer fellow AutoCAD users, send me an email and I might publish it here for the benefit of the thousands of daily readers.

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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Kicad – Open Source Schematic and PCB Design

October 26th, 2005 No comments

Kicad – Open Source Schematic and PCB Design

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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CAD Clinic: Civil 3D Profiles (CADALYST Magazine)

October 26th, 2005 No comments

CAD Clinic: Civil 3D Profiles

Source: CADALYST Magazine
by Phillip Zimmerman

Master the power of profile views in Civil 3D for designing a proposed roadway….

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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ProgeCAD 2006 – What’s new in ProgeCAD

October 26th, 2005 No comments

Enhanced block insertion

Using ProgeCAD Explorer, you can insert blocks from any open drawing into another open drawing.

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Use entity snaps

The existing Intersection Snap has a new Extended option, which snaps to the logical location where two entities would intersect if they were of infinite length.
The new Apparent Intersection Snap tool snaps to the intersection of two entities that are not in the same plane but seem to intersect in the current view.
You can also use its Extended option, which snaps to the logical location where two entities would intersect if they were of infinite length. You can now snap to hatch patterns when using entity snaps:
  • Snap to the middle points and end points of hatch
     pattern lines.
  • Snap to the nearest point and perpendicular point on a
     hatch pattern line.
  • Snap to any intersection point or apparent intersection
     point where the pattern line intersects with other entities
     that are supported by entity snaps.

Double LINE

This allows the user to trace a continuous double line by using straight line segments and arcs. The line’s ends can be closed and the angles can be adjusted automatically. The width of the double line can be adjusted at any point. Either the beginning or the end of the line can be attached to an already existing object which can be broken at the intersection point with the double line. The “DOUBLE LINE” command greatly speeds up and simplifies drawing.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Lower-Precision GPS Data Import

October 25th, 2005 No comments

GPS2CAD (US$395) is meant for collecting data from the field (defined as “outside the office,” and not specific to strawberry fields) when high precision is not necessary. It interfaces with lower-cost GPS units, such as the ultra-cheap (under $100) Garmin eTrex.

The software extracts points from the GPS, translates coordinates, and displays the result in AutoCAD and other CAD software. Download a demo version from GPS2CAD.com.

What the Web site doesn’t mention is the data cable: units like the eTrex have a proprietary connector that you can get from Garmin (for US$38) or cheaper from third parites. (Can you tell I own an eTrex?) I got mine from GPS Centeralfor CDN$28 (about US$24).

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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SprutCAM 3D Machining made simple

October 25th, 2005 No comments

SprutCAM 3D Machining made simple

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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ProgeCAD 2006 – What’s new in ProgeCAD

October 25th, 2005 No comments

ProgeCAD New Wizard

Initial configuration mask of new designs based on prototypes or predefined values.

DWF Import & Export

ProgeCAD read and write standard DWF files.

Multiple layouts

In paper space, you can use multiple layouts for different paper sizes and settings.

Unicode characters

ProgeCAD now supports the Unicode character encoding standard, which enables you to display and write text in different languages using different letters.

Manage external references

Attaching and working with external references is now easier with the new Xref Manager. You can view a detailed list of the referenced drawing, or you can view a hierarchical display that shows how drawings are nested and related to one another.
Quickly attach, detach, reload, bind, open, and change the path for all external references in the current drawing. The Xref Manager allows you to use the same external reference features as in previous versions of ProgeCAD, but in a more efficient manner.

ProgeCAD Wblock Manager

This tool simplifies the recording of blocks onto a disk; it is a useful complement to the ALE module.

ALE module and Libraries

The ALE module for ProgeCAD ensures the best organisation and management of the symbols Libraries. Full version also includes all ProgeCAD Libraries (Architectural, ANSI-ISO and DIN-ISO Mechanics, Electrotechnics and 3D Kitchen Furnishing). The ALE module simplifies work to those who work with CAD with numerous blocks.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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SketchUp Comes Together With GIS

October 24th, 2005 No comments

SketchUp Comes Together With GIS

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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ProgeCAD 2006 – What’s new in ProgeCAD

October 24th, 2005 No comments

Create rendered images

ProgeCAD uses new and enhanced rendering features to create higher-quality and more photo-realistic images of models.
ProgeCAD include the new rendering solution with a complete set of materials, backgrounds, lighting options, and render settings.

Utilize performance enhancements

Many ProgeCAD features include increased performance. The following table describes the main enhancements and estimated performance increases.

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Assign print style tables

The following printing features have greatly enhanced flexibility and control over the printing process:

• Previously you could use the PenMap/Width mapping to associate colors with specific pen widths on your printer. New print style tables allow you to still specify color-based settings, but also allow you to specify pen widths, linetypes, and lineweight regardless of color.
• Print style tables (.ctb and .stb files) are stored in files; you can share the files across multiple drawing files or with other users.

Print style tables affect numerous existing features, including: New Drawing and New Drawing Wizard; Properties and Entity Properties toolbar; Change; ProgeCAD Explorer (Layers); Drawing Settings > Entity Creation tab; Status bar; Options > Paths/Files tab; Options > Printing tab; and Print > Advanced tab.
There are also several new commands for print style tables: Print Style (printstyle), Print Styles Manager (stylesmanager), Convert Drawing Print Style Tables (convertpstyles), and Convert CTB Print Style Table (convertctb).




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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KeyCreator 5 Announced (Kubotek USA)

October 21st, 2005 No comments

New Kubotek Keycreator Bridges CAD Interoperability Gap

From: Kubotek USA
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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BuyDesign for AutoCAD Intro’d (TDCI)

October 21st, 2005 No comments

TDCI Announces BuyDesign for AutoCAD

From: TDCI
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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