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Axiom Releases DgnCompare for V8 (Axiom)

December 30th, 2005 No comments

Axiom Releases DgnCompare for MicroStation V8 to Quickly View Differences Between Two Individual Design Files

From: Axiom
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ExtractKML for AutoCAD

December 30th, 2005 No comments

ExtractKML for AutoCAD

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry blurbs

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lignumCAD Version 0.2

December 30th, 2005 No comments
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ProgeCAD 2006 – Creating a new drawing

December 30th, 2005 No comments

When you start ProgeCAD, the program automatically creates a new drawing based on a template drawing, icad.dwg.
This template includes predefined settings such as drawing units, text size, and drawing area. You can either use these settings or change them according to your needs.
There is nothing unique about a template drawing. You can use any drawing as a template for future drawings.

You can save many steps by basing a new drawing on an existing template. By doing this, a new drawing will contain all the settings and entities you need.
When you open a new drawing from your custom template, you can modify existing settings and delete any entities that you don’t need.

To create a new drawing based on a template

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose File > New.
  • Type newwiz and then press Enter.
2 Click Use A Template Drawing, and then click Next.
3 To display the Open Template dialog box, click Browse.
4 Select the drawing you want to use as the template,
   and then click Open.
5 Click Finish.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Tell Autodesk How Much You Hate SolidWorks

December 29th, 2005 No comments

Autodesk Marketing has put together a “satisfaction survey” for SolidWorks users to tell Autodesk how much they dislike using the former #1 3D MCAD software. (Thanks to Jim for the lead.)

Questions include:
– Has SolidWorks ever corrupted your files?
– Do you think SolidWorks spends enough time testing their software before they release it?
– What is your biggest frustration with SolidWorks in terms of product quality and performance?

Note that competitors to Autodesk have also run similar “polls” that ask negative questions about AutoCAD and other products. The problem with such polls, of course, is that pro-users will flood them with positive responses, leaving the competitor with fewer negative results than they hope for. After answering the questions, you get to see most (not all) of the results:

– 25% of users find SolidWorks software slow when working with large assemblies.
– 18% find that SolidWorks crashes too often.
– 17% have experienced data loss when importing and exporting DWG file to or from SolidWorks.
– 15% have had SolidWorks corrupt files.
– 71% think SolidWorks does not spend enough time testing their software before they release it.
– 21% rely on AutoCAD or DWG-based products to finish some drawings.
– The average number of hours spent dealing with SolidWorks problems: 161.0

The responses to the last questions (biggest frustration) are not listed. Also missing: the total number of responses. And, we don’t know the number of faked responses, such as the ones I entered just to see the results.

Autodesk Marketing is advertising the poll through Google ads, using pitches such as:
* “SolidWorks User Concerns: Join other users in sharing frustrations about SolidWorks.”
* “Software Quality Survey: Share your experiences with SolidWorks software.”

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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DWG and Google Earth (Will render for food…)

December 28th, 2005 No comments

DWG and Google Earth

Source: Will render for food…
by Beau Turner

By now I am sure most of you have seen/tried Google Earth. If not, the idea behind Google Earth is simple: it’s a globe that …

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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CadGuruCool

December 28th, 2005 No comments
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ProgeCAD 2006 – Working with drawings

December 28th, 2005 No comments

CAD drawings help you organize information for greater efficiency. With ProgeCAD®, you can draw entities representing different types of information on various layers and use those layers to control color, linetype, and visibility.
ProgeCAD also includes drawing aids that help you draw accurately.

This chapter explains setting up drawings and using built-in drawing aids, including how to:

  • Create new drawings, open existing drawings, and save
     changes to drawings.
  • Use aids such as the grid, snap, and orthogonal settings
     to draw accurately.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Georeference Images (including TUMONZ maps) in Autodesk Architectural Desktop and AutoCAD

December 27th, 2005 No comments

Some map image sources provide georeferenced raster files. They are simply an image created with a corresponding reference file which stores the proper position (coordinates) and scale of the image. If you have AutoCAD Map you can scale images based on this information but a free AAC Solutions utility also makes this possible in AutoCAD/ADT.

Georeferenced images in AutoCAD – www.cadforum.cz
With the AAC Solutions’ utility – GeoRefImg – you can automatically place georeferenced raster files (pictures) also in AutoCAD or Architectural Desktop (this functionality is by default available only in Map). Any selected raster image (TIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, CIT format) with a World file is automatically repositioned to its proper position (coordinates) and scale.

If you are in New Zealand you can export georeferenced images, anywhere, any scale, from the consumer mapping product: TUMONZ – The Ultimate Map Of New Zealand,

  • In TUMONZ, zoom to the area you want
  • Right click Tools>Copy/Save/Email Map
  • Tick the “Save Image World File” option to create the georeference file
  • Choose the Copy Size, more pixels = bigger but more accurate image, then Save as Image:

TUMONZgeoexp

  • The result is a “TumonzMap.bmp” image and “TumonzMap.bpw” reference file. Always keep these in the same folder. You can export several images at different scales/resolutions, maybe to show area overview and lot detail.
  • In AutoCAD/ADT;
    • Insert the image(s) into a drawing;
    • Command: GEOREFIMG then select image(s) to position.
    • They will be positioned & scaled exactly (default for TUMONZ is 1 unit = 1m)
      • Command: Image C:\TumonzMap.bmp (3083 x  1946) repositioned to [2655498.1,6475454.8] and scaled 0.0773273x using the world file C:\TumonzMap.bpw

This is great for location maps as you can quickly get an accurate scale map of anywhere in the country.

NOTE: TUMONZ map information comes from the LINZ (Land Information New Zealand) 1:50,000 topographical vector data set. The only requirement for re-using TUMONZ data is to acknowledge that the image / screen-shot / photograph was supplied / taken / produced by TUMONZ

Originally posted by RobiNZ from RobiNZ Blog

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GraphiteOne 3D CAD

December 27th, 2005 No comments
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Sailcut CAD

December 27th, 2005 No comments
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General CADD Pro v4.1 Released (TenLinks.com)

December 27th, 2005 No comments

General CADD Pro v4.1 Released

From: TenLinks.com
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Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeCAD 2006 – Getting online Help

December 27th, 2005 No comments

ProgeCAD includes online Help. It contains some information that does not appear in this book, including a programming language reference.

You can display online Help in any of these ways:

  • On the Standard toolbar, click Help.
  • Press F1.
  • Choose a command from the Help menu.
  • Click the question mark in a dialog box.
  • Type help in the command bar.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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NavisWorks JetStream 4.3 Released (NavisWorks)

December 23rd, 2005 No comments

NavisWorks JetStream 4.3 Released

From: NavisWorks
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Software: 3Data Expert (MCADCafe)

December 23rd, 2005 No comments

Software: 3Data Expert

Source: MCADCafe
by Al Dean

The ability to import, check, clean and repair STL data means that the information you’re supplying for RP production is A1 q…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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JCCad – Free 2D/3D CAD for Linux

December 23rd, 2005 No comments

JCCad – Free 2D/3D CAD for Linux

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ProgeCAD 2006 – Customizing ProgeCAD

December 23rd, 2005 No comments

You can tailor many aspects of ProgeCAD to better suit your needs. For example, you can easily create and modify toolbars by simply dragging and dropping icons.
ProgeCAD stores your customized settings in the Windows registry rather than in a separate file. ProgeCAD supports the most important AutoCAD customization files, including linetypes, hatch patterns, text fonts, the unit conversion file, menus, toolbars, and aliases.
In addition, ProgeCAD unifies four AutoCAD customization functions with a single customize command: command aliases, keyboard shortcuts, menus, and toolbars.
You can also add custom programs written in any of several programming languages, including LISP (the program’s Autodesk AutoLISP-compatible language), SDS (the program’s Autodesk ADS-compatible language), and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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eMachineShop Adds Expanded Capabilities (Business Wire)

December 22nd, 2005 No comments

Online Factory eMachineShop Announces Major Expansion of Services – Adds Plasma Cutting, Rubber Molding, Steel Rule Die Blanking, Welding

From: Business Wire
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Entourage Arts Releases Singles & Sneak Preview (CGarchitect.com)

December 22nd, 2005 No comments

Entourage Arts Releases Entourage Singles & a Sneak Preview

From: CGarchitect.com
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ProgeCAD 2006 – Correcting mistakes

December 22nd, 2005 No comments

ProgeCAD tracks the commands you use and the changes you make. If you change your mind or make a mistake, you can undo, or reverse, the last action or several previous actions.
You can also redo any actions that you reversed.

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You can undo multiple actions by typing undo and specifying the number of actions to undo.




Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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