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Acad 07: Undocumented MaterialAssign Command

October 31st, 2006 No comments

AutoCAD always has numerous undocumented commands, and here is one that I missed when I scoured AutoCAD 2007 earlier this year for my “The Illustrated AutoCAD 2007 Quick Reference” book (Autodesk Press).

I had found it curious that AutoCAD 2007 has a MaterialAttach command for attaching materials to layers, but no command for attaching materials to objects. (The workaround is to drag materials from the Tool palette onto the object.)

By accident this evening, I typed in MaterialAssign and found it works like this:

Command: materialassign

Notice that the paintbrush cursor appears.

Select objects: (Pick one or more objects.)
Select objects or [Undo]: (Press Enter to exit the command.)

Hmm… it never asked which material to assign to the objects. It turns out that this command uses whichever material is stored in the CMaterial system variable. When changing the value of this system variable, you have to use quotation marks when the material name contains spaces, like this:

Command: cmaterial
Enter new value for CMATERIAL <“ByLayer”>: “Metals.Structural Metal Framing.Steel”

In the end, it is easier to just drag materials off the Tool palette and onto objects.


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Autodesk Inventor PLE Released (Autodesk)

October 31st, 2006 No comments

Autodesk Announces Release of Autodesk Inventor Personal Learning Edition

From: Autodesk
Type: Press Release


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Catia vs Airbus

October 30th, 2006 No comments

You can read an informed discussion about the Airbus wiring harness problem over at the airliners.net discussion group.

For instance, Baron95 asks these questions:

I would not trivialize this issue. Switching from Cu to Al probably most likely meant increase in wire diameter, increase in connector size and complexity, reduction in the number of allowed connections per cable run, etc.

How many holes and raceways had to be changed because of that?
How many individual airframe parts had holes and raceways going through them?
When EACH one of these parts got redesigned, did it cause any other cascade redesign?
Did they lose configuration control with various versions of these parts making their way into the assembly of MSN001-013?

And CHIFLYGUY adds:

A Boeing (or ex-Boeing) person posted earlier that when they switched to CAD design for planes, they discovered that the CAD software on the market was inadequate for wiring. I wonder if this, at its core, is not the real problem.

Later in the discussion, the coverage by WorldCAD Access (blush) is mentioned.


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Autodesk Design Review 2007 and Autodesk DWF Viewer 7.0 IE7 Hotfix Released

October 30th, 2006 No comments


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progeCAD 2006 Professional v6.1.11 Released (ProgeSOFT)

October 17th, 2006 No comments

In Conjunction with the IntelliCAD World Meeting, progeSOFT Announces progeCAD 2006 Professional, Version 6.1.11

From: ProgeSOFT
Type: Press Release


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ITC Conference: IntelliCAD 7 Demo

October 13th, 2006 No comments

(Blogged live.) At the ITC conference, Mark Burrows provided an hour-long summary of the work involved in re-creating IntelliCAD.

Since its beginnings in the 1990s, IntelliCAD had its own internal database that caused 60-80% of all bugs. All that DirectDWG does is read (write) .dwg files and then translate them to the internal format. [I suspect some other CAD packages that claim to work directly with DWG do the same thing: transparent translation.] With v7, it is being replaced by the ODA’s DWG database. How big a job is this? Some stats on what needs to be rewritten:

– 457 IntelliCAD commands.
– 276 LISP atoms, especially those dealing with selection sets, entity data, and graphics; similar for SDS.
– 541 system variables.

The ICAD code will be modularized to help isolate defects; no more spaghetti code. The new DRX manager demand-loads external DRX (ARX) apps; a new command lists the names of DRX commands. Naturally, ICAD’s new API will give access to DRX.

The ITC is adding the entity protocol extension to make entities responsible for themselves (supply own grip points, snap modes, etc).

The command stack can be extended to mimic other CAD packages, making it easier (maybe) to convince users of older CAD packages to switch. One day IntellICAD might just be a user interface, with the DWGdirect-based CAD engine a separate product. Customizable configurations (menus, toolbars, etc) will be migrated to XML; unlike AutoCAD 2006/7, you will be able to edit the XML file to create custom user interfaces.

The graphics is being improved to handle transparency, improved grip editing, drag in color, gradient fills, proxy entities, and more. Also, support multiple display devices, such as GDI, HOOPS, DirectX, OpenGL, and more.

He then demo’ed how little — how few lines of code — it takes in ICAD 7 to implement features like mlines, translucently-colored selection rectangles, and more.

Version 7 allows the ITC to concentrate on new features, instead of chasing bugs. Mr Burrows hopes one day to no longer follow AutoCAD, but instead innovate in IntelliCAD’s own way — no more chasing Autodesk.

I would think that v7 needs a more impressive, marketing-oriented name, like “IntelliCAD XA.”


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by ralph grabowski


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AutoCAD 2007 Hotfix – Plotting to Raster Files Performance Improvement

October 4th, 2006 No comments

ID: DL8112891

Plotting drawings to most raster file formats is slower in AutoCAD® 2007-based products when compared to previous versions of the same applications. This is most evident when plotting to bitonal CALS or TIFF files.

This hotfix speeds up the plotting to raster file formats, especially bitonal CALS or TIFF files.

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2007
AutoCAD® Electrical 2007
AutoCAD LT® 2007
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2007
Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Building 9.1
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Building 9.0
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Structure 4
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series—Structure 3
Autodesk® Building Systems 2007
Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2007
Autodesk Inventor® Professional 11
Autodesk Inventor® Series 11
Autodesk® Land Desktop 2007
Autodesk Map® 3D 2007
Autodesk® Mechanical Desktop® 2007
Autodesk® Raster Design 2007

adimaging.dll (dll – 1.64 Mb)

raster9.hdi (hdi – 198 Kb)

Readme (html – 9 Kb)


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by CADman


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