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Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD uses parameters and metacharacters to control each menu item, such as Title, Diesel, Tool ID, Help, Command, and Image. This tutorial shows you how to manipulate them, as well as provides tips on what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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Footnotes that changed the direction of CAD A comment from a reader made me think about the CAD packages that had a big impact on our industry, but never did much in the way of sales. Here are the three... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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upFront.eZine issue #855 During its pre-launch marketing, Onshape indicated they had partnered with a company to provide the drawings component. Last week, the surprise supplier named was Graebert of Germany, better known for its AutoCAD workalike called ARES and supplier... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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upFront.eZine Issue #855 by Ralph Grabowski with Robert Graebert The browser-based mechanical CAD software Onshape has three pillars: parts, assemblies, and drawings. When it was launched last month, it lacked the drawings component in which 2D layouts are produced from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at upFront.eZine News
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Powered by Graebert Xenon 1. Onshape Drafting is the first example of integrating a third-party add-on into Onshape, an example of what to anticipate from other add-ons coming in the future. 2. The drafting technology is based on Xenon, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD allows you to edit its shortcut menus, the ones that are displayed when you click the right-mouse button on the mouse. These are also known as "context menus." No matter the name, they are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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A reader writes Q: I am being taught AutoCAD 2009 here in Federal Prison. I bought one of your books, Using AutoCAD 2009, and I saw an address to write with questions. Is there a way in AutoCAD to create... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine issue #854 It is rare when two brand-new CAD programs launch in the same month, but here we are. These are the fresh faces of CAD. Both emerged after years of hush-hush development, and both benefit from some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine Issue #854 Guest editorial by John Callen It is rare when two brand-new CAD programs launch in the same month, but here we are. These are the fresh faces of CAD. Both emerged after years of hush-hush development, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Sweet Nothings Whispered for a Fee Analysis firms are paid by companies to make predictions, who use the predictions to promote themselves, internally and externally. It is a virtuous-vicious circle: when we hear a company boasting that their business opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD allows you to edit the Quad cursor, as well the groups of commands it displays. Add your own commands to the Quad by clicking "custom quad groups". Simply drag and drop the icons in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine issue #853 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter, we have for you an exclusive interview about the world's newest AEC software: ASCON Group Launches Renga Architecture by Ralph Grabowski with Vladimir Zakharov You can read all about the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine Issue #853 by Ralph Grabowski with Vladimir Zakharov There is a lot of action on the MCAD side of things these days. New products pop up on what seems to be a nearly monthly basis, particularly ones that take... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
How to make BricsCAD work the way you work ($40) Customizing BricsCAD V15 is the only tutorial reference for users wanting to change the way BricsCAD looks and works. It teaches you how change the user interface and make new menus, hatch patterns, write LISP code, and much more: Changing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at eBooks.onLine
Learn BricsCAD in a Day ($20) Inside BricsCAD V15 is the only tutorial for new users. It teaches you how create 2D drawings in a day -- seven chapters that each take about one hour to complete. Additional lessons teach 3D modeling, how to generate 2D drawings from 3D models,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at eBooks.onLine
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski When you double-click an entity in a BricsCAD drawing, the Properties bar appears -- most of the time. Double-clicking a hatch pattern, however, brings up the Edit Hatch dialog box; double-clicking an image brings up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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Reprinted from CADdigest.com; by Ralph Grabowski I've been looking at TurboCAD ever since the days it ran on MS-DOS and so watched its progression to Windows, and then to Macs and iPads. Today it is a program that handles nearly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
When switching to free mode, only five documents can still be used in a shared environment.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
I long ago paid off my mortgage, but here are the costs for my town: Rent for a 2BR apartment = $10,200 / year Mortgage on a 4BR house (at 4% over 25 years) = $21,780 / yr Property taxes on my 5BR house = $2,700/yr Owning is nothing like renting or paying a mortgage.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
The CAD market is orders of magnitude smaller than the office software market. If Onshape is using Google's Docs numbers for its business plan, then the company might have a problem. In my case, Google Docs is a bad analogy as no editorial staff I know employs it. Too slow and too flaky for serious writing.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine Issue #852 I like the simultaneous editing idea. I tried that about 10 years ago but ran out of resources. Two or more people working in the same CAD file: each can see what the other is doing in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Dedmin: You are right: subscriptions are like renting a house. When times are bad, and you can't make your rent payments any longer, you get kicked out onto the street.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
CAD Guy: I am not betting against it. But there is reality. Only 10% of India's 1 billion+ people have access, and that is intermittent. A programmer tells me he pays for Internet access through two ISPs, to ensure at least one of them will be up most of the time.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
Mike: Either Onshape will write their own PLM extension or else encourage a third-party to write a pipe. They have not mentioned PLM in their marketing, so maybe they see it as a non-issue, or else as a bullet point best left unmentioned until they have a solution.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
Difficult Birthing of new MCAD Software 1. Runs only on the Internet. No or poor connection = no working 2. No one-time perpetual license available. $1,200/year perpetually 3. No drafting, no generation of 2D drawings 4. Switching from paid mode... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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