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Looking For Help? / Re: Specifying line lengths
« Last post by Lar on September 10, 2018, 06:43:49 AM »

I could specify a start point for a line and the press TAB, and enter a line length, and then press ENTER and the line would be drawn.
So pressing Tab is the trick! I tried TurboCad a few times and could not specify a line distance so I gave up. I was able to draw a line by just setting points but I could only draw 2 point lines.

I remember having the exact same issues when I first tried to learn acad back in the early 1990's, while already being proficient in dcad. Later on I decided I had to learn acad and based on my previous experience realized, unlike word processors and image programs, all CAD programs were totally different from each other. I had to ignore everything I knew about dcad to learn autocad. Once I was comfortable in acad I realized they both used the same or similarly-logical shortcut keys so I started using shortcuts rather than typing the command's name and this totally freaked out the acad guys.

So my first bit of advice when learning another cad program is to forget everything you know about your first and just concentrate on learning this one.

Looking For Help? / Re: Specifying line lengths
« Last post by Bob P on September 10, 2018, 05:33:09 AM »
Welcome to the DC family. DesignCad makes everything easy, sometimes in 4 different ways.  8)
First, visit this forum page and download a chart of all the shortcut keys (scroll down a bit).

Most of us disable the right-click menu in favor of the snap function. See the General tab in the Options, unclick "Enable right-click popup menu".

To your problem...
For a line, use the shortcut key "v".
Set the first point, either by snapping to a current point (period key shortcut) or starting fresh with a left mouse click (or the Ins key on your numeric keypad). Check out "running snaps" in the manual for automatic snapping. Sometimes that method isn't the best with large drawings.
You have three (shortcut) choices to set the next point: Point Polar (semicolon), Point Relative (apostrophe), or Point XYZ (colon). Try 'em all to see how they work.
When done, press Enter to create the line.
Looking For Help? / Specifying line lengths
« Last post by Watdazit on September 10, 2018, 03:45:38 AM »
I have not used Turbocad for a number of years..... after retiring. I thought I would brush up on my skills again and bought DesignCAD. I cannot find one feature in DesignCAD I would use a lot in TurboCAD. I could specify a start point for a line and the press TAB, and enter a line length, and then press ENTER and the line would be drawn. Is this feature available in DesignCAD?
General Discussion / Re: Determine if patches were installed?
« Last post by Dr PR on September 08, 2018, 09:32:40 PM »
The "Help/About DesignCAD" dialog shows the latest install/patch release date and Version number.

You just need to know what the latest patch date and/or version number is. You can find this on the page where new versions and patches are posted.

You may also be able to see what the latest patch file name is in your Windows "Downloads" folder.

General Discussion / Determine if patches were installed?
« Last post by BlankMan on September 08, 2018, 04:32:44 PM »
Is there a way to show/tell if a patch set was installed or not? DesignCAD 3D MAX 2018 x64
General Discussion / Re: 3D Max 2018 crashes when trying to export to .pdf
« Last post by bdeck on September 03, 2018, 12:09:27 AM »
I prefer to print to CuteWriter for its speed and reliability. But I mostly print to Foxit Reader (free) or Foxit Phantom (paid) because

1) The Foxit printer dialogs show the "Recent Places" folder, while Cute version 3.2  does not (win 7);
2) Foxit (optionally) opens the pdf file for viewing after the print; and
3) Foxit Phantom has the fastest, most accurate OCR I have seen. I'm not wild about Foxit's user interface.

DC pdf export will not export 3d shading. I never use it for anything.

User Contributions / Stopwatch to include in BasicCAD
« Last post by Bavarian on September 02, 2018, 01:59:08 PM »
Here is my first "BasicCAD project".
I would like to sample my own ToolBox
with headers and includes to keep the
mainprogram small and clear.
As *.h is not allowed to upload, I renamed
ToolBox_1.h to ToolBox_1_h.d3i and adjusted
the include statement in ToolBox_1.
Please feel free to comment.

General Discussion / Re: 3D Max 2018 crashes when trying to export to .pdf
« Last post by Dr PR on September 02, 2018, 12:10:53 PM »
What version of DesignCAD are you using? 2D or 3D? What operating system?

Many of us use CutePDF - a free program - to "print" PDFs from DesignCAD. CutePDF (a silly name but a good program) installs as a printer driver. Then any program can "print" to a PDF file.

You can then print from DesignCAD to a PDF file. CutePDF allows you to set the image size and pixel density for very high resolution prints.

Another option is to save an image file (File/Image/Save Image File) to a JPEG or other format. Then print this file. An advantage of this is that you can save the image in very high resolution - something like 16,000 x 16,000 pixels max, and print this to very large posters.

General Discussion / 3D Max 2018 crashes when trying to export to .pdf
« Last post by MTMeredith on September 02, 2018, 12:00:12 PM »

     I am trying to export to a portrait format pdf and Dcad crashes.  I went looking for a patch, found one and it won't install.  I get a Windows error message stating that the program I am trying to upgrade is missing.  Exporting to wmf works just fine.
Looking For Help? / Re: Solid Subtract failure DesignCAD 3D MAX 2018
« Last post by BlankMan on August 30, 2018, 07:39:41 PM »
Thank you! Indeed I found a line that had 3 points instead of 2. I was pulling my hair out for hours before I posted the question. But then I stumbled on a BasicCAD Line command that had 3 PointXYZ's. (I cut & paste a lot.) I didn't test if that was it until now and that must have been it because with the extra point removed it works fine.

Thanks again!
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