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Looking For Help? / DC Max24 - Issue with Slice
« Last post by jym_ing on December 11, 2017, 11:48:45 PM »
Hello, DC friends
Can someone tell me why I cannot slice the left side of the attached solid (attached file wall_slice_1) like the right side (using command slice, custom plane)?
I get a plan (attached file wall_slice_2).

Thank you for your help
General Discussion / V2018 imported image - handles not working
« Last post by adriank on December 11, 2017, 06:38:55 PM »
This is the first time I've tried to manipulate an embedded image in 2018 - and the selection handles are not working.
If I select the image to bring up the 8 handles (corners and midpoints) and grab a corner to stretch the image it tries to move it instead - but doesn't even do that properly. In some attempts it actually rotated the image. After editing once the error changes to a different (wrong) result.
If I grab a side handle to stretch on the X axis is reduces the Y axis instead.

It all worked fine in V2016.

General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by Rob S on December 10, 2017, 06:07:57 PM »
And I take it you cannot use the windows percentage resizing to make everything proportionally larger??

In any case, please do let us know if you get any further response from anybody.

I wonder if you two are the only ones who upgraded to 2018 for this purpose?  If anyone is having a better experience, I would be interested to hear from you as well.
General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by wil01 on December 10, 2017, 05:43:19 PM »
Thanks!  But I don't have another display - just high res.  I hope DesigCAN can be fixed for high res, but I'm not hopefully.

I'll wait for DesignCAD to respond, but I'm not hopeful.  If it can't be fixed, it's going to be hell to learn a new system that can be normal with high res screens.

General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by Lar on December 10, 2017, 05:27:15 PM »

This may be a wild idea but what about using another not-so-hi-res screen along with the high res one (even if it's the laptop screen - if using one). In the Display Setup choose the 'Extend' option, make the lower res the main screen and do one of the methods described below:

method a] Start dcad and drag its window to the hi res screen, float all your toolboxes on the lower res screen. Now you will be drawing on the hi res screen but whenever you start a command that has a dialog it will open on the main screen, the lower res one, where you will be able to read the, hopefully... as well as the toolboxes and all other dialogs. You can even float the menu by clicking on the 3 dots on the left side and dragging it away, and even resize it by dragging the edges.

method b] Extend dcad across both screens but put all the tool boxes on the lower res (and main) screen, docked or floating. and arrange all the windows on the high res screen. All dialogs will open on the lower res screen. One con here is maximizing any drawing window will stretch it across both screens.

Sorry I can't try these methods myself because I don't have a hi res screen. I do know that dcad's dialogs open on the 'main' screen, because that's what happened when I tried using two screens to work and watch a movie with a player that opens up full on the main screen only. I wouldn't even use these methods myself because I won't like the constant head turning every time I do a command.

ps, if these ideas don't work you can re-dock the floating tool boxes by double clicking on their title bars.
General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by wil01 on December 10, 2017, 03:59:31 PM »
Well, new problems keep coming up again and again.

Once you resize the icons so you can use them the main tool box has many less options, Text, for example.

The top items of the Info Box can't be made visible.

Most of the options of all the selection windows are so small that they can't be read or used.

The text when entering a name of a layer is so small that it can't be read.  It does return to normal size after accepting the entry.

After making the icons in the main tool box large enough to actually use, many items are left off of it - Text, and Trim, etc.

The problems just keep going on and on.  I don't know how many problems there are because I just encounter them as they appear, and that is often.

I really hope this mess can be fixed, but I'm beginning to have my doubts.  There is so much wrong that I'm afraid that another major upgrade is the only hope.  Maybe high resolution displays becomes the end of the road for DesignCAD - I hope not!

General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by Rob S on December 10, 2017, 11:58:27 AM »
Wil, your last post in the other thread was

Thanks!  I got it to work.

The Layer Window was also a mess.  I finally got it work after some effort.  I hope there will be no more surprises.


What further help were you looking for?
General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by wil01 on December 10, 2017, 11:21:56 AM »
I also have a high res screen with the same problems you describe.  I didn't get much response from this forum so I have contacted the DesignCAD support section with screen shots of the display issues I have found.

They say they will respond in about 24 hours.

By the way, reducing the resolution doesn't solve the problem in 2018.  It did help in 2016, but 2018 is just broke.

General Discussion / Re: 2018 First Impressions
« Last post by pnb on December 10, 2017, 02:11:40 AM »
I guess I could, and I could have done for Photoshop as well but would they be the same? And what would it do to all the other programs?
I know this is not an easy fix, certainly beyond me, but high res screens have around for a while and I would hoped developers would have sorted this by now. Perhaps a harsh criticism for the smaller organisations but usability is a key factor for CAD programs. I gave up with Photoshop proper when I found Elements had solved the res problem and could do most of what I wanted to do.

As said in my first post I have used DC for a long time and I am reluctant to 'jump ship' to another program and go through the learning process again (I am to old!). That is why I have held on for this release.

Please read my comments as genuine user feedback, I am not trying to rubbish the program or its developers.
Looking For Help? / Re: Does anybody here export STL or OBJ format for 3D printing?
« Last post by Dr PR on December 09, 2017, 07:31:57 PM »
DXF is an ancient file exchange format. It has been tweaked over the years, but is basically the same as when it was introduced decades ago.

DXF is an ASCII text format. DWG is a binary format, as is the native DesignCAD DCD file format. Because DXF is an ASCII text file, everything is written out in text characters, and it takes a lot of numeric digits to express the much more compact binary values. Consequently, DXF files are a lot larger than their binary counterparts.

For example, a single 8-bit binary byte can represent values from 0 to 256. But to express the value "256" in ASCII requires three 8-bit characters, or 24 bits. A two byte 16-bit binary word can represent from 0 to 65536, but it takes five ASCII characters - five bytes -  to represent the same thing. See why DXF files are so much larger?

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