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Thursday, December 11, 2008

One... Must... Evolve...

So ever since the beginning of this project I have done most the CAD design work using a product called "Visual CADD". This is a product that came out in the early 90's and was written by the GenericCADD (80's DOS CADD program) folks. While I have had a copy of AutoCAD 2005, I haven't bothered to use it, as VisualCADD's user interface is more intuitive and easier to learn. However, Visual CADD really only covers about 80% of what you ultimately need to do. If you need to do anything more complex, then you may be limited by VisualCADD. Well, I have arrived to that very situation. The things I need to do are a bit more than VisualCADD can handle. So I have taken the plunge. I am forcing myself to learn AutoCAD. And, with VisualCADD, I may have made matters worse in that my master document is getting so big and with a lot of "garbage" (layers that I have pretty much abandoned and have gone obsolete), that a straight export to AutoCAD is impossible. If I try, AutoCAD complains about errors in the drawing. So, I have had to export from VisualCADD layer by layer and bring them into AutoCAD one by one. In the end this is good as it forces me to exclude all the "old" stuff that does not need to be brought over. Just added "AutoCAD 2005 for Dummies" to my Christmas wish list. More later...
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