Document Detailed Issues in DraftSight or SOLIDWORKS with Steps Recorder

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If you’re a DraftSight user, or SOLIDWORKS user you’re probably wondering if there is a way to capture the steps that result in a problem with the software. Well, you’re in luck! There is a tool called Microsoft® Problem Steps Recorder (PSR.exe) that does exactly that! This handy recording tool is built into Windows® 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer. It greatly makes it easier to capture the steps that lead to a problem with programs such […]

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight Draftsight is a 2D CAD program, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create an isometric view. If you are in the process of creating a Draftsight drawing – and need to create a quick isometric view – you can follow the process below: Step 1: Switch your grid settings to Isometric. (RMB on the Grid icon on the bottom, hit Settings, then hit the Isometric radio button under “Orientation”.) Step 2: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 5 – DraftSight and eDrawings

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Installation Guide Part 5 – DraftSight and eDrawings In this section, we will cover the download and installation of the free version of DraftSight. The latest build is still 2016 and can be downloaded at this location. Select the version per the operating system that you’re running and your download should begin. In this example, we will launch the Windows 64-bit version and install that one. First thing that shows is the disclaimer. You can read the entire thing or just scroll […]

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100 Versions of eDrawings on the wall, 100 versions of eDrawings…

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How many versions of eDrawings do you suppose you have installed on your machine? 100? Likely not that many, but if your computer has been around a while, there is a good chance you have more than one. If your machine has the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM client installed on it, you probably have several! I’ve seen a customer’s computer with six versions installed! Is it a big deal? If you aren’t a EPDM user, probably not, they are just taking […]

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A Few Drawing Tips

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Here are a few drawing tips that might help you out. Save a rotated 3D view When you go to View>Modify>3D Drawing View, you can choose any view and rotate it any direction.  When you choose a view that you like, it will stay like that.  That way you can get a great view on the drawing with a short amount of time. Combine notes If you have multiple notes on your drawing but you want to combine them, before […]

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LoadDraftingStandard

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Imagine you received a set of SOLIDWORKS drawings from an outside source. Unfortunately the people who created the drawings didn’t use your drafting standards. [The peasants!] You may be tempted to create a little macro that goes through every one of your settings, one at a time, setting user preference toggles, integer values, blah, blah… Not a bad idea, but doing this is slow, tedious and you’ll run into some “undocumented issues” that my lawyers don’t want me to get […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet format

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Yesterday I caught Great Aunt Eleanor browsing on my computer. I hate it when she does that -she always finds a setting or something I am doing wrong and makes fun of me. Yesterday was no exception. “Why do you have so many SOLIDWORKS drawing templates?” she queried. I think I have her now, she thinks she is so smart. I explain to her that I need to have a drawing template for each sheet size (A, B, C, D, & […]

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Print your dwg files with EPDM Tasks

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Would you like to have your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2011 tasks be able to [batch] print your dwg files as well as your SOLIDWORKS drawings? It is pretty easy, you only need to make a few changes to your Print Task’s “Advanced Scripting Options”. Click on the advanced scripting options button in the bottom of the “Files” section. Now all you have to do is find the function “bIsSupportedExtension” and replace all of it with this code: Function bIsSupportedExtension(oExtension) As […]

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DraftSight on Linux Review

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What is better than free software? Easy. Free software than runs on a free operating system. You know I was quite excited when DraftSight for Linux was finally release last week. Quality free software on a free OS. Pinch me, I must be dreaming. Until DraftSight, I mostly used “QCad” for my CAD editing software on Linux. QCad is a nice application, but since it doesn’t have DWG support I must admit I never used it for much more than […]

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DraftSight is no longer in beta!

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For all of you flat landers out there…the PC version of DraftSight is no longer in beta! It is now the 2D editing software that you can be proud to take home and introduce to mom. Ever wonder why there is never a gamma release?

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