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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DraftSight for Mac

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DraftSight for the Mac has been released today. Did you know the average Mac user’s drawings have over 73,000 polylines and layers in them? (Number yet to be verified.)

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A New Product: DraftSight

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Here’s some BIG news for you! DraftSight is here. You might say, ”Wow…now Josh, what is DraftSight?” I’m glad you asked. DraftSight is a new 2D tool that is designed to help you manage your legacy 2D data. It is very similar to your old 2D CAD tool but with a little twist. It is easier to use. The development of DraftSight was driven by customer feedback. This will allow experienced 2D CAD users to get up to speed on […]

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