Saturday, September 02, 2006

Why Use AutoCAD Add On Software?
If you are familiar with AutoCAD and are into drafting for fun or for your occupation, you will be thrilled to know you can purchase add on software for AutoCAD. Many AutoCAD users are not aware that they can purchase software to help them experience and use AutoCAD at its most premium levels. If you look around on the Web however, you will see there are many programs out there made for AutoCAD specifically that as a drafter you will fall in love with. After using add on software for AutoCAD you will wonder how you ever worked without it!
It Makes Your Job Easier
One of the main reasons many people choose to use AutoCAD add on software is because of the simplicity it creates for those who are familiar with AutoCAD. Add on software for AutoCAD allows you to get down to business, creating what you want, in less time that if you used traditional methods of creating. When you use add on software for AutoCAD, you will be able to also be more accurate. The systems will help you create the best and most accurate drafts in less time than ever before.
Free Trials Are Worth It
The great thing about finding add on AutoCAD software online is that you can often try the software out before actually buying it. Most web sites that sell AutoCAD add on software will allow you to download a free trial to use for a specific amount of time. Some will let you use them for a week, others for a month. This allows you to completely see how the program works before shelling out the cash for the full version. Most trial versions will be complete and allow you to access all of the special features you would get upon purchasing a full version.
However, they will not be able to be used after your trial period is finished. So, hop on the Web and start looking for free trials of add on AutoCAD software programs you are considering buying. It will help you get a better understanding of what you are getting into and give you the chance to see if the program will actually help you with what you are doing.
Add on software for AutoCAD is something that can enhance your career or hobby. You will be able to venture into the more professional world of drafting, easily. You can rest assured that most AutoCAD add on software is created by people with years and years of experience in using AutoCAD so everything is typically made with drafting in mind. Look online and start narrowing your selections of add on software for AutoCAD down to a few. Then check out the free trials and decide which software program will suit your individual needs best.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

ADT Toolbox by CADlogic Limited

If, like me, you are an ADT 2006 user, you will know how complicated it can be to get the correct wall styles, window style and stair style etc, navigating around the styles manager, setting up the components and materials is time consuming and a little tricky for the first few times, ok if you are used to programming in visual basics, although once set, they are ready to use on the next project. I just felt that the interface could be a lot easier to use, after looking at CADlogics website I was interested in trying out their ADT toolbox software which I downloaded on a free trial period for 14 days, once loaded I found it to be quick and easy, the wall style dialog box (screen shot below) makes it so much faster to use than the normal AutoCAD method although you loose out on the materials programmed into the normal AutoCAD wall styles for pretty brickwork, you can always modify it later, other useful fly out menus include steelwork details, stair details which include current UK building regulations for the different class of building , section details and the ability to modify most of the component in situ.
A single user license is a little expensive at £395 plus VAT and postage, I have since brought a copy and use it daily, it has streamlined the process for me saving both time and money. You can also download a free easy to use 2D cad system just follow the link
www.cadlogic.com


Screen shot showing wall section detailing tool


Screen shot showing decoritive lintel detailing tool

Friday, June 30, 2006

DWGgateway

DWGgateway is a very useful free tool from Solid Works Corporation and available to download from their website to anybody who has a valid Acad license, unfortunately at this time it only works with full blow Acad and not LT what can it do? DWGgateway is the first free data translation plug-in that allows AutoCAD users to work easily with DWG files created by any version of Acad, it also allows the user to create PDF documents that can be shared with virtually anybody. This is an extremely useful and powerful freebie that anybody who does not wish to upgrade to the latest version every time there is a new release.
follow this link:
http://www.dwggateway.com

Thursday, June 29, 2006



Hello my name is James Kendall I am an Architectural Technician and have been an Autocad user for the last 14 years starting with the DOS based release 12 and then moving onto windows based release 12 LT, working my way through to the present day release of Autocad ADT, of course when I first started using CAD I was using a main frame based system called "Rucaps" that was back in 1980.
Rucaps used the concept of 'box geometry', where pre-prepared 2D views of a 3D object were pasted onto rectangular prism and viewed. These components could be modeled, created by user-defined code or generated by basic parameter lists. In modern terms, its developers will admit that Rucaps was extremely crude but it's essentially the same concept that Bentley, Autodesk, Revit, Nemetschek and Graphisoft are all selling within their respective AEC products. Rucaps’ main problem was inflexibility, as the geometry was highly limited (no curves, surfaces or solids!!!) and the hardware it ran on was expensive and slow (early CAD adopters would have paid approx £150,000 for a seat including hardware).

Rucaps transformed into Sonata, developed by T Squared Solutions, which was eventually bought by AliasWavefront. While it improved over time, at £30,000 a seat in the early 80s (plus Silicon Graphics or Apollo Workstation), it was soon mothballed by the combination of IBM's low-cost Personal Computer and 2D drafting products like AutoCAD from Autodesk.
The practice that I was working for in those days had to spent a considerable amount of money to purchase the system, which was used for two years and then shut down, unlike today when for less than £1500.00 you can purchase cad software including a machine to run it.
In the coming months I will be adding links / website addresses to add-on software companies that I have used to help me produce drawings more efficiently, with a brief description of their uses and capabilities. Most of these software ad-ons are available with 30 day trial periods, so I will be inviting people to leave their comments etc. so that other people can get a clear picture of that particular software's capability.