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Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations. CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector-based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

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Ever since we upgraded to Acrobat 2019, we have been having problems creating pdf's from AutoCAD Civil 3d 2018. Black/white pdf's appear to have colored linework on-screen while zoomed out but turn black/gray as you zoom in (the pdf's plot correct without color). Also, random linework in the pdf is broken/randomly jumbled - dashed lines appear as arrows.
example of broken lineworkscreen colors turn black/gray as you zoom in
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how to mark screenshot with tick marks and arrows and cross marks and arrows something like as attached to send that updated imageg in email.

any free open source tools to do these types of effective presentations

any resources, videos highly appreciated

thanks in advance
Starting Sketchup 2017 on Microsoft Surface Pro produces a Google Bug Spat and the application closes just after loading the tools dock.  

BTW....also experiencing an issue when launching KODI - <<ERROR: Unable to create GUI. Exiting>> Could these issues be graphic card related?

Device has a built-in HD540 Display Adaptor, with latest drivers installed.

Both Sketchup and KODI used to work perfectly well earlier this year.

Hope you can help. Thank you
We have a customer who is using Inventor 2018 who has an issue whereby they can open drawings but when they click within the drawing, it all goes blotchy.

The computer is Windows 7 64-Bit
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 virtual)
Catalyst Pro

Not being Inventor proficient, we are looking to see if this is to do with the graphics card ot if we need to tweak any settings in Inventor, and if so, where.
I have files with a DWG extension.  They were made a bunch of years ago and are supposedly blueprints. they are about 100KB files.  They've been sitting on a thumb drive for years.

I've tried opening them with irfanview and LibreCAD.  Both say they can't open them.

I used https://www.zamzar.com/convert/dwg-to-pdf/ for one of them and it made a PDF with some rectangular shapes / lines, but likely not all that shoudl be there and not aligned correctly (1 rectangle is off to the side).  Is it because they are old and newer programs cant render them correctly? Or they corrupt?

Any recommendations on a universal viewer or something that might be able to open the files?  We're looking to make PDFs or something so we can print them on a large paper printer at staples.
I have to reinstall an Autocad 2011 NETWORK licence server. The server crashed and now my designer cannot get his licence.

I have my subcription contract in order but Autodesk don't why to try a best offert on how to resintall it... They want me to install Autocad 2018 or something and really don't want to try to put in their head that when an employee is used to a version of autocad has as all the shortcuts and macros created, going to a newer version that bring NOTHING good is not wanted...

Does anyone remember how to install an autocad 2011 licence manager (I think is is a flexlm or something). I have all the 8 original cds but don't knwo where to start.
We have a group of users who receive .dwg files via email and they use the free drawing viewer, Autodesk TrueView, to view and print the drawings.

Typically, they will do the following steps...
First they zoom the drawing to get a specific area of the drawing they want to print to scale, say a single office on a floor.
They select 'Plot' from the ribbon and then select our Wide format printer.
They will then select a paper size to begin with...maybe Arch D to begin with
Under Plot Area - they select 'Window' and then select the area to print.
Under Plot scale they will then uncheck 'Fit to Paper' and select a custom scale .. maybe 1/2" = 1'-0" and see how that looks in the paper layout.  They may then change the paper size slightly or the scale to try to fill the selected paper size.

However, then is where the problem begins and it seems as though it is a new problem for them (?).  
They almost always (but not 100% of the time) then receive the following pop-up message:
'The annotation scale is not equal to the plot scale.  Do you want to continue? "

They click 'Continue' and the drawing plots out, but is not really to scale.  This becomes an issue because they may then be handing that print to an installer, etc.

I am not sure what any of this means or how to fix it.  As I mentioned, they are saying this 'never used to happen'... or 'hardly ever happened' but now seems to be happening pretty frequently.   I am not a CAD user, so I could use some help here.…
I heard there is a free 3 years for schools

If I want to install it on 20 computers

Do I need to download it 20 times to install on all machines ?
Hi everyone!

I have a drawing that I want to color. However, whenever I try to color the fill for my product, the program freezes or it only colors the sketched lines.

Can anyone help me to color the fill of my product? Preferably blue and black :)

Any help is much appreciated!
Hey Expert,  
I would like to install a Vault Pro 2019 on a 2016 server core.  At the moment everything was ok, I install SQL standard, configure firewall etc etc I ran the Pre-check tool, only 1 warning as usual about response time. I launch the setup file for the vault, I can't select it because internet explorer is require to install the vault pro but internet explorer is not available on a core server....

1st question, i am not sure IE is really needed on the vault server... ?  
2nd question, can i trick it so the install won't check for IE..    ?

May be some of you already tried or talked with autodesk about it ?

Thanks in advanced for your feedback.
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Convert dxf to unitechnik file format

Do you know of a program to do this?

We are going to set up a CAD/CAM lab to run Solidworks Software. I have brought the PCs with the following configuration.
Intel Core i5 8600 - 3.1 GHz
16GB 2x 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
2.5"240GB SSD
NVIDIA Quadro P1000  4 GB GDDR5 - PCIe 3.0 x16 low profile - 4 x Mini DP 4 GB LP GDDR5 PCI Express
VGA\DVI monitors

I think i have to buy (Mini DP) to VGA Adapter to connect the graphics card to the monitor.

Now ,I have three queries:

1) On the NVIDIA Quadro P1000,i can see the 4 Ports. Is there any particular reason for having 4 ports, rather than having 2 ports, if the desktop needs extended?

2) Also if i use only one port to connect a VGA monitor, will the 4 GB RAM be used efficiently from the card OR is the 4GB distributed across all the ports?

3) Is this graphics card too much ? and do i need to to buy NVIDIA Quadro P620 2GB GDDR5.

Your suggestion much appreciated

I would like to buy  PCs for running the SOLIDWORKS software . My budget is £500Ex Vat. Please let me know a suitable PC  
that I can buy  and also if you let me know the vendors that would be very helpful.


The following are the software bundle that comes with SOLIDWORKS that will be run on this PC.

•             SOLIDWORKS Premium (3D CAD software)
•             SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium (FEA tools)
•             SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (CFD tools)
•             SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional
•             SOLIDWORKS Motion (kinematics analysis)
•             SOLIDWORKS Plastics (part and mold filling analysis)
•             SOLIDWORKS Sustainability (environmental impact tools)
•             SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (electrical systems design tools)
•             SOLIDWORKS Model Base Definition (define, organize, and publish 3D PMI)
•             SOLIDWORKS Composer (technical documentation tools)
•             SOLIDWORKS Visualize (develop rich, photo quality content)
•             MySolidWorks Professional (your connection to everything SOLIDWORKS)
Thanks  and any help will be great.
I noticed a lot of construction/designers and architects prefer using that Bluebeam software instead of the Acrobat.  Is that a price alternative or there are other benefits?  
Anyone familiar with the software?
My company has a folder of .dwg  images (AutoCAD/Assembly Drawings ) ranging from 200-500 docs.

My goal is to get these in TIFF format for legal review.

Now I've written a program that uses eDrawings free viewer to open these and read the images into memorystream ~ the reason for this is that any corrupt file isn't read into memory stream and is therefore skipped. So everything up to this point is simple but it gets a little complicated from here.

Some of the images, say 3-5% are zoomed out on a specific area, without any other pixellation on the pictureframe.

In my attachments "pic1" and "pic4" are standard images. "Pic 5" is a tiny dwg drawing in the corner, however if you zoom in it ("Pic 6") becomes a lot bigger and more noticeable, and we aren't losing any other  parts of the image (pixels).

My question is: Is there code that I can use that would tell my program

"save the image into memorystream as full screen if it takes up less than 1/15 of the pictureframe/picturebox and if there are no other pixellations"

Like even an idea where to start looking would be nice.

I am thinking about something:

if imageheight < 1/15 of frameheight   AND   imagewidth < 1/15   framewidth then  print image fullscreen

Any thoughts?
I am updating AutoCAD 2019 documents and saving them as PDF files so others can view them.  When I try to Plot the document to a PDF file it only creates a PDF of the area that is shown in white.  How do I expand the white area to cover the whole page of the CAD document?  The original came from our vendor and we just update the document as changes are made in our district.  There are 7 tabs in this document that have the exact same issue.
Hello Experts - I'm starting my budget for next year and one thing I would like to do is replace some monitors.  I work for a small architectural firm and right now we're using relatively inexpensive Acer 24" monitors.  They're ok but I'd like to do better.  I'm looking for recommendations for monitors that would work well for architectural designers using Revit and CAD.  Let me know what you think!
Hiding labels on Google Maps / Street View

There is a label in exactly the wrong place and I need to hide it.


i am having a trouble launching Civil 3D 2014, I want a shortcut that will launch it, right now it will only open as AutoCAD 2014.

can someone help me create a shortcut, it is now installed on windows 10 x64bit computer.

Thank you,
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We’re having an issue with Autocad DWG files not locking when opened by a user.  A user will open a file on a windows share and start to edit, then another user will open the same file and the first user’s session will go from read/write to read only.  Here’s the rub:  It’s incredibly inconsistent.  Most of the time it works as advertised, but once or twice per day (70 users in the environment) someone will complain that it just went read-only for no reason.  The way it’s supposed to work is, when a file is opened the original gets changed from a .dwg to a .bak and a .dwl and .dwl2 file is written to the same directory to “lock” the file so other users can’t edit it.  The problem seems to be that sometimes the .dwl and .dwl2 files aren’t written to the share for 15 or 20 minutes (sometimes not at all) instead of writing there immediately (as far as I can tell).  When user 2 opens the same file, their computer will not see a .dwl or .dwl2 file and then it will create them, locking user 1’s drawing mid-flight.
Autodesk says this can be caused by network latency.  But I’ve checked and any users having the issue have <1ms ping to the server.  I’ve filtered out .dwl and .dwl2 files from antivirus but it seems to continue to happen.

All users on windows 10 x64 hard wired in, not on wifi
Server is 2008r2
Users all in the same permission groups
AutoCAD 2016-2018.  Just wondering if the following specs (my concern really is the 2 GB of VRAM), can run AutoCAD on an i7. 16GB RAM, 512 SSD, with a video card that only has 2GB of dedicated VRAM?  The video card is what is concerning me.

I have an Auto-CAD .dwg that I would like to edit in Visio 2016.  I can convert it but the only thing I can do is move the entire layer with walls and tanks instead of individual shapes.  I've checked witht he person who created this and they assured me the .dwg is not locked and is editable.  Ultimately I would like to be able to move around the shapes to see if there is a better configuration.

Any help would be appreciated.
Dear Experts,

I have some 2D lines as sewer lines in AutoCAD. I have a 3D terrain surface in AutoCAD Civil 3D. Can I project those lines as per Civil 3D terrain? Then I have to extrude the sewer as per terrain profile.

Is it possible? If possible, how to do that?

Soumen Roy
Any idea how to print all drawings in a DWG file ?


My client's one year old plotter is printing vertical lines with every print job (see included picture)

Have replaced printhead (pf03) and maintenance cartridge with no improvement

Ant ideas ?


CAD/Architecture Software

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations. CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector-based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

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