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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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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.
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Exploring SQL Server 2016: Fundamentals
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Hi,
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.
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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 ?
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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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Hi

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.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rankie-DisplayPort-Adapter-1080P-Converter/dp/B00Z08KW8C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1530694260&sr=8-3&keywords=mini+dp+to+vga

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?
http://www.pny.com/nvidia-quadro-p1000

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
Thanks
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Hi

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.

https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/hardware.html

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.
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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?
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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.
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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!
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Hiding labels on Google Maps / Street View

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

Possible?

Thanks
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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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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.

Thanks!!!
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Hello,
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.
Thanks!
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Any idea how to print all drawings in a DWG file ?

Thx
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Hi

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 ?

thanks
yann
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User wants to get a laptop to use with AutoCad.

I looked at BestBuy, and saw the following specs:

HP - OMEN by HP 17.3" Laptop -
Intel Core i7 -
12GB Memory -
AMD Radeon RX 580 -
1TB Hard Drive

Is the Radeon RX 580 acceptable for AutoCad?


Thanks.
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Dear EE experts,

Good day!
Apologize if we don't know how to explain the subject clearly, we would like to ask for tech advise support on what is the best software program that we can use for our requirement project (simple animate program).
Here's what we would want to happen:
- a software that will show the list of our products (small image only)
- after clicking one product, the image has different parts that can be clicked, including the removing of the product's cover (so the user can see what are the assemblies inside of it.
- inside, will show the parts, and when the user hover to one part, it will show some info such as Date updated, what are the update of it.

Basically, we want it to be animated a bit...

Thank you and hope to hear soon...
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We are looking for the best application to measure and make annotations on PDFs for workers we have in the field with tablets/laptops in the field.
We have in the past used Adobe Acrobat, AutoDesk DWG TruView and AutoDesk Design Review but we wanted to see if there is something better?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Hello Experts - I am looking for software that will allow us to setup custom internal training on AutoCAD and Revit.  We're just now starting to look at various way to do this so I'm not sure I'm going in the right direction yet.  I've seen software in the past where a trainer sets up a session for a specific task in the software but can't recall the name.  A video captures the steps and the user then has to go into the training software and replicate the same steps.  Mouse clicks are captured and the user must follow the same steps in order to proceed to the next lesson.  I would very much appreciate any recommendations on this or other training software that we might use for our intern architects.
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Can any one recommend a free CAD viewer which also allows for very simple editing (just adding labels).  It needs to be able to read dwg files.

Thanks for the help
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Dears,

I am to setup a new office network (1 Server + 5 stations) for new company that is in the CAD business.

They are very much security oriented and their requirements are quite strict.

What is the best way to have a closed down environment ?

These are the constraints I have to "abide by"

1-CAD files should not be able to taken out from the company
2-CAD files are usually big files (300MB / 500MB sometimes more)
3-Users should be able to access their files remotely (VPN/RDP) when travelling
4-Users that use their PC have nothing stored on their PC and CAN NOT save anything on their PC

A normal setup with Windows Server and having the files on the servers does not seem to be enough for me.
A user can open the file that is located on the server and then select save as and save it on his local drive.
Locking down his local drive can lead to problems such as not being able to open his email, write a doc, etc...

On the other side, having them remotely connecting to the Server , I am not sure that applications like AutoCAD, PTC Creo ..etc.. can be opened from a server... they require a high end VGA cards.

What to do ?
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I am trying to install autocad 2014 with a network license. When I enter the server IP address I get a message saying you entered the name of a server that does not exist or is currently unavailable on the network.

I can ping the server and I can get to the server through windows explorer. Not sure what the issue is? Any help would be appreciated!
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I bought a laptop so I can run autocad 2017. It came with Windows 7 Pro but I could upgrade to windows 10 if I want to. My question is there any big difference between using windows 7 pro 64bit with autocad 2017 or using Windows 10 64bit with autocad 2017? Would I get better performance with one or the other? Just wondering what people would recommend?
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I am looking to find a good laptop that can run autocad. I have a budget of about $1000 give or take. I have been looking around for a little bit and came across this laptop

 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-17-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-natural-silver/5617100.p?skuId=5617100

It seems to have some pretty good specs for the price. Just wanted a second opinion on how well you think this laptop could run autocad 2d and 3d modeling. If anyone has some recommendations that would be great as well!
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Dear
I have problem when i have tried to print auto cad file using auto desk 2012 that if there is Arabic fonts in the file not print the correctly , fonts appears divers not correct how i can solve this issue , i have tried to print with DWG to pdf , or Adobe PDF , but nothing changed .
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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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