We are occasionally asked why our products don’t directly import point ascii files.

Keep in mind that TXT/ASC files can contain anything (even the paragraphs of this post content) so we process it differently.  We have a Point > File > Convert Text which handles any text file, regardless of the delimiter.  It lets you preview the content, specify the delimiter and column order then parse the results into a defined point format.

If your ascii files are P,N,E,Z,D you can simply change the extension to .AUF and the program would read the files directly.

Recent versions of AutoCAD change the default behavior of newly created Mtext objects.  After creation you can’t change the Width in the Properties dialog!  Users often want to set the width to 0.0.

For existing Mtext objects, change the Columns setting (just below the width) to “No Columns”.  You will have to commit this change by pressing ESC, then reselect the Mtext to be able to change the width.

To restore previous behavior for all newly created Mtext, change the MTEXTCOLUMN to 0 in your current (and prototype) drawing.

Windows users often ignore their TEMP folder.  It’s a junkyard where old files (and folders) live even though the application that created them has long since been shut down.  Well behaved applications keep track of the files they create there and remove them on completion of the task.  However sometimes applications crash, or they just aren’t programmed to clean up after themselves.

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Please keep your download information!  You have just paid money for something intangible, why throw away the ability to re-obtain it?  If you fear it might be purged from your email, copy the information and paste it into a text file, stored in a special folder.

Second, assume that what you have downloaded is only good for the present.  If you keep the installable MSI/EXE, the file you are keeping is likely to be revised at any time, even the next day.  While you certainly can keep the executable, do not assume it’s still good a year or two later.  Unless the install was downloaded very recently, always go back to your purchase information and download the latest build of it.

In summary, keep your download and always download the latest build of the add-on you purchased before you install it.

The Coordinate System Select dialog has been improved.  The system location panel is now a floating map viewer, when you select a system from the list it will zoom to the extents of the selected system.  This allows closer examination of the extents of the system, not just the location on a global map.  The rectangular coordinate system area is now filled to make it easier to see.

While the view is displayed, these controls are available.

  • Use the mouse wheel to scroll the map in/out.
  • Press the left mouse button and drag to pan the map as needed.

 

Lower Your Expectations

When the CAD user looks at a PDF file in a viewer, (especially if the PDF is crisp) they see objects, intelligent objects.  They see dimensions, block inserts, text and more.  What they do not realize is that PDF files cannot contain these objects.

A PDF is not a DWG, it is a popular plot file format.   The only content in a PDF is images, paths and text.   There is not even a circle object in a PDF file, it must be represented as four bezier curves.

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