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  1. Now, I am not an ADT user, but.... Especially when sharing with 'regular' AutoCAd ussrs, is the not a option to export or save as "plain autocad' (No, I'm sure that is not the correct phrase/function). Such an export is normall used when Autpdesk object enableres are not available. This may help in the case of Architectural Objects Jim
  2. While not a VW user ( :cry:), I am an A***CAD user, would be glad to look at these drawings - if apptopriate - and offer my 'informed' 2 cents worth..... if you care... jim(dot)longley(at)abitibibowater(dot)com
  3. Someone is sure to ask, or should - IS this Vista Business 64(bit). Otherwise, Vista (32) will only see/use 3GB or there abouts
  4. AutoCAD 2009 1.26GB Download (zipped) - expands to 3.5GB for installation files. Final application install is 750 MB. So.... just how big is Vectorworks? - zipped?? Point is, it is and can be done JimL
  5. oldguy

    AutoCAD 2008

    Though not a free workaround.... If conversions and version compatiblility were issues, one workaround could involve installing asa Windows Virtual Machine (VM ware or Parallels) and running Autodesk's DWGTureView. This gives you a "true" DWG Viewer and Plotting *AND* included DWg Convert to save back to AutoCAD 2004 format.
  6. When I import a dwg it maintains all the info. * Mostly, unless, for example, any Xref?s a Clipped I don't need to retrace over acad lines or anything? are you talking about dimensions, or the layers? they don't translate? All this seemed to work impressively well in my limited demo use You can indeed work with Acad reasonably well, based on my brief experience with VW 12 Demo - can not fluidly edit a file back and forth. Example: (and this is a limitation for me, as per question posed at outset) Importing and AutoCAD drawing with Xref's (not bound), VW does a fine job a preserving the visually fidelity. It effectively binds the Xrefs. Problem with 2-waying a drawings like this is, if I were to send you, for example, a drawing to edit for me ? a drawing that required one or more xref?s to provide context. I would expect to have returned to me my drawing as sent (but with edits) ? without My Xrefs having been bound in. I would have expected to load your edits and have AutoCAD insert the Xref?s that (the ?originals?) were still on my computer. Does that make any sense??? (Does to me ) Second, VW (as of VW12) would not clip the Xref?s if they had been clipped in the originating DWG. This one can have a large impact visual impact on the resulting import as compare to the same drawing printed from AutoCAD. The ultimate answer, If one needs to edit and faithfully roundtrip a DWG, you need AutoCAD. If you are the originator of your own work you can dictate your own CAD needs. VW fills the Bill!. Not ?perfect? imports, but allows ?you? to obtain useable CAD data to reduce your own work load. Capable enough that you can share your VW data with others. Needless to say, if I were contracting out to you to edit ?your? VW drawing you would/should expect nothing less back than that which you sent for changes ? including classes and (VW)layers either intact or added too depending on nature or scope of work I were to do for you Am I ranting on? Sorry.
  7. I'll chip in my $0.02 CDN (now worth an actual $0.02) I use, still do, AutoCAD. I consider Vectorwork as viable MAc-Based CAD system. I do not use VW, because I need to work on other's AutoCAD files - not simply exchange info, but must edit "their" dwg file - in tact. Each release moves VW closer (and this may be a bad thing for tried and true VW users) to being aa "AutoCAD Editor". Viewports (release 11??) was a big step. The whole WorkGroup referenceing improvements in 2008 (near as I can tell, as I have not yet sought a demo from Canadaina reseller) seems to bring closer the whole AutoCAd X ref thing. The object for myself (a narrow view at best) would be able to round trip a dwg without any appearent lose (from the AutoCAD user's perspective) in Viewports, Page Layouts and References (both DWG Xref and Image Inserts) For example, when I return and AutoCAd dwg to it's owner (so-to-speak) I do not want the Xref's to have been 'bound', but only return the parent dwg. The Owener, on opening, should have any recent Xref load from own system (unless, of course, I required to make changes in those as well, in whcih case, they too would have been returned - as separate files) IS VW 2008 a major upgrade was the question. Was it complelling? From what I observe, YES Was/Is it enough for my particular situation/work flow? - Not yet. I a wait VW 2009 with anticipation JimL PS Oops! Missed Rotate Plan View (??) Another biggy for the AutoCAD converter Hummm, maybe VW 2008 1/2 One other suggestion for NNA You have (had?) an VW for AutoCAD User publication - make it free to download. Short of a demo version, this might be the next best way for us low life AutoCAD users to understand HOW we can transition.
  8. Perhaps a couple of other differences.. DWG is a binary file, hence much more compact, as versus the DXF which is ASCII text, and therefore much more bloated in size. "Why use DXF?". Theoretically, mind you, the programming to convert DXF to 'what-ever' is done within a full documented format - not a reversed-engineered one. For more educational reading on DXF (NOT!) see http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/2007/04/autocad_2008_dx.html Happing reading
  9. For the record - Yes, it can X-ref into PaperSpace JimL Using AutoCAD 2004 (Pardon my language, plese)
  10. If you receive a DWG from and are suspicious of the version, refer to this webpage for determining the file version. ?Open? the dwg file with a text file editor and you will see something like: "AC1018 L L ? ...etc etc" In this case, the dwg file is a so-called AutoCAD 2004 format drawing (as it format change was introduced with AutoCAD 2004 and was subsequently used in 2005 and 2006 The next change in format occurring with AutoCAD 2007. Quite possible this may end up being referred to as the AutoCAD 2007 format file ? especially if the newly announced AutoCAD 2008 uses the same binary file format
  11. Leave to the government to be on different platforms Both applications should be able to co-exist if the will exists. It would be more difficult if one were exchanging file with different independant companies. However (the 'will") with in the same "firm" - level of government it could be simple First Standards: if all department could agree a a set of CAD standards, then each (AutoCAD/ Vectorworks User) would know what to expect from the other (when importing/exporting) Example" Colours?penWeights, Acad Layers,VW Classes And yes, sadly, each may have to consider the "limitations" of the other, and agree not ot use such features for drawing file that will go back-and-forth. JImL
  12. For those Vectorwork users on the Windows platform (Or Mac users with Bootcamp and/or Parallels) you could download the free DWG TrueConvert and save yourself the trouble of asking the 'supplier' to Save As. See DWG TrueConvert
  13. If I may be of assistance, I do consider myself a somewhat knowledgable AutoCAD user. If DWG file in question does not contain ang "classified" information I would be glad to have a look at it and comment Forward to longleyje at bowater.com Jim L
  14. The Drawing Web Format is just that, a format primarily for web viewing. Even with some 3rd party apps that run inside AutoCAD that will import DWF, you do not get an "intelegent" dwg. That is, for example, Text is not text, but is a collection of line/arcs that "look Like" text ('till you try to edit with text editor). Possible work around, at least on Windows platform (unless you can find a Mac DWF viewer) is: Download/install Autodesk free DWF viewer. Install/Configure an Encapsulated Postscript capable print/Adobe Distiller and print to file, creating an ".eps" file. I do believe VW will import an eps file, but have no idea as to quality of the import
  15. quote: Originally posted by Travis: Armstrong is mostly right. . .which is first cousin to being "mostly dead". (A reference to a very funny scene from the greatest movie ever made: Princess Bride) Sometimes with printing, you need a miracle from MiracleMax, or at least assistance from the Man in Black "As You Wish"
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