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From time to time you are going to be presented with data in a non-graphical form (spreadsheet, CSV, TXT, XML etc.) that you want to overlay on to your drawing so you can visualise it. A common example is some type of cross country pipe run, or pipe network (Geothermal steam, oil & gas, storm water). This type of information is usually provided as an export from a GIS, or a survey based CAD application. To initially view, you may use a text editor, or spreadsheet application.
Having problems installing BricsCAD on your machine, or getting strange un-repeatable type errors?Â Rakesh Rao recently posted this suggestion to try Installing BricsCAD as Administrator. Like my previous post on entering your BricsCAD License, this isn't necessarily an issue with BricsCAD, but something that can occur with any application you are installing on a Windows 7 / Vista machine.
I often have users ask if a command exists in Bricscad. Quite often it does, but it is not listed anywhere on the standard menus. Of course the stalwarts out there will simply type the command in, but if you would rather point and click, then the Tool Palette offers a quick and easy way to place the commands you want at your finger tips. The following video demonstrates how you can add a command to the Tool Palette.
Some useful features in Bricscad can be found hidden away. One of those is the ability to align blocks on insertion from the Drawing Explorer. The following video shows how to access this feature, and demonstrate what it does.
Changing sheet sizes, title blocks and notes on a drawing can be a real pain. However if you make use of templates and layouts you can greatly reduce the effort that is involved.
It is very common to make use of blocks in drawings. Managing and maintaining all these symbols can be a real pain. This post on the Bricsys Blog goes through some of the features recently introduced with Bricscad V12.2, that make managing blocks a whole lot easier.
There will be times when Bricscad may act strangely, or you have changed a setting that stops Bricscad from working. In these situations, creating a new user profile can be useful to reset your user settings to their defaults.
Have you ever received a drawing from someone, but on opening the drawing find that most of it is missing, because it uses xrefs? Or you want to print the drawing, but don't have the pen configuration file that they used? Do you send files to clients, only to have them call and say they need you to save the drawing to an earlier DWG version, because they can't open it?
I often have users talk to me about their frustration of working with images on their drawings. They complain of having to repeatedly use SCALE, ROTATE, and MOVE to position their image correctly relative to drawing objects, and also find that the image can get in the way during the process. There is an easier way! You can use ALIGN to manipulate your image into place in one go, and can split your modelspace into two using the VPORTS command. Working in combination they make positioning your image a breeze.
It's fairly common when working with drawings to use special characters and symbols with text, such as Âº, Ã¸ ,Â±. The most common ones can be simply inserted from by picking on the symbol button in the MTEXT editor.