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About the PowerCADD 7 Menus Chapter

This chapter contains hints, tips, techniques and hidden gems on working with menu commands in PowerCADD 7.

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Drawing an Isometric (3D) cube

Question

How can draw an isometric or axiometric cube (or other shapes) in PowerCADD?

Requirements

Any version of PowerCADD and the corresponding most recent Mac OS?
PowerCADD 7 and Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.4 or newer) recommended



Background

PowerCADD's Shear menu item (choose Edit menu > Shear...) let's you create a variety of isometric and axiometric views based on simple plan/section/elevation components.

What to do

quicktime Demo Movie(750KB download) illustrates the steps involved to create a simple '3d' cube. The steps to create more complex shapes are the same and they enable you to create a whole host of isometric, axiometric or even exploded isometric drawings! ( having problems playing the movie? )

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New Print feature in PCD7.0.6

Question

New Printing feature for Layer Opacity? Attributes (transparency).

Requirements

PowerCADD 7.0.6 and Mac OS? X Tiger or Leopard (10.5.2 or newer recommended)



Background

Engineered Software issued an update to PowerCADD 7 bring it up to 7.0.6 as we noted in this article. As part of that general update, there is new feature related to printing of drawings using Layer Opacity settings other than 100%. Adjusting the Layer Opacity is a common technique to reduce the visual impact of content and help increase readability of drawings. However, in the Postscript printing world, transparency effects require the image to be flattened and rasterized (converted to pixels) which can lead to artifacts or a fuzzy looking image for all objects, on all layers, which might overlap with the transparent objects.

This article briefly describes that new feature and how it's intended to help address that printing condition.

What To Do

Choosing File? menu > Print..., then choosing PowerCADD Options opens the dialog pictured above.

Gray Pattern for Dimmed or Transparent Layers is an application wide setting to help address Postscript and PDF? workflows and flattening of transparent objects. Due to limitations in how transparent content is flattened (rasterized) at the operating system level during the Postscript and PDF printing process, the output may appear to become fuzzy or less sharp.

When checked On (enabled) the WYSIWYG? relationship between screen display and printed output is affected for objects with a Dimmed layer status or objects residing on layers with a Layer Opacity setting other than 100%. Filled patterns are not printed, and text, bitmaps and placed objects are printed as if their opacity were 100% (solid); objects on these layers are printed with a gray pen pattern instead. Settings applied for Color printing options in Drawing Setup, Print tab still apply.

When unchecked (off or disabled) the transparency setting set when a layer status is Dimmed or Layer Opacity settings are changed will be applied to all objects when rendered to screen and when printed. In the case of non-postscript printers, leaving this box unchecked (off) is recommended to maintain the WYSIWYG relationship between the screen display and printed output.

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New Replace Font command in PCD7.0.5

Question

How do I replace one font family (e.g. Arial) for another (e.g. Helvetica)?

Requirements

PowerCADD 7.0.5 and Mac OS? X Tiger or Leopard (10.5.2 or newer recommended)



Background

Engineered Software issued an update to PowerCADD 7 for Mac OS X Leopard compatibility as we noted in this article. As part of addressing a font substitution issue in Leopard the update added a new menu item (Text menu > Replace Font...) that appears in all versions of PowerCADD v7.0.5 running in Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.x) and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x). Using the menu item is a snap but we've put together this simple set of instructions just to be thorough.

The uses for this new menu item go beyond addressing the OS X font substitution issue. Imagine being able to globally change your mind after entering all the text in your drawing in one font type, and quickly change it to another. How about changing all the text from an Imported *.DWG? file in one shot. There are several possible uses, all of which are real time savers!

What To Do

Replace Font... allows you globally change one font family to another. For example, you can change all text blocks in your drawing from Geneva to Times.

To use the Replace Font... menu item:

  1. Choose Text Menu > Replace Font...
  2. The Replace Font dialog will open as pictured below.
  3. Font to Find contains a list of all fonts currently used in your document. Click on the first font name in that popup list and selected the desired font that is going to be replaced.
  4. The Replace With list contains a list of all fonts available in Mac OS X. Click on the first font name in that popup list and select the desire font to be used as a replacement.
  5. Click Replace All and all fonts are updated in the drawing.

You might notice a delay in the dialog box opening because it's checking the fonts used in your drawing so it can generate the appropriate Font to Find list. The length of time it takes will vary with the speed of your computer, the number of text blocks in the drawing and how many fonts were used. In simpler drawings it may take only a few seconds to being almost instant. In others it may take 5 to 15 seconds. Be patient, the time it takes to generate the Font to Find is nothing compared to the time it would take to make the change manually in a complex drawing.

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Select objects based on attributes

Question

How do I select objects by color and line weight in PowerCADD? Does this option exist?

Requirements

Mac OS? 9 or Mac OS X : PowerCADD version 1 through version 6
PowerCADD 7 and Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.4 or newer) recommended



Background

PowerCADD's Select Special... in the Edit Menu was intended specifically for what you need to do. Select Special... allows you to select all visible objects on all editable layers by any attribute of Line Weight, Dash pattern, line ends (Arrows), Pen or Fill Color, Pen or Fill Pattern, and/or Object Type, or any combination thereof.

Select Special... works with the Pointer tool's Selection Filter hierarchial fashion to allow the selection of specified object types that bear the specified attribute values.

What To Do

If you do know the specific attribute values you want to match:

  1. Choose Edit Menu > Select Special...
  2. Choose the specific attributes in the dialogue.
  3. Click OK

All objects matching your attribute criteria will be selected.

If you do not know the specific attribute values, but have an object in the drawing that bears those values you wish to match:

  1. Select an object in the drawing that bears the attributes first
  2. Choose Edit Menu > Select Special...
  3. Click Get Object Attr to set attributes to precisely those of the selected object.
  4. Click OK

All objects matching the attribute criteria will be selected.

Notes:

  1. To select only certain object types (example: Lines only) choose Window menu > Selection Filter and set the Selection Filter check box options for Lines only, then use Select Special... as described above.
  2. Ensure Edit ALL is ON to select objects on all visible layers.

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