Feature Overview

The ability for the PowerDWG Translator to automatically map PowerCADD fill patterns in a drawing to hatch patterns when saving (writing) out a DWG file.

Feature Description:

Those of us who have been around the block and using PowerCADD (and PowerDRAW) might remember a feature in the PowerDRAW Translator application. This was a separate application used to translate PowerDRAW files to DXF? in those days but it had a great feature: the ability let the user map their Mac OS? X fill patterns to any hatch pattern they liked.

The feature was actually part of the plot driver technology and it worked great, except for one flaw: it wouldn't look inside of groups.

We'd like to see that feature brought back and improved upon. Let the user map their PowerCADD fill pattern to a hatch pattern when writing a DXF or DWG File?. The objects fill pattern, whether in a group or symbol or an independent entity in the drawing, would be converted when saving the DWG file so it opens in AutoCAD with a hatch pattern instead.

There is some discussion here about the AutoCAD Wipeout feature that could also apply in this case. But our thought in bring this old feature back to the future is the technology is already there and maybe that will make for an easier start point and lay the foundation to build upon. Were also going to more digging into that AutoCAD feature since there may be silver lining in there too!

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Carried Over to PowerCADD 9 Wish List

Sadly this didn't make it into PowerCADD 8.0 released March 2008. We can always hope for a rolling update to PowerCADD v8, but until then we've moved this to the PowerCADD v9 wish list section. The poll is still open so cast your vote or post a comment (must be registered and logged into vote and post comments)

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