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Inside General CADD Pro contains the following chapters and appendices: Each chapter is in a single file. Downloads are availabe in PDF format only. You need Acrobat (free from Adobe) to view and print the chapter files.
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About General CADD Pro. The Goals for General CADD. Inter-CAD compatibility. Program Features. The Lineage of General CADD. Generic CADD. Visual CADD. General CADD. An Interview with Carl Ransdall. Numera Software. Ransdell & Brown. About the Author.
1: The Guided Tour
Starting General CADD Pro. General CADD’s User Interface. Drawing Filename Menu Bar. Toolbars. Main Toolbar. Snaps Toolbar. Draw Toolbar. Cursor. Prompt Lines. Status Information. Video Menu. Mouse Buttons. Function Keys. Customizing Overview . User Interface. Macros. Menu. Toolbars. Function Keys. Hatch Patterns. Linetypes. Other Customizing Files. Folder Structure.
2: Setting Up the Drawing
Preparing for Drawing the Yard. Setting Units. Turning On Grid and Snap. Working with Layers. The Layer Manager. Naming Layers. Drawing the Yard Boundary. Understanding the Coordinate Display.ving the Environment and the Drawing. Exiting General CADD.
3: Drawing with Tracking & Snaps
the Drawing. Thumbnail Preview. Tracking, Snaps, and Ortho Mode.
Tracking. Snaps. Ortho Mode. Drawing a Rectangular Outline. Adding
Fillets and Mirrored Copies. Drawing Fillets. Making Mirror Copies.
Saving a Backup.
4: Plotting the Drawing
Printing the Drawing. Print
Preview. Print Options. Optional Print Options. Plotting the Drawing.
Plot Preview. Plot Options. Customizing Plotter Configurations.
5: Adding Details
Drawing a Bezier Curve. Radial Arrays
and Components. Creating a Radial Array. Making a Component. Placing
Components. Drawing an Ellipse. Applying a Hatch Pattern. Changing
the Look of Lines. Changing Objects. Changing the Length of Lines.
Stretching the Ellipse. Moving the Pond. Measuring Area.
6: Changes & Edits
Changing Line Properties. Changing the Line Weight and Color. Measuring the Fence.
7: Placing Text
Adding Notes to the Drawing. Specifying
Text Settings. Determining the Height of Text. Converting Fonts.
Setting Text Parameters. Placing Text in the Drawing. Changing the
Look of Text. Changing Fonts. Editing Text. Other Text Tricks.
8: Adding Dimenions
Dimensions in General CADD. Setting
Up Dimensions. Placing Dimensions in the Drawing. Selecting Partitioned
Dimensions. Placing Partitioned Dimensions. Placing Vertical Dimensions.
Placing Aligned Dimensions. Placing Radial Dimensions.
9: Menu Command Reference
About This Reference. Index of Menu commands. Modifiers. Missing Commands. File Menu. Edit Menu. Quick Edits Menu. Draw Menu. Text/Fills/Hch Menu. Snaps/Trims Menu. Settings Menu. Component Menu. Zooms Menu. Layer Menu. Dimensions Menu. Utilities Menu. Help Menu.
10: Other Command Reference
Commands not found on the menu bar. Inactive Commands. Multiline. Cursor Related. Bezier. Text. Attributes. Viewports. Dimensions. User Interface. Digitizer. Miscellaneous.
11: Macro Programming
Looking at Macro Assignments.Function Key Assignments. Mouse Buttons Assignments. Assigning Commands to Function Keys. Running Batch Files. Rerunning Batch Files. Looking at a Batch File. Saving the Drawing as a Batch File. Understanding the Batch File Content. Writing Command-Option Macros. Example Macros. File Related. Display Related. Text Related. Cursor Related. Coordinates Related. What if Your Macro Fails? Employing Metacharacters. @ Point. ~ Input. # Exit . ! Enter. ++ Toggle On and -- Toggle Off . [ ] Highlight. | Continue. System and User Variables.Reading System Variables. User Variables. Zeroing User Variables. Global Variables. Running the Debugger — or Viewing Variables in Real-time. Advanced Macro Programming. Controlling the Display. /MSP. /PMT. /CIN. /XMD. /CHD. System Functions. /SYS. /DEF. /SEL. /EXT. /GEO. /SHE. /APX. /SHOWVARS. /WB. /BEEP. String Functions. /STR,L. /STR,S. /STR,C. /STR,U. Logic Operations. /IF. Conditionals. /GOTO .Labels. Math Operations. Using Arithmetic Functions. Using Algebraic Functions. Using Nested Functions. Using Trigonomic Functions. Really, Really Advanced Stuff. Entity Operations. /CEL. /LST. /EEX. /DEL. Readin’ and ’Riting Files. FD. /FOP. /FRD. /RST. /FWR. /FCL. Entity Identification Tables. Entity ID Table. 24: Text String Code Table. 32: Component Code Table. 62, 62, 64, 65: Linear, Angular, Radial, Diameter Dimension Code Table. 66: Leader Code Table.
12: Customizing General CADD
Customizing Linetypes. Looking at the Definition. Creating Linetypes with a Text Editor. Line 1: Header. Line 2: Data. Testing a New Linetype. Customizing Hatch Patterns. Where Do Hatch Patterns Come From? Creating Custom Hatch Patterns. Line 1: Header. Line 2: Data. Tips on Creating Pattern Codes. Customizing Fonts. Customizing Plotter Configurations. Customising Video Menus. Video Menu Format. Linking Pages. Configuration Files.
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A: Importing AutoCAD Drawings. Describes how translation works; list all AutoCAD objects and tables that General CADD imports (1) correctly; (2) partially; and (3) not at all. Covers the IM and CT commands.
B: Exporting Drawings to AutoCAD. Describes how to export a drawing in AutoCAD format, and which General CADD objects export correctly to AutoCAD. Covers the XP command.
Updated! C: Command Reference by Noel Browning. Lists all General CADD Pro commands and options in alphabetical order. Includes menu items, and a cross-reference with commands in Generic CADD and 3D Concepts.
D: Linetypes by Noel Browning. Lists all the linetypes included with General CADD, including those compatible with AutoCAD and Generic CADD.
E: Colors by Noel Browning. Lists the 256 colors that General CADD works with.
F: Pull-down Menus by Noel Browning. Lists the content of all pull-down menus.
Free downloads! Each .gxd file is the state of the tutorial drawing at the end of a chapter, and can be used at the start of the next chapter. For example, Chapter-2.gxd is the tutorial at the end of Chapter 2, and can be used to start Chapter 3.
Macro programming tutorial files for Chapter 12:
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