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    How does one post CAD drawings? The only way I know of to post items on this BB is to print the CAD drawing, take a picture of the drawing, load it into photobucket and then post the IMG code. I would think there is some easier way to post drawings. Appreciate any help.

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    Bill
    Bill

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  • #2
    Many ways,

    Some CAD programs allow you to save to bmp,
    you can hit control print screen and open the clipboard image in something lke Paintshop Pro, Ifranview etc and save as a jpg or png.

    Send the drawing to a pdf printer and save the pdf.

    Good free program here http://www.cutepdf.com/

    You will still have to host the image somewhere like photobucket.

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    • #3
      I post CAD drawings the same way I post pictures, using Photobucket. The native CAD file formats, even AutoCAD's file format, are not suitable for WEB publication so you must save the file in a more friendly format. Most CAD programs allow you to do this. Perhaps the most basic format is the bitmap file (.BMP), but these files are not compressed and can be very large. Another very common file format is the JPEG (.JPG). This is a compressed format and the same picture (drawing) JPEG file can be as small as 1/10 the size of a bitmap file.

      My CAD program allows me to save in it's own native format, in the AutoCAD (.DWG) format or in a bitmap file (.BMP). I save as a bitmap and then open it in the Windows Paint program found in Accessories. Then I save is as a JPEG and upload that to Photobucket. This does produce some artifacts due to the compression, but it is generally good enough for the BB.

      There are file translation programs available that allow you to save a graphics file in almost any other format. They usually cost some nominal anount and you may find one of them useful. I have not tried this as Paint is free and it works.
      Paul A.
      SE Texas

      Make it fit.
      You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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      • #4
        Depending on the CAD systme you can save them as bmp, gif (graphic) or windows metafiles. My Cadkey will save them as all 3, I usually use gif files. Here is a drawing I used to make the thread protector for my 9" South Bend. This is a gif file saved directly from Cadkey.

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        • #5
          No Luck Yet

          Thanks for the replies. I have tried to do as suggested but can not do it. There is no option to pick the extemsion .bmp when I save my CAD file. The only options I have are: .iges, .dxl, .dwg, .sat, .3dm, .stp and .stl. I tried using Paint to open files with the .dxl and .dwg extensions but it didn't recognize them.

          Now what? I'm not very adept at using compters so everything is a big problem.

          Bill
          Bill

          Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

          Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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          • #6
            Do like Sir John said and get a PDF creator programme of some sort. They install like a printer, so instead of saving the file, you "print" it to file instead. Works great.

            Benta.

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            • #7
              If your cad program has an export function, try that instead of save.


              Gary
              Gary Davison
              Tarkio, Mo.

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              • #8
                You can do a "PrtScr" of the CAD screen image. That puts the image onto the Windows clip board.

                Paste that into your photo editing software and size to your needs. Export as .JPG.

                At least that's the way I do it.

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                • #9
                  The pdf printers are the way to go.


                  What CAD program are you using?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BigBoy1
                    Thanks for the replies. I have tried to do as suggested but can not do it. There is no option to pick the extemsion .bmp when I save my CAD file. The only options I have are: .iges, .dxl, .dwg, .sat, .3dm, .stp and .stl. I tried using Paint to open files with the .dxl and .dwg extensions but it didn't recognize them.

                    Now what? I'm not very adept at using compters so everything is a big problem.

                    Bill
                    I agree with John from above, CutePDF works great (I've used it) and its free.

                    Once you've installed it, it looks like an extra printer on your system, so when you got to print something (anything), you can switch from your current printer to CutePDF writer and hit print. Then, instead of spooling the document to your printer, it pulls up a save screen that allows you to save the printed file as a PDF document. It works great! I've even used it to turn web pages into PDF files for archiving. Print the web page as usual, but use CutePDF instead of your printer, and viola - you've got a PDF copy of the page.

                    If all else fails, I'd be happy to try and convert the file for you. If I can open it in Solidworks I can usually get it into PDF format. I've also got Autocad if Solidworks fails.
                    Tyler Youngblood
                    ProjectsInMetal.com

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by DR
                      You can do a "PrtScr" of the CAD screen image. That puts the image onto the Windows clip board.

                      Paste that into your photo editing software and size to your needs. Export as .JPG.

                      At least that's the way I do it.

                      Tried to do it but don't have clue where the Windows clipboard is found and how it works.
                      Bill

                      Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

                      Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by gld
                        If your cad program has an export function, try that instead of save.


                        Gary
                        Gary,

                        There is no export function, only save or save as.
                        Bill

                        Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

                        Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by rancherbill
                          The pdf printers are the way to go.


                          What CAD program are you using?
                          I'm going to down load the software Sir Jhn recommended. I'm using BobCAD as the CAD program.
                          Bill

                          Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

                          Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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                          • #14
                            Success!!!!

                            Thanks to all. I used the Cutepdf to load the drawing below.

                            Bill

                            Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

                            Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks John, Cutepdf worked for me. I never knew how to transfer files electronically from my old version of Microstation
                              Alan

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