the tutorial and customizing e-book by ralph grabowski
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10 January 2003,
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Inside General CADD Pro is an e-book by Ralph Grabowski for those wishing to use General CADD Pro. The e-book can be purchased in PDF format; six appendices and tutorial files are available as free downloads.
This e-book is based on the popular Learn Generic CADD 6.0 in a Day book, originally published by WordWare Publishing (Plano TX). Thank you Noel Browning for suggesting this book project.
This book is a tutorial and a reference:
The book features
ordering the book
To order the 304-page Inside General CADD Pro with its eight-chapter Tutorial and six Appendices:
Free! You can download the Appendices, the .gxd drawing files, and a demo version of the General CADD Pro software at no charge. Click here.
Check or Money Order
Make payable to "upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd."
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General CADD Pro is being developed by some of the original programmers of Generic CADD,which was one of the most popular low-cost software for CAD in the 1980s. (CADD is short for "computer-aided design and drafting.") There was also a Generic 3D program for three-dimensional design.
In 1989, Autodesk purchased Generic CADD, but then abandoned the product four years later when programmers could not convert the program, written in the Pascal programming language, from DOS to Windows. At the time, Generic CADD had 350,000 users.
In the mid-1990s, the original programmers received funding and created a company called Numera Software to write Visual CADD, a Windows program compatible with Generic CADD. Not enough copies were sold, and too much money was spent. The product then bounced from owner to owner -- from Numera to Corel to IMSI (makers of TurboCAD), and finally to TriTools, who continues to support and update VisualCADD.
Now, the original programmers are trying again. General CADD is much more like Generic CADD than Visual CADD was. The General CADD Pro software is now shipping as v1.x for US$495. A trial version of the software can be downloaded free from www.generalcadd.com/downloads -- 3.9MB. Minimum recommended system is Windows 98SE with 128MB RAM.
I welcome your feedback for correcting and improving the text. Send your email to email@example.com
Thank you to these beta testers who contributed corrections and suggestions for improving the book:
q & a
Q: Is General CADD a 2D or 3D program?
A: It is strictly a 2D CAD program.
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Q: Will I be able to use .jpg logos in company borders
in General? Do I have to import and trace them?
A: Importing raster images is planned for Release 2, which is planned for beta in January, 2003. In the meantime, perhaps you can use another program to trace over the logo and save in DXF format.
table of contents & downloads
Click here for detailed table of contents.
part i: tutorial
part ii: command & macro reference
Importing AutoCAD Drawings.
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.
TIP: To download, right-click a filename, and then select "Save target as..."
This book is covered by copyright. As the owner of the copyright, upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. does not give you permission to make electronic or print copies. You may not claim authorship or ownership of any portion of the text or figures.
Here are links to additional resources for General CADD users:
about the author
Ralph Grabowski has authored and co-authored 50+ books on CAD management, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Generic CADD, IntelliCAD, MicroStation, TurboCAD, VDraft, Visio, HTML, and VRML. He is the editor of two e-newsletters, upFront.eZine and IMAGINiT.eZine.
He was editor of the Generic CADD section in CADalyst magazine in the early 1990s, and is author of the book, Learn Generic CADD 6 in a Day (WordWare). He was involved in beta testing General CADD Pro.
Mr Grabowski received his B.A.Sc ('80) degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. He currently works and lives in the beautiful Central Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada.
You can visit his Web site at www.upfrontezine.com.
C opyright 2002 by upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. All rights reserved worldwide.