Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Macro recorder - potential problem in AutoCAD 2009

CAD Forum alerts to a potential problem in names of action macros. See "Be careful when naming AutoCAD action macros".

Do not give AutoCAD users too much freedom...

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The CAD Prophecy

Another try to replace AutoCAD - The Prophecy. I am very skeptical about this. There were lots of commercial attempts and some half-hearted open source attempts to make this, but all failed. In my opinion the CAD market does not generate enough passion to replace AutoCAD. The original product is too good and too cheap (speaking about LT). Both commercial development and enthusiasts' efforts make little sense in this situation.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Free JPEG2000, ECW and MrSID image support for AutoCAD

We have received an archive of old paper drawings scanned to a .JP2 format. It took us some time to find out it is a "JPEG 2000" raster format but unfortunately AutoCAD does not seem to support this type of images. We were prepared to convert the files to another, AutoCAD-supported format but then I have found a neat trick.

If you install the free Raster Design Object Enabler for AutoCAD, it not only enables objects coming from the "Raster Design" add-on, but also - as a side-effect - adds many new raster formats to the standard AutoCAD IMAGE and IMAGEATTACH commands. So with this simple enabler you learn your AutoCAD new formats, including JPEG 2000, ECW, MrSID and other useful raster formats.

Raster Design Object Enabler is available for AutoCAD 2009, 2008, 2007 - and probably also for other, older versions - I have not tested the older ones.

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