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Issue #13, 26 November 2009

Official CAD International Newsletter

DRCAuto - G L D'Arcy Pty Ltd
in Liquidation

G L D'Darcy Pty Ltd, creators of Smart Architect, LiSP enablers for AutoCAD LT and other CAD utility software has ceased trading and on 14th December 2009 went into liquidation.

A variety of unfortunate events over the past several years including the untimely death of its founder Gary D'Arcy, the subsequent ill health of his widow and the loss of key staff, provided the director/s of the company little option but to take this course of action.

Our heart and best wishes go out to the late Gary D'Arcy's family who have suffered a great deal of emotional trauma in recent times.

There are thousands of users all over the world who have invested in products such as SmartArchitect, SlingShotMAX, SlingShot3D, LTTKMax, SuperTools, ToolKit, StrucPLUS, ArchiOfficeLT, BestCAD, Land4, MechQ, NitroCAD, QuickBar and SurvaCAD who will be affected by this event and whom we expect will have a prayer of hope and support.

In a bid to assist the family and clients using these powerful tools CAD International has successfully negotiated to purchase the IP of the company and assist clients to benefit from the legacy left behind by Gary and his company. More...

For new Authorisation Codes contact support@cad.com.au

It is important to understand that CAD International is not liable for nor responsible for any agreement or licensing arrangement, actual or implied between the customer and former company, its agents or representatives.


Moving Your License


Unlicense your RealCAD based software BEFORE disposing of your machine, reformatting your hard drive or upgrading your operating system !!!

Replacement license keys are no longer issued without the unlicense procedure.

Here's what to do...
1.
Install the latest cad.exe file
2. Run the software and select Help>About from the menu
3. Select the Unlicense button and follow the instructions - saving the licenseinfo.dat file that it creates to your desktop.
4. Email the licenseinfo.dat file as an attachment to support@cad.com.au with your request for a new license Key (Even if the software reports it has sent this email automatically send it manually anyway)

Your request will be processed and you will receive an email with further instructions on re-licensing your 'new machine'.

Note there is a fee for reissuing keys to non-subscribers.


Get into the Right Habit

I has been said that 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks', but we beg to differ. If you have a big enough reason to change bad habits into good ones, you will, and the current pricing makes it a 'no brainer' - from $99.

Our CAD-Level-1, 2 and 3 online courses will teach you things you didn't know about how to use your RealCAD based software and may well be just the thing to break an old habit and replace it with a new improved, better, faster, funner(r) way of doing things!

Whilst on the topic of learning a better way, have you considered reading the manual It's chock full of great reading material and it's free.


Designer Down Under

If you are an Australian user of 'Designer Pro v8 or v9 then download our template to install a more "down under" friendly startup file that contains Australian wall types and correct Australian Std brick wall hatch pattern etc.

Download and Save this Profilem.plan file to your .../My Documents/Home Designer Pro x.0 Data/Templates/ folder of your PC.

Overwrite the file of the same name that's already in the folder. Next time you start a new metric drawing the software will use this new file as the template.


Don't Get Caught

It is amazing how few people know the consequences of running illegal software. If caught the fines can often cripple a company and bring it to its knees. Autodesk in particular have been very successful at bringing hefty prosecution to corporates large and small who have either wittingly or unwittingly installed 'copies' of their software throughout their organisation.

"...the message is, get legal"

If you are running an illegal copy of any CAD software, now is the right time to avoid getting caught and it may not be as expensive as you thought - in fact we can legalise you with current versions of CAD from as little as $495. It pays to be running legal software. Contact Celine


SketchUp 2 RealCAD

Expand your 3D modelling by leveraging from thousands of 3D models available in the Google 3D Warehouse. Install RealCAD's new SketchUp file importer and convert any SketchUp model into a RealCAD one complete with texture mapping...

Then you can work on the model directly inside RealCAD or LANDWorksCAD to produce composed drawings, elevations, sections and 3D views just as if you had modelled it directly in CAD. (You will of course need the 3D version of the CAD software to make use of this new tool).

The SketchUp to CAD translator is available to all subscription users ($165 plus admin $33). Call or email to order.

More good news - you do not need to have SketchUp itself in order to import SketchUp models from the 3D Warehouse.


StrucPLUS News

With the advent of Windows 7, AutoCAD 2010, 64 bit Operating Systems and Bricscad v10, we have developed a new installer and updates for the StrucPLUS software range.

Be sure you have the correct StrucPLUS version to suit your CAD system and your operating system and version.

New updates are also available for StrucPLUS plug-ins such as Pre-Cast Panel Detailer.

Warning! StrucPLUS is NOT compatible with AutoCAD LT running on Windows 7 (This is due to the LiSP enabler we purchase from DRCAuto not being compatible with Windows 7)

StrucPLUS is NOT compatible with AutoCAD LT 2010 latest update discs (This is due to the LiSP enabler again not being compatible with something in the latest discs from Autodesk)

You can apparently only tell which version of AutoCAD LT 2010 you have by looking at how many DVD's were supplied to you. If you have AutoCAD LT 2010 on ONE DVD then StrucPLUS will work. If you have AutoCAD LT 2010 supplied on TWO DVD's then StrucPLUS will not work!


Flamingo Upgrade Sale

We are overstocked with Flamingo v2 upgrades and are doing a 'run out' special.

Normally this upgrade of Flamingo v1 to v2 for Rhino3D v4 is $395 but we are selling remaining stock at $249 plus $33 shipping.

Here's what's new in v2

Don't miss out - Be quick and give yourself a Christmas present.


Keep an Eye Out for Panel-Mate
 Currently under development and soon to be released (before Christmas) is Panel-Mate. Panel-Mate will model anything that can be made from panels or slab-like forms such as kitchen, bathroom and architectural cabinetry. It will provide complete cutting lists and manufacturing drawings too. So if you design or model cabinets of any description this tool will prove to be invaluable. You can even use Panel Mate to model walls, floors and roofs of buildings too. Register your interest

Teachings of Zen
  • Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow.. In fact, just piss off and leave me alone.
  • Sex is like air. It's not that important unless you aren't getting any.
  • No one is listening until you fart.
  • Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.
  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
  • If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.
  • If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
  • Some days you are the bug; some days you are the wind screen.
  • Don't worry; it only seems kinky the first time.
  • Good judgment comes from bad experience ... and most of that comes from bad judgment.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • There are two excellent theories for arguing with women - Neither one works.
  • Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
  • Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
  • We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our ass ... then things just keep getting worse.
  • Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

RealCAD Users...

 ...Did you know that if you double-click the middle mouse wheel without dragging the mouse or rolling the wheel you can perform a 'Zoom- Fit'?

...Did you know that if you hold down the Alt key and left mouse button drag you invoke the Magic Eraser?

...Did you know that if you Hold down the Alt + Ctrl Keys and drag over linear entities it will select / deselect them?

...Did you know that no piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times?

...Did you know you can draw parallelograms (leaning rectangles) by turning off 'square corners' in the Insert Rectangle command.


Coffee $3.50, Subscription 0.53c

 Its that time of year again and many of you will be receiving your invoices from us for annual software subscription for 2010.

We have again held the price down for most products to around 53c per day! This price hasn't changed for three years and represents the best value support system in the industry.

CAD International's CEO Nigel Varley puts the price of the subscription into perspective -

"You can't even buy a cup of coffee for the price of subscription. It represents fantastic value and clients love having an expert at their fingertips"

Half price upgrades on most products is very attractive too, especially now that Windows 7 has arrived and may need your CAD software to be upgraded to be fully compatible.

If you haven't already received your offer for support contact Celine now by email.


Playing Around in 3D

Experience the fun world of 3D modelling and enrol in CAD-Level-3.

Learn to model full 3D objects and assemblies. This is a great start for anyone who wants to expand their view of life and venture into a virtual 3D world!

You will need to have completed CAD Level 1 and 2 or be a competent RealCAD based software user.

Contact Celine in head office to start now.


Flat Out

For a short time a utility application that flattens ruled surfaces in RealCAD into a plot-ready cut-ready flat pattern is available FREE for subscription members



Spin Out

Creates 3D spirals in RealCAD Pro using this simple spiral creation application. Spring in to this one - Free for subscription members only.


Exploded Text

One of the little known tools in RealCAD is the ability to select Text and Explode it into an outline of the original text.

The outline is made of simple lines, arcs and curves and can be edited easily and filled in with Surface Planes. It can then also be cut out of any material using RealCAD/ CAM module.

Try it. Select the desired text, then select the Explode Command.


Windows 7- Yipee!

We have been struggling with Windows Vista for a very long time. It has cost thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours trying to sort out issues that surfaced only when users installed Vista on their machines.

At first glance it would appear Windows 7 works - Yipee! It looks and feels much the same as Vista but seems to perform faster and with less down-time from system crashes. Windows 7 hasn't been out long enough for us to say that it's fantastic but so far so good.

A word of warning - if you are upgrading your machine from Vista or XP to Windows 7 you MUST UNLICENSE your CAD software before installing the new operating system.

Also, you will be required to place your working files into a different folder than before and your program files in a different folder again.

If you are a CAD International support subscriber, contact us for advice about upgrading.


Blow by Blow Demo

Watch LandworksCAD in action and follow the process of creating your very first drawing from start to finish.

Watch as the demonstrator runs you through importing a drawing from Autocad, cleaning it up and adding his own personal landscape design. Then add hard and soft landscaping elements, labelling and even insert photographs in the drawing.

Finally you can even check out how to print your drawing ready to email to a client. Then if you still have time check out the 3D continuation of the demo

If you've been using LANDWorksCAD for a while or are just thinking of purchasing then check it out.


Read the Manual !

Did you know that RealCAD and LANDWorksCAD has a really comprehensive Reference Manual hidden under the Help menu?

Do yourself a favour and get into it. It's a great read for those who want to get more from their software and it answers many of the commonly asked support questions.


Costing and BOM Application

There is now a new and very useful costing application that runs with RealCAD based software. This simple to use tool allows a master sheet of costs, ID codes and descriptions to be applied to Figures in your drawings and then from this master list is generated a complete bill of quantities complete with related costs in CSV format so you can use it directly or import it into Excel or your favourite quoting software.
Items in your drawing can also be grouped (categorised) For instance, you may be costing electrical equipment and need to break it up into rooms or floor levels, or you may be costing plants and want to group them into regions.

This is a powerful, inexpensive add-on application available to subscription users . Call for details on how to purchase.


New! RealCAD Draft

 Want a fully featured professional CAD software under $500? RealCAD Draft is here.

RealCAD Draft replaces all our former entry level CAD software products and is also the perfect tool if you are looking for additional CAD licenses in your office to view, print and edit drawings produced in other RealCAD software products such as RealCAD LT, RealCAD Pro or RealCAD Complete.

Check out the Matrix to what's included


Bricscad v10

Bricscad v10 is now available for download. If you have an earlier version and would like to upgrade please let us know so we can advise you of the cost.

Still paying big money to keep your AutoCAD up to date? Seriously consider moving to Bricscad. You won't find a more familiar more compatible product.


Get Real America
If you're in America you'll know there's a big media campaign running in the US at the moment and the catch phrase is "Get Real America" - Well, we couldn't have said it better ourselves - so when you're next getting CAD software get RealCAD, the best professional CAD program for America and the World.

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