I work for a construction company that uses a software package that can
export its job files in dxf format. We want to open these jobs in AutoCAD
to dimension them. Besides the dimensioning, we also want to be able to
drop in certain premade graphics- tubs, sinks, etc. In the end, we need to
be able to send a .plt file to send to the reprographic guys.
I have had access to Architectural Desktop to make a few trial runs- it
works great. My company wants to get something similar for ourselves, which
leads to my question- which AutoCAD product do I need? I have tried to make
sense out of what's available. I will never need the solid modeling, so I
am looking at the LT version at the high end of the price scale. The low
end of the scale seems to be Autosketch. Will Autosketch r8 fulfill my
My requirements are:
1)open dxf files
2)ability to dimension- with Architectural Desktop, I opened the dxf,
dimensioned it, saved it as dwg, and made a plt file to send to the printer.
3)ability to drop in other graphics files. What I tried in my trial run was
to drop in a jpg logo. We have premade graphics from suppliers, etc., that
I would like to be able to use.
All comments and suggestions appreciated- thanks!
Hola, Autocad folks!
I work for a construction company. A software packae we use can export
its job files in dxf format. It also happens that we receive dwg files on
occasion from architects, etc. I have had access to Architectural
Desktop, but that was a temporary situation that is coming to a close. I
am looking for advice on the least expensive solution I can purchase. I
have only a passing familiarity with Autocad products, so I haven't been
able to really tell which one will suit me best.
-open dxf and dwg files.
-ability to dimension dxf/dwg and save the results as dwg
-ability to drop in premade graphics similar to [Insert raster image]
command inArchitectural Desktop.
-ability to generate plot files to send to the
Things I don't need:
-editing dwg/dxf except for the additions of dimensions -any extra
features than what is listed above.
Will Autosketch R8 do all this? If not, is there something that fits in
between Autosketch and one of the LT versions?
Suggestions and comments appreciated. Thanks!
It sounds like even the free (evaluation) version of Intellicad will
do what you need. Even if not, the more "advanced" versions are
Put the "at" in the gap.
You MAY run into some trouble with Desktop's custom objects. Hard for
me to explain, fully, but something worth asking for more advice on in
here. I don't think LT can handle the custom objects that Desktop creates.
I'm sure there are ways to avoid these issues, but depending on your
situation, it may cause you some grief.
(I'm not a user of LT or Architectural Desktop, so I can't give you any
more definitive info.)