BricsCAD for AutoCAD Users V20

BricsCAD for AutoCAD Users V20
اسم المؤلف
Ralph Grabowski
التاريخ
23 يناير 2024
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BricsCAD for AutoCAD Users V20
By Ralph Grabowski
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  1. BRICSCAD FOR AUTOCAD USERS 1
  2. COMPARING USER INTERFACES BETWEEN AUTOCAD & BRICSCAD 35
  3. COMPATIBILITY OF DRAWING ELEMENTS 75
  4. CUSTOMIZING AND PROGRAMMING BRICSCAD . 113
    5.  OPERATING DUAL-CAD DESIGN OFFICES .159
  5. WORKING WITH ADVANCED 3D 187
  6. BRICSCAD FOR BIM . 221
  7. BRICSCAD MECHANICAL & COMMUNICATOR .241
    APPENDICES
    A.  AUTOCAD-BRICSCAD COMMAND CROSS-REFERENCE 267
    B.  SYSTEM VARIABLE CROSS-REFERENCE 297
    C.  KEYSTROKE & BUTTON CROSS-REFERENCE 335
    D. SETTING UP NETWORK LICENSES . 347
    Table of Contents
    AutoCAD-BricsCAD Dictionary xiv
  8. BricsCAD for AutoCAD Users .1
    THE BRICSYS BENEFIT 2
    THE AGONY OF AUTOCAD 2
    THE BUSINESS OF BRICSYS 3
    A Substitute for AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT .4
    24/7 Project Management . 5
    Bricsys Shape: Early-Phase Design Software (Free) 6
    BricsCAD is Not IntelliCAD .6
    THE BRICSCAD ADVANTAGE 7
    MANY FILE FORMATS VS. UNIVERSAL DWG FORMAT . 7
    SPEED .8
    NEAR-IDENTICAL USER INTERFACE 8
    Extra Commands and System Variables .8
    3D Direct Modeling and Constraints . 10
    Artificial Intelligence . 11
    APIS AND CUSTOMIZATION 12
    Examples of Add-ons 13
    No-charge Developer Network . 14vi BricsCAD V20 for AutoCAD Users
    LOWER PURCHASE AND MAINTENANCE PRICES 15
    Keep Your BricsCAD 16
    It Makes More than Cents . 16
    WHAT’S MISSING FROM BRICSCAD? 17
    What’s Missing from AutoCAD 17
    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 19
    RECOMMENDED HARDWARE .19
    About BricsCAD Network Licenses 20
    SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE OPERATING SYSTEMS 21
    Supported Operating Systems 21
    What’s New in BricsCAD V20 . 23
  9. Comparing User Interfaces Between AutoCAD & BricsCAD. 35
    Comparison of User Interfaces 36
    Comparison of User Interface Elements 38
    AUTOCAD AND BRICSCAD START SCREENS . 39
    LAUNCHER DIALOG (BRICSCAD ONLY) 39
    Start Page 40
    COMPARING USER INTERFACES 41
    DIALOG BOXES . 42
    COMPARING ‘:’ AND ‘TYPE A COMMAND’ 44
    Customizing the Command Prompt (BricsCAD only) 44
    PROMPT MENU (BRICSCAD ONLY) . 45
    Controlling the Prompt Menu (BricsCAD only) 45
    Additional Command Options (BricsCAD only) 46
    THE QUAD (BRICSCAD ONLY) 47
    Turning On the Quad . 47
    Displaying Information With the Quad .48
    Editing Properties With the Quad (BricsCAD only) 48
    Editing Entities with the Quad .49
    Drawing With the Quad .50
    COMPARING OPTIONS AND SETTINGS . 51
    TOURING THE SETTINGS DIALOG BOX . 52
    Using Real-time Search . 53
    Opening and Closing Nodes 53
    Change Alerts 54
    Read-only Variables . 55
    Help for Variables 55
    Exporting Settings . 55
    Accessing and Moving BricsCAD Panels 56Table of Contents vii
    COMPARING AUTOCAD PALETTES AND BRICSCAD PANELS 57
    COMPARING PROPERTIES PANELS . 58
    COMPARING MECHANICAL BROWSER AND PARAMETRICS MANAGER . 59
    Structure Panel (BricsCAD Only) 60
    STATUS BAR & OTHER UI DIFFERENCES .61
    COMPARING STATUS BARS .61
    WORKING SETS (BRICSCAD ONLY) .64
    HOTKEY ASSISTANT (BRICSCAD ONLY) . 65
    COMPARING VIEW CUBES 66
    COMPARING SELECTION SETS . 67
    COMPARING DESIGNCENTER & DRAWING EXPLORER 69
    Unified Interface 70
    COMPARING GIZMO AND MANIPULATOR .71
    3D MODELING . 72
    COMPARING BRICSYS 24/7 AND AUTODESK 360 72
    Using 24/7 . 73
  10. Compatibility of Drawing Elements . 75
    Checklist of DWG2018 Entities 77
    DWG 2018 COMPATIBILITY . 78
    HOW WE TEST ENTITY COMPATIBILITY . 78
    Decoding the Legend 78
    Constraints 79
    Dimensions 79
    Dynamic Blocks 79
    Geographic Location 80
    Model Documentation .80
    Multilines . 81
    Proxy Objects . 81
    Sub-d Meshes 81
    Tables . 81
    History of BricsCAD’s DWG Support 82
    Underlays .83
    Visual Styles .83
    MISCELLANEOUS COMPATIBILITY 83
    DWG2018 ENTITY SUPPORT IN BRICSCAD V20 84
    2D ENTITIES .84
    TEXT ENTITIES 87viii BricsCAD V20 for AutoCAD Users
    DIMENSION ENTITIES .88
    GEOMETRIC AND DIMENSIONAL CONSTRAINTS 91
    COMPLEX 2D ENTITIES 92
    3D ENTITIES .94
    COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN PROPERTIES . 99
    LAYER PROPERTY COMPATIBILITY .99
    COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN STYLES 101
    View Detail and Section Styles . 101
    Dimension Styles . 103
    Leader and QLeader Styles . 103
    MText and Text Styles . 104
    Multiline Styles 106
    Multileader Styles 106
    Plot Styles .107
    Section Styles .107
    Table Styles 108
    Visual Styles . 109
  11. Customizing and Programming BricsCAD 113
    Customization Capabilities . 114
    AUTOCAD OPTIONS VS. BRICSCAD SETTINGS 115
    SYSTEM VARIABLES AND PREFERENCES 115
    FILE PATHS . 116
    AUTOCAD CUI VS BRICSCAD CUSTOMIZE .116
    UNDERSTANDING BRICSCAD’S CUSTOMIZATION TREE 117
    How BricsCAD Customizes Menus . 118
    Tutorial: How to Add a Command to a Menu . 118
    TIPS FOR WORKING WITH BRICSCAD CUSTOMIZATION 122
    Q: Which commands can be add to menus, toolbars, and so on? .122
    Q: What’s the difference between “Insert” and “Append”?  123
    Q: What do I do when I mangle a customization? .123
    CREATING A NEW MENU ITEM IN BRICSCAD .125
    Step 1: How to Create Partial Menus in BricsCAD .125
    Step 2: Adding Custom Commands to BricsCAD .127
    About BricsCAD’s Macro Metacharacters .129
    About BricsCAD’s Menu Design Conventions 130
    About Diesel and DCL in BricsCAD 130
    CUSTOMIZING CONTEXT MENUS .130Table of Contents ix
    CUSTOMIZING TOOLBARS . 131
    CUSTOMIZING RIBBON TABS AND PANELS . 132
    CUSTOMIZING KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS 133
    CUSTOMIZING MOUSE BUTTONS & DOUBLE-CLICKS .134
    Double-Click Actions .135
    CUSTOMIZING TABLET BUTTONS AND MENUS .136
    CUSTOMIZING QUICK PROPERTIES .137
    CUSTOMIZING THE QUAD .138
    CUSTOMIZING WORKSPACES .139
    CUSTOMIZING ALIASES AND SHELL COMMANDS . 140
    Shell Commands 140
    CUSTOMIZING TOOLS PALETTES . 141
    Legalities: About Copying Files 142
    OTHER AREAS OF CUSTOMIZATION . 142
    FONTS 142
    TrueType Fonts .142
    SHX Fonts 143
    PFB Fonts 143
    Font Mapping .143
    eTransmit . 144
    LINETYPES AND HATCH PATTERNS 145
    Tutorial: How to Copy AutoCAD .lin and .pat Files to BricsCAD .145
    PLOT STYLES . 146
    Plotter Manager .147
    SUPPORTED FILES 148
    PROGRAMMING CONSIDERATIONS .151
    ABOUT BRX 152
    ABOUT TX .152
    ABOUT .NET (WINDOWS ONLY) .153
    PORTING AUTOLISP TO LISP .153
    BricsCAD Automation Object Model .154
    BricsCAD LISP Advanced Development Environment .155
    DOSLib LISP Library . 156
    PORTING DCL TO BRICSCAD .156
    Porting Diesel to BricsCAD 156
    PORTING VBA TO BRICSCAD (WINDOWS ONLY) .156
    PORTING ADS TO SDS 156
    PORTING COM TO BRICSCAD (WINDOWS ONLY) 157x BricsCAD V20 for AutoCAD Users
    LOADING APPLICATIONS INTO BRICSCAD .157
    Units 157
    THIRD-PARTY DEVELOPER SUPPORT 158
    5.  Operating Dual-CAD Design Offices 159
    WHY USE MORE THAN ONE CAD SYSTEM? .160
    LOWER TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP 160
    Subscription Pros and Cons .162
    Country-Biased Pricing .162
    Solutions to High License Fees . 163
    MAXIMIZING COMPATIBILITY WITH CLIENTS . 164
    CAPABILITY THROUGH MORE FUNCTIONS 165
    RUNNING BRICSCAD & AUTOCAD IN ONE OFFICE 167
    DIVIDING WORKFLOWS BETWEEN AUTOCAD & BRICSCAD 167
    STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION 169
    COMMON OPERATIONS THROUGH FILE PATHS . 169
    Tutorial: How to Add AutoCAD Support Folder Names to BricsCAD . 171
    USER PROFILES .173
    Launching BricsCAD with a User Profile 174
    Tutorial: How to Import AutoCAD Profiles into to BricsCAD 175
    ROAMING PROFILES 176
    AutoCAD Support Folders 176
    BricsCAD Support Folders 176
    Tutorial: Importing Menus Files from AutoCAD 177
    Tutorial: Making Hidden Folders Visible in Windows 177
    Tutorial: Making Hidden Folders Visible in MacOS .178
    Tutorial: Loading AutoCAD’s PGP File into BricsCAD 179
    Tutorial: How to Export AutoCAD Palettes to BricsCAD 179
    THE DUAL OS OFFICE 181
    SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF PORTING SOFTWARE TO LINUX . 181
    User Interface 182
    APIs .182
    BENEFITS OF LINUX 183
    Linux is Free . 183
    Linux is Hardware-Efficient . 183
    Linux Is Malware-free 183
    Linux is Hardware-compatible 184
    Linux Dual-boots 184
    DRAWBACKS TO LINUX . 184Table of Contents xi
    Lack of Identical Software 185
    Which Linux? . 185
    Problematic Installers . 186
    Competing GUIs 186
  12. Working With Advanced 3D 187
    3D Function Comparison 188
    BRICSCAD’S DIRECT MODELING VS AUTOCAD’S PRESSPULL 189
    BricsCAD Command Name Prefixes . 190
    WORKING WITH DIRECT MODELING 190
    Accessing Direct Modeling Commands . 191
    Direct Modeling Tutorial 191
    WORKSPACES, 3D VIEWING, QUAD CURSOR,
    MANIPULATE, 3D MOUSE . 195
    SWITCHING WORKSPACES 195
    Accessing the Workspace Commands 195
    VIEW ROTATION & UCS FACE COMMANDS . 196
    Accessing the 3D Viewing Commands 196
    VISUAL STYLES 197
    Accessing Visual Styles Commands 198
    WORKING WITH THE QUAD CURSOR . 198
    Accessing the Quad Command . 199
    BRICSCAD’S MANIPULATOR VS AUTOCAD’S GIZMO . 199
    HOTKEY ASSISTANT 200
    WORKING WITH A 3D MOUSE .201
    3D GEOMETRIC & 3D DIMENSIONAL CONSTRAINTS 203
    WORKING WITH 3D CONSTRAINTS . 203
    Accessing 3D Constraint Commands 203
    3D DESIGN INTENT 204
    WORKING WITH DESIGN INTENT 205
    Accessing Design Intent Commands 207
    MECHANICAL BROWSER 208
    Accessing the Mechanical Browser 209
    TOOL PALETTES .209
    Accessing the Tools Palette 209xii BricsCAD V20 for AutoCAD Users
    MODELING AND DEFORMING 3D SURFACES . 210
    Accessing Surfacing Commands 210
    3D SECTIONS 211
    WORKING WITH SECTIONS 211
    Accessing the Commands 211
    DRAWING VIEWS VS MODEL DOCUMENTATION 212
    Accessing Generative Drawing Commands 213
    BILLS OF MATERIAL VS DATA EXTRACTION 214
    HOW BOMs AND BALLOONs WORK IN BRICSCAD 214
    EDITING BOMs .215
    Exploding Assemblies 216
    Adding Balloons 217
    3D COMPARE . 218
    Accessing the Drawing Compare Command .219
  13. BricsCAD for BIM . 221
    3D BIM DESIGN 222
    TUTORIAL: STARTING A BIM DESIGN 222
    Step 1. Drawing the Walls 223
    Polysolid Turns 2D Lines into 3D Walls 224
    STEP 2. CLASSIFY WALLS 229
    STEP 3. ADD COMPONENTS 233
    Parametric Sizing 234
    STEP 4: ADDING STAIRS 236
    STEP 5: SHARING THE BUILDING DESIGN 238
    Accessing BIM Commands 239
  14. BricsCAD Mechanical & Communicator 241
    3D ASSEMBLY MODELING 242
    Accessing Assembly Commands . 242
    WORKING WITH ASSEMBLIES . 243
    3D KINEMATIC ANALYSIS . 247
    MOVEMENT ANALYSIS 247Table of Contents xiii
    3D SHEET METAL DESIGN . 249
    TUTORIAL I: HOW SHEET METAL DESIGN WORKS . 249
    Step 1. Create Sheet Metal 249
    The Color of Sheet Metal . 249
    Step 2. Add Flanges . 250
    Step 3. Unfold Sheet Metal . 252
    ADDING FORM FEATURES 254
    Exporting Sheet Metal Parts . 255
    TUTORIAL II: FROM 3D SOLID TO SHEET METAL 255
    Accessing Sheet Metal Commands 262
    COMMUNICATOR TRANSLATION . 262
    Import Formats Supported . 263
    Export Formats Supported . 263
    Importing & Exporting Without Communicator 264
    Accessing Import and Export Commands 265
    Appendices
    A. AutoCAD-BricsCAD Command Cross-reference 267
    BIM MODELING COMMANDS 290
    BricsCAD Mechanical Commands . 292
    3D Constraints Commands 293
    Direct Modeling Commands .294
    SHEET METAL MODELING COMMANDS . 294
    B. System Variable Cross-reference . 297
    B. Keystroke & Button Cross-reference . 335
    KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS FOR THE DRAWING AREA .336
    KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS FOR COMMAND BAR & TEXT WINDOW 340
    MOUSE AND TABLET BUTTONS . 341
    MOUSE BUTTONS .341
    TABLET BUTTONS 342
    NAVIGATE & 3D WALK-FLY CONTROLS .344
    3D MOUSE CONTROLS AND BUTTONS . 345
    BricsCAD Customization 345xiv BricsCAD V20 for AutoCAD Users
    AUTOCAD-BRICSCAD DICTIONARY
    BricsCAD’s terms closely follow AutoCAD’s jargon, but there are a few differences.
    AutoCAD Term BricsCAD Equivalent
    ADS SDS (software development system)
    ARX BRX (BricsCAD runtime extension)
    TX (Teigha runtime extension)
    AutoLISP LISP
    . Content Browser
    Design Center Drawing Explorer
    implied intersection 3dintersection
    intersection 2dintersection
    macros tools
    model documentation generative drafting
    Navigation Cube or ViewCube LookFrom widget
    object entity
    options settings
    osnap        esnap (short for “entity snap”)     
    palette panel or bar
    shortcut menu context menu
    xdata EED (extended entity data)
    E. Setting Up Network Licenses . 347
    BRICSYS USER ACCOUNT . 348
    NLM INSTALLATION 348
    UPGRADING & REPLACING EXISTING LICENSES 349
    ADDING ADDITIONAL LICENSES 351
    NETWORK MANAGEMENT 351
    SETTING UP A REPORT LOG . 352
    DEPLOYMENT 353
    LICENSE ROAMING 353
    BRICSCAD USER SUPPORT . 354
    KEY TIPS 354

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