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'[TECH] Drawing tool (aka CAD)fordoing productdrawi'
2010\04\02@152424 by Vitaliy

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Carl Denk wrote:
> That's what I was getting at, once it's raster, including PDF, you can
> view it.but that's all!

PDF is technically not a raster. We routinely edit technical drawings in PDF
format using Adobe Illustrator (also possible with Corel, but you have to
jump through more hoops).


> Most of the time DWG is the usual transmitted format for a file. DXF is
> exported generally for importing to a different package. A common, would
> be from the Structural Engineer that selected sizes, dimensions, and
> then the steel detailer (makes individual piece drawings) uses an
> automated package to generate those detail drawings. If one wanted the
> DXF, generally that would be a special request.

I think we went off on a tangent. Forrest said:

> I'm again trying to get to the point of being able to produce some
> decent product drawings for manuals and the like....
>
> I'd really like to be able to import/use the 2D/3D cad drawings
> available from most of my suppliers in either .dwg, .dxf or .pdf to
> produce a 'real' line or possibly 3d-shaded drawings of the products,
> and then be able to show wiring options.

Forrest -- how do you want to save the images, after you are done editing
them? Lately I've grown partial to WMF, since it is importable into most
anything, including MS Word.

Vitaliy

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