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How to select AllyCAD drawing snap modes

This tech tip highlights the various snap modes. Snap modes can be accessed via the snaps toolbar or via Tools ► Jumps. It can be used to select a particular Snap Mode that you would like to draw with. Snap Modes cause the cursor to behave in a particular way each time you press [Enter] or click. All of the Snap Modes except Freehand cause the cursor to do two things...
 

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COMPANY INFORMATION

Events

The IMESA conference and exhibition is in full swing at the ATKV Centre in Mossel Bay. The event runs from Tuesday 26 October till Friday 29 October 2004 and showcases all your favourite products at stands 10 and 11.

Come for some drinks and meet the team, Vincent Bester, Reece Hanning, Paul Steenkamp and Charles Scott as they share the latest news on both AllyCAD and Civil Designer with you.

We look forward to meeting you there!


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If you’re looking for the best possible candidate with the right skills and technical abilities for the job, then look no further than the Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre. We specialise in the sourcing of top quality candidates for the Civil Engineering and CAD Design industries and offer you a personalized service built on complete trust, confidentiality and good faith.

For more information, please contact our Recruitment Specialist Yvonne Beebee at recruitment@knowbase.co.za, or telephone (021) 7011850.


PRODUCT INFORMATION - version 3.4

Support - GIF & TIFF files

We have added support for the processing of GIF and compressed TIFF files from Civil Designer 6.3 Build 12 and AllyCAD 3.4 Build 12. This service was previously discontinued due to patent considerations, which has since expired, allowing us to reintroduce this support to our valued clients.

 

Creating a New Menu

You may now customize your AllyCAD interface by creating a new menu. This useful option will allow you to access your own personalized menu for even greater ease of use.

The default AllyCAD menu is found in the CAD.MEN file, which resides in your USER HOME directory. You may look at, print out or even edit the CAD.MEN file in any text editor such as Windows Notepad or the DOS Edit package.

While you can customize the existing CAD.MEN file, you may also create completely separate menu files. These should have exactly the same format as CAD.MEN and be saved as files with .MEN extensions. It is however advised that you make a backup copy of CAD.MEN before you proceed with any changes.

The easiest method of creating a new menu file is to make a copy of the default menu file, CAD.MEN. Give the copy a new name and then proceed by incorporating your preferred functions.

PROCEDURE

Note:
Please refer to the standard CAD.MEN file when reading the following sections in order to understand the concepts presented.

 

The menu starts at the line MAINMENU. Do not change this line. Following this is a BEGIN and the menu definition which is continued to the final END marker. In between the BEGIN and END markers are the actual menu definitions. The entries you can use are POPUP (which has an associated BEGIN and END) and MENUITEM.

 

The POPUP entry denotes a submenu, which must be completely contained between BEGIN and END markers. After POPUP you place in quotes the text you wish to be displayed on the menu (i.e. POPUP "&File"). Note that the ampersand (&) will be converted to an underline character when displayed and will underline the character that follows it in the line. In order to display an actual ampersand you must use two ampersands in a row. The line after POPUP will be BEGIN followed by MENUITEM lines followed by END to mark the end of the pop-up menu.

 

MENUITEM is followed by the display text in quotes, the function to be executed (in curly brackets {} and ending with a semi-colon ;) when this menu item is clicked, and the help text to be displayed when this item is selected (also in curly brackets and ending with a semi-colon). (i.e. MENUITEM "Click &Me" {function;} {Help text;}). The names of the functions that you may assign to menu items can be found in the CAD help file. The above comments on ampersands also apply here.

 

There is a special entry, which is MENUITEM SEPARATOR. This will draw a horizontal line across the menu at the position it is entered. This helps you to subdivide menus into logical areas.

 

You may now load your new menu by selecting File | Load | Load Menu. This will display the standard Windows file open dialog. The file list contains the default AllyCAD menu file, CAD.MEN, and any other .MEN files that you may have created or installed.

 

Once you have selected the menu to load, it will replace the currently active menu. Loading a new menu will not affect any drawing that you may have loaded.

 

 

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TRAINING

 

If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular. 

 

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CONTACT

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Shantell
Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga region & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959

 

 

VISITS


Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visitations and training activities over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to give us a call on (021) 701-1850. We would be happy to meet up with you to discuss your training or product needs.

 

 

REGION

DATE

ACTIVITY

PERSON/S

Johannesburg

25 - 28 Oct

Civil Designer Training at Jhb Office

Cameron

Mosselbay

25 - 29 Oct

IMESA Conference

Reece, Paul, Charles, Vincent

Namibia

2 – 4 Nov

Civil Designer & AllyCAD Client Visits

Kosta, Reece and Yolanda

Durban

1 – 3 Nov

Civil Designer Training for Kwezi V3

Cedric

Pretoria

1 – 5 Nov

Civil Designer Training for Kwezi V3

Solly

Pretoria

8 – 11 Nov

Civil Designer Training for Kwezi V3

Solly

Cape Town

8 – 12 Nov

Civil Designer Training for Kwezi

Cedric

Johannesburg

8 – 12 Nov

Civil Designer & AllyCAD Client Visits

Paul

 

 

Best Regards,

The Knowledge Base Team

 

 

Don't miss out on this great event!
 

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PRODUCT UPDATES

 

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • AllyCAD v3.4 PRO & SME
    Build 12 (15/10/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 12 (15/10/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 12 (15/10/2004)

  • AllyCAD Help file Update
    (14/05/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.3 PRO & SME
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)

 


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