In Autocad I use to run a lisp routine called flatten that would cause all entities in model space to go to z axis 0. Is there a way to do this in Draftsight?
Did you manage to resolve this? I have the same issue
Why does Solidworks // DraftSight suck so much as a program?
They should be renamed SolidDoesn'tWork and Draft-NO-sight.
Josh Deyoung wrote: Same Same! and additionally. Why does Solidworks // DraftSight suck so much as a program? They should be renamed SolidDoesn'tWork and Draft-NO-sight.
Josh Deyoung wrote:
Nobody is forcing you to use them if by chance you have a better solution........
Good point Dave,
Except that the company I work for is "forcing" me to use this software (mostly because they don't want to pay for the much better option).
But thank you for chiming in with your helpful advice. I see that this question has gone unanswered for nearly 2 years ! and now three users have asked about it... but still no solution. And this is the post that you choose to speak up about... what exactly??...
Is it that you think DraftSight is great or that people who like software to work should go somewhere else?
You can export it to a two dimensional format, then re-import it.
Hi Tom, How do you export to a 2D format? Do you have to have a different 2D cad software?
PDF can be 2D. I do have a PDF to DWG converter software.
Also, LISP was supported in Draftsight Professional when this was first posted.
Tools -> Load Application
OK thanks. I don't have the converter or Professional. Guess If I had the time I could import the drawing into SW, then make a SW drawing, then import back into Draftsight. Yuck, more files just to do one command.
Hey, maybe since we have to pay for it now, they will be willing to help us out on this one. Oh crap, didn't pay for maintenance....never mind.
The DraftSight solids operations aren't available in Standard or Professional; you have to have Premium- $500/ yr subscription! For those that do have Premium, here is the command for flattening.
Creating Flat Representations of 3D Solid Objects
The MakeFlatSnapshot command creates a flat representation of 3D solid objects and Regions, projected to the drawing's X-Y plane of the active Custom Coordinate System (CCS).
The 2D flattened representation is inserted as a Block in the graphics area.
To create a flat representation of 3D solid objects:
Use the Explode command to break the Block representing the flattened view into its component entities. Exploding the Block lets you remove obscured lines or modify the LineStyle of hidden lines.
Menu: Solids > 3D Operations > Make Flat Snapshot
Thank you Carl Finney. Draftsight's licensing options and feature availability has changed significantly since this question was first posed. Newer updated info is appreciated.
Jody Holm , I've got the 2011 paid version of Print2CAD which still works fine, but this software maker has greatly expanded their offerings in the past decade. At https://backtocad.com/solutions/pdf-to-dwg-converter/ today you can find a Free download version of the current 2021 version. I have not tried this newer offering, but free ain't so bad. There was not a free option when I bought mine.
Thanks Tom, I'll give it look.
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