Basic Drawing Software

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Basic Drawing Software

Postby Soapyjoe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:07 am

Hi Everybody,

I am interested to learn from fellow Vectric Forum Users their experience with the various software available for use with CNC.

Normally I design straight into Vectric Aspire but do wonder if it would be better to draw the part/component in a different drawing software then download into Aspire.

I would like to illustrate my posts to the various forums and, I feel that a decent basic drawing software, suitable for Windows 10, would help considerably.

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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Adrian » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:42 am

What is that you want to do that you feel that you can't with the tools in Aspire?
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Soapyjoe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:21 am

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for your speedy reply

One thing I do not feel I can do in Aspire is to post illustrations to the various Vectric forums.... I get so far then when I would like to preview my illustration I am asked what app I would like to view it in.... At this point I appear to get stuck.

Most possibly this is more to do with my inexperience than the lack of a cad software.

I would really appreciate your views on this.

I was messing around for ages last night trying to post an illustration of a 3D view of a 10 degree slice of a Sphere.

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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Adrian » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:39 am

If you want to share a preview of a toolpathed item that is showing in the 3D window then you can use the Save Shaded Image command on the View menu to save a JPG file that can be uploaded to the forum.

One of the best ways to illustrate things you are doing in the software is to use the Windows Snipping tool. With that you can create pictures of various parts of the screen, save whole screens, write notes, highlight sections etc etc. It's what I use whenever I post a picture up. You'll find it in the Window Acccesories section on the Windows Start menu. I have it pinned to the Start Menu so I can get to it easily.
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Soapyjoe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:41 am

Thanks Adrian,

I will try tonight .... I need to go out now will post to you later

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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Leo » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:38 am

I know I am a bit old school, but I do it this way,

I will use "print screen" then paste into MS PAINT. ( I have not tried the snipping tool, but I am sure it is better)

Once in MS Paint I crop the image I want. I will then resize to pixels. The larger setting no more than 750. I then save as a JPG

In the forum below the edit window there is a button "Upload Attachment".
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby ger21 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:38 pm

Use the Windows Snipping tool to take a screenshot, and save as a .jpg.
In the Start Menu, under Windows Accessories.
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Leo » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:42 pm

OK, Thanks Ger, I just tried it - YES - that is much better - That is what I will be using from now on.
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby ger21 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:12 pm

Yeah, once I tried it, I dragged it onto the Taskbar for easy access.
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby PaulRowntree » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:47 pm

Greenshot is similar to the snipping tool, but offers more annotation tools. Free download.
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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Soapyjoe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:05 pm

This is my first trial with the Snipping tool.... needs to be a bit larger to show the detail but the method works and it is easy to use .... thanks Adrian

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Re: Basic Drawing Software

Postby Soapyjoe » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:45 pm

Just realized.... double click the image and it is as large as ever one would want.
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