Learn to use and program General CAD Pro and its predecessor, Generic CADD
General CADD Pro was developed by some of the original programmers of Generic CADD,which was one of the most popular low-cost software for CAD in the 1980s. (CADD is short for "computer-aided design and drafting.") At that time, there was also a Generic 3D program for three-dimensional design.
In 1989, Autodesk purchased Generic CADD, but then four years later abandoned the product when programmers could not convert the program, which was written in the Pascal programming language, from DOS to Windows. At the time, Generic CADD had 350,000 users.
In the mid-1990s, the original programmers received funding and created a company called Numera Software to prove Autodesk wrong. They wrote Visual CADD for Windows, a program that was compatible with Generic CADD. But not enough copies sold, and so the product bounced from owner to owner -- from Numera to Corel to IMSI (makers of TurboCAD), and finally to TriTools, who continues to support and update VisualCADD.
The original programmers went it a second time, with the result being General CADD Pro. It is much more like Generic CADD than Visual CADD was. A trial version of the software can be downloaded free from http://www.generalcadd.com/#Program Downloads.
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We offer two books to the Generic/General CADD community:
- Inside Generic CADD 6 for DOS
146 pages. $14.60
- Inside General CADD Pro 1 for Windows
274 pages. $24.95
Our Inside Generic CADD 6 is a reprint of the popular Learn Generic CADD 6 in a Day book, originally published by WordWare Publishing in 1992. Thank you Noel Browning for suggesting this book project. Almost all commands and procedures in General CADD Pro are the same as Generic CADD. This book will nicely fill the learning gaps for users who lost the Generic CADD manual -- as well as taking you down a trip along memory lane for what it was like in the days of running CAD on DOS.
Inside General CADD Pro is the e-book written for the first release of the program. This title is a tutorial and a reference:
Starting General CADD for the first time
Setting up for a new drawing
Saving and backing up the drawing
Creating and editing the drawing
Adding text and dimensions
Plotting the drawing
Menu and command reference
Complete coverage of macro programming and General CADD customization
Translating drawings to and from AutoCAD
Thank you to these beta testers who contributed corrections and suggestions for improving the book: Guy Veasey, Bruce Lehrer, Jim Faliveno, Matt Brown, Noel Browning, Harry G. Petrohilos, and Milan Anthony Vlasak.
Both books feature these conveniences:
- Dozens of tips and reference pages summarizing commands and concepts
- Illustrations in full color
- Formatted for printing on standard 8.5x11 paper
- Margins designed for three-hole punching
- Free subscription to the weekly upFront.eZine e-newsletter
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Table of Contents: Inside Generic CADD 6
This ebook is for the older software from the 1980s that ran on DOS.
Part I -- Computer-Aided Drafting
Chapter 1: Setting Up the Drawing
Chapter 2: Drawing the Yard Outline
Chapter 3: Adding Details To the Landscape
Chapter 4: Changing the Landscape
Chapter 5: Adding Notes & Dimensions
Part II -- Computer-Aided Design
Chapter 6: Creating Components & Attributes
Chapter 7: Bills Of Material
Chapter 8: Programming Macros
Part III -- Appendices
Appendix A: Installation & Configuration
Appendix B: Installing the Bonus Material
Part IV -- Tutorial Drawings
Free bonus! We provide readers with the .gxd drawing files as they occur at the end of each tutorial chapter, and so can be used to start the next chapter. For example, Chapter-2.gxd is the tutorial at the end of Chapter 2, and can be used to start Chapter 3. Click here to download the 11 tutorial drawings as a single ZIP file from Dropbox.
In addition, the ZIP file contains 18 component .cmp and attribute .atb files used by tutorials.
Table of Contents: Inside General CADD Pro 1
This ebook is for the news software that runs on Windows.
Part I -- Tutorial
Chapter 1: The Guided Tour
Chapter 2: Setting Up the Drawing
Chapter 3: Drawing with Tracking & Snaps
Chapter 4: Plotting the Drawing
Chapter 5: Adding Details
Chapter 6: Changes & Edits
Chapter 7: Placing Text
Chapter 8: Adding Dimensions
Part II -- Command & Macro Reference
Chapter 9: Menu Command Reference
Chapter 10: Other Command Reference
Chapter 11: Macro Programming
Chapter 12: Customizing General CADD
Part III -- Appendices
Appendix A: Importing AutoCAD Drawings
Appendix B: Exporting Drawings to AutoCAD
Appendix C: Command Reference by Noel Browning
Appendix D: Linetypes by Noel Browning
Appendix E: Colors by Noel Browning
Appendix F: Pull-down Menus by Noel Browning
Part IV -- Tutorial Drawings
Free bonus! We provide readers with the .gxd drawing files as they occur at the end of each tutorial chapter, and so can be used to start the next chapter. For example, Chapter-2.gxd is the tutorial at the end of Chapter 2, and can be used to start Chapter 3. Click here to download the six tutorial drawings as a single ZIP file from Dropbox.
In addition, the ZIP file contains useful .mcr macro files.