To initiate the customization either right click on any area
within the menus or bars, or click on the little down arrow at the right end of each bar.
In the first case
you will get a popup menu showing available toolbars with the ones
currently displaying checked. You
may check or uncheck any bar(s) or you may click on the Customize menu
In the second case you will get a popup menu with “add
or remove buttons”. If you click on this a second popup menu will appear showing
all buttons possible on the toolbar.
You may check or uncheck any buttons you want to add or remove or
you may click on the Customize menu entry.
Upon selecting “Customize”, the Customize dialog box will
appear. Any time this
dialog box is displayed you can drag and drop commands until you have
the toolbar(s) configured to your liking.
Tab 1 in the dialog box is Toolbars.
It shows a list of available toolbars with those that are
displayed checked. You may check or uncheck as many as you like (the menu
buttons may not be changed). The
four buttons in this box allow you to create a new toolbar, rename an
existing toolbar, delete an existing toolbar or reset the toolbars.
Tab 2 is Commands. It
shows a list of command categories on the left, and a list of the
commands in the selected category on the right.
It is from this box that you can drag and drop as many of the
desired icon(s) onto your toolbar.
You may also dock the toolbar(s) and menu bar by using the grab
handle on the left of each
bar. If you float them over
the drawing, they will take on any shape you want by moving the
When you have all the toolbars set up and in the position that
you want them saved as, select CADVANCE Options/Miscellaneous and then
press “Save to INI” button. Press
“Yes” on “Create a Toolbar file” message.
This will create a “cadvance.tbf” file, which now contains
all the information on the toolbar that you just customized.
this point on, the Toolbar program will read all information from
“cadvance.tbf” file. Any
modification on “toolbar.txt” file will not affect the
customized toolbar. If you
want to update the toolbar from “toolbar.txt” file, you have to
delete “cadvance.tbf” file from the CADVANCE directory first, then
start the customizing process again.
am trying to run a macro from a toolbar button in CADVANCE V2000 or V2002
but the button is not responding.
A: Verify the path for your macro. Make sure it is located
in the Macro Path in Options/Path/Macros, and make sure there is a
"check" in the "Search" box next to that path in
Q: What version
of CADVANCE can read the latest versions of AutoCAD?
- A: AutoCAD R2000,
R2000i and R2002 are all in the same R2000 DWG format, and are
readable and writeable with CADVANCE v99.5, CADVANCE 2000 and CADVANCE
Note: The primary exception is
Proxy objects. CADVANCE does not support Proxy objects (objects
not in the standard library of AutoCAD). If the drawing was
created with Mechanical Desktop or Architectural Desktop, it probably
contains Proxy objects. You may request the Proxy Objects be
removed, then saved as an R14 DWG or DXF file before being sent to
you. Or, you may download IntelliCAD 2001 at www.cadopia.com
then open the DWG file and use Tools/IntelliCAD Explorer then highlight
the entire drawing path and select Edit/Purge. Save as R14 DWG or
Q: When I
attempt to open a .DWG file I receive the following message:
"AD init failed, error is: Unable to open init file".
When I press OK, I get this additional message "Translation error
is because of a corrupted or missing ADINIT.DAT file. Reinstall
CADVANCE to restore a good copy of ADINIT.DAT. Note:
CADVANCE V2002 Service Pack 4 (SP4) Update includes an ADINIT.DAT
- Q: When I import an
AutoCAD file, the CADVANCE Status bar indicates "Cannot Create
TEXT" or "Cannot Create NODE" or Cannot Create ARC".
- A: This
is likely because of Associative entities or Rotated Dimensions in the
.DXF or .DWG file. You may wish to To import Associative
entities in the .DWG file, such as Associative Hatch, must be
converted to non-Associative, and Rotated Dimensions in the DWG must
be exploded. The drawing should then be purged completely for
best results. You may wish to download IntelliCAD at www.cadopia.com
and load the .DWG with IntelliCAD, then convert the Associative
entities to Non-Associative, and explode the Rotated Dimensions in the
.DWG. Then, for best results, the drawing should be completely
Purged before importing it with CADVANCE.
Q: I am unable to open a
A: There could be one of
various reasons for this. Make sure the AutoCAD user, before sending you the file, Purges the file. If he has
already purged, please send the DWG to FIT and we will examine it, and in many cases, correct it for your use.
- Q: When I import a *.dwg, I lose
- A: In importing a *.dwg, Line
types are created and added to the CAD.INS file if line types are not
found in CAD.LNS during importing. If the total number of line
styles translated is greater than 16, any object drawn with an
overflow line type is assigned line type 0 (CONTINUOUS).
Linetype names are preserved, with the following exceptions:
- CONTINUOUS --> SOLID
- DASHED --> DASH
For more information, see the CADVANCE Manual. For versions 8
and later, the manual is located in the Manuals folder inside your
CADVANCE program directory.
- Q: My client says
that he cannot use AutoCAD to save the .DWG or .DXF file that was
created by CADVANCE translation.
Have your client use AutoCAD's RECOVER command to recover the drawing,
then have him use the AUDIT command to fix all errors, then have him
use the PURGE command to purge the entire drawing database, then save.
AutoCAD cannot recover the drawing, then the client can download and
install IntelliCAD from www.cadopia.com.
Then open the drawing and Purge the entire drawing, then save as .DXF or
.DWG for use with AutoCAD.
do I not get a dialog box for DWG translation in v99.5?
The default translation setting is "off". To turn it back
on, go into Options/Miscellaneous/Switches and turn Translation Options
"ON". Then save to INI.
In v99.5, what are the default path settings if translation option is
off? Is there any way of changing these defaults?
When you are presented with the translation options window, select your settings and click "Save".
Q: Sometimes my Area Fill in
v99.5 doesn't translate well with AutoCAD.
When creating CADVANCE, we wished to be user-friendly to the user, to
optimize area fills. CADVANCE uses sets of 4 vertices
(nodes) when drawing a continuous line segment or polygon.
But AutoCAD only supports 3 vertices (nodes) when drawing a continuous
line segment or polygon. Thus AutoCAD's area fill algorithm is not
Q: Why do TIFF images and
bitmap images not appear when I translate from VWF to DWG or vice-versa?
Image files such as BMP, JPG and TIFF translate from CADVANCE v2000 and
v2002 to AutoCAD, but only if the image file was inserted using File / Open
/ BMP (or JPG, etc.) To determine whether your raster image was
inserted with File / Open, select the object and use Utility / Query /
Object. If the object returns the dialog "Auxiliary Object Raster
Image" and indicates a filename, it was inserted with File /
Open. Otherwise it will not translate.
Q: I received an AutoCAD
file from someone, and when I try to open it in CADVANCE, I get the message "Cannot find file c:\program
files\cadvance99\samples\9034" (or something similar). Why is
The error message refers to an AutoCAD
reference file. Whoever supplied you with the .dwg should have also given you the AutoCAD reference file to go with it, but they didn't. Just tell them to give you the
reference file and the drawing should open fine in CADVANCE. In this
case, 9034 is the reference file they should have given you.
Note: CADVANCE V2002 is
improved to import DWG XRefs.
Q: In File/Open DWG, is it
possible to import 2D and 3D at the same time?
This feature is supported in v2002, but not in earlier versions.
Q: I am trying to import an
AutoCAD file but in both DXF and DWG, it gives me (upon import) the error message "Cannot create file
A: The AutoCAD symbol it's
referring to is either bad (corrupted), or during the save/send of the DWG or DXF, someone on the AutoCAD user's network was using the symbol at the same time.
am running a 16-bit version of CADVANCE (v5, v6x or v7x) on Windows
2000 and I am trying to use Utility / Translate / .DXF or Utility /
Translate / >DWG but I am getting an error "Cannot find
A: Utility /
Translate / .DXF and Utility / Translate / .DWG are not supported
under Windows 2000. If you are running Windows 2000 you will
need to translate to .DXF or .DWG by using the command File / SaveAs...(then
select .DXF or .DWG file type). This command cannot be run in
I work with
someone who uses a more current version of CADVANCE than I do. How can I read their
the user save their VWF file to DWG as an AutoCAD release version that can be read by your version of
- Q: I created a DWG drawing but someone with AutoCAD 12 in my
office is unable to read it. Also, when I created the DWG, I get a message "Warning: drawing creates auxiliary objects". Also, when I attempted to create a DXF drawing,
it stopped about halfway through.
- A: When creating the DWG or DXF, expand all the symbols first.
Then run the macro TT2CAD.CBX which we provide to convert all your True Type text to CAD
text. With continued problems, send drawing by e-mail to
technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Q: When I convert a drawing to DWG
format and someone
works on it in AutoCAD, then I import it back into CADVANCE the units and World size are
- A: At importation of a DWG file there is an option for
entering the smallest unit. Set this to match your original world size.
TRANSLATION - DWGXVWF.DLL
- Q: I purchased a new computer with Windows 95 and
installed V6.0 on it. Now, when I try to open a DWG file which I could open in my
previous Windows 3.1 computer, I get the message, 'Unable to load DWGXVWF.DLL'.
- A: You didn't copy all the files from your translator disk. If
you do the copy operation in Windows 95 Explorer, be sure to have "show all
files" selected under Options. Alternatively, you can do the copy operation in DOS.
TRANSLATION - SYMBOLS
- Q: After a translation, my symbol files appear to have
- A: The first symbol directory listed in Options/Paths/(Symbol
Paths) is the directory used for translations. This means that when importing a drawing,
if you choose to recreate symbols, the translator will create symbol files with the names of symbols in the incoming drawing. It will place these newly created files in the translation directory. If any of the incoming symbols have the same name as a currently
existing symbol in this directory, the existing symbol files will get overwritten. Thus,
the next time you access this symbol file you will be surprised to see that your symbol
has changed. The solution is to set this first symbol path to a special directory which
you clean out just prior to translations.
Q: True Type text is too small when using V99 or
A: In V99, CADVANCE converted to Microsoft Windows Rich Text Format. In V99 and higher, the True Type text size onscreen is controlled by the Drawing Scale. Click Options/Unit (ALT, O, U) and increase the Drawing Scale. A larger ratio will draw the text at larger scale. Default Drawing Scale in standard CADVANCE is 1"=4' and Default Drawing Scale in AETools is 1"=8'. You may want to use 1"=8' or larger to draw TrueType text.
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