Professional Version 8.0 by Midnight Software, Inc.
Can DeltaCad make a .pdf file?
The Windows version of DeltaCad cannot directly create a .pdf file, but you can install a .pdf printer driver,
and then print your drawing to a .pdf file. If you purchase Adobe Acrobat (not just Acrobat Reader),
it comes with a .pdf printer driver. There are also other .pdf printer drivers available on the internet,
but we don't have any specific info. on them.
To make a .pdf file with the Mac version of DeltaCad, pick Print from the File menu, then pick the PDF button.
Why does DeltaCad lock up?
The most common reason for DeltaCad to lock up is having the wrong video driver for your video card.
The video driver must be the correct driver for the video card, and it must be the correct driver
for the version of Windows that you are using. If you experience random problems I would suggest making sure
you have the latest version of the video driver for your video card.
You can also get the same problem from a bad printer driver.
Why does it print blank paper?
There are two common ways to print blank paper:
Why is the screen blank when I open my drawing?
The default startup option for DeltaCad is to zoom out to see the entire drawing. This can cause problems
if you have accidentally drawn an object way out in space. To fix the problem, you can find the object out in
space, and delete it. Or, you can pick Drawing Init. Size and Pos from the Options menu, and tell DeltaCad
exactly what part of the drawing to display when it is opened. To help find the drawing when DeltaCad is zoomed
way out, pick the "Find Drawing" button on the View toolbar tab.
How do I reload my copy of DeltaCad?
To re-install your copy of DeltaCad, goto
, then enter your order number, and authorization codes.
Do I have the latest patch?
To find the build date for your copy of DeltaCad, pick About DeltaCad from the Help menu.
The build date will be shown at the bottom left corner of the popup window. Then goto
and see if you have the latest build date.
Why does DeltaCad freeze for a few seconds periodically?
If you have Autosave turned on, DeltaCad will save a copy of the drawing that you are working on periodically.
If you are working on a very large drawing, or a drawing with a lot of included graphics this can be a little
annoying, and you may want to turn off the Autosave feature. Pick Options/Autosave from the Options menu to
change the autosave time interval, or to turn it off.
Why isn't my print to scale?
The default print region in DeltaCad is setup to print the entire drawing, and to scale it
to fit the printer paper. To have your drawing print exactly to scale, you will need to
define a print area, and a print scale. Pick Set Print Region from the File menu, then enter a print
area, and a print scale. If the print scale it set to 0.0, the drawing will be scaled to fit the printer
paper. If all of the print area settings are set to zero, the entire drawing will be printed.
What is the easiest way to define a print area?
To define a print area, zoom out so you can see what you want to print. Then use the "S" toolbar
button on the Select toolbar tab, and use the mouse to select the rectangle that you to print. Then
press the ESC key to unselect all. Then pick Set Print Region from the File menu, and pick the Set to
Last Select button. This will fill in the print area fields with the last selected rectangle.
How do I set the drawing scale?
Text and Dimension text size, and Dimension arrow lengths, are all scaled with the drawing scale, so it
is important to set it correctly. To set the drawing scale, pick Drawing Scale/Units from the Options menu.
If you have just started a new drawing (and still have the drawing scale set to 1.0), zoom out so you can see
the entire drawing, then look at the View Scale (located at the bottom of the DeltaCad window). The use that number
for the new drawing scale. So, for example, if you draw your drawing, and zoom out and have View Sclae of 45.345, try
setting the drawing scale to the nearest standard drawing scale, or 48.
Why are dashed lines are being displayed like solid lines?
The lengths of the dashes and gaps in dashed lines, and the line thicknesses are scaled with the drawing scale, so if your dashed lines are looking
like solid lines or are too thin, you will need to increase the drawing scale. You can also change the lengths in the drawing data. Pick
Drawing Data from the Options menu. The actual lengths used will be the length from the drawing data times the drawing scale.
Why are text, dimensions, and dimension arrows too small to see?
Text, Dimension Text, and Dimension Arrow lengths are all scaled with the drawing scale. If they are all too small you will need to increase the drawing scale.
How do I make DeltaCad startup with metric units?
When DeltaCad starts up, it opens the default.dc drawing to use as a template. To make DeltaCad startup with
metric units you will need to start DeltaCad, open the default.dc drawing, change it to whatever units that
you want, save it, then exit DeltaCad. The default.dc drawing is located in the
C:\Program Files\DeltaCad\New folder.
How do I change the default toolbar startup items (color, linetype, lineweight, etc)?
The default startup toolbar options can be changed by picking one of the Options menu items on the Options menu.
How do I draw a bolt circle?
To draw a bolt circle:
- If you have used the default print region, DeltaCad will be set to print the entire drawing
and scale it to fit the printer paper. This can cause a problem if you have accidentally drawn
an object way out in space. In this case, DeltaCad will have to zoom so far out, that your drawing
will look like a small dot.
- If you have turned off all of the layers in the print region the print will be blank. Pick Set
Print Region from the File menu, and turn on at least one layer for printing.
- Draw a point at the center of the bolt circle.
- Draw the first bolt hole.
- Use the "S" toolbar button on the Select toolbar tab to select the first bolt hole.
- Pick the Set Base Point toolbar button on the Select toolbar tab, then pick the point at the center of the bolt circle with the mouse.
- Pick the Rotate Selected Objects toolbar button on the Select toolbar tab.
- Pick the "Copy" button on the Select toolbar tab to turn on copy mode. It will change to red to indicate that copy mode is on.
- Type in the angle from the first bolt hole to the second bolt hole, then press the ENTER key. The angle would be 45 or 8 holes, 30 for 12 holes, etc.
- Continue to press the ENTER key for the rest of the bolt holes
- Press the ESC key to unselect everything.
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