Setting Free2D Default Units

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Dear Area Rep,
Well, installing Free2D with ANSI as the default template works for the units of
measurement for lines, circles, etc. Unfortunately, yesterday I discovered the default
line thickness unit remains metric.....weird.
When you have a moment please please forward this e-mail to the Free2D Developers.
I would like to know how to:
"Set all units to default to US (or ANSI) units for Free2D version 100.00.00.133."
That would be great!
Thanks,
-Barry
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Re: Setting Free2D Default Units

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Barry,
I'll provide information for this topic and your previous topic.
Units for distance are set up by default based on the template you use.
We now provide different templates based on the different standards (ISO,
ANSI, JIS, etc.).
When you install Solid Edge, you specify the standard you use most often
(ANSI).
Installation will set the proper template as the default based on which
standard you choose.
The proper template is copied into the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting\template"
folder.
If you specify ANSI, the 'ansi draft.dft' file is put into this folder.
Also, the 'Create 2D Drafting' link on the startup page is configured to use
this template file.
All the templates for all the standards are delivered with the product. Look
in the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting\template\more" folder.
If you need to create a new draft file based on another standard, you can do
this by clicking on the application button in the upper left and then click
on the 'New' command.
Click on the 'More' tab in the dialog. Click on the template you want to
use. Click on OK. You will get a new draft file based on that standard,
which includes units.
There are options in Solid Edge that you can modify to change the units, but
most likely you just want to set 2D Drafting up to use the proper default.
There is more to standards than just units. Dimensions display differently
based on standards. There are other differences.
Uninstalling and reinstalling with the correct standard is the easiest way
to accomplish the proper standard. You do not have to know all the settings
to change.
As for your question about line thickness. The thickness is not a measurable
item. Therefore, we have chosen to use a single unit type for thickness
across all standards.
My question is; Why are you concerned with thickness?
Regards,
Rick B.

Re: Setting Free2D Default Units

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Hi Ricky,
Nice to meet you and thanks for the quick reply.
I took two semesters of Engineering Graphics at a community college in 1987. I remember
using Summagraphics and AutoCad release....? When I picked up a free 30 day trial
of AutoCad LT 2010 to do some simple drawings, it seemed very natural. Okay, it
took me a while, but I did a pretty good job.
Now I'm completely lost inside of Free2d. However, I managed to put together a drawing
for my machinist for a simple adapter arbor for the work I do after reinstalling
Free2d in ANSI...that was my gut feeling and you confirmed it!
The bit about line thickness was confusing. I did another drawing with a few offset
lines, but the offset lines were visibly thinner than the parent lines. So, I chose
the offset lines line and changed their thickness to what appeared to be the default
width. I was surprised to see that the program was mixing ANSI with Metric units.
For now, how do I get started with understanding the "basics" of Free2d? I tried
to use the tutorial this evening but it seems there is a disconnect between what
the tutorial is telling me to look at and what is actually displayed on the default
layer. Quite a few pieces are missing.
Anyway, it looks like a great program and I appreciate the opportunity to use it
for free!
Almost forgot, how do I set my forum options to notify me by e-mail that you have
replied?
Thanks,
-Barry


"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Barry,
>I'll provide information for this topic and your previous topic.
>
>Units for distance are set up by default based on the template you use.
>We now provide different templates based on the different standards (ISO,
>
>ANSI, JIS, etc.).
>When you install Solid Edge, you specify the standard you use most often
>(ANSI).
>Installation will set the proper template as the default based on which
>standard you choose.
>The proper template is copied into the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting\template"
>folder.
>If you specify ANSI, the 'ansi draft.dft' file is put into this folder.
>Also, the 'Create 2D Drafting' link on the startup page is configured to use
>
>this template file.
>All the templates for all the standards are delivered with the product. Look
>
>in the "Solid Edge 2D Drafting\template\more" folder.
>If you need to create a new draft file based on another standard, you can
>do
>this by clicking on the application button in the upper left and then click
>
>on the 'New' command.
>Click on the 'More' tab in the dialog. Click on the template you want to
>use. Click on OK. You will get a new draft file based on that standard,
>which includes units.
>
>There are options in Solid Edge that you can modify to change the units, but
>
>most likely you just want to set 2D Drafting up to use the proper default.
>There is more to standards than just units. Dimensions display differently
>
>based on standards. There are other differences.
>Uninstalling and reinstalling with the correct standard is the easiest way
>
>to accomplish the proper standard. You do not have to know all the settings
>
>to change.
>
>As for your question about line thickness. The thickness is not a measurable
>
>item. Therefore, we have chosen to use a single unit type for thickness
>across all standards.
>My question is; Why are you concerned with thickness?
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>

Re: Setting Free2D Default Units

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Barry,
What problem are you seeing with the tutorials?
What operating system are you on?
Are you using the web based newsgroup? I have mine set up for Outlook
Express.
Rick B.