I’ve been using some free photoshop compatible (8bf) filters within IrfanView but you can only really apply them to the entire image – or not at all. If you want a little more control, you might use something like the GIMP. The beauty of it is, these filters can now be used under Linux.
Go :: here
CADalytic Media has released a free beta of SpecifiCAD for ArchiCAD 10/11, AutoCAD, ADT, Revit and Sketchup. SpecifiCAD allows you to click on a building component within each of these programs and access its CAD details, 3D models, specifications and Green information using the Sweets Catalog network and the Sketchup 3D warehouse depositories.
Download SpecifiCAD from http://www.cadalytic.com/index.php?dir=downloads
Edit: Sorry to say the site seems to be no longer available.
This is was a plugin that worked as a 3D object editor within ArchiCAD 9 but was never updated for v.10 – or so we thought. In fact, the original link referred to in an older post – [[gdl toolbox - freeware]] doesn’t work any more. Just when I’ve started to learn GDL, one of the finest tools made for it is no longer usable. Unless you know Hungarian.
Go to :: http://www.eptar.hu/eptar_letoltes_toolbox.php
Why do they bury it so deep! I’d been under the impression that there had been no further development of the SketchUP (SU) import plugin since AC9. Ok, it’s still not available for the Mac (neither PPC nor MacTel) but the Windows version is available so why not let people know?
Go to: Graphisoft – SketchUp Import Add-On for ArchiCAD
This Czech site (don’t worry, the link is for the English page) contains some useful software, routines, patches and fonts for AutoDesk related products. New uploads have their date highlighted in red so even if you check it once in a couple of months, it’s easy to see what’s changed.
XANADU – CAD files and utilities
This is an interactive 3D object editor that works within ArchiCAD to define and modify geometrical objects. Don’t forget to also download the toolbox manual which is twice the size of the software itself.
Archi-data Ltd. – GDL Toolbox
Edit: The link above no longer works. See the new post on the subject: [[gdl toolbox only in hungarian]]
Arexline are distributing two free plugins for Archicad. rxDuplicator allows you to place copies of a selected element along any path, whether straight, curved or splined. rxAutoMaterials helps you create material parameters for GDL objects.
Edit: I don’t know exactly when, but www.arexline.com has disappeared off the face of the internet. Bad luck!
Testing the flickr photo album. How do I insert photos? Oh, this is fantastic!
Here’s some freeware that will make it easier to sort and find drawing files in Windows Explorer. DWGcolumn which can list files by the version of AutoCAD in which it was saved is extremely useful. The screenshots on the site make the use of each utility quite clear.
EDIT: It looks as though the site is no longer available on the internet.
If you’re using a slightly old version of AutoCAD, you’ll find yourself cursing those who send you drawings in the latest format because they won’t open properly on your system. Clean up your language – DwgGateway is here to help. It can open and save-as from and to just about any version of *.dwg files.
Lest you think this is the work of some frustrated guy who can’t afford the latest from AutoDesk, think again. DwgGateway comes to you from SolidWorks who probably feel that if you can’t beat the giants, you can at least be a thorn in their flesh.
Oh, and while this is a Must Have software, please don’t get excited about its PDF writing capabilities – they’re nothing to write home about.
EDIT: This software seems no longer available from SolidWorks although there seems to be a similar download available here that claims to have been recently updated.
Alternatively, you might want to download DraftSight which is a free 2D CAD software for Windows, Mac and Linux and can save further back than AutoCAD itself.