CAD Software & Services


Here's a 'mixed' bag of more advanced CAD information that may come in handy. General CAD info that one day may be of help to you, your team or your CAD Manager.....



For most professional drafters, the key is:

"How can I get this drawing done in the simplest, fastest, and most economical way?"

In an office environment we should follow protocols, procedures and office standards, however, we must remember time is money and our main concern is what, in the end, gets printed out.

Productivity comes from intimately knowing your software. The tips included on this site are what I deem essential knowledge when trying to master our tool - AutoCAD. Remember that for many years I was a specialty 2D drafter and these tips obviously reflect this bias. Also they apply to the "out of the box" generic versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Many things are done differently with the horizontal (Architecture, Civil 3D, Mechanical etc) and vertical products (Revit and Inventor) and other third party AutoCAD add-ons.

Hopefully you already know most of this, and are already an elite CAD Operator. The list isn't in any particular order, as I reckon it's all mandatory stuff.....


Fixing Problems.

No joke, as a hardware supplier (aka System Builder) for over 15 years; a software developer and reseller for 20 years; an avid computer User for close on 30 years, these are the best bits of wisdom I can pass on.

SOFTWARE Issues - "If all else fails, read the instructions!!!"

I don't mean to be crass, but seriously 99% of software Issues boil down to the Users not knowing what they're doing. Granted, software designers have a hundred ways to do everything today, and it is up to you to find out how functions work in THEIR package. Too many people complain that software doesn't work because they have always done it another way on a MAC or in another software package. Simple answer most times is press [F1] and read the instructions.

HARDWARE Issues - "Have you turned it OFF and ON again ????"

Many times it's the simple things that stop a computer from booting or working. Always totally shut down a system and remove all the chords (ALL-monitor, power, USB, printer etc) count to at least 20, plug them all back in and turn on again. This usually fixes 80% of hardware issues. If stil dead then seek help. Remember that USB sticks and portable hard drives are notorious for stopping Windows from booting!

An example I recall is a family member sent me their system from Coffs Harbour as the 'tech' they sent their non working system to said it was 'dead', 'cannot be fixed economically'. For $2,500 (in it's day) they would supply a new system! Well they shipped it to me to look at. First after dignosing a system I always open them up and strip it down by removing all the 'cards'; then blow out the dust and ; put back together one piece at a time to help confirm diagnostic problems. I'm telling you the truth when I say I have had around 10 'terminal' systems that would not boot up when I got them, and worked faultlessly when the sh*t is blown out of them! Turned out the family system had a USB port completely clogged with dust, which had the system not booting, or endlwessly rebooting.


Coming Real SOON Now....

Still editing this stuff. Be back up soon ;)

A Draftsmans Tale - 2001.

Read on if you dare. Make sure you've got a cup of coffee and are ready to go back in time....


Jacko's Story.

Sometimes one laments on where they are in life and how they got there. Here's a brief overview of ME (Jacko) laying bare my computing journey....
Are you brave enough to look???

PARTS One, Two & Three