Friday, May 13, 2005
CAD on the Hoof? PowerCAD CE Frees Me From My Drafting Table
Posted by John Walkosak in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:00 AM
Yeah, but how do I get this roll of drawings into this little computer...
The last thing I should discuss is getting drawings from my desktop to the Pocket PC. By default, PowerCAD uses it's own file extension of .FLX. However, almost the entire CAD world uses the ubiquitous AutoCAD .DWG or .DXF file formats. When installed thru the desktop, Activesync is configured to translate .DWG to .FLX. So it is a very easy matter to drag and drop the .dwg files straight into the Pocket PC. But if I am away from my desktop, or want to put the drawings directly onto a memory card, the software can translate the file type on the fly.
Figure 12: A drawing emailed to me by a consultant
CAD on a Pocket PC is an ambitious undertaking, but GiveMePower has done an incredible job with their PowerCad CE series. While this is certainly not for everyone, if you have a need to reverence CAD drawings while on the go, this just might be the software for you.
John Walkosak is an Architect specializing in the design of hospitals and health care facilities throughout the northeast (www.hfpambuske.com)