April 2002                              Issue 04:12

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VIRTUAL TABLET 2002 to be Included with CADVANCE 2002

Every user using CADVANCE eventually uses a library of symbols, macros, or add on programs, whether purchased or developed in-house.  By providing a simpler method of easy access to these tools can greatly increase productivity.

Virtual Tablet works just like a hardware tablet but on your graphics screen instead.  It provides the ability for symbol files, macros,  programs or file names to be inserted into a 6 x10 grid so you can quickly view up to 60 items per page (and add multiple pages as needed).  In addition to being able to create and customize tablets with your own symbols, you can also select from over 1000 symbols included with Virtual Tablet.


You can choose which tablet(s) you want to work with and graphically select which item on the tablet to activate.  If the item is a symbol, Virtual Tablet provides for the placement and manipulation of your symbol.  If it is a macro, program, or file, it will execute the file.  See the Virtual Tablet User Guide (included on the new CADVANCE 2002 CD) for complete information and details.

Watch for the update status of CADVANCE 2002 release!



  • QWhen I attempt to open a .DWG file I receive the following message:  "AD init failed, error is: Unable to open init file".  When I press OK, I get this additional message "Translation error occurred".
  • AThis is because of a corrupted or missing Adinit.DAT file.  Reinstall CADVANCE to restore  a good copy of Adinit.DAT. 
  • Q: My symbols are all placing at a scale of 1.0, but some are either too large or too small.
  • A:  Each symbol is created in a certain smallest unit.  The symbols that are out of scale were probably created in a different smallest unit than that of your drawing.  Go to Options / Unit to determine you drawing's Smallest Unit.  Then determine the smallest unit in which the symbol was created.  
If you don't know the Smallest Unit in which a symbol was first created, place the symbol in a brand new drawing of smallest unit X.  Then measure the symbol by selecting Utility / Object / QuerySize.  The coordinate difference between the x-coordinates is the length of the symbol in the x-direction.  The coordinate difference between the y-coordinates is the length of the symbol in the y-direction.  If the x-coordinate length is too big by a factor of 3 (or if the y-coordinate is too big by a factor of 3), then you'll know that the symbol's original Smallest Unit was X*3.  Here is a simple procedure as an example:

Open a new drawing and set the Smallest Unit to 1/1024.  Place the symbol in question and measure it.  If the x-length is 10 inches when it SHOULD be 2 inches, you know that it is 5 times too big - so now you know that the symbol was created in a Smallest Unit of (1024*5), which equals 5120.  Thus, when you run it through the symbol translator, type in a Smallest Unit of 5120.

  • Q: When I import an AutoCAD file, the CADVANCE Status bar indicates "Cannot Create TEXT" or "Cannot Create NODE" or Cannot Create ARC".
  • A:  This is likely because of Associative entities in the translation process but it will finish the translation process ignoring such associative objects.  You may wish to download IntelliCAD at and run it if you would like to purge the elements from the drawing before importing it.  


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