Sept 2003                                                September 2003 Issue

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CADVANCE 2002 Service Pack 4

The CADVANCE 2002 Service Pack 4 Update, Single License and Site License versions, is now available at no charge to CADVANCE 2002 Users.  To install Service Pack 4, please visit the Downloads Page at

Please save the file to disk drive, especially if you have a slow connection.  Any questions about Service Pack 4 may be send to .  Please note that shipping fees apply for Updates to be sent on a CD.

CADVANCE V2002 drawings are compatible with CADVANCE V2000.

Drawing files saved in CADVANCE 2002 format are downward compatible to CADVANCE 2000.


SP4 contains all changes, bug fixes and improvements of all previous Service Packs SP3, SP2, and SP1.  Previous Service Packs do not need to be installed before installing SP4.

What's new in CADVANCE 2002 Service Pack 4            August 14, 2003

Items improved and/or fixed in the latest Service Pack 4

CADVANCE Layer Setup definition is improved to inherit the layer definition of AutoCAD.  An example is the AutoCAD layer definition of symbol and text attributes when the symbol and text attribute are on different layers.  For example, if the symbol resides on layer called ‘Symbols’, and text attributes reside on layer called ‘Hidden’.

SP4 Files Updated since Service Pack 3

dwgxvwf.dll  Last Modified Date:  July 01, 2003

vwfxdwg.dll  Last Modified Date:  July 01, 2003


What's new in CADVANCE 2002 Service Pack 3            July 25, 2003

Items improved and/or fixed in the latest Service Pack 3.

1.  Fixed TrueType Text Width Display/Print in Reference Drawings.

2.  Improved Import of Arcs from AutoCAD DWG files.  Especially helpful in import of drawings of the Civil & Survey types.

3.  Improved Import of some Cad text from AutoCAD DWG files.

4.  Fixed Import of some AutoCAD DWG files on Windows NT/2000/XP systems where there are a very large amount of lines and/or polylines in the DWG file which caused a crash when trying to open the DWG on Windows NT/2000/XP.

5.  Improved Export to DWG, in that VWF drawing exports to DWG file without needing a File/Pack/Recalculate, where File/Pack/Recalculate was needed before in some instances (for example if a symbol was newly made in the VWF drawing with the command Symbol/Make, it would be necessary to do a File/Pack/Recalculate).

The translator files are:

adinit.dat        ('Modified' date is September 27, 2001)
dwgxvwf.dll   ('Modified' date is June 17, 2003)
vwfxdwg.dll   ('Modified' date is June 17, 2003)

The other update files are:

Cad1.dll          ('Modified' date of June 17, 2003)
CADMSG.dll  ('Modified' date is June 16, 2003)
MFCTools.dll ('Modified' date is June 16, 2003)

CADMSG.dll is a display message dynamic link library file.
MFCTools.dll is a dynamic link library file involved in control of display and update of messages, tool bars, and status bar.

    • Cdi macro calls fixes.  The following Cdi calls have been fixed:
    • File name length is now up to 260 characters long.
    • Options/Path dialog box can read/edit long paths from CADVANCE.INI file  or user input.
    • Note for AETools users:
      AETools 2002 is not updated for long path names yet:
      AETools 2002 and CADVANCE 2000 share the buffer objects CDI_REFERENCE_DEFN and CDI_REFERENCE_BUF which are used by AEPlan. The buffer objects have maximum 64 character  path length.
    • DWG to VWF translator layers bug fix.
      Layers from DWG was setting line style and weight to zero in the CADVANCE 2002 original release. It now sets blank like V2000.
    • Edit Words menu update
      Now Edit Words menu is separated in to two menus, Single and Multiple.
      This change reflects to Edit/Word as Edit/Word Single and Edit/Word Multiple on the Edit menu as well as mouse right button popup menu.


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CADVANCE Customer Testimonials:  What People are saying about CADVANCE
We like to think that simple is best.  CADVANCE training typically takes a few days, while AutoCAD training typically takes three weeks.  The learning curve for full design comprehension is one-third that of Autocad. Users are up-to-speed and producing accurate and effective designs in much less time - and maintain higher production ratios over time.  Cadvance also offers a much more effective solution and meets all the requirements of the company business plan.  Here are comments from a few of our users.
- "I use CADVANCE for warehouse storage design.  CADVANCE is user friendly even for a novice.  I am a self-taught CAD user.  I was given the opportunity to use AutoCAD and found it was extremely complex, even with the tutorial."
- "I find the CADVANCE Texture command most useful for me, and it's simple to use.  I use this command to layout the floor grid.  CADVANCE is an excellent program.   Compared to AutoCAD, it's more user friendly and it's a bargain."
- "CADVANCE is easy, flexible, and fast!"

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We invite you to visit SEEFOODdiet, from Steven Barritt, one of our loyal CADVANCE Users!  His Web Page is and displays some interesting and funny artwork done with CADVANCE.  If you have some drawings or would like us to link to your web page, let us know!




  This edition includes 4 frequently asked questions from CADVANCE users.
  • QHow do I change the number of sides for drawing an Ellipse?
  • A: To change setup options for the active command, choose the Setup dialog box (S).  The Ellipse option sets the number of sides used to create ellipses with Draw/Ellipse (from 6 to 2000). Lower values generate rougher ellipses. Higher values draw smoother ellipses.
  • More information about the Setup dialog box (S) can be found in the CADVANCE Reference Manual. 
  • Q:  The Area Fill object is covering my lines.  I want the Area Fill to be behind the lines, so that they display when I print my drawing.
  • A:  Versions V99 and above can do that if the line objects are on a different layer than the area-fill and you toggle between TraverseForward or TraverseBackward appropriately, in Options/Miscellaneous/Switches dialog. 
  • Example.  Area fill is on layer 4.  Line objects are on layer 65.  To have the area fill under the lines, toggle-click TraverseForward.
  • Example:  Area fill is on layer 65.  Line objects are on layer 4.  To have the fill under the lines, toggle-click TraverseBackward.
  • Version 2002 can do it no matter what the layers, with a function called "Area Fills Under Lines".  This will work even if your objects are on the same layer as the area fills, and it will put the area fills in the background all the time.
  • Another option is to draw the area fill and then open the area fill drawing as a reference drawing in the main drawing.  The area fill will then appear behind what you have drawn in the main drawing.  You can then print this out on your color printer.


  • Q:  I am receiving the following errors when I plot or when I print to file.
Startdoc 1722 Status -1
Startpage Status -1
Endpage 87 Status -1
What do these errors mean, and how do I fix it?

  • A:  The following suggestions have been reported to have solved the issue.
    • Shut down other programs.
    • Remove the Read-Only attribute on your TEMP folder.  Right click on your TEMP folder, click Properties and remove the attribute "Read Only".
    • Clean out your TEMP folder.
    • Restart your computer.


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