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Extending P&ID Symbols

This week on the forums djf posted a question about instrument buttons. Eventually we came around to a feature I hadn’t thought about for long time…ok, I forgot it was there…sort of. The good thing is djf was patient enough to wait for my memory to catch up with our conversation so we could get the issue resolved.

The trick is that P&ID uses two types of commands to allow drawing new symbols, and customizing the user.lsp allows us to take full advantage of CADWorx P&ID.

This pdf explains it all in detail, as it’s a little lengthy to repeat here.

The video is available for viewing here and shows how to insert P&ID objects from tool palettes.

David Wolfe

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ISOGEN Symbol Editing

This one was pretty exciting to me. For those of us that have spent anytime trying to work with the symbol editor for ISOGEN, we all know the pain that IS the symbol editor for ISOGEN. Along comes a new hire in the Houston office of ECAD. Matthew Peters shows up, is given the task of taking learning ISOGEN, then writes this after spending about 2 weeks with the software. These are the people that A: make me sick 🙂 and B: I’m VERY glad are on my team, and YOURS! He’s made putting good looking supports, shoes, etc… into ISOGEN an easy step by step. This document should go with the rest of your ISOGEN Bible that I know all of you have saved around there somewhere.

Here’s a couple of screen caps from the document.

You can download the file here ISOGEN Symbol Editor pdf

With any luck we can hope for more of this great work from Matthew in the future.


Kyle Pope

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Change the Channel

FYI, we just started a PDOTeam channel which we will use to host any of the videos we record. Our Process Design, from the Outside channel is available at www.youtube.com/PDOTeam.

We will be adding short how to clips that may tie into our blog material. We hope that as you “tune in” to our channel, we can help you, our COADE users, become the most effective designers!

Teaching poeple with videos from Youtube is another tool for Process Design, from the Outside.

Don’t break a sweat Read more

Don’t break a sweat

As you all have heard, I am the new member to the ECAD team. I will take the next few moments to introduce myself. For the last few years I’ve spent my time digging around inside of the CADWorx line while doing piping design for companies in the South East. Through that time, I’ve learned that tweaking is a whole lot of FUN! Like everyone, at some points I’ve gotten bitten for tweaking too much. I remember one time…

During the my first exposure to AutoCAD and the CUI, like any diligent person I was trying to get my head wrapped around the CUI thing. Well, I ended up past my limits and before I knew it, I had no buttons, menus, or toolbars! I didn’t touch the CUI command for 3 weeks at least.

All that to say, as a new member of the Process Design from the Outside team (PDO?), my goal is to tweak CADWorx and AutoCAD, stress myself out with disappearing buttons, toolbars and menus, and do the dirty work of figuring out how the stuff is put together, so you can focus on your job. I’m going to do my best to put the information I learn into any format that will help you learn it-whether a handout, blog, or a video.

Thanks to Kyle and ECAD for their support and bringing me onto the team!

David Wolfe