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Online Help

  As many of you probably know, Autodesk made Online Help available in AutoCAD 2011.  However, you may not have known that online help has been available for CADWorx for quite some time.  Here are the relevant pages: For online Plant help: For online Steel help: For online Equipment help: and for […]

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CADWorx Updates Page

Recently due to increased hacker awareness, the page link for the downloads for CADWorx 2010 has changed.  We want to make sure CADWorx users are aware of this change. As always you can go to and visit the downloads page: But if you want to bookmark the links, here they are: Download a fresh […]

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Sharing CADWorx P&ID on a network

Frequently people ask how to share P&ID symbols and settings with others in the company.  In this article, we are going to walk through the steps of setting up a CADWorx P&ID to use network libraries. Overview: Create a directory for symbols on your network. Copy the CADWorx symbols and menu symbol files to the […]

BOM Gather Spreadsheet Released Read more

BOM Gather Spreadsheet Released

Today the BOM Gather Spreadsheet hits the store! To answer your first question, here is what the spreadsheet can do for you. Automate the process of formatting your spreadsheet. Import a query from a database to the pre-formatted spreadsheet. Compare two published spreadsheets and list the differences. By the way, you may be […]

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Update for CADWorx 2010

I wanted to take a minute to show how to make sure you are up to date on the latest CADWorx software. Enter CADWORXABOUT at the command line, and you will get this dialog.  Then click the Check for Updates button. Update: Per the comments, at times you may not be able to get the […]

Mastering P&ID Professional Read more

Mastering P&ID Professional

We have really great news for everyone!  Today the Mastering P&ID Professional Video series go on the market.  You can read the press release here. For a few months ECAD had me devote my time to documenting P&ID so that we could bring to you the most comprehensive training tool available.  Currently we are selling […]

CADWorx Properties Palette by ECAD Read more

CADWorx Properties Palette by ECAD

We have exciting news for everyone.  Today we are releasing the CADWorx Properties palette by ECAD!  Here’s is the other half of the good news…it’s FREE!  Once again, to download all you have to do is register with our site and then access the downloads page. We have a video that walks through installation and […]

Adding CADWorx Ribbon by ECAD Read more

Adding CADWorx Ribbon by ECAD

Hello all. For my first post, I want to show how to add the CADWorx ribbons that Kyle has been handing out. Click here to get the pdf with screenshots or watch the video version. Enjoy!

Load the Ribbon

After receiving the ribbon via email or download, save them to a location that you will be able to access momentarily. Start CADWorx Plant and in a blank drawing start the CUI editor (CUI at the command line). Scroll down to the Partial Customization file node, right-click it and select Load Partial Customization file.

Browse to the location you’ve saved the ribbon, select it and click Open. In the Customizations in Main File drop down, select All Customization Files. Depending on the settings 1 of 2 things will happen. In most cases, the ribbon tabs are now added to every workspace, so you can click OK to close the dialog. However, you still should know how to add tabs to a workspace.

Create a Plant Workspace

Select the “3D Modeling” workspace at the top left and right-click to copy and paste the workspace. Rename the new workspace to Plant Ribbon, select it and click the Customize Workspace button. Let’s assume that in this case we need to add the ribbon tabs to the workspace. Once you are in workspace customization mode, items can be added to the workspace from the files in the left panel. Scroll down to PIPE_ALT_RIB under partial customization file and expand the ribbon node. Expand the tab node. The tab node displays all of the tabs available from the customization file. Check all of the tabs to add them to the workspace, or check the Tabs box.

In the workspace contents panel, the contents of the workspace we are currently customizing are displayed. Expand the Ribbon Tabs node. At the end of the tabs list are the Plant tabs. Drag and drop them to the front to have them display as the far left tabs. Click the Done button. On the left, select the Plant Ribbon workspace, right-click and set it current. Click OK to apply the changes and exit the dialog. After the CUI file saves, and updates the screen, your display will show the Plant Ribbon workspace with the CADWorx Ribbon included.

Having trouble viewing the video? See it here.

David Wolfe

Extending P&ID Symbols Read more

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

Updating The Switchboard Interface With CADWorx P&ID Read more

Updating The Switchboard Interface With CADWorx P&ID

If you are running CADWorx P&ID, then chances are you have added or removed fields from the database. This is a great way to really get the information that we need into the drawing, into the database, and more importantly, into the hands of the people that really need the info.

Let’s setup a scenario. You’ve added a few Columns to the valve table, and you’ve updated the database.tbl file to make sure that the columns you’ve added show up in the additional data section of the Component Edit Dialog Box.

The only problem that we have from this point, is when using the ICES database interface, those fields don’t show up just because we’ve added them into the database and into P&ID.

Let me stop here, I’ve made an assumption that you know about adding database columns into the project AFTER you’ve created the project, if this is NOT the case PLEASE let me know. Shoot me an email, or message me somehow and I will be GLAD to help you out with that as well.

Now, back to the database, there are a couple of things we need to do to get our information into the ICES switchboard, none of which are difficult.

First, we need to find the querry that gathers the information into the switchboard, you can see here where we’ve added in the column VENDOR_ for the Valve Table

And Here is the Query we need to take a look at:

We’ll open this in Design View and add in a query. Out of the box, it will look like this:

Now that it’s in the query, we have one more step, and that is tweaking the header of the query to show up in the dialog box in the ICES Switchboard. We’ll modify the first line to look like this:

This in turn, will give us the following when we take a look at the switchboard:

Notice the Vendor tag at the bottom, ready for you, or a member of your team to populate the data.

Not hard, but another situation where we need to know the right steps to get accomplished what we need.

Again, if you have any questions PLEASE feel free to contact me.