The NCS Layer Standards rely on the concept and practice of a standard Pattern (Keys and delimiters) coupled with Major and Minor Keys. Every CAD Layer or Level standard employs this basic concept these days. True, we could just employ the unique numeric IDs the software’s actually use, but these aren’t very user friendly. We walked away for good human reasons.Read more
For reason that should be obvious, I see a lot of different CAD Standards and a lot of Layer Standards in particular. Folks just call me up and hit me up with NCS questions. People pay me to develop them for them too. Does this make me an expert?. No. You’re the expert at what you do.
Our Production Solution products for AutoCAD Civil 3D have been out there for quite…Read more
All this talk and words about NCS (National CAD Standard) Layer schemes for production and publishing and the complex relationship to AutoCAD Civil 3D View Features and Styles is enough to give me a headache. That reality makes many of us civil engineering and survey people want to ignore the entire boondoggle and go back to the past. Luckily for us we can…
View the Future
AutoCAD Civil 3D, as model-based software, continues to create new wrinkles that affect how we deal with old AutoCAD management stuff like Layers, Linetypes, Blocks and all the rest. If we try to ignore and treat these fundamental parts in the same old ways, we can make ourselves more work.
A Wrinkle in Time
Simply put – to create, edit, manage, and publish a model is not drawing…Read more
We talked about the need for out Release 5 AutoCAD linetype resources for AutoCAD Civil 3D last time. We support both NCS 4.0 and NCS 5.0 CAD Standards in our Production Solution products for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.
I’d argue we need to consider what we do with these flexible and adaptive linetypes carefully. Why? How you employ them may significantly…Read more