IronCAD Community &gt, Inserting Illustrator/vector artwork into icd

Does anyone else need to import Illustrator (or other vector) artwork into IronCAD 2D drawings? I've never been able to figure out how to go directly from Illustrator to IronCAD, so we have been using Freehand (version 9, back when Macromedia owned it.) We would create a new Freehand OLE object in a drawing, which would open up a Freehand window, allow us to copy the Illustrator art into the Freehand window & 'Exit & return to ...' from the Freehand menu. Works great - gives us access to all sorts of artwork that can then be scaled in IronCAD without any pixelization. Plus, we could then open the file from IronCAD for editing, based on the needs of our drawing. Then we could drag the art into a catalog for future uses. Now we're updating our computers & Freehand won't load on the new systems. Adobe bought Freehand a few years back & doesn't intend to update it (i.e. they want it to die.) So now we find ourselves with IronCAD 2D catalogs full of Freehand illustrations, which we can drag onto a drawing sheet, but won't be able to edit - and no way to get new artwork, save making jpegs (which is going to be another issue, when we can't get Microsoft Photo Editor to work with newer operating systems.) What I do is save the Illustrator files as DWGs and then bring them into ICD. then I make groups of what I need from the DWG geometry. Well, I can get the DWG to open in CAXA & it looks as though it might preserve fills, etc. How exactly do you manage to get the art onto an icd sheet? I must be missing something. Did we get somewhere with the Mike and Cary? This is a global (Skyline) issue and a streamlined process would be amazing for how I use the tools. May be worthy of testing. I use Inkscape.org alot instead of Illustrator. Its free open-source, will read all sorts of Vector file types and export to DXF which I used in IC. I tried that last night, it caused errors with pyhton.exe. I tried my Illustrator 9.0 and it changes the system to basic compatibility mode for IC, didn't work either. Every time I use Illustrator , it goes like this with Windows 7. It doesn't like the aero peek features of the desktop. However Illustrator works as a standalone app, can't work with any. I haven't tried setting all in 32 bit compatibility mode yet. Does anyone else need to import Illustrator (or other vector) artwork into IronCAD 2D drawings? I've never been able to figure out how to go directly from Illustrator to IronCAD, so we have been using Freehand (version 9, back when Macromedia owned it.) We would create a new Freehand OLE object in a drawing, which would open up a Freehand window, allow us to copy the Illustrator art into the Freehand window & 'Exit & return to ...' from the Freehand menu. Works great - gives us access to all sorts of artwork that can then be scaled in IronCAD without any pixelization. Plus, we could then open the file from IronCAD for editing, based on the needs of our drawing. Then we could drag the art into a catalog for future uses. Now we're updating our computers & Freehand won't load on the new systems. Adobe bought Freehand a few years back & doesn't intend to update it (i.e. they want it to die.) So now we find ourselves with IronCAD 2D catalogs full of Freehand illustrations, which we can drag onto a drawing sheet, but won't be able to edit - and no way to get new artwork, save making jpegs (which is going to be another issue, when we can't get Microsoft Photo Editor to work with newer operating systems.) Explode the curves before exporting as dwg as the Rhino exporter will export poly-curves as splines, and these typically are not editable in Iron Cad. Thanks Troy. I tried this & see it would work for simple line art. Unfortunately, much of the Illustrator art that we need to import involves fills. It looks to me as though fills are ignored during the import to an IronCAD sketch, so I'm left with only the outlines. It's a bit ironic that much of our Illustrator artwork began life as an IronCAD drawing. We create a 2D view of a 3D model, & export as a DWG. Then we import into Illustrator, add fills, crop as necessary & add text. Ideally, we'd like to bring that artwork back into IronCAD to be used in other drawings, while retaining editability. Alternatively, we would like to be able to take our original 2D drawing view, add annotations, etc. & drag it into a catalog as 2D vector art. The line drawing of the 3D model wouldn't necessarily have to be editable, but it would be essential that we could drag the view out of a catalog & change the annotations or edit view curves. This is a 'lo-fi' version of our main content. To view the full version with more information, formatting and images, please Source.


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