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Using progeCAD ® is part of an integrated documentation set that includes this manual and a comprehensive collection of help resources to give you the information you need to create drawings in progeCAD.

This manual is organized into chapters that parallel how you work in progeCAD, according to the tasks you might perform; also as it refer to all progeCAD's versions, some of the features are available only in the full version.

In progeCAD Viewer versions are not available creating and editing functions.

Specific release's features are available on

Introduction: Chapter 1 An overview of the key features of progeCAD plus basic concepts of computer-aided design (CAD) as they apply to progeCAD.

Getting started: Chapter 2 Installing progeCAD, starting and exiting progeCAD, working with toolbars, and selecting commands.

Working with drawings: Chapter 3 Opening an existing drawing and starting a new drawing. Using Drawing Settings to establish paper size, scale factors, and text height. Working with colors in your drawings. Using drawing aids such as entity snaps and orthogonal mode to draw accurately.

Creating entities: Chapters 4-5 Working with simple entities such as lines, circles, and arcs and with complex entities such as polygons, spline curves, planes, wipeouts, boundary hatches, and more.

Viewing your drawing: Chapter 6 Moving around in the drawing, changing its magnification, creating multiple views, and saving arrangements of windows of the drawing.

Working with coordinates: Chapter 7 Working with Cartesian coordinate systems, specifying two-dimensional and three-dimensional coordinates, and defining your own user coordinate systems.

Working with the progeCAD Explorer: Chapter 8 Using the progeCAD Explorer to manage your drawings: controlling layers, linetypes, text styles, coordinate systems, views, and blocks and copying information between drawings.

Getting drawing information: Chapter 9 Working with the additional information in progeCAD drawings, calculating areas and distances, and displaying other drawing information.

Modifying entities: Chapter 10 Selecting, copying, rearranging, resizing, and editing entities.

Annotating and dimensioning your drawing: Chapters 11-12 Using text to annotate drawings; using dimensions to annotate the measurement of entities.

Working with blocks, attributes, and external references: Chapter 13 Using blocks and external references to combine entities and data for reuse; creating attribute information to extract for use in other programs.

iCADLib: Chapter 14 Library blocks symbols.

Printing drawings: Chapter 15 Combining drawings into finished layouts and printing copies.

Drawing in three dimensions: Chapter 16 Creating and editing three-dimensional entities. Also visualizing them using hidden line removal, shading, and photo-realistic rendering.

Render: Chapter 17 Creating a photo-realistic image of your model, complete with light sources, shadows, surface material properties, and reflections.

Google Earth: Chapter 18 You can import the current Google Earth view into progeCAD and use this raster image as a background for a drawing or to give a geographical reference of your DWG model position on the earth's surface.

Working with other programs: Chapter 19 Sharing drawings and data with other users, documents, and programs.

Image: Chapter 20 Modifying and viewing raster images.

Customizing progeCAD: Chapter 21 Customizing the appearance and operation of the program to suit your needs.

Understanding AutoCAD compatibility: Appendix Describes similarities and differences between progeCAD and AutoCAD.