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WTCA has a set of details in .DXF  format for trusses.  This will also be 
available free on the net in the near future.  Will let you know when. Simpson 
has worked with us on these as well.  They are a great group.

Kirk Grundahl, P.E.
Executive Director
Wood Truss Council of America

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Subject:	Can't do without my Simpson.PDF

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About two weeks ago I downloaded the latest Simpson Catalog, Plated =
truss catalog and ICBO report files in PDF format. I am forever loosing =
my catalogs or loaning them on a one way return policy (never comes =
back) and find myself stranded when I need the information. This =
happened two weeks ago when I could not locate my latest catalog and =
needed to specify a new connector that was not in last years literature.
Although it took a while to download some 6 or 8 meg catalog, I have =
devoted space on my virtual desktop to the catalog so that I can simply =
double click on it and have the information right on the screen.
I can't recommend this enough to my peers who are either forgetful as I =
am or are running out of bookcase space. This is very convenient when =
working through a design.

I have spoken to the APA who are also considering putting their =
technical documents online and/or by availability of PDF format. For =
those unfamiliar, PDF files are read with a free Adobe Acrobate Reader =
(latest version 3.x). The format preserves all graphics for as crisp and =
sharp an image (of couse based upon the limits of your graphics card) as =
you would have on paper - just without the coffee cup stains and bent =
pages (however, the penciled in notes have been helpful).
I have asked APA to consider making all technical documents available on =
their web site (www.apawood.org) rather than to be a clearing house for =
documents at small fee's. They have shown interest in our comments =
inasmuch as they plan to do work on their web to accomodate online =
documentation. Three cheers for APA who are more interested in supplying =
engineers technical documents immediatly than earning $2.00 for a snail =
mailed copy.
If you have any suggestions for APA, please feel free to send them to =
lmetzner(--nospam--at)eni.net who is one of the technical writers for APA that I have =
e-mailed.=20

It does my heart good to see professional industry organizations do more =
than sell literature on the net. I have to applaud those that realize =
that engineers promote their industry in our designs and that the more =
they do to make technical information available to us helps their =
industry. Good work APA - just tell us how soon before your ready for =
downloads.
=20
Dennis

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forever loosing my catalogs or loaning them on a one way return policy =
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happened=20
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specify a=20
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<DIV><FONT size=3D2>Although it took a while to download some 6 or 8 meg =
catalog,=20
I have devoted space on my virtual desktop to the catalog so that I can =
simply=20
double click on it and have the information right on the =
screen.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>I can't recommend this enough to my peers who are =
either=20
forgetful as I am or are running out of bookcase space. This is very =
convenient=20
when working through a design.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>I have spoken to the APA who are also considering =
putting=20
their technical documents online and/or by availability of PDF format. =
For those=20
unfamiliar, PDF files are read with a free Adobe Acrobate Reader (latest =
version=20
3.x). The format preserves all graphics for as crisp and sharp an image =
(of=20
couse based upon the limits of your graphics card) as you would have on =
paper -=20
just without the coffee cup stains and bent pages (however, the penciled =
in=20
notes have been helpful).</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>I have asked APA to consider making all technical =
documents=20
available on their web site (<A=20
href=3D"http://www.apawood.org";>www.apawood.org</A>) rather than to be a =
clearing=20
house for documents at small fee's. They have shown interest in our =
comments=20
inasmuch as they plan to do work on their web to accomodate online=20
documentation. Three cheers for APA who are more interested in supplying =

engineers technical documents immediatly than earning $2.00 for a snail =
mailed=20
copy.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>If you have any suggestions for APA, please feel =
free to send=20
them to <A href=3D"mailto:lmetzner(--nospam--at)eni.net">lmetzner(--nospam--at)eni.net</A> who is =
one of the=20
technical writers for APA that I have e-mailed. </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=3D2>It does my heart good to see professional industry=20
organizations do more than sell literature on the net. I have to applaud =
those=20
that realize that engineers promote their industry in our designs and =
that the=20
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industry.=20
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downloads.</FONT></DIV>
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