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RE: Mathcad and or Excel/Sketches in Mathcad

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For those of you trying to add sketches in Mathcad...

At our office we use a program called PlotHP2 ADI 4.2 With HandPlot by Robert McNeel & Associates. It allows you to plot your AutoCAD drawings to a .WMF file. The .WMF files take up little space (approx 15 - 20 k for small sketches). The .WMF files can be imported into any Windows program you are using (Word, Excel, MathCAD, etc.) and the pictures are vectorized images so they can be scaled to any size and still retain line weights.

Russell Berkowitz
URS Greiner Woodward Clyde

From: "Bill Allen" <Bill(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: RE: Mathcad and or Excel
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 10:52:55 -0700

I guess I'm too picky. I want to vary line weights, etc. as if I would be
printing a sketch from AutoCAD. If the lineweights didn't matter, the
problem (of putting sketches in Mathcad) is pretty elementary.


Bill Allen, S.E.
Laguna Niguel, CA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Harold Sprague [mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 1999 8:01 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: RE: Mathcad and or Excel
> I frequently add simple sketches of plans and sections to my MathCad
> templates.  I use Paint Brush because the files are
> relatively small.
> 1.  Put a fence around the sketch in Paint Brush.
> 2.  Hit copy.
> 3.  Open the MathCad template.
> 4.  Place the cursor where you want the sketch, and hit paste.
> One trick I learned is to input the bit map sketches and define the
> variables in MathCad around the sketch.  This makes the
> sketch interactive
> with the template, and serves the same function as you would in a hand
> calculation.
> Some engineers I know use AutoCad Lite, but the files are
> larger.  You can
> also take simple AutoCad drawings, save them to a bit map,
> fine tune them in
> Paint Brush, and enter the bit map the same as above, and
> save file space.
> Harold Sprague
> The Neenan Company
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JohnOttCE(--nospam--at) [mailto:JohnOttCE(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 1999 12:18 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Mathcad and or Excel
> .....
> The only thing that would make either one better would be the
> ability to put
> simple drawings in the body of the calculations.
> .....
> John Ott

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