Here is a quick way to compare two PowerCADD files to see what is different between the two files:
Take the original file and change all the layers to gray in the Layers palette (by clicking once on the bullet to the left of the layer name, which causes the bullet to change to gray, along with the contents of the layer).
Paste the changed file onto a non-grayed scratch layer which islocated at the bottom of the list of layers. This puts the gray layers above the non-grayed layers and any changes are pretty easy to spot.
I have found that if you group a table and then choose edit the cells with the Text Tool, the text in the cell is now "Paragraph" text, i.e. you have full control over tabs and indentation. This was not possible before the table was grouped.
If the table is ungrouped, the "Paragraph" feature
goes away again.
I change the text size up one point in Excel before using Copy Picture, then change it back down to original size in PCADD. This fixes the vexing problem of missing or shortened text.
Here is the tutorial, using Excel to create schedules:
1. Set up your schedule in Excel, using cell borders to create the lines. Cell sizing is in points, with one point = 1/72 inch - if you care about the exact dimension of things. Leave enough space to increase the point size of your text one point before copying to PowerCADD. It looks good to have the text centered vertically in cells; alignment of left, right, or center will depend on personal taste. An extra narrow column can be inserted to give extra space to the left of a left-aligned column.
2. Fill in the schedule.
3. Select all, increase point size of text by one point.
4. Hold shift key down, then Edit: Copy Picture. Select the "when printed" option.
5. Paste the result into PowerCADD. Edit: Paste Special: By Mouse will let you put it roughly where you want in one step.
6. Decrease point size of text by one point. (This fixes the vexing problem of missing or shortened text -- like we said.)
7. Set line weight of border lines, turn fill of text to none.
8. Group the schedule, move to your desired location.
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