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| AC12TO10 |
| Version 2.22 |
Copyright (C) 1991-1994 by Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Blue Ridge Software, Inc. is a
Registered AutoCAD Developer and a
Member of the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP)
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SHAREWARE VERSION MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1) What is AC12TO10? 1
2) What is SHAREWARE? 2
3) Disclaimer - Agreement 3
4) Installation 4
5) Using AC12TO10 5,6
6) If you have problems or questions... 7
7) What do I get for Registering AC12TO10? 8
8) Ordering Policies 9
9) Ordering AC12TO10 10
10) Comment Form 11
A) What is Shareware? 12,13
What is the ASP?
B) The ASP Ombudsman 14
C) What else is there? 15
D) Note to Vendors and Foreign Users 16
E) Acknowledgements 17
1 - WHAT IS AC12TO10?
AC12TO10 is an "AutoCAD external" utility which will read
and write drawing files directly without entering AutoCAD
and without generating DXF files. It will strip R11 and R12
specific entities and variables from an R11 or R12 drawing and
produce an R10 drawing from the DOS prompt. Just tag the
files you want converted and press ENTER.
That's all there is to it!
If you have clients that have upgraded to Release 11 or 12,
you can now have access to their drawings in Release 10.
AC12TO10 gives you:
-Multiple File Conversion Capability
-High Speed Conversion from R11 or R12 to R10
AC12TO10 is being marketed through the "Shareware"
concept. If you're unfamiliar with shareware, please be
sure to read section 2 - "What is Shareware?".
Go ahead and integrate AC12TO10 into your AutoCAD
environment. If AC12TO10 meets your needs, as we're sure
it will, just follow the registration procedures and
register with us. The registration instructions and terms
will appear later in this document...
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2 - WHAT IS SHAREWARE? (See appendix A also)
DEFINITION OF SHAREWARE
Shareware distribution gives users a chance to try software
before buying it. If you try a Shareware program and
continue using it, you are expected to register. Individual
programs differ on details -- some request registration
while others require it, some specify a maximum trial
period. With registration, you get anything from the simple
right to continue using the software to an updated program
with printed manual.
Copyright laws apply to both Shareware and commercial
software, and the copyright holder retains all rights, with
a few specific exceptions as stated below. Shareware authors
are accomplished programmers, just like commercial authors,
and the programs are of comparable quality. (In both cases,
there are good programs and bad ones!) The main difference
is in the method of distribution. The author specifically
grants the right to copy and distribute the software, either
to all and sundry or to a specific group. For example, some
authors require written permission before a commercial disk
vendor may copy their Shareware.
Shareware is a distribution method, not a type of software.
You should find software that suits your needs and
pocketbook, whether it's commercial or Shareware. The
Shareware system makes fitting your needs easier, because
you can try before you buy. And because the overhead is
low, prices are low also. Shareware has the ultimate
money-back guarantee -- if you don't use the product, you
don't pay for it.
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3 - DISCLAIMER - AGREEMENT
Users of AC12TO10 must accept this disclaimer of warranty:
"AC12TO10 is supplied as is. The author disclaims all
warranties, expressed or implied, including, without
limitation, the warranties of merchantability and of fitness
for any purpose. The author assumes no liability for
damages, direct or consequential, which may result from the
use of AC12TO10."
AC12TO10 is a "shareware program" and is provided at no
charge to the user for evaluation. Feel free to share it
with your friends, but please do not give it away altered
or as part of another system. The essence of "user-
supported" software is to provide personal computer users
with quality software without high prices, and yet to
provide incentive for programmers to continue to develop
new products. If you find this program useful and find that
you are using AC12TO10 and continue to use AC12TO10 after a
reasonable trial period, you must make a registration
payment of $49.95 + applicable tax + S/H to Blue Ridge
Software, Inc. The $49.95 + applicable tax + S/H
registration fee will license one copy for use on any one
computer at any one time. You must treat this software just
like a book. An example is that this software may be used
by any number of people and may be freely moved from one
computer location to another, so long as there is no
possibility of it being used at one location while it's
being used at another. Just as a book cannot be read by two
different persons at the same time.
Commercial users of AC12TO10 must register and pay for their
copies of AC12TO10 within 30 days of first use or their
license is withdrawn. Site-License arrangements may be made
by contacting Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
Anyone distributing AC12TO10 for any kind of remuneration
must first contact Blue Ridge Software, Inc. at the address
below for authorization. This authorization will be
automatically granted to distributors recognized by the
(ASP) as adhering to its guidelines for shareware
distributors, and such distributors may begin offering
AC12TO10 immediately (However Blue Ridge Software, Inc. must
still be advised so that the distributor can be kept
up-to-date with the latest version of AC12TO10.).
You are encouraged to pass a copy of AC12TO10 along to your
friends for evaluation. Please encourage them to register
their copy if they find that they can use it. All
registered users will receive a copy of the latest version
of the AC12TO10 system.
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4 - INSTALLATION
If you haven't already, use the install program included with
the AC12TO10 files. Simply type 'INSTALL' at the DOS prompt and
follow the instructions. Note that if you wish to use AC12TO10 from
any directory, the directory that AC12TO10 was installed to MUST
appear in your path. Install will do this for you if you choose
this option. Also, your machine must be rebooted for the changes
to the path statement to take effect.
After installation, move to the directory where some drawing
files exist and type 'AC12TO10' at the DOS prompt. A list of all of
the drawing files in the directory will appear. use the space bar
to tag the drawings you want to convert and hit ENTER. That's it!
If AC12TO10 doesn't come up when you type AC12TO10 at the
DOS prompt, try the following:
- Go to the directory where AC12TO10 was copied to.
- Check to see that AC12TO10 is there by executing the
directory command (dir).
If not, try copying AC12TO10 to the directory again.
If it is, make sure that this directory is actually
in your path. Type "PATH" at the DOS prompt and
check to see if this directory is contained in
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5 - Using AC12TO10
To run AC12TO10, just type 'AC12TO10' at the DOS prompt.
The registration reminder screen will appear. After you're
done reading this screen, press ENTER. The main user's
screen will then appear.
The right side of the main screen shows the available
options. These are listed below and can be selected by
pressing the corresponding key.
F1 - Help
F5 - Untag all drawings in the directory
F6 - Invert tags
F10 - Tag all drawings in the directory
N - Sort the drawing files by name
D - Sort the drawing files by date
S - Sort the drawing files by size
SPACE - Tag the highlighted file
ESCAPE - Exit the program
ENTER - Convert the selected drawings
Select the drawings you wish to convert by tagging them
with the SPACE BAR and press ENTER. The tagged files will
If a single file is to be converted, just highlight the
desired file and press ENTER.
Press ESC to quit processing at any time. The current
drawing file being processed will not be converted.
- If the drawing is already Version 10 then the program
will skip over it and proceed to the next drawing
- If ESC is pressed while a drawing is being processed,
AC12TO10 will finish converting the current file, then
rewrite the finished file with the .BAK file.
Therefore, no changes will have been made to the file
that was being converted.
- Large drawings can take a long time to convert. Please
don't reboot while AC12TO10 is running - if you need
to stop converting in middle of a number of files, hit
ESCAPE. This will avoid any problems with lost or bad
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- .BAK files are generated automatically. There is no
option to not generate backup files. This was decided
on to prevent losing the original drawing in case
there is a power outage or hard-disk crash while
AC12TO10 is running. We suggest that the converted
drawings be tested in AutoCAD before erasing the
.BAK files to verify that an undetectable "brown-out"
or "kicked-disk" did not corrupt the converted
drawing. If proper precautions are observed, AC12TO10
will provide reliable operation consistently.
- The converted drawings will retain the date and time
of the original drawing file. We suggest that you
use a date change utility if you would like the
converted date reflected on the new drawing file.
- Certain entities and variables which exist in version
11 do not exist in version 10. Dimstyles, vport
entities, xreference data, extended entity data and
several text alignment variables will be lost in the
- Xrefs are translated into blocks which retain their
previous names. You may perform a "bind" by inserting
a block of the same name with the "=" to force a
redefinition of the block within the drawing. The
block names will appear as text in the drawing located
at the insertion point of the block.
| VERY IMPORTANT: For users that need to convert |
| R11 drawings sent to them by clients, make sure |
| that all xrefs are bound to the drawings before |
| sending them to you. This will save a bunch of |
| headaches (and frustration) since AC12TO10 will |
| be forced to insert the name of the xref instead |
| of treating it like a normal block if the xrefs |
| are NOT bound to the drawing. |
- Most users have found that having more than 500 files
in a directory is just about the maximum that they
could manage. Therefore, AC12TO10 only allows 250
.DWG files to be processed at a time (2 x 250 = 500).
We suggest that you break your files into directories
of 250 each if you need to process a very large amount
In the unlikely instance you receive any AutoCAD-generated
error when loading a drawing into AutoCAD, please write
down exactly where the error occured and give us a call.
PLEASE save the original drawing.
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6 - If you have problems or questions...
The quickest response will be through the use of Compuserve
since we check for mail every night at 5:30 EST and usually
post responses before 8:00 EST. If you have a Compuserve
account, direct your mail to:
If you don't have access to Compuserve, we can be reached at
the following address and phone #:
Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
235 Southport Drive
Lexington, KY. 40503
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7 - WHAT DO I GET FOR REGISTERING AC12TO10?
When you register, you'll be entitled to the following:
- Notification of upgrades/fixes
- A disk for each machine registered (except for network
users running a single copy of AC12TO10 from a server)
- Your registered copy of AC12TO10 will perform
IDENTICALLY to the shareware version you've been using
except that the register screen won't appear.
- Unlimited support by Cserve, telephone, US mail, etc.
While evaluating AC12TO10, please contact us if you have any
questions about pricing, using AC12TO10 or integrating
AC12TO10 into your environment.
The documentation that you'll receive will be pretty much
identical to this document except the ordering instructions,
etc. won't appear.
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8 - ORDERING POLICIES
Our pricing policy is pretty straightforward:
1) We accept the following:
- Money Order
- American Express
- Invoiced Orders (Purchase Orders)
Please call for other ordering methods or
Single or Dual machine users:
Each machine should be registered for $49.95
More-than-two machine users:
2 copies times $49.95 plus
$19.95 each for each machine over 2 that
AC12TO10 will be used on
Same as "More-than-two" machine users whether
AC12TO10 will be installed on each machine
or a single copy will be run off of a server
6% Kentucky Sales Tax for Kentucky
Note: These prices are valid until December 31, 1994,
please call for updated pricing after this date.
TO ORDER: CALL TOLL-FREE 800-707-5148
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9 - Ordering AC12TO10 CALL TOLL-FREE 800-707-5148
AC12TO10 - VERSION 2.22
For mail orders, please include this form. If possible,
please use a text editor to enter the following
information in overstrike mode and send to your printer.
a) Total number of copies = ___
b) Enter number of copies (2 OR LESS) ___ x $49.95 = _____
c) Enter number of copies (MORE THAN 2) ___ x $19.95 = _____
d) Subtotal = _____
e) KY residents add 6% of Subtotal for KY sales tax = _____
f) Enter S/H = _____
g) Total Due = _____
Please make your check/money order payable to:
Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
Non-US customers should get a certified bank draft in
U.S. dollars or use VISA/Mastercard.
Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
235 Southport Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
Credit Card Customers:
VISA / Mastercard / AMEX (circle one)
Card number: ____________________________________
Expiration date: ________
Signature: ________________________________ (Must be signed)
Your order will be shipped within a few days of the receipt
of this form. Special shipping conditions can be arranged
if an order is placed by phone. Please include the customer
comment form with your order - your comments are very
important to us. (print section 11 of this file or the
AC12TO10.CMT file) THANKS FOR YOUR ORDER!
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10 - Customer Comment Form:
1) Was AC12TO10 easy to use? Yes__ No__ Somewhat__
2) What would make AC12TO10 a more "usable" product?
3) Does AC12TO10 have all of the features that you need?
Yes__ No__ Somewhat__
4) What else would you like to see added to AC12TO10? _____
5) Any wishes for future AutoCAD add-on products (preferably
DOS-level utilities like AC12TO10)?
7) What version(s) do you normally use? 9__ 10__ 11__ 12__
8) From your experience with using Shareware products, how
do you feel about the "Register screen" concept?
___ a) I don't like them
___ b) Doesn't bother me at all.
___ c) It is a fair way of reminding me to register.
___ d) If the product is worth paying for, I'll register
whether it's there or not
___ e) It disturbs the evaluation process
___ f) Other: ________________________________________
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APPENDIX A - WHAT IS SHAREWARE?/WHAT IS THE ASP?
What Is Shareware?
This file will help you understand what shareware is
and how the "shareware system" works. It was written by
the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP -- a
professional association of shareware authors) at the
request of the Shareware Distribution Network (SDN --
an association of BBS Sysops providing reliable
distribution of shareware around the world), for the express
purpose of giving BBS users a better understanding of
You've probably heard the terms "public domain", "freeware",
"shareware", and others like them. Your favorite board
probably has many programs described by one or more of these
words. There's a lot of confusion about and between these
terms, but they actually have specific meanings and
implications. Once you understand them you will have a much
easier time navigating the maze of programs available to
you, and understanding what your obligations are, or aren't,
with each type of program.
Let's start with some basic definitions.
"Public domain" has a very specific legal meaning. It means
that the creator of a work (in this case, a piece of
software) who had legal ownership of that work, has given up
ownership and dedicated the work "to the public domain".
Once something is in the public domain, anyone can use it in
any way they choose, and the author has no control over the
use and cannot demand payment for it.
If you find a program which the author has explicitly put
into the public domain you are free to use it however you
see fit, without paying for the right to use it. But use
care -- due to the confusion over the meaning of the words,
programs are often described by others as being "public
domain" when in fact they are shareware or free, copyrighted
software. To be sure a program is public domain you should
look for an explicit statement from the author to that
"Copyrighted" is the opposite of public domain. A
copyrighted program is one where the author has asserted his
or her legal right to control the program's use and
distribution by placing the legally required copyright
notices in the program and documentation. The law gives
copyright owners broad rights to restrict how their work is
distributed, and provides for penalties for those who
violate these restrictions.
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When you find a program which is copyrighted you must use
it in accordance with the copyright owner's restrictions on
distribution and payment. Usually these are clearly stated
in the program documentation.
Maintaining a copyright does not necessarily imply charging
a fee, so it is perfectly possible and legal to have
copyrighted programs which are distributed free of charge.
Such programs are sometimes termed "freeware", though this
term was in fact trademarked by the late Andrew Flugelman
and the legality of its use by others could be questioned.
In any case, the fact that a program is free does not mean
that it is in the public domain -- though this is a common
"Shareware" is copyrighted software which is distributed by
authors through bulletin boards, on-line services, disk
vendors, and copies passed among friends. It is commercial
software which you are allowed to try out before you pay
Shareware authors use a variety of licensing restrictions on
their copyrighted works, but most authors who support their
software require you to pay a "registration fee" -- the
purchase price of the software -- if you continue to use the
product after a trial period. Some authors indicate a
specific trial period after which you must pay this fee;
others leave the time period open and rely on you to judge
when you have decided to use the program, and therefore
should pay for it. Occasionally a shareware author requires
registration but does not require payment -- this is
so-called "$0 shareware".
The shareware system and the continued availability of
quality shareware products depend on your willingness to
register and pay for the shareware you use. The
registration fees you pay allow authors to support and
continue to develop their products.
As a software user you benefit from this system because you
get to try the software and determine whether it meets your
needs before you pay for it. Authors also benefit because
we are able to get our products into your hands with little
or no expense for advertising and promotion. As a result
it is not unusual to find shareware products which rival
retail software that costs several times the amount of the
shareware registration fee.
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ASP members' shareware meets additional quality standards
beyond ordinary shareware. Our members' programs must be
fully functional (not crippled, demonstration, or out of
date versions); program documentation must be complete and
must clearly state the registration fee and the benefits
received when registering; members must provide free mail
or telephone support for a minimum of three months after
registration; and members must meet other guidelines which
help to insure that you as a user receive good value for
your money and are dealt with professionally. We also
provide an Ombudsman program to assist in resolving disputes
between authors and users. For more information on the ASP
or to contact the ASP Ombudsman, write to ASP, P.O. Box
5786, Bellevue, WA 98006. You can also contact the
Ombudsman on CompuServe via an EasyPlex (electronic mail)
message to 70007,3536.
APPENDIX B - THE ASP OMBUDSMAN
This program is produced by a member of the Association of
Shareware Professionals (ASP). ASP wants to make sure that
the shareware principle works for you. If you are unable
to resolve a shareware-related problem with an ASP member
by contacting the member directly, ASP may be able to help.
The ASP Ombudsman can help you resolve a dispute or problem
with an ASP member, but does not provide technical support
for members' products. Please write to the ASP Ombudsman at
545 Grover Road, Muskegon, MI 49442 or send a CompuServe
message via CompuServe Mail to ASP Ombudsman 70007,3536.
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APPENDIX C - WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
We market one other program, PURGE. PURGE is identical
to AC12TO10 in terms of look and operation except for it's function.
PURGE allows you to purge your drawing files from the DOS prompt -
there's no need to enter AutoCAD twice to purge a drawing. PURGE
let's you choose what to purge easily and will report on the
space savings afterward. As with AC12TO10, there are
ABSOLUTELY NO DXFS INVOLVED - all processing takes place at DOS,
directly on the .DWG files. In a nutshell, if you dislike the
inconveniences of using the AutoCAD purge command, PURGE is a
perfect alternative. Look for a shareware copy of PURGE in the
ADESK forum on Compuserve, your favorite BBS or from your local
User's Group. If you can't find it, give us a call
at 800-707-5148 - we'll send it right away...
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Appendix D - Note to Vendors and Foreign Users
Please notify Blue Ridge Software, Inc. at the following address
if you would like to include AC12TO10 or PURGE in your library:
Blue Ridge Software, Inc.
235 Southport Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
Compuserve - 70353,1604
For foreign vendors or foreign BBS operators:
Please contact us at the address listed above if you would like
to translate this document to a language other than English.
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Appendix E - Acknowledgements:
The following trademarks are registered in the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office by Autodesk, Inc.: ADI, AutoCAD, AutoCAD AEC,
ATC, AutoCAD Training Center, Autodesk, the Autodesk logo,
AutoLISP, AutoShade, and AutoSketch.
Thanks to Ralph Grabowsky for taking the time to review AC11TO10
in the October '91 issue of Cadence.
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