CAD TUTORIAL
The Punch Software (R) programs import DXF or DWG files. Each element (lines, surfaces, etc.) in these files can be converted to walls, decks, etc. Also, DXF and DWG files can be imported to create 2D symbols and details using the Section Detailer Power Tool and the Symbol Editor Power Tool. 

However, many users cannot complete the importing process successfully. Why does this problem happen?  

Pairs of codes with values compose a DXF or DWG file. These values define the characteristics of the objects or entities. Depending on the files created, it will contain some pairs of codes or not. Therefore, a line is an entity (graphic object), with different attributes, but a border is an object (it is not graphic), depending on these settings, in a file we’ll find 2D and 3D codes. Punch just imports 2D entities (2D files).  

Therefore, in order to import the file, you need to “clean” the file and configure the settings before you attempt to import the file. In order to use this tutorial and clean the file, you will need a CAD program. There are many free versions, or you can use a demo version. 

This tutorial will help you to convert your file into a 2D file, ready to import in Punch. And of course, if you still experience problems, just email me, and I will be glad to help you! 



Note: This Tutorial is also available in the FREE e-book
"Learning Punch Software (R): Mini-Tutorials"
Click here to get your copy!

- The background images used on this page are not royalty-free. Please use images from your own collection.  
 
- The page SAMPLE is a "hidden" page that contains sets of elements grouped into "sections": Title + photo, Icons + text, text + icons + video, etc...  
 
Select the section that best fits the design desired and copy/paste it onto your page (to “paste” in a specific location, right-click and choose Paste). Be sure to take the entirety of the section by selecting its external container (the one containing the background image or color). 
 
- Important: each "section" must have one, and only one, inner container (element group) for the section content. The outer margins of this sub-container set minimum distances from section boundaries.
 
- The "Horizontal" button in the "Selection" menu controls the automatic centering of an element. 

- To change the order of elements - i.e. place an element below another in a "relative" positioned container (like most of the content in the sections), use the Element Explorer on the left: green "arrow buttons" will appear when it is possible to change the order. Icons under an element and above the element group allow to put elements onto the same "line" and modify alignment.
 
- The entire header menu can be modified in its dedicated Layer (e.g. "Base_MenuRetractable"; simply change the page’s Layer to use a different menu). Use this to modify menu links (by copy/pasting existing links), change the colors etc. Note that these elements are pre-programmed to work with one another, so try to avoid “dragging” new ones on that could disrupt the general responsive behavior of the menu (favor using copy & paste).
 
- For more information, please consult the Wiki:  
 
http://wiki.openelement.com/en/index.php?title=Responsive_Templates_%22Centered%22
 
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