Tutorials

Getting Started with MacDraft Professional

MacDraft Professional is capable of speeding up the way you draw your 2D plans and vector designs. On this page we have put together the guides for saving time and money with tips and tricks.

Each recipe includes clear step-by-step instructions with plenty of screenshots. Each recipe shows you how to quickly and easily make your CAD experience more efficient and useful to help boost your creativity and design process.

Step-By-Step Guides


  • •  How to convert a DWG file to a PDF

    MacDraft Professional can open your DWG files and save them as a PDF document. You can customize your scale and units during import and edit the contents of the DWG files before saving them as a PDF document.
  • •  How to delete Mac OSX preferences

    MacDraft Professional allows you to create your own preferences controlling the typical options, units, scales and attributes you use on a regular basis. You can deleteyour application preferences easily to help overcome many minor problems you may encounter.
  • •  How to setup iChat on Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow leopard)

    At times our support staff may ask you to contact them via iChat, which allows you to share your screen for troubleshooting puposes. iChat is free messaging application that comes with Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and requires you to have an account setup with either a dotmac acount or an AIM / AOL account.
  • •  How to setup iChat on Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion)

    At times our support staff may ask you to contact them via iChat, which allows you to share your screen for troubleshooting puposes. iChat is free messaging application that comes with Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) and requires you to have an account setup with either a dotmac acount or an AIM / AOL account.
  • •  How to setup Messages on Mac OSX 10.8 or higher

    At times our support staff may ask you to contact them via Messages, which allows you to share your screen for troubleshooting puposes. iChat is free messaging application that comes with Mac OSX 10.8 or higher and requires you to have an account setup with either a dotmac acount or an AIM / AOL account.
  • •  How to install a Mac OSX application (from CD)

    CD versions of Mac OSX applications are installed using an installer file burnt to a disk. MacDraft Professional installs all the files you need into their correct place so you dont have to worry about locating the correct folders
  • •  How to install a Mac OSX application (from Download)

    Download versions of Mac OSX applications are installed by uncompressing a ZIP file and mounting a DMG. MacDraft Professional installs all the files you need into their correct place so you dont have to worry about locating the correct folders
  • •  How to uninstall a Mac OSX application

    Sometimes you will need to uninstall your Mac OSX applications which often only takes a few moments. MacDraft Pofessional may need you to uninstall previous versions when upgrading or updating, this will help to prevent any conflicts between your applications and preferences.
  • •  How to resize images and photos on the Mac

    Mac OSX provides a number of options for editing and resizing your images and photos. Reszing can sometimes be difficult and confusing when trying to maintain the quality and printing. MacDraft Professional can make it easier for you to resize your images and print them while maintaining the quality of the file.
  • •  How to search for files on the Mac

    There are a number of ways to search for your files on the Mac, some of which rely on you knowing which folder they're in and others allowing you to specify more refined search options.
  • •  How to print to PDF on the Mac

    There are numerous applications on the Mac that allow you to export your files as a PDF. MacDraft Professional does the same and allows you open the exported PDF in other applications, such as Adobe illustrator for editing. However in addition to the available aplications, the operating system also provides a feature that allows you to use the system print options to save a PDF file.
  • •  How to save your files as AutoCAD DWG format

    MacDraft Professional can save your documents as DWG files which are compatible with various versions of AutoCAD. You can then use these DWG files to open in AutoCAD and then reopen in MacDraft Professional, making MacDraft more compatible with other CAD applications
  • •  How to create your own vector symbol libraries

    Do you want to save yourself time and make the process of drawing much easier. MacDraft Professional gives you the ability to save your own libraries, which in turn will allow you to store the vector symbols you regularly use, so you can drag and drop them into any document.
  • •  How to repair library file permissions

    Sometimes you may find your libraries do not show up in the library palette. This may be after you’ve installed new libraries or after updatig your application. This can be fixed quite easily in a few simple steps, and will then allow you to continue using your libraries and MacDraft Professional.
  • •  How to repair application privilages and permissions

    If you are having trouble running your application, you may find that there are some acces rights that need to be reset. Repairing the privileges and permissions for an application is very simple and can be done through a small number of steps.
  • •  How to take screenshots on Mac OSX

    There are a number of ways to take a screenshot on Mac OSX. Each of the options have their own benifits, whereby you can take a snapshot of all connected screens, a selection or a particular interface element. Screenshots are great for reinterating a certain aspect of your screen to another person.
  • •  How to convert old libraries to new MacDraft Library format

    The latest versions of MacDraft included an improved built in Library palette. This new system uses a different library format, which requires your old Media Assistant Light libraries to be converted. This guide shows a simple way to be able to do this.
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