Shop Drawings Highlights
Export Shop Drawings
The program produces images in SVG, PDF, PNG, JPEG, and BMP file formats. This variety of image formats is so versatile they can be opened in programs from Paint to CAD. Tools are provided in the user interface to print, export, open or edit your shop drawing in PDF, Windows Photo Viewer, Paint, Inkscape, or in your default graphics program.
Additional Shop Drawings Features
Inkscape is a free, open source vector graphics program that will be installed as partof CFS Version 12. It is a very powerful graphics customization tool in its own right. You can find more information about Inkscape on their website at www.inkscape.org.
The original Chain Link Shop Drawing program will continue to be available so you will be able to retrieve your old custom drawings and generate and edit them the way you always have. The new Chain Link Shop Drawing program requires absolutely no setup and works right out of the box. The Vinyl and Ornamental fabricator programs are capable of generating shop and fabrication drawings for every style you design, but for now they will only open in the original Shop Drawing program.
The ability to produce quick and accurate shop drawings is invaluable when drawings are required as part of a contract. Everyone loves pictures, not just architects and engineers. The impact of providing detailed drawings of your products to your prospective customers will amaze you. As you know, in this business there is always someone willing to do it cheaper. Professional quality drawings will help you to sell more profitable jobs.
You have heard the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Nowhere is that truer than in a sales presentation. Leave the customer with just a price and you’re just like every other fence guy in town - competing on price. Provide them with some professional drawings of your proposal and you’ll stand out from the crowd.