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bring old files in and how to enter measurements

Hi Brent, sorry to bother you. Whenever a new version comes out I have my old frame files I reopen them to copy off the saved specs to do a new frame. With this update and maybe on the others it opens in the version they were done in. How can I make my drawings work in each new version ?

#2- It takes me a bit to get it together in each new version and I have seemed to lost my ability to do my rider compartment myself without putting someones physical specs in. How I do my fits are that nose of saddle to c of bars, seat height, saddle setback are the ones I want to put in right away after tubing sizes bb drop fork type wheels etc

#3- I got hung up on these issues and seemed to not find where to turn off color, forest decals as easy as last version.


Reading in Old Files

Hi Otis,

Every version of BikeCAD is capable of reading in any BCAD file from an earlier version. There is no need to systematically go through all of your old BCAD files and read them into the new version. If you ever need to look at or modify an old design you can drag and drop it into the latest version of BikeCAD and carry on with it. You may be confused by the version number displayed in parenthesis as shown below.

Version number displayed in BikeCAD

Next to the name of the file in the top of the main BikeCAD window you will see the version number of the file. However, as you can see in the bottom section of this image, the instant that you save that file, the version number will change to the version of BikeCAD you are currently running. Despite the version number of the BCAD file that was read in, we would have always been using the latest version of BikeCAD, in this case version 8.1.

To answer your second question, it was never an option to directly enter the rider compartment. There are two main ways to arrive at a desired value for rider compartment. The first is to use the fit advisor to determine a recommended value based on body dimensions. Once the fit advisor has calculated this value, you can apply it with a single click of a button. The second approach would assume that you already know the length of rider compartment you want. Start by displaying the rider compartment as a dimension on the screen. Seeing the current value for this dimension, you'll know how much longer or shorter you'll need to make the frame to suit your needs. You can then stretch or shrink the frame as required by changing either the front center, the effective top tube length, or the handlebar position relative to the bottom bracket. It's worth checking out the note about the relationship between these three dimensions here.

Saddle height can be directly entered into the saddle height field in the Saddle dialog box. Once you've assigned a saddle height, saddle setback will simply be a function of seat angle and seatpost setback. You can also affect the saddle setback by sliding the saddle fore and aft on the rails, but we'll assume that your objective is to leave the saddle clamped at the center of the rails.

I would recommend fixing your seat angle and saddle position before finalizing the rider compartment as the rider compartment is also a function of saddle position.

To answer your third question, colors can be turned off by selecting one of the non-painted display modes. Decals can be controlled as described here.

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