The RealCADD Manual Mac version
File >> Save – Save as

Save (keyboard shortcut ⌘S) performs the usual function of saving your RealCADD file. You can click Save at any time. By default, the file will save to the same location as it was opened from and will replace the original file. So if you save a file with new information in it, the original information will be replaced.

Tip: Each time you save a file, RealCADD places the old file in the Trash bin. So, until you empty your trash, earlier RealCADD files are still available. To get at them, open the Trash (double click its icon in the dock) and drag the file you want out of the trash on to the desktop; then you can put it where you want it to be and open it as a regular RealCADD file. The nomenclature of these files is the original name followed by the time it was saved, like this: xxxxxxxx.rcad_hour-minute-second. Once you empty your trash, these files are lost.

If you have started a new drawing (Plan or Workbook mode), it will be called Untitled.rcad and the first time you save it, this window will come up. Click on the ⌄ (down arrowhead) to the right of the "Save As" box to expand the window so that you can navigate fully through your folder and file hierarchy so as to save it where you want it to be. Then type a name for the file (xxxxxxxx.rcad) you file and save it.

RealCADD doesn't have autosave, which is generally an advantage in a CAD program as you really don't want to save every move you make whilst drawing. As we discussed under Preferences – General..., you can set RealCADD to remind you to save at specified intervals.

Save as... RealCADD uses "Save as" for a dual purpose.

,
New name You can use "Save as" to save an existing file with a new name. This is useful if you are saving different versions of the same drawing as you progress with it, but don't want to lose the original. But see also the "Tip" above.

New location You can also use "Save as" to save a file to a different location, with either the same name or a new name.

Mouse over the "Save as" menu item, slide across and click "RealCADD file...". The same "Save" window as above will come up, only this time instead of "Untitled" in the file name box, you will see the existing name of the file. Change this to the name you want to use, navigate to the place you want to save it to, and click "Save".

If you Save as in the original location with the same name, you will be asked if you wish to replace the original file with the new one.

Export
RealCADD also uses "Save as" to export a file to a different format.

Mouse over the "Save as" menu item, slide across to one of the available formats and click.

Postscript file...
Postscript is useful to print files on older printers and plotters which use postscript format for printing; and some high-end printers still require Postscript.

When you click "Postscript" it will bring up the window to the right, showing the page size and giving you the choice of the page orientation; you can't change the page size or the drawing size from this dialogue.. Select the page orientation you require (portrait or landscape) and click OK.

The system will immediately output a Postscript version of the drawing. It will be saved to the location where you opened it from, with the same name as the RealCADD file, but with the extension .ps instead of .rcad; you do not get the opportunity to specify either a location or a name.

There will be a fleeting message which says something like "To cancel printing press Command -: Printing Page 1 of 1", but it is usually so fleeting that you can't read it, let alone act on it!

You will find your Postscript file in the same location as the original RealCADD file.

DWG file...
DWG. (Drawing). Only available in the Professional version of RealCADD. It is one of the most commonly used design data formats, found in nearly every design environment and is the native file format for AutoCAD data files. It allows data interchange over a wide range of platforms and programs.

When you click "DWG" it will bring up the "Save" window to the right. You can expand this as usual by clicking the ⌄ (down arrowhead) to the right of the "Save As" box, to select the location to save to. By default the name of the file will be the name of your RealCADD file, but with the extension .DWG (note .dwg and .DWG are interchangeable). You can change the name to one of your choosing. Make sure to keep the extension.

Once you are happy with the name and the location you are going to save the file to, click "Save".

DXF file...
DXF. (Data eXchange Format). DXF predates DWG and is a data file format developed by Autodesk for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other programs. It is still in very common use and, as with DWG, enables data interchange over a wide range of platforms and programs.

When you click "DXF" it will bring up the "Save" window to the right. You can expand this as usual by clicking the ⌄ (down arrowhead) to the right of the "Save As" box, to select the location to save to. By default the name of the file will be the name of your RealCADD file, but with the extension .DXF (note .dxf and .DXF are interchangeable). You can change the name to one of your choosing. Make sure to keep the extension.

Once you are happy with the name and the location you are going to save the file to, click "Save".

Tip: RealCADD exports to DXF/DWG in at the scale the drawing is drawn at, but it converts the units to metres, regardless of the units of the drawing.
Other...
Other brings up a new "Export Image As" window, with a drop-down menu – clicking the drop-down menu will give you the export choices as shown on the right.

RealCADD will save an image, in your specified format, that includes all the objects visible in your drawing (whether showing on the screen or not), at the current magnification (zoom) selected, with a 5 pixel wide margin around the outside.

It may be that you will get the best results by exporting your drawing at quite a large magnification (say 200% or 400% zoom) and then reducing it when you come to use it. You will probably need to experiment a bit to get just the right balance of original size (the RealCADD drawing zoom) and the final size you wish to reduce it to.

Set up the zoom of your drawing. Then, from the drop-down menu, select the format you wish to export to.

All of the available image formats, except MacPaint and SGI, also have further options to specify things like compression and image quality. Once you have selected the format you wish to export to, click the "Options" button, if it is operative, to specify suitable options for your purpose. Once you have done that, click the OK button to return to the "Export Image As" window. You may need to experiment a bit to get the right balance of file size and quality for your purpose.

You can expand the "Export Image As" window as usual by clicking the ⌄ (down arrowhead) to the right of the "Save As" box, to select the location you wish to save to.

The default name of the file is "untitled image.extension". Change the "untitled image" part to the name you want to use for your file. Be sure to retain the extension. Once you are all done, click "Save".