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Archives November 2018

How to change plotter when publishing

Let’s say one day your plotter is broken and you need to publish to new plotter. Or you need to plot it on other office that has different type of plotter. Your previous setup will not work. Do you have to modify page setup for all files all over again? Of course not! Let’s see some workaround you can do.

Using DWF

DWF (or DWFx) is not only for design review purpose. You can consider to publish your drawing to DWF first, then plot it to your plotter.DWF format is device independent. You can send and plot it anywhere. If the system can recognize the plotter, you can plot it there.

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How to get area sum result from closed objects in few clicks

Compared with AREA command, AREASUM tools is more flexible and powerful. When using the traditional area command, users usually need to redraw the boundary of the region, or convert the boundary into a single object, and then get the area of the closed region.

When the boundary is not a single object, AREASUM tool can automatically search the boundary of a complex graphic. After selecting multiple closed regions, the command line will add the current region value and area sum sequence faster in real time. You can access it from Menu: Express tools>Modify>Areasum.

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How do I do object copies along uniform/non-uniform path

Users know that array command cannot make object copies along non-uniform path. In GstarCAD, unlike array capabilities, LAYOUTBYPATH tool, distributes object copies along a path (uniform/non-uniform) with a variety of array options like: random, division and measure, and array in different directions along the path. You can access from Menu: Express Tools> Modify> Layout by Path.

For example, we can apply this tool to array an object (block) through a non-uniform path (pline) as shown below:

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How can I align objects horizontally or vertically

Align selected objects to a reference coordinate direction is time consuming if you use move command. In GstarCAD you can use ALIGNTOOL that allows align selected objects such as: rectangle, circle, line, spline, arc, pline, block and even 3D model objects along the X or Y axis coordinates. This tool has different alignment methods, including an offset option for each axis and can be combined as well. You can access from Menu: Express Tools> Modify> Align Tool.

We can apply this tool in a complex drawing with full objects to be aligned as shown in the picture below:

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How can I arrange objects horizontally or vertically

Users are tired arranging a bunch of objects manually by using move command. In GstarCAD you can use ARRANGETOOL command to quickly adjust the arrangement (vertically or horizontally) of multiple selected objects such as rectangles, circles, splines, lines, plines, blocks even texts. This tool has different arrangement methods and also includes spacing option for column and row. This arrangement options can be combined as well. You can access from Menu: Express Tools> Modify> Arrange Tool.

For example, ArrangeTool makes the bearings evenly distributed in the shaft.

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How do I use filter selection

We have discussed using Quick Select before. But there is one more utility that you can use, not as pretty as QSELECT. FILTER command offers a dialog box that might also scary when you first see it. But after you use it for a while, you may don’t want to use QSELECT anymore.

The advantages of using FILTER are:

  1. You can set multiple conditional filters at once. QSELECT only allow you to apply one conditional filter at a time. Then you need to apply another filter to your selection.
  2. You can save the filter setting and use it again later. Let’s see how it works.

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How to make a multicolored line entity or with embedded text in GstarCAD

Although it may sound impossible, you can draw multicolored lines/polylines in GstarCAD.

MLINE functionality can be used for this. Use the MLSTYLE command to define a new multiline style and define (element properties) two line elements, both with the offset equal to 0. Set different colors to them (e.g. green and red). Use different linetypes, e.g. DASHED and DASHED2 (you may need to Load them first) – for real-life applications you will probably need to define your own linetypes. Save the new Mline style.

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