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QIKDRAW PROFESSIONAL  9.2 BETA RELEASE NOTES

 

AS AT 23/11/08

 

This document outlines the version information and upgrades to the QikDraw Professional software since Professional V7.3 L.


New or enhanced features in reverse chronological order (some information may be duplicated)

 

V8.3 to 9.2 Enhancements

Continuing Enhancements

 

AutoCad DXF/DWG support enhancements are continuous.  Efficiency of operation and support of more recent Windows operating systems are improved from version to version. 

 

AutoCAD 2007 Support

 

AutoCAD DXF/DWG input for Version 2007 is now supported.  The file formats has been significantly changed.  Please use these input/output facilities with care. Should you encounter any problems, the easiest solution may be reverting to an earlier version of DXF/DWG.

 

Eliminate Duplicated Lines

 

Duplicated lines can be eliminated through option “Line:Eliminate Duplicate”. 

 

There are 2 options. One is “Same End Coordinates”, where all lines with same end coordinates will be consolidated so that only the first line entered into the data base is retained.  The other is “identical”, where only lines of the same coordinate, pen number, layer name, line style and line thickness are consolidated.

 

Open Current DTA & DFx Files

 

Direct support of DF3 and DF2 files has been suspended from the menu.

 

The Open Current DTA function has been included in the File Menu.

 

Plotting Functions Menu Moved

 

The plotting menu function has been moved. Users that have .MEX files accessing plotting functions will have to reproduce the .MEX files.

 

More Files in File List

 

There are now up to 30 files listed in the file list for easy access to recently opened files.

 

Automatic Backup

 

QikDraw now has the facility to provide automatic backups of SubDrawings.

 

The SubDrawing files are automatically backed up on every “Write SubDrawing” operation (including when storing into the temporary back up files).  A backup copy is also generated on “Read SubDrawing” operations when the SubDrawing read does not match any in the automatically backed up list.  Reading in of SubDrawings from the File List will not be backed up.  Reading and writing of SubDrawings through Opal Programs will not be backed up.

 

By default, there are a maximum of 50 files in the automatic back up list.  These files are named ABACKnnn.BCK in the sub-directory “AUTOBACK” which is placed under the work file directory (“QDUSER” by default).  The value of “nnn” in the “back up file name” starts from “050” and goes down to “001” before reusing “050” in a cyclic manner.

 

The automatically backed up files can be retrieved through the same process as retrieving the temporary backed up files.  By clicking on the button on the bottom right of the “Retrieve” screen, we can access the files that have been automatically backed up.  On the screen displaying the automatically backed up files, those backed up as a result of a read operation will have the character “R” prefixing the date of the back up.

 

Automatic Backups can be turned off through “Options:Environment” by selecting 0 for the number of Autoback Files.

 

Multi-Page Printing & Previews

 

The printing function in QikDraw has been enhanced. 

 

We now have optional automatic orientation of the Sub-Drawing on the output paper.  Thus, a Sub-Drawing with greater width than height will be printed in Landscape Mode while those with greater height than width will be printed in Portrait Mode.

 

A preview of the printed image is now available.

 

Multi-Page Printing can be activated.  This enables the conversion of QikDraw SubDrawings into a single PDF document (with the appropriate print driver for the creation of PDF files).

 

QikDraw Editor

 

The QikDraw Editor can be activated through “Options:QikDraw Editor”.

 

This editor enables the easy editing of text blocks.  There are also abilities of setting boxed borders for the text blocks.

 

With the use of the QikDraw Editor, we can now input any True Type Font characters into QikDraw documents.  Fonts that are not True Type are not supported.  Fonts with Unicode characters are not supported.  True Type Fonts are normally mapped into QikDraw Symbol Files through the file TTF.INI.  If a True Type Font mapping is not defined, the QikDraw Symbol File name is set to the same name as the True Type Font.  When QikDraw tries to display the symbol string, it will find the Symbol File undefined. If True Type Font mapping is on (default), the string will be displayed in True Type Font.  If the mapping is off, the string will be displayed in the default QikDraw Symbol File (usually ISOBSYM).

 

Details on the usage of the QikDraw Editor are outlined in the help file associated with the Editor.

 

Texture Map on Planes

 

Texture maps can now be applied to planar surfaces and displayed through Show3D.

Transparancies will affect the textured surface similar to non-textured surfaces.

 

For efficient display of texture maps, the map files should have resolutions in powers of 2, e.g 128x128, 512x256 etc.

 

Texture map on planes are defined through Non-Graphics Attributes as follows: -

 

NGA 81 = Texture map name (JPG only); should be in QDUser or SubDir under QDUser

NGA 82 = size_x, size y (Size of Texture Map)

NGA 83 = x, y, z (Origin of Texture Map)

NGA 84 = x1, y1, z1, x2, y2, z2 (Defining Orientation of Texture Map)

         or else one single number denoting angle from the local X axis

NGA 85 = u, v nodal values (normally not required if above has been specified)

NGA 86 = p_num1 (Defining Pen Colour to be merged with the Texture Map).

         p_num1 is QikDraw pen-number + 1.

         if p_num1 is 9999 then we use the current pen for the surface.

         if p_num1 is -1 then we expect 3 rgb values, e.g.

             -1, 255, 255, 0

 

The above can be specified individually or through an OPAL program.

 

It can also be specified through "Surface:Option:Specify Texture".

 

With this command, you will select a texture map (JPEG only right now).

Then define the size of the texture map (x, y comma separated).

Next select the plane on which the texture is to be displayed. 

Then select the origin point for the texture map. 

Then select 2 points defining the orientation of the texture map.

Repeat for the next plane.

Repeat for the next texture.

 

Activate Show3D to display the textured planes.

 

Show3D Interactive Graphics Rendering Engine

 

The Show3D Interactive Graphics Rendering Engine (using OPEN GL) can be activated through the command “Draw:Show3D” or from the tool bar. 

 

Show3D will display the surfaces of the current model and offers the user various viewing modes including walk though mode and the display of textured environments.  The viewing controls are activated by pressing down the left mouse button, and the options are selected by pressing down the right mouse button.  More detailed descriptions of the Show3D capabilities can be accessed through the on screen help file when in Show3D mode.

 

Transparencies are supported in Show3D.  This can be specified in QikDraw as planar surfaces with a percentage fill.  A 100% filled surface would be fully opaque (as in surfaces without any fill specifications).  A 0% filled surface would be totally transparent.

 

Show3D will not be activated if there are no surface elements in the current model.

 

V7.X to 8.3 Enhancements

 

Index of Changes

 

Continuing Enhancements

256 Characters in Path Names

Storage of File Path Names

Layout of Status Lines and Screen Refreshing

Automatic Treatment of Intersections as Points

Load TTF Symbol File

Shadows on Text Symbols and/or Bitmaps

Presentation Mode

Defining Symbols to Appear

Printing of Bitmaps with Associated Text Information

Get Setting

View Ports

View Ports with Irregular Boundaries

Mapping to Bold and Italic True Type Fonts

Panning Changed

Multiple Prints on the Same Page

Pen Selection from Menu has been Changed

Identical Symbols Occupying Same Location

32 Character SubDrawing Names (also View and Axes Names)

Directory File Search Order

AutoCad 2000/2002 Support

Toolbar and Status Lines Modified

Base SubDrawing

Display of Highlights when Selecting Entities or Hot Links

Inline Dynamic Zoom and Pan

Define Zoom Factor

Define Pan Factor

More Hot Key In-line Functions

Orthogonal Mode Input Enhancement

Line Angle Constraint Mode Input Enhancement

Angular Constraint Mode Input

Defaults for Hot Links linking to any Execution File

Direct Link to .JPG Files

Adding Arrow Symbols

Arc Segments Stored as Bulge

Printing of Drawings and SubDrawings

Define Rotation Increment Angle

Define Inline Magnification Factor

Define Line Type Scaling Factor

 

 

 

Continuing Enhancements

 

AutoCad DXF/DWG support enhancements are continuous.  Efficiency of operation and support of more recent Windows operating systems are improved from version to version.  From Version 7.5, the ability to link and present drawings in conjunction with photos and other documents has become better with every revision.

 

256 Characters in Path Names

 

Path names are extended from a maximum of 128 characters to a maximum of 256 characters.  It is still not advisable to have long path names as they are not fully displayed.  We would suggest that you should keep the path name as short as possible.

 

Storage of File Path Names

 

For a document to be portable, the path names of files used in association with the SubDrawing should be in relative form.  This means that the path names should be relative to the directory in which the .DTA file is stored and do not begin with “C:\” or network server type designations.  This can be achieved by having the entire file referred to in the project directory (where the .DTA file is) or in subdirectories under it.  These files would include symbol files, reference symbol files, bitmap images or any other documents hot linked to.  Files in \QIKDRAW,\QDUSER or the defined Alternate Directory are automatically stored in shortened reference form. 

 

In previous versions, users were advised to store their files in the \QDUSER directory or in subdirectories under it.  This is no longer necessary.  You can set up any directory at the root level (such as C:\BUILDING) to store your project.  While it is possible for you to work in any directory (say a subdirectory under “\MY DOCUMENTS”), it is more desirable to have the project at the root level for reason explained below.

 

The path names are checked and truncated when the SubDrawing is stored.  If a full path name that cannot be modified is detected, the user is notified.  If the path name contains the project directory name, the path name is truncated.  If the path name and the project directory has a partial match, the path name is modified with the insertion of one or more sets of “..\” which means going up one level in the directory tree.  For example, if the project directory is in the directory “C:\BUILDING\BLD1\PLANS” and the file referenced is in “C:\BUILDING\STANDARD\DETAILS\filename”, then the path name reference will be modified to be “..\..\STANDARD\DETAILS\filename”.  When archived say onto CDs, provided that \STANDARD\DETAILS is put on together with \BLD1, all references would be resolved.  The insertion of “..\” stops at the root level directory.

 

Obviously, if you have your project directories and all your files under “\MY DOCUMENTS”, the warning message will never be issued because all files can be modified by a number of “..\”.

 

We suggest that you should check the status of the references as often as possible.  Portability is important when you have to archive the data onto CDs or forward to other interested parties.  A portable set of data will enable you to easily move the set to new locations on your computer system. 

 

Layout of Status Lines and Screen Refreshing

 

The layout of the Status Lines has been enhanced.  In particular, this will show all the relevant Tool Buttons on the Top Status Line when the screen resolution is set to 800x600.

 

Screen refreshing has been enhanced.  Previously, if the “System Display” setting in Windows is such that the window content is shown when dragging, graphics may be left on screen when a dialog box is moved, thus requiring a redraw.  This is now rectified and no redraw would be necessary.  However, if you computer system has limitations on memory or CPU power, it is still advisable to turn the “windows content shown when dragging” option off.

 

The screen refreshing after graphics operations has also been enhanced.  This is especially important when we are operating with a bitmap background.  Say if we are moving symbols superimposed on a bitmap background, the symbol is deleted from its previous location and inserted at the new location, leaving behind background pixels that may need a redraw.  We now automatically perform a redraw provided that the time used for the previous redraw is less than 2 seconds.  All redraws are performed in the background view-port and than mapped to the foreground, avoiding a screen flash.  The 2 seconds limitation can be adjusted by inserting a parameter line such as “AutoRedrawTime=1.0” in the “[Miscellaneous]” section of the QIKDRAW.INI file (normally found in the \WINDOWS Directory).

 

Automatic Treatment of Intersections as Points

 

The intersection of lines and arcs will now be treated as a point even if one has not been inserted.  This is effected when QikDraw expects the user to locate a point, or when the Alternate Button is pressed, indicating the user’s desire to lock onto a point.  This treatment is valid even when inline hotkeys such as “B” (for between two points) is activated.

 

Load TTF Symbol File

 

True Type Font text files can now be directly loaded through the “Symbol:Load TTF Symbol File” command.  This is equivalent to loading the QikDraw Symbol File that is mapped to the desired TTF.  It must be noted that True Type Fonts varies from system to system, so that using True Type Fonts other than the common ones could cause variations in the display of your SubDrawing when porting across systems.

 

Shadows on Text Symbols and/or Bitmaps

 

Shadows can now be specified for TTF mapped text symbols and bitmap displays.  The definition is activated through “Symbol:Options:Define Shadow for Symbol”.  The darkness factor is used to define the shade of the shadow.  The X and Y offsets are used to define the respective offsets for the shadow.  For TTF text symbols, the offsets are relative to the defined height of the symbol.  For bitmaps, the X and Y offsets are relative to the width and height of the bitmap respectively.

 

Presentation Mode

 

Users can now switch the QikDraw screen to presentation mode by selecting the third last tool in the fly-out from the zooming-out tool (“Magnifying Glass -”) on the vertical tool bar.

 

This will suppress all screen display except a modified version of the vertical toolbar.

 

Selecting the “Normal Screen” tool from this vertical toolbar will return the settings to the normal.

 

Selecting the second last tool in the fly-out will put the screen into “Minimum” mode.  To exit minimum mode, you will have to press the Alt key and then the 1 key to return to the “Normal” mode.  Alternatively, you can go back via the fly-out from the zooming-out tool(“Magnifying Glass -”) on the vertical tool bar.

 

Please note that you can switch the screen setting mode using the short-cut keys Alt+1, Alt+2, Alt+3, Alt+4 and Alt+5.  If the cross-hair cursor is on the screen, you will have to exit the current mode by clicking the right mouse button before hitting the short-cut keys.

 

Transitional Effects can be defined for Hot Link Transfers from one SubDrawing to another.

 

Slide Shows can be defined to display a sequence of SubDrawings, Bitmaps and .MEX sequences.

 

More on Presentation when Version 8 is officially released. 

 

Defining Symbols to Appear

 

In many presentations, it would be desirable to have symbols appearing in sequence on the same screen.  This can be easily defined by utilising the command “Symbol:Option:Define Appear Symbol”.  The symbols are then defined to appear when the current layer definition is APPEARnn where nn is a numeric number.  This is normally defined in conjunction with a button with a Hot Link definition of incrementing APPEAR layer.  Thus, pressing this button will increment the current layer definition.  If it is not APPEARnn, it will be set to APPEAR01.  If nn is less than that defined for the symbol, the symbol will not be displayed. 

Optionally, the symbol can be defined to be displayed in an alternate colour or magnification factor when first displayed (i.e. when the APPEARnn layer matches that defined for the symbol.).

 

The symbols can also be defined to have transition effects when first displayed. 

 

The APPEARnn layers are normally phantom” definitions.  If these layer references are generated through “INCREMENT APPEAR LAYERS”, they will be erased when the hot link operation is terminated.

 

Printing of Bitmaps with Associated Text Information

 

Bitmaps with associated text information (.TXT file in the same directory by the same file name) can be printed together.  Simply define a hot link to zoom the bitmap only.  When the bitmap is clicked on in Hot Link mode, it will be zoomed up to take up the whole screen, with the associated text file also displayed.  If the printing command is selected when in this mode, the print can optionally include the associated text and/or the title of the bitmap.  There are many options re the positioning and sizing of the additional information.

 

Get Setting

 

An additional tool button has been inserted into the top status bar.  This tool button allows for the selection of specifications such as pen number, line style, line thickness and layer etc. by simply selecting an entity.  If the selected entity is a standard QikDraw symbol or a dimension, then the respective symbol default or dimension default will be updated accordingly.

 

View Ports

 

View Ports can now be defined through “Set:User View Port”.  To utilize the defined view port, user must associate a Reference Symbol or Bitmap with the View Port, then the display will be limited to only the part of the reference symbol or bitmap that is contained within the view port.

 

Layer on/off can be defined for the Reference Symbol to further qualify the display.

 

The view port can be defined by selecting an existing curve, or simply selecting a rectangle on screen.

 

Output with view ports defined can only be output via the Print command.  If irregular boundaries are selected, the output process can be significantly slowed down.  This reduction in speed of printing is very much dependent on the Print Driver.

 

 

 

View Ports with Irregular Boundaries

 

View Port Boundaries can now be defined as corresponding to any curve.  The view port can then be associated to either a reference symbol or a bitmap.  The reference symbol or the bitmap will thus be clipped to the defined boundary.

 

Reference symbols associated to view ports will be drawn before other graphics entities such as the curve boundary, so that display of the curve boundary is not over-written by the clipped content.

 

The bounding curve can be turned off and the clipping will still operate. 

 

Mapping to Bold and Italic True Type Fonts

 

Do not directly map to True Type Fonts with the Bold and Italic suffixes.  Use the suffixes of “|B1” and “|I1” to map to Bold and Italic respectively.  There must be no space between the True Type Font File Name and the “|”.

 

To map to bold, simply change the thickness specification of the symbol to be greater or equal to 0.35.

 

Panning Changed

 

The Pan command has been changed.  Previously, the panning is from the first selected point to the second selected point.  Now, the panning operation by default is from the selected location to the center of the screen.

 

To revert back to the 2 point selection method, set the flag through “Set:Set Parameters:Setting Panning with 2 Selected Points”.

 

Multiple Prints on the Same Page

 

A Flag for optionally specifying multiple prints on the same page can be activated through “Set:Set Parameters:Define Multiple Print on Page”.   If this flag is activated, an additional dialogue box will be displayed on printing.  You can then specify the printing to be on a half or quadrant of the piece of paper; and also specify 2 or 4 prints of the same subDrawing on the piece of paper.

 

Pen Selection from Menu has been Changed

 

Pen Selection from the pull down menu or from tool buttons has been changed.  For existing .MEX macro files, either re-create the file or use a text editor to modify it.

 

Pen Selection from the status bar remains unchanged. .MEX files created using this selection will not have to be modified.

 

 

 

 

Identical Symbols Occupying Same Location

 

Identical Symbols occupying the same location are no longer allowed on Symbol Addition or moving/copy of blocks of entities.  It is still allowed on symbol move.

 

Doubled up symbols can be eliminated by using the command “Symbol:Options:Eliminate Double Symbols”.

 

Double up symbols are also eliminated when reading in the SubDrawing.

 

32 Character SubDrawing Names (also View and Axes Names)

 

SubDrawing Names have been extended to 32 characters.  View and Axes names have also been modified.

 

Directory File Search Order

 

The directory file search order has been changed.  For files with identical names, the file in the Current Directory (directory from which the last .DTA file was read) will have the  highest priority.  Previously, the file in the Working Directory (\QDUSER) has the highest priority.

 

AutoCad 2000/2002 Support

 

AutoCad 2000/2002 .DWG file input/export is supported.

 

Toolbar and Status Lines Modified

 

The vertical toolbar and the Top and Bottom Status Lines have been modified.  The Inquire Button is inserted into the Top Status Line.  For the Vertical Tool Bar, the Surface Insertion Tool Buttons are now attached to the Extrude Tool Button and the Layer Tool Buttons are now attached to the Line Style Tool Button.  There is now a Files Tool Button with the commonly used options attached.  A Bitmap Operations Tool Button is implemented.  A Hot Links Operations Button is also implemented.

 

Many more tool buttons are now included on the fly-outs of the vertical toolbar.

 

Base SubDrawing

 

We now have the concept of a Base SubDrawing.  This Base SubDrawing could now be the basis for all hot link operations, or simply your current working SubDrawing.  This Base SubDrawing is defined through “File:Options:Set Base SubDrawing” and is displayed as File 0 on the “File List”.  We can load the Base SubDrawing by the command “File:Options:Go To Base SubDrawing” or through the Toolbutton.  If the Base SubDrawing is loaded under these circumstances, the Hot Link Mode is automatically activated.  The Hot Link Mode is not activated if the base SubDrawing is selected via the file list.

 

If the Alternate Directory is defined, you can optionally associate the currently defined Alternate Directory to the Base SubDrawing.  With this association active, the defined Alternate Directory will be set when the Base SubDrawing is loaded.

 

You can also optionally specify that the Base SubDrawing is to be loaded when QikDraw is started.  If this specification is active, you can also optionally request QikDraw to go into Hot Link Mode immediately after loading this Base SubDrawing (Option Currently Deactivated).

 

Display of Highlights when Selecting Entities or Hot Links

 

The display of highlighting boxes when selecting entities (symbols, curves, planes and dimensions) or hot links has been enhanced to ensure that the appropriate highlights are displayed even after in-line zooming and panning. 

 

In addition, the highlighting boxes are turned off when the cross hair cursor leaves the screen area.  They will be redisplayed when the cross hair cursor reenters the screen area.  In order to activate this function, the cross hair cursor must leave the screen area gently rather than suddenly.

 

Turning the highlighting boxes off may be desirable when giving a presentation.

 

For Hot Links, the highlights displayed while in Hot Link Mode can be optionally changed to be a box surrounding the symbol or a flashing display.  This specification is selected when setting the link using “File:Option:Hot Link Options:Hot Link Set”.

 

Inline Dynamic Zoom and Pan

 

When the QikDraw crosshair is up on screen, the special keys can be used to activate dynamic zoom and pan.

 

Pressing the “Home” key will initiate a zoom to fit.

 

Pressing the “Page Up” key will initiate a zoom in by the defined zooming factor centering on the current mouse position.  If the current mouse position is off screen, the zoom will center on the current center of the screen.  The cursor is then re-positioned to the center of the screen.

 

Pressing the “Page Down” key will initiate a zoom out by the defined zooming factor centering on the current mouse position.  If the current mouse position is off screen, the zoom will center on the current center of the screen. .  The cursor is then re-positioned to the center of the screen.

 

Pressing the “End” key will initiate a pan by bringing current mouse position to the center of the screen.

 

Pressing the Arrow Keys (“Up”, “Down”, “Left” and “Right”) will pan the screen in the appropriate direction by the defined panning factor.  A panning factor defined as 0.5 (default) will move the position by half a screen in the desired direction.

 

Define Zoom Factor

 

The Zoom Factor (used when doing zoom-in or zoom-out by factor; or when using hot keys) can be set through the command “Set:Set Parameters:Define Zoom Factor”.

 

Define Pan Factor

 

The Pan Factor (used when panning by pressing the arrow keys) can be set through the command “Set:Set Parameters:Define Pan Factor”.

 

More Hot Key In-line Functions

 

When adding lines, the Hot Key “W” has been introduced for aligning with the X or Y co-ordinates of two existing point.  Each of the selected reference points will be highlighted by a pair of lines parallel to the X and Y axes, and the final location is determined by selecting the desired intersecting point of the two pairs of displayed lines.

 

The Hot Keys “T” and “N” has been enhanced such that they can be activated in all modes.  The reference location will be prompted if there is no previous position defined.

 

Orthogonal Mode Input Enhancement

 

When in orthogonal mode (activated through the hot key “9”), and the space bar or the return key is pressed, the prompt will now be for a distance instead of a full set of coordinates.  The direction will be taken from the last position of the crosshair cursor and the resultant position will be determined from this direction and the specified distance.

 

The angular constrain is not necessarily 90 degrees.  The same angular constraint is used for the orthogonal mode, angular constraint mode and line angle constraint mode.

 

Line Angle Constraint Mode Input Enhancement

 

When adding lines with an  angle constraint (to X-axis or a reference line; through the command “Line:Add Special:Angle Constraint”), and the space bar or the return key is pressed, the prompt will now be for a distance instead of a full set of coordinates.  The direction will be taken from the last position of the crosshair cursor and the resultant position will be determined from this direction and the specified distance. 

 

Angular Constraint Mode Input

 

When the cross hair cursor is up, by heading any key (e.g. “,” or “.”) not recognized as a hot key, the full list of Hot Keys will be displayed.  By selecting the appropriate check-box, “Angular Constraint Mode” can be turned on.  This is equivalent to selecting continuous orthogonal mode (“*” “9”).  However, this mode will be in effect until the check-box is turned off. 

 

While the Hot Key list is up, the constraint angle as well as other parameters such as “inline zooming factor”, “inline panning factor”, “inline magnification factor” and “inline rotation increment angle” can be selected.  The last two will only be displayed when the cursor is carrying a symbol or a block of entities (in move or copy mode).

 

Defaults for Hot Links linking to any Execution File

 

Defaults execution files for some commonly encountered file types are stored in the file DEF_ASSO.INI.  The drive designation of “?” will allow QikDraw to search all drives for the required execution file.

 

Direct Link to .JPG Files

 

We can now set up direct hot links to .JPG files without having to first store it as a SubDrawing.  This is achieved by linking to a dummy file and SubDrawing (QDPIC_ZZ|JPG_PIC).  We can return to the original file by the normal process of clicking the alternate mouse button.

 

If we wish to store more information with the picture, we can still store the picture and associated information as a SubDrawing and link to it in the normal manner.

 

Adding Arrow Symbols

 

When inserting links to Photos or Pictures into SubDrawings, it is often useful to have an arrow inserted, indicating the position as well as the viewing direction.  To make it easier for the user to perform this task, we now have a command “File:Options:Hot Link Options:Add Arrow Symbol”and a tool button representing this command.

 

When adding the arrow symbol, use the hot keys “+” or “-” to modify the size and “5” or “6” to rotate the symbol.

 

The Symbol File name for this Arrow Symbol can be specied through the command “File:Options:Hot Link Options:Set Arrow Symbol File Name”.

 

Arc Segments Stored as Bulge

 

Arc segments for 2D polylines and Planar Surfaces are now stored as Bulge Values instead of referring back to the original arc.  This means that the arc can be deleted after generating the polyline or the surface.

 

Printing of Drawings and SubDrawings

 

Printing of Drawings has been simplified.  There is no need to select “Print Drawing” if the drawing is loaded.  Also, options to print in rendered or hidden line mode is only valid if the SubDrawing is in 3D Mode.  There is no need to select above printing options for simple 2D models.

Define Rotation Increment Angle

 

The Rotation Increment Angle (corresponding to the use of the hot keys “1-6”) can be set through the command “Set:Set Parameters:Define Rotation Inc Angle”.

 

Define Inline Magnification Factor

 

The Inline Magnification Factor (corresponding to the use of the hot keys “+” and “-”) can be set through the command “Set:Set Parameters:Define Inline Magnification Factor”.

 

Define Line Type Scaling Factor

 

We can now define a Line Type Scaling Factor through the command “Set:Set Parameters:Define Line Type Scaling Factor”.  This factor will be applied to modify the line type spacing of QikDraw standard or user defined line types.  This will also affect the dimension terminator and number size as well.

 

Please note that this factor is usually defined for .DWG or .DXF files generated on AutoCAD.  This factor is used in AutoCAD to simulate the Set Scale function in QikDraw.  These files are usually read in with a Scale definition of 1.  If you wish to change the Scale Definition on these files, be careful to change the Line Type Scaling Factor as well.

 

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