New in Draftsman 2002
During the process of vectorizing
these files the user is given the option of Color Separate, or Threshold;
the Processed image view is updated as changes are made. There are many
times that it would be beneficial to save this modified raster image; now
you can save the black and white, or color image.
The Segment Length dialog
includes Arc Radius; query and specify a radius for any Picked arc. Segment
Length also allows lines to be drawn to specific lengths.
Improved Panning! The preset
pan distance with the keyboard Arrow keys has been modified, so that the
pan distance does not pan across the entire width of the screen. The new
pan distance seems to be ideal. It’s a great help when hand-tracing
poor scans, or inspecting the quality of highly detailed drawings.
More hot keys! Alt-i
and Alt-o zoom in/out; the zoom location is the current mouse position.
This is really helpful on very large, or highly detailed drawings and is
a big time saver when you are also using the Arrow keys to pan.
Handles displays end points
in the vectorized file; a glance will let you know if you need more, or
fewer points to get the best possible results. Although this feature is
available from an icon we decided that because it is so important and is
used so often Handles should be available via a “hot key." so the Handles
tool is now accessible via the F2 key.
The Rectangle tool is a
new drawing tool. Draw closed boxes with a couple of mouse clicks; it produces
4 lines. Rectangles can be drawn to specific sizes, at specific locations
The Information tool is
new. It lists the number of entities in any chosen area, gives perimeter
and area calculations, (x,y) end-point positions, line type, color, line
width, radius, extents and other valuable information about your drawing.
POINTS AT INTERSECTIONS
Speed-up draw and edit functions
with this automatic point insert feature.
This tool is useful in mapping
applications. It ensures that you can isolate individual lots so that you
can find areas and perimeters.
AT RIGHT ANGLES
You can draw lines and 3-point
arcs with the Draw tool. You can also use Ortho to draw lines at any angle,
quickly. In addition, you can now draw lines at right angles to the previous
line by pressing the Ctrl key when drawing a line.
Text now includes center,
left and right justification. This is really nice for sign and label making
applications. Any TrueType font can be instantly converted to lines
Draftsman users have been
able to select one or more entities and then add entities to the selection
by holding down the shift key. Now you can also deselect selected entities
by holding down the shift key.
Tiled printing has been
added. If your vectorized image is larger than the media you will print
or cut, you can tile the image so that it will tile over several sheets.
Circles now include a center
point that is displayed when Handles are shown. You can snap to the point,
or delete it to remove the circle.
are now a snap with the Offset tool.
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