Program help

Vector Graphics

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Click the Vector Graphic button, Presentation tab, to open the dialog for generating vector graphics. This dialog follows the Image dialog in its features: You edit image calculation methods, display settings and quality parameters. Then click the start icon (1) to calculate the vector graphic from your current planning view. The image appears in the preview area of the dialog. Export it by using the save icon (2).

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The Vector Graphic dialog provides the following settings for calculating vectorized images:

Seting

Background

Renderer

Determines the render mode for the vectorized graphic. Three options are available:

Outline

The lines and areas in the planning are rendered as vectors. If Outline is set as Renderer, the special settings become available.

Wireframe

Vector grafic is created in render mode Wireframe.

Hidden Line

Vector grafic is created in render mode Hidden Line.

Basic Settings

Output

Available for Renderer: Outline.

Lines

All lines of the objects in the planning are generated as vectors and displayed in the Line Color selected. Areas are not computed.

Lines and Areas

Lines and areas will be rendered and displayed as vectors.

Line Width

Set with for the lines in the image in millimeter.

Line Color

Set color for the lines in the image.

Fill Color

Monochrome: Set one color for all areas in the image.

From Scene: Texturated and multicolor areas will be displayed in a corresponding color average value.

Special

Available for Renderer: Output.

Quality

Determins image quality by number of scanlines.

Scanlines

The higher the value, the more individual lines the scene is split into for image processing. The more lines, the better the result and the slower the image processing.

Maximum: 20000.

Smoothing

The higher the value, the more lines are combined into one line in the vector image.

Min Line Length

Removes all lines from the image that are shorter than the set threshold value (in pixels).

Min Area Size

Removes all areas from the image that are smaller than the set threshold value (in pixels).

Exporting Vector Graphics

From pCon.planner 8.2, the export of vector graphics will take place directly from the Vector Graphic dialog. Exporting via the Start Menu is no longer required.

The following file formats are available:

PDF

SVG

DWG/DXF

EMF

In addition, you can use the dialog to create the following standard image formats: JPG, PNG, BMP.

Copying vector graphics to clipboard

Use the Copy button (3) to copy your vector graphics to the clipboard. Then simply paste it directly into the workspace of the pCon.planner or into an external image processing, presentation or CAD program.

Tips and tricks

If you want to use a vector graphic as a true-to-scale 2D representation in your planning: Use a 2D view, orthographic view, or isometric projection as the basis for the vector graphic. Vector graphics based on perspective are not to scale.

Important: The Contour mode cannot be used in Compatibility mode.