progeCAD Professional manual The low-cost alternative to AutoCAD

Index



Do you want to try progeCAD Professional?
Download the trial: you can try the product, without any limit, for 30 days!

A manual page a day... Click here to see the manual table of contents.

Working with the progeCAD Explorer - Working with linetypes

Creating and naming linetypes

In addition to loading predefined linetypes from a linetype library file, you can create new linetypes. You can save new linetypes you create to a linetype library file for use in other drawings.

To create a new simple linetype
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Format > Explore Linetypes.
  3. Type expltypes and then press Enter.
  4. Using one of the following methods, open the New Linetype dialog box:
  5. Choose Edit > New > Linetype.
  6. Click the New Item tool (
  7. ).
  • With your cursor in the right pane of the window, right-click to display the shortcut menu, and choose New > Linetype.
  • In the Linetype Description field, type the linetype description.

You can type anything in this field that will help you remember the purpose or appearance of this linetype. For example, it is helpful to type text or symbols such as __..__.. that approximate the appearance of the linetype.

  1. In the Linetype Definition field, type the linetype definition.

The definition consists of positive and negative numbers separated by commas. A positive number draws a solid line segment for the specified number of drawing units; a negative number creates a gap for the specified number of units; a zero creates a dot.

  1. Click OK.

The program adds the new linetype to the linetypes list with the default name, NewLinetype1.

  1. To enter a name for the new linetype, type over the highlighted default text, and press Enter.

Do not use spaces between words in the new linetype name.

  1. To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.
  2.  
    1. Click to select a predefined linetype from a linetype library file.
    2. Type any description in this box that helps you remember the purpose or appearance of the linetype.
    1. Type the definition of the linetype, consisting of positive and negative numbers separated by commas.
To create a new complex linetype
  1. A complex linetype can denote utilities, boundaries, contours, and so on. As with simple linetypes, complex lines are dynamically drawn as the user specifies vertices. Shapes and text objects embedded in lines are always displayed completely; they are never trimmed.
  2. Do one of the following:
  3. Choose Format > Explore Linetypes.
  4. Type expltypes and then press Enter.
  5. Using one of the following methods, open the New Linetype dialog box:
  6. Choose Edit > New > Linetype.
  7. Click the New Item tool (
  8. ).
  • With your cursor in the right pane of the window, right-click to display the shortcut menu, and choose New > Linetype.
  • In the Linetype Description field, type the linetype description.

You can type anything in this field that will help you remember the purpose or appearance of this linetype. For complex linetypes, it is helpful to type a text description of the linetype.

  1. In the Linetype Definition field, type the linetype definition.

As for the simple linetypes, the syntax for a complex linetype is a comma deliminated list of pattern descriptors.

  1. Click OK.

The program adds the new linetype to the linetypes list with the default name, NewLinetype1.

  1. To enter a name for the new linetype, type over the highlighted default text, and press Enter.

Do not use spaces between words in the new linetype name.

  1. To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.