Published on February 25, 2014
Drawing Conversion Costs Got You Down?
When you need to make a change…
Are you: …recreating in CAD …redrafting on Paper …editing on the Original Print …feeling like you are going back in time with every edit?
Wanna learn how to easily handle changes on your paper drawings?
Consider Raster Editing, Hybrid Editing or Raster-to-Vector Conversion Software
But, let’s side-step here for a minute and look at what is “raster” and “vector”
Raster image files created by scanners are composed of a series of dots or pixels. 300 dpi Center Point: 5.5 Radius: 5” Thickness: 0.1” Vector files are defined by specific points in a coordinate system
Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first.
Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first. It’s not your father’s raster editing anymore…
Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first. It’s not your father’s raster editing anymore… Today’s raster editing is sophisticated and highly functional…allowing you to edit raster with vector-like tools and interface.
We’ll take a look at GTXRaster CAD for raster editing and I’ll show you what I mean… GTXRaster CAD™ Series Version 14.0 411
GTX is Ideal for: • Mechanical CAD (MCAD) • Automated Mapping and Facilities Management (AM/FM) • Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) • Power Generation • Oil and Gas • Military/Government • Service Bureau
The magic of GTXRaster CAD starts with Intelligent Object Picking . ™
IOP: IOP pick raster entities from the drawing as if they were intelligent CAD entities IOP
IOP Example Low-level—Your Father’s Raster Editing Paintbrush Editor Overdraw with Color Your Raster Editing Intelligent Object Picking X X
Diverse IOP tools allow selection of very specific objects and text. Below, a variety of tools were used to select part of the raster image. “Green” indicates an IOP selection
As you can see, IOP can be very precise.
And, because the GTXRaster CAD Series is integrated with AutoCAD’s Image Support Module, all commands, menus and toolbars are consistent with AutoCAD 2014, lowering your training costs.
Once raster has been selected with IOP… • Move • Copy/Paste • Resize • Erase • Rotate • Snap to Grid
For instance, select the raster circle and change it's diameter, just like in CAD.
Also, add or remove raster objects • Circles • Squares • Lines • Text • Polygons
Oh wait, one more tangent… An important part of using your paper drawings for raster editing is cleaning the scanned image once the drawing has been scanned. This can be especially valuable if your drawings are old or damaged.
Oh wait, one more tangent… An important part of using your paper drawings for raster editing is cleaning the scanned image once the drawing has been scanned. This can be especially valuable if your drawings are old or damaged. GTXRaster CAD offers automatic or manual deskewing and despeckling and this should be done first, before raster editing.
See the Magic…
GTXRaster CAD offers other Intelligent Enhancement features such as “Remove Solid Entity”
Now if your drawing is: • complex • needs complex changes • needs frequent changes And You have trained personnel and a budget for CAD…
Consider Hybrid Editing or Raster-to-Vector Conversion
Hybrid editing allows you to: • only “vectorize” the area of the drawing you are working on • create and overlay vector elements on the raster, taking advantage of vector tools • make changes with raster editing tools • save the file with both raster and vector information or burn it back to raster
Hybrid: combination of raster and vector • modifications can be made in either • use selective conversion as needed
With Raster-to-Vector Conversion: Quickly convert any or all selected raster into rectified and accurate AutoCAD entities. Recognizes line styles, splines, cross-hatching, arrowheads, and also has the ability to set a gap jump variable to further increase conversion accuracy
With Raster-to-Vector Conversion: Quickly convert any or all selected raster into rectified and accurate AutoCAD entities. Recognizes line styles, splines, cross-hatching, arrowheads, and also has the ability to set a gap jump variable to further increase conversion accuracy Result: 100% AutoCAD compatible file after full conversion
RtoV Settings Option: CAD T ype Conversion
RtoV Settings Option: Ortho T ype Conversion
RtoV Settings Option: Outline Conversion
RtoV Settings Option: T ext Conversion
And let’s talk about T ext Conversion some more.
T ext typically comprises 20% of engineering drawings.
GTX’s Intelligent Character Recognition quickly converts raster text. • based on hybrid neural-net technology • “train” to automatically recognize text characters associated with your drafting style • dictionary look-up and pattern matching help recognize complicated text, such as part numbers.
After conversion, GTX Vector Cleanup Commands aid in cleaning up drawings after conversion from raster… …extend endpoints to intersections, make circles alike in radius, and much more.
And we could go on and on…. • Color tools: reduction, separation • Stable, proven technology • Minimal training required • TIFF, CALS, PDF & other standard input • Export to DWF, DXF, & many AutoCAD versions • GTXImage CAD includes an OEM AutoCAD license • Available in English, German & French
But it’s time to stop for now Brought to you by: Windham Document Systems, providing proven solutions that increase the value and life of your drawings and archives for over 25 years. GTX Master Distributor: Partner: GTXRaster CAD Series GTXImage CAD Series ReVisa, Raster Editing ComPara, Drawing Comparison Tool Tel: (603) 458-2741 www.windhamsystems.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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