Optional .DXF Import and Export Support Licenses are available for MetaDraw allowing creation and reading of DXF format image files from a MetaDraw based application or web page.
DXF support is only available to customers purchasing the DXF filter license.
For evaluation purposes, potential users of DXF support may use the HSEditor Utility to Import and Export DXF files prior to purchasing a MetaDraw DXF Import or Export license.
AutoCad is NOT required:
Note that installation of AutoCAD is not required for DXF support with MetaDraw.
Features and Limitations of the Optional DXF support:
MetaDraw DXF supports the reading of 2-d DXF files as generated by AutoCad ( MetaDraw will attempt to load 3-d DXF files by ignoring the Z-coordinate values ).
MetaDraw DXF recognizes the following DXF entities: POINT, LINE, MLINE, ARC, CIRCLE, ELLIPSE, TEXT, MTEXT, SOLID, LEADER, POLYLINE, LWPOLYLINE, INSERT (BLOCK)
Support for other records may be added later. In particular the following records are NOT currently supported: TRACE, DIMENSION LINES, DIMENSION, HATCH, OLEFRAME, REGION, IMAGE.
VIEWPORTs are only particially supported.
All text primitives are converted into text objects of the appropriate size using the default FontName setting for MetaDraw.
Text attributes (FontName, Bold, Italic, Underline) are recognized only for MTEXT records when reading a DXF file and only for entire text objects ( e.g. a bold word inside normal text will be ignored).
Point objects are interpreted as Line objects where the starting and ending points are the same.
MetaDraw does not support styles: LTYPE (“STANDARD” type is always used), DIMSTYLE, STYLE (standard text style is always used).
MetaDraw recognizes the following DXF object attributes:
Line Width, Color, Angle, and Extended Data
(XDATA is represented as object tags in MetaDraw )
if they are defined for any particular entity.
MetaDraw does not support attributes (ATTDEF, ATTRIB entities – they just ignored).
MetaDraw does not support objects inside any single block placed on different layers (all objects from inserted block will be located on the same layer where the block was inserted).
Polylines are converted into a set of lines and arcs;
Polygons are treated as Closed PolyLines.
All objects are recognized as Transparent (HATCH records are not supported).
Layers and Blocks - MetaDraw now supports recognizing DXF Layers and Blocks. These are translated to Group Countainers in MetaDraw
and assigned objTags with Tag name "DXFLayer" or "DXFBlock" and
Tag values holding the layer or block names.
MetaDraw provides two modes of DXF export support.
Both Draft and Enhanced modes have the following limitations:
The following features are available in the enhanced export mode only:
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