Create your own custom
CADVANCE, there are 16 different Linestyles that can be used.
There are 10 Linestyles included, but you can also create your own
Linestyle, re-name a Linestyle, and specify how it appears on the screen
and plotter. Since a line styles appearance can vary depending
upon the printer or plotter you are using, it may be a good idea to
create your own line styles. To add your line styles to the Line Style dialog box,
you must first create or define them.
Defining Custom Line
To define custom line styles, use Windows Notepad or a word
processor to edit the CAD.LNS file in your CADVANCE working
directory. You can define any number of line styles in the CAD.LNS
file. Each line defines one line style. Line style order is not
important because line styles are assigned by name.
Line Style Syntax (40 characters max.)
For example: ASTYLE|A(..---.)10,2.5
NAME| Names the line
style (8 characters max.). The vertical
pipe marks the end of the line style name.
Indicates how line styles are to fit between end points, either
Fitted or Accumulated (defined below by F or A).
F (Fitted) - A whole number of line style definitions is fit in to
each line segment, arc or circle. In other words, the line style
restarts at each vertex. If a segment is shorter than half a definition,
it is drawn with the SOLID line style.
A (Accumulated) - Each subsequent line segment in a line set starts at
the accumulated point in the line style definition. In other words, the
line style continues from one segment to the next. Accumulation
also applies to objects that share end points and are drawn
consecutively (such as line-arc-line).
(DEF) Defines the line style with a series of hyphens, periods and
spaces, and must be enclosed in parentheses. Never begin or end a
line style with a space.
S-LEN [Optional] - Sets the displayed length of dashes and spaces in
whole pixels. This is optional unless plot length is defined. The default is four pixels for dashes or spaces. Dots are
always displayed as one pixel.
P-LEN [Optional] - Sets the plot length of dashes and spaces. Use
decimal inches for English units or millimeters for metric units, each without leading zeros. The default is .125" or
3mm. Dots are plotted as a pen down with no lateral movement.
When you are finished,
don't forget to Save your changes. To add your new line styles
to the Line Style dialog box, open CADVANCE and:
Options/Line Style (ALT, O, L).
Select a Style
Type the name of a
line style defined in CAD.LNS.
For more information, please
refer to the CADVANCE manual.