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 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 DXF recognizes the following DXF record types: POINT, LINE, MLINE, ARC, CIRCLE, ELLIPSE, TEXT, MTEXT, SOLID, XLINE, 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.
VIEWPORTs and LAYOUTs are not supported. Only entities from 'MODEL' layout space will be imported.
MetaDraw recognizes the following DXF object attributes: Line Width, Color, Angle, and Extended Data (XDATA is represented as object tags in MetaDraw ). Line Type is not 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.
Polylines are converted into a set of lines and arcs; Straight line segments will be converted to standard PolyLines objects. Curved lines will be converted to arcs.
Polygons are treated as Closed PolyLines.
All objects are recognized as Transparent (HATCH records are not supported).
All objects are represented as a single layer. Multi-layer environment is not supported.
Frozen Layers are not supported.
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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