MonoGRAF. Draughting program

MonoGRAF outputs

Save drawing

The "save drawing" function saves the entire drawing on a disk. The drawing, including all its layers regardless of their on/off status, the groups, shapes and all drawing entities are saved in a file in the current directory.

You are prompted: "Enter file name: [drawing name]"

After the prompt in square brackets, there appears the file name suggested by MonoGRAF which is identical with the drawing name. You may press the Enter key and the drawing will be saved in a file with the drawing name and PCT extension.

Optionally, you may enter any file name to save your drawing under it. Bear in mind, however, that if another PCT file of the same name exists, it will be deleted and replaced by the current drawing after a warning message. Moreover, the drawing name from now on will be assumed to be the same as the file name under which it was saved although all layers and views retain the original names. For these reasons we recommend that you save your drawing under its original name. At any time later you may continue your work on a drawing saved in this way. Current disk drive and current directory may be changed temporarily via the "params" function from the control menu.

Plot

MonoGRAF provides features for plotting of drawing. Type of plotters for plotting is defined in Windows. The plotter commands are written in files with PLT extension. Later, by the PRINT or COPY commands of these files through the computer's parallel (for printer) or serial port, you can plot your drawing on the plotter. The following plot functions are grouped in a "plot" parameters form:

Plot parameters


All functions from the plot form require responses to the following prompts: "Enter file name" You must enter the name of the file into which the plotter commands will be recorded. Afterwards you can copy this file to your plotter to obtain the plot itself.

You can select drawing layout on plotter surface. The plotter surface is depicted on the form and you can specify the rectangle within which your drawing will be plotted. In this case you implicitly specify the scale to which your drawing will be plotted. If you change the scale factor (by default equal to 1), your drawing limits mapping on the plotter will be changed. After you enter the new scale factor, the plotter surface is displayed with the mapping of your drawing limits on it.

Plotter function parameters

Before any of the plotter functions complete, you are prompted to change the parameters in a pop-up menu:
  • "Double thin line" - this yes/no parameter determines the way standard continuous lines will be drawn on the plotter. If the parameter is set to "yes", all standard lines will be drawn twice to emphasize the standard line thickness. The resulting thicker line will have the thickness, specified by the global MonoGRAF parameter "line thickness" available for change via the "modes" function of the control menu. The double standard line drawing will not be necessary, and you should set this parameter to "no" (0), if your pen plotter has a pen with the desired pen size.

  • "Rotate drawing" - if this parameter is set to "yes", your drawing will be output on the plotter rotated at 90. This specification is meaningless if your plotter does not support drawing rotation.

  • "Pen speed" - with this parameter you can set the pen speed on the plotter surface. It is specified in centimeters per second. Changing the pen speed may be needed depending on the quality of the pens used.

  • "New directory" - You can change the drive and directory where the plotter file will be written.

To change any of the above parameters, move the cursor highlight on the desired parameter and press the key. Enter (or select form a pop-up menu) the new value and press the key. When you have changed the last parameter, press the key twice. If you do not wish to change any of the parameters, simply press the Enter key when the parameter pop-up menu appears.

Plot drawing

The "plot drawing" function plots the entire drawing. You are prompted to enter the plotting file name and optionally to select the layout on the plotter surface. If you choose this option you are prompted to specify by two points the rectangular area on the plotter surface to which the drawing limits will be scaled to fit. Otherwise you are asked to enter the scale factor by which your drawing limits will be scaled to fit in the desirable part of the plotter surface.

Plot layer

The "plot layer" function plots a selected layer. You are prompted to select the layer from a pop-up menu, enter the plotting file name, and optionally, select the layout on the plotter surface. If you choose this option you are prompted to specify by two points the rectangular area on the plotter surface to which the drawing limits will be scaled to fit. Otherwise you are asked to enter the scale factor by which your drawing's limits will be scaled to fit in the desirable part of the plotter surface.

Plot view

The "plot view" function plots a selected view (window). You are prompted to select the view from a pop-up menu, enter the plotting file name, and optionally, to select the layout of the view on the plotter surface. If you choose this option you are prompted to specify by two points the rectangular area on the plotter surface to which the view will be scaled to fit. Otherwise you are asked to enter the scale factor by which your view will be scaled to fit in the desirable part of the plotter surface.

Plot set

The "plot set" function plots a selected set of objects. You are prompted to select the desired objects within a specified rectangle, to enter the plotting file name, and optionally, to select the layout of the selected set of objects on the plotter surface. If you choose this option you are prompted to specify by two points the rectangular area on the plotter surface. The rectangle in which the set of objects was selected will be scaled to fit the rectangular area. Otherwise you are asked to enter the scale factor. The selected set of objects will be scaled to fit in the desirable part of the plotter surface.

Plot screen

The "plot screen" function plots the current screen contents. You are prompted to enter the plotting file name, and optionally, to select the layout of the selected set of objects on the plotter surface. If you choose this option you are prompted to specify by two points the rectangular area on the plotter surface in which the screen will be scaled to fit. Otherwise you are asked to enter the scale factor by which the screen will be scaled to fit in the desirable part of the plotter surface.

DXF output

You may interchange graphics data with other drafting systems using files in DXF (Drawing Interchange Format) format. The "DXF output" function converts MonoGRAF drawing's graphic data to DXF data structure and data format and creates a file with DXF extension. After choosing the "DXF output" function, you are prompted by the following messages:

"Enter file type:[DXF]" and
"Enter file name:[current drawing name]"

In response to the last prompt you may press Enter, if you agree with the proposed name or you may enter the new name from the keyboard. That name must agree with the file names conversions (without extension). After executing the function a file with DXF extension, containing the drawing, is created. The current disk drive and the current directory, where the DXF files will be saved are "parameters" of the "DXF output" functions. You may change the current disk drive and the current directory temporarily via "params" function of the control menu. A drawing, created by AutoCAD_ drafting system and carried out in MonoGRAF is shown in following figure:

AutoCAD_ DXF drawing

AutoCAD_ DXF drawing



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