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Scale Ruler on Drawing
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* August 20, 2018, 05:32:43 PM
I receive drawings from architects in .dwg format and in the drawing there is scale ruler that is the length of the building or the carwash conveyor. It is in 2' increments and is what ever length needed for the project. it is very handy for laying out equipment, just paste it in place and place equipment where it belongs. I have been able to copy the one from the drawing and use it in my TC drawings but it is only one scale and if I want to change the length I have to explode it and cut it to length. Is there anything like this in TC? I an using TC Pro Platinum 2017

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* August 21, 2018, 12:19:55 AM
#1

This is metric but Something like this?
You can stretch to change length it and change parameters in the selection info palette.
If it is sort of what you want I can give you the PPM file and you can modify it so that it works with feet and inches.

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August 21, 2018, 04:18:42 AM
#2
I'd like the PPM file.

Thanks in advance,

Jeff

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* August 21, 2018, 07:57:06 AM
#3
I would appreciate the PPM file I'm not sure I will be able to modify it to Feet and inches but I can try. Thanks, John

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* August 21, 2018, 11:41:55 AM
#4
I tried to open the scale but there was nothing in the drawing. There was what appeared to be a selection square with red doted lines but no scale. I looked up PPM file format and from what I could find it is a color format, which would not have anything to do with metric or feet and inches.  Thanks, John

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* August 21, 2018, 12:18:38 PM
#5
Nikki's ruler ppm is on layer 0, can it be that you have that layer tuned OFF, in most of the cases, never do that if you dont know what you do, or have a very spesific reason for it, TC use layer 0 alot so it's needed for many task TC should do for you.

Else, check out TurboCAD ppm, not this pixelthing and see the difference ;)
Take a look in the PPM section here at the forum aswell

Torfinn

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* August 21, 2018, 03:58:11 PM
#6
I have found the scale and I can't find how to change it to feet and inches from metric. In the selection info I can change the increments, scale but the unit selection only gives me the choice of MM, CM and M. I have changed the space units to English but still the scale is in metric and the unit selection in Selection Info is metric.

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* August 21, 2018, 04:21:42 PM
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Then you just have to wait a bit, until Nikki post the ppm file itself, then you can open it in the Parametric Part Editor palette and change it.
Basically just delete the line with  " Units (1[mm]) " and it will be in inch ( TC's Default ) or change "mm" to "in"

Torfinn

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* August 21, 2018, 08:34:58 PM
#8
In this case a ppm file is a scripted file written within TC. It is one of the ways we can make parametric symbols.

Its a little bit more effort then changing the units - because it uses units. I don't know enough about drawing with feet and inches (ie text sizes etc)
The zip file has 3 files, the main file - scale.ppm ,
Tex1.ppm and DivC .ppm
Place all three files in your library folder.
Tex1 and DivC are macro files and need to be in the same folder as the scale or in a subfolder called "macro".

Tex1 sets the defaults for the text. Change it via the parametric part script editor palette.
At the moment the scale ruler is a metric mm symbol. Even though you can use other units (it is sort of like alternate units in dimension)
 it scales up when used in an imperial drawing.So you need to change the units to your preferred units.
There are a few other values within the program that you would need to change because millimeters are so much smaller then inches - or any of the other units.
I have tried to keep these at the top and I have indicated what each calculation does so that you can adjust them. Its is just a matter of editing these.
Save the file and reload the library folder.

I have changed the PPM from my original post the increments now use the chosen unit, so that switching to inches or feet doesn't give strange numbers.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2018, 11:02:17 PM by nikkipollard »

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* August 22, 2018, 09:03:20 AM
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I have loaded the files and the only thing that does not seem to work is the scale is not the same as the drawing. I can't find a setting to change the scale to match the drawing scale.

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* August 22, 2018, 09:10:43 AM
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Have you try'd to Select the symbol after inserting, go to Selection Info Palette and change the parametervalues if you forgot to do it in the ppm's property before inserting.

Torfinn

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* August 22, 2018, 09:56:35 PM
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In the file the units need to be the same as your drawing units and as I said there are a few calculations that also need to be changed.

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* August 22, 2018, 11:28:27 PM
#12
here is an imperial version.

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* August 29, 2018, 10:02:33 AM
#13
Got it to work after some trial and error THANK YOU very much I appreciate the information.

John

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