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*Norris, Ric
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Quick Cad 6.0 Scanning

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03-03-2000 02:46 PM
Hi John,

Unfortunately.....no. That would be a perfect world.

Scanned files are produced as raster images and ALL CAD programs produce
vector images. The twain just does not meet.

There are raster to vector conversion programs available...some
expensive....some cheap...and some free. There are also companies that
specialise in these conversions combining special scanners with high end
software.

The results obtained from such conversions do leave a lot to be desired as
all objects in a hardcopy cannot be reproduced 100%....such as text, arcs,
polylines to name just a few. The results are dependant on how much detail
there is.

It is then a very time consuming job to "clean up" the converted
drawing....it will be more than likely faster just to draw it from scratch.

However, you could scan a hardcopy drawing and save it as a typical graphic
file, such as .JPG etc and then insert that file into your drawing as an
object....but then all vector editing is lost and editing is only achieved
via a graphics application, such as Photoshop etc.

Ric Norris.

"mr345mstr" wrote in message
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> Is it possible to scann a drawing from paper source directly into quick
> cad. If so how is it done.
>
> thanks
>
> John Clark
>
*Smith, Harvey
Message 2 of 4 (32 Views)

Re: Quick Cad 6.0 Scanning

03-03-2000 03:06 PM in reply to: *Norris, Ric
Ric's got it all there.

If you want to investigate a rastor-to-vector program, free, go to
http://www.geoplan.com.my/wintopo/product.htm. I think that's a pretty
good one.

As long as the drawing you want to import is not too complex, it might
work out.

H

mr345mstr wrote:
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> Is it possible to scann a drawing from paper source directly into quick
> cad. If so how is it done.
>
> thanks
>
> John Clark
*mr345mstr
Message 3 of 4 (32 Views)

Re: Quick Cad 6.0 Scanning

03-03-2000 04:31 PM in reply to: *Norris, Ric
Is it possible to scann a drawing from paper source directly into quick
cad. If so how is it done.

thanks

John Clark
*R, Paul
Message 4 of 4 (32 Views)

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03-06-2000 12:54 PM in reply to: *Norris, Ric
I've used Turbocad5.0 to do this. It's far from perfect, it doesn't do OCR,
and it takes some work to clean up a drawing but it's do-able. Unfortunately
you end up with a mass of lines and polylines, instead of curves, circles,
text and other entities. It does have some line straightening features that
help a little though.

Honestly I have to say that I avoid this painful process whenever I can.
It's still a whole lot of work for an end result that is less than
spectacular. Don't try this on any sort of complicated drawings and make
sure it's clean. You might as well forget about scanning an image that's
been through a fax machine.

I'd almost say that converting the image to .bmp format and importing it
into a Quickcad drawing and tracing it would almost be better than scanning
the converting it. A lot of times all you want to do is overlay anyway. I
don't know how well this would expoert to .dwg though but it's definitely a
quick and dirty way to solve some problems though.

"mr345mstr" wrote in message
news:38C05949.3066A733@simflex.com...
> Is it possible to scann a drawing from paper source directly into quick
> cad. If so how is it done.
>
> thanks
>
> John Clark
>

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