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exploding text

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08-07-2002 11:57 AM
Attempting to import drawings from AutoCAD (DXF)into my CADCAM system. It will not export text from autocad unless I can explode the text into seperate lines and arcs, (so I'm told). Is there a way to do this?
*Yoder, S.
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Re: exploding text

08-07-2002 12:57 PM in reply to: cweldon
1) Setup the text style to use an width other than exactly 1. It can be
.9999 or 1.000001 or etc.
2) Create the text or use property painter to 'paint' the new info to
existing text
3) Some where in the drawing, create a line that will be used for
referencelater
4) At the command prompt, type WMFOUT
5) Select the text and the reference line (real easy if you have the text
on a separate layer)
6) Erase (or freeze) the 'real' text but keep the reference line
7) At the command prompt, type WMFIN & select the wmf file you created
8) Notice the wmf doesn't come in at the same scale - the reason for the
reference line
9) After selecting the base point, use the default scale & rotation
10) Now, move the block made by importing the WMF so one endpoint of the
wmf's ref line matches up with the corresponding endpoint of the original
ref line
11) At the command prompt, type SCALE and select the wmf block
12) For the base point, select the endpoint you used to match up ref lines
with - the common endpoint
13) At the command prompt, type R for reference
14) Pick the 'common' endpoint
15) Pick the other endpoint of the wmf's ref line
16) Lastly pick the other endpoint of the original ref line
17) Now you can explode the block and the text should be lines

If you're using True Type fonts, you'll get lots of little lines. To clean
it up easily do this:
18) After the explode, do a Change and select objects = previous
19) Put the objects on a layer by themselves for easy removal
20) Draw a rectangle around the text
21) Use the Boundary command and pick a point between the rectangle and the
text
22) Freeze or lock every layer but the layer the text is on & erase it
23) Change the boundary you created to that layer for easy removal later
24) Use the boundary command again and pick "inside" the outline of the
text
25) Freeze or lock every layer but the layer the first boundary is on &
erase it
You now have the text in a outline and can solid hatch it for a fill.

Enjoy,
Stef
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cweldon wrote in
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> Attempting to import drawings from AutoCAD (DXF)into my CADCAM system.
> It will not export text from autocad unless I can explode the text
> into seperate lines and arcs, (so I'm told). Is there a way to do
> this? Attachment decoded: untitled-1.htm
>
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