Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

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Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by smajorsM1 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:17 pm

I was told to type in numbers for to size font and shapes. It worked with circles and pretty close with font. 3" turned out 2.996" but the way someone told me to do rectangles doesn't work. They said, choose w (rectangle short cut), @#,#, then enter a rectangle pops up but the size is completely off. Suggestions?
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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by bhamer62 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:12 pm

?? Try to substitute the actual dim's in place of the # The first one should be x axis , y axis dim

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Post by smajorsM1 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:40 pm

Thanks bhamer62, I put in # just as an example. I put in @2,6 and a 1"x13" rectangle showed up. The rectangle was vertical. Suggestions?

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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by adbuch » Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:05 pm

smajorsM1 wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:17 pm
I was told to type in numbers for to size font and shapes. It worked with circles and pretty close with font. 3" turned out 2.996" but the way someone told me to do rectangles doesn't work. They said, choose w (rectangle short cut), @#,#, then enter a rectangle pops up but the size is completely off. Suggestions?
Thanks,
Steve
With the rectangle, when the cross hairs come up - left click to locate the starting position of the rectangle. Then type "@ 3,3" and hit Enter to create a 3 inch square.

For the text, yes I noticed that it is not exact. So if you entered 3 inches for the height, but you measure 2.996, then scale it by a factor of 3/2.996 = 1.001335.

You will need to install the Video Manual into Design Edge in order to open it in Design Edge.

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Post by smajorsM1 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:22 pm

Thanks David, I'll definitely give that a try. I have advanced settings but the video manual is greyed out. I used to have it but I think I might have to reinstall it since I've done some updates. Maybe after updates it makes you reinstall the manual??
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Post by adbuch » Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:23 pm

Step 1 - Left click to locate first corner of rectangle
Second corner of rectangle.jpg

Step 2 - When prompted for second corner of rectangle, Type "@3,3"
at 3,3.jpg

Step 3 - Hit "Enter"
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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by smajorsM1 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:50 am

Thanks David, that worked perfectly! I have another question, how are you getting your dimension numbers in the example there so small? Mine come up but huge arrows and numbers, like font size 300 maybe more. Do I have some strange setting that's making them big? For example the arrow point in yours, mine the flat back side of the arrow heads are touching.

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Post by rdj357 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:29 pm

If you need the text height to be exact you can use the scale function. With the text selected, S for scale then depending on the kind of letters you can use some snaps. I often find a T or H or similar letter with flat top and bottom and use a H on the path snap on the bottom and a P perpendicular snap on the top to define the height and then type in the desired height and press enter. If it's a font without any good spots, draw an orthogonal line above and below and use that method by snapping to the lines instead.

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Post by smajorsM1 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:47 pm

Thanks Robert! I'll give that a try.
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Post by adbuch » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:01 pm

smajorsM1 wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:50 am
Thanks David, that worked perfectly! I have another question, how are you getting your dimension numbers in the example there so small? Mine come up but huge arrows and numbers, like font size 300 maybe more. Do I have some strange setting that's making them big? For example the arrow point in yours, mine the flat back side of the arrow heads are touching.
Open your Settings and click on the Design tab. Under "Dimensions, Text height (inch):" enter the value for your desired text height.
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Post by smajorsM1 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:13 pm

Thanks Robert, that worked perfectly!

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Post by rdj357 » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:53 am

You're very welcome, any time!

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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by smajorsM1 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:17 pm

Robert, do you know how to import a certain text (in this case from google doc fonts)?

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Post by adbuch » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:07 pm

Step 1 - Select the font or font family you wish to download.
Step 1.jpg
Step 1a.jpg
Step 2 - Download font family.
Step 2 - Download.jpg
Step 2a.jpg
Step 3 - Extract to new folder.
Step 3 - extract to folder.jpg
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Post by adbuch » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:12 pm

Step 4 - Copy new fonts to Windows Fonts folder.
Step 4 - copy new fonts to Windows Fonts folder.jpg
Step 4a.jpg
Step 5 - Open Design Edge, select "Draw, Text" to open the Draw Text box.

Click the "Windows" box under the heading "Included True Type Font Folders"
Scroll down to find the Roboto font.
Enter your text and place on screen.

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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by adbuch » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:19 pm

Steve - since you have access to the Plasmacam Owner's Community Online Forum, you might consider taking advantage of the Search function to help answer some of your questions. Here is an example of a search for "font".
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https://owners-community.com/viewtopic. ... nt#p295136
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Re: Sizing font and shapes exactly in DesignEdge/Plasmacam

Post by Joe Jones » Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:39 am

Here is the reason fonts do not come up exactly at the size desired.

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