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    Default Real World Linetypes.

    Summary: Linetype creations based on a "real-world" scale, not just a graphical representation.

    Description: I would like to be able to create linetypes using a "real-world" scale; not just graphical repetitions. For example; paint stripes down a roadway need to be a specific physical size; not just pattern representations. Another example might be concrete or post barriers that need to be displayed in their exact locations for clearances.

    How Used: Many drawing items could be drawn dynamically with "real-world" sized linetypes as stated in examples above.

    Feature Affinity: Linetype

    Submitted By: Jeanne Aarhus on October 24, 2007

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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    It would be nice to be able to apply a scale or units to a single linetype. It is possible to do what you want however, it just doesn't play well with other linetypes scaled unitless. See this post for more info.
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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    There are third party add-ons that can do this with paint lines. I don't own any but it sure would be nice.

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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    my main use would be for linetypes with a second dimension like batting lines. As I use MSLTSCALE 1 and PSLTSCALE 1 those lines are usally messed up in different viewports.
    As a convention they could eventually use negative values, eg "10" is 10 times current ltscale (as usual) while "-10" would be 10 units thick

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    Unhappy Re: Real World Linetypes.

    Good luck. Linetype functionality today is virtually the same as it was 30 years ago.
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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    Florida Dept. of Transportation's Civil 3D State Kit has always included the ability to add paint strips along with RPM's (reflective pavement markers).

    Shouldn't this have been added as intelligent objects in Civil 3D by now?

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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    For pavement striping I use an ARRAYPATH for the dashed lines. I draw in one of the dashes and then array that dash along a polyline that is on a non-plotting layer. The array, dashed line, is in real world dimensions and unaffected by drawing or viewport scales.

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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    Quote Originally Posted by MMccall View Post
    For pavement striping I use an ARRAYPATH for the dashed lines. I draw in one of the dashes and then array that dash along a polyline that is on a non-plotting layer. The array, dashed line, is in real world dimensions and unaffected by drawing or viewport scales.
    Wouldn't work for curved road sections or guide lines through intersections. As an intelligent object it could be modified and still maintain correct spacing.

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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Beauford View Post
    Shouldn't this have been added as intelligent objects in Civil 3D by now?
    I don't see how. They are much too busy changing the ribbon color scheme and modifying the icons, once again.
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    Default Re: Real World Linetypes.

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain View Post
    I don't see how. They are much too busy changing the ribbon color scheme and modifying the icons, once again.
    I finally get all my custom icons set to transparent background and they change the dark background color to a darker gray. Have to wait and see if my icons are still good. Not that we needed it, but the only improvement they could have added to the background dark color theme would be to allow us to set it with the rest of the colors in Options. Then I know my custom icons would always look OK.

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