||This section deals with line type definition. Line types can be applied
to, and drive the representation of, almost all elements in a drawing, such
as lines, curves, dimension lines, etc. (Line types cannot be applied to
fonts and points).
- In releases before V5 R11, line types used to be defined in
Tools> Options> General> Display> Line Types for the
Drafting workbench as well as for other workbenches. For Drafting, line
types are now defined in standards. Therefore, line types in drawings do
not depend on the options defined in Tools> Options, but on
what is defined in the standards.
- When opening a drawing created with releases before V5 R11 (i.e. a
drawing which does not contain its own line type parameters), the line
type options defined in Tools> Options will be used. You can
upgrade a CATDrawing document to this new standard format at any time, by
performing the following operations in File> Page Setup:
- changing the standard to another standard (ISO> ANSI for instance)
- updating the current standard to the new format.
||The information below is specifically intended for administrators
customizing standards for the 2D Layout for 3D Design workbench:
Therefore, if you want the visualization of elements to be homogeneous
in the 2D and 3D windows, you need to make sure that line type definitions
in the standards match line type definitions in the settings.
Defining Line Types
Line type definitions are located in the Line Types node of
the Standards editor, available via Tools> Standards.
- The first eight line
types are mono-dimensional (or 1D line types), i.e. defined by a sequence of
- The other line types are bi-dimensional (or 2D line types), i.e. defined by a polyline.
Once defined, a line type can be applied to any element which supports it,
either via Edit> Properties, or using the Graphic Properties
There are 63 line type definitions in the Standards editor. You cannot
add additional instances of line type definitions. Out of these 63
- line type definitions ranging from 1 to 8 are pre-defined with
different parameters for each and cannot be customized.
- line type definitions ranging from 9 to 19 are pre-defined with
different parameters for each and can be customized.
- line type definitions ranging from 20 to 63 are not pre-defined and
can be customized.
||From V5 R17, it is possible to assign bi-dimensional line
types on all mono-parametric geometries (line, circle, spline).
However, the line type 8 is an exception: it is taken into account
on geometrical lines and circles. Note that you can select and apply
line type 8 to any other element, however your change will not be
taken into account.
You can customize the definitions of line types ranging from 9 to 63. To
do this, proceed as follows:
Click the Line Types
node of the Standard Definition editor.
In the right-hand dialog box, double-click the line type you want to define.
The line type editor appears for you to set the line type properties. For
more information on using the line type editor, refer to Line Type in the
Infrastructure User's Guide.
For each line type definition, you can also specify whether or not a given
line type should be available in the line types list for users to choose
from. In the right-hand dialog box, double-click the number of the line type
you want to make unavailable. Perform the same operation to make an
unavailable line type available.
||Users will only be able to assign "available" line type definitions
when creating or editing elements. However, existing element properties
in drawings will not be affected: if an existing element is assigned a
line type which is flagged as "unavailable" in the Standards editor,
then this line type will be used for this element but it will not be
available in the line types list, so that users cannot apply it to