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nettech
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Hatch Pattern Generator

Post by nettech » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:23 am

Does anyone know of a hatch generator, stand alone or one that will integrate with 2004? I'd really like to modify or customize, or even generate, some hatch patterns. I've tried several that are available from various online sources, but all are tied to Autodesk's behemoth and won't function with MS-CAD. Any help would be appreciated.

P.J.

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Hatch files that work in MSCAD2004

Post by Glen Cameron » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:47 am

If you get any .PAT file from AutoCAD sources, we can load and use the hatch patterns from this file. When running the BHATCH command, when the dialog comes up, the hatch pattern file name currently being used is displayed at the top - there is a FIND button that allows you to go to the hard drive to pick any other valid PAT file containing hatch patterns.

Cheers,
Glen W. Cameron, C.E.T.
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Hatch Pattern Generator

Post by nettech » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:39 am

Hi Glen,
Thanks for your reply. Perhaps my question wasn't phrased correctly.
I'm aware of the H.P. dialogue and its functions. What I'm looking for, is a an add-on, or stand alone programme, that will allow me to generate or create "new" pattern files. Most of those available, out of literally hundreds I've viewed or downloaded, don't suit my purposes for fine soils or, for instance, pea-gravel....3/8 minus, and some of the other soils patterns do not conform to G.S.C. standards at all.

Creating patterns, from scratch, with the old "unit square"-co-ordinate method is really frustrating, but it does work.

Thanks for you reply, though, I do appreciate it.

P.J.

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Post by Glen Cameron » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:31 am

I thought you were asking for some sort of program due to not knowing you could import other PAT files. I understand what you are looking for now - but unfortunately, I have never run into a program to do what you describe (have never really searched either). Any time I have seen new patterns they have been based upon the old manual method of creating them.

If you do run into a program to do this - I am sure others would be very interested as well. Please post the information here if you are successful in your quest.

Cheers,
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Post by Glen Cameron » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:40 am

I just went to the following search engine for the Internet
http://www.metacrawler.com
and ran a search on the following:
hatch pattern generator cad
and it brought up quite a few different possible solutions that may help you.

Cheers,
Glen W. Cameron, C.E.T.
City of North Bay, Ontario

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Hatch Pattern Generator

Post by nettech » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:53 am

Hi Glen,

Thanks, again.
I'll go have a peruse and see what I can turn up.
Most of my searches, through Google and G.Groups, have turned up
hatch gen. apps, that will only work with you-know-who's programme.
Have also sent you a separate reply direct to "info".
Will post anything that looks promising.

Regards,

P.J.

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Hatch patterns

Post by Richard Sands » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:12 pm

Not sure if you've tried editing existing hatch patterns. If you understand some of the logic it is relatively easy to make custom patterns that should give you what you want. Not sure what your output is but if I want something fancier than Cad provides I open in a graphics package and then hatch patterns are virtually endless. (CanvasX with GIS is a good example - there are countless geological patterns available for eg. Illustrator with MAPublisher plugin is another expensive choice)
regards Richard

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Hatch Pattern Generator

Post by nettech » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:05 pm

Hi Richard,

Not ignoring your suggestion. Have been away from home office since my last post. I'll contact you, off group, for details of you methods.
Thanks for your post, any and all suggestions are gratefully received.
Regards,

P.J.

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Hatch patterns

Post by Richard Sands » Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:19 am

Thats fine by me. regards Richard

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Post by hugha » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:14 pm

P.J.

HatchKit is a standalone hatch pattern editor and generator that can read, edit and output hatchpatterns in ACAD and IntelliCAD format (amongst others) and does not tie you to a unit square.

More details from http://www.cadro.com.au/hatchkit/
Hugh Adamson

www.cadro.com.au/hatchkit/

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Hatch patterns

Post by Richard Sands » Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:43 am

I'll add more in another subject but this whole area is something that I imagine others are interested in and maybe could be looked at by MicroSurvey.
Richard

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