Title Block

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The Title Blocks function creates one or more title blocks in the project and defines their position on the printout. The title block is designed by selecting a font, font size, lines, image and vector symbols. Legends can be integrated into the title block as well. You can position the title block the same way as a legend into the frame corners and have the scale updated automatically during print-out.

Creating a Title Block

Tool window Legend: tab Size/Frame.

Right-click in the project tree of the project window on Title Blocks, select the function New Title Block and enter a name for your new title block into the respective box. A tool window for the configuration of the title block opens. Go to the register tab Size / Frame and conduct the following settings:

  1. Width and Height define the size of the title block. These parameters [cm] refer to a printout at 100 % scaling.
  2. If Scale is ticked, the width and the height of all lines, texts, image and vector symbols are scaled accordingly. If Scale is deactivated, the alteration of width and height will only affect the size of the title block (in relation to the lower left corner).
  3. Select Frame to show / hide the frame for your title block.
  4. Line weight [mm] defines the weight of all lines drawn in the title block, the frame as well as all other lines.
  5. Select a Fill and a Colour of Fill, if you would like to change an existing background or deselect Fill for a transparent title block.
  6. The control box Grid activates a grid for positioning the elements
  7. Via the tables you can create individual legend elements and position them.
  8. You see the position of the marked legend element here and can modify it.

Note Note: To alter the name of a title block, right-click on the entry in the pro­ject tree and select Rename.

Note Note: Once a title block is created and customised to your needs, it can be inserted into any new project by using the Import function.

Positioning a Title Block

Tool window Legend: tab Positioning.

Via the tab Positioning you can align the title block. You can either position it at any corner of the paper space by aligning the title block thereto or measure an arbitrary insertion point either in object or paper space.

  1. For positioning a title block select a Frame Corner as reference point.
  2. As previously described (in Layout of Legend) the option Insertion Point enables an arbitrary positioning of the title block. Either enter the required object coordinates or select the position directly in the evaluation win­dow. For the latter click the button Measure Insertion Point Measure Insertion Point in the tool bar and move the frame that appears to the required position in your mapping. By left click the title block is dropped onto the selected position.
  3. If the Rotation Angle is checked, the title block can be rotated in 90°-increments.

Note Note: If no frame has been set in the project, the title block will be aligned to the margin of the paper space.

Inserting and Editing the Text

To enter text activate the text mode by clicking the annotation button Label or select the tab Annotations. Here, you either measure an insertion point or draw a rectangle to insert text in the dialogue which opens.

Tool window Legend: Input text via the tab Annotation.
  1. Select the required font, font style and size in the window Enter Text. The size in [mm] refers to a 100% print output.
  2. To enter individual text, simply insert the text in the title block. Activate Individual Text Entry.
  3. To edit and format the text, right-click on the entry in the tool window and go to Edit Text in the context menu to reopen the text editing window.
  4. To move the text, mark the text in the table with a single mouse click.
  5. Activate the command Move element(s) in the context menu or Move element(s). in the tool bar.
  6. Measure the displacement to move the comment in the title block...

Note Note: If the rectangle has been opened from top to bottom, the selected annotation will be positioned at the top left. If the rectangle has been opened from bottom to top, it will be aligned from bottom left.

Note Note: The marked element can be moved in the title block using the cursor keys. First mark the element in the table or using a selection tool in the title block. Move the mouse cursor on the title block and use the cursor button. The current grid width will serve as increment.

To delete text, mark the text with a single mouse click in the table and press the "DEL"-key. Alternatively you can prompt the context menu by right click and select the function key Delete element(s).

Attributive Texts

Beside free text you can also insert predefined project attributes, such as file name .

  1. Project attributes may be selected from the displayed register card.
  2. For the selected project attributes, either label only, value only or both can be inserted into a title block (see also section Attribute Management).
  3. The project variable scale can be inserted simply via the function 'Insert Scale as Text in the context menu of a row in the table Annotations.

Drawing Lines

The title block can be designed by drawing horizontal and vertical lines. You can insert other line type elements, such as curves, arcs, rectangles, circles and ellipses as well.

Tool Window Sheet Lines: Tab Lines.
  1. Select the tab Lines at the lower part of the tool window Title Blocks.
  2. Check the control box Grid on / off and select the grid width in the field on the right. When drawing the line, the nearest grid point is assumed as start and end of the line.
  3. Activate the polygon drawing mode IconDraw_Polygon and draw a line defined by two points. If you draw lines across the margin of the block, it will be clipped at the edge.
  4. In the lower part of the tool box the name, length and position of the starting point of the line are shown. In these text fields you can modify the individual values for horizontal and vertical lines lateron. To position a line accurately, enter the coordinates of the start point in relation to the lower left corner in the cells X [mm] and Y [mm] and the line Length [mm].

As for text elements, the line can be activated in the table by a single mouse-click and repositioned with either the Move element(s) tool IconEdit Move.png or the cursor. It is deleted by pressing the DEL-button. You also can move or copy the lines into other title blocks via the context menu.

Drawing Areas

Tool Window Sheet Lines: Tab Areas.

The title block can be designed by areas, such as polygons, curved elements, rectangles, circles and ellipses.

  1. Select the tab Areas at the lower part of the tool window Title Blocks.
  2. Check the control box Grid on / off and select the grid width in the field on the right. When drawing an area, the nearest grid point is assumed as vertices of the area polygon.
  3. Activate the polygon drawing mode IconDraw_Polygon or another area drawing mode and draw an area. If you draw areas across the margin of the block, they will be deleted.
  4. In the lower part of the tool box the name of the area is shown and can be modified in this text field.

As for text and line elements, the area can be activated in the table by a single mouse-click and repositioned with either the Move element(s) tool IconEdit Move.png or the cursor. It is deleted by pressing the DEL-button. You also can move or copy the lines into other title blocks via the context menu.

Inserting Image Symbols

An image overview, a sketch for better guidance or the corporate logo can be inserted for designing the title block. Any common raster file can be used as image symbols, which is similar to mapping. A distinctive feature of title blocks is, that an image file of any size can be loaded. Depending on the image resolution of the project and on the size of the respective title block, a new image file will be calculated and saved to the image symbols folder of the mapping project. Follow this procedure:

Tool window Title Block, tab Image Symbols. - Insert an image symbols.
  1. Select the tool Measure Image Symbol and the Image Symbols tool tab will open.
  2. If the control box 'Grid on/off is seleted and select the size of the grid in the field on the right. When entering the image symbols the nearest grid segment will be snapped for insertion of the image symbols (reference upper left).
  3. Use the left mouse button to mark the insertion point for the image symbols in the title block. This will activate the Image symbols window. Alternatively, you can use the left mouse button to draw a window into the title block and thus configure the position and size of the image symbols.
    • Select the path of the required image in the upper section of the window.
    • Enter the Width [cm] and the Height [cm] for the image symbols. If you have marked an insertion window, the size of the image symbols will be preset automatically.
    • The coordinates of the insertion point (upper left corner) of the image symbols are shown in the lower section of the window. These coordinates refer to the lower left corner of the title block.
  4. If you want to position your image symbols precisely, enter the exact coordinates of the required insertion point into the table cells X [mm] and Y [mm] measured from the lower left corner of the title block.

Inserting Vector Symbols

Tool window Title Blocks: Tab Vector Symbols - Insert vector symbols.
  1. Go to tab Vector Symbols.
  2. Tick the control box Grid on/off and select the required size of the grid in the field on the right. When entering the vector symbols the nearest grid point will be used as insertion point for the upper left corner of the vector symbols.
  3. Select the required insertion point for the vector symbols by left mouse-click, thus activating the window Symbol Management.
  4. Select the required vector symbols from the list.

Similar to the text and line elements, image and vector symbols can also be re­positioned or deleted by first clicking them in the table and then using the Move Element-function Move Element or the DEL-key respectively.

Inserting Legends

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Tool window Title Block: tab Legend Window - Insert a legend to a title block.
  1. Go to tab Legend Window.
  2. Tick the control box Grid on/off and select the required size of the grid in the field on the right.
  3. Keep left mouse-click pressed to mark a window in the title block as required insertion point of the legend.
  4. Activate the legend entry in the table by left click. The entry fields in the lower part of the window will then become active.
  5. Select the legend you wish to insert from the pull-down menu Legends at the very bottom of the window.
  6. In the pull-down menu Definitive corner (right above) you can define a fixed point as corner for insertion.

Legends listed in the table can be activated by simple mouse click which is similar to the text and line elements. The function Move element(s) Move element(s) can likewise be used for repositioning or the DEL button for deleting. Please, note that you may have to extend the title block area based on the size of the legend. The legend inserted into the title block will automatically be updated, if you make changes to the legend.

Please, check if the insertion point in the title block needs to be adjusted when changing the legend in its size.

Title Block Templates

There is no special template for title blocks. Nevertheless, you can import from any project just the title block. If you export a project as mapping template you can include existing title blocks, read more at Mapping Templates.

Pass on Elementes of the Title Block

Passing on the properties of a title block.

In the source title block you define how the individual elements of the title block are passed on:

  1. Select the radio button edit view on the top of the tool window. The individual elements in the tables of the tool window and the displayed title block are now shown coloured. - Don't panic they will be in the select colour for your title block when you print it.
  2. Open the context menu for the individual entries and select Pass on.
  3. Here you can select how you would like to pass on the individual text block elements. The various options will be colour coded in the edit display.
  4. Open the project file where you want to import the prepared title block to.
  5. Go to the Project tree and open there the context menu of the node Title Blocks and select Import....
  6. The import window opens and provides the various title blocks from your "title block" project. Select here one or more title blocks for import.
  7. If you want to update the individual elements of the title block select "No" at the dialogue prompted.


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Achtung Caution:
Pass on title blocks.
Please watch that the definition of the "pass on"-properties of the individual elements in the target title block are identical to those of the source.

Example:

  1. If you create a new title block the properties are set to local (green) as default. If this is the case in the resulting title block, you will end up with unwanted results, such as duplicates of elements. Select "Yes" at step 7 of the procedure to overwrite the complete title block.


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