Opening other file types

Opening images as a new document

DrawPlus allows a comprehensive range of image file formats to be opened, each as a separate DrawPlus document. From the document, you can add your own text captions, lines, shapes, or apply image adjustments and effects. You can save your design changes as a new project or just export the image (with or without adjustment), while preserving its original properties.

To open an image:

  1. Click  Open on the Standard toolbar.
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    Select
    File>Open....

  2. Change the file type drop-down menu to display All Image Files, locate and select the file, and click Open. The image occupies your workspace such that page dimensions are adjusted to match the image dimensions (a Custom page size is adopted; in pixels).

  3. (Optional) You can modify the image—modify the document as for any other document or double-click the image to load PhotoLab (then apply one or more effects or adjustments).

  4. Click  Save to save the document as a DrawPlus .dpp project, or File>Export>Export as Image... to export it to the same or a different file format (the original image's name, dpi, color depth, and transparency settings are maintained for export).

Importing PDF

It is possible to import PDF files—once opened, you can save your page content as a DrawPlus Drawing (.dpp). The character formatting, layout and images in the original PDF document are preserved to allow for editing of the imported content.

For PDF import, any fonts used in the original PDF document but not available on your computer can be substituted for suitable replacement fonts of your choosing. This is possible during the import process via a PDF Import Options dialog.

To import a PDF:

  1. From the Startup Wizard, select Import PDF.
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    Click  
    Open on the Standard toolbar.
    - or -
    Select
    File>Open....

  1. Navigate to, then select the name of the file, and click Open.

  2. From the dialog, you can perform font substitution, choose text control options, import individual or all pages in the PDF file, and auto crop to the PDF page area.

Font Status

The font is...

Installed

installed on your computer.

Substitute

not installed on your computer so a suggested substitute font is selected for you. Instead, to use a different substituted font, click the Substitutions button. See Font substitutions.

  1. Choose a Text option, where Tight attempts to preserve the physical position of text in the original PDF (by preventing text wrapping), while Flow makes text editing easier, but at the expense of original text accuracy (by allowing text to wrap, making paragraphs from lines, and applying list formatting).

  2. Enable Import only page to choose an individual PDF page to import. Otherwise, all PDF pages will be imported.

  3. Check Crop contents to page area to remove unwanted areas outside the PDF page such as printer marks (crop marks, registration targets, color bars) or additional text instructions.

  4. Click OK.

Opening Adobe® Illustrator® files

To open:

  1. Click  Open on the Standard toolbar.
    - or -
    Select
    File>Open....

  2. Change the file type drop-down menu to display Adobe Illustrator files (*.ai).

  3. Locate and select the file, and click Open.

  4. You can only open Adobe Illustrator files of Version 9 or above, which have also been saved within Adobe Illustrator as being PDF compatible.

Opening vector graphic files

DrawPlus can open a range of vector graphic files, including:

To open:

  1. Click  Open on the Standard toolbar.
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    Select
    File>Open....

  2. Change the file type drop-down menu to display Serif Metafile Format (*.smf) or Scalable Vector Format (*.svg, *.svgz).

  3. Locate and select the file, and click Open.

Opening AutoCAD files

DrawPlus opens AutoCAD® .dwg and .dxf files quickly and easily. Using the same process as that for PDF files, this creates an opportunity to not only view engineering layouts and designs (up to AutoCAD 2006) in DrawPlus, but to edit the drawn objects and to save the drawing as a DrawPlus drawing (.dpp).

On file open, a DXF/DWG Options dialog provides options to scale the imported file objects, position the artwork on the page and merge objects onto one layer.

To open an AutoCAD file:

  1. Click  Open on the Standard toolbar.
    - or -
    Select
    File>Open....

  2. Change the file type drop-down menu to display AutoCAD files (*.dwg,*.dxf), locate and select the file, and click Open.

  3. In the dialog, specify scaling and positioning options. Uncheck Merge Layers to retain the layer structure of the original AutoCAD file—layers will automatically be shown in the Layers tab.

  4. Click OK. The AutoCAD drawing is imported.