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Why can't Imported Floorplans be printed?

Discussion in 'Technical Support' started by Dany, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Dany

    Dany Administrator
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    It is not possible to print an imported floorplan because the Import Floorplan feature was only ever meant to provide a visual aid, used to help in creating a (three-dimensional) model of the event space when such model is not already available. The imported floorplan was never meant to be printable and will not be printable in future versions either.

    There are many reasons for this, chief among them the accuracy of Layouts printed from Vivien: it is impossible for CAST Software to guarantee that the user imported a floorplan with one-hundred-percent accuracy; if that floorplan is printed from a Layout and the original import was wrong, then an event setup based on such a printed Layout could run into problems (to say the least). We assume that our users understand that 100%-accurate drawing is available in Vivien, and that they make use of it. As such, when they draw (or trace, based on an imported floorplan) a wall for example, that's supposed to be a certain length, then they measure it and it is not that length, they can, and hopefully will, correct this. This implies, therefore, that printed Layouts are accurate based on the user's actual input in that drawing, but this, again, cannot be guaranteed with an floorplan imported via the Import Floorplan feature.


    Cheers,

    Dany
     
  2. Fulgor

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    Hi Dany

    I just don't see why you're worried. I draw a lot of plans and this ability would be such a bonus. My clients would love it.

    Pdf's show the walls and usually a whole host of other info, usually info the client has produced, showing all the Audio, catering, theming, venue info like stairs, lifts etc which would be awesome to have on the finished plan, if it could be printed...

    Regarding the accuracy fears... CAD rule 101 is "get the scale right", so after you've converted the pdf to a picture, the Jpeg is either bang on or at least within a couple of inches depending on how many pixels and how big the pdf was .... If the Wyg operator can't get that right, he won't be dishing out plans any more once the crew deal to him.

    To be able to show where the raw information came from is also very useful, it gives meaning to the light plot. Crew can instantly understand the plan, it now has meaning, rather than a load of black lines which you have to translate in your head into the surroundings....which can be quite confusing unless you spend extra time putting all the details in afterwards. Just a faint outline would be great.

    I have though found an excellent work around which is CometDocs...http://www.cometdocs.com/ , upload your pdf and back comes a dwg and it's free..so far!

    The trick is of course getting the scale right, so you need to import it normally, do a measurement in Wyg against the true measurement, which will give you a ratio when you divide one into the other, then re import it using the ratio in the custom scale option. Works a treat.

    Thoughts?

    David
     
  3. Dany

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    After further discussion, it has been decided that everything related to printing imported floorplans will remain as-is for the time being, for all the reasons mentioned above: they will not be printable in either WYISIWYG or Vivien.


    Cheers,

    Dany
     

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