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Modify Pen Table Dialog, Element Output Actions Tab

If an element under evaluation matches a section's Element Selection Criteria, then the actions specified using the controls on the Element Output Actions tab (as well as the actions specified in the Text Substitutions dialog) are executed.

Note: Pen tables no longer support Basic macros as an element output action. For more information, see .


Element Output Actions tab

SettingDescription
Do not plot When this check box is set, all elements matching the current element section will not be printed. Setting this option also disables all the items on the Output Actions tab.
Priority When this check box is set, you can specify a priority for all elements matching the current the element section.

An element's priority determines the order in which it is printed in relation to other elements. The valid range of element priorities are (negative) -8000000 to (positive) 8000000. The rules of prioritization are as follows:

  • Elements with a lower priority are printed before elements with a higher priority.
  • Elements with no priority are always drawn before all prioritized elements.

To make an element meeting certain criteria print before any other elements, you must prioritize all other elements (those that you do not want printed first) in the entire design. To make elements meeting certain criteria print after other elements, you need only prioritize the elements you wish to be printed last.

Note: Do not prioritize elements unless it is significant to the printed output, because prioritized elements require additional processing time and memory. Pen table priority is supported only for 2D designs.
Fill Determines whether or not filled areas are printed for the selected filled elements, such as ellipses, shapes, and complex shapes. If set, all elements matching the current pen table section will have their fill states changed to reflect the enabled option button.
  • On — If on, the Fill Color and Fill Pattern controls are enabled. All selected elements are printed as filled.
  • Off — If off, the Fill Color and Fill Pattern controls are disabled. All selected elements are printed without fill. When the Fill setting is turned off, the selected filled elements are printed as they appear in the design file.
Color If set, lets you control the color of the printed output for the selected elements. You can select the output color as follows:
  • By Index — lets you define the color manually by keying in its value, or graphically by clicking the adjacent color tile to open a color palette in which you click the required color.
  • By RGB — lets you define the color by clicking the adjacent color tile, which opens the Color Picker dialog. This lets you select the color by True Color (by color model or color components) or by Color Book.
  • Grayscale — specifies that the printed output is in grayscale.
Fill Color

If set, lets you control the color of the printed output of filled areas for the selected elements. You can select the output fill color as follows:

  • By Index — lets you define the color manually by keying in its value, or graphically by clicking the adjacent color tile to open a color palette in which you click the required color.
  • By RGB — lets you define the color by clicking the adjacent color tile, which opens the Color Picker dialog. This lets you select the color by True Color (by color model or color components) or by Color Book.
  • Grayscale — lets you specify that output is in grayscale.

Assigning a fill color does not cause an element that is not already filled to be filled with the specified color. Only elements that are already filled are affected.

Screening If set, you can specify that a color is "washed out" towards white in the printed output. A 50% screen, for example, moves a color halfway to white. Screening can be used to save ink, or to de-emphasize elements plotted in that color. You can choose a value from 1 to 99.
Transparency If set, you can set a value from 1 to 100 to make the selected elements transparent in the printed output. Pen table transparency is supported for any printer driver capable of printing in Rasterized mode. If pen table transparency is used when printing in non-rasterized mode, the transparency values do not have any effect.
Fill Pattern If set, you can choose from one of the following fill patterns: Solid, Checker Board, Cross Hatch, Diamonds, Horizontal Bars, Slant Left, Slant Right, Square Dots, or Vertical Bars. The fill pattern output action is intended to support only AutoCAD plot style tables and therefore the pattern size is fixed. For better control over patterning, use Promis.e 's design element hatching and patterning tools.
Width If set, you can define the line weight for the selected elements in the printed output. Definitions can be either:
  • By Index — lets you key in a value (0–15) or select the line weight graphically, from the option menu.
  • By MM — lets you key in a dimension in millimeters (from 0mm to 51mm) for the line weight. If the current setting is inches, selecting By MM will convert it to millimeters.
  • By Inches — lets you key in a dimension in inches. If the current setting is By MM, selecting By Inches will convert it to inches.
Style If set, you can control the line style and the scale of the selected elements. When this setting is enabled, you can key in the required line style or click the Line style icon to select one from the Select Line Style dialog. When you choose a custom line style, you can use the Style scale control to key in a scale value. To ensure that dashed lines in the printed output do not display with gaps at the vertices, set the Adaptive check box.
Line Cap Used to define the way end caps appear on lines in the printed output. Choices are Flat, Square, Round, or Triangle.
Line Join Used to define the method that line joins appear in the printed output. Choices are Bevel, Miter, Round, or Butt.