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How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

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How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

See image below:

lscheeler_0-1598982048743.png

 

The config option "display_dwg_tol_tags no" turns off the 4 lines for the tolerance tags however I also want to turn off the other side which shows:

  • Scale
  • Type
  • Name
  • Size

 

Alternatively since I really just want to export a clean image of a drawing, if you have any other way to create an image that can be clean, please let me know (I don't see any configuration options in the save as .png dialog)...?

 

Thanks, Lawrence

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Although it doesn't exactly get me to the final destination, I did find a workaround to hide the gray text for direct save as png file type.

  1. Set background color to white by setting system colors to Black on White
    • File: Options: System Appearance: System Colors: Black on White
  2. Set Secondary Highlighting to white
    • File: Options: System Appearance: Global Colors: Graphics: Secondary Highlighting to white (by setting color pallet to R:255 G:255 B:255)
    • When this is done the system colors change from Black on White to Custom, which is fine but is why the attached screenshot shows custom.
    • For reasons I didn't explore, changing secondary highlighting doesn't change the color of this text when on the good old black background drw (or blue background model).  Thankfully I found it anyway since I needed a white background but one could easily have missed this and thought it was not possible to change the color of the floating gray text.

lscheeler_0-1601396173627.png

 

 

Unfortunately, the scaling and the fickle resolution 'control' based on zoom level may still be an insurmountable problem for us.  Feel free to post anything else if you find something that may help.   Thank you all for your ideas and help in this thread!

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Use Save As.  You can choose png.tiff or pic.

 

I always save as pdf.  This preserves scale and can also be resave as an image if needed.


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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Its confusing, but there is a tiff "printer". If you go to file -> Print and then click the "Settings" button. Next to the printer field there is a +drop down arrow. Click "Add Printer Type" and then pick TIFF from the bottom.

 

Choose print to file and then after you have browsed to a file location, change the extension to .TIFF

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

This is an interesting solution that I would not have stumbled on, and it appears to work as you stated.  However, after doing this, I cannot increase the resolution and the image is pretty poor quality.  Do you know where I could increase the resolution?  I have not been able to find it yet in any of the settings...

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

drawing_shaded_view_dpi 300

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

hm, I just tried that and it didn't seem to help in my case.  Perhaps because I am trying to export sketch symbol/entities and not a drawing view like it suggests.  Any other ideas/tricks?

This is how it is exporting using that print to tiff method:

lscheeler_0-1599063697862.png

 

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

I seem to remember a LOT of options for getting good outputs using tiff or other raster type outputs.

raster_plot_dpi  (default is 100)

You might want also tiff_compression (files get large)

 

Once PDF became more normal, we stopped doing tiff and never looked back.

 


Steve Williams
Pro/E Version 15/16 (Circa 1995/1996)
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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

@StephenWilliams has the right config here. We have raster_plot_dpi set to 300 as well.

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Thanks for the fast reply, yes the raster_plot_dpi changes the resolution of the png, so thank you!  I will also check the tiff compression. FIle size already is in the 3 MB range for a png that would normally only be about 12 KB.

 

Yes, PDF is nicer/easier/smaller, however, because this is for a website they are requiring it to be a png image file. 😥

 

Resolution is significantly better using raster_plot_dpi 400 (instead of 100):

raster_plot_dpi 400 (2.7MB)raster_plot_dpi 400 (2.7MB)

The image below is a png exported using save as and zoomed in (with the gray text):

Save as png zoomed in with gray text (11KB)Save as png zoomed in with gray text (11KB)

 

 

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Saving a pdf as a png makes a very good image with a decent file size.  It is an extra step, but may get you an acceptable result.


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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Can you do a save as to png from standard Acrobat Reader?  Or perhaps you know of a good tool for this?

Thank you for your help!

Lawrence

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Acrobat Reader is a PDF Viewer. It doesn't allow any of that kind of file export.

There are free programs that will save a PDF as a PNG. I use GIMP as a photo editing software and it will open a PDF and export a PNG file. On the pay side, I also have bluebeam for PDF editing that will also.

 


Steve Williams
Pro/E Version 15/16 (Circa 1995/1996)
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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Not sure if it matters, but did you reboot after applying the config? Some only take effect on a restart of the program. What it looks like for me (zoomed 150%):

Capture.PNG

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Yes I did reboot, but thanks again for the idea and the suggestion!😀

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Re: How to turn off floating gray tag text on drawings to save as a clean image (e.g.png)?

Although it doesn't exactly get me to the final destination, I did find a workaround to hide the gray text for direct save as png file type.

  1. Set background color to white by setting system colors to Black on White
    • File: Options: System Appearance: System Colors: Black on White
  2. Set Secondary Highlighting to white
    • File: Options: System Appearance: Global Colors: Graphics: Secondary Highlighting to white (by setting color pallet to R:255 G:255 B:255)
    • When this is done the system colors change from Black on White to Custom, which is fine but is why the attached screenshot shows custom.
    • For reasons I didn't explore, changing secondary highlighting doesn't change the color of this text when on the good old black background drw (or blue background model).  Thankfully I found it anyway since I needed a white background but one could easily have missed this and thought it was not possible to change the color of the floating gray text.

lscheeler_0-1601396173627.png

 

 

Unfortunately, the scaling and the fickle resolution 'control' based on zoom level may still be an insurmountable problem for us.  Feel free to post anything else if you find something that may help.   Thank you all for your ideas and help in this thread!

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