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**select a page size (US Letter) & orientation (landscape)
 
**select a page size (US Letter) & orientation (landscape)
 
**set default units and page size units to mm (279.4 x 215.9)
 
**set default units and page size units to mm (279.4 x 215.9)
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[[File:InkDocProp.png|800px|center]]
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*use the XML Editor to add freecad namespace clause to the <svg> item
 
*use the XML Editor to add freecad namespace clause to the <svg> item
 
**xmlns:freecad="http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Svg_Namespace "
 
**xmlns:freecad="http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Svg_Namespace "
TODO: XML Editor picture
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[[File:InkXMLNameSpace.png|800px|center]]
  
 
Note: don't use Layers until you've mastered template creation without them.  Layers (and Groups) can automatically insert unwanted transforms into your SVG.
 
Note: don't use Layers until you've mastered template creation without them.  Layers (and Groups) can automatically insert unwanted transforms into your SVG.
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*add and position your static text
 
*add and position your static text
 
*add and position your editable text
 
*add and position your editable text
TODO: artwork picture
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[[File:InkFinishedArt.png|800px|center]]
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*use the XML Editor to add "freecad:editable" tag to each editable <text> item
 
*use the XML Editor to add "freecad:editable" tag to each editable <text> item
 
**assign a meaningful field name to each editable text
 
**assign a meaningful field name to each editable text
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[[File:InkXMLeditableTag.png|800px|center]]
  
 
*use XML editor to adjust viewbox to match your page size in mm
 
*use XML editor to adjust viewbox to match your page size in mm
**your template will now appear much too big.  
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[[File:InkXMLviewBox.png|800px|center]]
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*your template will now appear much too big.
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[[File:InkArtTooBig.png|800px|center]]
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*We need to shrink it.  
 
**Edit>Select All in All Layers (or box select. make sure you select everything)
 
**Edit>Select All in All Layers (or box select. make sure you select everything)
 
**adjust the W: and H: spinboxes to match your artwork's size in mm
 
**adjust the W: and H: spinboxes to match your artwork's size in mm
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**use "Align and Distribute" or X/Y spinboxes to position artwork on page if required.
 
**use "Align and Distribute" or X/Y spinboxes to position artwork on page if required.
 
**your template should now look right.
 
**your template should now look right.
TODO: XML Editor viewbox picture
 
  
 
*ensure that all your editable texts are "ungrouped" (shift-ctl-g)
 
*ensure that all your editable texts are "ungrouped" (shift-ctl-g)
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*Save your template
 
*Save your template
 
*try it in FreeCAD.
 
*try it in FreeCAD.
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Back to [[TechDraw_Templates|Templates]].
 
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Revision as of 13:12, 8 February 2018

How to Make a TechDraw Template

This HowTo assumes you are familiar with FreeCAD, Inkscape and Svg.

We're going to make a simple template for US Letter size paper in landscape orientation.

  • open a new document in Inkscape
  • in Document Properties
    • select a page size (US Letter) & orientation (landscape)
    • set default units and page size units to mm (279.4 x 215.9)
InkDocProp.png
InkXMLNameSpace.png

Note: don't use Layers until you've mastered template creation without them. Layers (and Groups) can automatically insert unwanted transforms into your SVG.

  • draw outlines, zone numbers, centerlines, etc
  • draw the boxes and lines for the title block.
  • add and position your static text
  • add and position your editable text
InkFinishedArt.png
  • use the XML Editor to add "freecad:editable" tag to each editable <text> item
    • assign a meaningful field name to each editable text
InkXMLeditableTag.png
  • use XML editor to adjust viewbox to match your page size in mm
InkXMLviewBox.png
  • your template will now appear much too big.
  • We need to shrink it.
    • Edit>Select All in All Layers (or box select. make sure you select everything)
    • adjust the W: and H: spinboxes to match your artwork's size in mm
      • page-size less any applicable margins
    • use "Align and Distribute" or X/Y spinboxes to position artwork on page if required.
    • your template should now look right.
  • ensure that all your editable texts are "ungrouped" (shift-ctl-g)
  • select everything on your page (box select or Edit>SelectAll) and Edit>Copy
  • Layer>Delete Current Layer
  • Edit>Paste in Place
  • Your template should now look right and shouldn't have any unwanted transforms
  • Save your template
  • try it in FreeCAD.
FCTemplateHow.png

Back to Templates.

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