Utilities nanoCAD SPDS. Export to file, work with SPDS graphics

When preparing a design assignment for related groups in a design organization, in addition to verbal wording, it is often required to attach a graphic image. In many cases, it is impractical to attach a file with a complete set of drawings. It would be wise to convey a small piece of graphical information.

For such tasks, nanoCAD Plus with the SPDS module has a utility Export to file (SPEXPORTTOFILE)… It allows you to save the selected drawing objects to a file and arrange for them a format and title block (stamp).

In the nanoCAD ribbon interface, the command Export to file located on the tab SPDS, in the basement of the group Utilities (fig. 1).

Рис. 1. Подвал группы Утилиты

Procedure for executing the command:

  1. Call the command Export to file
  2. Indicate the objects in the drawing that you want to create a separate file. Confirm selection by pressing Enter
  3. In the opened dialog box Format set the required parameters and click OK.
  4. Name the drawing to be saved and click Save

The selected fragment of graphics will be decorated in a separate drawing in a separate file.

When transferring graphic information to an adjacent department or outside the organization, it may turn out that the receiving party does not know how to work with the proxy graphics of the SPDS module.

In such a case, two utilities are provided:

  • Split all objects (EXPLODEALL);

In the program interface, they are located next to the command Export to file (see fig. 1).

The team Smash all objects should be applied judiciously and with good reason. The utility breaks SPDS objects (callouts, tables, formats, design elements, parametric objects, etc.) into primitives in the entire file without the possibility of subsequent restoration. SPDS objects are losing their intelligence, multifunctional “handles” and dialog boxes. Think twice before using this command (fig. 2, 3).

Рис. 2. Объекты СПДС до применения утилиты Разбить все объекты

Рис. 3. Объекты СПДС после применения утилиты Разбить все объекты

Command Break up primitives splits in the entire file the primitives formed when the graphics of nanoCAD are overlapped by SPDS objects (Fig. 4, 5).

Рис. 4. Примитивы чертежа до применения утилиты Разбить примитивы

Рис. 5. Примитивы чертежа после применения утилиты Разбить примитивы

Note. SPDS objects can have several modes of overlapping drawing primitives:

  • not;
  • masking;
  • cutting out.

The utility splits drawing primitives if the overlap mode is set to “Cut”.

The destructive effect of both utilities is very great, so after calling these commands the program will ask you to confirm your actions in the corresponding dialog boxes (Fig. 6, 7).

Рис. 6. Подтверждающее диалоговое окно утилиты Разбить все объекты

Рис. 7. Подтверждающее диалоговое окно утилиты Разбить примитивы


The SPDS module of the nanoCAD platform has a utility Export to file, which allows you to quickly extract the specified graphic information and arrange it into separate files. Proxy graphics created by the SPDS module can be broken using the utility Smash all objects, and drawing primitives overlapped by SPDS objects – by the utility Break up primitives

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Tatiana Vaskina, technical specialist of Nanosoft JSC

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