Export a 2D view to a JPG.

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Export a 2D view to a JPG.

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Can a 2D view of a line drawing with dimensions be exported/saved as a JPG? If so, I am at a loss to figure out how.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Could always hit "print screen" key, open the file in your graphics program, crop and save as jpg.
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Windows 7 also has a feature to clip a portion or all of any screen. I have used that for this purpose.

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Use the "Snipping Tool", located in the Accessories folder in Windows. I use it all the time for this, and for other programs like Sketchup where I want to just get a picture of the project to share with a client.
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Re: Export a 2D view to a JPG.

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I use a free PDF printer driver such as CutePDF and then use the Print function to create the PDF which I send to the client.

Foxit Reader (much better than Adobe) comes with a free PDF printer driver as well.

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In MS Windows you can capture only the foreground window area by holding down the Alt key while pressing the PrtScrn/SysRq key, then open MS Paint from the Accessories menu and choose Paste. (The image is inserted from the system Clipboard) The image can be saved as it is or cropped, rotated, and/or scaled. Then save it in jpg, gif, png formats from MS Paint. Any other software that can save to PDF files can usually save these images to PDF file format.

Ctrl with PrtScrn will capture the whole desktop and all visible windows if you want to rearrange the windows to show something in multiple windows.

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Thanks for the input guys. for some reason, I thought Aspire had added this as an option, I guess I'm wrong. I did learn about the print screen commands(alt and ctrl)

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Hello John,

If you want to produce engineering drawings that are fully dimensioned, I recommend something like Draftsight (it is free) and is an AutoCad clone. But be advised, creating fully dimensioned drawings requires that you understand things like sheet size, scale,etc.

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I have several programs that will dimension and export drawings, but I was just looking for a quick way to send the information. Not all of my clients have cads systems, or even know how to use them, so vector drawings can create more confusion if the receiver is not familiar with the formats available.

I would have thought that this would be a fairly common function for Aspire, since we can send simulations as a jpg. I've never been a fan of having many programs to do individual tasks.

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If it really must be a bitmap (jpg) then you can use a bitmap printer driver but I don't know of any reputable free ones.

As I said above I always do my drawings from Aspire/VCarve as PDF's as I've yet to come across someone who isn't able to open a PDF file and manipulate the image whereas I've had lots who are lost with bitmaps other than looking at them as small attachments in their email!

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Re: Export a 2D view to a JPG.

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Adrian.

Is there an option in Aspire to output PDF's?

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Use the Aspire Print option with a PDF print driver to create the PDF's.

I used to use CutePDF (www.cutepdf.com) but these days I use the one that comes with Foxit Reader as I use that reader instead of Acrobat as it's not so bloated.

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Re: Export a 2D view to a JPG.

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Hi Adrian.

That is a great little program. It's exactly what I needed. I don't really need to send a JPG, and as you said PDF is just as common.

Thanks for the tip.

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