Freeships lines ?

Discussion in 'Software' started by frank smith, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    I would like to take a set of lines from FREESHIPS down to Staples and
    have then printed out to a scale of 1/2" to the foot . What would be the best way to do ?
    thanks, F
     
  2. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Convert to pdf

    Use "Free Pdf" it acts like a virtual printer and can convert to scale.

    Though I am not aware that you can print anything but the "linesplan" in Freeship without going through a cad program.

    Regards
    Richard
     
  3. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    That could work, I will try it. But understand I will be doing this at the local copy shop and have to deal with their help. My intention is to trace the lines and draw manually on them ,
    them convert back to a cad program . Maybe this is a waste of time , but I miss drawing with a pencil.

    Regards, Frank
     
  4. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    No Frank.

    Download the program (it is freeware) and install it. It will appear in all your applications as a additional printer when you push the "print" button.
    You are asked then if the "printout" shall be to scale or just the screen. It does not really print any page, but produces a pdf file of the right dimensions instead.
    Now you can go to the next copyshop and have a printout to any size you like.

    Clear?

    Richard
     
  5. ACuttle
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    ACuttle Marine Design Engineer

    Frank,
    Richard's method should work fine for you. I've not worked with Freeship but if possible it's worth including a square of known dimensions in the lines as it doesn't take much for a copy-shop or printer to mess your scaling up.

    If you've got the square clear and visable to one side it can be easier to check the dimensions off that rather than checking the lines themselves. Though if your frame spacing is shown and is a good size, then that's a good checking point too.

    Eitherway, worth checking it's right before you do a load of work by hand on it.
     
  6. yipster
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    yipster designer

    freeship can export plates to printer, plotter and dxf
    so although an interesting option, dont think you have to go true a pdf
     
  7. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    How? (except for dxf which requires a cad prog.)


    And how do you handle scaling if it could?
     
  8. yipster
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    yipster designer

    a choice of freeware dxf viewers around and should not be a problem http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?siteID=123112&id=3239384 or http://www.google.nl/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=free dxf viewer&aq=f&aqi=g4&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
    when printing or plotting from freeship a scale menu pops up but i only folded some printpaper a4 boats, bigger sizes better be try'd before printing srinkfree film
    btw 2d vector pdf is a neat trick, 3d pdf's are develish accurate also. lets hope to hear more from those who actually used freeship to build real boats
     
  9. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    I did not ask for any program Yipster,

    I wanted to learn how you print in Freeship? Apart from the linesplan I did not find a print button.

    Regards
    Richard
     
  10. Olav
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    Olav naval architect

    Richard,

    if you want to print perspective views or the like (= actual views from the four different windows): Right click in that particular window -> "Print".

    Before printing profile, plan, or bodyplan view there appears a pop up menu where you are asked to enter the print scale; a print from the 3D view will be scaled automatically to your paper size.
     
  11. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Danke Olav!

    Manchmal sind die Dinge eben doch leichter als man denkt.........

    I never print anything from Freeship, just use it for fairing lines.

    Richard
     
  12. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    Richard , the pdf file seems to be the best. I can set it to to print the way i want,
    and it is easiest for the copy shop. I will let you know how it works out .

    F
     
  13. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Have used it with no problems up to A0 format, and I printed out a entire Container Port that way (from my CAD), for a presentation.
    The advantage is, that every copy shop in the third world can do you a cheap printout when need be.

    Lets see how yours works.

    Richard
     

  14. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    Have used it with no problems up to A0 format, and I printed out a entire Container Port that way (from my CAD), for a presentation.
    The advantage is, that every copy shop in the third world can do you a cheap printout when need be.
    You need "Ghost script" too, to make it work.

    Lets see how yours works.

    Richard
     
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