AreaTester Program Settings

Entering AreaTester settings

Access to the settings of the AreaTester app is carried out through the "SEttings" option in the BricsCAD command line. The "SEttings" option becomes available immediately after launching the application (Fig. 1):

The "SEttings" option of the ATST command in the BricsCAD command line
Fig. 1
The settings of the AreaTester application are accessed via the "SEttings" option on the BricsCAD command line

The "General Settings" tab

The "General Settings" tab of the AreaTester program settings dialog box
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The AreaTester program settings. "General Settings" tab

Area Settings

  • (1) Scale factor • The edit box for setting scale factor parameter. A values of areas and perimeters added to the list of the main window depend on the specified scale factor parameter. Examples of scale factor values corresponding to different units of area and perimeter are presented in the following table:
Scale factor Units of areas Units of perimeters
1 Square millimeter Millimeter
10 Square centimeter Centimeter
25,4 Square inch Inch
100 Square decimeter Decimeter
304,8 Square foot Foot
1000 Square meter Meter
Table 1
Table of scale factor values for various units of area and perimeter
  • (2) Unit name (area) • The edit box for setting the textual name of the area units added to the list of the main window. For example, the area units can be set to the following values: "mm2", "cm2", "m2". Area units will be displayed in the header of the "Area" column in the list of the main window app.
The units of the area is "mm2"
  • (3) Unit name (perimeter) • The edit box for setting the textual name of the perimeter units added to the list of the main window. For example, the perimeter units can be set to the following values: "mm", "cm", "m". Perimeter units will be displayed in the header of the "Perimeter" column in the list of the main window app.
The units of the perimeter is "mm"
  • (4) Decimal places • The edit box for setting number of decimal places in the values of areas and perimeters added to the list of the main window.
  • (5) Suppress trailing zeros • Suppresses trailing zeros in the decimal values of areas and perimeters added to the list of the main window.

Index Settings

  • (6) Text prefix • The edit box for setting text prefix before the index value in the "Index" column in the list of main window.
  • (7) Initial value • From the specified value in this edit box, the indexes will be numbered and incremented when new areas are added to the list of the main window.

Text Settings

  • (8) Use current text style • The current BricsCAD text style will be used when inserting text containing indexes, areas and perimeters values into a drawing
  • (9) Use custom text height • The current BricsCAD text style with the specified text height will be used when inserting text containing indexes, areas, and perimeters values into a drawing.

Table Settings

  • (10) Use current table style • The current BricsCAD table style will be used when inserting tables with areas and perimeters values into a drawing.
  • (11) Use custom text height • The current BricsCAD table style with the specified text height will be used when inserting tables with areas and perimeters values into a drawing.

Layer Settings

  • (13) Use current layer • All new objects are added to the BricsCAD current layer.
  • (14) Use my favorite layer • All new objects are added to the layer with the name specified in this edit box. The default layer name is "AreaTester". If user-specified layer is not present in the drawing, it will be automatically created by the app.

The "Accuracy and Boundary" tab

The "Accuracy and Boundary" tab of the AreaTester program settings dialog box
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The AreaTester program settings. "Accuracy and Boundary" tab

Tolerance Settings

  • (1) Use automatic tolerance • Allows the app to automatically calculate the optimal tolerance value for a current set of selected objects.
  • (2) Use custom value of tolerance • Allows the user to set the required tolerance value. Excessively large or small values must be avoided when manually setting the tolerance value. This can in some cases lead to a significant delay in the operation of the app due to redundant mathematical calculations.

Boundary Settings

  • (3) Island detection • Allows the program to detect enclosed areas (islands) the outer boundaries of which are entirely located inside a boundary of a larger size.
  • (4) Polyline width • Edit box for setting the width of the polylines.

Spline Processing

  • (5) Standard mode • At the stage of detecting areas, the program, using the method of piecewise linear approximation, converts mathematical models of splines into sets of lines and arcs entities. This option is the recommended option for most drawings.
  • (6) Accelerated mode • Allows the program to perform calculations with splines as with integral objects, without using preliminary transformations. This is an additional mode of operation of the app, allowing in some cases to speed up the process, especially if the original set of objects contains plenty splines.

Color Settings

  • (7) Use current color • Sets the current color of BricsCAD to objects formed in place of the detected boundaries.p
  • (8) Use random color • Generates and assigns random colors to objects formed in place of the detected boundaries.
  • (9) Use my favorite color • Sets a custom color.

Default settings

To restore the original preset settings, use the "Defaults" button (Fig. 4):

The "Defaults" button restores original preset settings
Fig. 4
The "Defaults" button restores original preset settings
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