Line Type Reference
Information regarding creating custom line types for DataCAD.


This section of DDN is dedicated to custom line types. We have a complete online tutorial on creating custom line types. Also check out our download area for line type tools, source code, and other goodies.

If you are not familiar with creating custom line types, browse our tutorial. Been through the tutorial and still don't get it? Don't be shy drop us a note with your question and we will see if we can help.

If you have some line types you have created and wish to share them, send them to us. If you have tips to share on this topic, please let us know.

Reference Materials

Cheat Sheet for Custom Line Types (DataCAD 10 and earlier versions)

  • You must reload DataCAD to be sure new line types are shown.
  • You can have a maximum of 175 user-defined line types.
  • You cannot change the built-in line types Solid, Dotted, Dashed or Dot-Dash.
  • Negative distances are for 'strokes' which are not to be drawn to the screen.
  • Negative angles are simply the reverse of the positive angle (-90 = +270).
  • '>' is the prefix for adjusting a line type to fit.
  • '*' is the prefix for not adjusting a line type to fit.
  • Line type definitions must not exceed 19 'strokes'.
  • Line type definitions must not exceed 100 units.
  • DataCAD will ignore extra spaces in the *.LIN file so you can make your text legible.


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