gCADPlus offer a variety of lettering styles that can give the impression that the design has been hand lettered. We can use native gCADPlus fonts and set a hand lettered style as current. These hand lettered fonts are pre- installed and work in all incarnations of gCADPlus, irrespective of the computer operating system in use - be it Windows, Parallels, Fusion, Boot Camp, CrossOver or Ubuntu (Linux)
The figure below shows some of these hand lettering styles. Each entry below the opening block of text consists of two lines. The first gives the name of the style and the second the name of a plant species written in that style with the generic name starting with a capital and the species name in all lower case. (Tip: we match the style name to the font name to avoid confusion). This should give some idea how the font would perform in a landscape plan. Click on the image to see how the fonts look in a PDF file.
Changing to one of the text styles above has a big influence over the 'feel' of a landscape plan as can be seen in the figure below.
In addition to these hand lettered serif fonts, gCADPlus can create a series of text styles based on more traditional CAD fonts. These are often used to set up a style where dimensioning is required. The figure below shows the title of the drawing in a hand lettered font while the dimensions are placed using a simple but clean CAD font called Dim (again in a style named Dim). The text in the dimension contrasts markedly with the text in the plant schedule above. Click the image below for a magnified view.
Because of the ensuing variation in thickness, the use of these two text styles in the one design goes some way to adding line thickness variation (always a good thing) without having to set lightweight implicitly.
We have a few serif fonts that can be assigned to text styles. Clearly, these are not hand lettered styles, but can sometimes be useful. The designs shown below use serif fonts.
Besides the use of in-built CAD fonts, gCADPlus also allows the use of Windows TrueType fonts.If you are using gCADPlus on a Windows PC, a Mac with Parallels, Fusion or Boot Camp (which are pure Windows environment), all the Windows TrueType fonts are available for setting a text style. Using Windows fonts does sometimes give additional flexibility for drafters. Two options on the Draw>Text drop down menu allow for placement of Windows text as shown below.
Tip: the current text style must be defined using a TrueType font for these latter two text options to work.
The figure below shows two advantages of the use of Wiindows fonts - text can be applied along an arc and a style such as Eras Light can give a watermark feel to text in a gCADPlus drawing.
In addition to the benefits described above, it is possible to search for Windows text in a PDF file generated from a gCADPlus drawing.
If you are using gCADPlus under CrossOver on the Mac, or on a Linux computer (Ubuntu and WINE) it is a different story. You will not be able to use Windows TrueType fonst even though they may be availaable in the native Mac environment.
Windows fonts - some limitations
If you need to scale drawings containing Windows fonts, because the text is not a true CAD entity, the text may not scale properly. This can certainly be a problem when scaling logos. If you happened to have used a Windows font in a logo, we recommend tracing over the Windows font with a polyline.
To illustrate, the text "ELLISTON" in the figure below was set initially using the Arial TrueType font, but then traced to build a logo free from Windows text.