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Changing the number of sides on a DXF stem
PlantStudio draws stems by drawing 2D lines between two screen points
calculated using 3D geometry. In other words, PlantStudio stems don't really have a third dimension.
But in the DXF format this fake-3D method doesn't work. We tried outputting lines in the DXF format, but the lines came out
either one pixel wide or extruded in 2D space (which looks strange). In both
cases important information on stem width was lost. So PlantStudio writes out stems
to DXF format as 3D cylinders with a number of sides. This makes the DXF file
longer and more complex, but the resulting 3D plant looks much more realistic.
You can control how many sides the DXF stem cylinders have. We have found that
five sides is the best compromise between complexity and looks.
To change the number of sides on a DXF stem,
Select a plant.
Choose Save DXF File from the File menu.
In the Stems panel, change the number labeled Draw stems as cylinders with # sides by clicking the up or down arrows or editing the number and pressing Tab or Enter.
Updated: March 10, 1999. Questions/comments on site to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © 1998, 1999 Paul D. Fernhout & Cynthia F. Kurtz.