||This task shows you how to
save a document in a format different from the original one.
Select File > Save As.
In the Save As dialog box, select the
location of the document to be saved.
Click the Save as type: list.
Select the document type from the list displayed. The
list of available formats varies according to your working context. For
detailed information on all possible formats, refer to the list in
Opening Existing Documents.
|The Save As
dialog box also lets you rename or delete the selected file or
folder via the Rename or Delete
contextual command but note that:
- after clicking Delete, a confirmation dialog box
appears: click OK to delete the selected item
- when renaming a file or a folder, if the new name you
entered is already used, the item is not renamed and a warning
message is displayed.
Click Save to save the document in the
More about other formats
The Save as type: list displays the 3dxml type
for saving .CATProduct, .CATPart, .CATProcess and .CATDrawing
3D XML format.
Starting from R17 SP5, a new format (known as "V4") of 3D
XML is saved but opening older versions of 3D XML is still supported.
Therefore, if you open a V3 3DXML file (saved from R17 GA, for
example), and save it in R18, the 3D XML file is saved in the
If a non-leaf node contains a geometrical
representation, then the sub-assembly is not saved into the
resulting 3D XML. Only the leaf-node with the geometrical
representation will be saved.
A 3D XML file containing a dynamic tessellation in Version 5 cannot
be resaved to dynamic tessellation format. Static tessellation is used
instead and a warning message is displayed.
When saving a CATProduct as a 3D XML document, three formats are
available for the geometry:
- Static tessellation: compressed triangular mesh with static
- Dynamic tessellation: compressed representation containing a
rough triangular mesh that can be refined when zooming in to
discover details of the geometry
- XML tessellation: lets you export geometry as 3D XML Mesh. This
format is intended to provide a light visualization format for
3DForAll and some simplifications are made when saving a file (e.g.
faces of bodies are grouped by color in a single face).
Some functionalities such as DMU measure, section, etc. may not be
supported. Therefore, it is not recommended to use this format when
working with advanced DMU scenarios (involving the use of measure or
interference functionalities, for instance).
For a description of these formats, refer to the information
provided in the
3D XML tab.
Saving a CATProduct in 3D XML format generates a zip file named
productname.3dxml (for instance "MyProduct.3dxml"). This zip file
contains three compressed files (invisible for the end user): a root
file describing the whole assembly, a file named "Manifest.3dxml"
indicating the root file name and several files describing the
various references instantiated in the assembly.
However, when saving an assembly made of several inserted CATProducts,
a single file (with the extension .3dxml) is generated. This file
contains both the product structure and the geometry.
When opening or inserting a 3D XML file into a CATProduct, it is recommended to save the file in 3D XML format only. Saving it as
a .CATProduct document may create unresolved links.
CATParts can be saved directly in 3D
XML format, you do not have to insert the part into a product anymore (but you can
still do so if needed). However, note that depending on the objects you save, the number of
generated files is not the same:
- if you save a CATPart inserted into a CATProduct, two files are
created: partname.3dxml and productname.3dxml
- If you save a CATPart with no CATProduct, only one file is
created: partname.3dxml. This file can then be open in Version 5
in the Assembly or Product Structure workbench.
It can also be inserted as a component in the Product Structure
The following elements are not yet supported for save into 3D XML:
- layers and visualization filters. Therefore,
elements assigned to layers or onto which visualization filters have
been applied cannot be seen in the 3D XML file
- rendering styles
The applicative data you can save in 3D XML format are detailed below:
You can save a .CATDrawing document in many formats and the list
below only gives a few examples. For an exhaustive list, refer to "File
Export and Import" in the Version 5 - Interactive Drafting User's
- HPGL2 format. Note that when saving to this format, a gridding
process is applied. By default, the HPGL2 format is defined to encode
decimal values with a precision up to 1/40th mm. This implies, for
instance, that line extremities might be slightly shifted depending
on their approximation on a 1/40th mm spaced grid
3D XML format. Note that
when exporting a CATDrawing to 3D XML
format, only design sheets are saved and not detail sheets. The
.3dxml file contains the view (with its name, position, angle and
scale) and the elements (2D geometry, annotations, etc.). The
elements are saved in a graphical format
Before using File > Save As, you need to access the
Graphic Formats tab to define the parameters to be applied when
saving your document in .svg format
- JPEG (*.jpg)
- PDF (*.pdf)
By default, saving a .CATDrawing document
in PDF format generates as many .pdf files as sheets. Each
file name is suffixed with "_Sheet_sheetnumber.pdf", e.g.
"MyDrawing_Sheet_1.pdf", "MyDrawing_Sheet_2.pdf", etc.
If you want the Save As command to generate a single .pdf
file containing all the sheets of your CATDrawing document, select
the Save multisheet
document in a single vectorial file check box in the
Graphic Formats tab. There is no need to export the
SAVE_AS_ONE_PDF variable anymore.
also save a .CATDrawing document containing OpenType fonts
(OTF). OpenType fonts contained in the .CATDrawing documents
are embedded as a true type font definition in the generated .pdf
For more information on the OpenType font format, refer to
Customizing Fonts for Displaying Geometry Area Texts.
|Note for .pdf documents generated with Adobe Acrobat 7.0: when
such documents are inserted in a CATDrawing, the
horizontal/vertical ratio is not kept when dragging the mouse
to perform a selection.
- TIFF format
However, this functionality requires external settings to be defined
either by setting or exporting environment variables, or by editing
an external configuration file.
The environment variables you need to set or export are detailed
True color uncompressed
True color PackBits compressed
Indexed (256 colors) uncompressed
Indexed (256 colors) PackBits
Greyscale PackBits compressed
Bilevel (black and white) PackBits
Bilevel G4 Fax compression
0.0 < DPI <= 450.0
(default is 150.0)
External path name for print/capture
The file e:\temp\CATPrint.ini
will be used as configuration file.
The file is saved using a print
mechanism. For instance, when saving a Drafting document in TIFF
format, only the sheet will be saved and not the grid and the
elements outside the sheet.
The file is saved using a capture
mechanism. For instance, when saving a Drafting document in TIFF
format, the grid and the sheet border will be saved.
To export a variable, run the
set variable_name=variable_value (e.g.
set PRINT_CAPTURE_DPI=200) (on Windows)
export PRINT_CAPTURE_DPI=200) (on UNIX)
To set a variable, refer to
Customizing Your Environment on Windows or
Customizing Your Environment on UNIX, according to your operating
The configuration file is named CATPrint.ini and is located by
default in a temporary directory. To modify the default
location, use the PRINT_SETTING_PATH environment variable
as explained above.
Below is a syntax example of the configuration file to
save a TIFF CCITT Grp4/T6 compression file at 200.0 DPI from a
// For RASTERFORMAT (ALL TIFF: Other for internal use)
// "TIFF" * True color uncompressed TIFF file.</dd>
// "TIFFTCPB" * True color PackBits compressed TIFF file.</dd>
// "TIFFINDEX" * Indexed (256 colors) uncompressed TIFF file.</dd>
// "TIFFPB" * Indexed (256 colors) PackBits compressed TIFF
// "TIFFGREY" * Grey scale PackBits compressed TIFF file.</dd>
// "TIFFBWPB" * Bilevel (black and white) PackBits compressed TIFF
// "TIFFG4" * Bilevel G4 Fax compression
- When saving a large .CATDrawing document with a high resolution (i.e.
> 250.0 DPI), memory and CPU consumption increase very quickly. As a
consequence, generating such a raster output may be impossible on low
system environments unless you work with an optimized configuration
(CPU + memory).
- When saving a .CATDrawing document in a vector (cgm, .svg, .pdf,
etc.) or raster format (.tif, .jpg, etc.), text in white color is
displayed in a black color in the saved file because the Print
white vectors in black option (a print setting) is
automatically activated. If you do no want the text in white to
appear in the saved document, use File > Print, access the
dialog box and clear the Print white vectors in black
As far as STL format files are concerned, they cannot be saved using
the Save As command when working in Wireframe mode. The
reason is that STL files are generated from the visualization
tesselation and tesselation triangles are not available when switching
to Wireframe mode.