October 2, 1995
New HP2DXF/HP2GBR Supports ACAD13's HPGL2
Artwork Conversion Software has updated our HP2DXF and HP2GBR translators to support
important HPGL2 entities that are now used by AutoCAD 13's HPGL2 driver. Until release
13, AutoCAD used a very "dumb" HPGL2 driver - basically only pen-up and pen down
commands. Solids were stroke filled and the new Postscript and TrueType fonts were
only outlined. The new AutoCAD 13 driver makes use of some of the more powerful
HPGL2 commands including filled polygon areas (the PM/FP command.)
We belive that the most interested users will be PC board fabricators and photoplot
service bureaus - they are constantly dealing with HPGL2 files generated by AutoCAD
and have had serious problems supporting front panel screens created with Postscript
and Truetype fonts. The HPGL output from older versions of AutoCAD was very poor -
arcs were poorly rendered, file sizes were enormous and filled areas weren't.
Artwork's hp2gbr translator maps filled areas in HPGL2 to closed areas that can be
filled by either Gerber's G36/G37 command or the FIRE 9000's POEX command.
For detailed information see the following datasheets:
Artwork is a registered AutoDesk third party software developer (since 1989) and a
registered Hewlett Packard peripheral developer.
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