An important feature of Plex-Earth 5D is the ability to assign lineweights to the polylines exported to Google Earth as KML/KMZ files. This can be of great help when publishing elements, because by default they attach to Google Earth in only one size (1 Google Earth unit) and they do not change when zooming in or out.
The different lineweight exporting options of Plex-Earth 5D are described below, using the following sample drawing as an example:
Changing Lineweight Options
In order to export our drawing's elements to Google Earth, we visit the KML Tools Panel of Plex-Earth 5D and select the Export KML/KMZ command, as shown in the screenshot below:
We are then prompted to select our drawing's elements we would like to export to Google Earth and can do so by either selecting them all one by one or creating a window lasso with our cursor, as shown in the screenshot below:
Once done, we hit the ''Enter'' button on our keyboard and are then presented with the Altitude Mode Manager, offering three different options as to how the altitude of objects should be treated. We then hit the ''OPTIONS'' button, as demonstrated below:
Once done, we are presented with the KML/KMZ Options Manager and select the ''Appearance'' tab, as shown in the screenshot below:
We then check the ''Apply lineweight'' option and choose our desired lineweight selection, and once done, we click ''SAVE CHANGES''. All options described are highlighted in the screenshot below:
There are four lineweight options we can choose from, presented in the table below:
|Default setting (Lineweight Ignored)||All lines will appear in Google Earth with a constant width of 1 (Google Earth Units).|
|Constant width||All lines will appear in Google Earth with the specified width, in Google Earth Units.|
|Multiplier||The width of each line of Google Earth will be a multiple of its assigned lineweight in CAD.|
|Physical scale||The width will represent actual world dimensions and will be presented as such in Google Earth.|
(Default settings) Lineweight ignored
This is how our drawing's elements will be exported to Google Earth with the default lineweight settings. All our linear elements appear with a width of 1 Google Earth Unit, as shown in the screenshot below:
This is how our drawing's elements will be exported to Google Earth with a constant width of 3 units. All our linear elements appear thicker and with the same width, as demonstrated in the screenshot below:
This is how our drawing's elements will be exported to Google Earth with a multiplier of 5 units. The highlighted line has a width of 1.2mm in CAD while the rest of them have a width of 0.3mm.
A physical scale of 5 meters was applied to the previously highlighted horizontal line only. When zooming out, the highlighted line now appears thinner, while the rest keep their Google Earth unit constant, as shown in the screenshot below:
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