FluidDraw® 5 User's Guide 04/08

FluidDraw® 5 User's Guide 04/08
FluidDraw® 5
User’s Guide
04/08
FluidDraw is an application for creating pneumatic circuit diagrams.
Not only the standard circuit symbols are available but also all of
the components contained in the Festo product catalog along with
their part numbers and technical details. If you have also installed
the Festo product catalog then the current catalog data is always
available in FluidDraw. In addition to its own proprietary file format,
FluidDraw also supports DXF files and circuit diagrams created with
older FluidDraw versions and the FluidSIM pneumatic simulator.
Contents
1.
First steps
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.4.1
1.5
Create a new circuit diagram
Organize symbols, libraries and circuit diagrams
Insert symbol from menu
Symbol libraries
Create user library
Circuit files
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2.
Library and project window
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2.1
2.2
Change window position
Automatic show and hide
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3.
Edit circuit
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3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.11
3.12
3.13
3.14
3.15
3.16
3.17
3.18
3.19
Insert and arrange symbols
Using the Festo product catalog with FluidDraw
Connect connectors / ports
Insert T-connector
Lay lines
Define the characteristics of lines
Delete line
Set the properties of the connectors
Define component connector
Delete component connector
Configure a way valve
Configure cylinder
Group symbols
Create macro objects
Delete symbol groups and macro objects
Align symbols
Mirror symbols
Rotate symbols
Scale symbols
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4.
Drawing frame
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4.1
4.2
Editable labels
Use a drawing frame
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5.
Additional tools for creating drawings
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5.1
5.1.1
5.1.2
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.4.1
5.4.2
5.4.3
5.4.4
5.4.5
5.4.6
5.4.7
5.5
Drawing tools
Grid
Alignment lines
Drawing levels
Cross-references
Drawing functions and graphical elements
Pneumatic line
Line
Rectangle
Circle
Ellipse
Text
Image
Check drawing
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6.
Component attributes
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6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
Component attributes in the Properties dialog window
Attributes of the text components
Link text components with attributes
Text components with specified links
Change the properties of multiple objects simultaneously
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7.
Parts list management
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7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
Display parts list
Find components from the parts on the circuit diagram
Set parts list properties
Export parts list
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Manage projects
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8.1
8.2
8.2.1
8.2.2
8.3
8.4
Create new project
Project nodes
Project attributes
Project archiving
Circuit and parts list nodes
Attributes of the nodes of a project
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9.
Circuit input and output
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9.1
9.2
9.3
Print circuit diagram and parts list
Import DXF file
Export circuit
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10.
Options
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10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
General
Save
Folder Locations
Language
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11.
Menu overview
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11.1
11.2
11.3
11.4
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.8
11.9
11.10
11.11
File
Edit
View
Circuit
Library
Draw
Insert
Project
Tools
Window
Help
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12.
Functional diagram
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12.1
12.1.1
12.1.2
12.1.3
12.2
12.3
12.4
12.5
12.5.1
12.5.2
12.5.3
12.6
12.7
12.8
12.9
12.9.1
12.9.2
Edit Mode
Set diagram properties
Table textboxes
Adjust the presentation of the diagrams
Draw diagram curve
Insert signal elements
Insert text boxes
Draw signal lines and insert signal connections
Free-draw signal lines
Drawing signal lines from signals
Draw signal lines from diagram support points
Insert additional signal lines
Insert row
Delete row
Additional editing functions
Zoom
Undo editing steps
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First steps
Chapter 1
1.
1.1
First steps
Create a new circuit diagram
→ Select the New entry from the File menu.
An empty circuit diagram window opens in which you can insert
symbols and connect them with lines. You should set the diagram
size in advance.
→ Select the Paper Size... entry from the Circuit menu.
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Figure 1/1: Circuit dialog window, Drawing Size tab: Setting the
diagram size
If you utilize a drawing frame then FluidDraw can automatically
adjust the paper size. If you wish to manually define the paper size
then deactivate the “Adopt from drawing frame” option and select
the drawing’s desired dimensions and orientation. If the diagram’s
dimensions are larger than your printer’s printing area then you can
distribute your drawing across several pages (tiles). To retain a
better overview you can assign attributes to every circuit diagram.
→ Click the “Attributes” tab.
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Figure 1/2: Circuit dialog window, Attributes tab: Creating
attributes
The attribute table allows you to save any desired data in the form
of attribute value pairs. The associated placeholders (attributes
with the same name) in the drawing frame are replaced by the
values entered.
You can also access this dialog window directly by using the
Circuit menu and the Properties... menu entry.
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1.2
Organize symbols, libraries and circuit diagrams
In order to support the organization of the different document
types in FluidDraw all of the circuit files are assigned to one of three
groups.
Symbols
Symbols are formal, abstract models providing a graphical representation of the function of a component or component group. This
can consist of simple circuit symbols or entire circuits. Symbols can
be inserted into their own circuits and linked between the connecting points. The insert can be performed either via the Insert menu
or via drag and drop from a library window. Symbols can be compiled into library files with the lib file suffix.
Libraries
Libraries are hierarchically organized collections of symbols. In
addition to the standard library, which users cannot modify, users
can compile any desired number of their own libraries. You can find
functions for organizing the libraries on the Library menu as well
as on the context menu of the currently active library. To switch
libraries use the tab in the upper margin of the library window.
Library files have the lib file suffix.
Circuits
The default location for circuits is in the FluidDraw folder contained in the My Documents folder defined by the operating system. These have the circ file suffix. Note: It is worthwhile to
create a new sub-folder in the FluidDraw directory for every
customer or for every folder project.
1.3
Insert symbol from menu
To find a specific symbol you can either enter characteristic key
words in the Find Symbol dialog windows or navigate through the
hierarchical structure.
→ Where necessary open a new window and select the Find
Symbol Description... entry on the Insert menu.
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The Find Symbol dialog box then opens. You can enter your search
terms in the “Search” input line. Separate the individual search
terms using commas or spaces. Neither the order of the search
terms nor upper or lower case letters have any influence on the
search results.
→ For example, enter pressure, valve.
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Figure 1/3: Find Symbol dialog window
You can see the symbols found in the two results lists. The library
hierarchy is displayed on the left-hand side although only those
branches appear which contain matching symbols. An alphabetical
list of the search hits is displayed on the right-hand side. The symbol of the highlighted entry is shown in the preview. Once you have
found the symbol that you were looking for, you can select it using
the OK button or by double-clicking on the appropriate row in the
results list. The symbol then “hangs” on the mouse pointer and is
placed by left-clicking on the drawing area.
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With the Fuzzy Search option you can activate a tolerance in order
to achieve results despite minor typing errors or spelling variants.
In addition to the option of inserting a specific symbol using the
Find Symbol dialog window you can also insert a real component
including the part number and technical details from the Festo
product catalog. You can find details regarding the use of the Festo
product catalog with FluidDraw under Using the Festo product
catalog with FluidDraw.
1.4
Symbol libraries
FluidDraw is capable of managing multiple libraries, each of which
is displayed in a tab in the library window. Libraries which cannot
be modified in FluidDraw are labeled with a lock symbol in the
tab. This applies to standard library as well as to symbol folders
which FluidDraw does not manage itself or for which the registered
user does on possess write authorization.
Every library is displayed hierarchically. Every hierarchy level can by
shown or hidden by clicking on the group name. Right-clicking in a
library opens a context menu offering the following menu items for
editing the library:
View
Defines the size of the symbols displayed. Small , Normal and
Large are available.
Expand All
Opens all of the hierarchy levels.
Collapse All
Closes all of the hierarchy levels.
There are three types of library:
The standard library
This library is delivered with FluidDraw and cannot be modified.
Symbol folders
Circuit and symbol files saved on the disk can be used as libraries
in FluidDraw. The files from the selected folder are added as a
library via the Library and the Add Existing Symbol Folder...
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menu item. The library hierarchy corresponds exactly to the folder
hierarchy. These libraries cannot be modified in FluidDraw. The files
must be modified directly.
User libraries
You can create and subsequently modify new libraries via the
Library menu and the MenuItemAddNewLibrary menu item (see
section Create user library). Using drag and drop you can move the
symbols and groups within the library as desired.
1.4.1 Create user library
In order to be able to access frequently used symbols (or circuits)
more quickly multiple symbols can be compiled into libraries.
Libraries are saved as files with the lib file suffix. You can create
new libraries using the Library and the Add New Library... menu
item. Right-clicking in the new library opens a context menu with
which you can modify the library.
The following options are available:
Copy
Copies the selected symbols to the clipboard
Paste
Inserts the symbols into the library from the clipboard. These
symbols can also be partial circuits.
Delete
Removes the selected symbols from the library.
Rename...
Edits the text which libraries display below the symbol
Add Existing Symbols...
Opens a dialog window for selecting symbol files to be copied into
the library as new symbols.
Copy to Other Library
Copies the selected symbols into another library. The available
libraries are listed in a submenu. Only the currently open libraries
are displayed here (appearing as tabs in the library window) which
are not write-protects (recognizable as no lock symbol is displayed).
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New Sub-Folder...
Creates a new hierarchy level below the active group. The active
group is the one belonging to the area below the mouse point and
can be recognized by the dark blue coloring.
Remove Sub-Folder
Removes the hierarchy level which the mouse pointer is located in.
Rename Sub-Folder...
Enables you to rename the hierarchy level which the mouse pointer
is located in.
1.5
Circuit files
FluidDraw circuit files have the circ files suffix and are saved as
compressed XML files. An option on the Tools menu under the
Options... menu item enables the deactivation of the compression
so that the circuit files can be viewed as plain text. This can be
useful for version management software, for example.
However, please note that editing a circ file outside FluidDraw
can cause the file to become unreadable or corrupted upon reimport.
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Library and project window
Chapter 2
2.
2.1
Library and project window
Change window position
The library is fixed on the left-hand side by default and the project
window (when a project is open) is on the right-hand side. To
separate the window from the anchoring: Move the mouse pointer
to the upper margin. Click and hold the left mouse button. Move
the window a small distance towards the centre of the screen. Now
release the left mouse button. Now you need to move the library
window to the lower right and the project window to the lower left.
Once a window has been separated from the anchor it can be
moved freely.
How to re-anchor the window: Move the mouse pointer to the
upper margin. Click and hold the left mouse button. Move the
window as far as possible to the right or the left. Now release the
left mouse button. The window snaps into place. This enables you
to anchor the library window to the right and the project window to
the left, for example. You can also anchor both windows on the
same side. In this case you can move the desired window into the
foreground by clicking on the associated tab.
2.2
Automatic show and hide
The tabs offer an additional, practical function: Automatically
showing and hiding the library or project window. Click on the
associated vertical tab “Library” or “Project” at the edge of the
window. This causes the window to be hidden providing a larger
area for the drawing. In order to make the window visible again
move the mouse pointer over the tab; the window opens once
again. As soon as you have performed your operations in this
window and move the mouse pointer to a circuit window the library
window and / or the project window are automatically hidden. To
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deactivate the function click the associated tab again (this then
appears depressed).
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Edit circuit
Chapter 3
3.
3.1
Edit circuit
Insert and arrange symbols
You can insert symbols into the symbol window being edited using
the dialog window Find Symbol and by means of the libraries. You
can also transfer objects from every other window by selecting
them and dragging them to the desired window. Alternatively you
can also utilize the clipboard by selecting the items, choosing the
Copy menu item on the Edit menu, bringing the target window
into the foreground and selecting the Paste menu item on the
Edit menu. Using the mouse pointer to drag objects from one
window to another copies them. Dragging the objects from one
position to another within a window moves them. In order to copy
within a window you need to hold down the Shift key while
moving the mouse pointer. You can recognize operation by the
shape of the mouse pointer. During a move-operation a cross with
arrows
appears, when copying a plus symbol
also appears in
the lower right-hand corner of the cross.
3.2
Using the Festo product catalog with FluidDraw
The standard FluidDraw installation already contains all of the
products from Festo. That is why an extract from the Festo product
catalog is installed in multiple languages. Note: In order to remain
up to date, we recommend always installing the latest product
catalog. FluidDraw recognizes more current versions of the catalog
and utilizes these for the product search.
There two primary options for inserting symbols with part numbers
and technical details.
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Via symbol search ( Insert
menu and Find Symbol
Description... menu entry)
or from the FluidDraw library
window
About the Festo product
catalog
If you wish to insert a symbol from the FluidDraw symbol library,
simply select a graphical image which represents the function of a
component or component group. For the majority of the symbols
there is a large number of different products with different part
numbers and technical details (attributes and parameters). To
select a product right-click on the dialog window Properties symbol
and activate the Find... button.
The product catalog represents a complete data base of the available Festo products. If you wish to insert the associated symbols
with part numbers and technical details for certain products then
select the From Festo Catalog... menu item on the Insert menu.
The Insert from catalog dialog window appears. Enter your key
words into the “Search” input line. The upper table contains the
search result. Selecting a row there displays the associated symbol
in the preview. Select a product by double-clicking on a table row of
via the Add to Selection button. Selected products are collected
in the lower table. When leaving the dialog window the symbols of
the selected products are inserted into the circuit window. These
symbols contain the part numbers and technical details of the
previously selected products in the form of attribute value pairs.
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Figure 3/1: Insert from catalog dialog window
If you wish to insert one or more symbols from an existing shopping
cart select the From Festo Shopping Basket... menu item from the
Insert menu.
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Figure 3/2: Insert Shopping Basket dialog window
If you have selected a product which does not possess a graphical
illustration then a text appears in the circuit diagram which takes
on the component attributes instead of the symbol. Both this text
and the identifiers for the symbols appear in the parts list.
Using the Tools menu and the Options... menu item you can
modify the settings that influence the generation of symbol designations and accessories. Where desired FluidDraw automatically
generates text elements acquired from the type attribute of the
associated symbol
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3.3
Connect connectors / ports
In order to connect two component connectors with a line move the
mouse pointer to the component connector. You can recognize a
connector by the small circle at the end of a symbol’s connection
line. As soon as you have touched the line the mouse pointer transforms into a crosshair .
Figure 3/3: Mouse pointer as a crosshair over a component connector.
→ Now press the left mouse button and move the mouse pointer
to the connector which you wish to connect with the first.
You can recognize when you are over the connector by the shape of
the mouse pointer . If the mouse pointer is over a connector
which is already connected to a line then the prohibited sign
appears and no line can be connected.
→ Release the mouse button once you have touched the second
connector.
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FluidDraw automatically lays a line between the two connectors.
Figure 3/4: Line between two connectors
Support positions can be defined when laying lines. Simply release
the mouse button while laying the line and click the desired position. The line is completed once you click the second connector or
click the same point twice. You can cancel the action by pressing
the Esc key.
3.4
Insert T-connector
You do not need to utilize a special symbol in order to insert a Tconnector. FluidDraw automatically inserts a T-connector when you
lay a component connection on a line or lay a line segment to a
connection. If you wish to connect two lines then you can also draw
one line segment to another; FluidDraw then inserts two Tconnectors and connects these with a new line.
→ Move the mouse points to a connector and press the left
mouse button.
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As soon as you touch the line the mouse pointer transforms into a
crosshair .
→ Release the mouse button once you have touched the desired
point on the line.
FluidDraw inserts a T-connector and automatically lays a line.
Figure 3/5: Line connection with inserted T-connector
Every T-connector can connect up to 4 lines with each other.
3.5
Lay lines
Once you have joined two connectors you can then adjust the
length of the lines. You can move the line segments in parallel by
moving the respective line segment. You can see when you have
touched the line on the basis of the line-selection shape of the
mouse pointer.
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→ Press the left mouse button and move the line segment orthogonally to the desired position.
Figure 3/6: Moving a line segment
→ Release the left mouse button; FluidDraw adjusts the adjoining
line segments in such a way that they remain connected.
If you move a line segment with is directly connected to a component connector then FluidDraw may insert additional line segments
in order to prevent gaps.
3.6
Define the characteristics of lines
You can set the style, the color and the drawing layer of the lines by
double-clicking on a line segment or selecting the line segment and
choosing the Properties... menu item from the Edit menu. The
Line Properties dialog box then opens. The settings are applied to
the entire line section up to the next connector or T-connector.
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Figure 3/7: Line Properties dialog window: Set the properties of a
pneumatic line
Layer
Sets the drawing layer of the line.
Color
Sets the color of the line.
Line Style
Sets the line style of the line.
Line Width
Sets the line thickness of the line.
Note: Working lines are typically displayed as solid lines, pilot lines
as dashed lines.
3.7
Delete line
To delete a line you can either select an associated line segment
and press the Del or select the Delete menu item on the Edit
menu or select a component connector and press the Del key. In
both cases not the connector itself is deleted but rather the line.
If you delete a T-connector which three or four lines are attached to
then all of the lines are deleted. If, on the other hand, only two lines
are connected then only the T-connector is deleted and the two
lines combined into one.
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3.8
Set the properties of the connectors
You can assign a component connector an identification and a
blanking plug or silencer by double-clicking on the connector or by
selecting the connector and choosing the Properties... menu item
on the Edit menu. The Connector dialog box then opens.
Figure 3/8: Connector dialog window: Set the properties of a connector
Identification
You can enter a text identifying this connector into the input line. If
the Display option is activated then the identification is displayed
in the circuit diagram.
Terminator
Open the symbol list containing connector terminations by clicking
on the button using the arrow. Select a suitable silencer or a blanking plug. Note: Please note that this symbol list is only available if
a line is not connected to the connector. If you wish to connect a
line to a sealed connector you first have to remove the blanking
plugs or the silencer. Select the empty field on the symbol list with
the connector terminations.
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3.9
Define component connector
To define a new component connector select the Define Connector
menu item on the Edit menu. FluidDraw the switches to a special
mode in which the next mouse-click defines the new connector. If
you wish to cancel the action press the Esc key.
Connectors in symbols can be set at any desired position.
Note: To set the connector precisely at the desired position we
recommend zooming the display window in closely to the relevant
symbol As soon as the mouse pointer is over a symbol the mouse
pointer converts into a cross-hair . Left-clicking sets the new
connector.
3.10 Delete component connector
To delete a component connector select this and choose the
Delete Connector menu entry on the Edit menu.
Note: Please note that the Delete menu entry or the Del do not
delete the connector but rather only one possibly connected line.
3.11 Configure a way valve
If you require a certain valve which you cannot find in the standard
FluidDraw library you can create your own valve symbol with the
help of the valve editor.
→ Insert a 5/n way valve into a circuit window from the “Standard
symbols / Pneumatic Symbols / Symbols” library to create new
symbols / configurable way valves.
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To set the valve body and the actuation types of the way valves
double-click on the valve. The dialog window Properties then
opens. Click the “Configure Valve” tab to access the valve editor.
Figure 3/9: Properties dialog window: Configure Valve tab
Left Actuation ‟ Right Actuation
You can select the actuation types of the valve from the “Manually”, “Mechanically” and “Pneumatically/Electrically” categories for
both sides of the valve. Click the button with the mouse pointer and
select a symbol element. A valve can possess multiple actuation
types at the same time. If you do not want an actuation type from a
category then select the empty field on the list. In addition you can
also define whether each side should possess a spring return, pilot
control, pneumatic spring or external supply.
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Valve Body
A configurable valve can possess a maximum of four switching
positions. One valve body can be selected for each switching position. Click the associate button with the mouse points to open the
symbol elements list. Select a symbol element for each switching
position.. If you want to use less than four switching positions then
select the empty field on the list for the positions not required.
Initial Position
Here you set which switching position the valve should use in the
normal position. Note: When determining this setting ensure that it
does not conflict with a possible spring return.
Dominant Signal
This provides a graphical identification of whether the right or left
signal should dominate in the event of equally strong signals.
External Supply
This creates an additional connector for connecting the external
supply for the controller.
3.12 Configure cylinder
If you require a certain cylinder which you cannot find in the standard FluidDraw library you can create your own cylinder symbol
with the help of the cylinder editor.
→ Insert a double-acting cylinder into a circuit window from the
“Standard symbols / Pneumatic Symbols / Symbols” library to
create new symbols / configurable cylinders.
To configure the cylinder double-clock on the cylinder. The dialog
window Properties then opens. Click the “Configure Cylinder” tab.
This brings you to the cylinder editor.
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Figure 3/10: Properties dialog window: Configure Cylinder tab
Cylinder Type
Click the button with the mouse pointer to open the symbol elements list. Select a cylinder type. Set whether the cylinder should
be single-acting or double-acting.
Return Spring
Specifies whether a spring for the return should be inserted into the
right or left cylinder chamber.
Piston
Click the button with the mouse pointer and select a symbol element for the piston. Set whether the cylinder should possess end
position cushioning and whether this should be adjustable.
Piston Rod
Click the button with the mouse pointer and select a symbol element for the piston rod.
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Piston Position
Using the slider you can specify the relative piston position in 25 %
steps. 0 % stands for the completely retracted and 100 % extended
piston.
3.13 Group symbols
If you wish to combine multiple symbols into a group select these
and choose the Group menu item on the Edit menu. Groups can
also be nested, i.e. already grouped objects can be grouped again.
A group primarily serves as a drawing aid and does not represent
any new components. Every element in a group is included in a
parts list in exactly the same way as without being grouped.
Double-clicking on a group element opens the dialog window
Properties of group element clicked.
If you wish to combine multiple symbols into a new component with
its own attributes create a macro object.
3.14 Create macro objects
If you wish to combine multiple symbols into a new component with
its own attributes then select these and choose the Create Macro
Object menu item on the Edit menu. This creates a new macro
object. Macro objects are included in the parts lists as independent
components. The original symbols are removed from the parts lists.
It is no longer possible to modify their component attributes.
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3.15 Delete symbol groups and macro objects
To delete a group or a macro object select the group or the macro
object and select the Ungroup/Break Off menu item from the
Edit menu. This always deletes the outermost group. In order to
delete nested groups you must repeat the operation.
3.16 Align symbols
To align objects with each other, select these and choose the desired orientation from the Align menu item on the Edit menu or
click the appropriate button
on the toolbar.
3.17 Mirror symbols
The symbols can be both horizontally and vertically mirrored. Select
the desired mirror axis from the Mirror menu item on the Edit
menu or click the appropriate button
on the toolbar. If you
select multiple objects at the same time then every object will be
mirrored separately. If you wish the operation to use a common
mirror axis then group the objects before the operation.
The geometrical properties can be entered directly via the “Drawing
Properties” tab. Enter a minus sign in front of the corresponding
scaling factor in order to mirror the symbol.
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3.18 Rotate symbols
The symbols can be rotated in 90 degree steps or with the help of
the mouse pointer. To rotate objects in 90 degree steps, select the
desired angle from the Rotate menu item on the Edit menu or
click the appropriate button on the toolbar. If you select multiple
objects at the same time then every object will be rotated separately. If you wish the operation to use a common axis of rotation then
group the objects before the operation.
You can also rotate symbols with the help of the mouse pointer by
clicking and dragging the edge of the symbol. In order to do this
FluidDraw must be in Enable Rotate mode. This mode can be
activated or deactivated using the Enable Rotate menu item on
the Edit menu or by clicking on the corresponding button on
the toolbar. Note: Activating the Enable Scale mode deactivates
the Enable Rotate mode and vice versa.
→ In Enable Rotate mode click the edge of the symbol and hold
down the mouse button.
Figure 3/11: Rotate symbol
The current angle of rotation and guides are displayed.
→ Hold down the mouse button and move the mouse pointer to
the desired position. The angle changes in 15 degree steps.
Note: If you also press the Shift key then you can rotate the
symbol steplessly.
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Figure 3/12: Rotate symbol
The angle of rotation can be entered directly via the “Drawing
Properties” tab.
3.19 Scale symbols
The component symbols can be scaled with the help of the mouse
pointer. In order to do this FluidDraw must be in Enable Scale
mode. This mode can be activated or deactivated using the Enable
Scale menu item on the Edit menu or by clicking on the corresponding button on the toolbar. Note: Activating the Enable
Scale mode deactivates the Enable Rotate mode and vice versa.
→ In Enable Scale mode click the edge or corner of the symbol
and hold down the mouse button.
Figure 3/13: Scale symbol
The current scaling relationship to the original sizes is displayed.
→ Hold down the mouse button and move the mouse pointer until
the desired size is reached. The scaling relationship is changed
in 0.25 steps. Note: If you also press the Shift key then you
can scale the symbol steplessly.
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Figure 3/14: Scale symbol
You can simultaneously mirror the symbol by moving the mouse
pointer over the middle of the symbol to the opposite side.
Figure 3/15: Mirror symbol
The scaling factor can be entered directly via the “Drawing Properties” tab.
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Drawing frame
Chapter 4
4.
Drawing fra me
In FluidDraw drawing frames are “circuit diagrams” which consists
of a title block and the frame with the field divisions. They can also
be displayed in other circuit diagrams. Existing CAD drawing frames
can be imported using the DXF import menu item on the File
menu. No order to make a drawing frame usable in different
projects and circuit diagrams a number of texts in the title block
must be editable. These texts are Author, Creation date, Project
name, Page name and Page number, for example. In FluidDraw
these are text components with Attribute Link.
4.1
Editable labels
Texts in the title block of a drawing frame are text components. You
can use the imported texts or insert new text components at the
desired positions. Editable texts are text components with Attribute
Link. These texts are replaced by the corresponding attribute values of the project and the circuit.
→ Double-click on a text component to open the Properties dialog
window.
→ Enter the name of the attribute to be linked into the text field,
e.g. “creator” and activate the “Attribute Link” option. Note:
You can also utilize and imported text as an attribute name.
The attribute name is utilized as a placeholder. These attributes are
displayed in angle brackets in the “circuit diagram” with the drawing frame. These attributes are replaced by the corresponding
attribute values when using the drawing frame in a project or circuit
diagrams. Edit the attribute values in the Properties dialog window
of the project or the circuit diagram. Clicking on a text component
of the drawing frame opens the Properties dialog window of the
project or the circuit which contains the attribute which the text
component refers to.
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4.2
Use a drawing frame
Drawing frames can be copied into a project and/or a circuit diagram. Insert the drawing frame via the Properties dialog window of
a project or a circuit.
All of the objects belonging to a drawing frame are inserted into the
circuit diagram as a copy. Changing the file with the drawing frame
at a later date does not have any effect on the circuit diagram which
the drawing frame was inserted into.
When copying the objects belonging to the drawing frame all of the
attributes are generated with the drawing frame’s text components
refer to and which do not exist in the project or circuit.
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Figure 4/1: Circuit dialog window: Insert drawing frame
Inherit From Project
If this option is activated then the drawing frame specified in the
project is copied into the circuit. The path and the file used are
displayed in the “Frame File” line.
Pick...
This button opens a dialog in which an included frame can be
selected. These frame files are located in the frm directory and are
compiled in the project file frames.prj.
Remove Local Frame
Removes the drawing frame from the circuit. The drawing frame’s
attributes remain attributes of the project or circuit.
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Reload Frame Attributes
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When inserting a drawing frame the attributes of the text components of the drawing frame are listed. These attributes are saved
with the project or the circuit drawing and can be edited and deleted. The Reload Frame Attributes button reloads all of the
attributes from the drawing frame, thus updating the attribute list
of the project or the circuit drawing.
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Figure 4/2: Select Drawing Frame dialog window
All of the available key files are displayed as a tree on the righthand side. This tree enables the selection of the desired drawing
frame. The drawing frame is displayed in the preview. In addition
the “Attributes” list displays all of the attributes of the texts belonging to the drawing frame which are set as links.
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Browse...
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Opens a dialog window to select a circuit file to be inserted as a
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Additional tools for creating drawings
Chapter 5
5.
5.1
Additional tools for creating dr awings
Drawing tools
5.1.1 Grid
For arranging the symbols and laying the lines it is often practical to
show a point or line grid. You can activate or deactivate the displays of the grid using the Show Grid menu item on the View
menu. You can also set grid settings using the Options... menu
item and the Tools menu.
In order to simplify handling the lines snap into place when they are
close to a grid line. This makes it easier to find the precise position
when moving the lines. Note: However the grid snap function may
not be desired as it prevents free positioning. In this case you can
hold down the Ctrl during the moving operation; This temporarily
deactivates the grid snap function.
5.1.2 Alignment lines
Connectors between symbols should be exactly horizontal or vertical wherever possible. Then they can be connected with a straight
line.
FluidDraw supports the exact positions firstly via the grid snap and
secondly via automatically displaying red alignment lines while
moving the selected objects.
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→ Open a circuit file which contains multiple objects. Select one
of these and slowly move it back and forth above and next to
other objects.
Observe the dashed red lines which appear when two or more
connectors lie above each other.
Figure 5/1: Automatically display the alignment lines
In order to simplify handling the connectors snap into place when
they are close to an alignment line. This makes it easier to find the
precise position when moving. Note: However the grid snap function may not be desired as it prevents free positioning. In this case
you can hold down the Ctrl during the moving operation; This
temporarily deactivates the alignment lines and the grid snap
function.
5.2
Drawing levels
FluidDraw supports 256 drawing levels which can be shown /
hidden and locked / unlocked individually. In addition you can also
define the color and line thickness for every drawing level. Using
the Drawing Layers... menu item on the View menu you can set
the properties of the individual layers and also insert a description.
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Note: The drawing frame is located on layer “0” by default.
Figure 5/2: Drawing Layers dialog window
Under “Default Layer” you can select the drawing layer which new
objects should be inserted into. If you do not want to change the
layer of the symbol when it is inserted then select the option “Preserve Object Layer”.
Objects located on a drawing layer for which the “Edit” option is
deactivated are visible however they cannot be selected and thus
neither moved nor deleted. This enables you to lock a drawing
frame, for example, if this was inserted manually and not via the
dialog window Properties for the circuit or project. In order to still
be able to edit objects on layers of this type you must activate the
“Edit” option for the corresponding layer.
Drawing layers for which the “Display” option is deactivated are
neither visible nor can they be edited.
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5.3
Cross-references
Cross-references serve to link parts of a circuit drawing associated
with each other when the entire drawing is distributed across
multiple pages. Thus lines can be interrupted, for example, and
continued on another page. FluidDraw not only offers suitable
symbols for cross-references but also the possibility of jumping
directly from an existing cross-reference to the corresponding
target as long as bother are identified with an identical label. The
circuit drawings involved must belong to the same project.
Using the Properties... menu item on the Edit open the Crossreference dialog window. Alternatively you can open this dialog
window by double-clicking on the cross-reference symbol of via the
Properties... context menu.
Figure 5/3: Cross-reference dialog window
Text
This text is displayed in the cross-reference
Label
Defines the labels via which the linked cross-references are identified.
Target Text
The text displayed here is stored as text for the corresponding
cross-reference.
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Display Target Text
If this option is activated the text of the corresponding crossreference is displayed in the symbol below the text for this crossreference.
Jump to Target
Activating this button opens the circuit window containing the
corresponding cross-reference. The associated symbol is indicated
by an animation.
5.4
Drawing functions and graphical elements
Graphical elements can be inserted into a circuit using the Draw
menu or by activating the drawing function on the toolbar. In order
to prevent you from unintentionally moving other symbols when
drawing you enter a special mode for the drawing functions in
which you can only perform the selected drawing functions. After
every drawing operation FluidDraw returns to the normal editing
mode. To insert another drawing element you must select the
associated menu item or the corresponding drawing function on the
toolbar. Note: If you wish to draw several elements in a row without
leaving the special drawing mode then you can select the menu
item or the corresponding drawing function on the toolbar while
holding down the Shift key. The drawing mode then remains
active until the menu item or the drawing function is deactivated by
selecting it again or another drawing function is selected without
the Shift key being pressed.
The drawing functions toolbar contains the following functions:
Switches to the normal editing mode.
Switches to the mode for drawing a line.
Switches to the mode for drawing a rectangle.
Switches to the mode for drawing a circle.
Switches to the mode for drawing a ellipse.
Switches to the mode for drawing a text.
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Switches to the mode for drawing an image.
Switches to the mode for drawing a pneumatic line.
The graphical elements are drawn in the color shown.
The graphical elements are drawn in the line style shown.
The graphical elements are drawn in the line thickness shown.
The line beginnings are drawn with the symbol shown.
The line ends are drawn with the symbol shown.
5.4.1 Pneumatic line
A pneumatic line is drawn by defining two end points. A pneumatic
line consists of two connectors with a line between. Both connectors can be uses as the initial situation for additional connections.
The line segments of pneumatic lines are always perpendicular to
each other.
The line attributes of the line can be defines in the dialog window
Properties for the line.
5.4.2 Line
A line is drawn by defining two points. In contrast to a pneumatic
line this line is purely a drawing element. As such it can be drawn at
any desired angle however does not allow connections with pneumatic connectors.
The line-specific properties can be defined in the Drawing Properties tab of the Properties dialog window for the line:
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Figure 5/4: Properties dialog window for a line: Drawing Properties
tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees.
Override Color
Defines the color of the drawing element.
Line Style
Defines the line style.
Line Width
Defines the line thickness.
Start Cap
Defines how the beginning of the line is displayed.
End Cap
Defines how the end of the line is displayed.
Background
Sets the location of the drawing element to the background. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are on top of this. For example
symbols are not covered by filled drawing elements.
Foreground
Sets the location of the drawing element to the foreground. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are underneath this. For example symbols are covered by filled drawing elements.
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5.4.3 Rectangle
A rectangle is drawn by defining two diagonally opposite corner
points.
The rectangle-specific properties can be defined in the Drawing
Properties tab of the Properties dialog window for the rectangle:
Figure 5/5: Properties dialog window for a rectangle: Drawing
Properties tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees.
Override Color
Defines the color of the drawing element.
Fill Area
Fills the rectangle with the color listed.
Line Style
Defines the line style.
Line Width
Defines the line thickness.
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Background
Sets the location of the drawing element to the background. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are on top of this. For example
symbols are not covered by filled drawing elements.
Foreground
Sets the location of the drawing element to the foreground. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are underneath this. For example symbols are covered by filled drawing elements.
5.4.4 Circle
A circle is drawn by defining a middle point and a radius. You can
draw a circular arc by subsequently entering the beginning and
final angles into the Drawing Properties tab in the Properties dialog
window of the circle.
The circle-specific properties can be defined in the Drawing Properties tab of the Properties dialog window for the circle:
Figure 5/6: Properties dialog window for a circle: Drawing Properties tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction.
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Arc
Defines the starting and final angles of a circular arc.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees.
Override Color
Defines the color of the drawing element.
Fill Area
Fills the circle with the color listed.
Line Style
Defines the line style.
Line Width
Defines the line thickness.
Start Cap
Defines how the beginning of the line is displayed.
End Cap
Defines how the end of the line is displayed.
Background
Sets the location of the drawing element to the background. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are on top of this. For example
symbols are not covered by filled drawing elements.
Foreground
Sets the location of the drawing element to the foreground. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are underneath this. For example symbols are covered by filled drawing elements.
5.4.5 Ellipse
An ellipse is drawn by defining a middle point and two radii with
parallel axes. You can draw an ellipse by subsequently entering the
beginning and final angles into the Drawing Properties tab in the
Properties dialog window of the ellipse.
The ellipse-specific properties can be defined in the Drawing Properties tab of the Properties dialog window for the ellipse:
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Figure 5/7: Properties dialog window for an ellipse: Drawing Properties tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction.
Arc
Defines the starting and final angles of an ellipse.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees.
Override Color
Defines the color of the drawing element.
Fill Area
Fills the circle with the color listed.
Line Style
Defines the line style.
Line Width
Defines the line thickness.
Start Cap
Defines how the beginning of the line is displayed.
End Cap
Defines how the end of the line is displayed.
Background
Sets the location of the drawing element to the background. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are on top of this. For example
symbols are not covered by filled drawing elements.
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Foreground
Sets the location of the drawing element to the foreground. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are underneath this. For example symbols are covered by filled drawing elements.
5.4.6 Text
A text is inserted at the position of the mouse pointer by clicking.
The dialog window Properties for entering the text and setting the
attributes then opens.
5.4.7 Image
An image is inserted at the position of the mouse pointer by clicking. The dialog window for selecting an existing image file then
opens.
Large background images can massively decrease the processing
speed as the screen has to be re-drawn whenever symbols are
moved or edited.
The image-specific properties can be defined in the Drawing Properties tab of the Properties dialog window for the image:
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Figure 5/8: Properties dialog window for an image: Drawing Properties tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees.
Override Color
Defines the color of the drawing element.
Background
Sets the location of the drawing element to the background. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are on top of this. For example
symbols are not covered by filled drawing elements.
Foreground
Sets the location of the drawing element to the foreground. This
means that all of the circuit symbols are underneath this. For example symbols are covered by filled drawing elements.
File
Defines the image file for the image.
External Link
When this option is active FluidDraw only saves a link to the image
file. However if this option is deactivated then the image is embedded in the circuit diagram. This is the preferable variant if you wish
to pass on or archive the circuit diagram.
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5.5
Check drawing
Using the Check Drawing menu item on the Circuit menu you
can cause FluidDraw to check your drawing for possible drawing
errors. FluidDraw displays the following messages where necessary:
† Duplicated identification labels
† Unresolved link targets
† Superimposed objects
† Lines through connectors
† Open connectors
If messages are displayed then the corresponding objects are
selected after confirmation in the dialog window.
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Component attributes
Chapter 6
6.
6.1
Compone nt attributes
Component attributes in the Properties dialog window
The FluidDraw circuit symbols largely correspond to the components in the Festo product catalog. Even if you have not installed
the product catalog FluidDraw read most of the component
attributes from the database delivered with the program. If you
have installed a newer version of the product catalog then FluidDraw automatically accesses the current data. Open the dialog
window Properties of the components by double-clicking on a
symbol or via the Properties... menu item on the Edit menu.
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Figure 6/1: Properties dialog window for a component:
The properties of a component are saved in attribute value pairs.
The attributes are divided into different groups. The first group
contains the general properties:
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Figure 6/2: Extract from the Properties dialog window of a component: General properties
Symbol Name
Displays the name of the circuit symbol. The symbol name is
mapped to appropriate products in the Festo product catalog.
Users cannot edit the symbol name.
Description
Contains a more detailed description of the complete name of the
circuit symbol where applicable. Users cannot edit this,
Part number
The part number uniquely identifies a product. You can enter the
part number manually or search via the Find... button in the
product catalog. The component attributes saved in the catalog are
only automatically taken over if the selection is made via the product catalog. You can find these attributes in the Catalog Properties
tab of the Properties dialog window for the component.
Layer
In this selection list you define the drawing layer for the symbol.
Depending on the setting for the drawing layer it may not be possible to display or edit the symbol. In order to make the symbol
visible or change the settings you have to temporarily activate the
drawing layer on the Drawing Layers... menu item from the View
menu.
Identification
Here you can assign a label which uniquely identifies the components in the circuit diagram. If the “Display” option is selected the
label is shown in the circuit diagram as text. Note: When inserting
or copying circuit diagram symbol FluidDraw automatically assigns
a unique label. An automatically assigned label text begins with a
question mark and may be edited by the user. FluidDraw issues a
warning message if you assign a label which already exists.
Display in Parts Lists
Deactivate this option if you do not want the symbol to appear in
the parts list.
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Component attributes from the product catalog as well as
attributes assigned by the user are displayed in tabular form in
different tabs. The table entries from the catalog cannot be edited.
The value of an attribute is listed in the “Value” column. This value
can be displayed in the circuit diagram next to the symbol as text if
the “Display” option is activated.
The component attributes taken over from the product catalog are
displayed in the “Catalog Properties” tab.
Figure 6/3: Extract from the Properties dialog window of a component: Catalog Properties tab
In the “User Defined Properties” tab you can enter your own component attributes.
Figure 6/4: Extract from the Properties dialog window of a component: User Defined Properties tab
In order to edit an entry the corresponding row must be selected by
clicking on it. Clicking on the table cell to be modified again then
enables you to edit the entry in the cell.
A cell can be deleted by first clicking on the cell to select it. Then
the selected cell can be deleted using the Del key.
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You can add any desired attributes by filling out the empty cells on
the last row.
In the “Drawing Properties” tab you can enter a number of geometrical properties which influence how the symbols are displayed in
the circuit diagram.
Figure 6/5: Extract from the Properties dialog window of a component: Drawing Properties tab
Scale
Defines the scaling in the x or y direction. The scaling factor can
also be defined with the help of the mouse pointer. This is described in the “Scale symbols” section.
Rotation
Defines the angle of rotation in degrees. The angle of rotation can
also be defined with the help of the mouse pointer. This is described in the “Rotate symbols” section.
Override Color
If this option is activated then another color can be selected for the
symbol.
Reset
Resets the geometrical settings to the default values: Scaling to 1,
rotation to 0 and “Override Color” deactivated.
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6.2
Attributes of the text components
In FluidDraw text components serve, firstly, to insert comments and
labels and, secondly, can be defined by the labels and accessories
without displaying a symbol. Open the dialog window Properties of
the text component by double-clicking on a text or via the Properties... menu item on the Edit menu.
Figure 6/6: Properties dialog window for a text component:
A text component possess all of the attributes of a standard component. The text properties are located on the “Edit Text” tab.
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Figure 6/7: Extract from the Properties dialog window of a text
component: Edit Text tab
Edit Text
Enter your text into the input field on the left-hand side. You can
also enter text with multiple lines. Press the Enter key to create a
line break.
Alignment
Defines the horizontal or the vertical alignment of the text within
the text field.
Font...
Defines the text font.
Color...
Defines the text color.
Frame Text
Draws a frame around the text field.
Attribute Link
If this option is activated then the text entered is not shown but
rather the text identifies a link to an attribute. The value of the
selected attribute is shown in the circuit diagram. You can find a
detailed description of this function under Link text components
with attributes.
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6.3
Link text components with attributes
Text components can also display the attributes of other components, the attributes of a circuit diagram or the project. The text
components must be linked to the corresponding attribute. The
linked attribute is defined in the entry field of the “Edit Text” tab in
the dialog window Properties of the text component. The activated
Attribute Link option determines that the text is not displayed in
the text field but rather should be interpreted as a link.
Example:
Assuming that your project is called “Project1” and possesses the
“Supplier” attribute with the value “Festo”. You project contains
the “Circuit1” circuit and you would like to display the value of the
“Supplier” attribute, in this example namely the value “Festo”, in
this circuit diagram.
→ Insert a text component into the circuit diagram by selecting
the text element on the drawing elements toolbar and then leftclick on the circuit diagram. The Properties dialog box for the
text component then opens. Note: You can open the dialog
window of an existing text component by double-clicking on it
or via the Properties... menu item on the Edit menu.
→ Activate the Attribute Link option and then click the Browse...
button.
A window opens displaying the hierarchy of all of the available
attributes. Please note that only those objects are listed with possess a label assigned by the user. Labels beginning with a question
mark “?” are not listed. These are labels which have been automatically assigned by FluidDraw. The desired attribute is located under
“Attribute Tree” - “Project1” - “Supplier”.
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Figure 6/8: Browse Attributes dialog window
→ Select “Supplier” and then click the Select button.
The “Project1.Supplier” value is displayed in the input field and
“Festo” in the preview. The complete and unique name of the
attribute contains all of the hierarchy levels beginning at the
project. The individual layers in the name are separated by a full
stop. It is also possible to enter only the attribute name into the
input field. In this example: “Supplier”. The hierarchy is then
searched from the bottom up for the attribute, beginning with the
text components. If the attribute searched for is not found in that
component then the circuit and then the project are searched for
the attribute.
If the attribute is not found then the attribute name is displayed in
the circuit diagram in angle brackets. The missing attribute can be
created at a later point in time. The link is then created automatically.
The concept of linking text components with attributes is also
utilized for labeling drawing frames.
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6.4
Text components with specified links
Text components are automatically generated for displayable
component attributes and connector labels which are linked to the
corresponding attributes. Open the Display Attribute dialog window
with which you can adjust how the text is displayed by doubleclicking on the text component or via the Properties... menu item
on the Edit menu.
Figure 6/9: Display Attribute dialog window
Alignment
Defines the horizontal or the vertical alignment of the text within
the text field.
Scale
Defines the scaling factor of the text in the x or y direction. Note:
You can also change the text size by selecting another font size in
the font type dialog window. You can open this dialog window
using the Font... button under Text Attributes.
Rotation
Defines text’s angle of rotation in degrees.
Font...
Defines the text font.
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Color...
Defines the text color.
Frame Text
Draws a frame around the text field.
Find Target...
The target of a linked text is the attribute which the text refers to.
This button opens the Properties dialog window of the object which
contains this attribute.
6.5
Change the properties of multiple objects simultaneously
If multiple objects are selected, choosing the Properties... menu
item on the Edit menu opens a dialog window with a limited
selection of properties. It only contains those properties which
meaningfully relate to all of the selected objects. This enables you
to change the font for multiple texts in a single operation, for example. The more different object types (symbols, connectors,
drawing elements, texts, etc.) that are selected, the less common
properties are available.
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Figure 6/10: Properties dialog window for multiple selected objects
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Parts list management
Chapter 7
7.
Parts list manage ment
FluidDraw creates parts lists which are automatically updated in
the background while editing the circuit diagram.
7.1
Display parts list
We recommend setting up one file specifically for the parts list in a
project. If you wish to create a circuit diagram without creating a
project you can switch the view for this circuit diagram over to the
parts list view. Selecting the Parts List menu item on the View
menu enables you switch from the circuit diagram view to the parts
list view. Conversely, selecting the Circuit Diagram menu item on
the View menu enables you switch from the parts list view to the
circuit diagram.
A parts list is displayed as a table in the window. You can edit the
following options for editing the table:
† Attributes which the user can edit can be entered directly into
the corresponding table field.
† Clicking on the column header sorts the rows on the basis of
the column clicked. Clicking on the head of the same column
again reverses the sorting order.
† You can adjust the column width by dragging the edges of a
column header.
† You can change the order of the columns by dragging and
dropping a column header in another position.
7.2
Find components from the parts on the circuit diagram
FluidDraw enables you to easily find components on the parts list in
the circuit diagram and vice versa.
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Figure 7/1: Finding components from the parts list
You have the following options:
† Clicking on the Find... button on the “Find Target” parts list
column switches to the circuit diagram display and an animation identifies the corresponding components. If the same circuit diagram is already open in another window than the parts
list view remains in the active window. The already opened
window containing the circuit diagram is moved into the foreground and an animation identifies the corresponding circuit
diagram symbol.
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† When you click on a cell in the parts list table an animation
identifies the corresponding component in all of the opened
windows displaying the circuit diagram.
† If you click on a column header in the parts list table then both
the entire column of the parts list as well as the corresponding
components in the associated circuit diagram windows are selected.
† If you click on a component in a circuit diagram then both this
component and the corresponding row in the open parts lists
are selected.
7.3
Set parts list properties
In the parts list view clicking on the Properties... button opens
the Parts List Properties dialog window.
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Figure 7/2: Parts List Properties dialog window: Included Circuit
Files tab
Accumulated Parts List
Compiles the components with the same attributes.
Single Position Parts List
Lists all of the components individually
Sort As Number
Interprets the column contents as numbers, so that “10” appears
after “2”, for example.
Include This Circuit’s Components Only
Include All Project Files
Only lists the components of the corresponding circuit diagram.
Include Selected Files:
Lists all of the components of the selected circuit diagrams belonging to the active project.
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Figure 7/3: Parts List Properties dialog window: Listed Attributes
tab
List All Attributes
Lists all of the component attributes within a parts list row.
List Selected Attributes:
Only lists selected component attributes within a parts list row.
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Figure 7/4: Parts List Properties dialog window: Print Options tab
In this tab you can adjust the appearance of the parts list printout.
In the preview on the right-hand side you can immediately see the
effects of the adjustments. You can find information regarding
printing a parts list in the “Print circuit diagram and parts list”
section.
7.4
Export parts list
You can export the parts list as a text file.,
→ Click the Export... button in the parts list view.
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A dialog window for selecting a file or entering a new file name
appears. After you have entered a file and left the dialog field you
can define the following format settings for the export in the Parts
List Export dialog window:
Figure 7/5: Parts List Export dialog window
Column Header
If this option is selected then the names of the attributes appear in
the first row of the text file.
Quotation Marks
Select this option to set the field elements in quotation marks.
Delimiter
The selected separator is used to separate the columns.
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Manage projects
Chapter 8
8.
Manage pr ojects
FluidDraw supports the management of projects by compiling
different files under one name in a single project file. This has the
following benefits: When opening a project all of the associated
data is loaded. It is possible to rapidly access files belonging to a
project via the project window.Parts lists whose elements are
located in different circuit diagram files can be maintained in one
project.
8.1
Create new project
→ Select the New... menu item on the Project menu and enter
a file name for the new project.
Project files possess the prj file suffix. By default they only contain links to files contained in the project. If you wish to pass on a
project then you must either pass on all of the associated files
along with the project file or activate the “Save Projects As Single
File” option.
In the project window a project is represented as a hierarchical list.
The uppermost element is the project node. Below this are the
associated circuit nodes and parts list nodes which can be differentiated from each other via the symbol in front of the name.
8.2
Project nodes
Every project possesses one project node as the uppermost element. All of the project-specific properties are saved with the
project node. Right-clicking on a project node opens a context
menu. You can also find the menu items on the Project menu.
Here you can find the functions for adding and removing files,
among other things.
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8.2.1 Project attributes
Under the Properties... menu item on the Project you can set
the properties for the project.
Figure 8/1: Project dialog window: Properties of a project
Properties
The file name field displays the name of the project file along with
the complete path. You can enter a name for the project in the
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description field. This is displayed in the upper margin of the
project window and next to the project node.
Drawing Frame
Here you can define the properties of the drawing frame. This is
described in the Drawing frame section.
Attributes
On the Attributes tab in the Project dialog window you can create
and edit project-specific attributes such as “Creator” or “Creation
date”. The use of attributes is described in the Attributes of a
project node section.
8.2.2 Project archiving
Project files generally consist of links to the files contained therein.
However, where desired FluidDraw can also save the project along
with all of the associated files in one single file. This serves to
simplify passing on the project, among other things. On the
Attributes tab activate the Save Projects As Single File option.
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Figure 8/2: Project dialog window: Archiving tab
Save Projects As Single File
If this option is activated all of the files belonging to the project are
saved in a single file.
Please note the advice displayed under this option.
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8.3
Circuit and parts list nodes
A circuit node is created below the project node for every circuit file
which belongs to the project. This also applies to parts lists as parts
lists are saved as circuits. These are only displayed differently in
the window. All of the circuit-specific or parts list-specific properties are saved with the circuit node. Right-clicking on a circuit node
opens a context menu containing the following menu items:
Open...
Opens the selected circuit or the selected parts list in a window.
Double-clicking on the node in the project tree also opens the
window.
Close Windows
Closes the window of the selected circuit or the selected parts list.
Remove From List
Removes the selected circuit or the selected parts list from the
project.
Rename...
Changes the description of the selected circuit or the selected parts
list.
Properties...
In this dialog window you can enter data for the circuit or the parts
list. Note: Please note that the additional parts list-specific properties can be set using the die window view of the parts list
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Figure 8/3: Circuit dialog window: Properties of a circuit
Properties
The file name field displays the file name of the circuit along with
the complete path. The file name is carried over to the “Description” field and can be edited there. This entry is displayed in the
upper margin of the project window, next to the project node.
Drawing Frame
Here you can define the properties of the drawing frame. This is
described in the Drawing frame section.
Attributes
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Here you can create and edit circuit-specific attributes such as
“Page number” or “Designation”. The use of attributes is described
in the Attributes of a project node section.
Drawing Size
8.4
Here you can define the dimensions and alignment of the circuit
which are relevant for printing.
Attributes of the nodes of a project
Any desired number of attributes can be created for every node of a
project. The attributes are listed in a table on the “Attributes” tab in
the Project or the Circuit dialog window. New attributes can be
entered into the empty cells at the end of the table.
The attributes of the project node are automatically transferred to
all of the circuit and parts list noted (inherited) and are thus available to all of the circuit diagrams. This concept is particularly useful
for the drawing frames if project attributes should be displayed in
the circuit diagram, for example. You can find additional information in the Link text components with attributes section.
Circuit attributes carried over from a project cannot be edited
initially. The corresponding row in the Attributes tab of the Circuit
dialog window is greyed out and the “Inherit From Project” option
in the column is activated.
However it is possible to over-write a carried-over attribute in a
circuit. In order to do so the “Inherit From Project” option in the
column must be deactivated. The value of the attribute can then be
edited. This can be used to assign individual page numbers to the
drawing frame, for example. If the “Inherit From Project” option is
reactivated then the attribute values are carried over from the
project again.
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Figure 8/4: Extract from the Project or the Circuit dialog window ‟
Properties of a node in the project: Attributes tab
Attribute
This column contains the name of the attribute.
Value
This column contains the value of the attribute.
Action
The buttons in this column allow the following actions: If the
attribute was created in the super-ordinate project node then the “
Find Target... ” action is available. Clicking this opens the Project
or the Circuit dialog window of the project node as the target which
contains the corresponding attribute. If the attribute has been
created in the same node then the “ Delete ” action is available,
with which the attribute can be deleted.
Inherit From Project
If the attribute has been created in the same node then this option
is deactivated and greyed out. This applies to all of the attributes of
the project node as this does not possess a super-ordinate node.
For subordinate nodes the value of the attribute from the project
node is carried over when this option is activated. After deactivating this option it is possible to locally overwrite the attribute value.
Comment
Here you can enter a comment on an attribute.
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Circuit input and output
Chapter 9
9.
9.1
Circuit input and output
Print circuit diagram and parts list
FluidDraw circuits and parts lists can be printed by opening the
Print dialog window via the Print... menu item on the File menu.
In FluidDraw a parts list is the representation of a circuit as a table.
If you wish to print an individual parts list then the corresponding
circuit must be shown in the parts list display.
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Figure 9/1: Print dialog window:
Printer
Select the desired output device from the list of the available printers.
Properties...
This button enables you to open the dialog for setting the printer
options.
Print to File
Activate this option if you wish to write the print data to a file.
Print Project Files
When you work in a project you can select which circuits and parts
lists are to be printed.
Copies
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Select the number of copies. If the printout consists of multiple
pages you can cause FluidDraw to print a correspondingly sorted
sequence.
Scale
You can increase or decrease the output size by entering a scaling
factor. If the dimensions of the area to be printed are larger than
the printable area on the paper then the printout is spread across
multiple pages (tiled). You can see the page divisions in the print
preview. Note: Please note that it may not always be possible to
precisely comply with the page margins. Therefore you should plan
a certain amount of leeway for the page margin.
Page
You can select which pages the print preview displays.
9.2
Import DXF file
Files saved in the DXF format can be imported and retain most of
their element attributes. If several special points were taken into
account when creating the drawing using a CAD program then
FluidDraw can easily expand the symbol library.
9.3
Export circuit
The FluidDraw- circuits can be saved as a file with a variety of
different formats. The BMP, JPG, GIF, WMF, PNG, DXF and TIF formats are available. Once you have selected the Export... menu
item on the File menu a dialog window opens in which you can
define the different settings for the export. The settings depend on
the format selected.
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Figure 9/2: Export Circuit dialog window
You are then prompted to select a file name or enter a new one.
Select a suitable resolution for the image file.
Please note that a high resolution generates extremely large files
which mean the export may take longer. However you can cancel
the image export at any time.
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Options
Chapter 10
10.
Options
You can access the various program settings in the Options dialog
window via the Options... menu item on the Tools menu.
10.1 General
Figure 10/1: Options dialog window: General tab
View
In order to simplify connection of connectors FluidDraw draws a
small circle around the connectors on the circuit symbols. Deactivate the Display Snap Radius option in order to disable the display
of the snap-in circles.
Activate the Frame Identification Automatically option if labels
should automatically be framed. This simplifies the depiction of
circuits in accordance with the standards.
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Product Catalog
Activating the “Insert Symbols With Type Attribute” option causes a
text field to be added with the circuit symbol which contains a link
to the attribute with the type designation of the product when
components are inserted from the Festo product catalog.
Font size
Sets the font size of the texts generated by the “Insert Symbols
With Type Attribute” option.
Text fields for accessories
When inserting accessories without symbols texts with the type
designation of the products are displayed. Here you can limit the
number of text fields inserted.
Grid
Here you can set the grid width and the style. To display the grid
select the Show Grid menu item on the View menu.
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10.2 Save
Figure 10/2: Options dialog window: Save tab
Compress Files
FluidDraw normally compresses the saved files in order to save
space on the disk. If you deactivate the option the files are saved as
XML files without compression. You can find additional information
in the Circuit files section.
Create Backup Files
The “Create Backup Files” option causes the previous versions of
saved files are created with the bak file suffix. This enables you to
restore previous versions.
Save New Projects As Single
File
Project files generally consist of links to the files contained therein.
However, where desired FluidDraw can also save the project along
with all of the associated circuit files in one single file. This serves
to simplify passing on or archiving the project, among other things.
You can set whether a project saves links or all of the associated
files using the Project dialog window ‟ Properties of the project.
This option defines the default setting for new projects.
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10.3 Folder Locations
Figure 10/3: Options dialog window: Folder Locations tab
Circuit Files
This is the default path for opening and saving circuits.
Project Files
This is the default path for opening and saving projects.
Library Files
This is the default path for opening and saving libraries.
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10.4 Language
Figure 10/4: Options dialog window: Language tab
Program
Defines the languages for the program interface including dialog
windows and messages.
Product Catalog
Defines the language for the Festo product catalog.
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Menu overview
Chapter 11
11.
Menu overview
11.1 File
New
Opens an empty window for creating a new circuit diagram.
Open...
Opens the dialog window for selecting a saved file. Files in DXF
format are automatically converted into FluidDraw circuit files.
Close
Closes the active window.
Save
Saves the circuit diagram in the active window to disk.
Save As...
Saves the circuit diagram in the active window to disk under a new
name.
DXF Import...
Opens the dialog window for selecting a saved DXF file. The selected file is subsequently converted into a FluidDraw circuit diagram. The original file remains unchanged.
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Export...
Exports the circuit diagram in the active window to the data storage
medium as a BMP, JPG, GIF, WMF, PNG, DXF or TIF file.
Page Setup...
Sets up the printer properties for a page to be printed.
Print Preview
Opens a print preview as a page view.
Print...
Opens the FluidDraw Print dialog window to set the print options
for the active circuit.
Recent Files
A file can be selected for opening from a list of the recently opened
files.
Exit
Ends FluidDraw.
11.2 Edit
Undo
Undoes the last editing action for the active circuit.
Redo
Takes back the last undo-action for the active circuit.
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Cut
Deletes the selected objects and adds them to the clipboard.
Copy
Copies the selected objects to the clipboard
Paste
Pastes the objects from the clipboard into the active circuit.
Delete
Deletes the selected objects from the active circuit.
Select All
Selects all of the objects from the active circuit.
Group
Groups the selected objects.
Create Macro Object
Creates a macro object out of the selected objects.
Ungroup/Break Off
Ungroups the selected groups or macro objects.
Enable Scale
Activates or deactivates the “enable scaling” mode which enables
the scaling of symbols with the help of the mouse pointer.
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Enable Rotate
Activates or deactivates the “enable rotate” mode which enables
the rotation of symbols with the help of the mouse pointer.
Align
Aligns the selected objects with each other.
Rotate
Rotates the selected objects by 90, 180 or 270 degrees anticlockwise. Grouped objects are rotated around the centre point of
the group rectangle.
Mirror
Mirrors the selected objects horizontally or vertically. Grouped
objects are mirrored along the axis of the group rectangle.
Define Connector
Creates a new component connector in a circuit symbol with the
next left-click.
Delete Connector
Deletes the selected component connector.
Properties...
Opens the Properties dialog window for the selected circuit symbols in order to enter the component properties. This also enables
you to carry over attributes from the Festo product catalog.
The Connector dialog window is opened for the selected component connector enabling you to enter the connector propertiest.
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When a line segment is selected a dialog window opens enabling
you to enter the line segment properties.
If multiple objects are selected then a dialog window with a limited
selection of properties appears. It only contains those properties
which affect all of the selected objects.
11.3 View
Circuit Diagram
Switches from the parts list view to the circuit diagram view.
Parts List
Switches to the parts list view.
Library
Shows or hides the libraries window.
Project
Shows or hides the project file management window.
Standard Size
Displays the circuit diagram in its original size.
Previous View
Displays the previous view of the circuit diagram. Repeatedly
activating this function switches back and forth between the views
previously used.
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Fit To Window
Set the zoom level to fit the entire circuit diagram into the window.
View Detail
Defines the new view by drawing a rectangle while holding down
the left mouse button.
Zoom In
Zooms the view of the circuit diagram in by one step. Three steps
correspond approximately to doubling the zoom factor.
Zoom Out
Zooms the view of the circuit diagram out by one step. Three steps
correspond approximately to halving the zoom factor.
Show Page Borders
Shows or hides the page borders in the form of a red rectangle. This
rectangle displays the borders of the paper format defined on the
Paper Size... menu. Using the print preview you can decide
whether and how the drawing is distributed among multiple sheets
when printing.
Show Grid
Shows a background grid in the active circuit window. You can
adjust the grid settings on the Tools menu under the Options...
menu item.
Drawing Layers...
Opens a Drawing Layers dialog window enabling you to set the
properties of the drawing layers.
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Check Drawing
Checks the active circuit diagram for drawing errors.
Paper Size...
Opens a dialog window enabling you to set the paper size.
Properties...
Opens an dialog window enabling you to set the circuit properties.
11.5 Library
Add New Library...
Creates a new library.
Add Existing Library...
Opens the dialog window enabling you to select a saved library file
with the lib file suffix. The library saved in the file is added to the
library window.
Add Existing Symbol Folder...
Opens the dialog window for selecting an existing folder. The entire
contents of the selected folder, including all of the circuit symbols
and sub-folders contained therein are displayed as a library.
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Close Current Library
Removes the active library from the list in the library window. The
library file is not deleted and can be opened again using the Library menu and the Add Existing Library... menu item.
Rename Active Library...
Opens a dialog window for entering the name of the library. This
function is only available to libraries which the user has created.
For write-protected libraries the folder name is shown in the tab.
Sort Current Library Alphabetically
Sorts the contents of the active library alphabetically. This function
is only available to libraries which the user has created. Writeprotected libraries are automatically sorted and cannot be resorted
by the user.
11.6 Draw
This menu contains functions for freely drawing graphical elements
such as lines, rectangles, circles, etc as well as for inserting texts
and images.
Line
Draws a line by defining two defined end points.
Rectangle
Draws a rectangle by defining two diagonally opposite corner
points.
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Circle
Draws a circle by defining a middle point and a radius.
Ellipse
Draws anellipse by defining a middle point and a radii on parallel
axes.
Text
Inserts a text at the mouse position.
Picture
Inserts an image at the mouse position.
Pneumatic Line
Draws a pneumatic line by defining two end points.
11.7 Insert
Find Symbol Description...
Opens the search dialog for selecting a symbol via its appearance
or its description.
From Festo Catalog...
Opens the Festo product catalog to select a component via the
product features.
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From Festo Shopping Basket...
Opens the Festo product catalog to transfer components from an
existing shopping cars.
From File...
Opens the dialog window for selecting an existing text file in CSV
format which was created by an export from the Festo product
catalog.
11.8 Project
New...
Opens the dialog window for creating a new project.
Open...
Opens the dialog window for selecting an existing project.
Close
Closes the active project.
Save
Saves the active project.
Save as Component Library...
Saves the active project as a library. As a result a new library symbol is generated for every circuit. The new library bears the name of
the project with the lib file suffix.
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Add New Circuit File...
Creates a new circuit file and adds this to the active project.
Add New Parts List...
Creates a new parts list and adds this to the active project.
Add Existing Files...
Opens the dialog window for selecting existing files to be added to
the active project.
Add Current Window
Adds the active window to the file list of the open project.
Remove Current Window
Removes the active window from the file list of the open project.
Properties...
Opens the dialog window for entering the project properties.
11.9 Tools
Options...
Opens the dialog window with program settings, file paths and
language options.
Restore Defaults...
Resets the program settings to the default values: This enables you
to undo unintentional changes made to the program. Note: Use this
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function if you have the impression that FluidDraw is behaving
unexpectedly or files and windows have suddenly disappeared.
11.10 Window
New Window
Opens a window with an additional view of the active window.
Navigation Pane
Opens an overview window with a scaled-down view of the entire
circuit diagram. The currently visible area of the active window
appears as a white area. The non-visible area of the drawing is
shaded grey. By drawing a rectangle in the overview window with
the mouse pointer you can define the section of the circuit diagram
displayed in the active window. Simply left-clicking on the overview
window moves the visible area while retaining the zoom level.
Cascade
Arranges the windows so that they overlap.
Tile Horizontally
Arranges the windows into horizontal tiles.
Tile Vertically
Arranges the windows next to each other.
Close All
Closes all open windows.
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Contents
Displays the contents of the FluidDraw help pages.
Index
Displays the index of the FluidDraw help pages.
Search
Displays the search dialog for the FluidDraw help pages.
About...
Displays the FluidDraw program information.
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Functional diagram
Chapter 12
12.
Functional diagra m
You can find the function diagram in the standard FluidDraw library.
You can apply the functions from the Edit menu to the function
diagram. Double-click on the function diagram or open the Functional diagram using the Properties... menu item on the Edit
menu.
The buttons in the upper toolbar of the editor are for editing a
function diagram. The following six buttons determine the editing
mode:
Edit Mode
Draw diagram curves
Insert signal elements
Insert text boxes
Draw signal lines and insert signal connections
Insert additional signal lines
The selected mode is highlighted in white or displayed as a pressed
button.
shows that signal lines can be drawn in the diagram
area by clicking, for example.
If you hover the mouse pointer over a button for a short period of
time then a short description is displayed.
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12.1 Edit Mode
This mode serves to adjust the objects in the function diagram.
Elements in the diagram can be moved. Changing the size of text
boxes is only possible in this mode.
Movement and dragging operations can be cancelled using the
Esc key.
If the mouse pointer is moved outside the window area while the
left mouse button is held down the view automatically scrolls.
Double-clicking on a diagram element (diagram row, text box,
signaling element, etc.) opens a dialog window in which you can
make the desired adjustments.
12.1.1 Set diagram properties
Clicking on the
button opens a dialog window in
which you can set the diagram properties.
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Text columns ‟ Number
If the number of text columns is changed than all of the table text
boxes are distributed horizontally and evenly.
Text columns ‟ Width
If the width of the text columns is changed than all of the table text
boxes are distributed horizontally and evenly.
Diagram columns ‟ Number
The diagram columns are located on the right-hand side of the
function diagram. The diagram curves can be drawn in this area.
The number of diagram columns can also be changed by dragging
the mouse pointer to the right-hand edge of the diagram.
Diagram columns ‟ Width
Color
The color which the grid lines are drawn in the diagram area.
Row height
Defines the row height of all of the rows.
12.1.2 Table textboxes
The table textboxes are located on the left-hand side of the function
diagram.
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Font size
The font size of the text to be shown.
Color
A selection from sixteen standard colors for the text to be displayed.
Width
The width of the selected table column can be changed by dragging
the mouse pointer.
Height
The height of the selected table column can be changed by dragging the mouse pointer.
Horizontal adjustment
The following alignment options are available: “Left” “Center” and
“Right”.
Vertical adjustment
The following alignment options are available: “Top”, “Center” and
“Bottom”
Alignment within a table cell
If a text within a textbox should resemble a table then set a tab stop
between the text parts. The text is displayed in the textbox in accordance with the number of tab stops and the specified horizontal
and vertical alignment. To enter tab stops hold down the Ctrl
key.
Examples:
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1.
2.
12.1.3 Adjust the presentation of the diagrams
The area in which curves can be drawn is located on the right-hand
side of a diagram row.
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States ‟ Number
The entry defines the number of states and thus the number of
horizontal lines in the diagram row.
States ‟ Base state
Horizontal lines are drawn through the base state with a thin pencil.
Numbering ‟ Start column
The start column defines which column the numbering should
begin with.
Numbering ‟ Start number
The start number defines which number the numbering should
begin with.
Numbering ‟ Number
The number specified who many steps need to be numbered.
Numbering ‟ Step width
Defines the step width between two numbers.
Numbering ‟ Loop
If this field is selected then an equals sign and the start number are
always displayed after the last number.
Representation ‟ Display
arrows
Representation ‟ Display grid
If this field is selected then two arrows are displayed.
Representation ‟ Display text
1
If this field is selected then a textbox is shown which can serve as a
label. This textbox belongs to the selected row and cannot be
moved to another row.
Representation ‟ Display text
2
If this field is selected then an additional textbox is shown which
can serve as a label. This textbox belongs to the selected row and
cannot be moved to another row.
Representation ‟ Line color
Sets the color of the diagram lines.
If this field is selected then the background grid is displayed.
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12.2 Draw diagram curve
In this mode diagram curves can be drawn. Supporting points
can only be inserted on the grid. A supporting point is drawn at
every left-click.
1.
2.
3.
4.
If you hold down the left mouse button then supporting points can
be moved as in the selection mode.
Selected supporting points are shown in grey. Use the Del key to
delete a selected symbol.
12.3 Insert signal elements
In this mode signaling elements can be inserted by left-clicking.
1.
2.
If you hold down the left mouse button then signaling elements can
be moved as in the selection mode.
Selected signaling elements are shown in grey. Use the Del key
to delete a selected signaling element.
Double-clicking on a signaling element in the selection mode opens
a dialog window in which you can modify how the signaling element
is shown.
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Signal type
Display description
If this field is selected then a text is shown which can serve as a
label for the signaling element.
Color
The signaling element is displayed in this color.
12.4 Insert text boxes
In this mode textboxes can be inserted by left-clicking.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Selected textboxes are shown in grey. Use the Del key to delete
a selected textbox.
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In “Edit Mode” the size and position of a textbox can be changed
using the mouse pointer.
Adjust size:
1.
2.
3.
Move textbox:
1.
2.
3.
Double-clicking on a textbox in the selection mode opens a dialog
window in which you can modify how the textbox is shown.
Font size
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The font size of the text to be shown.
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Color
A selection from sixteen standard colors for the text to be displayed.
Frame
If this field is selected then a frame is drawn around the textbox.
Width
The width of the textbox.
Height
The height of the textbox.
Horizontal adjustment
The following alignment options are available: “Left”, “Center” and
“Right”.
Vertical adjustment
The following alignment options are available: “Top”, “Center” and
“Bottom”
12.5 Draw signal lines and insert signal connections
In this mode signal lines can be drawn freely or automatically
laid from signaling elements.
12.5.1 Free-draw signal lines
An additional supporting point is set with every left-click. The
process ends when you click the current line while holding down
the Ctrl key, press the Esc key or switch the editing mode. Use
the Del key to delete a selected signal line. If only a supporting
point is selected then only this is removed from the line.
In “Edit Mode” the supporting points belonging to the signal lines
can be moved. If the Shift is held down while setting or moving
supporting points then the supporting point is vertically or horizontally aligned.
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In the selection mode double-clicking can change the way the line
is displayed.
Display description
A framed label on the line and a label next to the framed label is
shown. The framed label can be moved freely along the line. The
additional label can be moved freely.
Start with arrow
An arrow is displayed at the beginning of the line. The arrow can be
moved freely along the line.
End with arrow
An arrow is displayed at the end of the line. The arrow can be
moved freely along the line.
Color
Line color
If you click on a finished signal line to activate the “Freely move
signal lines” mode
then a signal logic is inserted. This logic
point (snap point) can then be freely moved along the line 1.
2.
3. + 4.
.
In the selection mode you can change how the signal logic is displayed by double-clicking on it.
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12.5.2 Drawing signal lines from signals
In the “Freely draw signal lines”
signal lines can be drawn from
signals. Left-click on a signal and hold down the mouse button.
Drag the mouse pointer to a position which you have selected as
the end point of a signal line. The signal line will be drawn once you
release the mouse button.
1.
2.
3.
12.5.3 Draw signal lines from diagram support points
In the “Freely draw signal lines” mode
signal lines can be
drawn from curve support points. Left-click on a supporting point
and hold down the mouse button. Drag the mouse pointer to a
second supporting point. The signal line will be drawn once you
have the mouse pointer over the second supporting point and
release the mouse button.
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1.
2.
3.
12.6 Insert additional signal lines
In the “Insert additional signal lines” mode
additional supporting points can be inserted into existing signal lines.
1.
2.
3.
12.7 Insert row
Clicking on the “Insert row” button
inserts a new diagram row
above the current selection. If no cell is market then a new row is
attached to the end of the diagram.
12.8 Delete row
Clicking on the “Delete row” button
deletes a selected diagram
row. If nothing is selected then the function is not available.
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12.9 Additional editing functions
12.9.1 Zoom
Using the
button the view is reset to the standard zoom level.
Using the
button increases the zoom level.
Using the
button decreases the zoom level.
12.9.2 Undo editing steps
Using the
button you can undo the last 50 editing steps.
Using the
steps.
button you can redo the previously undone editing
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Index
Index
?
? Menu _____________________________________________ 105
A
Accessories ___________________________________________
Alignment ____________________________________________
Alignment lines ________________________________________
Archiving
project ___________________________________________
Attribute link__________________________________________
89
33
43
79
64
B
Backup copies ________________________________________ 91
Blanking plugs ________________________________________ 27
BMP
export____________________________________________ 86
C
Check
drawing __________________________________________
Circle ________________________________________________
Circuit _______________________________________________
check ____________________________________________
input_____________________________________________
nodes ____________________________________________
open _____________________________________________
output ___________________________________________
print _____________________________________________
properties ________________________________________
XML file __________________________________________
Circuit menu __________________________________________
Component attributes __________________________________
Compression
files _____________________________________________
Configurable cylinder ___________________________________
Configurable way valves ________________________________
connector
define ____________________________________________
Connector
connect __________________________________________
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56
51
15
56
84
80
80
84
84
80
15
99
57
91
30
28
28
22
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delete ____________________________________________
identification ______________________________________
properties ________________________________________
seal _____________________________________________
Create drawing frame ___________________________________
Cylinder
configure _________________________________________
Cylinder editor ________________________________________
28
27
27
27
37
31
31
D
Delete
line ______________________________________________ 26
Dialog
circle ____________________________________________ 51
Circuit__________________________________________ 7, 81
component________________________________________ 58
connector _________________________________________ 27
diagram properties ________________________________ 108
diagram size _______________________________________ 7
drawing areas ____________________________________ 111
drawing frame __________________________________ 39, 41
drawing layers _____________________________________ 45
ellipse ___________________________________________ 53
export parts list ____________________________________ 75
Functional diagram ________________________________ 107
image ____________________________________________ 55
line ___________________________________________ 26, 49
line options ______________________________________ 116
pneumatic line _____________________________________ 26
print _____________________________________________ 85
project ___________________________________________ 77
rectangle _________________________________________ 50
signal logic_______________________________________ 117
signaling elements ________________________________ 113
text ______________________________________________ 62
text options ______________________________________ 109
Drawing element ______________________________________ 47
Drawing frame _____________________________________ 37, 38
import ___________________________________________ 37
insert ____________________________________________ 38
label _____________________________________________ 37
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Drawing level _________________________________________ 44
Drawing menu _______________________________________ 100
DXF
export____________________________________________ 86
DXF file
import ___________________________________________ 86
E
Edit
circuit ____________________________________________
Edit menu ____________________________________________
Ellipse _______________________________________________
Export _______________________________________________
18
94
52
86
F
Festo product catalog __________________________________ 18
File menu ____________________________________________ 93
Find target ___________________________________________ 69
G
GIF
export____________________________________________
Graphical element _____________________________________
Grid _________________________________________________
Grid dimension ________________________________________
Grid options __________________________________________
Group _______________________________________________
create ____________________________________________
delete ____________________________________________
Guides_______________________________________________
86
47
43
43
90
32
32
33
43
H
Hide
automatic_________________________________________ 16
Hide window __________________________________________ 16
I
Image _______________________________________________ 54
Image file ____________________________________________ 54
Insert
Symbol ___________________________________________ 10
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Insert menu _________________________________________ 101
Insert T-connector _____________________________________ 23
J
JPG
export____________________________________________ 86
L
Layer ________________________________________________ 44
Libraries _____________________________________________ 10
Library ____________________________________________ 13, 16
Library menu__________________________________________ 99
Library window ________________________________________ 16
Line _________________________________________________ 48
delete ____________________________________________ 26
lay ______________________________________________ 24
move ____________________________________________ 25
pneumatic ________________________________________ 48
Line segment _________________________________________ 25
Line type
set ______________________________________________ 25
Link _________________________________________________ 64
M
Macro object
create ____________________________________________ 32
delete ____________________________________________ 33
Menu
circuit ____________________________________________ 99
drawing _________________________________________ 100
edit ______________________________________________ 94
file ______________________________________________ 93
insert ___________________________________________ 101
library____________________________________________ 99
project __________________________________________ 102
tools ____________________________________________ 103
view _____________________________________________ 97
window _________________________________________ 104
Menu. ? _____________________________________________ 105
Mirror ____________________________________________ 33, 35
O
Options
Folder Locations ___________________________________ 91
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General __________________________________________
Grid _____________________________________________
Language _________________________________________
Save _____________________________________________
text fields _________________________________________
88
90
92
90
89
P
Parts list _____________________________________________ 69
display ___________________________________________ 69
edit ______________________________________________ 69
export____________________________________________ 74
find components ___________________________________ 69
find target ________________________________________ 69
nodes ____________________________________________ 80
open _____________________________________________ 80
print _____________________________________________ 84
properties ________________________________________ 71
sort ______________________________________________ 69
Pilot line _____________________________________________ 25
Pneumatic line ________________________________________ 48
PNG
export____________________________________________ 86
Port
connect __________________________________________ 22
Print ________________________________________________ 84
Product catalog _______________________________________ 18
Project____________________________________________ 16, 76
add ______________________________________________ 76
nodes ____________________________________________ 76
print _____________________________________________ 84
properties ________________________________________ 76
remove ___________________________________________ 76
Project archiving_______________________________________ 79
Project menu ________________________________________ 102
Project window ________________________________________ 16
Properties dialog _______________________________________ 7
circle ____________________________________________ 51
circuit ____________________________________________ 81
component________________________________________ 58
connector _________________________________________ 27
cylinder __________________________________________ 31
drawing layers _____________________________________ 45
ellipse ___________________________________________ 53
image ____________________________________________ 55
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line ___________________________________________ 26, 49
pneumatic line _____________________________________ 26
project ___________________________________________ 77
rectangle _________________________________________ 50
text ______________________________________________ 62
way valve _________________________________________ 29
R
Rectangle ____________________________________________ 50
Rotate _______________________________________________ 34
S
Scale ________________________________________________ 35
Search
Symbol ___________________________________________ 12
Show
automatic_________________________________________ 16
Show window _________________________________________ 16
Silencers _____________________________________________ 27
Storage locations ______________________________________ 91
Symbol
align _____________________________________________ 33
group ____________________________________________ 32
insert ____________________________________________ 18
mirror _________________________________________ 33, 35
move ____________________________________________ 18
rotate ____________________________________________ 34
scale _____________________________________________ 35
Symbol library ________________________________________ 13
Symbols _____________________________________________ 10
T
Text _________________________________________________ 54
Text attribute _________________________________________ 64
Text components ______________________________________ 62
Text link _____________________________________________ 64
TIF
export____________________________________________ 86
Tiles
Printout ___________________________________________ 7
Toolbar
drawing __________________________________________ 47
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Tools menu __________________________________________ 103
V
Valve editor __________________________________________ 29
View menu ___________________________________________ 97
W
Way valve
configure _________________________________________ 29
Window menu________________________________________ 104
WMF
export____________________________________________ 86
Working line __________________________________________ 25
X
XML file ______________________________________________ 15
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