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Export File Formats

The Export File function of MicroCAM for Windows allows maps to be saved in four file formats: MicroCAM (MCF), AutoCAD (DXF), Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language (HPGL) and bitmap. Files saved in these formats may be readily imported into other applications.

The MicroCAM export format is used to save a map in a precomputed form that may be imported (using File | Import) to restore the map more quickly than running the maps command file. The files are relatively small and process quickly when imported into MicroCAM. Files are saved with an extension of .MCF.

The AutoCAD data exchange format (DXF) is an industry-standard, ASCII format that is accepted by most CAD and GIS programs. Because the format is verbose ASCII text, the files can be very large (multi-megabyte). DXF files are comprised of vectors and can therefore be rescaled without loss of resolution. MicroCAM places different colors and linestyles on different layers to aid subsequent editing of the map. Files are saved with an extension of .DXF.

Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language or HPGL is another industry-standard format consisting of plotter commands. The files are ASCII, but do not contain line breaks and are therefore difficult to edit. Many applications will import HPGL. Files can be large, though generally not as large as DXF. HPGL files are comprised of vectors and can therefore be rescaled without loss of resolution. Files are saved with an extension of .PLT.

Bitmaps are standard graphics files in the Windows environment. Since they are created at the resolution of the original image, they do not rescale well. Try to adjust the map size to the desired size for your final application before exporting the bitmap. Bitmaps are saved with an extension of .BMP.



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