Import File Tool

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The Import File Tool Import File icon allows you to add content from an external file onto the drawing canvas. You can use the Import File Tool to import bitmap images or vector graphics.

Importing a File

To import a file:

  1. Select the Import File Tool Import File icon. The File Open dialog will open.
  2. Select the file you want to import. Click OK to start the import.

    Note: The graphic editor will attempt to read the file. If there are any errors, for example importing a file of the wrong format, the errors will be reported here.

  3. Press the mouse button down on the drawing canvas to define the start corner of the rectangle where the file will be imported.
  4. Drag the cursor to define the size and orientation of the imported file.
  5. Release the mouse button to complete the file import.

Supported Image File Types

The Import File Tool supports:

File TypeNotes
BMP Import an image from a Bitmap file. Supports bitmap images with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24 and 32 bits per pixel.
DXF Import a Drawing Interchange Format (DXF) file. See DXF Import Tool below for technical information about which DXF features are supported.
GIFImport an image from a Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) file
JPEGImport an image from a JPEG File
PNGImport an image from a Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file
SVGImport an image from a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file
TIFFImport an image from a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file

DXF Import Tool

You can import ASCII and Binary format DXF files.

DXF entities are converted to the nearest equivalent form supported by the graphics editor. These DXF entities are supported in this conversion:

DXF entities not in this list, for example POINT, are not imported.

Temporarily Changing to Select Mode

While in import file mode you can temporarily switch to the last select mode, by holding down the <Ctrl> key down.

Further Information

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