Specify rendering options for CAD files

GroupDocs.Viewer ships with the CadOptions class that allows you to specify different options for rendering CAD files. To access these options, use the CadOptions property for one of the following classes (depending on the output file format):

Specify the background color

Use the CadOptions.BackgroundColor property to specify the background color for the output file.

The following code snippet converts a CAD drawing to PDF and sets the background color of PDF pages to light yellow:

using GroupDocs.Viewer;
using GroupDocs.Viewer.Options;
// ...

using (var viewer = new Viewer("HousePlan.dwg"))
{
   // Convert the document to PDF.
   var viewOptions = new PdfViewOptions("output.pdf");
   // Specify the background color.
   viewOptions.CadOptions.BackgroundColor = Color.LightYellow;
   viewer.View(viewOptions);
}

The following image illustrates the result:

Specify the background color for the output PDF file

Configure the output image size

When rendering a CAD drawing, GroupDocs.Viewer creates an image with the largest dimension (width or height) set to 2000 pixels. The other dimension is calculated based on the aspect ratio of the original drawing. You can use the following methods to change the width and height of the output file:

The following example converts a CAD drawing to PNG format and reduces the width and height of the output image by 50%:

using GroupDocs.Viewer;
using GroupDocs.Viewer.Options;
// ...

using (var viewer = new Viewer("HousePlan.dwg"))
{
    // Convert the diagram to PNG.
    var viewOptions = new PngViewOptions("output.png");
    // Specify a scale factor.
    viewOptions.CadOptions = CadOptions.ForRenderingByScaleFactor(0.5f);
    viewer.View(viewOptions);
}

When you render all layouts/sheets contained in a CAD file (the CadOptions.RenderLayouts property is true), each layout/sheet is rendered as a separate page/image and has its own size. In this case, when you specify only the width or height value, the other side is scaled proportionally to maintain the aspect ratio of each layout/sheet. When you set both width and height, all generated images have the same size and may look distorted. To avoid this, use the CadOptions.LayoutName property to render each layout/sheet separately and set its size.

Apply the PC3 file settings

AutoCAD allows you to configure plotter settings and save them as a PC3 file (Plotter Configuration Version 3) for later use. With GroupDocs.Viewer, you can apply width and height values from a PC3 file to the output file when you convert your CAD drawing to HTML, PDF, or image format. Use the CadOptions.Pc3File property for a target view to specify a path to the PC3 file with required settings. The default location for PC3 files is “C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD [Version]\[Version Code]\[Language]\Plotters”.

using GroupDocs.Viewer;
using GroupDocs.Viewer.Options;
// ...

using (var viewer = new Viewer("sample.dwg"))
{
    // Convert the diagram to PDF.
    var viewOptions = new PdfViewOptions("output.pdf");
    // Specify a path to the PC3 file.
    options.CadOptions.Pc3File = "small_page.pc3";
    viewer.View(viewOptions);
}

Split a drawing into tiles

With GroupDocs.Viewer, you can split a CAD drawing (in DWG or DWT format) into parts (tiles) and render each part separately. Tiled rendering allows you to reduce memory usage when you convert large drawings to HTML, PDF, or image format. When tiled rendering is enabled, GroupDocs.Viewer renders only the model space layout (Model) and ignores the CadOptions.RenderLayouts and CadOptions.LayoutName property values.

Split a CAD drawing into tiles

To create an individual tile, instantiate a Tile object. Specify the x- and y-coordinates of the tile’s lower-left corner and the tile width and height (in pixels). The image below illustrates a coordinate system used to define the tile position. The origin (0,0) is located in the lower-left corner of the drawing. The positive x-axis extends horizontally to the right, and the positive y-axis is oriented vertically from bottom to top.

Tile coordinates

After you create all tiles, add them to the ViewOptions.CadOptions.Tiles list and call the Viewer.View method to convert these tiles to a desired format. Each tile will be rendered as a separate page/image.

The following example demonstrates how to split a CAD drawing into four tiles (2x2) of equal size:

using GroupDocs.Viewer;
using GroupDocs.Viewer.Options;
using GroupDocs.Viewer.Results;
// ...

using (var viewer = new Viewer("HousePlan.dwg"))
{
    var viewInfoOptions = ViewInfoOptions.ForHtmlView();
    var viewInfo = viewer.GetViewInfo(viewInfoOptions);

    // Get the width and height of the CAD drawing.
    int width = viewInfo.Pages[0].Width;
    int height = viewInfo.Pages[0].Height;

    // Specify the number of rows and columns to split the drawing into.
    int columns = 2;
    int rows = 2;

    // Calculate the width and height of each tile.
    int tileWidth = width / columns;
    int tileHeight = height / rows;
    int pointX = 0;
    int pointY = 0;

    // Split the drawing into tiles and convert them to HTML.
    // {0} is replaced with the tile number in the output file name.
    var viewOptions = HtmlViewOptions.ForEmbeddedResources("page_{0}.html");
    for (int i = 0; i < columns; i++)
        for (int j = 0; j < rows; j++)
        {
            Tile tile = new Tile(pointX + tileWidth * i, pointY + tileHeight * j,
                tileWidth, tileHeight);
            viewOptions.CadOptions.Tiles.Add(tile);
        }
    viewer.View(viewOptions);
}