Font for CAD plans
Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:10 AM
I used to draw my survey plans with CAD fonts but have moved on to ttf''s as the extended characters give me more to 'play with'.
Most ttf fonts though have strangely large degree signs ° and i don't want curley ' and " for bearing annotations.
4 should be closed (regulations) 7 without any strokes through and all numbers unambiguous.
I am after something clean and crisp with extended characters.
I have tried Malgun Gothic and Humnst77 BT, but both these suffer from an enlarged ° sign, the latter being smaller but still a bit more than I'd prefer.
Fancy fonts are out. It must be clearly legible when printed to A3 size at 2.5mm minimum height and yet be able to be clear when reduced to an A4 print.
My plans get scanned from A3 at the other end and loaded onto web for other surveyors access. So they need to be able to stand that sort of treatment and still be clear.
I would be prefer freebies but would consider a purchase if its really what suits me.
Suggestions much appreciated.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:13 PM
I've come to like gill sans mt, but have never used it for CAD.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 02:53 AM
The last CAD shop I worked for used Arial exclusively. It is legible, and scales nicely. I think it has curly ' and " though.
Most fonts have "straight" versions of the single-quote and double-quote characters. In Windows these can be pasted from the Character Map (All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map).
Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:23 PM
I liked the Kozuka Gothic Pro L (it is certainly crisp) but the degree sign took up a lot of space. It was followed by a space that could not be removed. Seemed odd. I used the Character Map and 'Alt 0176' for ° to same effect.
If I can find a way to ovecome that oddity I would go that way.
I have to watch the 1 as some have a tendency to look like a 'sloppy' 7 when reduced .
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