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DXFTOIV(1)							    DXFTOIV(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     DxfToIv - converts	an Autodesk Data Exchange File format (.DXF) file to
     Open Inventor 2.0 format

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     DxfToIv [-b] [-h]
	     [-v] [-q]
	     <infile> <outfile>

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     DxfToIv converts 3D model files in	Autodesk DXF R12 format	into Open
     Inventor 2.0 files. The program converts ASCII or binary .DXF format.
     Polygons, polylines, and certain versions of text are converted into
     equivalent	Open Inventor objects. The DXF file divides the	objects	into
     layers and/or blocks. These layers	and blocks are converted into Open
     Inventor separators so all	DXF entities in	a given	layer are placed under
     one Open Inventor separator node. DXF text	entities that refer to an
     AutoCAD .shx (font) file are not handled. Text that is defined within the
     DXF file is converted. Copyright (c) Silicon Graphics, Inc. 1995 and
     Abaco Systems, Inc. 1995.

   Command Line	Options
     Typically,	DxfToIv	expects	an Autodesk DXF	file to	be specified on	the
     command line after	all command option switches. If	no .DXF	file is
     specified on the command line, DxfToIv will read from standard input
     (stdin).  By default, DxfToIv writes the converted	data to	standard
     output (stdout) and messages to standard error (stderr).

     -b	       Output the Open Inventor	file in	binary format.

     -h	       Prints a	program	usage message to the standard error (stderr).

     -v	       Specifies verbose output	for debugging purposes.

     -q	       Specifies quiet mode.  In quiet mode, no	output is written to
	       stderr, including the copyright notices.

     <infile>  Specifies the name of the file to read and convert to Open
	       Inventor.  If "-" is specified instead of a filename, input
	       will be read from
		standard input (stdin).	 If no file name is specified, the
	       program will be read from standard input	(stdin)	and output
	       will be written to standard output (stdout).

     <outfile> Specifies the name of the Open Inventor file to use for output.
	       If no file is specified,	the program will output	to the
	       standard	output (stdout).

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DXFTOIV(1)							    DXFTOIV(1)

KNOWN BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     1.	 16-bit	(BIGFONT) shape	data, including	Kanji Text, is not handled

     2.	  Some Intergraph Microstation DXF files are not completely handled,
	  especially if	containing "exploded" views.

     3.	  Non-standard DXF files may not be handled properly. The translator
	  is written to	convert	AutoCAD	DXF files as ouput by AutoCAD and does
	  not handle every possible DXF	file. Problems are handled by: layer
	  names	with spaces, missing header information, decimal points	in
	  integer fields, etc.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/Inventor/bin/DxfToIv	       Program file

TRADEMARKS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Open Inventor is a	trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc.

COPYRIGHTS    [Toc]    [Back]

     DxfToIv is	a Copyright (c)	of Silicon Graphics Inc., 1995 and Abaco
     Systems Inc., 1995	Written	by Silicon Graphics Inc.

     Abaco Systems Inc.	 35468 Purcell Place,  Fremont,	CA, 94536 - Tel. 510
     494 0690 -	Fax. 510 494 0893 e-mail: 3dsoftware@abaco.com

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     AliasToIv,	SlaToIv, ObjToIv, SoftimageToIv	and IvToRib.

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