Hatch Patterns and the Hatch Pattern Editor


Hatch patterns may be defined to fill enclosed annotations and measurements. These include any rectangle, ellipse, polygon and arc based annotations. Area and volume measurements may also have hatch patterns applied.


Revu includes a set of default hatch patterns. More may be created by using the hatch pattern editor. Additionally AutoCAD .pat files may be imported into Revu using the Hatch Pattern Manager. Users are encouraged to check this site for regularly updated content.


When an enclosed annotation (Rectangle, polygon, etc.) is selected, a typical properties dialog is displayed. Choosing a Hatch pattern results in a typical dialog such as:



Selecting the Hatch dropdown menu reveals the patterns currently available. Choose the manage option to load the Hatch Pattern Manager.



Groups of hatch patterns are stored as hatch pattern Sets. Other sets may be added by pressing the Add button. Revu displays the Standard set by default.


If additional patterns are to be added to the Standard set, or if you wish to change the appearance of an existing pattern in the Standard set, select the “Standard” pattern and press the Modify button. The Hatch Pattern Editor dialog then appears. Select one of the defined patterns to show the current definition of the pattern in the editor.





The large section on the right-hand side of the dialog displays an individual hatch tile. The tile is repeated to form the pattern. Use the    tools to define or modify the appearance. The elements snap to the guides so that a consistent, repeatable pattern emerges. A preview of the pattern is shown in the bottom left-hand corner. Set a Name and Description for the pattern to make it easily identifiable. The Size and Line Width determines the relative scale of the pattern; adjust the settings to the most appropriate size. Enable the Snap to Grid to aid in making a consistent pattern. Once all the desired changes have been made, press the OK button.


New patterns may be added to the current set by pressing the button. Remove no longer needed patterns by pressing the button. The display order of individual patterns within the set may be adjusted by selecting a particular pattern and pressing the or   keys.


Import AutoCAD .pat files by pressing the Import AutoCAD Pattern button. A file open dialog is displayed. Use the dialog to find the location of the .pat file. If additional adjustments need to be made to the pattern, use the pattern editing tools within the Hatch Pattern Editor.