FAQ

How to set up Texts rule parameters?

The Texts rule transforms MAGNET Office Text objects into 3D text models. 

In MAGNET Modeler,  you can use the Texts rule to highlight:

  • Locations
  • Structures
  • Key project areas
  • Temporary works areas
  • Building site equipment areas

For text model creation, MAGNET Modeler supports:

  • Texts
  • Text Boxes

Elevated Text objects can be used to create text models right away.

In case of zero elevation, all objects can also be translated to a reference surface.

Texts rule parameters

1. Layer 

Click on layer to access a list of all available layers in your current MAGNET Office project. Select one or multiple layers from the list where the rule should be applied to.

2. Materials 

Click on material to access the Material Library of MAGNET Modeler. Select existing material or insert a new material.

3. Description

Enter a description for the Texts rule. This will change the name of the rule within the Modeler Rules window. In case you have several Texts rules, this helps to easily identify them.

4. Group

Click on group to choose from a list of existing groups / sub groups or manually enter your group structure. Use the "/" character to create additional sub groups. For example: Existing/Office/Parking Lot.

5. Font

Specify the font to be used for the virtual text model. This lets you change the font for the model without changing the MAGNET Office font.

6. Thickness

Enter a thickness for the text. MAGNET Modeler will take the text and extrude it. The extrusion depth is controlled by the thickness parameter.

7. Info text

Info text allows to add additional information, such as material, quality requirements or manufacturer. The info text information will be accessible in MAGNET Explorer via the Object Info tool.

8. Info URL

Info URL allows to add hyperlinks, such as a link to a manufacturers homepage or a design documentation. The info URL link will be accessible in MAGNET Explorer via the Object Info tool.

9. Interpolate

Interpolate (No) uses the text objects elevation for the text model. (Yes)translates the text object to the surface by using the insertion point of the text entity as the reference point.

10. Position_offset

Position_offset allows a relative X, Y, or Z translation. Enter a Z-value greater than zero to override the automatic offset. 

In case position_offset Z value is set to zero, MAGNET Modeler applies an automatic offset from the surface depending on the font size. As a rule of thumb: 

Automatic Offset [ft.] = ~ 100 x Font Size [inch].

11. Rotating

Rotating (Yes) will automatically rotate the object to always face the viewer.

12. Z_rotation

Z-rotation will rotate text plane. 90 (default) results in a positive vertical placement, 0 results in a positive horizontal placement (text visible in a top view).