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How can I draw a fat dashed line 5 mm wide, where the dashes are rectangles (or squares) and not rounded rectangles? If I use the line or polyline tool, the dashes have circular ends. I have tried to use the wall tool with a hatch made of 5 mm lines and 5 mm open space between, but the hatch does not stay within the wall borders, but goes outside, and have circular ends. A bit amazing really, or have I missed something? [Confused] I use VW 9.5.2 (Norwegian edition).

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My limited understanding of the definition of a line in a vector program would be a given area within a specified distance from all points laying directly between A and B. Meaning the ends are by definition radiused. Rasters on the other hand would be delineated by pixels. You might try filling your wall with an image. Only thing is you would have to adjust your angle on every 'line'.

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O Monsen, you might give the Duplicate Along Path tool a look if it is available in VW 9.5. I did a quick test and I think it will do what you want if I understand your question correctly.-Brendan

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Thanks for your response. I have tried to use rasters, but the editing window for the rasters are too small (only 8x8 pixels), so the dashes shown on screen, print or in .pdf format are too short/small. If

Delmer, I am not sure I understand what you mean by filling the wall with an ?image?, but if you mean for example a raster, I believe you have the limitations I have described above.

Brendan, your suggestion is a good method visually, but it is of course more laborious to edit. I figure that the wall tool would be a more elegant and labour-saving method. If only the hatches could stay inside the wall edges! Maybe this is the way the program works, as indicated by Delmer.

Yesterday I installed a plug-in called ?Broken line?. With this tool you can fill in text or symbols in the space between the line. I found out that if you use a filled rectangle, it is possible to edit the line (space width, number of breaks, line color/thickness (?none?), to get the line you want, more or less. It seems that you are limited to a line though, you cannot apply the plug-in on a polyline or a wall tool. If you extend the line, the number of breaks stay the same, and you have to adjust the number of breaks accordingly.

Any clever Vector-script editors out there?

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Thanks, Delmer! This seems to work fine. I have made a hatch with 15 levels, lineweight 0.5 mm. With some adjustments I think I will make the tiny spaces between the lines disappear. I may need more levels or smaller offset, though.

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I didn't initially see that you are on 9.5.2. In v11 you can use raster images as fills. I gave it a shot & made a simple half-black-half-white rectangle in photoshop, stuck it in a wall and it works beautifully.

Another thing you could do if this is important to you is to create a hatch with a number of levels. Eg: 5mm lines offset by 15mm, separated from the next by .5mm, with a moderate line weight.

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