Hatch patterns with dashed lines

  1. Open an existing PAT file or create a new file in a text editor that saves in ASCII format (for example, Notepad on Windows® or TextEdit on Mac OS®).
  2. Create a header line that includes an asterisk and a pattern name. The name of the hatch pattern is limited to 31 characters.

    For example, *ANSI33

    Note: If you are creating a new PAT file, the PAT file and pattern must have the same name.

  3. (Optional) Include a description in the header line, follow the pattern name with a comma and description text.

    For example, ``*ANSI33, ANSI Bronze, Brass, Copper`

  4. Create a descriptor line that includes
    • An angle at which the line is drawn
    • An X,Y origin point
    • A delta-x of any value if you want to offset alternating lines in the line family
    • A delta-y of any value
    • A value for a dash length
    • A value for a dot length
    • An optional second value for a different dash length
    • An optional second value for a different dot length

    For example,

    45, 0,0, 0,.25

    45, .176776695,0, 0,.25, .125,-.0625

  5. Add a blank line after the last descriptor line.

    Note: If the blank line is missing, the hatch pattern won’t be recognized by the program.