Using MoI for 2D drawings for export to Powerpoint ?

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 From:  JPBWEB
5289.1 
I need to make a few moderately complex business drawings in PowerPoint, and I thought that I could try and use the powerful drawing tools of Moi for that. I drew a wheel exactly as I need, created plarar areas that would need to be colored as appropriate in Powerpoint, and then I struck a brick wall. How to export the drawing ? MoI exports to Illustrator, but all I get is curves, not areas. I tried various ways, but to no avail. I suppose that I could further refine the thing in Ilustrator, but I hate that thing and I never was able to understand how to use it. If I could use MoI for all my 2D drawings I would be most happy indeed.

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 From:  Michael Gibson
5289.2 In reply to 5289.1 
Hi Jean-Paul - currently MoI does not have any mechanism in it to do 2D filled drawings, so you do need to use a 2D drawing program such as Illustrator to generate that part.

The easiest way might be to use "Live trace" in Illustrator which can do a pretty good job of generating closed outlines around a bitmap just like the one you posted here - you may want to set some lighting options in MoI to eliminate the shading and just have pure white for the surfaces, see here:
http://moi3d.com/forum/index.php?webtag=MOI&msg=3135.3

Then make a screenshot of that and bring that into illustrator and use Live trace, that will probably involve somewhat less illustrator-specific knowledge or lower level curve manipulation required.

- Michael
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 From:  BurrMan
5289.3 In reply to 5289.1 
Just use MoI. You can insert an icon object in place that will launch MoI during the presentation.

If you have some other apps at your disposal, like solidworks, you can save the geometry out and embed an edrawings file object in the presentation.
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 From:  JPBWEB
5289.4 
Sadly, I really need to import drawing elements into Powerpoint to have it then adapted to our corporate color templates etc. Below is the chart that I want to improve on. Apology for the consulting jargon used in the chart.

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 From:  futagoza (STEFAN)
5289.5 In reply to 5289.3 
Hi,

another option you could try is that you use the "CaptureViewToClipboard" script along with some other very useful scripts*, from the scripts repository. Just use a large resolution and proper line width and then scale down the image to get nice antialiased pictures for your presentation. And then set the background to white in MoI and disable the Grid display. Assuming you can import bitmap graphics into PowerPoint.

*like hiding seams, hidden line removal, etc.

Just a quick test, but you get the idea...



Regards
Stefan

EDITED: 30 Oct 2016 by STEFAN

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 From:  futagoza (STEFAN)
5289.6 In reply to 5289.5 
Hi, me again...

and with Michael's lighting settings and an additional copy/pasted edges i was able to match your color scheme as a small test. In this case i choose a grey background color to see the white outlines.



Regards
Stefan

EDITED: 30 Oct 2016 by STEFAN

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 From:  BurrMan
5289.7 In reply to 5289.6 
Color matching I guess is the thing.



(edit) I ran auto rotate on the 3d objects during my presentation....... Stacking the edges from the original surfaces made the edges really stand out brightly too. (edit)

EDITED: 27 Jul 2012 by BURRMAN


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 From:  JPBWEB
5289.8 
Very impressive :)

Meanwhile, I was able to get Illustrator to recognize the various arrows etc. as individual shapes, using the Pathfinder options (although it missed two of them somehow), and get them colored individually. I then could import the drawing into Powerpoint but it was still uneditable (just a picture), although I could recolor it with the corporate palette. Not exactly what I wanted, but probably good enough. There must be a way though...
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 From:  JPBWEB
5289.9 
Left is the second chart I am working on, on cash optimization. Right is the wheel that I had drawn in MoI, exported to Illustrator, applied Pathfinder to create the areas that I color-coded light-medium-dark, then exported to Powerpoint and color-edited with the corporate palette of blues. I must have missed a step as all the colors are down a hue. Rats!

Quite good, but still not the individually editable shapes that I want. Naturally, I could do the coloring in Illustrator since I know the exact values for each color. I will keep searching...



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 From:  BurrMan
5289.10 In reply to 5289.9 
there was talk of this add-on that may help you if you do alot of this:

https://www.hotdoor.com/drop3d/overview
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 From:  JPBWEB
5289.11 
I finally managed to get through, but that cost me half a Saturday :(

Honestly, it is not a MoI discussion, but rather more an Illustrator one. I HATE Illustrator ! But I have to admit that eventually you do get professional-level art out of it, but why does it have to be that painful ?

Now, I just have to tackle the other chart, and maybe one or two others so that they all have the same look and feel.

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