SVF Plug-in
Version 1.4
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Use this page to test the SVF plug-in and explore a few sample drawings in SVF (Simple Vector Format). And, for the latest information regarding availability of all our Internet offerings, visit the SoftSource World Wide Web site!

Tips for Using the SVF Plug-in

With SoftSource's SVF plug-in, you can enjoy the dynamic impact of drawings in the powerful, new graphics file format known as SVF. For instance, watch the status bar as you move the mouse pointer over this SVF example, a map of downtown Bellingham, Washington, SoftSource's fair city:

As you can see from viewing the status bar, the map is dynamic and "alive" with information. For example, it contains annotations linked to some of the streets and a hyperlink to SoftSource's home page (linked to the hot pink rectangle). As you'll see later, the map also contains several layers of data, a standard strategy for organizing complexity in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) drawings.

Using SoftSource's SVF plug-in, you can pan around the map and zoom in/zoom out to get a closer look at intricate detail. You can also view or hide selected layers to focus only on information you're interested in. In other words, the plug-in provides access to all the extra data (for example, layers) in the original SVF file--information normally only available by viewing the drawing in its parent application. And, since the SVF image is a vector graphic, it also scales with total accuracy. Viewed through the plug-in, the drawing again becomes the rich, precise, dynamic communication tool it really is! Along with these capabilities, the plug-in allows you to navigate via HTML hyperlinks.

We'll take a closer look at all the features of this example later in this document. For starters, here are a few tips to get you up-and-running with the plug-in, which you can try out on the above example:

More Information...

The next sections of this document include simple procedures for exploring the specific examples. As you work with the examples, you may find the following additional information helpful:

Have fun exploring the examples and adding the power of SVF to your own HTML documents!

Note: When viewing the following examples, if you're not sure whether you're seeing the entire image, right-click over the image, and then click Zoom Extents to restore the entire graphic to full-view.

Example 1: Stock Prices Chart

This example was created with the experimental MIT stock server application and converted to SVF. The chart compares stock prices of Apple Computer, Inc., Sun Microsystems, and Digital Equipment Corp. The chart information is placed on individual, color-coded layers (one for each company and one for the grid). The company names at the top of the chart are hyperlinks to the home pages of those firms.

Example 2: Map of Downtown Bellingham, WA

Now take another look at the map of Bellingham to see the variety of options for using HTML hyperlinks with SVF files. Links can be one-dimensional (attached to a line or curve), two-dimensional (attached to a region such as a circle or polygon), or associated with text items or even point objects.

In addition to the techniques you used to explore Example 1, note these features:

Example 3: The "Empire State 999"

Example 3 is an accurate, to-scale drawing of the Empire State 999. On May 10, 1893, this 4-4-0 locomotive set a world speed record of 112 m.p.h. This drawing demonstrates powerful use of layers to organize complex information.

Example 4: House Plan

In addition to the Layers options you used with the preceding examples, try out the Zoom Window option to explore the intricate detail and many areas of this drawing:

Example 5: Toolpost

This example illustrates yet another way that SVF can make online viewing of a detailed CAD drawing or other complex graphic both enjoyable and practical:

Further Exploration (and Fun!) with SVF

Finally, the reward! Now that you're a veteran SVF explorer, check out our SVF Mystery page for some real SVF fun and adventure!

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