Text Conversion

In some instances after CAD data exchange, the individual text characters in target CAD do not match those of the original, especially special characters. This is because different assignments of the ASCII numbers to the different characters cause problems with text visibility. Another reason for this problem could be the lack of UNICODE in text.
The “Text” in CAD is not only the text that is visible on a screen; it is also all other hidden texts (such as: multi-text, dimensions, attributes, attribute names, layer names, Linetype names, text style names, and block names).
In all previous CAD systems, characters use ASCII character encoding. Unfortunately, ASCII tables are limited to a maximum of 256 character symbols, which is not sufficient enough to show all possible special characters from different languages and different sciences.
Define the CADInLa Special Conversion Tables- here you will see all your conversion table requests in a list known as “rules”. It is possible to make an infinite number of new rules for the different text types.

Texts, Multi-Texts and Dimensions

Conversion of visible texts and annotations

Attribute Values

Conversion of block attribute values

Names of Attributes, Layers, Linetypes, Text-styles

Conversion of definition names. The Layer Name can also be changed using the “Tables for Layer Conversions”. If you translate the drawing from one language to another, the option to change the layer names using this table can be very comfortable.

Block Names

Conversion of Block Names and Element “Insert” Names

Before Conversion:

After Conversion:

New, Previous, Next

When selecting these options, a dialog box in which you have the option of editing the highlighted line will appear.

Text Old, Text New

This interface is shown on the side panel. At the top left of the interface is a field that contains the previously used special character definition or the text which is to be replaced (text Old). Top right (Text New) is the associated substitute special character or the corresponding replacement text. These two fields can be selected with the mouse or the TAB key to change them. The syntax fields (any character string etc. are explained in the next chapter)

Analysis Result

If the DWG or DXF file was previously analyzed (see chapter Analysis), selecting one of the analysis buttons will make a list of characters, and texts


By selecting the lists, you can display a standard list of the ASCII, or UNICODE character definitions, or %% sequences used in CAD.

Text Context (from the analysis)

After selecting a special character from the analysis, under the heading “Text Context”, a maximum of five different text passages are displayed in which the character is used. It is often the only way to determine the meaning of a special character. For example, when translating from English “WALL” into the Spanish word “PARED”, “Word” must be selected (or it must be written under the selection “Word”). This will ensure that only full words are transformed.