Plot Style Files (CTB/STB)

CTB and STB files store plot styles used by AutoCAD and BricsCAD for printing and plotting.

If the plot style table is attached to a Paperspace or the Modelspace, a change of a plot style affects any object that uses that plot style. CTB files contain color dependent plot style tables, STB files contain named plot style tables.

See also

ezdxf.addons.acadctb.load(filename: str) → Union[ColorDependentPlotStyles, NamedPlotStyles]

Load the CTB or STB file filename from file system.

ezdxf.addons.acadctb.new_ctb() → ColorDependentPlotStyles

Create a new CTB file.

Changed in version 0.10: renamed from new()

ezdxf.addons.acadctb.new_stb() → NamedPlotStyles

Create a new STB file.

New in version 0.10.

ColorDependentPlotStyles

Color dependent plot style table (CTB file), table entries are PlotStyle objects.

class ezdxf.addons.acadctb.ColorDependentPlotStyles
description

Custom description of plot style file.

scale_factor

Specifies the factor by which to scale non-ISO linetypes and fill patterns.

apply_factor

Specifies whether or not you want to apply the scale_factor.

custom_lineweight_display_units

Set 1 for showing lineweight in inch in AutoCAD CTB editor window, but lineweights are always defined in millimeters.

lineweights

Lineweights table as array.array

__getitem__(aci: int) → PlotStyle

Returns PlotStyle for AutoCAD Color Index (ACI) aci.

__iter__() → Iterable[PlotStyle]

Iterable of all plot styles.

new_style(aci: int, data: dict = None) → PlotStyle

Set aci to new attributes defined by data dict.

Parameters
  • aciAutoCAD Color Index (ACI)

  • datadict of PlotStyle attributes: description, color, physical_pen_number, virtual_pen_number, screen, linepattern_size, linetype, adaptive_linetype, lineweight, end_style, join_style, fill_style

get_lineweight(aci: int)

Returns the assigned lineweight for PlotStyle aci in millimeter.

get_lineweight_index(lineweight: float) → int

Get index of lineweight in the lineweight table or append lineweight to lineweight table.

get_table_lineweight(index: int) → float

Returns lineweight in millimeters of lineweight table entry index.

Parameters

index – lineweight table index = PlotStyle.lineweight

Returns

lineweight in mm or 0.0 for use entity lineweight

set_table_lineweight(index: int, lineweight: float) → int

Argument index is the lineweight table index, not the AutoCAD Color Index (ACI).

Parameters
save(filename: str) → None

Save CTB file as filename to the file system.

write(stream: BinaryIO) → None

Compress and write CTB file to binary stream.

NamedPlotStyles

Named plot style table (STB file), table entries are PlotStyle objects.

class ezdxf.addons.acadctb.NamedPlotStyles
description

Custom description of plot style file.

scale_factor

Specifies the factor by which to scale non-ISO linetypes and fill patterns.

apply_factor

Specifies whether or not you want to apply the scale_factor.

custom_lineweight_display_units

Set 1 for showing lineweight in inch in AutoCAD CTB editor window, but lineweights are always defined in millimeters.

lineweights

Lineweights table as array.array

__getitem__(name: str) → PlotStyle

Returns PlotStyle by name.

__delitem__(name: str)

Delete plot style name. Plot style 'Normal' is not deletable.

__iter__() → Iterable[str]

Iterable of all plot style names.

new_style(name: str, localized_name: str = None, data: dict = None) → PlotStyle

Create new class:PlotStyle name by attribute dict data, replaces existing class:PlotStyle objects.

Parameters
  • name – plot style name

  • localized_name – name shown in plot style editor, uses name if None

  • datadict of PlotStyle attributes: description, color, physical_pen_number, virtual_pen_number, screen, linepattern_size, linetype, adaptive_linetype, lineweight, end_style, join_style, fill_style

get_lineweight(name: str)

Returns the assigned lineweight for PlotStyle name in millimeter.

get_lineweight_index(lineweight: float) → int

Get index of lineweight in the lineweight table or append lineweight to lineweight table.

get_table_lineweight(index: int) → float

Returns lineweight in millimeters of lineweight table entry index.

Parameters

index – lineweight table index = PlotStyle.lineweight

Returns

lineweight in mm or 0.0 for use entity lineweight

set_table_lineweight(index: int, lineweight: float) → int

Argument index is the lineweight table index, not the AutoCAD Color Index (ACI).

Parameters
save(filename: str) → None

Save STB file as filename to the file system.

write(stream: BinaryIO) → None

Compress and write STB file to binary stream.

PlotStyle

class ezdxf.addons.acadctb.PlotStyle
index

Table index (0-based). (int)

aci

AutoCAD Color Index (ACI) in range from 1 to 255. Has no meaning for named plot styles. (int)

description

Custom description of plot style. (str)

physical_pen_number

Specifies physical plotter pen, valid range from 1 to 32 or AUTOMATIC. (int)

virtual_pen_number

Only used by non-pen plotters and only if they are configured for virtual pens. valid range from 1 to 255 or AUTOMATIC. (int)

screen

Specifies the color intensity of the plot on the paper, valid range is from 0 to 100. (int)

If you select 100 the drawing will plotted with its full color intensity. In order for screening to work, the dithering option must be active.

linetype

Overrides the entity linetype, default value is OBJECT_LINETYPE. (bool)

adaptive_linetype

True if a complete linetype pattern is more important than a correct linetype scaling, default is True. (bool)

linepattern_size

Line pattern size, default = 0.5. (float)

lineweight

Overrides the entity lineWEIGHT, default value is OBJECT_LINEWEIGHT. This is an index into the UserStyles.lineweights table. (int)

end_style

Line end cap style, see table below, default is END_STYLE_OBJECT (int)

join_style

Line join style, see table below, default is JOIN_STYLE_OBJECT (int)

fill_style

Line fill style, see table below, default is FILL_STYLE_OBJECT (int)

dithering

Depending on the capabilities of your plotter, dithering approximates the colors with dot patterns. When this option is False, the colors are mapped to the nearest color, resulting in a smaller range of colors when plotting.

Dithering is available only whether you select the object’s color or assign a plot style color.

grayscale

Plot colors in grayscale. (bool)

Default Line Weights

#

[mm]

0

0.00

1

0.05

2

0.09

3

0.10

4

0.13

5

0.15

6

0.18

7

0.20

8

0.25

9

0.30

10

0.35

11

0.40

12

0.45

13

0.50

14

0.53

15

0.60

16

0.65

17

0.70

18

0.80

19

0.90

20

1.00

21

1.06

22

1.20

23

1.40

24

1.58

25

2.00

26

2.11

Predefined Values

ezdxf.addons.acadctb.AUTOMATIC
ezdxf.addons.acadctb.OBJECT_LINEWEIGHT
ezdxf.addons.acadctb.OBJECT_LINETYPE
ezdxf.addons.acadctb.OBJECT_COLOR
ezdxf.addons.acadctb.OBJECT_COLOR2

Line End Style

../_images/ctb_line_end_style.png

END_STYLE_BUTT

0

END_STYLE_SQUARE

1

END_STYLE_ROUND

2

END_STYLE_DIAMOND

3

END_STYLE_OBJECT

4

Line Join Style

../_images/ctb_line_join_style.png

JOIN_STYLE_MITER

0

JOIN_STYLE_BEVEL

1

JOIN_STYLE_ROUND

2

JOIN_STYLE_DIAMOND

3

JOIN_STYLE_OBJECT

5

Fill Style

../_images/ctb_line_fill_style.png

FILL_STYLE_SOLID

64

FILL_STYLE_CHECKERBOARD

65

FILL_STYLE_CROSSHATCH

66

FILL_STYLE_DIAMONDS

67

FILL_STYLE_HORIZONTAL_BARS

68

FILL_STYLE_SLANT_LEFT

69

FILL_STYLE_SLANT_RIGHT

70

FILL_STYLE_SQUARE_DOTS

71

FILL_STYLE_VERICAL_BARS

72

FILL_STYLE_OBJECT

73

Linetypes

../_images/ctb_linetypes_1.png ../_images/ctb_linetypes_2.png

Linetype name

Value

Solid

0

Dashed

1

Dotted

2

Dash Dot

3

Short Dash

4

Medium Dash

5

Long Dash

6

Short Dash x2

7

Medium Dash x2

8

Long Dash x2

9

Medium Lang Dash

10

Medium Dash Short Dash Short Dash

11

Long Dash Short Dash

12

Long Dash Dot Dot

13

Long Dash Dot

14

Medium Dash Dot Short Dash Dot

15

Sparse Dot

16

ISO Dash

17

ISO Dash Space

18

ISO Long Dash Dot

19

ISO Long Dash Double Dot

20

ISO Long Dash Triple Dot

21

ISO Dot

22

ISO Long Dash Short Dash

23

ISO Long Dash Double Short Dash

24

ISO Dash Dot

25

ISO Double Dash Dot

26

ISO Dash Double Dot

27

ISO Double Dash Double Dot

28

ISO Dash Triple Dot

29

ISO Double Dash Triple Dot

30

Use entity linetype

31