Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Dear PhotoLiners,

I have a .SVG file with many (over 100) text layers. I want to export this as a .DXF file to run through a CNC laser cutter. The problem I have is that our laser cutter software does not accept text layers - they must all be converted to vector layers. I don't know if this is a limitation of our laser cutter or a "feature" of laser cutters in general.

Is there an option to convert all text layers to vector when exporting a .DXF file?

I tried selecting all the layers in the .SVG and converting them all to vector, but that doesn't work: PL won't let you convert the layers that are already vector to vector.
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Can't see any problem. Select Multiple Text Layers and convert them to Vector. in this way they will be exported as shape to DXF.
P.S. None that PL is not a real CAD software and it can't export to DXF vector arcs or circles, so your final result will look sort of polygonal and not too precise anyway.
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Thanks for your suggestion shijan. The only issue I have, is that selecting all the text layers is not very easy when you have over a hundred layers in your document.

I can't quite ascertain whether .DXF format even supports text layers. The pre-XML file format seems antiquated, ugly, and not particularly well specified.
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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You can find only text layers in the layer list.
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Then select all and convert.
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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How could we activate this commands?
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Gerhard that is exactly what I am looking for!

borgo1971 Click those three vertical dots in the Layer Tool (on the right, just above the box you highlighted in red) to activate this capability.

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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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Just use "Command F" (or Control F in Windows)
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Re: Exporting .DXF file with text layers

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OK, thanks to both. Seems something that could be useful... :D