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« on: January 21, 2005, 12:16:22 AM »

I noticed an article in the Jan 2005 issue of Electric Radio describing a homebrew power supply,  and the author mentioned  making meter scales  using MS Word's "drawing feature" (p. 27), and a picture of the result is shown on the front cover.  Looks professional.

I have hard enough time making M$ Word even print a paragraph of text the way I want  it, so I haven't a clue how to print meter scales like the ones illustrated in the picture, with the numbers correctly aligned with the arc of the scale, and appropriate calibration marks on a scale the correct size.

Does anyone know exactly how to do this, or where one could find understandable step-by-step instructions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2005, 07:48:48 AM »

Don, I have used a product called DeltaCAD, $40 - with great results.

http://www.dcad.com

A sample here -  

http://home.stny.rr.com/n2bc/Cathode.jpg

Another with angled nomenclature:

http://home.stny.rr.com/n2bc/Screen.jpg
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2005, 08:30:28 AM »

I've made a number of custom meter scales using a flatbed scanner and PhotoShop.
I remove the meter meter scale and scan it into PhotoShop. Using Photoshop text you can then customize the scale. I print this using an inkjet printer on photo paper, cut it out, and then glue it over the orginal scale using elmers spray glue.
They come out perfect.

Tom
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2005, 08:32:46 AM »

I just use a pencil !
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2005, 01:19:50 PM »

Here is another:

http://www.nd2x.net/mtrface.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2005, 02:51:41 PM »

was that Mark the Q article
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2005, 03:21:28 PM »

Someone posted that here quite a while ago. Dunno who.
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