Automatic sizing and positioning of text and symbols
Automatic selection of correct alphabet
Built in x-height calculator using DfT formula
Spelling is checked using the Microsoft Word dictionary
Displays and prints solid colour sign images
Drag and drop editing and other close links to Windows
Hints and tips to guide new users and avoid possible mistakes
SignLoad, the UK's most widely used and most economical post and foundation design, is built in at no extra cost
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MEETING THE REGULATIONS
Implements structural and passive safety standards
DfT design standards have brought consistency to the presentation of information on road signs, but have also made the design task challenging for anyone unfamiliar with the complex layout and spacing rules.
The automation that SignPlot provides enables easy construction of everything from the simplest flag-type, to the most complex gantry-mounted lane indication sign. It helps avoid sign layout errors, whilst minimising design time. Software training costs are reduced and productivity is improved. SignPlot displays a message if it spots a potential mistake and offers to correct the problem.
OVER 500 STANDARD SYMBOLS
Preview signs and symbols
SignPlot is supplied with library files containing accurate symbols and signs that scale automatically to the correct size for use on direction signs and parking plates. These are updated regularly generally in advance of new symbols being published by the DfT, as SignPlot is often used to produce the official documents.
SignPlot can be supplied with your logo and any tourist, public transport or other symbols specific to your area, or you can import your own bitmap images for use on signs.
Fast Performance and Editing
SignPlot permits signs to be designed in any order. Start with the text, or start with the road layout or symbols - the choice is yours.
As well as making sign creation quick and flexible, SignPlot really excels when changes are needed. If a junction type, route number, destination or even the size of the lettering is changed, SignPlot automatically rebuilds affected signs, incorporating the destinations and symbols of the original, and applying the relevant spacing rules.
Distances are aligned, character and word spacing is automatic, and panels or symbols can be added with only a basic knowledge of how a sign should look, so you only rarely need to know about 'stroke widths'. For more advance use, graphical drag and drop editing allows any sign element to be quickly repositioned.
SignPlot includes character and symbol outlines accurate enough for computer cutting of the actual sign face material, and provides for mounting and manufacturing margins to be added.
An economical and passively safe sign structure may be designed in the software: supports, foundations and (with an optional module) channel section spacing. SignPlot leads the way in implementing the 2007 revisions of BS EN 12899-1 and the passive safety standard BS EN 12767, and contains comprehensive data from all leading suppliers of supports and other sign components. A separate leaflet describes SignLoad, the structural design module built into SignPlot.
Data Management and Storage
A typical sign requires only 2kb of disk space, so that many thousands may be stored on the smallest of computers, and complete schemes may be easily emailed. This eliminates the need to archive old drawings, providing easy access to every sign in an authority. SignPlot's search facility allows you to quickly find signs that contain a particular word or symbol.
Compatibility with Other Systems
SignPlot is one element of the UK's most comprehensive range of traffic signing systems. It links to SignMap for planning signing schemes and recording inventory information, and with SignRoute for generating signs from a signing network. The link with ParkMap, the leading system for making and managing traffic orders, enables parking signs to be produced automatically and displayed on the map.
Compatibility with Other Systems(cont)
SignPlot will export to the Windows clipboard and to many popular file formats, for use with CAD, GIS, publishing and sign manufacturing systems. It can import bitmap graphic files for use on signs or on drawing frames.
Accurate colour or outline sign representations to any Windows-compatible printer, plotter or cutter with optional dimensions, scale, support and foundations details, etc.
DWG, DXF and MIF files for CAD, GIS and cutting systems (option)
EPS files for PostScript printers, publishing and cutting systems
Bitmap files (PNG, GIF, JPG and BMP) for documents, websites and publishing
Enhanced metafile (via the Windows clipboard) for transferring vector data to CAD and other Windows software
Customise print layouts
Full Backup and Support
Buchanan Computing provides a highly praised support and maintenance service for all its systems. Immediate access to knowledgeable staff ensures that any problem is quickly resolved. Regular updates include both software enhancements and the timely provision of additional symbols and changes needed to meet new national standards. User group meetings and training courses are arranged at venues across the UK.
SignPlot users are represented on the DfT Traffic Signs Technical Working Party, and are kept fully informed of national developments.
SignPlot runs under all recent versions of Microsoft Windows including Windows 7 and 8. There is no specific memory or processor requirement. Once installed, it occupies only 10 Mbytes of disk space. Any Windows-compatible printer may be used, and many older plotters and cutters are also supported. It may be installed on a network server and can be hosted on our servers.
Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Inc. SignPlot, SignMap, SignRoute and ParkMap are trademarks of Buchanan Computing Ltd. All other trademarks acknowledged.