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9 March 2012
SignPlot 2.6 introduces spelling correction and DfT x-height formula
Introducing spelling correction and DfT x-height formula
Being launched at Traffex 2011 is version of SignPlot that can spell check traffic signs and determine how big they should be. It also supports the latest innovation in sign manufacturing: digital printing.
Can you spell obscure place names?
Everyone thinks they can spell, but it is surprisingly common for signs to be erected with embarrassing mistakes, particularly of place names unfamiliar to those involved. SignPlot 2.60 helps to avoid this by linking to the Microsoft Word spelling dictionary. This has the advantages of being UK-specific, already containing many town and city names, and being easy to add to (both in Word and in SignPlot) for village names, smaller localities, and tourist destinations.
In the event of a spelling or capitalisation problem, ‘Hintman’ appears, rolls his eyes and suggests possible replacement words.
x-heights determined automatically
On the DfT website is the recommended method for accurately determining the size of a direction sign, depending upon the road speed, width and number of destinations on the sign. This procedure is somewhat problematic to implement, as before you start it requires you to know or to guess the sign width, and deciding what counts as a destination is far from easy. SignPlot has overcome both these problems, by determining for itself the number of destinations on any sign, and removing the need for any guesswork or iteration.
Another change, for manufacturers digitally printing the final sign onto reflective sheeting, is the option of a ‘bleed margin’ around the edge. This ensures that there are no uncoloured areas or edge lines when the sheeting is applied to the substrate and trimmed.
With these and other new features, SignPlot 2.6 represents a major step forward for both traffic sign designers and manufacturers.
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