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Software for radio dial drawing


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#1 RogerAshley

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 01:20 AM

Hi,
In retirement I have taken to refurbishing vintage radios for a hobby, I have a 1940's R107 radio where the dial is unreadable and warped. I would like to be able to replicate it and print onto transparent sheet. It is half moon shape with the readings around 4 half moon shapes. Can anyone advise me of software which will do this please, preferable a freebee as I will probably only use it once. I tried to include a picture of the old one but don't know how.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:44 AM

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#3 RogerAshley

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:19 AM

Hi 1911,
I do have a copy but it is very mis-shapen and distorted. Just by putting the old one on the photocopier. I really don't think it is recoverable hense I think I need to produce a new one.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:50 AM

Hi Roger.
Sorry I can't be of any assistance with your problem.
My post was in response to:

"I tried to include a picture of the old one but don't know how."
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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:48 AM

The best applications for getting sharp detail are vector applications like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. All the graphic components are mathematically derived so you can rotate lines and letters with absolute clarity. The problem with bitmap applications like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Photopaint is that when you rotate lines and letters, anti-aliasing is used which results in blurry edges. It could be that your old dials are blurry anyway!

I quickly googled "vector graphics freeware" and the first on the list is Inkscape. A review link also lists DrawPlus. Vector graphics are quite difficult to learn. If you want to play with bitmap graphics The Gimp is the most versatile freeware editor. It's not that easy to use either. The task needs an editor that can do layers (the lettering and dial graduations are separate objects over the background). You may find other applications by googling.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:35 AM

Libre Office Draw is an okay open source program for drawings. It certainly isn't as advanced as Illustrator but since you really only have plans to use it once, it might be worth trying

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:51 AM

Thanks to everyone who helped in this quest..I have now successfully used GIMP on both this and a new dial for an Osram Music Magnet made by GEC as a kit way back in 1928.




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