Nonio C is a program for modeling large topographic and cartographic surveys using triangles, contour lines, slope charts, color shading, sections, and three-dimentional views. Terrain is modeled using a method of triangulation, a valuable alternative to methods based on the generation of an orthogonal grid, which does not often correspond well to real-life conditions. Two surfaces can be modeled simultaneously, allowing the comparison of the original terrain with the modified or of two different project phases. Points data may be inserted using the keyboard, a graphic tablet, field survey, or ASCII file.The model is created either automatically or by imposing breaklines interactively with the mouse, recreating as closely as possible a representation of the actual terrain. Contour lines are drawn automatically according to set intervals.
Once the necessary data is entered, the land model may be altered by simulated land movement operations. Values such as areas, volumes, and slope differences are computed automatically by a special calculator.
The model can be viewed from any vantage point through a series of automatically generated images (sections and axons). The images can be drawn in a variety of representational forms (with contour lines, in cross-grid form, or with shadings, hatchings, or color according to slope classes).
All modifications can be seen in real time in a continuously rendered 3D view. It is possible to fly around the terrain or do a "walkthrough" in real time. The rendering can be enhanced using plug-in renderers. Textures may be imported to the QuickDraw 3D view to simulate materails or soils. Movement throughout the model is controlled using the mouse or keyboard.
The QuickDraw 3D window can be exported in QuickTime VR Object format for making QuickTime films using other applications.
A land model created with Nonio C may be exported to an architectural program, such as Interstudio's own Domus.Cad or Graphisofts ArchiCad, where an architectural model may be placed directly on it. The reverse operation may also be performed: an archiectural model can be imported by Nonio C and placed on the land model.
supports documents of up to 120,000 points imports in XYZ ASCII, DWG 3D, DXF 3D and QuickDraw 3D MetaFile formats exports in Domus.Cad, GDL, QuickDraw 3D MetaFile, QuickTime VR Object, and DigiCad, DXF 2D and 3D, DXF Polygon and Facet formats Qucikdraw 3D interactive rendering and MetaFile Imports textures supports plug-in renderers supports Drag and Drop for textures, text, and PICT images two surfaces may be worked simultaneously automatic generation of triangles, contour lines, and surfaces allows direct intervention of model using break lines vertical sections from polygons special calculator for surface and volume calculations integrates Domus.Cad information superimposes two land models simulated digging and filling operations integrates DigiCad 3D information internal driver for plotting in HP-GL, HP-GL/2, and DMPL
What's new in this version:
- Superimposes two land models
- Supports documents of up to 120,000 points
- Internal driver for plotting in HP-GL/2