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Next update ‘text drawing’ font size

imageYou know when you select the text drawing tool you can place text to the planning.

This text has in the version 1.6 a fixed size also when you zoom, so it could happen that when you zoom that the text is overlap with other text or drawing elements.

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Some kranXpert users ask us to make the font size changeable. With changeable fonts size you running more and more in this overlap problem so the only way to fix that is that the font size is a unit size and not a screen size then the text is zooming with the view.

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Text height is 5 meters for the ‘Big text’ and for ‘some text’ it is 1.4 meters

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kranXpert Free-Edition 2012

Is was time to create a 2012 version of the free edition and now it is available for download.

What are the difference between the 2011 version:

– remove the kranXpert watermark from the views and printer output.
– add planner save/save as and planner load buttons.

These are small changes, but I think that makes the tool more useful.


Do you know .?

– when a 2.5D view is active and you press the spacebar key and hold it that the function ‘Move view’ is selected and by click the left mouse button and move the mouse you change the view?

– in the 3D view when you press the center mouse button or the mouse wheel that you can change the position of the camera view?

– when you draw a item and you want exit the drawing function that you can press the right mouse button?

– when the drawing selection arrow is selected and you double click on a drawing item that this open’s a property window?

kranXpert Version

A new kranXpert version is available.

Here are the main changes:

In the ‘Object overview’ (main menu ‘Options’) you can create cranes or lorry’s and edit objects or create export files of your new objects. We remove the fleet overview and replace it with the favorite list that you can manage in the Object overview.

For your hint:
– Objects with book symbol are not editable.



imageTo know, how you can build lorry’s, you can import some samples over the ‘Install/Upgrade’ button, the lorry’s are at the bottom of the list.

imageThe tool Extras are now HTML based, that’s mean you can change the content of these files with your own information’s.

The HTML files are installed in the kranXpert.exe executable folder as a subfolder extras then the language folder de=Germany, en=English, es=Español. You can add new menus to the menu.htm and that shows in all pages as an iframe tag.

kranXpert Version

kranXpert Free-EditionThe version is released some weeks ago and we received positive feedback for the new 3D view and the better integration to install/upgrade cranes.

The kranXpert demo version is now based on the version and we build a new free edition 2011 and replace the rotation view with the 3D view.


What is the next development.
The next steps are rewriting the drawing system that have filled drawing objects in the front, left and top view. Then adding more 3D drawing elements that are rotatable in all directions and not only in the top view like in the current version.
Then we want add 3D clipart support, first for the wavefront .obj file format later for other formats and our own format with length and color properties.

Also we want change the view of the boom and the crane that’s more realistic and not only for the boom a rounded line that was ok for the 2.5 D view but looks boring in the 3D view.

faq1In a blog article below someone ask in a comment (español) about how kranXpert currently calculate and draw the boom here is a picture that explains that exists also in the kranXpert help file.

Crane pictogram

In a next version we want to change the kranXpert print out and give more detailed crane information to symbolize that information we draw some crane pictograms.

Mainboom MainboomLength MainboomAngle BoomRadius BoomHeight Jib JibLength JibAngle

Counterweight CentralCounterweight SuspendCounterweight WorkingArea Outrigger OutriggerLoad AxleLoad Winch

LoadCapacity Load Hook

This pictograms you can download and use it without any restrictions for you’re use or publications.

The symbols are in the emf vector format and in the jpg and png picture format.

Next update feature #4

In the next version you can change the view style of kranXpert select from Silver or SkyBlue skin.


For netbook users with a small screen height we add hide the main menu toolbar and the status bar. We also changed the info panel and move it from the top menu to the right sidebar to get more height for displaying the views.

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The new info panel show in the row with the calculator symbol the calculated load information and in the second row with the leaflet/book symbol the load information from the manufacturer load charts.