Std Import

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Std Import

Menu location
File → Import...
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Std Open, Import Export, Import Export Preferences


The Std Import command imports geometry from a different file format into the active document. Many file formats are supported and for some formats multiple import options exist. See Import Export for more information.

introduced in version 0.21: If an image format is selected the command will create an Image Plane.


  1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Select the File → Import... option from the menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+I.
  2. Optionally select the correct file format in the dialog box.
  3. Select a file.
  4. Press the Open button.


  • Press Esc or the Cancel button to abort the command.



Image Plane

An Image Plane is a planar representation of an image in the 3D view. It can for example be used when creating a model based on photographs of an existing object.

By default an Image Plane is placed on the global XY plane. The initial size of an Image Plane is calculated using a 96px/inch resolution.


  1. To edit an Image Plane do one of the following:
    • Double-click the Image Plane in the Tree view.
    • Right-click the Image Plane in the Tree view and select Change image... from the context menu.
  2. If the Image Plane is not plane-parallel to the XY, XZ or YZ plane of the global coordinate system, it is realigned to be plane-parallel to the XY plane.
  3. The Image plane settings task panel opens.
  4. Optionally select the XY-Plane, XZ-Plane or YZ-Plane of the global coordinate system.
  5. Check Reverse direction to rotate the Image Plane 180°. The rotation axis depends on the selected plane. For the XY plane it is the global X axis. For the XZ and YZ plane it is the global Z axis.
  6. The Offset, X distance and Y distance are relative to the coordinate system of the Image Plane. A small negative offset can be useful when tracing the image with a sketch or Draft geometry.
  7. Optionally change the Transparency.
  8. Image size options:
    • Scale by numerical input:
      1. Optionally uncheck Keep aspect ratio for unequal scaling.
      2. Enter a Width and/or Height.
    • Scale by picking points:
      1. Press the Calibrate button.
      2. Pick two points inside the image.
      3. A dimension line is displayed.
      4. Enter the desired dimension.
      5. Press Enter or the Apply button.
  9. Press the OK button to confirm the changes and close the task panel.


See also: Property editor.

An Image Plane object is derived from an App GeoFeature object and inherits all its properties. It also has the following additional properties:


Image Plane

  • DataImage File (FileIncluded): The image file used for the Image Plane. This file is stored in the .FCStd file.
  • DataXSize (Length): The width of the Image Plane.
  • DataYSize (Length): The height of the Image Plane.


Object Style

  • ViewLighting (Enumeration): How the Image Plane is illuminated in the 3D view. Can be Two side or One side.