Drawing Scale

Use this tool to set the scale.

Run the function from:

MOUS_ICO Toolbar: Drawing Scale

MOUS_ICO Menu: Novapoint > Drawing Scale

KEYB_ICO Command Line: Not available from the command line

The dialog box Novapoint Drawing Scale/Unit will pop up.


The horizontal scale will ensure the correct scaling of scale-dependent drawing information. Select desired scale from the pull-down menu. Define a scale manually if it is not in the list. In this case, Novapoint prompts to add the defined scale to the list so that it can be selected from the pull-down menu in the future.


The vertical scale is only used on length profiles. The vertical scale is automatically set when the horizontal scale is changed. Default vertical exaggeration is 1:5, i.e. horizontal scale divided by 5.


Define the factor for the vertical scale. This box is connected to the fields for the horizontal and vertical scales.

Note: In Novapoint, the scale on DWG template drawings is set to a default exaggeration of 5:1 for most configurations. This scale is in line with local standards for the chosen configuration. For example, in a typical long-section drawing for the Norwegian Road Authority, you will see 1:1000 horizontally and 1:200 vertically, giving a 5:1 exaggeration. For other configurations, the default is set to 10:1 in Novapoint template files (1:1000/1:100), based on similar regulations.

Often, you will want to work with a higher vertical exaggeration as it helps for understanding longitudinal profiles, but you are free to change the scaling as needed. You can also change the horizontal scale. If you set this horizontal scale down to 1:200, the grip points and the text will be much smaller in f.ex., the alignment design tool.


Select between meter/millimeters as drawing unit. We often use meters.

By editing the configuration files, you can also add additional units like feet, miles, kilometers, etc.

Show scale dialog in a new drawing

With this option, one can choose whether this dialog box is to be displayed every time a new drawing is created.


With this option, the dialog will display the details of the AutoCAD parameters of the current drawing.

Plotted MM = Drawing Units, shows the right scale to plot in the AutoCAD Plot menu.

The horizontal scale affects all these parameters in AutoCAD. The parameters for horizontal scale 1:1000 are shown above and the parameters for horizontal scale 1:500 are shown below:

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