PlansXpress drawing tools


Line


Draw a line by clicking this icon and then single left-clicking on the plan to give the start point of the line, move the mouse and click again to give the next point of the line. Right-click or hit the Esc key to stop drawing lines.


Holding down the Shift key will lock the line tool so you can only draw lines at 45 degree intervals.


The lines are all drawn as separate entities.



Polyline


The Polyline tool works in a very similar manner to the line tool. One difference is you can press the C key on your keyboard to close the line, this will join the last point clicked with the first point clicked. You can see in the animation below that the final line is drawn by pressing the C key.


The polyline is made up of all the lines drawn and is one entity. A closed polyline can be hatched using the hatch tools.



A curved polyline can be drawn by clicking the small drop-down arrow on the polyline button and then clicking on Curve Fit Polyline.


After drawing a curved polyline you can adjust it by first single left-clicking on the line to select it and then move the points of the line (small blue squares) around by clicking them to pick them up, move them and click again to place them back down.


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Arc


The first click after clicking the Arc button sets the centre point for the arc, move the mouse and click again to give the start of the arc. Finally move the mouse counter clockwise and click again to give the end point of the arc.




Ellipse


Draw an ellipse by clicking to give the centre point and then moving the mouse and clicking again to give the major axis point. Move the mouse and click once more to give the minor axis point giving the final size and shape of the ellipse.



Rectangle

Draw a rectangle by clicking to give first corner, moving the mouse and clicking again to give the diagonally opposite corner.




Circle

Draw a circle by first clicking to give the centre point then move the mouse and click again to give the size of the circle. Once placed you can move the circle by single clicking it to select it and then single clicking on the red square to pick the circle up, move the mouse and single clicking again to put it back down.



Polygon

Draw a polygon by clicking to give the centre point and then moving and clicking again to give the radius of the polygon. Before giving the radius you can change the number of sides in the 'No' text box on the top menu.

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Cloud

To draw a cloud shape click to give each end of the curved lines making up the cloud. Press C to close the line and then move the mouse then click to set amount the lines curve.


John Rees




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Modified on: Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 at 1:09 PM