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DRAFT IT - More Details
Draft IT's easy to use snapping and co-ordinate input make drawing construction an almost effortless process. When drawing the system displays dynamic dimensions so you can visually check distances/sizes, or you can type in sizes directly. Alternatively you can snap to end points, mid points, intersections etc. where DRAFT IT identifies the type of snap as the cursor passes over it.
In the example here you can see a line being drawn between various points (we remove it each time for clarity). You can see how DRAFT IT displays the available snap point when the cursor is positioned near to it. Accepting a snap point requires just a click.
The next example also drawing a line demonstrates switching input methods, once again the line is removed each time for clarity. After clicking any positon to start drawing a line, a dynamic line is attached from this location to the cursor. There are three options to select from, 'snap', 'X,Y' and 'Polar'. The snap setting as demonstrated in the example above allows selection of existing points on the drawing.
When 'X,Y' is set DRAFT IT will select the next point using X & Y values of the current Units (Millimetres, Centimetres, Metres, Decimal Inches, Fractional Inches, Decimal Feet / Inches, Fractional Feet / Inches are available for selection). When set to 'Polar' dynamic dimensions display the next position by angle and length.
As you can see dynamic dimensions display relative values from the previous point, however if there is no previous position such as when defining the first point of the line then no dynamic dimensions are displayed. The increment of the dimensions is user definable.
In addition to the above DRAFT IT allows relative co-ordinate input. This means at any time a new position can be defined relative to existing entities, eliminating the need in many cases for creating specific construction geometry. This feature is invoked by simply holding down the 'R' key when over an existing snap point to switch on the 'X,Y' or 'Polar' input methods.
Once drawn DRAFT IT entities can be dynamically edited, the example here shows what happens when a line is selected. The rectangles at either end and in the middle are called 'handles'. These can be clicked on and moved. You cClick on either of the blue handles to move that end of the line or click in the red one to move the entire line.
This is the basis of editing in DRAFT IT. Multiple entities can be selected and modified like this with the option to use dynamic dimensions or snaps to select new positions.
Dimensioning is very easy using DRAFT IT as demonstrated here by this linear dimension example. A linear dimension requires three points to be selected, two points to measure between and one to place the dimension itself.
In our example here the two circle centres have been selected as the points to dimension between, DRAFT IT now requires the final point to finish the dimension. You can see how this point controls the position and orientation as the cursor is moved around. We have labelled four dotted lines to help explain the possibilities. You will see that if the cursor is between A & B, then the dimension is always horizontal.
A vertical dimension is achieved when the cursor is between C & D but not A & B (i.e. the centre square).
When the cursor is in any of the 4 corners the dimension is aligned to the two points. (i.e. If the cursor is not between the points in both the X (horizontal) & Y (vertical) axis. In the top left and bottom right corners you will notice that the text flips outside of the dimension lines.