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When creating and editing items Draft it has a variety of ways to select screen positions (points) or to input/select co-ordinates. The appearance of the  buttons and input boxes that control this input are displayed to the right of the drawing tabs. The various options are described below.

Snap        Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help

When this button is selected positions on the drawing will be found by snapping, (end-points, mid-points, centre points, grid-points, intersections etc.) The shortcut key is Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help. For more information see the Snap topic.

 

X, Y        Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help

When this button is selected positions on the drawing will be identified by X and Y co-ordinates. This allows X & Y co-ordinates to be specified relative to the current position.  The shortcut key is Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help. For more information see the X, Y Input topic.

 

Polar        Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help

When this button is selected positions on the drawing will be identified by polar co-ordinates (angle and distance). This allows a polar point to be specified relative to the current position. The shortcut key is Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help.  For more information see the Polar Input topic.

 

It is possible to change to any of the above three selections when creating/editing items. For example when drawing a line you can select the snap button and pick an existing point then change to X, Y and define the other end of the line using the dynamic dimensions displayed.

In addition to the above two further input options are available when using certain commands.

Distance Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software HelpUse Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help

When this button is selected the system expects a distance to be input.  For more information see the Distance Input topic.

 

Scale Factor        Use Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software HelpUse Snaps and Input Options | Draft It Cad Software Help

When this button is selected the system expects a scale to be input.  For more information see the Scale Factor Input topic.

Direct Entry

 

You can type co-ordinate data regardless of the input mode, i.e. whether Snap, X, Y, Polar, Distance or Scale Factor is the current method.  For more information see the Direct Input topic.

 

To find out more about the above and other snap and input options use the following topic links.

The Origin Point        Snap to the drawing origin point.

Snap        To points (end-points etc.)

Keyboard Snaps        Use the keyboard to control snapping.

Direct Input        Enter X,Y and Polar co-ordinates without first setting the X,Y or Polar input mode.

X, Y        Use X & Y co-ordinates.

Polar        Use an angle & distance.

Distance        Only a distance required (this input option is only available when using the Offset, Fillet, Chamfer, Trim/Extend commands).

Scale Factor        Only a scale factor required (this input option is only available when using the Scale command).

Relative        For selection of positions relative to existing geometry.

X Snap and Y Snap        Grab the X co-ordinate and the Y co-ordinate of existing Snap points.

Arrow Key input        Use the keyboard arrow keys to set the drawing direction.

Force Angle        Forcing angles (45° increments).

Angle Lock        Locks angle input (45° increments).

 

Apparent Intersection        Find the projected intersection of a line or polyline (line segment) with another entity, This only works when using moving the end point of a one of these entities with the blue entity handle.