Draft it Help

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When the 'Snap' function is selected** as shown here snap mode buttons  Draft it will automatically find the point types described below as the cursor is moved over entities. You can use f7 key to quickly select the 'Snap' option.

The symbols shown below are blue when the background colour is white. If the background colour is black then they are coloured yellow.

 

End-point - will be selected if the end point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'End' will be displayed next to the cursor. Endpoint's are found on either end of a line, the corners of a rectangle, either end of a dimension arrow, the ends of an arc. End-points can also be selected with the End Keyboard Snap.

 

Mid-point - will be selected if the mid point symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Mid' will be displayed next to the cursor. Mid-points are found at the middle point on a line. Line Mid-points can also be selected with the Mid Keyboard Snap.

 

Centre-point - will be selected if the centre point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Cen' will be displayed next to the cursor. Centre-points are found at the centre point of an arc or circle. Arc and Circle centre points can also be selected with the Mid Keyboard Snap.

 

Intersection - will be selected if the intersection snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Int' will be displayed next to the cursor.  Intersection points are found where arcs, circles and lines cross over. Also this snap can be found at an apparent intersection when moving the end point of a line or polyline (line segment).

 

Quadrant - will be selected if the quadrant point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Quad' will be displayed next to the cursor.  Quadrant points are found on circles and arcs at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degree positions (3 o'clock is 0).

 

 

Insertion-point - will be selected if the insertion point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Ins' will be displayed next to the cursor. Insertion points are found on the insertion point of a text string or a symbol.

Tangent - will be selected if the tangent point snap symbol  symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Tan' will be displayed next to the cursor. The system will find a tangent snap when the cursor passes over a tangency position on an arc/circle (from the current point). This snap is only valid therefore if a current point exists i.e.  selecting the second point when drawing a line. Tangent points can also be selected with the Tan Keyboard Snap.

 

Perpendicular - will be selected if the perpendicular point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Perp' will be displayed next to the cursor. The system will find a perpendicular snap when the cursor passes over a position an a line/arc/circle that is at a right angle to the current point. This snap is only valid therefore if a current point exists i.e.  selecting the second point when drawing a line. Perpendicular points can also be selected with the Perp Keyboard Snap.

Grid-point - will be selected if the grid point snap symbol symbol is displayed on the cursor if the Grid Snap | Draft It Cad Software Help is switched ON. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Grid' will be displayed next to the cursor. See Grid Settings for information. When this is switched on the cursor 'jumps' between grid points and any of the other valid snaps, a 'free' cursor position cannot be selected without setting the 'Grid' button to OFF.

Origin - the drawing Origin will be selected if the origin point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Origin' will be displayed next to the cursor.

Cursor point - will be selected if no symbol is displayed on the cursor and Grid grid snap button is switched OFF. A cursor point selects the current cursor co-ordinates.

The snap picked is simply the nearest to the cursor, if there are two in close proximity and the one required can't be found simply Zoom In and the snap point you require will be easier to identify.

** The toolbar is not displayed when adding dimensions however the snap selection process operates as described above.

Point - will be selected if the point snap symbol symbol is displayed when the cursor is placed over a point symbol.

Nearest point- will be selected if the nearest point snap symbol symbol is displayed. If Snap Captions are switched ON the word 'Near' will be displayed next to the cursor. The 'Nearest' point is calculated at the nearest point on the entity to the cursor. This is the only snap that can be turned ON/OFF using the nearest point snap button nearest snap on the system toolbar