Draft it Help
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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.
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 . For more information see the Snap topic.
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 . For more information see the X, Y Input topic.
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 . 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.
When this button is selected the system expects a distance to be input. For more information see the Distance Input topic.
When this button is selected the system expects a scale to be input. For more information see the Scale Factor 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.
Relative For selection of positions relative to existing geometry.
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.