Draft it Help

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Arrow Key input uses the keyboard arrow keys to force dimensional input in a specific direction. Using this function temporarily overrides the current snap or input option so it can be used to quickly input orthogonal dimensions.

To use Arrow Key input the program must be expecting the user to specify the 2nd or subsequent point in a command. i.e when drawing a polyline the 1st point must be indicated before the feature can be activated. The following set of pictures shows how this feature can be used to create an outline.

Select the Polyline button polyline button and click a point to select the first point of the polyline. Now press the keyboard right arrow key right arrow key, the distance input box appears as follows. Type in '50' and press enter key or click 'OK'. The resulting 1st segment of the polyline is shown below.

right arrow input box 50arrow key start point example


Press the down arrow keydown arrow key, type '25' and press enter key.

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Press the right arrow keyright arrow key, type '25' and press enter key.

right arrow input box 25right arrow example


Press the down arrow keydown arrow key, type '25' and press enter key.

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Press the left arrow keyArrow Key Input | Draft It Cad Software Help, type '75' and press Arrow Key Input | Draft It Cad Software Help.

left arrow input box 75left arrow example


You can type 'c' to close the polyline in this case or you could continue the technique and press the up arrow key up arrow key, type '50' and press enter key.

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Arrow key input for Draft it Architectural

If you are using The Architectural version of Draft it then the arrow key input dialog box will look like the following image.

arrow key architectural

The basic operation remains as described above when the 'Free Input' option is selected. A number of additional options are available here. You can enter the required distance as units of brick length or height.

The 'Brick' dimensions are set via the 'Sizes' tab, click on this to change the dialog as follows.

arrow key architectural sizes

Here the required Brick height, length and mortar thickness can be set.

On the 'Input' tab, if you select the option 'Brick length'  the number of brick lengths required can be set. So the following picture shows the number of bricks is '20',  We have shown the 'Distance' with the correct calculated value**  based on the settings above in the 'Sizes' tab. In this case the value is calculated as follows:- (215+10)*20. This is the brick length plus the mortar thickness multiplied by the number of bricks. The 'Mortar Options' can be used to adjust the 'Distance' by plus or minus one thickness of mortar as required.

arrow key input architectural number of bricks

** The value is calculated when the 'OK' button is picked, if you want to see the calculated value then simply hit the tab key key.

The Angle Lock feature is an alternative method to achieve the same results with similar ease.