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Draft it Help System

The complete Help system for Draft it is available on these pages.

How To The Program Interface
File Menu The Ribbon
Architectural Ribbon Page Draw Ribbon Page Modify Ribbon Page Settings Ribbon Page Views & Zoom Ribbon Page Command Specific Ribbons Minimise/Expand the Ribbon
System Toolbar Quick Access Toolbar Command Window Drawing Tabs Layout Explorer Properties Explorer Referenced Drawings Status Bar Symbol Library Explorer

Available in: FREE, Plus, Pro and Architectural

Select the 'Draw Text' button Text button and the following text entry window appears. Draft it draws the outline of the text string font. To view the 'filled' text use the Print Preview function.

text window

Simply type the required text into the window. Once your text string is complete click 'OK' to continue. (Clicking 'Cancel' will exit the text window and any text created or changes made will be lost.) The command prompt reads:

Give Text Point:

The new text string can now be placed on the drawing using any of the snaps and input options.

At this point the text is attached to the cursor and Ribbon contains the insertion options.

text options menu

Font - The font face of the text, the list comprises fonts found on the computer by Draft it.

Bold - Use the button to switch the bold typeface modifier on/off.

Italic - Use the button to switch the italic typeface modifier on/off.

Height - The height of the text string in the current Units. There is an option to update this value should the drawing scale be change.

Width - This is a scale value for the width. The text width is adjusted by this factor .i.e 0.5 would compress the width by half, 2.0 would stretch the string to double width.

Rotation - The text can be rotated using this value. Measured anti-clockwise from the '3 O'clock' position.

Horizontal - This is the horizontal alignment for placement of the text string. Left, Centre or Right can be selected.

Vertical - This is the vertical alignment for placement of the text string. Bottom, Centre or Top can be selected.

The following feature are in available in: Pro and Architectural text window pro

Special Characters

Clicking on any of the 'Special Character' buttons at the bottom of the window will add any of the none keyboard characters to your text string.

Insert Drawing Property

The 'Insert Drawing Property' list allows you to insert a tag into the text string which displays the value of the Drawing Property selected. For example if you selected the 'DESCRIPTION' tag the string <DESCRIPTION> would be placed into the text window at the text cursor position. When 'OK' is selected the text string can be placed onto the drawing and the 'DESCRIPTION' tag will be replaced by the value currently set in the Drawing Properties. If there is no value set the tag will be ignored. If the property is changed then any text string using the tag will be updated.

Spell Checker

The inbuilt spell checker will highlight with a wavy red underline any incorrect spellings. Clicking on the 'Check Spelling...' button opens the following dialog box.

spelling window

Incorrect spellings can be ignored, changed or added to the custom dictionary using the buttons to the right. Click the Options button to display the spelling options.

spelling options

Here there are general options as well as functions to edit the content of your customer dictionary and change the language.


You can show/hide the 'presets' using the button here. When displayed the following area is shown below the text window where you can add/edit/delete the presets.

text presets

Simply drag and drop any preset into the text window to include in the text string.