Program help

Positioning Objects

Moving Objects

Snap Point

Scaling I: Normal Scaling

Scaling II: Setting the Image Format

Moving Objects Behind/In Front of Each Other

Arrange

Rotate

The objects in the Layout area can be moved, scaled, placed behind or in front of each other, and arranged in various ways.

Moving Objects

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The moving is carried out as follows:

1.Pass the cursor over an object on the Layout page. It will change in appearance (see left-hand screenshot).
2.To move the object now, click on it, hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse.
3.Release the left-hand mouse button when you have reached the desired position. This puts the object there.

To move along a fixed directional axis, you can use the Object Interactor.

Auxiliary lines appear as soon as your object is parallel with the center point or corner of another object. In this way, you will also see when you come into contact with the borders of the print page. The moved object snaps to these lines and can be aligned easily with other objects.

Snap Point

You can set and freely position a Snap Point for each 2D viewport or isometric view. Use these points to align viewport contents with each other. The insertion process is as follows:

We recommend enabling Object Snap.

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1.Select a window.
2.Check the Snap Point option in the Properties Editor.
3.The green snap point will appear in the middle of the selected window.
4.Left click on the snap point once.
5.With a second click, set the snap point at the desired location within the viewport.

For example, you can set a multiview projection: Insert three views in your plan, set the snap point in each view in the same corner of one of the walls and set the same scale for each window. When you move a window, the position of the other snap points will be displayed as auxiliary lines.

Note: To use the snap points for alignment, check the Freeze Scale option in the Properties Editor. This will protect the content of the active window from zooming motions.

Scaling I: Normal Scaling

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To scale objects follow these instructions.

1.Pass the cursor over an object on the Layout page. It will change in appearance (see left-hand screenshot).
2.To scale the object uniformly (i.e. in proportion), move the mouse cursor to a corner of the object (see screenshot on left).
3.Press the mouse button and hold it down. Now move the mouse cursor to scale the object proportionately.

If you do not want to scale the object in this uniform way but along one of the axes, do not click on a corner but on one of the outer lines.

To adapt the size of the objects shown in the windows, or the section of the image, use the navigating options, which are described here.

Scaling II: Setting the Image Format

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While inserting viewports for viewing purposes, or scaling them, you can press Ctrl and trigger a mechanism that will enable you to set the image format. Three guiding lines will appear, representing Symmetrical (height equal to breadth), 4:3 and 16:9 format. If you move the mouse cursor over these lines you can drag or scale the window to the appropriate format. The screenshot on the left shows how a Viewport is being formatted to the scale 4:3.

If images are being inserted or scaled, pressing Ctrl will make a line appear that will help you to format the image in proportion to its original size.

Moving Objects Behind/In Front of Each Other

If objects overlap, you can use the interactor to determine which is to be in the background and which in the foreground.

1.Select the object. The interactor as shown in the screenshot below will become visible.
2.Clicking on the interactor enables you to select either background (Move to back) or foreground (Move to front) for the arrangement.

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Arrange

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The objects in a Layout can be aligned using the Arrange function commanded from the button of that name in the Tools group on the Layout tab. There are basically two ways. One is to align objects in relation to the page (Align on Page). The other is to align the objects in relation to each other (Align on Objects). There must be at least two objects marked to enable the latter function.

In the screenshot on the left the Arrange menu has been opened. The check mark in front of the Align on Page entry shows the user that this is the currently active option. Checking the Align on Objects entry instead will activate that alternative.

Align on Page

In the Align on Page mode, the objects will be aligned in relation to the margins you have set for the Layout (for example, 5mm on right, 5mm on left, top and bottom 7mm). Two actual functions are shown in the next two screenshots by way of example: Center Horizontally and Center Vertically. If you run the mouse over an image, two yellow rectangles will become visible. They represent the position of the objects in the design before it is centered horizontally (and/or vertically). If you then move the mouse out of the screenshot, you will be able to see how the object alignment has been changed by your use of whichever function.

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Center Horizontally

Distribute Vertically

Align on Objects

If you activate Align on Objects mode, the various alignment functions will apply to the relative positions of the objects among themselves and not to the Layout page measurements. Examples are shown in the next two screenshots – Align Left and Center Vertically. If you run the mouse over an image, three yellow rectangles will become visible. They represent the position of the objects in the design before they are aligned to the left (and/or centered vertically). If you then move the mouse out of the image you will be able to see how the object alignment has been changed by your use of whichever function.

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Align Left

Center Vertically

Rotation

Various elements from your Layout page can be rotated. These include drawing elements, text and stamps. Use the object interactor to rotate these elements. Dimensions for objects in your viewport are not rotatable. The rotation of stamps can be reset. To do so, select the stamp, open the context menu and selection Reset rotation.

1.Select the object you want to rotate.
2.Once selected, an arc-shaped rotation interactor will appear on the upper edge of the object. Left click on the interactor.
3.Rotate the object with the interactor to the desired position. Alternatively, you can input the rotation angle in degrees.

The entered angle will always be relative to the object’s last position.

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