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Selecting Objects

Highlighting of Selection

Display of the Object Interactor

Rendering of the Selection for Reference Objects

Rendering of a selected Group

Rendering of the Selection for Articles

Selecting Set Articles

Selecting by Mouse Click

Selecting by Marked Area

Selecting with Keyboard Shortcuts

The selecting or marking of objects is prerequisite to the use of certain tools and functions. All objects within your plan can be selected individually. In addition, it is possible to select multiple objects at a time. This allows you, for example, to move several objects at once.

Wall- and Room Elements as well as Drawing Elements of the same type can be edited together following multiselection. Use the Properties Editor to give a selection of walls a new height or to change the width of several windows at once.

You cannot edit multiselected groups or OFML articles together. To select and edit several elements within a group, open the group. Change the properties of larger numbers of OFML articles by properties transfer.

Highlighting of Selection

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An object in pCon.planner which has been selected is distinguished from one which has not been selected. The left-hand rectangle has been selected and thus is being framed in blue, but not the right.

There are additional ways of marking objects: these are the highlighting of Reference Objects, as well as of, for pCon.planner PRO, the marking of OFML Articles and Set-Articles.

Display of the Object Interactor

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If an object is selected, not only the blue selection frame for the object will appear, but also the object interactor (see illustration on left). This is enabled by default. It can be switched on or off using the interactor button on the Status Bar.

Objects can be rotated and moved using the object interactor. You will find further details in the Edit Objects section. In the case of most elements in a room, the Object Interactor will not be displayed as they will each have their own interactors.

 

Rendering of the Selection for Reference Objects

If there are Reference Objects in a design, the familiar blue frame will appear when one of them is selected. All further reference objects will be given a greyish green frame. This enables the user to know which objects relate to the same reference as the one currently selected. The following screenshot will help make this clear.

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The central chair in the top row has been selected and is thus marked with a blue frame. All other objects related to the same reference object have been given a greyish green frame.

Rendering of a selected Group

If what has been selected is a group rather than a single object, the fact will be indicated by the group icon (acBlock). It is possible to select an object within the group without first ungrouping. There are two ways of doing this.

Option 1

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1.Select the group. The (acBlock) group icon will appear next to the blue frame marking the selection. The whole group can be opened with a click on the icon.
2.Groups that have been opened are given a perforated grey line as a frame to show the selection. Then you can select individual items from the group. They, in turn, will have the familiar blue frame round them showing they have been selected.

Option 2

Another way of marking objects within a group is to double click on one of the surfaces or edges of a particular item. If you do this, the group will automatically be opened in the background. In the case of nested groups, the whole group belonging to the object is marked with the first double click and a further double click goes one layer deeper.

Rendering of the Selection for Articles (pCon.planner PRO)

There is an additional possibility of marking objects in the case of articles. It becomes apparent when the relevant article is opened either with a double click or the edit symbol  (pcon.planner_hammer_icon).

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The left-hand screenshot shows an article that has in the first instance simply been selected. At this stage there is no difference from the selection of any other object. The right-hand shot shows the article when opened. The additional dotted grey marking shows the user that the object has now been opened and can have its features edited.

This is where to find out more about articles.

Selecting Set Articles (pCon.planner PRO)

In the pCon.planner PRO version, Set Articles provide an additional means of structuring articles. As many articles as you like can be combined into a particular set. When a Set Article is selected, it will be highlighted in orange (see image below).

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The relevant article provides more details of how to manage Set Articles and their functions.

Selecting by Mouse Click

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Objects are selected at their edges or surfaces. Simply clicking on them will select the object.

For selection of separate items pCon.planner provides Snap Points, which appear on the object when the mouse is moved over it.

The Horseshoe icon in the Status Bar allows you to open a menu with the option of enabling or disabling object snap. If one of the items here is disabled (e.g. for lines), it will not be possible to select any object by that method.

The following screenshot shows which Snap Points will be visible when moving the mouse over objects when (for example) two rectangles are superimposed.

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Depending where the cursor is on an object, the Snap Point will appear as an icon. To clarify this, the figure on the left has not had all snap points added graphically. If the cursor is on a surfac of the object, there will not be an extra icon visible. Snap Points are particularly valuable when aligning objects.

If a number of objects are to be selected in succession, press the Ctrl key and hold it down while selecting the objects. This procedure will allow you to select any number of objects in a design at once.

Selecting by Marked Area

To select a number of objects at once, you can use the mouse to create a marked area. This means clicking in a viewport and holding the mouse button down while you drag the mouse to create the area selected. Depending on where the creation of this area is started, it will appear highlighted in either red or green.

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If you start on the left and drag to the right, the area will be highlighted in red (see image on left). All objects fully within this area will be selected when you have released the mouse button. In the screenshot given, only the two upper rectangles will have been selected on releasing the mouse.

On the other hand, if you drag the mouse from right to left to create the selection area, the highlighting will be in green (image on right). In this case, all objects that have been touched by the green area will be selected on releasing the mouse button. For the example given, all four rectangles would have been selected.

Selecting with Keyboard Shortcuts

Pressing Ctrl+A together will select all objects in a design. Ctrl+I in combination will deselect any objects already selected and select all those which had previously not been selected. To cancel a selection, press the Esc key.