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Archives August 2018

How to set a dimension style to content always blank

If users do not want to show dimensions value for a particular reason, they can make the dimension contents permanently blank by following the steps below:

1. Create a new dimension style in the dimension style dialog box.

2. Go directly to primary units tab, on prefix blank space, type in:  \H

3. If you are using a precision unit like: 0,0, you must type \H on suffix as well.

4. Click OK button and set current your new dimension style. Done, just try it!

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How to annotate isometric drawings

Have you tried to annotate your isometric drawings? How about dimensions and text, is it appear properly? No, it’s not. The drawing looks isometric, but not the annotations. So how can you create isometric annotations?

Isometric Text

First, create two text styles within the Text Style dialog box. Use oblique angle 30 deg for one style and -30 deg for the other.

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A sample of GstarCAD’s geometry calculator

People often don’t know about GstarCAD’s built in geometry calculator. While it lacks in interface appeal it more than makes up for it in capability. Take the ability to snap to a point between to endpoints. Consider this example where a circle is placed halfway between the endpoints of two lines.

Command: CIRCLE
Specify center point for circle or [3P/2P/Ttr (tan tan radius)]: ‘CAL
>> Expression: MEE
>> Select one endpoint for MEE:
>> Select another endpoint for MEE:

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How can I create a circular wipeout

Many CAD users want to create a circular wipeout, as you may or may not know, you cannot create a wipeout using a circle, only a closed pline without any arcs. Instead, use the POLYGON command.

1. Enter the command POLYGON,

2. When prompted to enter the number of sides, enter a value of 36 which will create a closed pline that looks just like a circle. You can assign the value of 36 sides for the pline because it looks just like a circle without having too many vertices that make the closed pline too “busy”

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3 reasons to like dynamic input

As you know, dynamic input provides a command interface near the cursor to help you keep your focus in the drafting area. When the dynamic input is on, tooltips display information near the cursor that is dynamically updated as the cursor moves. When a command is active, the tooltips provide a place for user entry and there are command options which are more intuitive and convenient to select. Here there are 3 reasons to like dynamic input:

1. Get command faster: 

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How to select all horizontal or vertical lines in a drawing

If you need to select all horizontal or vertical lines within a drawing, this could be a tedious work. It is not easy to select them in quite a complex drawing. But you can do it easily if you use QSELECT tool.

So how to use it to select all vertical lines? Simple. It means they have the same X value, and horizontal lines have the same Y value. When you activate quick properties window, change object type to line, properties to Delta X (or Delta Y), change the value to 0. Click OK, you are done!

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