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Archives November 2018

Can my block be dynamic?

In some design, particularly architectural design, some of the blocks(furniture, television .etc) need to move or rotate the position freely in order to get a better preview. Actually, it’s not difficult so much. Today, GstarCAD brings you a practical feature_ block editor.

You use the Block Editor to define and modify the objects and behavior in a block definition. In the Block Editor, you add parameters and actions, which define custom properties and dynamic behavior.

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4 SHIFT key combination you might not know

Urgent, urgent, urgent!As a designer you may always heard that in a project team. So accomplish the design as soon as possible is expected, How to? Actually, there are many methods can improve the efficiency. Using keys combination is one of the way. GstarCAD offers keys combination that helps modify basic objects quickly. The 4 SHIFT key combination might interest you.

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Learn about startup system variable

Did you notice there is a start up dialog box pops up when you first open GstarCAD software. It will make them aware to select a template before actually start to draw. Startup system variable toggles on/off the Startup dialog box to help users to setup drawing templates settings. Using this dialog box is safer. You can set this startup dialog box to open every time when you start GstarCAD, Just type STARTUP [enter] then type 1 as new value then [enter]. You can also choose not to open new file or dialog box. You can set STARTUP system variable to 0.

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List system Variable

GstarCAD provides plenty of system variables, To check the status of certain system variables, you can use the SETVAR command. After issuing the command, type ? to begin the list, then apply an optional filter. For example entering DIM* will show all the dimension variables.

Ignoring object snap elevations

A frequent problem in objects snaps is the inheritance of the Z value when snapping to a point. GstarCAD addresses this problem with OSNAPZ system variable. If set to 0, osnap uses the z-value of the snapped point. If set to 1, it uses the x+y of the snapped point and the current value of the ELEVATION system variable. Also note that when creating lightweight polylines, the elevation of the first snap will determine the elevation. After that, any snap to other elevations will be ignored.

With page setup win (save) money

Setting up drawing to plot is like an artist making a reproduction of a painting; the two paintings will look very similar, but they’ll never look exactly the same. This is much like plotting in GstarCAD; you’ll probably find the right combination to correctly plot drawing layout 1, but reproducing those settings for layout 2 and so on… will likely be a shot in the dark. Even if you do manage to perfectly reproduce those settings for subsequent sheets or layouts – how much time did you waste?

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