Fine-Tuning Your View AutoCad Help

Notice that most of the burners do not appear on the display shown back in Figure 5.4. To move the view over so you can see all the burners, use the Pan command. Pan is similar to Zoom in that it changes your view of the drawing. However, Pan does not alter the magnification of the view the way Zoom does, Rather, Pan maintains the current magnification while moving your view across the drawing, just as you would pan a camera across a landscape.

To activate the Pan command, follow these steps.

1. Click the rim Realtime tool on the Standa rd toolbar, or type P↵

small hand-shaped cursor appears in place of the AutoCAD cursor

2. Place the hand cursor in the center of the drawing area and then click and drag it downward and to the left. The view follows the motion of your mouse.
3. Continue to drag the view until it looks similar to Figure 5.6; then let go of the mouse,
To finish the kitchen, you will want a view that shows more of the drawing area. Continue with the following steps.
4. Now right-dick the mouse. A popup menu appears .

5. Select Zoom from the list. The cursor changes to the Zoom Realtime cursor.
6. Now place the cursor close to the top of the screen and click and drag the cursor downward to zoom out until your view looks like the top panel of Figure 5.7. You Play need to click and drag the zoom cursor a second time to achieve this view.
7. Right-click the mouse again, and then choose Exit from the popup menu. You’re now ready to add more information to the kitchen drawing.

This exercise showed you how you can fine-tune your view by easily switching between PaR Realtime and Zoom Realtime. Once you get the hang of these two tools working together, you’ll be able to quickly access the best view for your needs, The other options in the popup list-Zoom Window, Zoom Previous, and Zoom Extents-perform the same functions as the tools of the same name on the Standard toolbar and View pull-down menu.

While we’re on the subject of display tools, don’t forget the scroll bars to the right and bottom of the AutoCAD drawing area. They work like any other Winings scroll bar, offering a simple way to move up, down, left, or right of your current view.

Before you save and close the kitchen file, there is one more thing you need to do. You will be using this drawing as a symbol and inserting it into the overall plan of the studio apartment unit. To facilitate accurate placement of the kitchen, you will want to change the location of the base point of this drawing to the upper-left corner of the kitchen, This will then be the “handle” of the drawing.

2. At the Enter base poi nt : pr.ompt, pick the upper-left comer of the kitchen, as indicated in the bottom image of Figure 5.7. The kitchen drawing is complete.
3. Click File ~ Save.

Making Random Multipl’e Copies

The Draw> Array command is usefulwhen you want to make multiple copies in a reqular pattern. But what if you need to make copies in a random pattern? You have two alternatives for accomplishing this. the Copy command’s Multiple option and the Grips Move option
To use the Copy command to make random multiple copies

1. Click Copy Objects on the Modify toolbar, or type
2. At the Select obj ects: prompt, select the objects you want to copy and press I to confirm your selections .
‘3. At the Specify base point or displacement or (Multiple): prompt,enter M.J to select the Multiple option.
4. At the Bas!,! poi nt: prompt, select a base point as usual.
5. At the Specify second .poi nt or di sp 1acement or <use first poi not as did spacement>: prompt, select a point for the copy. You will be prompted again for a second point, allowing you to make yet another copy of your object.
6. Continue to select points for more copies as desired.
7. Press_J to exit the Copy command, when you are done.
When you use the Grips feature to make multiple random copies, you get an added level of Iunct.onality because you can also rotate, mirror, and stretch copies by using the popup menu (right-click while a grip is selected). Of course, you must have the Grips feature turned on, It is usually on by default but you may find yourself on a system that has it turned off for some reason.
1. ‘Press the Esekey twice to make sure you are not in the middle of a command: then select the objects you want to cop.y.
2. CIG< a grip point as yourbase point.
3. Rioht-dick your mouse and select Move.
4. Riqht-click again and select Copy.

5. Click the location for the copy. Notice that the rubber-banding line persists andyou still see the selected objects follow the cursor.
6. If desired, click other locations for more copies.
Finally, you can make square-arrayed copies using grips by doing steps 1 through 3 above, but instead of step 4. Shift-dicka copy location. Continue to hold down the Shift key and . select points. The copies snap to the angle <‘ and distance you indicate with the first Shift-select point. Releasethe Shift key and you can make multiple random copies.

Posted on November 7, 2015 in Editing for Productivity

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