What features would you like to see added to a future version of DataCAD?
#76421 by Neil Blanchard
Wed May 22, 2019 2:39 pm
David A. Giesselman wrote:
Mark Bell wrote:There's times when a mirror line is needed between two points on a drawing. Bisect isn't always able to work due to the types of entities selected. Being able to pick Mirror/F3 Midpoint would allow a user to snap to any two points then DataCAD can set the crosshair at 90' to the alignment.

Hi Mark,

Could you accomplish this by object-snapping to the two points in the drawing to define the Mirror line, and then select Add 90 Ctr to rotate the Mirror line about its midpoint by 90 degrees?


I have done this a fair bit. The refinement I have sometimes used is to hold Shift and Get X / Y for the second point, to be sure it is an orthographic line. Occasionally, the selected points are not exactly lined up, and the mirror line is slightly skewed.
#76423 by Mark Bell
Wed May 22, 2019 8:53 pm
Dave wrote "
Could you accomplish this by object-snapping to the two points in the drawing to define the Mirror line, and then select Add 90 Ctr to rotate the Mirror line about its midpoint by 90 degrees?"

Well there you go~! Yes, it works, though doing this wasn't obvious until I read the text flyout message. Thanks.
#76442 by Neil Blanchard
Thu May 30, 2019 10:39 am
I often use Layer Sets to copy a group of layers (to get all the colors, etc) and I load them into a temporary drawing, and then edit the layer names (to change the prefix), and then I remake the layer set. Then I load that new layer set into the original drawing.

If we could just Copy and Paste a group of layers, right in the Layer Manager, and edit their names with a search and replace function, or just edit them manually one by one - that would be one of the best things since GTVs!
#76515 by Neil Blanchard
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:15 pm
I wish that Alt-I set the Ignore Clip Cube setting, based on the entity you select. In other words, if I Alt-I on ParaText or a Smart Arrow that is set to Ignore Clip Cubes, I would like it to be set the same for the next text / arrow I create.
#76731 by Mark Bell
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:27 pm
Neil wrote "On the Types dialog, would it be possible to have the Okay button highlighted by default? This way we could open the Door Type dialog by clicking on the menu button, and then close the dialog by hitting Enter, and immediately draw some doors."

If you update your Default drawing file to pre-load all your smart entities, then all that's needed is to use the pulldown arrow from the icon toolbar to select a different wall/door/window. Alternatively, you can ctrl-right click over any smart entity and select something different from the pop up menu.

If you open the wall/door/window managers, down the lower left of the windows is a box - tick it to show all the Display External Types - this then shows all types currently loaded in the drawing and everything else in your database.

My office works with caps lock ON, and if your Shift + A, it takes you directly to the Architect menu, pick doors and insert. The only time I need to use the Managers is to edit or create new smart entities or occasionally load a smart entity that wasn't included in the Default file. Everything else is accessed from the pulldown arrows in the icon tollbars.
#77080 by dhs
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:40 pm
if 1-Line Trim by Entity could work on an edge of a polyline - that would be a wonderful thing!

Interesting you should mention that Neil, as I came across a scenario just a couple of days ago where I wanted to do that exact thing. My workaround was to draw a 2d line between the appropriate vertices, do the trim to that line, and then press the comma key to remove the 2d line.
I can understand why it is not there, but agree with you that it would be a nice addition to the trim logic.

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