Hints for Programming Parts
This manual does not describe any drawing functions in detail. However, the following information will give you an overview of basic programming procedures.
With the mouse you move the cursor over the screen. Depending on the actual position of the mouse and on the command which has been chosen, the cursor will appear in different shape, either as a white arrow, as an I-beam or as a purple crosshair, etc.
The cursor is on the menu bars, the tool bars, or the other docking panels.
The cursor is on the Draw command window.
The cursor is on the drawing window, no special functions are active.
|Purple crosshair with object snap box
The cursor is on the drawing window and has been activated by an object snap function.
The cursor is on the drawing window and has been activated by the drag function.
The cursor is on the drawing window and has been activated by the zoom dynamically function.
The left mouse button is for clicking on icons, choosing drawing elements, for setting points in the drawing window, etc.
The right mouse button will bring up the context menu associated with the window or the objects being selected.
Object Selection Functions
The object selection functions allow you to choose objects by clicking the left mouse button on a drawing element or by clicking and dragging a selection window.
If you click and drag the selection window to the right, the window will be framed by solid lines and filled with blue; the object will be selected only if all its drawing elements fall within the window, as shown below.
Alternately, if you click and drag the selection window to the left, the window will be framed by dash lines and filled with green; the object will be selected if any part of its drawing elements fall within the window, as shown below.
The choice can either contain a single or several drawing elements. With the Shift key held, you can increase the selection by selecting more objects, or decrease the selection by selecting the objects which are already selected. Selected objects are displayed with dashed lines.
You can also select objects by the object selection functions other than drawing a selection window with the mouse.
|Select all the objects.
|Select the objects other than the objects which are already selected.
|Deselect the objects which are already selected.
|Select unclosed curve
|Select the objects which are not closed in geometry.
|Select similar curve
|Select the objects which are similar with the selected object.
|Select all outer mold
|Select all inner mold
|Select all graphics smaller than
|Select the objects which are smaller than a specified dimension.
|Select all the objects which belong to a specific layer.
|Lock down all the objects in the unexported layer.
|Select Curve Type
|Select all the objects which belong to a specific geometry type, such as lines, circles, curves.
Object View Functions
The object view functions help you get more information from your drawing, i.e. if the contours are closed or not, the start points of the cutting path, the processing sequence, etc.
|Show Box for unclosed curve
|To display surrounding boxes around unclosed contours.
|Show unclosed curve as red
|To display unclosed contours in red.
|To display processing sequence.
|To display the start points of the cutting path.
|To display the direction of the cutting path.
|Show Move Path
|To display the traveling path.
|Set the machine range to accommodate the drawing in the center.
Zoom functions will move, enlarge or minimize extracts from your drawing. Click on the button , or press down the arrow keys on the keyboard when the drawing window is active, to move the drawing around inside the drawing window. Scroll the mouse wheel when the drawing windows is active, or click on the button and select the corresponding function, to enlarge or minimize the extract.
|Adapt to the window
|Adapt a window of extract to the drawing window.
|Adapt all the drawing elements to the drawing window.
|Adapt the whole machining range to the drawing window.
|Adapt to selection
|Adapt the selected drawing element(s) to the drawing window.
|Enlarge or minimize the extract when pressing down the left mouse button and moving in the drawing window.
You can also select the zoom commands from the context menu in the drawing window.
Object Snap Functions
Use the object snap functions in order to choose geometry points precisely while drawing and constructing. For example: for catching endpoints within lines, centres of circles, tangent points of circles.
Object snaps can be enabled or disabled through the pulldown-menu File>User Setting>User Settings. In the pop-up dialog, open up the snap object page, you can change the settings for the object snap functions.
When the functions are active, the assisting lines and tool tips will be displayed around the snapped geometry points.
Select the menu User Settings in File>User Setting, or click on the button in the Basic Operation section in Home, you will see the drawing settings.
Here you can set which elements to display in the drawing window, set size of cursor, set background color of the drawing window, set color and font of the ruler, set highlighting of drawing elements, and others according to your preferences.