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I'm sure my topic heading is vague or confusing...or both.  

 

Here's the issue.  Say I'm drawing a wall...and I have zoomed into the plan to start the wall at a certain location...now I want to draw a wall say 30' long...but to do this, I have to draw a few feet (because I've zoomed in on the plan)...then, let go of the line, zoom out, grab the line again and finish drawing to where I want.  Sometimes I have to let go to zoom in...and then pull the line/wall to the exact location.

 

Ok...so, I know there has go to be a way I can hold on to the wall and zoom out...or just pull across the screen somehow?  But...how?

 

Thanks.

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This is not exactly your answer, but after drawing the second wall the length you can in zoomed in,

select it and enter the complete length and it will complete itself.  Might be faster.

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You can use the arrows keys to pan around the plan with your free hand.  That's about the best I've come up with.

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I think the Scroll Bars also work without losing the current mouse operation.

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I think the Scroll Bars also work without losing the current mouse operation.

I was wondering how you would operate the scroll bars without your mouse and so I started messing around with it for a bit. By golly, you're right. Never knew this functionality existed...

Left click to start operation as usual...Move mouse pointer out of view window...Right click off screen without letting go of left mouse button...Let go of left mouse button.  Now you can use scroll bars and simply left click to finish operation.

Very cool. Thanks for starting me down the path to this little hidden feature Joe!!

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Grab anything on your screen and use the mouse wheel to scroll in and out while holding down the left mouse button, continue to draw when the zoom level is correct..

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I was wondering how you would operate the scroll bars without your mouse and so I started messing around with it for a bit. By golly, you're right. Never knew this functionality existed...

Left click to start operation as usual...Move mouse pointer out of view window...Right click off screen without letting go of left mouse button...Let go of left mouse button.  Now you can use scroll bars and simply left click to finish operation.

Very cool. Thanks for starting me down the path to this little hidden feature Joe!!

It was introduced in either X6 or X7.  I can't remember which.

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Here is another option: Instead of using a left click to start to draw a wall, use the right mouse click. The wall will then be and stay attached to the cursor (without holding down any buttons). You are then free to zoom in and out in order to finish placing that wall segment and any others because the wall will still be attached to the cursor (you must double click to disconnect).

 

You can even switch views or programs (go make a cup of coffee, if you want), and when you get back to Chief the wall will still be attached to the cursor.

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Here is another option: Instead of using a left click to start to draw a wall, use the right mouse click. The wall will then be and stay attached to the cursor (without holding down any buttons). You are then free to zoom in and out in order to finish placing that wall segment and any others because the wall will still be attached to the cursor (you must double click to disconnect).

 

You can even switch views or programs (go make a cup of coffee, if you want), and when you get back to Chief the wall will still be attached to the cursor.

 

Yep.  This works for drawing walls.  Unfortunately it doesn't work as well for other operations.

 

 

 

Steve,

 

Now you have 5 options.  Hopefully 1 of them will work for you.   

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Grab anything on your screen and use the mouse wheel to scroll in and out while holding down the left mouse button, continue to draw when the zoom level is correct..

 

I use my Mouse wheel too usually or the zoom shortcut keys

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There are heaps of ways to do this.

Select the wall, scroll wheel (or centre button) click (should be Pan) and drag to do the pan, pick up the selected wall and drag. 

 

Aerial view also works.

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Thanks so much for all the great tips.  I knew there had to be a way...and turns out there are many.  Geez I feel dumb....

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Hi Steve

 

Start the wall and hit TAB ( relative to start and polar are On ) type your distance and all is good

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A nice feature of Vectorworks is that as you move your cursor to the border of an open workspace, the workspace will automatically scroll for you.

It can be controlled by a preference setting. Extremely useful and maybe something for Chief to consider in an update...

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A nice feature of Vectorworks is that as you move your cursor to the border of an open workspace, the workspace will automatically scroll for you.

It can be controlled by a preference setting. Extremely useful and maybe something for Chief to consider in an update...

 

That would be nice and isn't it standard windows behaviour ?

 

that or auto unzoom...

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A nice feature of Vectorworks is that as you move your cursor to the border of an open workspace, the workspace will automatically scroll for you.

It can be controlled by a preference setting. Extremely useful and maybe something for Chief to consider in an update...

 

 

Should be a standard feature in any design program worth its salt.

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I asked about this a while ago in Suggestions. Hopefully it is on a list because scrolling beyond the window view makes drawing so much easier. (As in VWs).

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