Toolbar:Drawing Tools

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The use of the described drawing tools depends on the selection of the active mapping class. Some of these tools can be used for several mapping classes – e.g. for area and line mappings.

Caution Caution: When drawing an area, please note that it can only be closed if its outline is not intersecting itself.

Draw a polygon. Polygon: When clicking this button a hair cross appears, which can be used to position vertices by left clicking. By a right click the polygon will be completed and in case of area mapping the area will be closed.

Note Note: If you press the SHIFT-Button whilst drawing only vertical and horizontal lines will be drawn (ortho mode).

Draw a freehand line. Freehand Line: This tool draws a line in your evaluation window following the mouse movements. It is activated by left mouse click. A right click terminates this drawing tool and in case of an area mapping the most recent points will be joined with the starting point.
Achtung Caution:
When drawing a freehand line a control mechanism constantly checks for self-intersections. This easily happens when working with a Tablet-PC.
If the resulting area (sliver polygon) is smaller than the value, which has been entered in Project>Project Settings for automatic cleaning of sliver polygons, this area will be deleted and the geometry of the polygon validated. If the area is greater, the drawing mode automatically changes to polygon mode.

Note Note: Below Project>Project settings you can define and activate a Snap Radius. Drawing a freehand polygon, it will be automatically closed whenever you undercut a preset distance to the start point.

IconDraw CubicSpline.png Cubic Spline: This tool measures control vertices for a cubic spline. Later these vertices can be edited with an editing tool, the cubic spline will then be re-calculated.

Caution Caution: If the area intersecting functions are applied to an area, which consists of cubic splines, these splines will be converted into freehand polygons.

IconDraw CircularArc.png Circular Arc (3 Points): An arc always consists of 3 points – the start point, a point on the arc and the final point. If you draw further, the last end point will automatically be used as new start point, so that just two further points are necessary to create the desired circular arc (that way a combined object is created). A right click closes the drawing mode and in case of an area mapping joins the last point with the start point.

Note Note: You can combine the above mentioned drawing tools within one mapping element. When drawing, press the TAB-key to change between different drawing modes.

IconDraw Rectangle.png Rectangle: You can create a rectangle within your evaluation window. By pressing the left mouse-button. Release the mouse-button once the rectangle has reached the required size.
IconDraw CircleRadius.png Circle (Radius): This tool enables to draw a circle based on its radius. Click with the left mouse-button at the desired centre of the circle. Then you will see a preview of the circle depending on the current position of the cursor. When you have reached the desired size, finalise the circle by a left click.
IconDraw Circle3Points.png Circle (3 Points): This key is used to draw a circle in a similar way. By clicking the left mouse-button, mark three points at the circle's outline. After setting the third point, a circle will be drawn.
IconDraw MagicWand.png Magic Wand: With the magic wand you can easily identify areas with the same or similar colour in the selected image layers.
IconDraw CAD-Magic.png CAD-Magic Wand: The CAD magic wand helps you to identify areas according to a filter set with area specifics in the selected image layer. The filter can be set to include an additional range, areas with a certain width and height or to suppress inner polygons.
IconDraw ImageSymbol.png Image Symbol: Use this tool to mark the insertion point of your image symbol by left mouse-click.
IconDraw VectorSymbol.png Vector Symbol: Use this tool to mark the insertion point of your vector symbol by left mouse-click.
IconDraw Annotation.png Annotation: Click this to mark the lower left corner of a text box. A text entry window will then open, where a text can be entered and its format set.
IconDraw MeasPointer.png Measure Pointer: This tool enables to measure an arrow in the chosen annotation or document class. It can be detached or be linked to the frame of an annotation or document class. It is drawn by setting the start point right next to an annotation or detail image and the end point at the element, which you wish to highlight.
IconDraw Autoposition.png Auto-positioning of Attributes: This function key is used to reposition and shift attributes outside the mapped element.
IconDraw Dimensions.png Dimensioning: Select the dimensioning type in the dialogue box first, then continue by marking the points for the individual function by left mouse-click (see also section 10.6 Dimensioning).
IconDraw MeasInsertPoint.png Measure Insertion Point: If you have selected the option Insertion Point, you can mark and measure the desired insertion point for Legends, Title Blocks, Scale Bars with this button.
IconDraw Detail.png Detail: The detail tool has the same function as the documentation class button. Detailed imagery can be shown.

Ellipse Functions

Using ellipse functions, you can draw ovals. Therefore, use the following buttons:

IconDraw EllipseRect.png Using Ellipse (rectangle), you can draw ovals in your mapping.
  1. Clicking on the button a dialogue window opens, where you can enter values for your ellipse.
  2. If you have disabled the control Use these values to construct an ellipse, you can draw an ellipse straight in your drawing, by dragging a window with pressed left mouse button. The dimensions for the semi-axes of the drawn ellipse will be inserted automatically at the dialogue.
  3. If you wish to insert this ellipse multiple times, tick the control box Use these values to construct an ellipse. To insert the ellipse just click at the insertion point in your mapping.
Note Note: You can values by manual input of the dimensions into the text fields of the dialogue box. Angles are measured anti-clockwise with 0° pointing right.
IconDraw EllipseSemiAxis.png Using Ellipse (semi-axis), you can draw ovals in your mapping.
  1. Clicking on the button a dialogue window opens, where you can enter values for your ellipse.
  2. If you have disabled the control Use these values to construct an ellipse, you can insert an ellipse by drawing 3 points with left mouse-click. The first 2 points define the length and the alignment of one of the semi-axes (ideally the semi-major axis). The third point is located anywhere on the arc corresponding to the drawn semi-axis. The best way to precede is to position it perpendicular to the centre of the already defined semi-axis.

You may continue with 3. as described above.

Dialogue Construction of Ellipses and the resulting ellipse.
IconDraw EllipseArc.png Using Ellipse Arc, you can draw segments of ovals in your drawing.
  1. - 2. The procedure as described for constructing an ellipse (semi-axis) Next, you continue to draw from the centroid of the ellipse cutting edges from those the ellipse shall be.

You may continue with 3. as described above.

Dialogue Construction of Ellipses and the resulting ellipse arc.