viewing object dimensions while drawing

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viewing object dimensions while drawing

Postby pturpin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:12 pm

I've played with the Trial version a little. I'm interested in drawing architectural floor plans and elevations, and I would like to be able to see the dimensions of the shapes I draw (e.g., a 2'-6" x 3'-0" window in an elevation). So far, all I see is the cursor cross-hair position on the Cartesian grid of the whole document. Is there a way to see the object size (in scale) rather than its Cartesian position?

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Re: viewing object dimensions while drawing

Postby Husky » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:16 pm

Hi Paul,
make sure that your Status Bar is visible (Menu View --> Status Bar).
Choose the Tool "Rectangle",
the Menu Snap Points will open up and you can see at the Bottom left corner the Function "Set relative Zero". Set this relative Zero Point in your drawing where you need to start your rectangle. Ideally on an other Element with a clear snap point like end or center.
This relative zero point has to be the first corner of your rectangle. Now you can move your mouse to find the second corner - watch the numbers in your Status bar and it will show you the dimensions ....
means 5 units width and 10 units high

This screen shot is from the left bottom corner of your QCad Window ....
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Re: viewing object dimensions while drawing

Postby andrew » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:13 am

Paul, you can also use the measuring tools of QCAD (menu Info) to measure distances in your drawing.

If you want to see the dimensions permanently, add a dimension entity (menu Dimension). Dimension entities are usually added on a separate layer, so they can be easily hidden when desired.
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