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By Greg Papp
#45323
I tried Vectorworks for about 5 minutes the other day and I immediately noticed something AC could really use: when drawing wall, lines etc, it would subtly snap to horizontly vertical etc without a shift key modifier, but one is not confined to those directions - it felt good and went more quickly than having to reach for the shift key. Not having to hold the shift key down to constrain would save me about 1000 keystrokes a day!
By Greg Papp
#45332
Actually, there is no on or off - it's just there; you can draw, say, a horizontal wall using intelligent constraint, or override it by moving the cursor up to draw a wall, say, 10 degrees off axis. It's like snap without the grid.
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By TomWaltz
#45333
oreopoulos wrote:Actually ortho mode is not automatic in CAD programs i know.
I really like the shift mode. It is easier than having an ortho mode on and of.
I have to say I'm a bit torn. I've used programs with and without the lock on/off and shift-modifiers. Personally, I find the on/off annoying.

CAD programs tend to lean towards on/off. Everything else in the world (design and graphics, word processing, etc) leans towards shift-constraints.
#49614
I think better mouse constraints and snaps are sorely needed in ArchiCAD. I used ArchiCAD for a couple of years out of college, but only recently started using it again with v9 after an eight year absence. I've used VectorWorks, formZ, AutoCAD, and a couple of others. I have to say that I found AutoCAD's polar snaps and object/node tracking features to be the most useful of all of them. I usually find a polar snap of every 15 degrees to be far more useful than orthogonal snaps.
By Rashid Garuba
#49625
At the very least, let us have it and let the use configure it on, off, or auto-with whatever increments the user prefers. To me any modifier that is used very frequently can be improved by some degree of automation... You can draw a very accurate complex shape including angles in Revit without ever touching the keyboard.

I would absolutely prefer to toggle auto-angle mode off every now and then than use shift all day long.
Last edited by Rashid Garuba on Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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By s2art
#49629
My shift key is always in the same place, and is really easy to press down, so I don't have any problem with using it to constrain the mouse direction. I would definitely like a more polar type angle constraint setting (as Jesse mentioned) and be able to set to every 15 degrees (or whatever suits), as well as on-the-fly setting.
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By ~/archiben
#49632
using a button as modifier always gives a greater flexibility - it means constraints and methods can be altered 'on-the-fly' to suit a certain scenarios that your rigid on/off constraint methods hadn't considered.

also: get used to using the tools, snaps, special snaps and constraint modifiers in the control box . . . they are your Best Friends!

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