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Newsletter - 20 July 2005

Product News & Information

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OUR VERSATILE AND EASY TO USE SNAP MODES!

Snap modes allow you to complete your drawings with precision and fine detailed accuracy. It takes all the hassle out of creating precise designs and is aimed at saving you both time and effort. The Snaps toolbar may be accessed using the Snap icons or by using any one of the accelerator keys. Once this has been accessed, you will be able to tell which mode you are in by the shape of your cursor.

 

In Snap Mode, the cursor moves exactly onto an existing part of the drawing and the point that is snapped to is accepted. This move and accept is performed each time you press ‘Enter’ or your left mouse button. A Snap Mode is therefore useful if you must continuously snap onto the same type of point, for example if you are drawing lines between grid points and must continually snap onto those grid points. The Snap Mode saves you having to jump to the point and then accept it as two separate actions.

 

The different snap modes that may be accessed include:

 

Grid

When using this snap mode, always ensure that your grids are switched on under the tools menu. You may access the Grid Snap Mode by clicking on the Grid Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Shift and G keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

The Grid Snap Mode will jump onto a grid point even if it is not displayed. If you however magnify into your drawing, the previously invisible grid points will appear.

 

Grab All

In Grab All mode the cursor is a square and automatically jumps exactly to any point within this square each time you press ‘Enter’ or your left mouse button. The Grab All Snap Mode may be accessed by clicking on the Graball Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Shift and A keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

 

JUMPS - GRAB ALL

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Point

To access the Point Snap Mode, click on the Point Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or press the Shift and J Keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

Sometimes when using Point Snap the cursor may jump to a seemingly blank point on the Screen. This is normally an arc, circle or ellipse centre point that you cannot see because the ‘Show Arc Centres’ option in Settings – View Settings is not checked. Once you have checked this box, the centre points will re-appear.

 

Freehand

The Freehand Mode may be accessed by clicking on the Freehand Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the ‘Shift’ and F keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

Geom Intersection

The Geom Intersection Mode may be accessed by clicking on the Geometry Intersection Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Shift and I keys on your keyboard at the same time. As you press Enter or click in the Geom Intersection Mode, the cursor automatically snaps onto the closest intersection or tangency point between geometry lines and circles.

 

Circle Centre

The Circle Centre Snap mode may be accessed by clicking on the Circle Centre Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Shift and E keys at the same time. This mode will not snap to the centres of Geometry circles, which means that you will need to use the ‘Geom Intersection’ mode for this purpose.

 

Perpendicular

The Perpendicular Snap is only operational when you are drawing a line. It will snap to another line or arc so that the line you are drawing is perpendicular to the other line or arc. You can access the Perpendicular Snap Mode by clicking on the Perpendicular Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Shift and P keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

Nearest Line / Arc

The Nearest Line / Arc Snap mode may be accessed by clicking on the Nearest Element Icon or by pressing the Shift and N keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

Tangent

The Tangent Snap is only operational when you are drawing a line or an arc. It will snap to another line or arc so that the line or arc you are drawing is tangential to the other line or arc. This mode may be accessed by clicking on the Tangent Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or by pressing the Ctrl and T keys on your keyboard at the same time.

 

Intersection

To access the Intersection Snap mode, click on the Intersection Snap Icon in the Snaps Toolbar or press the ‘Shift’ and Z keys on your keyboard at the same time. This mode can be used to automatically snap onto the closest ‘solid line’ intersection or a Geometry/’solid line’ intersection.

 

 

 

AllyCAD Support & Development

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LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • AllyCAD v3.4 PRO & SME
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD Help file Update
    (14/05/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.3 PRO & SME
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)

 

SEND IN A TECH TIP REQUEST

If there is a specific area in AllyCAD that you would like us to provide a Tech Tip on, then please let us know. Send your request to support@knowbase.co.za and indicate the subject heading as "Tech Tip Request".

 

Note: We will attempt to create Tech Tips for all responses, but this may be a time consuming process depending on the amount of requests that we receive. Should you require an immediate response, then please liaise with our Support Centre telephonically or via e-mail.

 

 

 

Training & Visits

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ALLYCAD TRAINING CONTACT DETAILS

Training is often regarded as the cornerstone to achieving optimal results and enhanced productivity. The value of good quality training cannot be emphasized enough.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

 

If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.

 

 

REGIONS

CONTACT DETAILS

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Shantell
Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959

 

 

CURRENT VISITS & TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visits and training activities over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to give us a call on (021) 701-1850. We would be happy to meet up with you to discuss your training or product needs.

 

 

REGIONS

DATES

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS

Durban

18 – 22 July

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Charles

East London

25 – 27 July

AllyCAD training

Solly

Port Elizabeth

26 – 28 July

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Vincent
Reece

Durban

1 – 4 Aug

AllyCAD training

Cedric

Kimberley/ Bloemfontein

1 – 5 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

 

 

 

Best Regards,
The Knowledge Base Team
www.knowbase.co.za

 


 

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RECRUITMENT

If you’re looking for the best possible candidate with the right skills and technical abilities for the job, then look no further than the Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre. We specialise in the sourcing of top quality candidates for the Civil Engineering and CAD Design industries.

This is a random selection of our candidates. Send us an email and include the Candidate Number for further information.

 

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Candidate 387

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