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Auxiliary Lines and Text

So far we have seen items of two kinds: Pieces and Aux. Measurements. The piece is something real: steel which is going to be cut and bent. On the other hand, an auxiliary measurement only gives additional information. Therefore, it is not taken into account to calculate the weight.

We are going to see other items which only give additional information and are not taken into account to calculate the weight: Auxiliary Line and Text.

AUXILIARY LINE

Choose General->Models->Add / Change / Delete.

Type model code 2013 and press OK.

You are now in the model window.

Choose the menu option Item->Add Auxiliary straight line.

The mouse pointer has changed to + (crosshairs) and on the window title you can read: INDICATE BEGINNING OF AUXILIARY LINE.

Click with the left mouse button on 3-B.

On the window title you can read: INDICATE END OF AUXILIARY LINE OR ARC.

Click with the RIGHT mouse button on 10-B.

Choose the menu option Item->Add Auxiliary straight line.

The mouse pointer has changed to + (crosshairs) and on the window title you can read: INDICATE BEGINNING OF AUXILIARY LINE.

Click with the left mouse button on 10-B.

On the window title you can read: INDICATE END OF AUXILIARY LINE OR ARC.

Click with the LEFT mouse button on 14-H.

AUXILIARY ARC

A subtype of Aux. Line is the Aux. Arc.

Choose Item->Add Auxiliary Arc, anticlockwise.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE BEGINNING OF AUXILIARY ARC.

Click with the LEFT button on 7-C.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE CENTER OF AUXILIARY ARC.

Click with the RIGHT button on 7-E. You can use the left instead of the right button, as has been already explained.

A small point has appeared on 7-E and on the window title you can read:

INDICATE END OF ARC

Click with the right button on 7-G

An arc has been drawn.

The difference between clockwise and anticlockwise has already been explained in the Arcs chapter.

You can move, copy, change size, rotate, etc. Aux. Lines and Arcs in a similar way as you can do with Pieces and Aux. Measurements. Remember that to perform these operations you must be in the ITEM setting.

You can also perform the same operations with members which have been explained in the Members and values chapter. If you perform a "MOVE" operation while in the ITEM setting you move the Aux. Line or Arc, but if you perform the same operation while in the MEMBER setting you change it. You can perform no operation with values because Aux. Lines have no values.

TEXT

Now we are going to create Text Items.

Choose Item->Add Text.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE TEXT LOCATION.

Click with the LEFT button on 3-H.

A "T" has appeared.

Choose Item->Add Text.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE TEXT LOCATION.

Click with the LEFT button on 10-G.

Another "T" has appeared.

Choose Drawing->Value Edit / Drawing Edit to go to Value Edit mode.

You see you can edit both text fields.

Press F2 again to return to Drawing Mode.

An important difference between Text and Aux. Measurement without line is that the first is an alphabetic value, and the second is numeric. So only the second can be used in calculated numeric expressions ( see chapter Calculated Values ).

MULTILINE TEXT

A subtype of the Text Item is Multiline Text.

Choose Item->Add Multiline Text.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE TEXT LOCATION.

Click with the LEFT button on 3-E.

A "M" has appeared.

Choose Item->Add Multiline Text.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE TEXT LOCATION.

Click with the LEFT button on 11-E.

A "M" has appeared.

Choose Item->Add Text.

On the window caption you can read: INDICATE TEXT LOCATION.

Click with the LEFT button on 15-J.

A "T" has appeared.

Press F2 to go to Value Edit mode and test the new multiline text.

Instead of leaving a Multiline text field with Enter or down arrow key you must use f7, and instead of going to the previous value with up arrow key you must use f6. This is because Enter, up arrow and down arrow keys are used to edit and move inside the Multiline Text.

Press F2 again to return to Drawing Mode.

Finally create a piece with menu option Item->Add Piece.

At least one item of the Piece type is necessary. Remember that Aux. Measurements, Aux. Lines and Text items only provide additional information on the piece items, which are the only "real" ones.

Choose File->Exit.

Answer Yes to the question: Do you want to save the information ?

Test this model by using it in an order.

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