In ARCHLine.XP, the importance of the keyboard, in addition to typing values and text, lies in making certain drawing commands faster and more convenient by using key combinations.
Enter values (numbers, texts, arithmetic expressions, coordinates)
In ARCHLine.XP, values can be entered either in the Command line window or through the Dynamic input field. When the program asks you to enter a value, you can type text, numbers, arithmetic expressions, or coordinates in two places in the input window:
- the values can be entered in the Dynamic Input field in the vicinity of the cursor
- in the Command line window after clicking.
Two-dimensional coordinates can be specified in a Cartesian coordinate system (X, Y) or using polar coordinates. Polar coordinates can also be used in an AutoCAD® compatible mode. Enter the distance and angle as follows, e.g. (1 unit distance below 45 degrees):
- In absolute coordinate system: 1 < 45
- In relative coordinate system: @ 1 < 45
In arithmetic expressions, you can specify values and an operation symbol that can be used between them (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).
Example: 6.5, 3 as X, Y coordinate: 3 + 2 * 2-1 / 2, 3
In ARCHLine.XP with the key ENTER you can close an active command or subcommand during the operation. You can also replace the ENTER key by pressing the right mouse button. Within a dialog box, right-clicking does not replace the OK button.
Special keys cannot be used to enter characters or numbers per se, but you can activate a command with a key or key combination.
Many keys or key combinations are predefined in ARCHLine.XP, the rest can be freely specified by the user. The user can also change the predefined combinations.
The following is a description of the actions that can be activated using a special key or key combination.
Quick Delete or Select (CTRL + Left Click)
Where can I turn it on and off? File - Options - User Interface - User Interface - Customizing Mouse Behaviour
- When enabled, CTRL + Left click deletes the item.
- When disabled, CTRL + Left click will only select or add the item to the items that have already been selected.
Delete Part (Ctrl + Shift + Left Click)
If you hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys and click an element, the part of the element that is between intersections is deleted.
Delete (DEL) key
If you select an item in the drawing and press the Del key, the entire item is deleted.
Ctrl and (+) / (-) keys: Zoom in - Zoom out
When the floor plan window is active, press Ctrl and +/– to activate the Zoom In / Out command.
- Ctrl and (+) Zoom
- Ctrl and (-) Zoom Out
If the active 3D view is a perspective:
- Ctrl + (+) The observer approaches to the object (perspective magnification).
- Ctrl + (-) The position of the observer diverges from the object.
In ARCHLine.XP, pressing the Shift key while an editor or selection command is active can perform the following actions:
- For point input: Vertical, horizontal and 45 degree constraints
- In selection: Select multiple items
In a graphical editing command, Angle Snap determines the placement of the second point relative to the first point. The second point is attracted to the nearest fixed angle. The default directions are 0, 45, 90, 135, 180, 225, 270, 315.
Where can I turn it on and off?
Options - Snap and Grid - Object Snap
If Angle snap is not switched on you can still use it if you are pressing Shift key. Keeping Shift key pressed the cursor moves to the predefined angle direction. After having selected the needed direction go on with the command you wanted to execute. Shift key the most often is used to find the vertical and horizontal directions.
Select multiple items
Only one item can be selected in the program with a single click. However, pressing Shift or CTRL allows you to select multiple items together. After you select an item in the drawing area, press Shift or CTRL while you click more items. You can exclude items from the selection by holding down Shift or CTRL and clicking an item that is already selected.
If you press Esc key the program cancels any ARCHLine.XP command that may be in progress and gets into ’Select a command’ mode. Press Esc key if you cannot close a command with the Enter key or more Enters are needed to terminate the command. Esc key can be also used to interrupt heavy calculation commands in progress (dense hatch patterns, regeneration of shaded model in 3D view, etc.).