hidden lines

Discussion in 'AutoSketch' started by romoshka, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. romoshka

    romoshka Guest

    Raw (very raw) newbie here. Daft but not screwed I did get my prog installed with the gracious help of Autodesk.

    I do orthopaedics for a living but operate a hobby machine shop that does enough business to pay the electric bill. In an attempt to better document some of my inventions/creations I sought out a low cost drawing prog and my research lead me to Autosketch. Now I am feeling like a complete and total idiot! This CAD drawing stuff is tough. Can some nice person help me to draw some hidden lines? Can't seem to figure out how to draw those dashed lines.

    romoshka, Feb 21, 2005
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  2. romoshka

    Harvey Guest

    You should have Paul Jackson's book, "Hands On A House," which you can
    from him through a web site:

    MAN! That seems expensive to me, but I haven't bought it in six or seven
    years. Maybe it's better to order from Paul himself through email, at
    http://www.resolv.com.au/ yeah that's better.

    I think the Resolve site is "under construction," if that's the
    appropriate euphemism.

    Boy, things have changed in Perth - and not for the better it seems.

    In the meantime, email directly with an un-munged addy and I'll send you
    a "Getting Started" file you can peruse to get you off the mark.

    Harvey, Feb 21, 2005
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  3. romoshka

    Harvey Guest

    Yo, Steve.

    It's not clear what you want to do. If you want a dashed line, you will
    find the "Style" tool on the All-In-One tool bar. [If you place you
    cursor on each icon, a call-out will appear describing the action of
    that particular operation (or tool).] There you will find the dashed line.

    A "tool" is an icon that allows you to do a certain procedure on the
    drawing. For instance, if you find the "Line Multiple" tool and
    click-hold the cursor on it, a fly-out menu will appear and you can drag
    the cursor over each of those icons and read the call-out. When you
    release the mouse, you have chosen that tool.

    Clear as mud? I'll assume it's clear to you.

    So now choose the "Line Single" tool. Click on the drawing in two places
    and you have drawn a dashed line between those points.

    If you really need a "hidden" line, then you will have to use "Layers,"
    a concept you need to know but is more involved than simple drawing.
    Draw a few things first, get your feet wet, then ask about Layers.

    That's the general idea. When you have a look at "Getting Started"
    you'll see the steps necessary to set up your drawing page like you want
    it - or should have it.

    Harvey, Feb 21, 2005
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