Snapping to Grid

Discussion in 'AutoSketch' started by tmostad, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. tmostad

    tmostad Guest

    When I draw an object with snap to grid enabled it works as expected but if try to drag the object and hav it snap to the gridu when I drop it then it doesn't snap to grid. It seems to want to have my cursor snap to the grid and if I don't exactly select the object right ont a grid point I can't find a way to get it back on the grid. Is this a feature or a bug?
     
    tmostad, Nov 23, 2004
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    Paul Jackson Guest

    Hello

    In DrawingOptions (Ctrl + Q) and the Selection Tab, there is an option
    called "Snap About Point to Grid" and if you select this, Grid Snap on it
    will place the About Point (Yellow Diamond) on a GridPoint when you make a
    selection.

    Grid Snap needs to be on also.

    Paul

    if try to drag the object and hav it snap to the gridu when I drop it then
    it doesn't snap to grid. It seems to want to have my cursor snap to the grid
    and if I don't exactly select the object right ont a grid point I can't find
    a way to get it back on the grid. Is this a feature or a bug?
     
    Paul Jackson, Nov 23, 2004
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    Rod Hulbert Guest

    It's broke. Snap About Point to Grid only works if you have Grid Snap on
    AND you select more that one object OR you type S to turn all snaps off
    before selecting one object (type S to turn it back on before moving it).
    As far as I can tell its always been broke, at least in all the versions I
    have.

    Rod
     
    Rod Hulbert, Nov 24, 2004
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  4. tmostad

    Paul Jackson Guest

    It isn't broken.
    If you are wanting to move objects by selecting grid points, Grid snap needs
    to be on anyway. So yes, Grid Snap does need to be on first, but then
    that's what the user is wanting to use.

    It's pointless snapping to grid if you are in Snap Off.

    Also a trick fro moving by the Snap distance is to select objects and then
    use "Shift + Arrow Keys".

    Paul
     
    Paul Jackson, Nov 25, 2004
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  5. tmostad

    tmostad Guest

    You say it isn't broken but compared to the behavior of every other drawing program I have ever used it sure feels like it. I don't see why anyone would design it so that the point you click on stays on grid instead of the object you are moving. Since you have snap to grid selected it seems only logical objects should stay snapped to the grid when you drop them and this is the way all other programs work. The shift + arrow is fine but really tedious for big moves on a fine grid. From my perspective this is broken.
     
    tmostad, Nov 28, 2004
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  6. tmostad

    Paul Jackson Guest

    Hello

    It's not the object that snaps to grid, but the "About Point" and this is
    the point that then is moved, taking the selection with it, snapping exactly
    to grid spacing. This is critical as your object/s may not be exactly on
    grid spacing.

    Paul

    drawing program I have ever used it sure feels like it. I don't see why
    anyone would design it so that the point you click on stays on grid instead
    of the object you are moving. Since you have snap to grid selected it seems
    only logical objects should stay snapped to the grid when you drop them and
    this is the way all other programs work. The shift + arrow is fine but
    really tedious for big moves on a fine grid. From my perspective this is
    broken.
     
    Paul Jackson, Nov 28, 2004
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  7. tmostad

    tmostad Guest

    Yes I see what you mean. I tried it and ut works as you say and now I believe it is a bad design. Sometimes I have to draw objects away from the object that I want them snapped to due to how aggressive the snapping function is. If I get too close to a snap point my cursor jumps to it instead of stopping on the grid point I want. Due to the design I need to draw my objects by in even numbers of grid point so that the about point falls exactly on the grid. If not then when I drag my newly drawn object to where I want to use it the it will be off by 1/2 of the grid width. Autosketch is the only drawing/CAD program I have ever used that works this way and it is not good.
     
    tmostad, Nov 30, 2004
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  8. tmostad

    Paul Jackson Guest

    Hello

    If you want to snap objects to other objects, use "Move About Point"

    Make your selection and right click on the about point. A menu appears that
    has "Move About Point", select it and you will be able to reposition the
    About point to, say, an End point of your object. Then by using your mouse,
    drag this point to snap onto another entity.

    "Move About Point" is also available as a custom toolbar item.

    Paul

    believe it is a bad design. Sometimes I have to draw objects away from the
    object that I want them snapped to due to how aggressive the snapping
    function is. If I get too close to a snap point my cursor jumps to it
    instead of stopping on the grid point I want. Due to the design I need to
    draw my objects by in even numbers of grid point so that the about point
    falls exactly on the grid. If not then when I drag my newly drawn object to
    where I want to use it the it will be off by 1/2 of the grid width.
    Autosketch is the only drawing/CAD program I have ever used that works this
    way and it is not good.
     
    Paul Jackson, Nov 30, 2004
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