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Selecting Objects/Fixtures in CAD Wireframes

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks!' started by Dino, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Dino

    Dino Dino Mazza | VP, Product | CAST Software

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    Selecting an object or multiple objects is probably the most popular operation in CAD, and a necessary first step in all other CAD operations you plan to perform on an object.

    Yes, selecting an object is as easy as clicking on one of its lines, but it is really important to know all the different selection methods, because many times there is a better way than just clicking on an object...

    (For more information on selection, refer to "Editing Objects" in the Reference Guide).

    1. Basic Selection: Click an object's line.

    2. Selecting Multiple Objects with CTRL key: Hold down the CTRL key and click on an object, and another, and another....

    3. Selecting Multiple Objects with a Bounding box (Draw order LEFT TO RIGHT): This selects any object that is fully within the bounding box... If any objects are partially inside the bounding box, they are not selected...

    4. Selecting Multiple Objects with a Bounding box (Draw order RIGHT TO LEFT): This selects any object that is fully within the bounding box or partially within the bounding box.

    5. Selecting ALL objects on visible and editable layers: use CTRL + A (a button on the selection toolbar for this command is available)

    6. Selecting ALL objects on the current layer only: use CTRL + SHIFT + A (a button on the selection toolbar for this command is available)

    7. Cycle Selection: When multiple objects are overlapping each other, and you only want to select one of them, hold down the SHIFT button and click on a spot where multiple objects have overlapping or intersecting lines. (During this operation, the status bar in the bottom left corner displays: Cycle Selection: X of Y)

    8. Selection toolbar: it has some useful selection shortcuts, such as selecting all and selecting all on current layer, then selecting previously selected objects, or the last objects inserted.

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    9. Select Special: this menu is available under the Edit menu in CAD, and offers you some of the same selection options that appear on the Selection toolbar, plus an additional selection "Specify Layers to Select", which offers the ability to specify multiple layers which have objects that you would like to select.

    10. Right Click menu: it offers a list of library objects or fixtures inserted in the file, which gives you a way to select all objects/fixtures of a particular type.


    And some special selection options for Fixtures...

    11. Creating Fixture Groups (formerly named Concepts): If there are groups of fixtures which have a similar function, you can create a Fixture Group shortcut. Once the shortcut is created, all the fixtures in this Fixture Group will be selected by one click. (Note: Fixture Groups are also available in other areas of the software, and for instance can be used in DESIGN mode or LIVE mode when using the Designer Tools.

    12. Fixture Selection Toolbar: Added in Release 31, The Fixture Selection toolbar is a new way to select fixtures and cycle through them. It has the ability to select fixture by Spot Numbers (Fixture ID) or by the common Select Fixture By options in the dropdown. Cycle through fixtures with the Next and Previous buttons, or re-select your set using the Re-Select Fixtures button. And for your convenience, the toolbar remembers your previous Spot # searches entered.

    FixtureSelectionToolbar.png

    (For more information on selection, refer to "Editing Objects" in the Reference Guide).
     
    #1 Dino, Feb 4, 2014
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