Auto Point ( Modeling & Drawing Editor )

Tool summary :

  • Can be used to snap to different kinds of points, depending on how it is Configured for a particular tool.
  • Auto Point can be used in the Drawing Editor for the layout of construction lines and graphical objects or in Modeling for the layout of members, materials, construction lines, etc.
  • If Auto Point is Configured for FRPT and an " Aperture " has been set, a Modeling or Drawing Editor tool uses FRPT when it cannot find any other points that Auto Point is configured for within the radius of the " Aperture ."
  • If Auto Point is not Configured for FRPT and an " Aperture " has been set, then Auto Point uses CNTR to place a point at the center of the drawing file or view when the mouse pointer ( ) is positioned farther than the " Aperture " from the nearest locatable point.
  • If you are adding a construction line, locating the same point twice using Auto Point draws a vertical construction line through that point.
  • See how Auto Point works and the step-by-step instructions .

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   How Auto Point works :

  • The Locate icon Auto Point is blue when Auto Point is active, and the icons for the types of points associated with Auto Point are selected (depressed). For instance, if you are adding construction lines and Auto Point is blue, and the point locators INCM , INCL and EXPT are selected, then Auto Point searches for intersections of construction lines with members, intersections of construction lines and exact points until it identifies (with a point location target ) the single point of these types of points that is nearest to the mouse pointer ( ).

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   Step-by-step instructions :

1 . Invoke any tool that uses point locators (for instance, Construction Line Add ).

2 (if it's not selected already) : Click the Auto Point icon so that it turns blue, or choose Locate > Auto Point .

3 . Place the mouse pointer ( ) near where you want the point.

4 . Construction Line Add searches for all points of the type that are active (whose icons are selected), and the point location target snaps to the one point that is closest to the mouse pointer ( ).

5 . If the one point that the point location target snaps to is the point you want, left-click ( Locate ).

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