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Move a grab point

Grab points make it easier to edit or move the vector elements in your converted image. These grab points indicate end points (i.e. for lines), circle center points, arc midpoints, etc.

See Also: Trim or extend a vector

 

There are two functions for moving grab points – Move Grab Point and Move Grab Point Ortho. When you use Move Grab Point Ortho, Scan2CAD tries to make the vectors attached to the grab points horizontal or vertical.

 

What you can do by moving a grab point

How to move a grab point

 

What you can do by moving a grab point

Moving a grab point can achieve a wide range of effects. For example:

 

Trim or extend a vector.

 See Trim or extend a vector.

 

Move the end point of a vector.

Before move

After move

 

If Attach End Points is on, all the end points within the Grab Snap Distance are moved. See Attach End Points for examples.

 

Move polyline, polygon and Bezier curve node points.

Before move

After move

 

Change the radius of an arc or circle.

Use Move Grab Point or Move Grab Point Ortho to move the grab point at an arc mid point or circle 12 o-clock point.

 

Move circles and text.

Use Move Grab Point or Move Grab Point Ortho to move a text grab point or the grab point at a circle center.

 

Erase small vectors by clicking.

When Move Grab Point or Move Grab Point Ortho are selected and you click, all vectors that lie entirely within the Grab Snap Distance are deleted. (This happens because all the grab points within the Grab Snap Distance are moved on top of each other when you click.)

Before click

After click

 

Erase vectors by “collapsing” grab points.

Before move

After move

In the illustrations above, one grab point has been dragged on top of an adjacent grab point and the two grab points have been merged.

 

How to move a grab point

1. If grab points are not displayed, press the G or P keys to display them. Use View Menu > Grab Point Size to make the grab points bigger or smaller.
2. Press the A key to toggle Attach End Points on or off as required.

If Attach End Points is off, select the vector to move by clicking on then clicking on the vector.

3. Do either of the following:
Click , press \ or select Vector Edit Menu > Modify > Move Grab Point.
Click or select Vector Edit Menu > Modify > Move Grab Point Ortho.
4. If you want movement to be constrained to a grid, set a Grid Snap Distance.
5. If you want to snap the grab point(s) to another vector, make sure that the End Point Snap and / or the Between Ends Snap are on.
6. Do either of the following:

 

To move the grab point(s) a distance smaller than the Grab Snap Distance:
a) Position the cursor at the place you want to move the grab point(s) to, making sure that the grab point(s) you want to move are within the Grab Snap Distance.

You can increase the Grab Snap Distance by pressing the Period key (the key with > on it) or decrease the Grab Snap Distance by pressing the Comma key (the key with < on it).

b) Click.

 

To move the grab point(s) a distance greater than the Grab Snap Distance:
a) Position the cursor so that the grab point(s) you want to move are within the Grab Snap Distance.

You can increase the Grab Snap Distance by pressing the Period key (the key with > on it) or decrease the Grab Snap Distance by pressing the Comma key (the key with < on it).

b) Press down your left mouse button. Holding down your left mouse button, move your mouse. When you are satisfied with the new position of the grab point(s), raise your left mouse button.

 

If View Vector Ghosts is selected the old position of the vector(s) is shown as a gray “ghost”.

 

Click to undo.

 

Problems? See Troubleshooting vector editing, Technical support

 

If a Pick Color is selected you can only move grab points belonging to Pick Colored vectors.

 

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