Ortho mode in command line

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Ortho mode in command line

tomma
Hello everyone, I am a new user of librecad because I would like to use a free software rather than stay on Autocad.

Like everyone I have my habits when I work with autocad and I would like to find the same way to work on a CAD software. I'm drawing only 2D buildings plans.

I always draw my plans with the direct entry in ortho mode, this is to say that I create a line, I put the first point anywhere, I indicate the direction with my cursor and I indicate a number in the line control. It also works without the ortho mode but it is less convenient.
I only draw this way but I can not find an equivalence on FreeCAD could you help me ?
I know that I can draw with the relative coordonate but is so long when you need to draw a building.

sorry for my mistakes, I'm French
thank you
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

sunggus
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Hi Tomma,

To be honest, very hard for me to get your point. And another thing, this is LibreCAD, not FreeCAD. FreeCAD is a freeware 3D drawing while LibreCAD is 2D drawing.

My suggestion, please include drawing of what you want to ask. If you ask the equivalent tool of AutoCAD in LibreCAD, like what that tool in AutoCAD do. That will help us to understand you question.

But to be honest, this LibreCAD is very easy as long you have understanding in drawing. I myself I started from zero and I now may draw isotropic drawing. For example: if you want to draw horizontal line 20 units, than you need command line as below:
line (enter)
@20<0

That will do. And if you want to continue a vertical (positive) line from the edge of that previous line with 20 unit long, then you need to run this command:
line (enter)
@20<90

Where it will be started? The (x,y) coordinate is started from the left bottom corner which is marked with cross-red mark. There are started.

Links below will help you a lot.
https://wiki.librecad.org/index.php/LibreCAD_users_Manual
https://wiki.librecad.org/index.php?title=LibreCAD_users_Manual#Using_Command_Line
https://wiki.librecad.org/images/2/20/LibreCAD_Users_Manual_2.1.3.pdf

Best regard,
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

dellus
I think Tomma wants to avoid having to type in @20<90, instead just 20 and indicating it's vertically to the last point by positioning the cursor somewhere above that.
This is not possible in LibreCAD, at least I don't know about.
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

sunggus
Sorry for my misunderstood. I actually don't know many about AutoCAD, especially compared to my knowledge to LibreCAD.

But is that possible to draw a line without explicitly provide the length and the angle? Isn't it a vector?

Best regard,
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

sunggus
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Hi Dellus, Tomma.

I am not sure that this explanation will help you. I did curious with that "ortho", so I searched over the net, and I found this explanation from AutoDesk and youtube. Ortho (orthogonal) means is that the cursor movements are limited to vertical or horizontal only, which is means cursor can only move either 0, or 90, or 180, or 270 degree only. Of course, there is tool for it in LibreCAD, three tools: Restrict Orthogonal (command: rr), restrict horizontal (command: rh), and restrict vertical (command rv). And to free all those restrictions, there is Restrict Nothing (command line: rn). The detail command for command line you may find them here: https://wiki.librecad.org/index.php/Commands

To activate that tool (in my LC 2.2.0 RC1), from "Widgets => Toolbars => Snap Selection"
Restrict Orthogonal

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-lt/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2018/ENU/AutoCAD-LT/files/GUID-128AC5D7-72B0-498F-958D-7F619A73EC5F-htm.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFYNWFef_I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS0RiQZCiwA

Sorry if this is not you want.

Best regard,
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

dellus
@ sunggus: you might have a look at DraftSight. It's commercial but they offer a free version. It has the feature Tomma wants. If you activate Ortho there you will see how it works.
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Re: Ortho mode in command line

sunggus
OK Dellus. Sorry for my mistake.

Best regard,