How to draw straight lines without using grid

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How to draw straight lines without using grid

zoneblue
How to draw straight lines by default, without using grid. If i set resstrict orthagonal it forces me to start the line from the relative zero, which is not what i want.
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Re: How to draw straight lines without using grid

Rickc
Do you have free snap turned on? It is beside the Ex. Looks like crosshairs
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Re: How to draw straight lines without using grid

zoneblue
It does not seem to matter if free snap is on or off, Restrict Orthangonal forces you to start a line from somewhere on the x or y plane of the Relative Zero Point. This behavior is shared with (inherirted from?) Qcad, and departs from the Autocad convention. I know the way its been done for 40 years is not always right, but in this case the fixation on relative zero is limiting.


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Re: How to draw straight lines without using grid

Jaycad
Try starting the line with Restrict Vertical/Horizontal  turned off, then turn it on to finish the line.  That's how I've been using it, anyway.

Another solution is to not use Restrict Vertical/Horizontal but hold down the shift key after starting a line. This constrains the line to 15° angle intervals so if you hold the cursor close to horizontal or vertical, you can place the endpoint vertically or horizontally from the start point.
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Re: How to draw straight lines without using grid

LordOfBikes
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Other options:
- press SHIFT to set the second point, this enables 15° snap and gives exact horizontal/vertical lines too
- use the command line, set first point, then enter @100,0 - that sets the endpoint 100 to the right horizontally (because Y=0)
- or enter @100<90 - 90 is the angle and creates a vertical line
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Re: How to draw straight lines without using grid

zoneblue
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>Try starting the line with Restrict Vertical/Horizontal  turned off, then turn it on to finish the line.

Chuckle, yep thats how ive been muddling along too. But the point of the line, offset, fillet method is you can draw  very quickly!

The shift key, awesome, i think thats a certified work around i can use.