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*Buchanan, Buck
Message 1 of 7 (45 Views)

About point won't move permanantly

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02-01-2000 09:13 AM
RE: QuickCad ver. 7

Hello all,

I have some grouped objects that together are not symmetrical in shape.
However, the group does contain a circle in which I want the about point
to be centered. After the objects are grouped, the about point seems to
be automatically located at what the program "thinks" of as the group's
center... however it's just some arbitrary point to me.

So I follow the directions on moving the about point and find that I can
move it but it only stays where I put it as long as the group stays
selected. After I de-select the group and re-select it again, I find
the about point has moved back to it's original location.

I've read the book and help files and believe I'm performing this
operation correctly. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much!

Buck Buchanan
*Smith, Harvey
Message 2 of 7 (45 Views)

Re: About point won't move permanantly

02-01-2000 10:26 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
Buck,

The AboutPoint cannot be permanently moved for a selection set. After you
deselect it will always return to the geometric center of any subsequent
selection set. If you think about it, that makes sense because the program can't
anticipate what you will include in any object grouping.

It's easy to move and place with a snap. Just one of the peculiarities of the
program that you have to get used to.

Buck Buchanan wrote:
>
> RE: QuickCad ver. 7
>
> Hello all,
>
> I have some grouped objects that together are not symmetrical in shape.
> However, the group does contain a circle in which I want the about point
> to be centered. After the objects are grouped, the about point seems to
> be automatically located at what the program "thinks" of as the group's
> center... however it's just some arbitrary point to me.
>
> So I follow the directions on moving the about point and find that I can
> move it but it only stays where I put it as long as the group stays
> selected. After I de-select the group and re-select it again, I find
> the about point has moved back to it's original location.
>
> I've read the book and help files and believe I'm performing this
> operation correctly. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks much!
>
> Buck Buchanan

--
http://www.westnet.com/~harvey/
*Rafuse, L.
Message 3 of 7 (45 Views)

Re: About point won't move permanantly

02-02-2000 07:59 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
If you make the grouping a symbol, you can assign the about point any where
you want. Then whenever you place a new symbol, the about point is where
you designated.

--
Len Rafuse
Vision Engineering

Buck Buchanan wrote:

> RE: QuickCad ver. 7
>
> Hello all,
>
> I have some grouped objects that together are not symmetrical in shape.
> However, the group does contain a circle in which I want the about point
> to be centered. After the objects are grouped, the about point seems to
> be automatically located at what the program "thinks" of as the group's
> center... however it's just some arbitrary point to me.
>
> So I follow the directions on moving the about point and find that I can
> move it but it only stays where I put it as long as the group stays
> selected. After I de-select the group and re-select it again, I find
> the about point has moved back to it's original location.
>
> I've read the book and help files and believe I'm performing this
> operation correctly. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks much!
>
> Buck Buchanan
*Smith, Harvey
Message 4 of 7 (45 Views)

Re:

02-02-2000 08:20 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
> If you make the grouping a symbol, you can assign the about point any where
> you want. Then whenever you place a new symbol, the about point is where
> you designated.

Isn't that called the "Base Point", Len?

H
*Texidor, José C.
Message 5 of 7 (45 Views)

Re:

02-02-2000 08:56 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
This is very true. At least this should be an option when grouping entities
and symbols. Like in AutoCAD.
Remember BASE command? Well, maybe in version 8 or 9.

Joe

Harvey Smith wrote in message
news:38972558.B3BC1645@westnet.com...
> Buck,
>
> The AboutPoint cannot be permanently moved for a selection set. After you
> deselect it will always return to the geometric center of any subsequent
> selection set. If you think about it, that makes sense because the program
can't
> anticipate what you will include in any object grouping.
>
> It's easy to move and place with a snap. Just one of the peculiarities of
the
> program that you have to get used to.
>
> Buck Buchanan wrote:
> >
> > RE: QuickCad ver. 7
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I have some grouped objects that together are not symmetrical in shape.
> > However, the group does contain a circle in which I want the about point
> > to be centered. After the objects are grouped, the about point seems to
> > be automatically located at what the program "thinks" of as the group's
> > center... however it's just some arbitrary point to me.
> >
> > So I follow the directions on moving the about point and find that I can
> > move it but it only stays where I put it as long as the group stays
> > selected. After I de-select the group and re-select it again, I find
> > the about point has moved back to it's original location.
> >
> > I've read the book and help files and believe I'm performing this
> > operation correctly. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks much!
> >
> > Buck Buchanan
>
> --
> http://www.westnet.com/~harvey/
*Rafuse, L.
Message 6 of 7 (45 Views)

Re:

02-02-2000 11:32 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
Harvey Smith wrote:

> > If you make the grouping a symbol, you can assign the about point any where
> > you want. Then whenever you place a new symbol, the about point is where
> > you designated.
>
> Isn't that called the "Base Point", Len?
>
> H

yes.
--
Len Rafuse
Vision Engineering
*Buchanan, Buck
Message 7 of 7 (45 Views)

Re:

02-07-2000 07:52 AM in reply to: *Buchanan, Buck
Hi Len,

Thanks much for the input on this. I like the symbol thing except that
I need these groups to have pieces on multiple layers and the symbols
don't seem to keep layer information... or maybe they do and I just
can't figure out how to make it so. Unfortunately, I'm also having
trouble making simple groups exist on multiple layers too - will be
posting on this issue shortly.

Thanks again!

Buck

"L. Rafuse" wrote:
>
> If you make the grouping a symbol, you can assign the about point any where
> you want. Then whenever you place a new symbol, the about point is where
> you designated.
>
> --
> Len Rafuse
> Vision Engineering
>
> Buck Buchanan wrote:
>
> > RE: QuickCad ver. 7
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I have some grouped objects that together are not symmetrical in shape.
> > However, the group does contain a circle in which I want the about point
> > to be centered. After the objects are grouped, the about point seems to
> > be automatically located at what the program "thinks" of as the group's
> > center... however it's just some arbitrary point to me.
> >
> > So I follow the directions on moving the about point and find that I can
> > move it but it only stays where I put it as long as the group stays
> > selected. After I de-select the group and re-select it again, I find
> > the about point has moved back to it's original location.
> >
> > I've read the book and help files and believe I'm performing this
> > operation correctly. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks much!
> >
> > Buck Buchanan
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