These topics will discuss different aspects and techniques to Navigate through Flexijet Stone.

Navigating in the canvas area.

In Touch mode:

  • Move the canvas may be moved by dragging with 1 finger. As well, pinch with 2 fingers to zoom in and out.
  • Use 2 fingers to pinch-to-zoom in and out.
  • To select objects in Touch Mode, use the ‘Select Object’ tool.

In PC-Mode:

  • Click the scroll-wheel on the mouse and move to real-time pan.
  • Zoom in and out using the mouse’s scroll wheel.
  • Left click to select objects. Hold shift and click to add additional objects to the selection. ‘ESC’ to cancel the selection.
  • Right click to open the drop-down menu of the selected element. The pop-up menu changes if no element is selected.
    FlexiCAD right click drop down menu

Navigation controls.

  • Additional navigation controls are available in the bottom right corner of the Flexijet Stone window.
  • To automatically zoom the Canvas or page view to show all elements on the page, press the ‘Zoom Borders’ button. (Sometimes called ‘Best Fit’)
    Zoom Borders (Best Fit) Gif

Using the keyboard and mouse

  • Depending on the selected command in Flexijet Stone, inputs are made with the keyboard, the Flexijet or the pointing device (mouse). Values (coordinates, length) can be entered in the command line with the keyboard, or in the ‘coordinates’ panel. The cursor “jumps” automatically to the command line when inputs are made from the keyboard.
  • An active command can be cancelled at any time by pressing the escape key (ESC). In the command window, the message ‘Cancel’ appears. Already drawn objects or elements of the object are not deleted.
  • Commands are also terminated if after prompted to enter a value only the Enter key is pressed and no value is typed in the command line. The message ‘Cancel’ does not appear in the command window.
  • Keyboard input and mouse actions can be combined. An active command can be cancelled by moving the cursor to the display area and pressing the right mouse button.

Object Snap

With the help of Object Snap, you can snap points of an object or individual elements in the display area.

When you start FlexiCAD, certain basic settings are predefined, and can be adjusted as required. Look at the window Draft Settings on the left side. Ensure the Properties window is visible, click left on Draft Settings (at the bottom of the window). From here, you may select the Object Snap settings you wish to turn On/Off.
FlexiCAD Draft Setings Snap options

The selected snap options are generally active and don’t have to be selected via the snap functions in order to use them.
If you deactivate these options, you can still select the appropriate object snap commands for single-use from the Contextual ribbon buttons, available when a command is active.
FlexiCAD Contextual Ribbon

The snap functions highlighted in the draft settings are only active when a command that needs those has been activated (such as line
drawing, dimensioning, distance measure…).

Polar tracking

Polar tracking ‘snaps’ the cursor movement to specified angles when in proximity to those angles. When you create or modify objects, you can use polar tracking to display temporary alignment paths defined by the polar angles you specify.

Polar tracking can be turned on and off under the ‘Polar Tracking’ section of the ‘Draft Settings’ window. Similarly, the interval of degrees at which to track can be specified here, e.g. 45 will snap at every 45 degree interval.
Polar tracking window

Polar tracking demo GIF

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