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

Navigating in the canvas area.

In Touch mode:

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

Selection boxes:

When you left-click and move the cursor from left to right and click again to create a selection box, only the objects that are completely within the rectangular selection area are selected.
Left to right:

When you left-click and move the cursor from right to left and click again to create a selection box, objects that are touched by the selection box and objects that are completely within are all selected.
Right to Left:

Navigation controls.

  • Additional navigation controls are 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. (Also known as ‘Zoom Extents’ or ‘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 focus on the command line when inputs are made from the keyboard.
  • An active command can be cancelled by pressing the escape key (ESC). In the command window, the message ‘Cancel’ appears. The ‘Cancel’ button on Flexijet 3D acts similarly. 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 without needing to precisely align the cursor.

The ‘Draft settings’ tab is located on the bottom left of the screen.From here, you may select the global 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, visible 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 demo GIF

Viewing in 3D

Multiple 2D folders, or true 3D elements can be viewed in 3D in Flexijet Stone. The ‘Home’ or Project folder is a 3D folder, and selecting this folder by clicking on the text will show elements in 3D
Project explorer with home folder and 3D folder indicated

Within a 3D folder, the view can be rotated using the ‘Dynamic 3D View’ function.
Dynamic 3D View function

Select the ‘Dynamic 3D View’ function, and then left-click to rotate the 3D view.


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