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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:18 am    Post subject: Isometric drawing Reply with quote

I need to do some isometric drawing. Is there a way to do this using Draw? Question

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no isometric grid in Draw, and I don't see any way to 'fake it' with a simple rectangular grid. I have tried to do some isometric figures using lines rotated to 30 or 60 as guides. That helps, but it's still a very tedious process.
It would be a nice enhancement though.
Maybe someone has a clever workaround Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I hope it will be implemented someday. I know it would be usefull to me. Smile

But if it is not possible, is there a way to do polyline drawing by entering coordinates instead of using the mouse?

Anyway, thanks for confiming this to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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is there a way to do polyline drawing by entering coordinates...

Not that I know ofshort of ripping open the .odg file and editing the XML Wink
I did read an article recently on how to make a custom "smart" shape; lemme see ... odd, I can't find it now.

You can draw a line of exact length and rotation angle by entering those values in the "Position and Size" dialog. That can be used as a guide for drawing polygons, since you can turn on "snap to object points" (something like that) and snap the polygon vertices to the endpoints of the line. You can also set an exact position, but you might as well use the grid for that.

I never found a way to construct a polygon from individual lines; Draw seemed to always convert the lines to Bezier curves (Grr).

Basically, it's possible but tedious.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are looking for a CAD program at a resonable price try TurboCAD.

http://www.nothingbutsoftware.com/catalog_type_page/ProductCode/30979

$18 for the box edition with manual. Very Happy

I've been using it for about 6 months and haven't had any problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It look nice, but it is overkill for what I need to use it for. Also it runs on windows only : Sad

The reason I needed iso drawing was just to draw trellis for a decomposition of a module in a math homework I had to do. What I needed to draw was some sort of a 3 dimentional transparent box (with no perspective) slanted in a perticular way (like in an iso drawing paper). It would have been really easy on an isometric grid but it was VERY tedious with the square coordinates.
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