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 Post subject: Shape Suggestion
PostPosted: 28 May 2014, 08:51 
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Hello,

It would be extremely useful if shapes were defined in relative coordinates rather than absolute coordinates. Then allow the user to select any listed point as the origin of the shape, or select "Center" to set the shape origin to the geometric shape center. Then the user can enter X/Y coordinates, and place the object origin at the specified coordinates.

The would greatly enhance the users ability to precisely align and position object, and would be very useful when doing footprints as well.

Currently, I find I must draw my footprint in autocad and either import a dxf or id specific coordinates and play with grid offsets or manually modify the object point list......

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Shape Suggestion
PostPosted: 29 May 2014, 03:51 
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Joined: 09 Jun 2010, 08:12
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Hello,

To edit the shape coordinates you can use the "Define Origin" from toolbar. Set "Define Origin" in a some point of shape ( for example corner) and change coordinats.

Serg Luts
DipTrace Team


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 Post subject: Re: Shape Suggestion
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2014, 12:00 
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Hi Sergi,

Not really sure how that would help me position the object accurately. I don't want to have to recompute every point in my defined object..... I want to pick a point of the object, call it the Origin of the part/object, then set the drawing coordinates of the shape/object based on the shape/object origin.

I imagine the design flow to be as follows:
1) Right click object, properties
2) Type, layer, net, line width, and coordinates in X and Y are shown, with a button labeled "Points....."
3) Changing the coordinates will position the object's origin (by default, first point in point list) at the entered location
4) Clicking "Points....." opens the point list of the object. Pick any point, click a button labeled "Make origin", and the selected point becomes the new origin point.

This could be extended to groups of objects as well.....

Thanks
Howard


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