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Working with Components

Last modified: Jun 04, 2015

All components in CET Designer are picked from the Components area on the left-hand side of the program window and placed in the drawing area. You can decide if you would like to place the components in the 2D view or in the 3D view. This chapter will describe component symbols and basic component behavior.

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Picking and placing components

The program components are on the component tabs at the left side of the program window.

To place a component in the drawing area, follow these steps:

  1. Click an icon on one of the component tabs. The corresponding component appears at the mouse pointer.
  2. Move the mouse pointer with the component to the drawing area, in the 2D or 3D view.
  3. Click where you want to place the component. The component will fasten in the drawing area and an identical component will automatically appear at the mouse pointer. To continue placing components, single click.
  4. To stop inserting components, press the Esc key on the keyboard or move the mouse outside the drawing area.

 

Releasing an active component

Whenever you have placed a component in the CET Designer drawing area, an exact copy always appears at the mouse pointer. Release this component from the pointer (before it has been placed) in one of the following ways:

  • Move the mouse pointer outside of the drawing area.
  • Press the Esc key on the keyboard.

 

Applying settings for components

When you place a component in the drawing area, an input box appears where you can enter the component’s value:

Input box with the component's value blue_input_box.gif

In some input boxes, you enter the information directly into the active field. In others, you only need to select a predefined value.

The following applies for input boxes in CET Designer:

  • You enter values using the keyboard.
  • You move between different levels (WidthHeight etc.) using the Tab key. Note, to step up a level in the input box, press Shift + Tab.
  • You move between the different values on one level by pressing the Spacebar key. Note, to return to a previous value on the same level in the input box, press Shift + Spacebar (levels with predefined options).
  • You select/deselect a value by pressing the Spacebar or by single-clicking on the desired value.

 

Movement Aid

When moving objects, dotted lines make it easier to move them in straight lines without having to resort to tools. This aid is triggered automatically when moving objects horizontally or vertically in a straight line. When the aid is active, it displays as a dotted pink line, while when merely moving objects, you will see a dotted gray line to indicate the origin of the object being moved. With the aid active, it is also possible to enter the exact value for the distance you wish to move the objects.

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Aid active Aid inactive


Here’s a short video showing just how the movement aid works:

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