Basic Editing

Creating Shapes

In the Draw-menu as well as in the Draw-toolbar there are features to create any kind of elements. For all elements, the coordinates of the shape are entered by the mouse. Further properties of these shapes are taken from the setup (shapes/defaults). Any property can be edited later with the Properties feature (see below). For some shapes like the polygon a control left-click is required to complete the point entry. As always these mouse/key combinations are displayed in the Mouse Help window.


Zooming is possible in any mode with the mouse wheel. By pressing the shift and/or the control key during the rotation of the mouse wheel, a fine zoom is performed. Moving the design view (also called pan) can be achieved by holding right-click while moving the mouse.


In the Select/Edit mode a single element can be selected with a left-click. Pressing and holding the left-click button will select anything in the resulting rectangle. Further options are available by additionally pressing the shift and/or control key. Details on these features will be displayed in the Mouse Help window.

A context menu with further features is available with a right-click.

In the Select menu additional select features are available. The context menu of the Select Status (in the lower right of the main windows) contains additional select options.

Basic Editing

The Draw menu also contains several features to graphically edit prior created shapes. Features such as move, copy, delete, cut, rotate, mirror and several more are available. Any of these modification features require selecting the shape before calling the editing feature and only selected shapes will be modified. Once the editing feature is called the mouse help window will guide you through that mode. A middle-click or a control left-click will terminate the mode and go back to the default edit/select mode.

Element Properties

With you double click in the Select/Edit mode, the properties dialog of the clicked element will be displayed. The resulting dialog depends on the type of element you have clicked on. All properties of an element can be edited. In the bottom left, there are additional features to convert the element. Additional features will become visible by pressing the little +.

You will see the same dialog in the Mainmenu/Draw/Properties feature. With this feature, you will have additional options (by pressing shift/control) to choose the element.

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