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WS Your Way – Defining Lengths on a Touch Screen
4:29 pm  .   March 7, 2011  .   admin

AutoCAD WS is evolving from day to day. As you read this post, our engineers and designers are creating new features and bringing life to new products. We base large parts of our product updates on users’ requests and feedback that we receive from around the world. This blog is also a great platform for us to listen to you about design decisions both large and small.

Today, we want your opinion about how and where to display units when drawing new objects (polyline, circle) or editing an existing object (move, rotate). AutoCAD WS is built for quick editing and sketching, but being able to set units accurately is also important.

Since our last update – Version 1.2 – we now display the units next to a line as you draw it. To help you create accurate drawings we round the units as you draw and, if the line is close to orthogonal, we snap it to an angle of 90 degrees. But we know that your finger can hide the number when using short gestures and it’s not yet possible to type an input.

We want you to let us know the easiest way for you to make accurate modifications such as drawing a 15-inch line or moving a block by 0.5 meters.

Take a look at the following four options and vote in the poll below.

1. Keep it the way it is. The simple display of the units when creating a new object or editing works for me.

2. Display the units at the top of the screen. After specifying the first point, display the units as I drag my finger. This way I won’t have to peek behind my finger.

3. Allow me to edit the units after the line is set. When you lift up your finger you’ll be able to edit the units (for example, changing it from 12 to 12.45). That way you’ll be able to draw quickly and adjust the object’s settings afterwards.

4. Type in the line length and set the angle. Just as you can in AutoCAD, I want to input a precise amount when adding new objects or editing my drawings. Don’t forget that since there’s no mouse on a touch screen, you’ll either have to tap or to type an angle in order to set the direction.

Those are the four choices, now we want to hear what you have to say:

[polldaddy poll="4674725"]

  • Danny Ruo

    It would really be useful to be able to measure distance accurately !

  • Craig Gibeaut

    For Option 3, it’s not clear that both the length AND the angle could be edited after drawing.

  • MADHard

    Option 3 with the possibility to set also the angle. Option 4 would take a lot of time to draw a simple plan.

  • ian

    This dimensioning scheme must be implemented in future builds.


  • superbondbond

    as it stands now (v 1.2) there is no way to accurately draw a line of specific length.

    Take for example a line 12′-6 3/4″ long. right now I start the line, it snaps to either 12 or 13 feet. If I zoom in and try to pan as I am drawing the line I can’t see the displayed length because it moves off the screen. the only way I have found to draw a line of that length is to make a p-line. first draw 12 feet, then zoom in and draw 6 inches, then zoom in further and draw 3/4 inches.

    The only way to achieve this is to be able to key in the length either as you draw it or after the fact. I really hope this is added to the next version.

    • Daniel

      For now, this function exists in the web app only.

  • Anthony Roberts

    I voted the poll! And I voted the “Keep it this way”. Yeah I just like what you said the simple display of the units when creating a new object or editing works also works for me. I am fine with the simple one. The other method of defining lengths seems like not so clear to me. I think I need more explanation about it. Just like the other commentator said on the number 3, it is not clear that both the length AND the angle could be edited after drawing.

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