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Copy and Duplicate Objects in Ortelius

Any object can be copied to the system clipboard and pasted back into the drawing, or to other applications such as Apple Pages(TM) or Keynote(TM).

To Copy and Paste or Duplicate Objects:

1. To copy, do one of the following:

  • Select the object(s) and choose Edit > Copy from the main menu.
  • Use the CMND-C keyboard shortcut.
  • With the Select [s] tool active, hold the Option-key then press and drag an object to make a quick copy.
  • Choose Edit > Duplicate Objects > Once or CMND-D keyboard shortcut to quickly make single copies of the selected object(s).

2. To paste, do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit > Paste from the main menu.
  • Use the CMND-V keyboard shortcut.

HINT: Within the active layer, pasted objects will be placed with a predefined offset from the original object. When the pasted object is moved, subsequent pastes will respect the new offset of the moved object. When object(s) are pasted into a new layer they will first respect the original position, while subsequent pastes will be offset.

To Copy and Paste an Object In Place (With No Offset):

Do one of the following:

  • Hold the Option-key and a single click an object to paste it in place.
  • Copy the object(s) then hold the Option-key while choosing Edit > Paste In Place in the main menu (or use the Option-CMND-V keyboard shortcut).
  • Choose Edit > Duplicate Objects > Linear Duplicate… from the main menu and set the X,Y offset to 0,0 to make multiple copies pasted in place.

To Make Copies in a Circle Around a Point Using Polar Duplicate:

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  1. Choose Edit > Duplicate Objects > Polar Duplicate… from the main menu to make multiple copies of an object centered around a point.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Type the X/Y coordinates of the center point.
  • Use the “Target” button to interactively set the center point by clicking the drawing with the mouse.

3. Check the option to fit copies into a circle automatically. Alternatively, use the manual settings to designate the number of copies and angular increments.

To Use Linear Duplicate

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  1. Choose Edit > Duplicate Objects > Linear Duplicate… from the main menu.
  2. Type in the desired number of copies.
  3. Enter the desired X,Y offset (using the current drawing units).