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Direct Select, Zoom and Pan Navigation

Unlike other more complicated software, use the single direct Select [s] tool to select objects, move, rotate, move path points, change shapes, and more. Keep your focus where it belongs – on your drawing.

With multiple ways to navigate, zooming in and out, and panning around your drawing is a smooth experience.

To Select Objects:

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  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click on the Select tool in the Tools palette.
  • When another drawing tool is active, click the [S] keyboard shortcut.
  • When another tool is active, click the Esc-key to end editing (as needed) and again to return to the Select tool.

2. Click onto an object to edit.

To Move Objects:

  1. With the Select [s] tool, press onto an object and drag to move it.

HINT: To nudge objects, select the object(s) and use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move incrementally in any direction.

To Zoom In to Your Drawing:

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Do one of the following:

  • Click the magnifying glass Zoom In tool and press-and-drag onto your drawing over the area you want to enlarge.
  • Click once with the Zoom tool to enlarge the drawing a click at a time.
  • Use your trackpad pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom the main view.
  • Use the trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture to ‘Zoom To Selection if there is a selection, or ‘Zoom To Fit Window’ if there isn’t.
  • Double-click the Pan tool to ‘Fit-to window’.
  • Double-click the Zoom In / Out tools to zoom to 100%.
  • Hold the Option-key while using a scroll-wheel mouse to zoom in and out of your drawing at the current mouse position. (Choose (app) > Preferences > Options and check ‘Invert scroll-wheel zoom direction’ as desired.)
  • Use the Shift-CMND- + keyboard shortcut.

HINT: Shadows are automatically disabled at very high zoom levels (over 800%) for enhanced performance. This setting can be changed in (app) > Preferences > Performance in the main menu.

To Zoom Out of Your Drawing:

Do one of the following:

  • Click the magnifying glass Zoom Out tool and click to reduce the zoom the drawing a click at a time.
  • Use your trackpad pinch-outward gesture to zoom out the main view.
  • Double-click the Pan tool to ‘Fit-to window’.
  • Double-click the Zoom In / Out tools to zoom to 100%.
  • Hold the Option-key while using a scroll-wheel mouse to zoom in and out of your drawing at the current mouse position. (Choose (app) > Preferences… Options and check ‘Invert scroll-wheel zoom direction’ as desired.)
  • Use the Shift-CMND- – keyboard shortcut.

To Move / Pan Around Your Drawing:

While zoomed in, do one of the following:

  • Use the track pad or scroll mouse.
  • Click the Pan [h] tool (hand) to press and drag the drawing into position.

To enable quick-pan scrolling while zoomed into a drawing while any tool is active, hold the Spacebar to temporarily activate the Pan tool and drag to reposition your drawing canvas. Releasing the Spacebar reverts automatically to the active tool.

To Zoom to a Pre-Set Magnification:

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Do one of the following:

  • Choose View > Zoom To 100% from the main menu.
  • Click the View pop-up menu at the bottom left of the drawing window and choose a magnification level.

It’s often useful to “fit to window” so that you can see your entire drawing at once.

To Zoom To the Currently Selected Object:

Do one of the following:

  • Choose View > Zoom To Selection in the Main Menu.
  • Use the trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture to ‘Zoom To Selection’.

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Search and Select By Attributes Using Find and Advanced Find

Use Ortelius’ Find and Advanced Find toolbar to find and select features by their attribute information.

Find Objects

The Search Bar on the toolbar is used to find objects. Type in a search term and Ortelius will find and select any matching objects on the currently active layer. Objects are searched by default based on: 1. visible text, such as text boxes or labels, and 2. the “searchable text” of objects, which may include their attribute values.

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For example, a simple search for “china” (note, not case-sensitive) quickly finds and selects the country from the active layer.

Operators

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Operators available from a drop-down list are used to define the search.

Advanced Find

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The drop-down menu on the Search Bar is used to open the Advanced Find window. Advanced Find presents a drop-down list of the fields that are available for searching. These include object and style properties, such as style name and any available attribute identifiers.

By default, the active layer is searched. As needed, check the option to search all layers. A search can be saved as a Smart Search for later use.

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Hint: The “sounds similar to” operator finds text that sounds similar when pronounced in English – for example searching for “Fosfer” will find “Phosphor.” All other searches find an exact (but case-insensitive) match based on the actual characters.