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Path Finder

Edit Bar controls: Interactive, Use max number of entities, Max number of entities, Use max length, Max length, Use max number of bends, Max number of bends, Bend threshold, Settings, Favourites, Mode, Stop at dead ends, Replicate, Stick to palette, Length, Rewind, Accept.

This tool allows you to create new geometry relative to existing geometry, offsetting to one or both sides of the chosen path.

Interactive - Switching this mode on has several effects:

  • Infer direction - instead of clicking once to select the start entity and then again to select the direction, simply click once on the start entity and the direction will be inferred to be away from the end of the entity clicked closest to.
  • Auto-accept - when the path reaches its finish condition (as defined below) it will be automatically accepted.
  • Path finish conditions - you can specify which finish conditions to use; either Max number of entities, Max length or Max number of bends.

Use max number of entities - in Interactive mode switch this option on if you want the path to stop once it contains the specified number of entities.

Use max length - in interactive mode switch this option on if you want the path to stop once it reaches the specified length.

Use max number of bends - in interactive mode switch this option on if you want the path to stop once it contains the specified number of bends. You can also specify a bend threshold value, so that small bends can be ignored.

Settings - from the pulldown list select the setting required. The settings are stored in the Master Tool Settings. You can make a temporary override to the settings shown by pressing the edit button and changing the values shown in the Path/Hole Finding form.

Favourites - settings may be flagged as Favourites .

Mode - Always left, Always right, Stop, Users choice. Allows you to control the direction of the path at intersections. If you specify Stop then the tool will stop as soon as a junction is reached.

Stop at dead ends - determines if the tool will pause when a dead end is reached.

Replicate - instructs the tool to check for paths of the same configuration of entities and blocks as the path highlighted and automatically copy the geometry.

Stick to palette - when this is checked the path ignores junctions with any entities that use a palette that differs from the palette of the start entity.

Length - displays the length of the current path in a pop-up window. The output may also be displayed in the Output Toolbox (if required).

Rewind - allows you to rewind the path findings.

Accept - will accept the displayed path and create the new geometry from it.

Select Edit Bar options. If you are not using interactive mode pick the start entity, then indicate which start direction of the path by picking a point, then pick the destination entity of the path. Otherwise just pick the start entity towards the appropriate end. Depending on the settings you have chosen, the tool may pause at intersections or dead ends.

At intersections pick a point to indicate which direction the path is to continue. Once the path has been identified press the Accept button to create the path.

Related topics: Notes On Draw Tools, Favourites, Output Toolbox.

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