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2D Manual Version 16



2D Basic information
Table of contents
1. Fundamental notions and terminology:
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Overview The mouse Activate Defining a free point (cursor) or existing point Information zone (direct info) Mathematical equations Layer

2. Basic elements
2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Plotter frame Laser frame Auxiliary lines Lines Surfaces Curbed lines Text Dimensioning Nodes Add files Catalog elements Blocs Metalic construction Zoom window

3. Right menu
3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Undo / redo Activate attribute Add Erase Copy Move Join selection Seperate selection Stretch Modify Cut Auxiliary lines Export Print File

4. Top menu and left menu

4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Layer Scale Unit Value E Window Reference (rotate reference and drawing) X'-Y', (rotate cursor)

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4. Left menu
4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 Window Reference (rotate reference and drawing) X'-Y', (rotate cursor) Grid GEP/SIT R. thick. Accrobj Text LassoP(point) Mod GR, G1-G16 Match, Settings Zoom View, RL (Recall-Layer), sauve layer visibility Settings User Mesure Recalculate display

5. Annexes
5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Tools bar Tools bar modgr Shortcut keys 2D cadwork setup

2D Basic Information
1. Fundamental notions and terminology
1.1 Overview
Screen look after starting cadwork 2D:
File name Windows menu

Toolbar displayed in the Display menu see chapter 5

Top bar see chapter 4

Cursor Left menu: Help functions, do not change the file size, reacts instantly see chapter 4 Right menu: functions allowing to create, modify and change the size of the file. Hierarchical disposition of functions see chapters 2 / 3

Graphics window

Comment line: helps you with the possible options regarding the current functionality

Direct information

The following terms will be used in this manual:
Top bar

Direct info In this section, it is possible to instantly read the information on the activated entities. There is also the possibility of modifying certain properties (color, traits, etc...)

Left menu

Graphic window

Right menu

Comment line

1.2 The mouse

A three button mouse is recommended by cadwork for optimal utilization of the program and its manuals.. In the work mode "snap pt" (see chapter 4.11), a mouse with two buttons is also possible.

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1.2 The mouse (cont'd...)
The mouse allows you to control the cursor on the screen. It has 3 buttons, which will be named in the manual as (L), (M) and (R); (L) for left, (M) for middle and (R) for right. The actual definition of the 3 buttons is explained in the comment line. In the beginning, the comment line indicates (L) to "Activate".

(L) Activate (M) Slide (R) Modify



Mouse in the menus

In the right, left and top menus, we can choose a menu function.

(L) = choose menu

Example of a menu: menu

(R) = return (back)

(D) almost always brings you back to the last button (generally, the function "Return or Enter")

Add Line... Surface... Text... Dimension... Node... File... Catalog... N Variant... Block... Image (tif,jpg)... Printing frames Rebars... A

Go in a sub-menu

Horizontal T 2 points Horizontal centered Vertical-> up Vertical-> down Line + text Line + horizontal text Text in circle "Special" text Node name Coordinates...

Return to previous menu


Mouse with wheel The wheel must be parametered in the configuration pannel as the middle button (M). A click with the wheel uses the function (M), The "roll" creates a zoom effect (downwards= reduce size, upwards = enlarge size). The mouse in the graphic window In the graphic window, the cursor takes the form of a crosshair Signification of the mouse buttons: see chapter 1.3 Activate and chapter 1.4 Definition of a free point and an existing point

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1.3 Activate
Activate an element by clicking on it with the mouse
activate Lasso (L) Hatch surface

click with the cursor on an element point

click with the cursor on an element

Hold (L) down and slide until the desired rectangle shape is captured.

Click inside the surface

The active element becomes pink

The active element becomes pink

The active element becomes pink

The active element becomes pink

clicked point = active point

The clicked segment is made evident

The active element becomes pink

The closest point is activated

Active point Active segment

The first point on which we clicked becomes the active point. The active point serves as the reference point for these functions: "Move", "Copy" etc. "to a point". The line segment on which we clicked becomes the active segment. The closest point is also active. The active segment serves as the reference for the functions "Stretch", "Move", "Copy", "Glide" parellel to a segment. (L) : - Activate an element when no other ones are active. We can activate by clicking either on a point or on a line which belongs to it. - If we double click on the same point, the program activates the next element passing by this same point. - If we click on an empty space (black zone), all the elements deactivate themselves. (M) : - Deactivate an active element (activate -) (R) : - Activate supplimentary elements when an element is already active (activate +) When we activate an element, it becomes pink and the active point is emphasized.

Mouse buttons

Deactivate Activate lasso

We deactivate all the elements by clicking on an empty space in the window(where there are no elements). When we hold (L)down, a frame corresponding to the movement of the mouse is drawn. We will call this rectangle "Lasso". With this "Lasso", we can activate all the elements entirely held inside the rectangle.

Clicking precision Radius 1 mm From the position of the cursor, cadwork will search for the point (or points) contained in the radius of approximately 1 mm from the position of the active point and the point clicked Cursor Active point

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1.4 Definition of a free point (cursor) or an existing point
In this manual we will refer to the work mode without the "Snap pt" option. More information on this function in chapter 4.13

When creating an element (line, surface), existing points or free points can be defined. To understand the significance of a point, we can use the following analogy : Point = a nail. Line = an elastic, stretched between the nails. (1) 4 nails : (2) We stretch an elastic through these nails : (3) When we remove a nail, the elastic takes a new shape :

A line is composed of points on each of its angles Exact indication of a point (L)
Existing point Cursor Line Cursor Line

Free point indication from the cursor position (M)

Cursor Line

Free point Cursor or cursor Line position

1.5 Information zone (direct info)

Type of element When we activate an element, a window appears on the bottom right. Certain properties of the element can be directly modified without having to use the modify function"1". Other information can only be read, the sort of information depends on the type of element.

Click with the mouse on the three arrows on the three little dots "..." or write directly inside the editing field.

Info directe

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1.6 Mathematical equations
It is possible to represent the mathematical equations as values. The result of the mathematical equation will then be taken into acount. Examples: 5*2-0.5 2*(4.5+6) (2.5+6+2.5)/2 = 9.5 = 21 = 5.5

1.7 Layer
With cadwork, we can draw many superimposed "levels". These levels handled individually are called layers. The use of many layers can be compared to the calking process where many sheets are superimposed. Each layer can have its own scale and then allows for a logical seperation of the elements to be drawn: house, partitions, ventilation, details. In this manner, it is always possible to draw with the real dimensions of the pieces, each layer with its own appropriate scale allows you to link it all to the printing paper format chosen. The use of the commands is defined in chapter 4.1 The plan shown here is decomposed into 3 layers: Plan view 1:50 Cut A-A 1:10 - Layer 1 : Plan view, scale 1:50 - Layer 2 : Cut, scale 1:10 - Layer 20 : Title bloc and frame, scale 1:1

cadwork project

Name: Date: Revision:

Layer 1:50

Layer 1:10 Layer 20 1:1

cadwork project

Plan view 1:50

Name: Date: Revision:

Cut A-A 1:10

Frame 1:1

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2. Basic elements
2.1 Plotter frame
When opening up the cadwork program, a dotted gray line appears on the screen: the plotter frame. This plotter frame surrounds the part of the drawing that will be printed. The plotter frame can be activated, and then modified or moved just like another element and in the following manner: Or activate with (L). Factor Activate attribute Advantage: Element information in the direct Plotter frame With a factor of 50%, the printing info zone. Activate plotter frame no 1 size is reduced by 50% without the Direct info zone: plotter frame, no: , factor: , size , are displayed Ctrl + A M (type of line) activate all the plotter frames in the same layer Ctrl + A R (Plotter frame format) activate all the plotter frames with the same format in the same Orientation layer With this function, the plotter frame is rotated by 90 in the trigonomic sense Group No. It is possible to attribute a The plotter frame's number (A4 vertical becomes A4 horizontal). The insertion point is situated on the group name to the plotter frame can be modified bottom right side and the number on the top right side. The plotter frame is Name not moved in the drawing. (this Possibility of giving a name to each plotter frame. Moreover, by function is also possible via the plotter clicking Ctrl + A > N (name) all the plotter frames with the same orientation) name can be selected . Move 5 To point Horizontal Vertical Along segment Along line 2p Along vector 2p Offset Rotation Symmetry In another layer Along z axis Along line Glide rotate R Glide rotation not allowed for a laser frame See chapter 3.6 scale being modified. This factor only affects the printing, the drawing remains the same. When printing with a factor, you are told that the plotter frame is different than 1! Do you really want to create the plotter file? Y/N".

Keyboard option:

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2.1 Plotter frame, (cont'd...)
Stretch 7 See chapter 3.9 Stretch The active plotter frame can Plotter frame be enlarged or shrunk with this function Keyboard shortcut: 7 Vision Options... Plotter frame Print Display / hide See chapter 4.17

See chapter 3.14

Orientation on the plotter Print Plotter configuration... 90 Orientation

Reference point

0 Orientation
Reference point

2.2 Laser frame

We can simultaneously use a plotter and a laser printer because there is a conjoined laser frame to the plotter frame. We can freely add a number of laser frames or plotter frames. The laser frames and plotter frames are numbered and can be printed individually or in groups. They belong to a layer. We can move a laser frame into another layer. Print Add laser frame or: Add printing frames Add laser frame A4 horizontal A4 vertical A3 horizontal


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2.2 Laser frame (cont'd...)
A3 vertical A2 horizontal A2 vertical A1 horizontal A1 vertical
1(A4) 2(A4)

Superimpose... With this option, it's possible to print the content of different laser frames of a file on one sheet of paper. They are superimposed. seperate frames Printing on one sheet by laser frame

A0 horizontal A0 vertical User format Modify user format Superimposed frames Upon printing, all the frames are printed on one sheet of paper.



Create a format Delete a format Modify 1 Factor No Format Laserjet Deskjet Free superimposed... Seperate frames Superimposed frames Activate superimposed frames Name Group Modify We can modify the factor, the n, the format of the laser frame with "modify" function. A4 With the stretch function, it is possible to stretch the laser frame. The format remains the same. A4 The "free" size should only be selected using a printer with a "windows driver".. The printing zones of a Laserjet or a Deskjet are different. A Deskjet has a printing zone of 280 mm x 200 mm and a Laserjet's is 271 mm x 197 mm.

2.3 Auxiliary lines

Auxiliary lines are infinit lines. They can be selected, activated, erased and highlighted in order to facilitate the tracing of a parallel line for example.All the options are found in the "settings" command at the bottom left corner. Their color can be configured in all graphic modes G1-G16.


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2.3 Auxiliary lines (cont'd...)
14. Like 12 except distance is from the origin 15. Line inclined to 1 segment along 1 angle given and passing through 1 point (or is tangent to 1 circle) 16. Line inclined to the horizontal axis along 1 angle given and passing through 1 point (or tangent to 1 circle) 17. Line perpendicular to another line and passing through 1 point (or tangent to 1 circle) 18. Bisector, axis line 19. Horizontal and vertical line 20. Line passing through 1 point (or through the closest distance to a line) 21. Concentric circle passing through a desired distance 22. Concentric circle passing through a point 23. Circle defined by its center and its radius 24. Circle defined by its center and 1 element (element = point, line, circle) 25. Circle defined by its radius and 2 elements (element = point, line, circle) 26. Circle defined by 3 elements (lment = point, line, circle) 27. Symmetrical element (element point, line, circle) (this function copies the auxiliary lines) 28. Line (circle) passing by 1 segment (resp. by 1 arc) 29. Deletes the designated auxiliary points 30. Deletes the designated auxiliary lines 31. Delete the auxiliary circles designated 32. Delete the auxiliary points, circles and lines designated 33. DEL All Delete all auxiliary lines

1. MID P = mid point 2. IN = intersection 3. COORD = point by coordinates 4. RAP SEC =section ratio 5. DX, DY = point by distances X et Y 6. DIVIDE = points by division of length 7. Horizontal line passing through 1 point or 1 cercle 8. Vertical line passing through 1 point or 1 cercle 9. Line passing through 2 elements (element = point, droite, circle) 10. Line (or circle) // to 1 line (or circle) and passing through 1 element (element = point, line, circle) 11. Line (or circle) // to 1 line (or circle) defines a distance. Click line or circle 12. Series of lines (or circles) with variable distances d1, d2 and with only one parallel line (or circle) 13. Series of lines (or circles) at variable distances d1, d2... and with numerous parallel lines (or circles)

*(the most frequently used lines in bold)


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2.4 Lines
Add Lines Outline L Circle O Ellipse Rectangle + center 2 Points 3 Points 1 point + Values Center + Values Arc on segments automatic calculation Manually designate Delta = 0.10 mm Parabola... 2 Pts + pt passage 2 Pts + pt flche 2 Pts + flche Conique Insulation... Along straight segment Along arc of circle Spline Line value Segment value center Free hand line Outline See chap. 2.4 a) straight segment arc of circle (option "A") Rectangle + center Rectangle + center 2 Points
1 15 2

see manual Spline V16 chap. 2 or video

Keyboard shortcut L : Circle Circle O

Indicate the 1rst point (start) and the opposit one (diagonal) 3 Points Indication of a rectangle with 3 points

Indicate the center and a passage point or the value of the circle's diameter Ellipse Ellipse Indicate the center and a horizontal/vertical value

1 Point + values Initial point + final diagonal point by the horizontal and vertical value


Center + value Center of rectangle + horizontal/vertical value



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2.4 Lines (cont'd...)
Arc on segments This function places an arc of circle on the segments taken from an exploded line Automatic calculation Draw the arc directly on the elements selected Manually designate When an element composed of many arc segments is active, it is possible to manually designate with (L) which arc segment to choose for the new arc drawing. (After having designated the arc segments, the question "Do you want to delete the existing segments after creating the arc?" appears) Spline 4 pt. See also chapter 2.6
1 3 4 2

Insulation Along straight segment Along arc of circle Conditions: existing arc 1 1

3 2

Spline see spline manual V16, chapter 2 Line value Displays the total length

5.82 m

Parabola F 5F 2 Pts + pt passage


10 2 Pts + Pt flche


Segment value center Displays the total length

5. 82 m

10 2 Pts + flche

9 F 5F


2.4 a) Outline: add Shortcut keys for the 1rst point Shortcut key:

F 5F

Free hand line

M Middle point By pressing on the "M" button and by clicking on: 1 and 2 or directly on the segment, we obtain the middle point 3.

Line " Value" Projection

2 1


searches the closest line to the cursor and creates a projected point perpendicular to this line.

DX, DY Relative

Center arc

DX, DY values x and y relative to an indicated point

Existing point

If we press "K" when the cursor is near an arc or a circle, the center of the circle is then designated.


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2.4 a) Outline: add (cont'd)

E Gap Search the closest line to the cursor in order to draw a perpendicular point at a distance "E". Take the E value indicated at the top right corner of the screen.

G Gap 2 lines Search for the 2 closest lines to the cursor in order to draw a point perpendicularly and at a distance E.. Takes the E value indicated on the top right corner of the screen. E

Shortcut keys for segments The shortcut keys for segments are posted on the right menu. The shortcut keys for this function are indicated in green.

Shortcut keys for segments

D DX and DY relative Ex.: new point relative to an Reference point existing point.Press "D" new point while designating an DX existing point and indicate the values Dx and Dy (D=delta) E G O




90Angle in relation to the last segment . The function is repeated until the user chooses another.

Distance Distance 2 points

As described for the line in chapter 2.4 a)


Projection searches the line closest to the cursor and creates a projected point perpendicular to this line.




90relative angle

90 "Q"

Place the cursor at the intersection of 2 lines or auxiliary lines and press "I". Is generally identified automatically with the (L) button of the mouse

90 angle in relation to the last segment. The funtion must be recalled in order to continue with this option.


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2.4 a) Outline: Add (cont'd...)


relative angle

Perpendicular to the designated segment

relative angle in relation to the last segment drawn


middle point
2 1

tangent point
"T" "T"

Searches the middle point of a designated segment or between 2 points.


"T" finds the points tangent to an arc or a circle

end + new line


tangent segment

"N" ends the line and begins a new one.

"U" next segment tangent to the circle, the initial point must be found on the circle


Draws the next segment (virtual)


along Y

Next segment by a value in the Y direction

absolute angle

Absolute angle in relation to the horizontal with a distance.



direction along point (Z axis) Next segment by a value in the Z direction



Along X

Next segment by a value in the X direction

Shortcut keys for the arc

A Arc To draw an arc like a line segment the shortcut key "A" must be used. The following shortcut keys are proposed: (K=tangent arc, A=Arc 3pts, C=auxiliary circle, T=Tangent radius, R=Any radius). A C

Auxiliary circle (Arc by circle)


Tangent arc

"K", suivi de (I=Pt intersection), (M=Middle point), (D=DX,DY rel), (P=Projection), (R=Radius ), (A=3pts), (C=Circle) complete the options for this function

Starting position : Point on the arc of the circle or

Show the arc of the circle and press "C" to designate it

L 13

Arc 3 points
Passage point End point


After "A" definition of a passage point and an end point of the arc

Indicate the end point

Option "L" to designate the arc length

Option "R" to designate an angle of rotation from the center


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2.4 a) Outline : Add (cont'd...)

Tangent radius
"T" R

With "T" Radius, 2 auxiliary circles are posted at both extremities on each side of the segment. Click the circle which the arc must pass through with the (L) button of the mouse


Indicate the end point

L 13

Option "R" to designate an angle of rotation

or option "L" to designate the length of the arc



"R" R
End point

"R" Any radius followed by the end point of the arc

2.4 b) Outline : modify

Modify 1 Global size Color Line type End type Thickness Along active graphic Line -> surface Line -> Spline Altitude... Line type... -> On top -> Behind Name Group -> Create bloc BTL... Type of auxiliary line Remark : The dotted lines aren't identical on screen and on paper. On screen, the symbol for the dotted line is drawn in a standard format independant of the zoom function. This standard function is drawn much more faster than a real line. Colour 256 basic colors are proposed. We can activate elements based on their color ("Activate attribute") or make invisible certain colours ("Vision"). The colors on screen can be configured to correspond to a printing color generally used on white paper although the black background on screen is often prefered for working on a computer. Similarly, it is possible to configure the thickness of an auxiliary line based on the color on screen. 12 basic colors make up the main palette. The complete palette is found in a 2D drawing format in..\cadwork.dir\exe\2d\palette_cw.2d and can thus be printed out using the appropriate printer. Global size... along X/Y along X along Y along Z Modify the real size with a factor (p. ex. to bring to scale) "along X and Y" doesn't distort the object, however "along x" or "along Y" allows you to shrink or enlarge the objects (p. ex. circle to ellipse)


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2.4 b) Outline: modify (cont'd...)

Type of line: nuage Draws multiple arcs of circles along the line which represent a cloud.

Type of line : opaque Renders a line invisible. Useful for hiding line traces without cutting them or interrupting them. Attention, equally invisible when the line is activated, only its description in the direct info zone (described in chapter 1.5) confirms that an invisible line was activated. Another possible way to find these invisible lines is with the " Vision " function , element points which become visible and that can be activated ex: A thick line can be modified into an invisible line to interrupt a form or another line

Type of line : a layer attributes the line type defined in the layer configuration Type of line : U1-U20:... With this function<modify U1-U20> 20 types of personalized lines can be saved. Dotted line with a motif which repeats itself every 10 mm and so doing with an interval ratio of 60%/40%

Line type : DXF Various DXF type lines can be chosen. Line type : factor The factor allows you to modify the size of the interval between the dots and other components of the line.

End type Hooks:all the possible combinations (only with the rebar module). The end type of the lines can be modified by a factor.

Altitude... (Coordinate Z)

Basic altitude = modify the line into a "curtain" surface in 3D Altitude of the line in relation to the origine 0,0,0 (visible in 3D) Altitude of the active point(s) The altitude of all the points forming the line is to be indicated individually.


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2.4 b) Outline: modify (cont'd...)

Thickness The thickness of the lines depends on the printer/plotter configuration. Two main settings can be distinguished: -Thickiness by color : for each color there is a corresponding line thickness for printing. -Screen color = Plotting color: The thickness of each element is defined on the screen.

Line type, (cont'd...) Vertical surface A thickness in the direction of the Z axis transforms the line into a "curtain" surface Possibility of hanging an image on a standard line (composed of a straight segment) Specific elements for drawing (running water, drinkable water), and other service introductions in a house User "Wood" User "Wood" User "Wood"

"curtain" Image

Thickness by color El. Gep/SIT... Conduite Drinkable water Introduction El. pgm. static ... El. lamellation... El. stair... Discretize Discret. with arcs Modify predefined values Dotted line ->multi-seg Multi-segments->L. continue Indicate value (manually) Consider the dxf values (when converting dxf-cadwork) Based on bloc settings Based on layer settings Change line start Type of line: discretization with arcs Modifies a line composed of straight segments or a spline into lines composed of arcs Type of lines: discretize... Transforms an arc (3pts) into a multitude of small segments.
G2 G6 G3 G7 G4 G8

Thickness of predefined lines

Along active graphics The active lines obtain the defined attributes in the active graphics, G1 to G8. We obtain the same effect by middle clicking the mouse (M) on the desired graphics button.

(left menu)

G1 G5

Line -> spline see chapter 2.4 Type of line: dotted -> multi-segments Transforms a dotted line into a succession of visible and invisible sections. This is notably useful in order to obtain a discontinued line on the screen when printing. Type of line: Multi-segments -> L. continue Transforms a dotted line into a continued line. The dotted line must have already been modified in multi-segments

Line -> surface

Type of line Normal El. value Pipe Bolt axis Standard line Displays the length of the line on the initial point Indicates the diameter of the pipe Transforms a line into a bolt axis, indicates the diameter of the bolt


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2.4 b) Outline : Modify (cont'd...)

Line type : direction of the line Inverse the initial point and the end point of a line (Construction sens) Dbut Fin Fin

-> On top / -> Behind see chapter 2.5 a) Group The lines and surfaces can be classified by group. All the elements with an identical group can be activated in the following manner: "Activate attribute", "by group"


Name The lines and the surfaces can be classified by name. All the elements with the same name could be activated in this way: "Activate attribute". "Lines", "Lines or surfaces by name"

2.4 c) Outline: Stretch

Stretch 7 Active point Lasso points

The stretch function allows you to move certain "points" of one or more elements. To a point horizontal vertical Along active segment Along line 2p Along vector 2p Offset

Stretch lasso points along vector 2p Vector (2) (1)

Stretch active point to a point

Stretch active point horizontal (2) (1) Active line "R" Raccord 1. Activate the extremity of a line 2. "Stretch","R" Raccord 3. Cliquer la ligne raccorder Stretch "Ellipse" - Stretch ellipse "7" (same as for a circle) - Stretch proportionally "7" "O"

Stretch lasso points to a point

Stretch lasso points parallel 1. Activate the line 2. "Stretch","lasso points","offset","value". 3. Designate the segment of an active line. 4. Indicate the parallel value....

Para llel v alue


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2.4 c) Outline: Stretch cont'd

Stretch active point along active segment

Stretch lasso points along active segment

2.4 d) Outline : Cut

Cut Add point Remove point Round corner radius Chamfer

Chamfer As soon as the first angle is made, we can designate the other angles with the (M) mouse button to keep the same value or, with the (L) mouse button, to a chamfer with another value . a

Cut lasso Cut lasso Cut contour

Remove (act.=hard)

Remove (act.=soft) Cut hatching Trim Slice C Cut wall Interval 2 pts Explode Cut C Solder D see architectural manual After having indicated a closed contour, everything that is included & activated in this contour is erased. see chap. 2.5 b) Cut contour

Add point new point click here (M) Remove point Erased point Round radius Create a round line with a given radius. If we do not have a radius value, the program uses the biggest value possible. Once the first angle is rounded, we can designate the other angles with the middle mouse button (M) to keep the same radius, with the (L) mouse click, to round with another radius. R Cutting line

click here (L) Gnrer coupe Activate line



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2.4 d) Outline: Cut cont'd

Enlever aux l. actifs

Trim - Activate the elements to cut, by placing an active point - Define a cut by 2 points or by designating an existing segment with the "S" button 1

Active lines

Surface d'entaille active point 2 - The part situated on the side of the active point remains, the other is removed Slice Cuts lines along the cutting line passing through 2 points or a segment. The 2 parts stay in the drawing. 1) 1)

Hatching (surface) that cuts the line

Activate the lines to be cut -> Remove active elem. -> indicate the cutting surface Cut hatching Line, modify / type of line / El. value x x x



Interval 2 pts Renders a segment invisible or visible designating it by 2 points or by segment "S".


value; indicates the length of the line

0.045 m 0.045 m 0.045 m 0.045 m

Exploded Spare tous les segments d'une ligne en lments uniques Cut Click here (M) 1 line only Solder 2 lines Shortcut key: C

D Shortcut key: The extremities of the lines to solder must be interchanged, see chapter 4.17-1 "Settings", "options...", "Delta solder" 2 active lines 1 line only

0.006 m

0.017 m

0.034 m

0.027 m

Copy the line value -> activate -> " cut " -> cut hatching cuts all the lines in such a way that only the interior segments of the hatching remain.


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2.5 Surfaces
Add Surfaces... Surface Fill surface Fill surface Circle O Ellipse Rectangle + center Insulation... Surface value Indicate a point To be worked on like the line Complimentary shortcut keys: 3x F (only searches the surfaces) 2x F +1x L (only searches the lines) F Point Shortcut key: 2 x

Normal surface Straight segment Arc

Surface value The element value is composed of a surface or line and a text. For a surface, the value of the surface is displayed.
5.82 m2

2.5 a) Surfaces : Modify

Modify 1 Global size Color Line color Hatching color Background color Line type Line thickness Hatching thickness Hatching type opaque Along active graphics Surface -> Line Hatching -> Line Discretize arc Altitude... Type of surface... -> On top -> Behind Name Group -> Create bloc Material

Background color For a surface with hatching, it is equally possible to add a background color behind the hatching. Surface with hatching Surface with hatching and background color

Line type

Line analog By complimenting, it is possible to make the contour invisible (1rst option in the line type menu)

Thickness line/hatching Define the line thickness differently for lines and hatchings Opaque / Transparent Make a hatched surface transparent or opaque. Also see the functions "On top" and "Behind"


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2.5 a) Surfaces: modify (cont'd...)

Hatching type Without motif, Without Full opaque motif,transparent

Surface -> Line

Filled with a filling percentage With inclination (2pts) and spacing "e" Filled with a filling percentage (only. p. Laser & DesignJet) With inclination (2pts) and spacing "e" Insulation : see chap. 2.3.4, the arcs Many other types of personalized hatchings can be defined in cadwork (for advanced users).

Hatching-> Lines generates unique lines from a hatching Discretize (arcs) see 2.4 Lines / b) Altitude... Base altitude Altitude Altitude active pt Altitude line pts Surface types... Normal Surface thick =0 El. value Return to a normal surface Define a thickness 0 for the actual surface see 2.4 "Line value" Type "Normal"

Multiplication factor (Value 0.01 & 30.00)

Factor=1 Factor=0.5

El. architecture -> Surface sit -> El. pgm.static... -> El. "wood 3d"... maj B -> El. lamellation... -> El. stair Change surface start Surface type / El. Architecture -> Normal Return to a normal surface Surface wall Extrusion deleted Extrusion kept Normal surface -> Surface architecture (Envelope) Extrusion deleted: Normal surface ->Extrusion element is deleted after the................ Surface wall: Extrusion kept: Surface normale -> Elment d'extrusion qui aprs l'entaille en 3D est conserv Only for "Wood" user see "lamellation" module see "Stair" module see "Sit" module

Places the hatching in the background (Independant of the function (On-topbehind) Align the hatching along the first segment desired.
not aligned aligned

Modify the initial point: Modify Type of surfaces... Change surface start

Align the hatching along a value of 2 given points

Attention: "Align hatching" and "absolute angle" shouldn't be used at the same time. - On top / -> Behind For printing, we can indicate the order of the element drawing in relation to others. Modify -> On top -> Behind Element is active Preferences in settings: see chapter 4.18 Settings

Along active graphic applies the G1- G16 modes to the active elements


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2.5 b) Surfaces : cut

Cut Add point Remove point Round corner radius Chamfer Cut lasso Cut contour Remove (act.=hard) Remove (act.=soft) Cut hatching Cut hatching Couper ligne quelconque Slice Cut wall Interval 2 p Explode see chap. 2.4 "Line"" see chap. 2.4 "Line"" see manual architecture see chap. 2.4 "Line"" Analogue ligne chapter 2.4 Remark: The hatchings are linked to the contour of the surfaces

Remove (act.=soft)

Active surfaces Remove (act.=hard)

Active surfaces Solder

All the active surfaces Solder Cut hatching Hachure coupante Explode Transforms the surfaces into individual segments

Active surfaces

2.5 b) Surfaces : Stretch

Stretch 7 Active point Lasso points Active segment Connect To a point Horizontal Vertical Along active segment Along line Along vector Offset The "Stretch" function allows you to move certain points of a surface, without everything being moved at once (also see chapter 2.4c Outline : stretch) Lasso Points... Along active segment

Shortcut key:
7 7 7

+ + +


Connect two surfaces Along active segment Stretch to 90


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2.5 b) Surfaces : stretch (cont'd...)



Rectangle + center

Solder two surfaces Initial point

Active surface

2.6 Curbed lines

Add Line Parabola... 2 Pts + pt passage 2 Pts + pt flche 2 Pts + flche Conique (Spline 4pts) Isolation... Selon segment droit Selon arc de cercle Spline The parabolas, splines and ....... (spline 4 pts) cannot be cut or soldered! Parabole

2 Pts + point de passage


2 Pts + flche

3 0,5L 0,5L




2 Pts + pt flche
1 2

Modify Type Discretize Discretize with arcs Transforms into unique straight segm. Transforms into unique arcs



After the discretization, a parabola or a spline become outlines. The line can then be modified freely as desired.


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2.6 Courbes suite...)
Insulation Along a straight segment Along an arc of circle Conditions: Existing arc of circle 2 1 1

3 2


see Spline manual V16 Le spline ne peut tre activ que par ses points de passage

Modify Line type Discretize Discretize with arcs Return to unique segments Retour des arcs de segments uniques

Conique (Spline 4 Pts) allows you to make all the parabolas, ellipses and hyperboles. Definition: - la conique est tangente aux droites 1-3 et 2-3 - passes by points 1;2 and 4 - point 4 must be found in the triangle formed by 3 points 1;2;3.
4 1 2

After the discretization, a spline becomes an outline again, composed of many segments and only in this state can the line be freely modified.

Modify Spline->Line

Line -> surface Spline->Line joins the points with straight segments Add a segment in order to close the line and thus make a surface: a closed contour Discretize with arcs Modify Type of line Discretize Global sizes (Circle--> Ellipse) Modify Global size along Y Indicate the factor, for ex.: 0.5 D/2 D D

2.7 Text
2.7 a) Text : add

Add Text Horizontal T 2 points Horizontal centered Vertical -> up Vertical -> down Line + text Line + horizontal text

Text in circle First indicate the value or the starting letter (or continue a current numbering system by activating the corresponding circle.
22 23

d c



If necessary activate the circle(s) and apply a predefined graphic mode G1-G16


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2.7 a) Text : Add (cont'd...)

Text in circle "Special" text... Node name Coordinates ... Paragraphe Horizontal 2 Points Paragraphe see chapter 2.7 c) 25.50
0 25.5

"Special" text The special texts adapt themselves automatically to the border The border is not printed! (Path) File name Name(without ".2d") Date ( Date ( Date (dd-mm-yyyy) Date (jj-mm-yy) Date (mm-jj-yy) Laser frame no. Plotter frame number Rebars... Lattice... Scale Layer name No de page sur .. see rebars manual
1:200 c:\users\user\test\test.2d test.2d test 20.07.2004 20.07.04 20-07-2004 20-07-04 07-20-04 5

Horizontal centered Vertical -> up 25.50

25.50 Vertical -> down


First activate the laser frame

Display scale of the active layer Displays page n of the printing frame. Auto ajust. Auto ajust.

Line + text Cut AA Cut BB Line + horizontal text AA cut BB cut Activate with

Mobilier 2/5

Plotter frame dimensions Laser frame dimensions Nom groupe visibilit Laser/Plotter frame surface Hyperlink Application link

841 x 594 mm 394 x 284 mm

0.06 m2 test_test.txt


c:\projets\01_xyz text.doc



BB cut BB cut The extremity is predefined in the graphic modes G1-G16, end type line + text Node names CCC DDD EEE Initial conditions : the nodes must have a name. Activate nodes to be described -> next designate the nodes with A the mouse of with the for all the nodes Many lines 1.8xheight 1rst line <Enter>

With a double click, the internet link or attached application is activated . The date and the path are automatically updated except for the hyperlink and start of a any application. Coordinates Different formats 602586.687 208759.691 Coordinates X,Y Coordinates X,Y,Z Coordinates X Coordinates Y Coordinates Z 602586.687 208759.691 305.358

2nd line Interline definition : see chapter 4.14 "Mod Gr"

Special characters (cadwork fonts) The following special characters can only be obtained by these keyboard combinations (without spaces):


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2.7 b) Text : Modify (cont'd...)

Modify Global size Height factor Replace... Font... Height Color Thickness Gras Windows Italic (M) Width/height Opaque... Text content Text -> surface/line Along active graphic Align text Turn text ->paragraph -> Line + horizontal text ->Along arc Create bloc ->On top ->Behind Frame... Name Group BTL... cadwork/AutoCAD font cadwork/AutoCAD font

Activate text A text can be activated by one of its points or by clicking inside the box. The closest point to the "click" is the active point. 25.50 Global size Modify the general size of the text :
ABCabc123 DEFdeg456

ABCabc12 DEFdeg456

Height factor This function allows you to modify the height of many texts without moving the text itself. Replace... Text previously activated can be replaced :

Modify Remplace... In the text At the start of a text At the end of a text Text old text display text Search text: Remplace by: Text new text Hide text km Kilometer

First activate the text to be replaced with the activate attribute-"with the"tiver attribut" - "text" Text based on content *" to activate
20.0 0

tous les "km" remplacs par "kilomtre".

20.0 0



Kilomtre 60.00

km 60.00


k m 40

mt re Kilo

Kilom tre 4


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2.7 b) Texte : Modifier (suite,..)

Font Modify Type The setting presented depends on the user The configuration can be saved and inserted in another file. Displays the table of windows characters Choice of font: - Windows TrueTypeFonts - cadwork - Autocad DXF Available fonts: Is chosen by activating the corresponding text and "copy" or double-click on the corresponding font. Load a saved preference Save The "font" menu can be configured individually for each font we wish to display on the menu.

Loaded fonts

Height Modify the height of the font

ABCabc123 DEFdeg456

ABCabc123 DEFdeg456

Insert special text with shortcut key "F3" It is possible to insert a new special text during the positioning "F3" Choose: Drawn by : Meier User Date : 11-08-1999 Date Time : 15:58:54 Time Path : h:\users\user\projekte\test\test.2d Path This text was imported from Word.


normal italic


Width/height ABCabc123 Width / height 1.5 ABCabc123 Opaque Abqg34| Abqg34| Abqg34| transparent opaque standard opaque narrow Width / height 0.8

Along arcs The normal texts (not the paragraphs) can follow an existing arc line. The text is converted into a text element made up of one character. Modify -> Along arch Text -> Surface/Lines Transforms the characters of a text into surfaces. The content of a text can no longer be modified. The functions is only possible with font 5 and 6 (Helvetica). Bonjour

Text content All the existing text content can be re-written. The existing text is recalled along active graphic Re-uses/ applies the preferences of the modes Gr, G1-G16


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2.7 b) Text : Modify (con't...)

Align text We can align many texts in relation to a point by left justifying to the left, the right or by centering. before
ABCDEF asdf 234543

Turn text Modifty

xt Te

Turn text centered aligned to the left

ABCDEF asdf 234543 ABCDEF asdf 234543


aligned to the right

ABCDEF asdf 234543

Absolute orientation Example angle 45 Rotation Relative 45


Frames... A text can be framed or underlined Modify Frame Without frame Underlined Underlined 2 times Standard frame Narrow frame Text Text Text Text Text

Example angle 45 t Tex Bottom left pt fixed Middle pt fixed


pivots around bottom left pt pivots around middle pt

Add Text Paragraphe 3 possibilities : 1) Modification Modify Font... Height Color Gras windows Italic windows Width / height Opaque... Interline Align text... Create block Create text Create paragraph... ->On top ->Behind

Text text text t

Te x



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2) Activate the text block by a double click (or equally activate the text and hit the shortcut key "T") 3) Tools bar in the top part of the display
Univers 7 mm B I MAJ min Tab Undo Base texte Cadre Surface 1.8x

Color Font



Tabulator Text Text Text ...


Capital, Small case

Text Text Text ...


Activated text block: (Click 1x), the attributes of the whole text block can be modified after having activated the text. Mark the text in the text block : (Press the left click and hover the mouse over the text to modify), the marked text can then be modified. Presettings of the paragraphs: see chapter 4.15

2.8 Dimensioning
2.8 a) Dimensioning : add

Add Dimensions... Horizontal series H Vertical series Parallel series Projected series Arc series Radius Diameter Angle A Along active line Factor Distance Distance+ sum Sum Shifted sum Texts moved Altitude vertical Z Altitude along 2 pts Vertical Shortcut key : Parallel Shortcut key : V Angle S: Slope with arrow P

6 3 5 0 0

12 1
5 19 1

Texts moved
6 22 22


An initial value is required for the dimension sum. Distance + sum

6 0 0 80


Shifted sum
8 9 19 0

3 12 1

5 19 1





Horizontal Shortcut key :



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2.8 a) Dimension: add (cont'd...)

Factor With "factor" we can define a factor which multiplies the new dimensions. The presence of a factor is indicated by a character preceding the dimension. (for ex. "f31)

Vertical altitude
0 0

Altitude along 2 pts

0 0

26 F 31

An absolute dimension is composed of a text and a triangular symbol. We can modify the text content by activating it. Projected

Arc 19 2.8 b) Dimension : Modify Modifiable parameters 1 : Symbol size and type 2 3 1 2 : Distance anchor point

Modify 1 Text... Color... Symbol size Symbol type Thickness Distance attache Number of decimals Anchor length Dimension length Center text Along active graphic Delete 1 dimension Add 1 dimension Initial value Inverse series Return text Aj texte H ouverture Sum... ->Dessus ->Dessous Dimension -> line Name Group Number of decimals 25 25.5 25.50 Anchor distance 25.505 etc. see chapter 2.8a) Initial value for the dimension sum Change the sens of the dimension

3 : Anchor length

Activate "Dimension" Dimension line --> by point a or b or line Anchor point e --> point c or d Reference points c --> Points e or f Dimension text a --> point g or h

25.50 Line

d b

Move the dimension text Activate the text (with a click) and shortcut key "5"

25.50 25.50 Symbol type Symbol type


Anchor length x

Dimension length




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2.8 b) Dimension : modify (cont'd...)

Text... Text... Text height Text thickness Text color Text font Text Width/height Text angle Text opaque Center text 25.50 Color of your choice Font of your choice Width height ratio -> Italics angle in Opaque standard or narrow / or transparent along active graphic Applies the predefined preferences in Mod Gr, G1-G16 Add 1 dimension 13 7 Erase 1 dimension 7 6 7 13 7 Text content When only the text is activated, this option is available. 13 19 07 7 The text can be modified but the original text remains saved. Modify the text content Double click on the text 25.50 0 7 6 7 Text size


Inverse series 13 13 0 7 19

Adj. text H opening In addition to the dimension value, another dimension text can be inserted. If this option is mostly chosen for openings (height.................................), it is available on any dimension. The dimension must have already been activated. 20 1.70 10 415 1.40 185
30 60


Segment actif

The modified text which must remain invariable with the functions stretch/move has to be preceded by the # symbol. When printing the ca. 39 symbols #-Symbol won't be displayed

2.8 c) Dimension : modify "Altitude Z"

Modify Text... Color... Size... Symbol type Distance attache Number of decimals Anchor length Dimension length
Valeur : 0.10

Symbol type (Dimension altitudes) 0 0 0 0 0 0

Dimension length (Dimension altitude)

0.00 0.00


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2.8 c) Dimension : modify " Vertical altitude"

Center text along active graphic ->On top ->Behind

2.8 d) Dimension : move "vertical altitude" There exists 2 ways to move a vertical altitude dimension 1.: 2.: The value must not be modified The value must be modified.

1. Move a dimension without changing the value: The dimension must be active with the corresponding Many activated altitudes, the value remains invariable element so the value remains the same. +20611 +20611 +20611 move "5" +20000 +20611 move "5" +20000

+20000 activate

+20000 activate

2. Move a dimension wth the value adapting: Only a dimension must be active (no other elements When many altitudes are activated, the shorcut keys " 5 " and " Z can be active) so the value can adapt itself " allows you to modify the value +20.022 +20611 1.move "5" 2.actualize the value "Z" +20611 dplacer "5" +20611 +20611 +20000 +20600 +20000 activate


2.8 e) Dimension: stretch "7"

Stretch reference points Avec adaptation automatique de la cote

Stretch anchor point

Stretch dimension

25.50 65 35 25.50 25.50 Stretch an altitude dimension

+ + 4. 55 + + 1. 50 4. 55

Stretch reference points with the lasso Example : stretch with the lasso along X de 2 meters (The surface and dimension must be active)

0. 00

Reference point =active point


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2.8 f) Dimension : user wood / concrete Standard configuration of the top menus (see chapter 4.3): Unit (mm) (cm) (m)... Dimension m Dimension m-cm (concrete) Dimension m-mm (wood) (in) (1'-3 1/2") 97 1.915 35 515 Dimension m-cm (concrete)

Condition : Predefinition in "Modgr" : "Dimension" "Nbr of decimals" -> 3 The program rounds up to 5mm higher. Value<1m : the measurement is given in centimeters.

Presettings in "Gr mode":

Unit Units standards (mm) (cm) (m)... Cote Cote Cote (in) (1'-3 1/2") Each G crayon can have a predefined unit. This one is given priority on the setting of the top "unit" button m m-cm (bton) m-mm (bois)

Cote m-mm (Bois)





Conditions: Predefinition in "Modgr" : "Dimension" "Nbr of decimals" -> 3 the program rounds up to the higher mm. Value <1m : The measurement is given in centimeters. Cote m



0.349 0.516

For dimensioning the predefinition "Nbr of decimals " in "Modgr" "Dimension" is determining.

2.9 Nodes
The nodes are points that can be activated with a specific symbol (not to be confused with auxiliary points). Activate nodes The nodes can only be activated by their center


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2.9 a) Nodes: Add

Add Nodes... on point K Global coord. Interval on line Intervals+number Dimension intervals On center group On center line On active texts Bolt axis Intervals on line By value Reste < i (interval) By division Request the number of divisions and find the interval Interval and number Places the nodes by n on the intervals by value 1 or by division
80 L 8.0 L 8.0 72 i 99 i 4.9 5.000 i 0 0 5.0

2.31 7

4 3 2

5 6 7

2.9 b) Node : modify

Modify Global size Size factor Color Color opaque Thickness Symbol type Size Orientation (M) opaque Code Active graphic Numroter nom.. Altitude Type de noeud...


Symbol type (only if node opaque)

Angle 45 Opaque /Transparent

Opaque -> Normal -> Axe boulon -> Bloc... -> Bloc selon nom E. pggm.Statique... -> On top -> Behind Name Stretch Solder Cut

Name The name of the nodes is indicated in the direct info zone (bottom right). We can display them with the option "display" "options..." "node names".

The nodes cannot be stretched. If they're found in a lasso where other elements are stretched, they will be moved. The nodes cannot be cut nor soldered.


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2.9 c) Nodes: export

Export Node list

Export -> Node list Generates an active node list with their coordinates and writes it in a folder called Node list in [m]: ================================ No
1 2 3 4 5 6

10298.035808 10250.222209 10272.315982 10721.883172 10681.570427 10644.747606

47.139490 53.965063 27.730366 67.517549 68.871438 10.404169

0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000


2.10 Add file

Add File... Drawing 2D With "explorer" With name Open windows explorer Requires the file name (in the actual/current folder)

Layers by number Layers by name Fixed origin 2D "Read only" drawing Text file Dxf/dwg file PDF file Ground points... See architecture manual User Wood

"Layer manager" When adding external files you must Dessin 1 : keep the following elements in mind: active drawing Layer by number : 1)Layers with the same scale will be Layer manager superimposed. 1: one 1:100 2)Layers with different scales will be ignored 2: two 1:10 or loaded into another scale (the real size is preserved). Layer by name: Layer manager 1: one 1:100 1)The layers with different scales will be ignored or loaded into another scale (the real 2: two 1:10 size is preserved) -> New layer

Dessin 2 : Drawing to add

Layer manager

New drawing 1 :

Layer manager

1: one 1:100 2: two 1:50

1: one 1:100 2: two 1:10

Layer manager

Layer manager

1: one 1:100 2: two 1:50

1: one 1:100 2: two 1:10 3: one 1:100 4: two 1:50


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2.10 Add files, (cont'd...)
File name : xxxxxx.2d "Read only" 2D drawing A 2D file, which we cannot modify (impossible to activate, move or erase) is added. It serves as a background or model. This file can be saved as an external reference. The "Read only" files are managed on the same level as the layers. See chapter 4.

Text file Writes the content of a text file in a 2D drawing User wood

File name : xxxxxx.txt

PDF file Allows the insertion of a PDF file in 2D drawing. A PDF file can be enlarged or shrank with the "7" key and equally turned/pivoted with the shortcut key " 4 " / "R ". The file cannot be calibrated! This function is equally found in the tools bar, see chapter 5.1. DXF/DWG File File name: xxxxxx.dxf / xxxxxx.dwg The DXF files (Drawing Interchange Format) allow an exchange of data between different CAD programs. They notably contain characteristics of each element (points, surfaces, lines, texts...). When a DXF file is loaded, we can also choose the quality of data exchange. The same element is rarely described in the same way in a A system as in a B system. Cadwork tries to keep up-to-date with the Autodesk standards (AutoCAD), in order to ensure compatibility with AutoCAD and many other CAD programs. It is recommended to not add a DXF file from a cadwork 2D drawing in use, all the existing data in a 2D file is erased before adding the DXF file. By a right click (R) on the DXF file, it can be opened directly in the cadwork 2D program. A double click on (L) opens the previous DXF file in the DXF/DWG viewer and allows 1) to verify the quality of the file and 2) to choose the parts to be loaded into a cadwork 2D file. For more info, see chapter 5.4

Manage paper space Load the paper space from Acad (Complete printing information) on top of window views. Conversion of layers See next page.

Trick : The factor is generally 1000.

After having loaded the file, it is recommended to verify if the values correspond to reality (measure -> distance 2 pts) . We can equally verify if the coordinates are correct ("measure" -> "glob. coordinates of point"). The file is always loaded into a 1:1 scale. Scale 1:100 1:200 1:500 etc. All layers

Choose the desired scale


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2.10 Add file (cont'd...)
DXF/DWG File (cont'd...) Z all Many CAD systems (for ex. AutoCAD) do not know the scales and work with Units. The value of the unit (multiplication ratio) must then be defined by the user every time a DXF/DWG file is read. The table here-below illustrates the ratio between Cadwork and AutoCAD. The following factors should be used : Name of file : xxxxxx.dxf / xxxxxx.dwg

Unit AutoCAD
Factor 1



If there exists an init.2d file in the actual folder, it's settings (crayon, printing) will be automatically loaded upon opening the DXF file. If this isn't the case, it will be the settings in the init.2d file of the folder \\2d\init\ DXF-conversion of layers When loading the DXF/DWG file, it is possible to have the layers correspond directly. For each DXF layer, Save as *.lsa file there is a corresponding cadwork layer. Procedure Prepare a 2D file with its own structure of layers. This structure can be saved as an *.lsa file by preference. This file is saved in ..\ \USERPROFIL\2d\Layer\*.lsa and can be loaded every time a DXF/DWG file is read. The information concerning the layers (name, color, line type) are defined and will automatically be taken into account. Conversion When reading DXF files, the choice of the "layer conversion" function allows you to make corresponding layers. Loading of existing conversion files. (Fichiers *.leg) Loading of *.las file (destination layer) No of "assignable" layer

Make the layers correspond by indicating the number of the layer.

Save the preferences as .leq. files


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2.10 Add file (cont'd...)
Ground points Can be read from the (ASCII) text files, either files coming from a geometry or created in a text editing program or table and most importantly, saved in a (ASCII) text format. The different text blocks can then be seperated by tabulators. No Color Code X Y Z No Color X Y Z No Code X Y Z

Coordinates X,Y,Z ou Y,X,Z ? Engineer coordinates system (cadwork)


Coordinates system of the geometry (National swiss coordinates system)


No X Y Z XYZ No layer name X Y Z

Example: Points list Y,X in the national axis system (CH)

1 2,00 1,00 0.00 2 1.00 2.00 0.00

Result in cadwork :

2 1


The ground points are recognized in their original state strictly in "cadwork route". However, they can also be read in cadwork 2D. These points will be converted into nodes with a Z altitude. Wild-Kern Example :
110012+00000001 21.102+19426400 32..00+00015882 51....-0060+000 81..00+03964959 82..00+00461853 83..00+00221200 110013+00000002 21.102+18267600 32..00+00008237 51....-0060+000 81..00+03965744 82..00+00469737 83..00+00221000 110014+00000003 21.102+19789400 32..00+00008021 51....-0060+000 81..00+03963795 82..00+00469654 83..00+00222800

Explications :
11:ign. 21:ign. 12:ign. 001 = No 32:ign. 51 ign. 81: Y X 82: 83 : Z (= 3964959mm) (= 461853mm)

Wild Gre1 Wild Gre3

The n 90 column is automatically converted in color . The seperated column n 46 is automatically changed into color.

2.11 Catalog elements

Save the elements in the catalog Export -> Catalog 2DC Standard catalog Actual folder Add a catalog element Add Catalog... N Standard catalog Current folder Symbols : With the cadwork "explorer" the folders and files are represented in the following way: or with the tool bar function following pages Kat , see A group of elements can be stocked with a name in a catalog and can be recalled if necessary with the "Add" "catalog" function. The element catalog is found in ..\CADWORK.CAT\catalog_2d in the current folder.




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2.11 Catalog elements (cont'd...)
Catalog name N The catalog is found in the foler ...\\catalog_2d, or in the current folder. We can see the content of the catalogs by "Add"/"Catalog"/.../"with explorer". catalog_2d 1. Niveau ing 2. Niveau sani 3. Niveau porsche.2dc renault.2dc ... auto ... window.2dc arch examples Catalog configuration by default "N" see chap. 4.18.

Visualize or add a catalog element By middle clicking (M) with the mouse on a catalog file, we can visualize and define an insertion point with the left mouse click (L) if we wish to add it in the drawing. We can equally add a file directly by let clicking with the mouse (L). In the 2D drawing, the " G " option, glide, Hold the catalog element with the edge of the mouse and position it easier in the drawing. Add catalog elements with the tool bar By adding a catalog element with the KAT icon of the top toolbar, the folders and catalog files are displayed in windows (preferably) .

Two conditions are still necessary in order to obtain this view : All the files have to have been saved in a version prior to the 15.0. The option to miniature display must have been checked off during the installation, see illustration below Display miniatures If the images aren't visible in the windows menu even though you chose the option to display a miniature or medium icon (Vista), you have to verify if this option is checked off in the "setup" part of the cadwork start program (ci-start). More information on the ci-start and its settings in chapter 5.2 2. Update registry 1. Check this option


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2.11 Catalog elements (cont'd...)
Ctrl + C = COPY Create a 2D catalog file named clipboard.2dc in the rgistry ..\AppData\Local\Temp\CLIPBOARD.

= CUT Cre a 2D catalog file named clipboard.2dc in the registry ..\AppData\Local\Temp\CLIPBOARD. Its content is composed of elements activated before the copy. The activated elements are deleted. = PASTE Go search for the data temporarily dropped in the location indicated below and insert it in the file being used. "Wood" user type: the program demands a clipboard number, which signifies that we can drop a number of clipboard files...2dc.
Ctrl + V


+ X

2.12 The blocks

By block, it is possible to insert a referenced catalog element. We then have a main block and attached sub-blocks (clones) It is then possible to delete cloned blocks attached individually or to delete all blocks by removing the original one. It is equally possible to modify the attached clone blocks by modifying the original one. Define a block Must have previously activated the elements belonging to the block. The active point will be the reference point Add a bloc Ajouter bloc Bloc... Insertion point Modify Create block Block name n Active point

Erase an original block When we wish to select a block which isn't being used we can use the Delete unuse references function Activate attribute Blocks...

Choose the desired block from menu

Block by name Block by size factor All blocks autocad dimensions Delete unused references

Modify an active block Height factor Block -> node The block is replaced by a node.


Block -> group The blocks are converted into groups and can still be modified like individual elements (lines, surfaces)

Dxf... AutoCAD compatible function for the definition of the color, line type and thickness of blocks. Altitude Altitude of the blocks.

Symbole type Bloc Modify the block's insertion symbol.


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2.12 Block (cont'd...)
Modify original Modify the existing blocks: - Activate one of the sub-blocks and choose the modify function, modify original - The original block is displayed in a window - Activate the element to be modified - Click on modify (Color, hatching, line,...) - End of the edition to update all the cloned blocks Delete original Erase the original block and all its clones Rename original Rename the original block

Display the block's reference point Vision Options... Block ref. point

2.13 Metal (See specific manual for more info)

Add Steel... Steel profile Steel prof. simple Steel prof. (3v) Screws szs Szs 9.1 SZS 9.1 The SZS 9.1 catalog isn't included in the 2d. cadwork program. It must be bought seperately.

Steel profile SZS C5

Screws SZS

Steel profile SZS C5 3 Vues

250 30 45 100 45 30

40 95 240


2.14 Magnified view

With magnified view, it is possible to produce referenced cuts of details in different scales. If the original is modified the detailed cuts are automatically updated.






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2.14 Magnified view (cont'd...)
Add Extras... Magnified view Rectangular frame Circular frame 1) Define the zone to enlarge or shrink (lasso). 2) Choose the scale or the layer in which we wish to represent the detail. 3) Define the zone where the detail will be represented (L), on the point or (M), cursor position. A magnified view can be modified Modify Color Line type Thickness Opaque . Layer visibility.. Factor Original edition Modify the magnified view characteristics

(Lens) Enlargement 4x

Activate / deactivate layers (except active layer) Modify the zoom factor A magnified view can be completed with drawing elements only visible in the magnified view/ The progra, edits the original drawing and colors the external zone in gray. We can leave this mode by a click on the "magnified view" text or by the " esc "button. The magnified views cannot be copied.
(The size of the original frame can be stretched with the "7" key)

Magnified views are not taken into account when exporting DXF

3. Right menu
3.1 Undo /redo
The "Undo" function allows you to return to the previous look of the drawing. It thus annuls the one or more actions done with the majority of the functions. The shortcut key "9" equally allows you to delete the last segment of the line or surface being created.

3.2 Activate attribute

Allows you to activate the elements contained in the same layer by a common characteristic shared by the elements (the same color for example). This function is equally possible on many layers at the same time as long as these layers be on the same scale and the multi-layer option be activated,


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3.2 Activate attribute, (cont'd...)
Activate attribute Lines... Surfaces... Texts... Dimension... Nodes... Blocks... External blocks Plotter frame Multi-layer By name By group Variants doors/windows Image Options... Surfaces ... All surfaces Surf by hatch color Surf by color Surf by line type Surf by thickness Suf by nb points Surf by altitude Hatching type Surf with background color Surf by name All circles Surf with arc Surf value Keys Ctrl-A See chapter 6.4 Lines ... All lines Line by color Line by type Line by thickness Line by end type Line by nb points Line by altitude Line by name All circles All splines Lines with circle Elements value Circles to nodes With the option to modify circles into nodes, it is possible to modify all circles into nodes Dimensions ... All dimensions Dimensions by color Dimensions by type Nodes ... All nodes Nodes by Nodes by Nodes by Nodes by Nodes by Nodes by Blocks Text ... All texts Texts by color Texts by thickness Texts by font Texts windows font Texts by height Texts by content* By active text content Texts by nb of characters All paragraphs Texts steel position Block by name Block al. factor size All blocks Autocad dimensions Delete unused references External block (With star) By name Seperate all external blocks Variants window/door Activate door/window (variants= Parameterized library elements, variables). Refer to the architecture manual for more info. Image Activate all the images presented in the file (with JPG ou TIF format). color thickness size type name code

Plotter frame see chapter 2.1, plotter frames Multi-layer If this option is checked, we can activate the elements (with the mouse or via activate attribute) in all the layers with the same scale.


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3.2 Activate attribute (cont'd...)

Options... All by color All by hatch color All by thickness Lasso -> Translation Lasso -> Copy Lasso -> Clipboard Lasso -> Delete Elem. in surface All dimensions (units) Lignes Viewport Dxf

These different lasso functions allow you to copy, move, copy a file to another (copy clip-board, delete elements in different layers at the same time) All the elements found in the active surface are activated.

3.3 Add
Draw a new element Add Line... Surface... Text... Dimension. Node... File... Catalog... N Variant... Block... Variant... Image (tif,jpg)... Printing frames... Rebars... A Lattice... B 3d Views... GEP (eaux uses)... GPW (eau potable)... SIT ... Steel... Architecture... O Processes... Extras... Drilling Contour BTL BrdMth Offcut Mi-bois Engravure lambris Apponse Gerber Trait de Jupiter Fente Rainure, feuillure Artier/ noue Length cut Chamfer Raboter Marking Inscription Start Marking Arch Geometrician frame Pre-stressed Join points Update ext. blocs Coordinates factor Magnified view Triangulation... Terrain hatch. cut Terrain hatch. fill

Refer to the 3D manual and the machine manual for a more detailed explanation concerning these terms.

See chapter 3.15 add file

See images module See chapter 2.2 See "Rebars" module See "Lattice" module
See See See See See "GEP" module "GPW" module "SIT" module "steel" module "Architecture" module

See chapter 2.14 See "Rebars" module See "route 2dr" module See "route 2dr" module

3.4 Delete
Delete Undo Modify 9 Deletes all the active elements. With the " Undo delete" the delete function can be re-established.


2D Right Menu
3.5 Copy
The active elements can be copied one or more times Copy 6 To a point Horizontal Vertical Along active segment Along line 2p Along vector 2p Parallel By division T Rotation Symmetry In another layer Number of copies (=1) Along line Copy parallel ... Copy along lasso Copy along surface horizontal (vertical), to a point

Angle by value Angle by 2 points Angle by value Angle by 2 points.

3 1 Symmetry Vertical axis Horizontal axis Axis 2 pt or segment Horizontal



Axe 2 points


horizontal (vertical) along a value

2m -4 m 2m 5m 1m

Number of copies

Along active segment (Standard 1x) Along line 2 points, to a point

P 1 2


In another layer Copies the active elements in another layer

Along line 2 points, along a value



Along vector 2 points

1 2

Parallel (perpendicular to a line)


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3.5 Copy, (cont'd...)
Along line By value By 2 points By division (=1) Parallel... Distance to a line

(G) : exterior or interior Distance -> double line (interior / exterior)

With rotation

Without rotation

Copy parallel -> surface With the "undo glide" function, it's possible to return to the initial situation. Distance ->surface

Simple wall (G) : exterior or interior Copy lasso (M) : line = axe

Copy parallel -> double surface

Copy surface This function allows you to copy all the elements found inside a surface

Wall + insulation

Copy parallel->2 walls By division 6 + T This functions allows to procede with a multiple copy simultaneously with a division. Steps to follow: Activate the element to copy -> indicate the 2nd point (the 1rst point being the active one) -> indicate the number of divisions -> confirm with the right click of the mouse (R) Double envelope (G) : exterior or interior

2nd point

Copy parallel... (to a point)

Active point of active element


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3.6 Move
Move the element without modifying or copying it. Move 5 To a point Horizontal Vertical Along active segment Along line 2p Along vector 2 p Offset Rotation Symmetry In another layer Along Z axis Along line Glide rotation R Keyboard options : Intersection point Middle point Coordinates Ecartement dx,dy(Relative value in x or y) Horizontal Vertical Horizontal symmetry Vertical symmetry Vector Along active element Rotation Symmetry Rotation of 90 degrees Projected on closest line

See copy function chapter 3.5

See copy function chapter 3.5 Move the elements in another layer Move the elements along Z (altitude)

Allows you to combine move, rotation, symmetry, all dynamically on the screen. If we have to glide an object, we can directly access the "glide" mode by activating the object with the (M) mouse button. Rotation 90

horizontal vertical




Along active segment



Places the object at an <E> distance from another object. - Activate the object by a segment. - Glide the object near the point and press <E> - Give the E distance and the object fixes itself at that distance

Cursor Rotation Makes a dynamic rotation around a point


4 Rotation with shortcut key We can turn the object in such a way that the active segment is horizontal (X key) or vertical (Y). This also works for texts. 4

P Projected on closest line This allows you to position an element's point precisely on a segment.

A B Ca b c


3.7 Join selection

"Join selection" allows you to join all the active elements in only one bloc. Therefore, by activating an element belonging to this bloc, all the other elements become activated.


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3.7 Join selection (cont'd...)
Example : Joined selection Activate the wheel and all the radiuses, and choose "join selection" clic ici When we activate a point on the wheel, all the radiuses are activated. Non joined selection When we activate a point on the wheel, only the selected radius is activated.

With "Modify" "Group" we can attribute a group name to a selection, which could be activated with "activate attributes" "groups...". We can equally attribute a group name to an individual element.

3.8 Seperate selection

With the "Seperate selection" function, we will again obtain unique elements which can be activated seperately. There exists 2 possibilities to activate an element of a joined selection without having to seperate the selection : 1. Deactivate the " joined selection " mode: By middle clicking with the (M) on the " Join selection " button. all the selected elements are individually modified. The "Join selection" button is displayed in red. If middle click again on the same button, the " joined selection" mode is activated again. 2. Double click on an element of the selection By double clicking on an element of the selection (for ex: line or text), this element can be modified without having to seperate the previous selection.

3.9 Stretch
See basic elements chapter Lines See chapter 2.4 c) Surfaces Line value Curbs or arcs Texts Dimensions Nodes Chapter 2.5 c) Chapter 2.4 2.4 c) Chapter 2.6 Cannot be stretched Chapter 2.8 c) Cannot be stretched


2D Right Menu
3.10 Modify
Allows you to modify the attributes and values of the active elements. Refer to the chapters on basic elements: Lines see chapter 2.4 b) Surfaces Line value Curbs Texts Dimensions Nodes Plotter frames Laser frames see chapter 2.5 a) see chapter 2.4 b) see chapter 2.6) see chapter 2.7 b) see chapter 2.8 b) see chapter 2.9 b) see chapter 2.1 see chapter 2.2

Groups The modification possibilitles depend on the nature of the continued elements in the group. If the elements are all the same type (for example: only lines), all the modification possibilities unique to these elements are available. On the other hand, is many elements types are present in the group, only the general modification possibilities are proposed (global size, color, thickness, group name, on top, behind). Name the groups It is possible to give a name to a group in order to be able to activate it with "Activate attribute" "Groups...". We can give the same name to many groups which could then be activated together. With this goal in mind, we can also group a single element and give it a name.

3.11 Cut/ solder

Allows you to cut, seperate or solder active elements. Refer to the chapters on basic elements : see chapter 2.4 d) Lines Surfaces Line value Curbs Texts Dimensions Nodes see chapter 2.5 b) cannot be cut cannot be cut cannot be cut cannot be cut cannot be cut

3.12 Auxiliary lines

The auxiliary lines are infinite. They can be saved with the drawing, activated if the mode is launched and made ............ equally by a mode found in the settings menu. More info in the section on basic elements chapter 2.3, auxiliary lines.


2D Right Menu
3.13 Export
Export Drawing -> 2d All -> 3d Only surface -> 3d -> dxf/dwg file ->Lamella ->Catalog 2dc ->Node list ->Name list ->Cadwork 3d viewer ->Steel parts list ->Lattice list Gep... GPW... Elem "info"... Options... BTL ... Drawing -> 2d Saves all the visible elements in a new file xxxx.2d. Not to be confused with "File", "Save as...", which saves everything, elements and invisible layers included. All -> 3d Saves all the visible elements in a file in the Cadwork xxxx.3ds format in order to reopen them in Cadwork 3D and take the altitudes into account. Only surface -> 3d Saves all the visible surfaces in a file in the cadwork 3D xxxx.3ds format. -> Name list Saves all the elements for which we attribute a name in a text file. -> Catalog 2dc 1) Activate the elements to be saved in the drawing. The active point will serve as a reference when placing the element catalog. 2) Menu "Export" "-> catalog". Choose the type of catalog and enter a name for the file. See chapter 2.11, catalog elements -> Steel parts list -> Lattice list v."Rebars" module v."Lattice" module

-> dxf/dwg file Saves all the visible elements in a file in a DXF or DWG format (Autocad, Speedikon, etc). The version can be chosen. Don't use the seperation characters or empty spaces in the file name. Gep/Potables/SIT Options... ->"Cedrus 3" file ->"Nilist" file ->"Tiff" file ->Help image ->Rectangular image ->"2dl" file ->"" file Convert Pi Lines pts -> nodes see "Rebars" module Screen -> tif file Image p. description variante First activate a rectangle Create a 2dl file see corresponding modules

Convert the line points into nodes (export for static programs).

-> Node list

see chapter 2.9 c), nodes

-> Cadwork viewer (lexocad) Export a .caz or .ivx file (Open Inventor).

3.14 Printing
Basic elements, plotter frame and laser frame see chapter 2.1 and 2.2 Printing Add plotter frame Plotter config... Renumber plotter frame Center first plotter frame Plotter preview Plot... Add laser frame Laser config... Renumber plotter frame Laser preview Print... We make the distinction between a plotter frame (for bigger printers) and a laser frame (normal formats A4/A3). We can then procede to the settings for these 2 types. The print preview is based on these settings and serves as a fast preview. Existing plotter or laser frames can be renumbered (when adding a new page for example). The plotter or laser frames can equally be created in a free format and be individually adapted to the printer and printing zone.


2D Right Menu
3.14 Printing (cont'd)
Plotter info Laser info Plotter/ printer configuration The configuration menus for plotter or printer are practically identical. Choice of printer Choice between the Windows ou HPGL drivers (recommanded : windows !) Configuration of line color and thickness 1. Screen color = plotter/printer color Corresponds to WYSIWYG: What You see is what You get. The visible colors and thickness ("real thickness" mode) on screen are printed exactly as they are shown 2. Thickness by color For each color on screen, we can attribute a printing color and thickness. Example: Screen color = yellow (7) Printing color = black (8) Printing thickness = 0.35 (in reference to the Rotring)

3. Grey level Converts to a nuance of grey (Value under "grey plotter" in percentage)

Print black / white Color of its own palette (*.col) in user settings (See page 53) Orientation on plotter Launch printing


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3.14 Printing (cont'd...)
Print with very own color palette The cadwork colors for printing using a color printer or plotter can be modified. The color palette can also be modified. The color palette can be exported prior. Export Options... ->"" file Exports in the current folder The file is then copied in ..\userprofil\2d. There, it must be renamed ex. : mycolors.col. The file extension must be *.col. Then the file can be edited in a text editor (wordpad, note-pad. but not word!!!) and the RGB (red, green, blue) values can be modified.

Activate your own color palette : Print Laser/plotter config. Conditions: you must be using a color printer/plotter After having checked this option, a windows explorer appears. Choose the *.col file desired.

Couleurs userprofil mescouleurs.col

Leave the drawing and restart again. The new colors are equally visible in the drawing and will be transferred to the printer.

3.15 File
Save 15.1 Save a file compatible with the version 15.1 (previous version) Preferences... Save preferences Saves a file named *.2di containing the preferences of the actual drawing. This file can be saved either in the current repertory or in the following one: ..\userprofil\2d\config_2d Load preferences Loads the saved preferences in a *.2di file: G1-G8 Config traceur Config imprimante Userprofil Traitills utilisateur Format laser utilisa. Continuer Create zip file "Read only" files External blocks External Images Variant file Original wall types Special texts files Liste armatures Liste treillis Zip

Save Ctrl+S Save as... Backup copy Model (init) Save 15.1 Preferences... Create zip file Import ... Export ... Printing zone Printing

Up until the version 15, the file menu was located on the bottom right of the screen. This menu has been moved to where all the other windows applications recommend the file menu to be: the top left. The functionalities remain the same though.

Save as... Saves the current file under another name Backup copy Saves a file with the date when it was saved in the folder of your choice. Model (init) Creates a cadwork 2D file with the configuration (G1-G16, printing, etc...), or the content (, title, layer) serving as a basis (as a model) for each new drawing.

Creates a zip file of the actual drawing with the attached elements. All the attached files sent to the zipped folder can be chosen or not.


2D Windows line
3.15 File (cont'd)
Import ... Export ... Import external data or files. Export of data or external files. Add another 2D file See explanations chapter 2d file Drawing -> 2d Add a 2D file with ther Read 3.13 "Read only" 2d file All -> 3d only properties Only surface -> 3d Add a *.txt file Text file -> Dxf/dwg file Attention, the drawing must be-> Lamella Dxf/dwg file -> Catalog 2dc empty PDF file -> Node list -> Name list Ground points ... -> Lexocad -> Steel parts list -> Lattice list GEP ... GPW ... Elem SIT ... Options ... BTL ... Printing zone This point can be called the plotter printing zone because it shows the content of the plotter frame. Print A list of available printers is displayed, choose the desired printer and indicate the printing options you want in the windows screen.

When we wish to insert a pdf document with many pages, the number of the page to be inserted will be asked. The top left corner, insertion point, must be indicated in the 2D file. Ground points Based on the file or the measurement apparatus (Theodolit) the points are added as nodes. The menus for this procedure are self-explanatory. A (ASCII) text file with the columns, n, color, code, coordinates X-Y-Z can be added with the first menu " X Y Z code color n". For more information, refer to the architecture manual.


2D Windows line 4. Left menu/ windows bar

4.1 Layer
Work with layers : see chapter 1.7 The layer window can be left open while working. Renumber Rename By clicking 1X on the n or the name, it can be modified Scale Definition/ modification of the scales Visible Display/hide layer Lock The elements of a locked layer cannot be activated. However, the points of these locked elements can be found when drawing. Read only Manipulation of the read only files, see following pages. DXF Layer conversion Save the conversion info in a file. See DXF chapter. Text A list of the actual layers is inserted in the file.. Color, line type, thickness It is possible to define a color, line type and line thickness for each layer. Top layer See next page. Direct visualization The enterprise modifications in the layers window are instantly visible in the file Group details / L-S Displays all the layers of the Read only files or groups Show read only Shows "Read only" file layers. One visible layer Only the active layer is visible, all the others are hidden. Save layer visibility. The actual configuration of the displayed and hidden layers is saved and can be loaded at any time.

New Create a new layer. Group/ Read only The names of groups and read only files can be freely defined. Multilayer Allows you to activate many elements in different layers of the same scale. This mode is also accessible by middle mouse clicking (M) on the "layer" menu.

Click to change layer Activate or deactivate the possiblity to change layers by clicking on an element. If this option is not chosen, the choice of work layer automatically goes through the option "activate layer" in the layers window

All layers visible Displays all the elements of all layers.


2D Top bar
4.1 Layer (cont'd...)
Working in the layer menu : - A double click on a layer activates it in the drawing. - The width of a column is adjustable by clicking, and while holding the (L) left mouse button, move the mouse . - The display of columns can be personalized by right clicking (R) on the title of the columns. - The size of the layers window can be stretched by clicking on one of its corners. - Many layers can be activated by holding the Maj key down at the same time as the left mouse button (L). Individual layers can be added to a previous selection with the Ctrl option combined with the left mouse button (L). - The names and numbers of the layers can be modified after having been activated by left-clicking (L) once on the active field. The fields, n and names adding up to 256 characters. - The scales can be directly modified in the window (just like names and numbers.) - The layers can be sorted based on their names or numbers by clicking on the title of the column. A second click reverses the order of the assortment (ascending, descending). - The text in the titles of the columns (names, numbering) can be copied/pasted elsewhere with the usual copy/paste functionalities (Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V) - The combination of the keys Ctrl-A activate all the layers of the window. - In the group/read only column, it is possible to define groups of layers (together). This allows you to manipulate many layers more easily. To see all the layers of a group, the group/ L-S detail option must be checked.

Activate layer In the layer configuration, choose the layer desired and click on "activate". It is equally possible to change the layer by clicking in the drawing with the left mouse button on an element's point found in the desired layer. Condition: the option "change layer click" must be checked. This option or mode can also be launched by a middle mouse click (M) on the layer button. A double click on the layer of choice in the layer window activates the desired layer and closes the window.

Delete layers Delete the layer(s) chosen as well as all its drawing content. Join layer "solder" layers together. The name and definition of the first layer are applied to the layer. Compact Renumber the layers neatly. The "holes" eliminated. The first number is requested and from then on be different than 0. Top layer Number for the top layer. level >0 Possibility to attribute a level to the layer level 0 level <0 Level 0=Neutral Level>0=In front of the level 0 elements and inferior to 0 Level<0=Behind the level 0 elements and superior to 0 the new

are can

Filter The filter menu allows you to search for layers based on the name. Establish the first characters of the name searched for and the list of layers is reduced to the layers with the name starting with the characters that were typed in. The star * (a very practical general search option used in computers) is used. Example: "Ech" finds all the layers with the name starting with these 3 letters. " *le" dins all the layers with the name ending with "le" regardless of the characters and the number of characters placed in the beginning.


2D Top bar
4.1 Layer (cont'd...)
Read -only The files in "Read only" mode are displayed with their original layer name and no in the layer configuration. They can be managed only if the "read only" option is selected.

- Import layers in ead only mode - Delete layers in read only - Read only -> Standard transforms the layers in read only mode into standard layers.

Color the "read only": Color 0 = original color If the loaded section is checked, the layers in "read only" mode are loaded into the drawing. If the loaded section is not checked, tje layers in "read only" mode are not loaded into the drawing.

Save layer visibility Rename or The display/hide configuration can delete: be saved as a setting, a setting Rename or that we can load at any time.. delete visibility groups Loading a setting for layer visibility: The settings for visibility (display/hide) can be reloaded at any time. .

Visibility groups already created New visibility group confirmed with "OK"

Choose the visibility group

Click on the arrow to see the content of the visibility groups

4.2 Scale
In certain user modes such as wood user mode, the scale button is nothing more than an information button. The scales are defined with each layer. To change a scale, you must change layers by using the move into another layer operation. Directly in the layers window, it is possible to procede with all the operations that were done in the scale menu.

4.3 Unit (Standard unit)

M Degree [mm] [cm] [m] ... Setting the unit in which we will work.

[m] Cotation m-cm (Bton) Cotation m-mm (Bois)

In wood construction, come still work with the "mm" displayed as exponentials : 1.234 1.234 . The setting for 3 decimals after the comma must have been configured prior to this.


2D Top bar
4.3 Unit - standard unit (cont'd...)
[in] (1'-3 1/2") Degrees [deg] Radian [rad] Grade [grad] Percent [%] Rot.counter clockwise Rot.clockwise Display units Units to display the values in the information window on the bottom right

4.4 Value E
E 0.10 The settings for the E value (distance parallel to a line) can be directly modified in the top status bar and is also always visible because of this. This value takes effect for auxiliary lines lines, as well as operations with the rebars and lattice modules. Using directional arrow keys, any element can be moved horizontally (horizontal directional arrows) or vertically (vertical directional arrows)

4.5 Window
Window Window z all Window lasso -> 2 Screens "Zoom all" window When the main window is activated ("window" in white), we can use the small window to define the zoom: click on "Z+" and indicate the zone to zoom in the small window. The zone chosen will appear in the big window. By holding the left mouse click (L) down, we can stretch this window Allows you to create a small window on top to the left in the graphics window, giving more flexibility to the zoom operations. When the "window is red, the small window is activated (or the big window). We can activate one of the two windows by activating one of its elements (just like for layers).

4.6 Reference
The plane reference can be turned, without influencing the coordinates system. However, this function doesn't apply to the images. Application domain: drawing rotation. white: drawing in the normal position on screen Indicator red: drawing is turned


2D Left menu
4.6 Reference (cont'd...)
Dessin normal (R) (L) The direction is defined by two points or by a value. Activates or deactivates the function Y X 2 Cursor 1

Dessin tourn


4.7 X'- Y'

The cursor crosshair can be inclined when needed by the definition of 2 points or by the entry of an angle. This adjustment has an influence on the addition of lines, texts, dimensions....

white: Cursor crosshair (horizontal/vertical) red: Cursor crosshair inclined Croix curseur normal (M) Give the inclination to the cursor crosshair by the definition of 2 2 points or by an angle. Cursor (G) Change between the normal position to the inclined one. Y' 1 X' X'-Y'

Croix curseur tourn

r rso Cu

X' Y'

4.8 Grid
Grid Grid nb. 1 Distance main grid Move Rotation Last grid Distance second grid Move Rotation Delete second grid (D) Define the grids (G) Display / hide grids white: invisible grids rot: invisible grid

6 different grids possible Visible grid Turned grid

4.9 GEP/SIT (see specific manual GEP-SIT) 4.10 Real thickness

This menu allows you to display the real thickness of the lines on screen Activate or deactivate by clicking on the left mouse button (L) R. thick The text in the menu becomes red when it is active.


2D Left menu
4.11 Snap pt
When we activate the (G) mode, a small symbol appears based on the area of an element where the cursor passes. This symbol shows which point has been "snapped" by the system. In this mode, the left mouse button (L) works like the middle mouse button (M) and thus snaps a free point along the cursor position.

Activate the snap pt mode: Choice of snap pt options:

(L) on the "Snap pt" menu (R) on the "Snap pt" menu


Pts Midpoints Pts intersection Pts perpendicular Pts tangents Polar 90 degrees

Allows you to use the middle button of the mouse despite the active (M) Cursor pos. snap pt setting. With the middle click held down, the drawing is (M) Pan (L) Stretch-Move moved. Max no. points Max no. segments Extremity Middle Intersection Capture a value in "Polar 90" mode



Polar 90

As soon as a horizontal or vertical auxiliary line appears on the screen, we can enter a value. A segment is drawn in the direction of the auxiliary line (either horizontal or vertical).

Stretch - Move With this option a point can be directly stretched or moved without having to use a function.

(M) Pan The move function (pan) is activated with the middle button (M).

4.12 Text
With the middle button (M) the text menu becomes red and the following message is displayed: Attention! In text mode, "activate lasso" only takes texts! Only in this mode can texts (not paragraph texts) can be activated.

4.13 Lassop
Lassop white: Lassop inactive red: Lassop active

In the "normal" lasso mode, only the elements entirely contained in the "lasso" rectangle are activated.With the "Lassop" active, all the elements with at least one point inside the rectangle become activated.


2D Left menu
4.13 Lassop (cont'd...)
Lassop actif Lassop inactif

Lasso All the triangles are activated

Lasso Only one triangle is activated

4.14 Gr mode, G1-G16, Match, configuration

16 graphic modes G1-G16 are available. And the 16 most recent graphic confihurations can be saved. Graphic mode configuration Mod Gr The graphics G1 to G16 can be configured in the Mod Gr menu. These settings are only effective for the drawing in use. The already existing elemtns of the drawing are not modified. It is recommended to save these graphic mode settings in the init file found in ...\\userprofil\2d\init.2d . Thus, by creating a new drawing, the graphic modes will already be set. The graphic mode settings can be recalled by the command found in the preferences file...(see chap. 3.15)p. 3.15)

Change G1-G8 or G9-G16

Working with the graphic modes Activates the graphic mode concerned. G1 G9 Left mouse button : G2 G10 Middle mouse button : Changes the active element(s) based on the graphic mode selected. G3 G11 Right mouse button : Saves the properties of the active elements in the graphic mode selected. G4 G12 G5 G13 G6 G14 G7 G15 G8 G16 Match MATCH is a temporary graphic mode. The user can save the properties of an active element and then use them for the continuation of the drawing. Left mouse button : Match rouge/blanc, resp. activate or deactivate the command MATCH. Middle mouse button : Changes the active element(s) based on the MATCH mode. Right mouse button : Saves the properties of the active elements in the MATCH mode.


2D Left menu
4.14 Gr mode, G1-G16, Match, configuration (Cont'd...)
The following attributes can be configured Lines Definition chapter 2.4 b) Line color Auxiliary line type Line thickness End type Base altitude Altitude Line type Color Line type Line thickness Hatching thickness Hatching color Background color Hatching type Base altitude Altitude Surface type See chapter 2.8 d) Text Definition chap. 2.7 b) Font ... Height Color Thickness Bold font windows Italic (M) Width/height Opaque... Frame... Interline Align text Paragraph frame... Background color Contour color Dashed contour Standard frame Narrow frame Basic text Paragraph font... Paragraph height Paragraph color Bold paragraph Italic paragraph Interline paragraph Toolbar Gr mode Shows the configuration of the graphic mode. See chapter 5.2 Dimensions Texts Text height Text thickness Bold windows Text color Texte font Texte width/height Italic (angle) Text opaque... Sybol size Symbol type Anchor length Anchor distance Symbol type abs. Anchor length abs. Anchor distance abs. Nb decimals Nb decimals(angle) Symbol type slope Units... Line colors Line thickness Color based on act. line Dmin based on act. line Sum Units Nb decimals Rebars Lattice Gep / SIT "Wall" elements

Definition chap. 2.8 b)

Surfaces Definition chap. 2.4 a)

Element value See chapters. 2.4/2.5 Modules See specific manuals


Auxiliary lines Attribution of a color for the auxiliary lines and auxiliary points. Nodes See chapter 2.6 Color Color opaque Thickness Type Size Opaque Code


2D Left menu
4.15 Zoom
V1 V2

Recall (G) zoom saves 1 and 2; (M) saves zoom 1 and 2 Z+: positive zoom (keyboard shorcut: "+" )Z-: negative zoom (Keyboard shortcut.: " - " ) ZPP recalls the before last zoom ZP recalls prededing zoom Z tout (G) Displays all the active elements on screen (M) presents a simplified drawing. (R) zooms on active elements Z REAL (G) shows the real size of the drawing (as when printed) (R) gives a real zoom in relation to the center of the screen Z+ = agrandit (plus prs)

Z Real

Z all shows the whole drawing on screen

Z- = rduit / rapetisse Zoom with the wheel With the wheel of the mouse, it is equally possible to...d'effectuer un Z+ et un Z- de manire efficace et rapide. Important : la roulette doit tre configure correctement (normalement bouton du milieu) dans le panneau de configuration

Move frame by pressing (L) with the mouse.

4.16 RL(Recall-Layer), vision

Allows you to make certain element groups visible or invisible. Recall Layer restores a visibility setting (display/hide) for the layers RL No No No No .... 1 2 3 4 .. 40 visibility settings can be saved.. Example: Ground Foundation Envelopes NO 4 NO 5


2D Left menu
4.16 RL(Recall-Layer), vision (cont'd...)
Vision Aux. lines Element points Hatchings Texts Dimensions Nodes Bitmaps Grayed bitmaps Grayed layers Groupes... - Active elem * - Inactive elem / + All elem J Elem by color... Elem by name... Elem by group... Treillis Rebar pos. Rebar field Real hooks Options.. Plotter frame Laser frame Reference Cursor position Name of nodes Block ref. point Elem. by name... Wall axes visible Wall references visible Wall layouts visible In the vision menu, it is possible to configure which elements must be displayed or hidden. It is thus possible to hide the elaborate construction with auxiliary lines in order to try a print test. For an estimate, we can hide certain information (dimensions) very quickly.

4.17 Preferences/ settings

Most of the settings in the settings menu are equally found in the "Extra Preferences" menu. In this menu, all the preferences susceptible to personalize the utilization of the program are included. Some of these functionalities are explained in the following chapters 4.18 to 4.20.

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2 5 6 3 7


2D Left menu
4.17 Preferences/ settings (cont'd...)
1) Language
Choice of language: German / French / English / etc.

2) Display Left menu reduced: Simplified display of the left menu Toolbar: see chapter 5.1 Toolbar modgr: See chapter 5.2 3) Snap point Configuration of the snap point options: chapter 4.13. 4) Diverse Activate/ deactivate the function Undo/redo 5) Lasso
Normal: See chapter 4.14 A point: See chapter 4.14 Lasso Text: only activates the text

6) Saved copies Saving interval: Configuration of the interval for the saving question " Do you really want to save the file?" 7) Catalog Placement of the catalog folder: Standard ../

4.18 User
This menu is situated in the top bar on the screen User General Wood Beginner Test User User test Activates some more complex functions or in test mode, destined to advanced users User wood Activates specific functions for users in the wood construction domain.

4.19 Measure
Displays on screen the distances, angles, lengths and surfaces of the active elements or points desired. The units displayed are the ones that are predefined in the "Units" menu (see chapter 4.3)


2D Left menu
4.19 Mesure (cont'd...)
Measure Direct distance Arc radius Glob coord of point Angle 3 points Angle 2 lines Active elem. surface Center of gravity Active elem. length Km active line Km active line to Slope (%) Bearing Angle with horiz. Dist. active line Distance 2 Pt Indicates the distance between 2 pts 2 points formed by a Distance = length of the line DX = Horizontal length DY = Vertical length Always click on the point with the left click (L) of the mouse! Angle 3 pt Donne la valeur de l'angle dfini par 3 points Angle 2 lines 1 2 3 1 Copy data All the measured values can be copied with "2" and pasted in any search field. These copied values can also be inserted in the file as a text..

Center of gravity Add a node in the position of the center of gravity .

Active line length Mesures the length of all the active lines. DY
t. Dis


KM active line The distance measured is taken from the start of the line and the point desired (line start km=0)

Glob coord of point Indicates the global coordinates X,Y and Z of the point, as they are saved (xxx.2d file, DXF file, surface file...) (Z=altitude).

Slope Calculates the slope of a line in % Arc radius Mesures the value of the designated arc radius Angle with horiz. Horizontal Mesures the angle between the line and the horizontal (positive rotation clockwise) Active elem. surface Calculates the total surface of all the active element "surfaces" (in wood user mode, the result is expressed in m2, cm2 and mm2).

Bearing The angle calculated is a the result between north and the line. The sens of rotation is counter clockwise. The unit used is "Grad"


Distance to the active line Measures the smallest distance from the active point to the designated line.

4.20 Redess
Redess This function "redraw" screen, meaning that the screen is erased, and the menus are redisplayed and the visible elements in the graphic window are redrawn. If the drawing is made up of many surfaces and texts, we can obtain a simplified and faster display by middle clicking with the mouse (M)


2D Barre 2D Toolbar d'outil 5. Annexes

5.1 Toolbar
Toolbars allow for rapid access to menus. The display of the toolbars can be personalized in the display menu (display/hide) without having to leave the drawing in use.

The toolbar functions: Export to cadwork 3D viewer Redo Undo Measure

Auxiliary lines Add nodes Add lines Add surface Add circle surface Add rectangle surface Add spline Add text

Add metal Add rebar Add lattice.. Add Bamtec Add GIS Delete active elements Copy active elements

Add catalog Add PDF Altitude dimension Parallel dimension Vertical dimension Horizontal dimension

Behind On top Cut wall Break 2 points Add point Solder active elements Cut active elements Stretch the active point Copy parallel Copy horizontal axis symmetry Copy vertical axis symmetry Turn active elements Move active elements

5.2 Graphic mode toolbar

The graphic mode toolbar shows the actual configuration of the graphic chosen (button in bold). The configuration is always visible because of this. If a modification is made in this toolbar, it isn't saved in the respective graphic and the graphic designation changes from G1 to G*.


2D Shortcut

5.3 Shortcut 2D
Activer / dsactiver Ctrl A Ctrl A A Ctrl A C Ctrl A D Ctrl A F Ctrl A G Ctrl A H Ctrl A I Ctrl A J Ctrl A L Ctrl A M Ctrl A N Ctrl A P Ctrl A R Ctrl A T Esc Maj Ctrl Maj Ligne Ctrl Alt Ligne Activer tous les lments (si aucun lment n'est activ) Activer par groupe Activer par couleur Activer selon paisseur / hauteur Activer par couleur (en tenant compte du type d'lment) Activer selon le type de pointill Activer selon le type de hchure Activer selon la couleur de la hchure Activer selon la couleur de fond Activer selon longueur de la ligne Activer selon le type d'lment Activer par nom Ajouter cote angle Activer le cadre d'impression (laser/traceur) d'un mme format Activer par type lment Dsactiver tout Dsactiver tous les lments sauf le premier lment activ Activer lments touchs par la ligne Activer lasso polyligne Fonctions de base 1 Modifier lments acifs Dplacer lments actifs (translation et symtrie) 5 Copier lments actifs 6 7 Etirer lments actifs Couper lments actifs C D Souder lments actifs O Mesurer lments actifs I Ajouter architecture W Retour arrire Efface les lments actifs Ctrl Z Annuler les dernires oprations ('Undo') (=9) Rtablir si 'Undo-Redo' est activ, sinon lit une image du clipboard Ctrl Y Ctrl W Inverser dbut / fin (ligne) Ctrl W Inverser rfrence (srie de cotes) Ctrl W Inversion face de rfrence (paroi) Ctrl P Imprimer Maj B Modifier type surface en type barre Prfrences $ Ctrl S Alt W % Maj W ? Ajouter paragraphe texte Sauver le dessin sous le nom courant Gestion couleur menu / fond blanc (idem (D) sur Rglages) Rend visible/invisible le menu de droite Rend Fentre supplmentaire visible/invisible Appel direct des menus raccourcis clavier et touches F1 - F12 Ajouter cotation (seulement 2D) A H V P Z Activer selon la police d'criture Ajouter cotes horizontales en srie Ajouter cotes verticales en srie Ajouter cotes parallles en srie Ajouter cotes absolues verticales

Cadwork setup est expliqu de manire dtaille dans la notice d'installation

5.4 Cadwork setup (ci_start.exe)

5.3 Shortcut 2D Folge

Zoom et vues J / * +/Maj Maj Maj Maj Maj Tous les lments visibles Rend invisibles les lments inactifs Rend invisibles les lments actifs Zoom +/- centr sur le curseur Vue sur tous les lments sur l'cran Zoom sur tous les lments actifs Zoom + dans lasso Zoom prcdent Rappel de la visibilit prcdente Dplacer le dessin sur l'cran Dplacer les lments actifs (selon rglage valeur E) Zoom sur un cadre laser donn par son numro (0 : cadre traceur) Activation et zoom sur le cadre laser prcdent Activation et zoom sur le cadre laser suivant

Ajouter lments K F L I T Maj T N Maj N Ctrl N Images @ Enregistrer une image de l'affichage en format *.tif Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter Ajouter noeud surface par contour ligne par contour architecture texte horizontal ou modifier le texte actif paragraphe texte lment du catalogue variante du catalogue bloc interne

< Y Lasso X A

Maj < Page Up Page Down

Fonctionalits souris (G)=gauche, (M)=milieu, (R)=touche droite souris Presse-papier / stockage intermdiaire , 2 3 Ctrl C Ctrl X Ctrl V Copier lments actifs dans une mmoire temporaire pour le 3D Copier lments actifs dans une mmoire temporaire (Ctrl C) Coller lments sauvs dans la mmoire temporaire (Ctrl V) Copier lments actifs dans une mmoire temporaire (=2) Couper (=supprimer et copier dans la mmoire temporaire) Coller lments sauvs dans la mmoire temporaire (=3) (G) (M) (D) Ctrl (G) Ctrl (D) Ctrl Roulette Maj Roulette Ctrl Alt (G)(M)(D) Activer lment(s), tous les autres lments sont dsactivs Dsactiver lment(s) Activer lment(s) en plus des lments dj activs Simulation du bouton de milieu de la souris (M) Dcaler le point actif Dplacer vue de l'cran (Pan) horizontalement Dplacer vue de l'cran (Pan) verticalement Lasso polygone

Traits de construction 0 E M Q S X Y Traits de construction Droite de construction une distance (cart) de segments Point milieu Droite de construction perpendiculaire Droite ou cercle de construction sur un segment ou un arc Droite de construction selon X (horizontale) Droite de construction selon Y (verticale)

2D Shortcut