Changes between Version 15 and Version 16 of BasicTutorial


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Feb 28, 2006 5:09:33 AM (11 years ago)
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Philo
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Drag and drop insert. More links to detailed tutorials

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    1515Start the model by adding a blue 1x4 plate.  First, expand the "Plates" category in the pieces list (alongside the right edge of the screen by default) by clicking on the [+] icon next to "Plates". Then scroll down and select "Plate 1 x 4". Next click on the blue rectangle in the color palette near the bottom right of the screen to set the current color to blue. Notice that the image in the top right corner changes as you select pieces or change colors, to reflect your current choice.
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    17 Now add the brick to the drawing area: Click the Insert [[Image(brick_icon.png, nolink)]] tool.  It's located on the drawing toolbar, which by default is docked near the upper left of the LeoCAD application window. The mouse cursor will change to the insert image [[Image(brick_icon.png, nolink)]] to indicate Insert Mode. Move the mouse over the drawing/view area, and click the left mouse button to add the new piece to the model. Alternatively, you can press the Insert key to add a new piece.
     17Now add the brick to the drawing area: Click the Insert [[Image(brick_icon.png, nolink)]] tool.  It's located on the drawing toolbar, which by default is docked near the upper left of the LeoCAD application window. The mouse cursor will change to the insert image [[Image(brick_icon.png, nolink)]] to indicate Insert Mode. Move the mouse over the drawing/view area, and click the left mouse button to add the new piece to the model. Alternatively, you can press the Insert key to add a new piece, or you can drag it from the piece list and drop it in the drawing area.
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    1919[[Image(Basic02.png, nolink)]]
     
    3737Since now we'll be adding pieces on top of the existing pieces it's a good time to do so in another step, so click on the the right arrow icon [[Image(next_step.png, nolink)]] on the top right toolbar. If you look at the status bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see that it now says "Step 2" on the right side.
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    39 Add a "Plate 2 x 8" just above the first pieces, we are going to use it to hold the first two bricks together so we will have to rotate it until it's in the correct position. Select the "Rotate" icon from the toolbar [[Image(rotate_piece.png, nolink)]], the cursor will change and then drag the mouse until the brick is rotated 90 degrees.
     39Add a "Plate 2 x 8" just above the first pieces, we are going to use it to hold the first two bricks together so we will have to [wiki:RotatingPieces rotate] it until it's in the correct position. Select the "Rotate" icon from the toolbar [[Image(rotate_piece.png, nolink)]], the cursor will change and then drag the mouse until the brick is rotated 90 degrees.
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    43 '''''TIP:''' Just like moving, you can also rotate around one axis at a time by clicking on the circles that appear around the currently selected piece, or by using the keyboard (default keyboard shortcut is hold the SHIFT key down while pressing the arrow, Page Up or Page Down keys).''
     43'''''TIP:''' Just like moving, you can also [wiki:RotatingPieces rotate] around one axis at a time by clicking on the circles that appear around the currently selected piece, or by using the keyboard (default keyboard shortcut is hold the SHIFT key down while pressing the arrow, Page Up or Page Down keys).''
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    87 Since the tires will always stay locked to the wheels, we can tell LeoCAD to group them together. Switch to the selection tool then hold the Control key down and click on both and select both pieces, then press Control + G to group them. Now when you select either piece you'll select both of them automatically.
     87Since the tires will always stay locked to the wheels, we can tell LeoCAD to group them together. Switch to the selection tool [[Image(select.png, nolink)]] then [wiki:MultipleSelection hold the Control key down and click on both and select both pieces], then press Control + G to group them. Now when you select either piece you'll select both of them automatically.
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    8989[[Image(Basic08b.png, nolink)]]
     
    9393Change to the "Front" camera by going to the "View" menu then selecting it from the "Cameras" sub menu (the default keyboard shortcut is "F") and zoom in. If you take a closer look you'll notice that the wheel isn't correctly aligned to the car.
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    95 You can try moving the wheel but you're not going to get it to the right place because it's snapping the movement to a distance that is too big for what you need. Movement snap is a good way to keep standard bricks aligned but it doesn't help when you're trying to align smaller pieces, so now you should either turn it off by clicking on the "Grid Magnet" icon [[Image(snap_grid.png, nolink)]] on the toolbar or select a smaller snap value by using the keyboard (default keys are 1, 2, ..., 9, 0). When you select a different snap value the status bar changes accordingly.
     95You can try moving the wheel but you're not going to get it to the right place because it's snapping the movement to a distance that is too big for what you need. [wiki:SnapGrid Movement snap] is a good way to keep standard bricks aligned but it doesn't help when you're trying to align smaller pieces, so now you should either turn it off by clicking on the "Grid Magnet" icon [[Image(snap_grid.png, nolink)]] on the toolbar or select a smaller snap value by using the keyboard (default keys are 1, 2, ..., 9, 0). When you select a different snap value the status bar changes accordingly.
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    9797Now move the wheel so it aligns correctly with the car.
     
    103103We still need 3 more sets of wheels but instead of adding one at a time we can save some time by copying the one we just added to the clipboard and pasting it back. It works like most other applications, use the toolbar buttons to copy and paste or the keyboard (default keys are Control + C for copy and Control + V for paste).
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    105 When you paste a copy it's placed right on top of the one you copied it from, so we need to move it to the other side of the car. Since the car is exactly four "bricks" wide, you can turn Movement Snap back on and set its value to 1 brick to easily position the new wheel on the other side of the car.
     105When you paste a copy it's placed right on top of the one you copied it from, so we need to move it to the other side of the car. Since the car is exactly four "bricks" wide, you can turn [wiki:SnapGrid Movement Snap] back on and set its value to 1 brick to easily position the new wheel on the other side of the car.
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    107107Once it's in position rotate it 180 degrees so it faces the right way, then make 2 more copies for the back wheels and the car will be complete: