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Dirk

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Beginners question
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:05:38 pm »
Hi,

I found babaCAD after reading http://www.zdnet.be/article/158615/ontwerp-je-eigen-technische-tekeningen/

I try to use babaCAD for designing a furniture project that I would like to build. It is the first time I work with this kind f software. My whole thinking is based on distances and measurements. I find it difficult in let's say  putting an object a certain distance from another object. Or resizing an object to new measurements (eg: rezising a block to 30 x 800) . It looks like everything is based on coordinates which makes it complicated to me.

Can someone give me a hint where to look, or how to work with measurements ?

Thank you very much for reading this.
Dirk

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Re: Beginners question
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 01:41:14 pm »
Use relative coordinate input. Example: To draw a rectangle block 30 x 800 do this:

- click on rectangle icon or type rectang in command window
- you will be asked to specify first corner, so click somewhere or type x,y coordinate (for example: type 100,100 and hit enter)
- now in command window type @30,800 and hit enter

To arrange objects in space, I recommend you to draw some help lines. Start POLYLINE (pline in cmd window or icon on the left), click on the end point of the first object, then enter @50,0 for next point of polyline to get horiz. line with length of 50 (click ESC or right mouse button to finish polyline). Now click on MOVE, select the second object, pick line's start point as basepoint for the MOVE, then pick line's end point for destination. That's it.

Also, there are video tutorials at http://www.babacad.com/tutorials.html (english) and http://www.babacad.com/tutorials_de.html (deutsch)

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Re: Beginners question
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 10:11:20 pm »
Hey thanks a lot. The @ seems to be the key I was looking for. I can go back to the baba designing desk now.  :)