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09-13-2013 12:53 AM
BenLeslie1
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Just installed CE 2012 trial (upgrade from 2011).  The new drawing tools are supercool but, unless I'm being dim, one tiny piece of functionality has gone missing:

-the ability to inhibit snapping by pressing SHIFT... it's still listed in help... am I doing something wrong, those big orange dots get in the way?


Oh, and 'rectangular shape creation'... am I right - the rectangle only aligns to the axes or an adjacent shape?  It would be much more useful if we could draw rotated rectangles (yes I know we can do this with right-angle snap on the polygon draw tool but finding those snap angles takes longer).
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BenLeslie1
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Hmm, I'm having second thoughts about how supercool the new drawing tools are.  Certainly some aspects of them are but other aspects are not so good as far as I can tell.

If I draw a nice clean rectangle then another one partially abutting it I get additional vertices in the original shape - these can cause gable roofs to be drawn incorrectly so I find I have to manually delete the additional vertices to get a good roof.
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MatthiasBuehler1
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Hi,

the shape creation tool was changed completely from 2011 to 2012. it's working enirely different.

check tutorial 14 ( 3 parts ) :
http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/64843-CityEngine-Collection-RESOURCES-FAQ-HELP

For the upcoming CityEngine 2013, the tool has been improved a LOT, to make it much more stable towards producing correct geometries.

ok ?

m.
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BenLeslie1
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Ah thank you this helps - I see now that SHIFT inhibits the joining of shapes but I still believe the ability to inhibit snapping completely has gone missing - I think it would be useful, I hope it returns in 2013.
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