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Old 07-20-2010, 05:45 AM   #1
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just got started with Qcad .
but i cant get half the tools to work.
how do i copy and paste with it?
its like the program does work correctly.
Am i not using it correctly or is there another error?
the only error message ive seen is.

Cannot start Qt Assistant '/usr/bin/assistant -server -profile /usr/share/qcad/doc/qcaddoc.adp'

im using mandriva I installed from the package manger

any ideas
thanks stevo
 
Old 07-20-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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Just installed qcad-2.0.5.0 in Mandriva 2010.0 and 2010.1.

No errors. How and when does "Cannot start Qt Assistant .." appear ?

About using : The online manual will open in 'firefox',
using the "Help" button, upper right corner.
Suggest : Keep it open on a different workplace ( Desktop ),
and use the information, when you create a drawing.

Qcad works pretty much like Autocad, except a lot of functions
are slightly different. ( Or are missing.)
Qcad works with layers : E.g. a house drawing will have separate
layers for pluming, electrical installs, etc. etc.

Copy / paste ? I don't think so. What will you copy ?
I.e. qcad files are in "dxf" format.
..
P.S. : Takes some time to learn how to use all the tools.
( The starter course for 2D Autocad is five weeks here in DK.)
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:23 PM   #3
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So what does copy and paste buttons do?
how do i copy and repeat something Ive drawn?
after I drawn something how do i repeat it
I have used auto cad previously but not much this year.
 
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Sorry, long time since I used Qcad / Autocad ( 5 years ).

Help >> documentation, chapter 9, Basic Editing Commands
→ → Undo - Redo - Copy - Cut - Paste.

And why not read all the pages for a start ?
I guess you will find the most answers there.
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read that and tried as the instructions suggest before i asked come to the conclusion only half the functions work for me.
Does any 1 use Qcad?
also noticed since Ive run soe updates some other programs dont work could they be confilting Kicad.
I might try installing 2010.1 and installing qcad again an see what that does.

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Old 07-27-2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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Click on copy (cut). Please notice that the menu box changes from the main menu to the selection menu. The menu box is found in the leftmost part of the window on a fresh install.

The selection tool changes to a boxed crosshair. Select each element you want to copy (cut) by clicking near them in your drawing. Selected elements will turn red and have a blue marks at their endpoints. When you are done selecting the elements click on the continue (rightward facing) arrow button in the menu box. At this point the selected elements will either be redrawn in white (copy) or gone (cut).

The command line will now prompt you to "Set reference point". You may either click in the drawing field or supply the coordinate you wish to reference at this prompt. You have now copied the selected elements to the clipboard and set the reference point for pasting.

Click on paste. The command line will prompt you for "Set reference point" again, but this time it places the previous (copy/cut) reference point at this new point and inserts your selected elements. Also, if you move your mouse over the drawing field you will notice the copied/cut elements (cyan) tracking the cursor.

Example:
Open a new drawing.
In qcad command line type:

line (hit enter)
40,40 (hit enter)
40,60 (hit enter)
60,60 (hit enter)
60,40 (hit enter)
close (hit enter)

Click on copy and select all of the lines in the square.
Click on the continue arrow.
Type 50,50 into the qcad command line and hit enter. Notice it prompts you 'Set reference point'.

Click paste and supply the command line with 70,70 at the 'Set reference point' prompt.

That will result in two squares on the screen. The original centered at 50,50 and a second one centered at 70,70.

Cheers,
Mike

Additionally, you may forgo the 'by-hand' selection process by choosing select all from the menu box, the drop down dialog, or pressing ctrl-a.

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