Keypad

The tools in the keypad are shown in the following image:

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The toolbox/toolbar layout corresponds to the numeric keys on the right hand side of the keyboard:

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tool_image015 Push Up

The Push Up key pushes the selected piece vertically toward the top of the Fabric Simulation Area. The piece stops when it touches another piece or the fabric edge.

Or press 8 key directly.

tool_image016 Push Down

The Push Down key pushes a piece (or a group of pieces) vertically toward the bottom of the Fabric Simulation Area. The piece stops when it touches another piece or the fabric edge.

Or press 2 key directly.

tool_image017 Push Left

The Push Left key pushes a piece (or a group of pieces) horizontally toward the end of the Fabric Simulation Area. The piece stops if it touches another piece or the fabric edge.

Or press 4 key directly.

tool_image018 Push Right

The Push Right key pushes a piece (or a group of pieces) horizontally toward the end of the Fabric Simulation Area. The piece stops when it touches another piece or the window’s end.

Or press 6 key directly.

tool_image019 Rotate

The Rotate key rotates counter-clockwise one or more selected piece(s).
  • Set the rotation angle

    Click the menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] and select the angle, like 180 degrees.

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  • Rotate the selected piece

Select the desired piece with Pointer tool, and then select the tool_image019 Rotate tool (or press 8 key directly), the piece is rotated 180 degrees counter-clockwise.

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Note

  1. After selecting the desired piece, hold down Shift key and click tool_image019 Rotate tool, the piece is rotated clockwise.

    1. If the specific piece can’t be rotated or not rotated at the right angle even after setting the angle in the menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters], then you need to double-click the piece in the chart area, or select the piece and click menu [Treatment]-[Item Info], to open the Piece Info Dialog box. Click [Permission] button in the dialog box to open the Piece Treatment Tolerance Dialog Box, you can check/modify the parameters.

For more information about Piece Treatment Tolerance, please refer to Chapter 2 Treatment Menu in this manual.

tool_image020 Horizontal Symmetry

The Horizontal Symmetry key flips a piece on the marker on a horizontal axis.

Note

Before applying horizontal symmetry, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to select the [Symmetry X] option.

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Or press 7 key directly to apply this function.

tool_image021 Vertical Symmetry

The Vertical Symmetry key flips a piece on the marker on a vertical axis.

Note

Before applying vertical symmetry, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to select the [Symmetry Y] option. tool_image020_1

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Or press 9 key directly to apply this function.

Note

If it doesn’t apply the function on the piece even after finishing setting in the menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters], then you need to double-click the piece in the chart area, or select the piece and click menu [Treatment]-[Item Info], to open the Piece Info Dialog box. Click [Permission] button in the dialog box to open the Piece Treatment Tolerance Dialog Box, you can check/modify the parameters.

For more information about Piece Treatment Tolerance, please refer to Chapter 2 Treatment Menu in this manual.

tool_image022 Gap

The Gap key creates a gap (space) between two pieces.

Before applying this function, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to set the related parameters (Step&Max):

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How to do:

  1. Select the desired piece;
  2. Click the one of the direction arrows to determine the direction;
  3. Click tool_image022 Gap, it makes the gap according to the value you entered in Step and Max in Parameters ( click N times, it makes N*Step value), when it reaches the maximum, the piece won’t move any more.

Note

Key 1 is the shortcut key for Gap tool, so you can press it directly.

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tool_image023 Overlap

The Overlap key overlaps two pieces.

Before applying this function, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to set the related parameters (Step&Max):

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How to do:

  1. Select the desired piece;
  2. Click the one of the direction arrows to determine the direction;
  3. Click tool_image023 Overlap, it overlaps according to the value you entered in Step and Max in Parameters ( click N times, it makes N*Step value), when it reaches the maximum, the piece won’t move any more.

Note

Key 3 is the shortcut key for tool_image023 Gap tool, so you can press it directly.

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tool_image024 Fine Rotate CCW

The Fine Rotate CCW key makes a fine rotation counter-clockwise on a selected piece.

Before applying this function, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to set the related parameters (Step&Max):

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or select the piece, and open its item info dialog box to ensure if the option Fine Rotation Tolerance is selected.

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How to do:

  1. Select the desired piece;
  2. Click the one of the direction arrows to determine the direction;
  3. Click tool_image024 Overlap, it rotates according to the value you entered in Step and Max in Parameters ( click N times, it makes N*Step value), when it reaches the maximum, the piece won’t move any more.

Note

Key “-” is the shortcut key for tool_image024 Gap tool, so you can press it directly.

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tool_image025 Fine Rotate CW

The Fine Rotate CW key makes a fine rotation clockwise on a selected piece.

Before applying this function, please go to menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Parameters] to set the related parameters (Step&Max):

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or select the piece, and open its item info dialog box to ensure if the option Fine Rotation Tolerance is selected.

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How to do:
  1. Select the desired piece;
  2. Click the one of the direction arrows to determine the direction;
  3. Click tool_image025 Overlap, it rotates according to the value you entered in Step and Max in Parameters (click N times, it makes N*Step value), when it reaches the maximum, the piece won’t move any more.

Note

The Key “+” is the shortcut key for tool_image025 Gap tool, so you can press it directly.

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tool_image026 Standby

This Standby key sends or retrieves a piece or a group of pieces from the Standby Area to the Fabric Simulation Area or vice-versa.

Before applying this function, please go to [Treatment] menu to ensure if the standby area is open:

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Note

For more information about Standby Area, please refer to Chapter 2 [View] Menu in this manual.

  • Move the piece to Standby area:

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    or press ”.” key directly.

  • Move the piece to Simulation Area from Standby area:

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    Note

    1. Use Standby Area with Automatic Nesting: when you use automatic nesting but you don’t want to place some pieces, then you can move those pieces to standby area, and deselect the option “Pieces in Standby Area” in menu [Options]-[Preferences]-[Automatic Engine]. Start automatic nesting after finishing the setting.

      1. The pieces remains the original order in the simulation after moving them to the standby area.

tool_image027 Slide Piece

The Slide Piece key slides a piece (or a group of pieces) in a desired direction on the Fabric Simulation Area.

Method one: use 0 key to slide a piece (0 key is the shortcut key for tool_image027 Slide Piece ):

  1. select the piece;
  2. hold down 0 key;
  3. left-click the piece without releasing the mouse button, drag it and a line appears;
  4. drag the line to desired location and release the mouse button, the piece is moved to the new direction. When it touches the other piece, or the edge of the marker, it will stop.

Method two:

  1. double-click the piece without releasing the mouse button, the line appears;
  2. drag the line to desired location and release the mouse button, the piece is moved to the new direction. When it touches the other piece, or the edge of the marker, it will stop.

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tool_image028 Force Piece

The Force Piece key allows you to temporarily superimpose pieces on one another.

Apply this function with “Enter” key in the numeric keyboard (this is the shortcut key for this function):

  1. select tool_image028_2 Pointer tool;
  2. left-click the piece without releasing the mouse button, move the piece to superimpose the another piece as desired (you can determine how to superimpose or how much it superimposes)
  3. Press “Enter” key on the numeric keyboard, and then release the mouse button.

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