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  • Create a New Drawing
    Learn how to begin a new drawing using the Drawing Page Setup command.
    Adding Another Sheet of Paper
    Learn to create more than one sheet of paper for a design. Additional sheets may possibly be used for a symbol legend, hydraulic calculations, or installation detail drawings.
    Move, Offset and Clipping Region
    The Move Sheet button or Sheet Offset boxes will allow you to reposition each drawing page behind the necessary contents of the design. The Clipping Area will allow you to create a "window" onto the Master sheet contents. The combination of these commands simplify printing a drawing that spans multiple pages.
    Drawing Templates
    Learn how to begin a new drawing using a template file preset to a specific scale with layers created for drafting.
    Creating a Drawing Template
    Learn to create a template file including custom layers and existing symbols.
    Inserting an Image File
    Learn to insert a scanned image in either a new drawing or a template file.
    Tracing an Image File
    Learn to insert an image file on the design screen and quickly trace the image to create a nice clean and crisp line drawing for design purposes. You can insert an image file in a bmp, jpg, png or tif format. You cannot insert a PDF file on the design screen. You must print the PDF file, scan the print and save the image in one of the acceptable formats, or you may use a conversion tool to convert the PDF to an image format.
    Importing an AutoCAD® DWG File
    Learn to import an AutoCAD® DWG file through release 2017.
    Entity Locator
    There are often entities on a design that are many units away from the base drawing and are difficult to locate. The Entity Locator will provide a list of each group of entities and allow you to zoom in on the locations. You can also use the command to reposition the paper behind the main drawing.
    Open an Existing Drawing
    Use the Open command or the Startup Screen to open existing drawing files.
    The Design Screen
    Becoming familiar with the design screen.
    Zooming and Panning
    On virtually every design there will be the need to zoom in or out, or to pan or move about the design screen. Zooming basically increases or decreases the magnification of the design screen. It is very similar to zooming in and out with a camera lens. Panning is like moving a piece of paper around on top of your desk.
    Updating the Software
    When the program opens the Startup Screen will appear. The Startup Screen will indicate if the software is up to date. If not, download and install the latest update to make sure your software is running at its best with all of the latest commands.