Drawing Tools 2020

Local Coordinates

More informative cursor

The cursor displays the ability to lock the cursor more informatively than before. The cursor now has symbols X, Y or Z, if the locking direction is parallel to the main coordinate axes. It also shows angles in 45° steps: 45°, 135°, 225° and 315°.


Use local coordinates for drawing angled objects

Now you can quickly access the local coordinates in the menu which opens from the tool strip.

The button opens the menu:

  • You can click a line to set the horizontal direction (left button)
  • or two points (the second button from the left).
  • You can return to the global coordinate system (the "globe" button on the right).

If you select Rotate viewpoint, the drawing will rotate so that 0° is in horizontal direction. (The default directions for the dimension line are always parallel to the global coordinate system.)

The constraints buttons follow the activity of the 2D constraint manager

The buttons in the Constraints group are passive (gray), if the 2D constraint manager is disabled. This helps the user to know if the constraints are available or not.

  • 2D constraint manager is used:

  • 2D constraint manager is not used:

Remember that you can switch the 2D constraint manager on or off here: File> Preferences > Drawings, Models > Usage: 2D Constraint Manager.

For a pure 2D drawing, we do not recommend using the 2D constraint manager in most cases. For model drawings, we recommend using them.


Quickly change the dimension precision

Changing the precision of a single dimension is now easy to do with the mini toolbar.


You can adjust the precision of multiple dimensions in the Properties dialog box.

  • First select the dimensions and then the contextual function Properties.

Chain dimensions are working more smoothly

The functionality of chain line and continues baseline dimensions has been improved. The dimension line remains in place even when the object to be dimensioned is moved. This applies mainly to 2D drawings.

Chain dimension retains intelligence in copying

Object copying has been improved so that the dimension retains its properties if copied with dimensioned objects. You can also copy dimension line with objects to another floor or drawing.

Rasters and Z-coordinate of Elements

Raster image properties on their own tab

The Properties tab of raster images is activated when you select a raster image.

Use the tab to control the raster image's:

  • layer and
  • Z-coordinate.

You can edit the raster image:

  • You can rotate the raster 90 ° counterclockwise.
  • You can make the raster horizontal by pointing two points.
  • You can crop an area to be deleted.

The drawing order of raster images is defined by the Z coordinate

The value of the Z coordinate replaces the old raster function Set Raster on Top, which has been removed from the user interface.

  • A raster with greater Z coordinate covers a raster with smaller Z coordinate.

Basic geometry elements now have a Z coordinate

Now you can give lines, texts, dimensions, patterns and macros a Z coordinate.

So far, the Z coordinate is only used for drawing and printing Fill (color) type hatches (G4, BD, G4 Plant).

  • A hatch with greater Z coordinate covers a hatch with smaller Z coordinate.
  • Vertex ED (Electrical Design) has features that allow you to filter elements from the drawing based on the Z coordinate, for example in PDF printing.

The drawing plane consists of X and Y coordinates. The Z coordinate increases from the drawing plane towards the viewer.