9 Jul 12 16:41
Thank you Patrick and Sandy
I've got across (mostly) understanding the orthographic and polar and trim and pan etc. Have played around with a couple of other free apps, e.g. SolidEdge2D, and done a few 'exercises' combinining shapes and angles etc. On SolidEdge 2D you mark the startpoint - key in the length and angle ... click ... there it is. Or you draw the line and see the line length increasing/decreasing amd the angle ditto. Or you can click the end of the line and move it to extend or decrease. You see the dimensions changing as you do. But there's a couple of aspects of 2D that I don't care for.
DraftSight looks pretty good except for this. On DS - I draw the line ... but no indication of it's progressing length. Until I Dimension it. And when I try Change Length I thought it should just click/slide. No go.
I have found the Command Window - Command Line. It doesn't have instructions as such. It has the history, then in this instance Options: Segments or Specify start point ... that makes sense. Then ... next point/segment etc. That's just click/enter - that works similarly to just drawing the line without using the Command Line. But for a specific length - have tried entering one ... no good.
Unless I should be entering the 'from' and 'to' co-ordinates. That might take just a little more understanding to get to first base and I will have to knuckle down and do the reading. I'm a bit of a "have a go and see if it works - read the instructions if it doesn't" kind of gal.
Amd saving a lot is second nature. I used a little architectural program a couple of years ago - nothing fancy but it worked - and it happily crashed every dozen mouse moves. I learned to beat that little so and so. Plus I used to be a typesetter in the olden days when the only memory you had was a floppy disc drive. Which I bought after NOT having one for six months or so because if you lost it ... you lost it.
I want to show him that it can be done ... he's worried that it's just all too hard. He has a small business making vermin and ember flashings for sheds and steel roofs ... not a big budget ... and he's very untrusting of the whole computer thing. If I can get over this hurdle (very basic I know but understanding this will make the rest so much easier) then I can learn while I'm doing.
I can't access the pdfs and such from home here as I have snail speed internet ... I can do that when I get to the 'work' computer (this is an unpaid job - doing for love you might say). I want to have a basic drawing to show off when I get there.
I keep sneaking in and hoping the answer will be there before me ... no luck so far! So a couple more hints would be really appreciated!
Regards from Kerri, in Grafton NSW Australia