CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

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CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby andrew » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:22 pm

The Traditional CAD Toolbar

On new installations, QCAD features a compact CAD Toolbar at the left to access the various CAD related tools for drawing, modifying or selecting entities or to select the current snap mode.
The CAD Toolbar offers a very compact and comprehensible way to access the various tools available. Tools are structured into categories and snap tools are only shown when relevant.

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The Tool Matrix

Starting with QCAD 3.12.6, an alternative widget can be used instead of the CAD Toolbar to access tools: the Tool Matrix. The Tool Matrix lists all tools available in one single widget without the need to click through a hierarchy. The tools are shown in a (scrollable) list with collapsible categories. A filter can be applied to the Tool Matrix to list all tools related to a certain keyword (e.g. 'tangent') or to search for a specific tool. The Tool Matrix can list tools as icons or as texts.

Displaying the Tool Matrix
To show the Tool Matrix instead of the CAD Toolbar, right-click into one of the tool bars at the top and choose Toolbars > CAD Tools. This hides the CAD Toolbar. Then right-click into one of the tool bars at the top again and choose Widgets > Tool Matrix to show the Tool Matrix.

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List / Icon Mode
To switch the display mode to list the tools as text, right-click into the tool matrix and choose 'List View':
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Searching for a Tool
To search for a specific tool or list only those tools you are momentarily interested in, type a search text into the Filter text edit at the top of the Tool Matrix. This way, you can for example list all tools related to tangents:
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Other Configurations
Here's another configuration with snap tools at the bottom instead of the Tool Matrix (panels can be added or removed from the Tool Matrix in Edit > Application Preferences > General > Tool Settings):
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And a configuration which uses the Tool Matrix for all tools, including the tools from the File, Edit and View menus:
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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby Tiggr » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:42 pm

Hi!

Great Feature! I'm allready loving it from the screenshots!

Thanks!

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Marcus

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby andrew » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:54 pm

Tiggr wrote:Great Feature! I'm allready loving it from the screenshots!


Thanks! QCAD 3.12.6 is now online.

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby 0xdeadbeef » Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:35 am

That's a pretty cool new option. Actually I think I like it much better than the tool bar.

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby tukuyomi » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:21 am

Great feature indeed ! Already customized to my tastes :D
Also Tool History from right-click is awesome :D
Thank you for this software !

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby andrew » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:28 am

tukuyomi wrote:Already customized to my tastes :D


OK, great. Feel free to post your own screenshots to inspire other users :)

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby tukuyomi » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:58 am

Sure thing ! Here is it :) (click for full size)
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Most useful tools (for me, that is) on the Tool Matrix, tabbed with Layer and Block lists ;
Snap bar to the left ;
Command line tabbed with Script Shell and Selection filter ;
File tools with Tool Option (with enough space to the right) on top.
Also MyScripts menu that contains home-made scripts from which you can see "The Skelton ®" in the middle of the screen (that I use to start a new script ;) ), thanks, btw, to a post you made a while ago that showed me how to create dialogs ^^
Enjoy :)

PS : Also if anyone new to Qcad scripting is interested in "The Skelton ®" and wants to start learning how to script, feel free to ask, I'll gladly make a post to upload and explain the script.

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby andrew » Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:45 pm

tukuyomi: Cool - very compact but complete, I like it!

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby Clive » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:18 pm

Very Nice work Andrew, the matrix tool is much better for me too :wink:

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby Clive » Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:39 pm

tukuyomi wrote:PS : Also if anyone new to Qcad scripting is interested in "The Skelton ®" and wants to start learning how to script, feel free to ask, I'll gladly make a post to upload and explain the script.


Yes please, it would be interesting to see how you went about this :)

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby tkmbi » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:08 am

Dear Andrew,

great Job, perfect working. :D

Would it be possible to arrange with customized keywords, like "simple", advanced" and "expert"
to show only a minimum for user there are begin with CAD, advanced for CAD-User, and expert for construction.

greatings tkmbi

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby tkmbi » Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:00 am

Dear Andrew,

any news here ?

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Re: CAD Toolbar vs. Tool Matrix

Postby andrew » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:36 am

It sounds like a good idea. Feel free to post a feature request at:
http://www.qcad.org/bugtracker/index.ph ... 1&do=index
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