Interface

LiteCAD.EXE software works in a similar manner to AutoCAD. Designers build a full scale model of their design in LiteCAD by placing vector entities in precise positions in model space. Printing the design is usually carried out from layout space - a view of the design mimicking the drawing as it will look when printed to paper (or PDF). Entities and tools are similar to those found in the AutoCAD environment. However, unlike AutoCAD, tbahe program at this stage of its development is not command driven. For example, it is not possible to type  a command (for example LINE) and have it executed. The command is activated by selecting the Line option on a drop down or draw toolbar.

LiteCAD.exe interface This small movie shows the LiteCAD.exe application in action. We discuss the components of the interface and begin a discussion of the primitive drawing entities.

Tip: Commands can be typed by pressing the TAB key to activate the command bar.

LiteCAD.exe interface This movie shows how to create a layout sheet and display your model on it ready for printing.

Graphic entities

The figure below shows a screen shot showing the LiteCAD.exe interface in its 'as delivered state'. The Graphics drop down menu has been activated and the fly-out menu showing options under the Arc tool are shown.

The figure below shows the LiteCAD.exe interface when the Graphics menu is no longer activated. The black area to the right is termed the drawing editor - that's where you place entities such as lines, arcs, rectangles etc.

Tip: As you saw in the movie, itt is possible via to change the background color from black to white. Experience however tells us that should be avoided as it leads to tired eyes!

The series of windows to the left tells us much. It allows users to set the current drawing environment and also change the properties of an entity if one is selected. These windows can be collapsed from view if required.

The tab at the bottom of the drawing editor is labeled Model. When layout (print) view are created, these will also appear as tabs in that row. Other information about the drawing environment including the X and Y coordinates of the cross hair cursor (pointer) are also shown in this status line.

The figure below shows a screen shot showing the LiteCAD.exe interface. A number of CAD entities have been placed into the drawing editor - lines, arcs, polylines etc. LiteCAD's ability to display images is also seen in the lower right corner of the drawing interface.

The panel on the left is referred to as the Properties box. It shows the current drawing conditions - color, layer etc. 

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Here's a more complex design created with LiteCAD.exe. The Blue handles 0n an entity at the top of the screen indicate an entity (a block) that's been selected.

Sample design

Tip: It is possible via to change the background color from black to white. Experience tells us that should be avoided as it leads to tired eyes!