Graphics Commands

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Navigation: User Guide -> Menu Commands -> Graphics Commands

Related Links: Graphics, Manipulating Graphics

The grouped graphics commands are explained on the following pages:

Introduction

There are a number of menu commands and toolbar buttons related to graphics. They only become available if a Graphics Window is the currently active window.

For a more detailed and advanced description of managing Models and associated Graphics, see Manipulating Graphics.

Note: SysCAD must be in the Edit mode (stopped) for most of these commands to be accessed.

New Graphics Window

This will allow the user to open a new Graphics Window and is only available if SysCAD is stopped and the Graphics window menu is active.

Insert

Edit

Delete

Copy and Paste

Display

Note: These commands only affect the currently selected Graphics window.

Display of Unit or Link Tags

Unit Tags

  • Show all Unit tags: This command will display the Tags of ALL units on the selected Graphics flowsheet.
  • Hide all Unit tags: This command will hide the Tags of ALL units on the selected Graphics flowsheet.
  • Size all Unit tags: This command will change the size of the Tags of ALL units on the selected Graphics flowsheet to the size specified on the Graphics page of General Options (Menu command: Tools - general Options).

Link Tags

  • Show all Link tags: This command will display the Tags of all Links on the selected Graphics flowsheet.
  • Hide all Link tags: This command will hide the Tags of all Links on the selected Graphics flowsheet.
  • Size all Link tags: This command will change the size of the Tags of all Links on the selected Graphics flowsheet to the size specified on the Graphics page of General Options (Menu command: Tools - general Options).

Link Breaks and Arrows

  • No Breaks at Link Intercepts: All link breaks where lines cross one another will be removed.
  • Horizontal Breaks at Link Intercepts: All Horizontal links will be broken where they cross vertical lines. Any breaks in vertical lines will be removed.
  • Vertical Breaks at Link Intercepts: All Vertical links will be broken where they cross horizontal lines. Any breaks in horizontal lines will be removed.
  • Apply Arrow style for Links: The default arrow style for links will be applied to all links on the graphics page. Please see General Options - Drawing for more information on where to set the default arrow style.

Animation

Symbol Management

Construct

Redraw

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Command Path Graphics - Redraw
Short Cut Key Ctrl+B

This command refreshes the drawing on the Graphics Window.

Zoom

Using the Mouse Wheel

Please also see ETip: Flowsheet Navigation using Mouse Control.

The Zoom and Pan mouse wheel action will depend on the settings on the Options - General - Mouse Tab, below are explanations for the default settings only:

Pan:

  • The default mouse wheel action is set to Scroll the window vertically, so rolling the mouse wheel will pan the page up/down.
  • To pan around the graphics window, hold down the Mouse wheel and drag the graphics in the required direction.

Zoom:

The user may use CtrlKey.png + Mouse wheel to zoom in or out the Graphics window.

While the Graphics window is active:

  • Hold 'Ctrl' key down and roll the Mouse wheel towards you to Zoom OUT (decrease magnification) at the cursor position.
  • Hold 'Ctrl' key down and roll the Mouse wheel away from you to Zoom IN (increase magnification) at the cursor position.
  • Roll the Mouse wheel while holding 'Ctrl' and 'Shift' key for Zoom IN /OUT at the window centre (ie ignore cursor position).
  • Single click on the mouse wheel button while holding 'Ctrl' to zoom back out to view the full graphics page (same as the zoom all command)

NOTES:

  1. While zoom is active, the mouse cursor changes. You can even zoom in/out and pan with the mouse wheel while busy with some graphics commands such as inserting units.
  2. To change the Mouse wheel action, please see General Options - Mouse

Using Commands

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Command Path Graphics - Zoom
Short Cut Key Ctrl+M

This command is used to move around and change the magnification of the active Graphics Window. The zoom command opens a floating toolbar:

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  • Clicking User Guide image279.gif closes the toolbar.
  • The next four buttons allow you to move around the Graphics Window, left, right, up or down respectively. The magnification of the drawing is not changed.
  • The next two buttons increase (zoom in) or decrease (zoom out) your view of the drawing.
  • The All icon zooms to fit the drawing on the Graphics Window.
  • To view a portion of the drawing, with the zoom toolbar opened, drag a selection box on the Graphics Window with the left mouse button. To return to the overall drawing, either click on the All icon, or click once on the Graphics Window.

Toggle Grid Display

Command Path Graphics - Toggle Grid Display
Short Cut Key Ctrl+G

Toggles the Grid Display on / off. The Grid Display settings can be changed in General Options - Graphics

Colour Scheme

There are 5 background colours available:

  • Black
  • Grey
  • LightGrey
  • Offwhite
  • White

User can customise the colour scheme via:

  1. Right clicking on 'Graphics' on the Explorer Window and selecting Colour Scheme; OR
  2. The Tools | General Options | Colour Tab

Bulk Change Tag

Identical to Bulk Change Tag.

Options

Opens the General Options - Graphics dialog box.