Quad cursor


The Quad cursor menu, or Quad for short, is an alternative to the Command line or toolbars, offering a rich set of tools while requiring fewer clicks, without cluttering the screen with loads of grip-glyphs. The rollover tips are a limited set of properties displayed when selecting or hovering over an entity.
To toggle the Quad on/off, do one of the following:
  • Click the Quad field in the Status bar.
  • Press the F12 function key.
  • Edit the QUADDISPLAY system variable in the Settings dialog.
  • Type QUADDISPLAY in the Command line, then choose an option.
To toggle the Rollover Tips on/off, do one of the following:
  • Click the RT field in the Status bar.
  • Type ROLLOVERTIPS in the Command line then set a value.

Quad layout

The Quad has a floating feature set that adjusts its content, depending on what you are or are not highlighting, and what you may have selected in the current workspace.
  • Based on the highlighted entity type, the Quad displays the most recently used tool (1) with the entity name (2).
    Note: When multiple entities are under the cursor, hit the TAB key to cycle through the different entities.

  • When the Rollover Tips setting is on, a limited set of properties (3) of the entity under the cursor display in the Quad.

    The property values in the Rollover Tips can be edited.

    The following figure shows the color of an arc being changed using the Rollover Tips.

    Note: To display the Rollover Tips, simply click the title bar of the Quad after expanding it.
  • When the cursor is moved on the Quad, a number of tool tabs display at the bottom (4).
    Note: The number of tool tabs is controlled by the Quadwidth user preference (default = 6).

  • When you move the cursor over the tool tabs title bar (5), the tool groups expand (6) under the cursor, which provides you with more tool options.
    Note: The number of available tool groups and the number of tools within a tool group depend on the entity type under the cursor.

  • The Quad can also be accessed in the no selection If the cursor is on an entity, hold down the right mouse button longer to display the No Selection Quad (7). Or when there is no selected/highlighted entity in the drawing, right-click to display the No Selection Quad.

  • When an entity is selected and another one is highlighted, next to the entity type (title bar on the top) a plus one (8) appears in the parentheses. The count, regardless of the type, increases each time you select an entity. To reveal the selected the entity types which are hidden in the parentheses, expand the quad by moving your cursor on it.

    Note: The Quad also adapts to the type of entities that have been selected. If you select two surfaces, you will be provided with different tool options in the Quad, then if you selected a solid and a surface.

About: selecting entities

The Quad adapts to the type of entities that you have selected. If you select a surface, you will be provided with different tool options in the Quad, then selecting a solid or edge.
  • Selecting an edge, the Quad appears showing the edge length, slope, and elevation (9).

  • Selecting a solid face, the surface area is shown in the Quad (10).

  • Highlighting a boundary, the Quad displays the perimeter and area of this boundary (11).

  • Highlighting a solid, the Quad displays the color, layer, and elevation of the solid (12).

Procedure: using the quad

The following are general steps to use the Quad cursor.
Note: The Quad and Rollover tips are both enabled.
  1. Hover the cursor over the entity you want to manipulate.

    The entity under the cursor highlights.

    The Quad displays a single icon (13), which is the most recently used tool with this entity type, and a limited set of properties (14) of the highlighted entity.

  2. Right-click to launch the recently used tool. Or move the cursor to the single icon to expand the Quad (15), then select one of the available tools to manipulate the entity.

  3. Move the cursor over the blue field to further expand the Quad.

    All Quad tool groups for the current workspace display. When the first tool group is expanded, click an icon to use a tool or move the cursor to a different tool group.