Subject: Understanding measurements and divisions

To specify measurements and divisions, use these commands:

   For the length of the segments, use the Measure command.

   For the number of equal-length segments, use the Divide command.

You can measure or divide arcs, circles, lines, polylines, ellipses, and splines. With either command, you can identify the segments by placing either a block or point entity at the end of each interval. If you use points, you can snap to the ends of inter­vals using the point entity snap. The appearance of the point entities is determined by the current point display type, which you control in the Drawing Settings dialog box.    

To use a block as the marker, the block must already be defined in the current draw­ing. You can further indicate whether to rotate the block to align perpendicularly to the entity you are measuring or dividing.  


Block not aligned with entity.


Block aligned with entity.

CADdirect begins measuring or dividing based on the point at which you select the entity and the type of entity with which you are working. For most entities, measuring starts from the endpoint closest to the point you used to select the entity. If you select the entity to be measured or divided using a method other than pointing (for example, using a window or fence selection), the program prompts you to specify the end from which you want to begin measuring.

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