You know about DraftSight…right? The free DWG file editor from Dassault Systemes, the makers of SolidWorks? If not, and you have an occasional or routine need to create, edit, or just view and print DWG files, try downloading a copy here. You’ll find it’s very much like other 2D programs you may have used, earlier in your career, before you moved into the world of 3D.
With an added bonus!
What you’ll find is not only a wealth of familiar 2D tools, but also some functionality you know from SolidWorks – such as customizable Mouse Gestures. These, for those who may not be familiar, are a set of command shortcuts that can be invoked by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the mouse towards the desired tool on the 4- or 8-sided ring that appears (See Fig 1).
To enable and subsequently define these shortcuts in DraftSight, go to the Tools pulldown at the top of the screen, and select “Mouse Gestures.” Figure 2 shows the dialog box that will appear.
Here is where you can enable or disable Mouse Gestures, choose between the aforementioned 4- or 8-command pattern, find the commands for which you want shortcuts, and select, from the pulldown menu, the quadrant you want the command to appear in.
Wait, what? You didn’t even know about Mouse Gestures in SolidWorks? Well, once again, our GXSC SolidNotes blog is here to help…