And I’m not talking about something you put on your lawn… or find at Home Depot…
Truth is, I recently learned the term “ortho” from a customer.
I didn’t do any research on it. But the customer inquired about how to find this tool in Ez-Architect. I wrote back and honestly said I didn’t have a clue what it was. The reply described a tool that would draw straight lines East, West, North South, without a struggle.
“YES! ” I wrote back and explained our term for them “constrained lines.”
If you haven’t made use of this handy tool in Ez-Architect, you’ll want to do it soon. It will make much of your drawing quicker and easier.
So how does it work?
First our ortho lines go in eight directions. Not just the 90 degree angles, but 45 degrees as well.
If your diagonal lines look a little jaggy, like this:
Look at the difference here:
Again, if you need the odd angle, the non-45 degree-er is perfectly acceptable. But if you want 45 degrees, you don’t have to struggle to get the angle. “How” you ask, “can I draw perfect ‘ortho’ lines?”
“Easy.” I say, “Just press the Shift key while drawing any line.”
Here’s a little sample I drew with the most delicate lines:
Here we go again with thicker lines:
Have you used ‘ortho’ lines in your Ez-Architect plans? Or is this one of those things you wish you’d known a long time ago?
What other “hidden” tools have you discovered? (They hide in every application AFAIK. And we all discover the ones we need eventually, or finally some kind friend shows us. Right?)
You can share your Ez-Architect discoveries here.