Edit Tools Sidebar

This page describes all features of the Edit Tools Sidebar .
More information about the general operations and principles of Editing Objects, see : Create & Edit Objects Overview.

Open the Edit Tools Sidebar
- from the Main Toolbar : Tools > Edit

Activate an Edit Function

Activate an Edit Tool Function :

  • by clicking the icon in the Edit Tools Sidebar and follow the instructions below.
  • use the specific Shortcuts (listed below)

The activated Function is indicated by :

  • The appearance of the cursor above the MapCanvas.
  • The MapCanvas statusbar indicates the activated function.


Control Functions Create New Objects Edit Objects Edit Vertex
The control functions are used to select the right objects to apply the Edit functions on.
It also contains the undo/redo buttons and a general delete button that deletes all selected objects.
New objects can be created within a certain dataset. Be sure to switch on the record indicator for the dataset you wish to edit. The Edit Objects functions apply to all selected objects. Make sure that your selection is precise and ready to apply the edits on. The Edit Vertex functions apply only on the focus object in the Object Inspector.

Control Functions

The control functions are used to select the right objects to apply the Edit functions on.
It also contains the undo/redo buttons and a general delete button that deletes all selected objects.

Function Object Use Description Shortcut
Select objects point
line
area
normal click an object to select S
shift Objects are added to the selection list.
control Alternating selection mode:
When already selected, objects are cleared out of the selection list.
Not yet selected objects are added to the selection list
Deselect objects point
line
area
normal Clear selection Ctrl + C
Undo last action Ctrl + Z
Redo last action Ctrl + Y
Delete object point
line
area
normal Delete the selected objects. Ctrl + X

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Create New Objects

New objects can be created within a certain dataset. Be sure to switch on the record indicator for the dataset you wish to edit.

Function Object Use Description Shortcut
Create new object point normal Click to create a new object.
Click again to create another new object.
The new object is automatically selected.
shift Click on a part to remove it from the object.
control Click to add a part to the selected object.
line
area
normal Click to start drawing a new object.
Continue clicking to add points to the line or area.
End by a right-click to open the context menu and choose “Stop”.
During drawing from the 3rd point on, use <Shift> to create a new line perpendicular to the previous line.
The new object is automatically selected.
shift as point
control as point
Place new Symbol point normal Open the Place Symbol Window

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Edit Objects

The Edit Objects functions apply to all selected objects. Make sure that your selection is precise and ready to apply the edits on.

When selecting objects and opening this toolbar, the selected objects are displayed with a selection box :

Function Object Use Description Shortcut
Move and Resize Object(s) point
line
area
normal Move : Click and drag in the selection box to move the selected object(s).
Resize : Click and drag one of the selection box handles to resize the selected object(s).
M
shift Restrict resize to keep fixed center.
control Restrict resize to keep object-size ratio.
alt Move the selected object(s) by clicking a random position in the mapcanvas and drag the selected object(s) in the prefered direction
Merge Objects point
line
area
normal Merge all selected objects of the same model into one single (multi-parts) object.
Both spatial components and attribute components are merged.
Merge and Dissolve point
line
area
normal Merge all selected objects of the same model into one single (multi-parts) object,
and dissolves common boundaries. Coinciding segments and shared boundaries of parts are removed.
Both spatial components and attribute components are merged.
Explode point
line
area
normal Explodes parts into individual objects.
Each new object will contain all attributes from the parent object.
Erase within fence area line
area
normal Draw a fence with the fence editor.
Parts of selected objects within the fence are erased
Square Object line
area
normal Square selected object(s) as best fit to have as many square angles as possible.
Adjust as good as possible the orientation of each line and position of each point to get squared angles and
parallel/perpendicular orientations of all lines.
Square to Line line
area
normal Square selected object(s) as best fit to have as many square angles as possible,
and have the main orientation equal to the selected Construction Line.
The orientation of the selected Construction Line is used as reference orientation for the squaring algorithm.
Free Rotate point
line
area
normal Rotate : Click and drag to rotate object(s) around rotation center.
Move rotation center : Click and drag rotation center to new location.
R
shift Reset rotation center : Shift-click on the rotation center to reset rotation center to center of the selection box.
Rotate to Construction Line point normal Change the orientation of a Dynamic Symbol to the orientation of the selected Construction Line.
Duplicate Object point
line
area
normal Duplicate selected object(s) as new object(s) within the same model, make an exact copy.
Attributes are copied.
The new object is automatically selected.
control Duplicate selected object(s) as new object(s) in the specified recorded dataset model.
Spatial types of source and destination model must match to succeed this copy.
Attributes are copied as far as they are compatible.
Create Free Parallel line
area
normal Create new object(s) parallel to the selected object(s) at a free, clicked, distance.
Specify the distance by clicking the position through which a parallel of the selected object(s) must run.
The nearest line of the selected object(s) will be used as reference to determine the distance of the parallel.
The attribute component is copied.
Create Parallel at Distance line
area
normal Create new object(s) parallel to the selected object(s) at a specific, entered, distance.
Specify the distance by entering it and click the icon.
The attribute component is copied.
Enter distance Enter the distance required in the function above, “Create Parallel at Distance”.
The entered distance is relative to the edit-direction, the sequence of points of the object.
A distance to the left is expressed as positive, to the right as a negative distance.
Rotate Clockwise points
line
area
normal Rotate selected object(s) 90 degrees clockwise over center of object.
Rotate Conterclockwise points
line
area
normal Rotate selected object(s) 90 degrees counterclockwise over center of object.
Flip Object point
line
area
normal Flip or mirror selected object(s) over the selected Construction Line.
Rescale Object points
line
area
normal Rescale object(s) using free scaling centerpoint
Resize : Click and drag selection box to resize object(s) relative to resize center.
Move resize center : Click and drag resize center to new location.
shift Reset resize center : Shift-click on the resize center to reset resize center to center of the selection box.
Fit In new reference points point
line
area
normal Fit selected object(s) in new reference points
Moves, rotates and rescales object(s) to fit in a new location specified by 2 points :
- click reference point 1
- click target for reference point 1
- click reference point 2
- click target for reference point 2
F

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Edit Vertex

The Edit Vertex functions apply only on the focus object in the Object Inspector.

When selecting objects and opening this toolbar, the selected objects are displayed with a selection handle on each vertex :

Function Object Use Description Shortcut
Move a point point normal Click and drag a point. E
line
area
normal Move vertex : click and drag a vertex.
Move segment : click and drag a segment.
shift Move part instead of only the vertex or segment.
control Move vertex or segment and keep orientation of adjoining segment(s).
Add a point point normal Click to add a new part to the focus object. I
line normal Insert between 2 vertices : click on a segment and drag the new vertex to its correct position.
Add at end of line : click on an end-vertex and drag the inserted vertex to its correct position.
control Click on a segment and drag the inserted vertex perpendicular to the clicked segment.
area normal Insert between 2 vertices : click on a segment and drag the inserted vertex to its correct position.
control as Line
Remove a point point normal Click a part to remove it from the selected object. D
line
area
normal Click a vertex to remove it from the selected object.
A line has at least 2 vertices, an area at least 3.
Create area from lines line normal Select a point object within a closed area made from a line object.
Make sure that the line intersections have common vertices.
Assign the area model in which to be edited. Activate the dataset from the selected line objects.
Activate tool.
The attributes of the point feature will be copied to the attribute component of the created area, if both attributes from the point and area dataset are similar.
Delete Segment line
area
normal Click 2 vertices to delete the intermediate segments. In case of an area object the deleted segment has contain at least two sides.
Add a part point normal Click to add a new part to the focus object.
shift Click on a part to remove it from the selected object.
line
area
normal Click to start drawing a new part of the focus object.
Continue clicking to add points to the line or area.
End by a right-click to open the context menu and choose “Stop”.
During drawing from the 3rd point on, use <Shift> to create a new line perpendicular to the previous line.
shift as point
Remove a part point
line
area
normal Click on a vertex or segment to remove the part from the selected object.
An object had at least 1 part.
Add a part from other object point
line
area
normal Activate the dataset of the focus object. Click on a vertex or segment from an other object to add the part to the focus object.
Orbit will duplicate the part into the focus object.
Cut Objects line normal Click on a segment to cut the object in 2 objects on that position. C
control Click on a segment to cut the object in 2 parts on that position.
area normal Click on a segment or vertex to start drawing a cut-line.
Continue clicking in the object to add points to the cut-line.
End the cut-line by clicking again on a other segment or vertex from the selected object.
During drawing from the 3rd point on, use <Shift> to create a new line perpendicular to the previous line.
Cut line objects line normal Cut all selected line objects at their intersections. Orbit creates common vertices on the intersections of the lines.
Line vertices within a margin smaller than 1 unit on scale will snap to the suppositional intersection point.
Duplicate Segment line
area
normal Duplicate selected segments(s) as new object(s) within the same model, make an exact copy.
Click 2 positions on an object to specify the segment(s) to copy as new object.
Attributes are copied.
The new object is automatically selected.
control Duplicate selected segment(s) as new object(s) in the specified editable dataset model.
Click 2 positions on an object to specify the segment(s) to copy as new object.
Spatial types of source and destination model must match to succeed this copy.
Attributes are copied as far as they are compatible.
Create Free Parallel Segment line
area
normal Create new objects(s) parallel to the selected segment(s) at a free, clicked, distance :
- Specify the segment(s) by clicking 2 positions on the object
- Specify the distance by clicking the position through which a parallel of the selected segments(s) must run.
The nearest line of the selected segments(s) will be used as reference to determine the distance of the parallel.
The attribute component is copied.
Create Parallel Segment at Distance line
area
normal Create new object(s) as parallel to the selected segments(s) at a specific, entered, distance :
- Specify the segment(s) by clicking 2 positions on the object.
- Specify the distance by entering it and click the icon.
The attribute component is copied.
Enter distance line
area
normal Enter the distance required in the function above, “Create Parallel Segment at Distance”.
The entered distance is relative to the edit-direction, the sequence of points of the object.
A distance to the left is expressed as positive, to the right as a negative distance.
Spatial Join parts line
area
normal Merge adjoining parts into a single part.
Merge parts into as few as possible parts, based on shared points and/or lines.
Connect parts line normal Click on a end-segment to connect that segment to another segment from any selected object.
control Click on an object to let other end-segments of selected objects connect to this object.
Reverse line
area
normal Reverse the edit-direction, the sequence of points.
Optimize line
area
normal Optimize the object by reducing the amount of points required to represent the object (colinearity)

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Appearance

Function Object Description Shortcut
Show Vertices line
area
Show the object vertices.
Show Directions line
area
Show the object edit-direction, the sequence of points.
Open preferences window In this windows you can adjust the editing preferences

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Place Symbol Window

Open Place symbol window :

  • from Main Toolbar : Tools > Edit > Open place symbol window
  • to make a Dynamic Symbol dataset : see Dynamic Symbols

Place Symbol Functions

Function Description
Small icons Display symbols as small icons
Large icons Display symbols as large icons
Create new objects Create new symbols enabled
Change selected objects Change the symbol of the selected object enabled
Rotate symbol Rotate te symbol to the orientation of a selected construction line
Size Fill in the size of the symbol you want to create ( in unit )
Select symbol Select the symbol you want to create or change for the selected object, from the list

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