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A series of guided lessons on using nanoCAD. If you are new to computer-aided design, then these lessons will help you become an expert at the practical use of nanoCAD.

Layer Utility Commands - Lesson 23

nanoCAD provides a dozen commands that let you manipulate layers and entities on the layers in specific manners. In this video, you learn how to do the following functions:
• Turn layers on and off by selecting an entity
• Similarly, freeze and thaw layers, and lock and unlock layers by selecting an entity
• Select an entity to make its layer current
• Move entities from one layer to that of another layer
• Isolate a layer by turning off all other layers
• Returning to the previous layer state
• Change an entity to the current layer
• Copy an entity while moving it to a different layer
• Toggling (walking) between showing only the current layer and all layers
• Merge two or more layers onto a single one
• Delete a layer and all the entities on it

Controlling Layers with Filters, Groups, and States - Lesson 22

When drawings contain many layers -- and some can contain thousands of them, nanoCAD helps you control them through filters, groups, and states. Filters reduce the length of layer names by showing those that match only certain criteria, such as the same color or similar name. Groups create subsets of layers, such as all those related to text; you can then toggle the display of the group independently of all other layers. States save the state of the properties of layers, such as all colors set to black. In this video, you learn how to use the Layer command to create and use filters, groups, and states.

Controlling Layers - Lesson 21

Layers are a powerful way to organize information in drawings. You place similar kinds of entities on their own layers, such as all doors on a DOOR layer or stairs on a STAIRS layer. This lets you to two actions: change their properties as a group (such as color or linetype), and turn unneeded layers on and off.

In this video, you learn how to use the Layer command to change properties of entities, move entities to different layers, change the status of layer, such as freeze them or prevent them from printing. You also learn how to move entities from one layer to another.

Arrays of Objects - Lesson 20

Arrays make copies of objects in rectangular or polar patterns. In this video, you learn how to use the Array command and its many options to generate copies of objects in rows, columns, and circular patterns.

Making Parallel Copies (Offset) - Lesson 19

The Offset command makes parallel copies of objects. In this video, you learn how to use the Offset command with curved and straight objects, as well as how to use the command's Multiple, Undo, Layer, Erase, and Through options.

Rotating and Scaling Objects - Lesson 18

nanoCAD lets you rotate objects in drawings by any angle, without affecting the rest of the drawing - similarly for changing the sizes of objects. This is done with the Rotate and Scale commands, which operate similarly. In this video, you learn how to use the Rotate command to rotate objects by moving the cursor, specifying a precise angle, or relative to another object, as well as how to "rotate" the entire drawing with the UCS (user coordinate system). You learn to change the size of objects larger and smaller with the Scale command.
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