Get connectCAD running

So you’ve installed connectCAD. Now it’s time to take your first steps using the software

Run Vectorworks®

Close the new document that opens by default

Select the File / New… menu, to bring up the Create Document dialog box

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Click on “Use document template” and select a connectCAD template from the drop-down menu. Press OK and a new connectCAD drawing file will open.

Now go to the Tools/Workspaces menu and select the connectCAD workspace.

Some new tool palettes will appear on the top and left of the drawing, and a new connectCAD menu will be added.

Go to the Window / Palettes sub-menu and make sure that the items Basic and Tools Sets are activated.

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You can drag these palettes into convenient positions or dock them at the sides of the screen.

Snap grid

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The new file that you just made will show you a blank work area with a grid of blue lines and dots. The dots are the snap points of the Vectorworks drawing grid. This is set in the standard template at 4mm.

Snap settings

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In schematics it’s best to draw everything on the grid, so you should set up the Constraints Palette with only Snap-to-Grid activated now.

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