Home Tab

The Home Tab provides comprehensive control over the file management, view control, setup of the user interface, access to the help and website as well as creation of commonly used curves and surfaces.  A selection of the Home Tab tools are available on all of the other Tab pages.

File Group
Creates a new geometry file.
Open files from disk or selected from one of the recently used list.
Save the file to disk, with option to save as another name or add a incrementing number to the end of the file name.
Prints the screen view to printer. Print to Scale option provides the opportunity to print the geometry model or its separate entities to scale on paper for the purposes of , for example, outputting template.
Import/Export
Imports geometry contained within various file formats.  See Import/Export File Format Translation for more details.
Exports models to various file formats. See Import/Export File Format Translation for more details.  Note that the Tribon Britfair and Napa Interfaces require a Polyline List Polyline List and an X-Topology Surface to be selected before an export can be made.
Model Management
Undo the last model changes.
Redo, in sequence, changes that have previous been Undo.  Making a new change clears the Redo sequence.
Copies the currently selected geometry to the clipboard.  On the menu, Copy View to Windows Clipboard copies the screen view as a bitmap (image) or windows metafile (vector) to the clipboard so that is can be pasted into other documentation, such as in Microsoft Office applications
Pastes geometry into the current project that has previously been copied to the clipboard.  On the menu, the Paste Geometry from Clipboard option attempts to extract coordinate data stored as comma, tab or space separated text in the clipboard and interpret as polyline, curve or mesh data
Deletes the currently selected entities.
Allows selected entities to be translated, copied or arrayed if supported.
Allows selected entities to be rotated, copied or arrayed if supported.
Allows selected entities to be scaled or copied if supported. The provision to scaling the model between standard units is also supported.
Allows selected entities to be mirrored or copied if supported.
Select and View
Select entities. Press F2 to edit.
Interactive Zoom in and out on the Left mouse button. Roll the mouse wheel for the same effect. Can also be set as the middle mouse button/mouse wheel click behaviour depending on the settings in PolyCAD Options.
Pan the screen.  Can also be set as the middle mouse button/mouse wheel click behaviour depending on the settings in PolyCAD Options.
Rotates the view either at the centre of the model or at the focal point of the screen.  Can also be set as the middle mouse button/mouse wheel click behaviour depending on the settings in PolyCAD Options.
Zoom all
Zoom to display the selected entity.
Zoom area described by the interactively drawn rectangle.
Zoom to the previous view.
Zoom in by 10%.
Zoom out by 10%.
Toggle between parallel and perspective projections.
View the model in the YZ plane/Hull Cross Section Plane.
View the model in the XY/Plan/Waterline plane.
View the model in the XZ/Elevation/Buttock plane.
Display the selected entities or, if none selected displays all entities, as detailed wire frame.
Display the selected entities or, if none selected displays all entities, as shaded surfaces if appropriate for the entity.
Hides the selected entities or, if none selected hides all entities.
Selects all visible entities
Deselects all entities
Toggles the selection of all displayed entities.
Entity Details
Displays the Entities Selection Docking Window.
Displays the Entity Properties Docking Window.
Display further Docking Tool Windows.
Displays the Minibar configuration form.
Create
Draws a Polyline.
Draws a BSpline Curve.
Draw a BSpline Surfaces.
Drawa X-Topology Curves.
PolyCAD
Displays the PolyCAD Website.
Displays the Help Docking Window.