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The top bar

Door

Exit the program

Empty doc

Clear the drawing, warning if unsaved work

Open folder

Open a saved model or a sub-assembly

Diskette

Save a complete model to a file on (hard)disk, or save selected


blocks to a file (useful for sub-assemblies).

Camera

Select a part of the current view and save as a .BMP or .JPG file

Printer

Print a screen dump (simplistic)

Gear

Settings menu

Rounded arrows

Rotate the view

Stud

Studs on/off. Redraw is faster when studs are off.

Wire frame

Wire frame on/off. Naturally, redraw is faster with no surface


rendering.

Eye

See through base plate (from bottom). You can look into a model
from the bottom side.

Magnifying glasses

Zoom in/out

Brush

Redraw the screen. Might be necessary after playing with the Zlevel cut off.

Pointer

Cancel insert mode

Eye

Transparent blocks

Stud

Studded/Flat blocks

Rainbow

Choose any color

Question mark

About BlockCAD - here You can find my address, and who has
helped me make BlockCAD better

The bottom bar


Brick from above

View from top. Does not affect the other angle.

Thin arrows

Select predefined view

Brick from front

View from front. Does not affect the other angle.

Restore view. The current view is saved together with the model
in a file, and can always be restored.

Combobox with
Normal/Half/Fine

Select the positioning increment. Normal means full studs, Half


means half a stud, and Fine means 1/24 stud.

Scroll bar

Z-level cut off. Using this you can 'build' the model, by showing
(or hiding) one level at a time. Also useful when you need to fix
something after the model is done.

Base plate dimensions

Enter zero to eliminate the base plate. Click in the 'Thick'


checkbox to make effective.

Thick/thin brick

Choose thick or thin base plate

The side bar


Colored squares

Left click to choose color for new blocks (Or for repainting
already inserted blocks), right click to select background color.

Arrows

Flip the pages with building blocks

Combo box with page


names

Quick selection of piece selection page

Blocks

Left click to select, right click to bring up the page/block edit


menu.

Mouse commands - note: Ver. 1.5 switched the meaning of the first two!
Shift Left click

Select a block in the model for moving it. Be careful - when Safe
Mode is active (Default), the clicked block is immediately placed
on top of every other block at the same XY coordinates.
Normally you should only select blocks in the uppermost layer.

Left Click

Select a block (or the whole group a block belongs to) without
moving it. Another Left Click deselects the block/group again.
More than one block/group can be selected.

Ctrl Left Click

Select/unselect only the block pointed at, regardless of any


groupings

Ctrl Shift Left Click

Cut loose all the selected blocks. You can now move them all and
place somewhere else.

Alt Shift Left Click

Copy all the selected blocks. You can now place as many copies
of them as you like.

Right click

If you are currently placing a block: Turn the block or subassembly.


If you are not placing a block: Change the color of the block

pointed at.
Control-Right click

Turn the indicated block 90 degrees.

Shift-Right drag

Rotate the model. Same as fat blue arrows on top.

Alt-Right click

Toggle the studs on the indicated block.

Keyboard commands
Delete

Delete all selected blocks (if any) if no current block, else delete
the current block.

Backspace

Delete the current block (if any). Same as clicking the Pointer
button

Escape

Deselect all selected blocks.

Arrow keys

Move the current block one block increment in X or Y.

Shift-Arrow keys

Move the current block one stud increment in X or Y.

Insert key

Turn the current block 90 degrees.

Page up/down

Move the current block one block increment in Z (only when


Safe Mode is off).

Shift-Page up/down

Move the current block one stud increment in Z (only when Safe
Mode is off).

Enter

Place a block. Same as Left click.

F1 - F10

Corresponds to the View buttons in the bottom bar.