The Rotate Tool is used to rotate elements such as blocks, nodes, routes, trees, city items and graphics objects in the Main Display Window around a specified base point.
You can choose the Rotate Tool by clicking on the Rotate Tool button on the CityCAD Toolbar.
Alternatively, if you are working in the Main Display Window and the last mouse click you made was in that window, then press the keyboard shortcut 'A' to choose the select tool.
You can rotate elements around a specified base point by following these steps:
- Select the element(s) that you want to rotate. You can do this using the Select Tool or by right-clicking with the Rotate Tool.
- Click to specify the base point. When you do this, a circular marker will appear on the ground.
You can now either:
- Type in an angle and press enter to rotate the selected element(s) by a specific number of degrees, or...
- Click once to define the start angle. A line will be drawn from the base point to the place where you click, then click again to define the angle of rotation. After you have clicked the first point, a ghosted image of the selected elements will rotate as you move the mouse cursor.
What effect does it have on other elements when I rotate an element?
- If you rotate a Block, then all routes and nodes around its perimeter will be rotated as well.
- If you rotate a Route, then both nodes at its end will be rotated as well.
- If you rotate a Node, then any routes connecting to it will be distorted.
- If you rotate a City Item, then the orientation of the City Item will be changed.
- If you rotate a Graphics Object, then the orientation of the Graphics Object will be changed.
If you are using the Rotate Tool, you can use the following shortcuts:
- Zoom - You can zoom in and out using the mouse wheel.
- Orbit - You can orbit around the model by holding down the mouse wheel and dragging, or by holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys and dragging with the right-mouse button.
- Grab - You can 'grab' the ground plane and move around the model by holding down Ctrl-key while dragging using the mouse wheel button).
- Pan - You can pan up/down or left/right by holding down Shift-key while dragging using the mouse wheel button.
- If you right-click using the rotate tool, it acts as if you were left-clicking with the Select Tool
Rotate Items before you place them
In some cases, you can avoid the need for the Rotate Tool if you rotate an item before placing it.
If you are pasting an element, or if you are about to draw a City Item or Graphics Object, or if you are about to add a Sample File from the City Design Assistant panel, you can rotate it before placing it by holding down the control key and scrolling with the mouse wheel button.