gCADPlus Interface

Landscape designers can quickly move from CAD to hand drafting using gCADPlus. Learn about the CAD drafting interface here.

gCADPlus CAD drafting

 

Image files Learn about the components in the gCADPlus drawing environment. Use drop down menus, various commands to draw lines, circles etc. Add accurate dimensions to plans. Check out speed drafting techniques using options on the special gCADPlus menu. Edit entities using the properties box. Right click the mouse to supercharge drafting.

Show and hide the command, status line and mini layer tool. Get online help. Learn to work with multiple drawings. Use workspaces to adapt the interface to your preference.

gCADPlus interface

Key areas in the drawing environment are labelled in the figure above. All the tools necessary to create landscape drawings are in easy reach via drop down menus, toolbar icons or right click pop up menus. The black area in the figure above is termed the drawing editor (aka model space) and it is here that designs are created using various tools selected from toolbars, menus or typed in the command area.

Tip: The location of menu items or screen layout does not change when new versions of gCADPlus are released.

View a simple landscape drawing

Start gCADPlus by clicking the shortcut on the desktop.

Select File>New and choose the template called FrontGarden.

Once that’s done, gCADPlus loads a design. The figure below shows the view you should see. It is a design for the front entrance of a house.

Front garden design

You are already familiar with methods of moving around in the design, but worth practicing again as shown in the movie.

Tip: The drawing editor background is black but can be set to white if desired.

Key areas in the drawing environment are labelled in the figure above. All the tools necessary to create landscape drawings are in easy reach via drop down menus, toolbar icons or right click pop up menus. The black area in the figure above is termed the drawing editor (aka model space) and it is here that designs are created using various tools selected from toolbars, menus or typed in the command area. We think that it is important to maintain consistency in the interface and not to change the location of menu items or screen layout when new versions of gCADPlus are released – consistency in the use of gCADPlus is our aim.

Further reading

From a hand drawn plan to a CAD version