The Selection Tool is the chosen tool default within the application each time a drawing is created or opened. The following described functions can be performed when this tool is selected.
The simplest and most common method for selecting objects is to perform a click within bounds of a figure (for ovals, rectangles, rounded rectangles, polygons, filled paths, text and images) or on a line (for lines and paths). Handles are displayed as a visual indicator of successful figure selection.
Figures can also be selected by outlining an area within the grid. Click in a grid location where no figures are present and drag the selection rectangle over the drawing canvas to select all objects within a desired area. All figures residing in or intersecting the defined area are automatically selected when the drag action is completed.
Using the methods above, without pressing the Shift Key, results in what TouchDraw considers to be single selection. By single selection, we mean that only the figure or figures selected within the enactment of one action will be selected.
To select multiple figures in an individual manner, hold down the Shift Key and click on a desired figure. Each "shift-click" will add the figure as part of the overall selection when not already selected or deselect the figure if it is already selected. This application option allows you to have fine grained control over the selected figures.
To zoom in or out when viewing a drawing, you can use one of two methods:
- Use a pinching action on the mousepad. Bring your fingers together on the mousepad to zoom in and move them away from each other to zoom out.
- Use the Zoom In and Zoom Out options within the View Menu.
To move around in a drawing, make certain the cursor is within the Drawing Canvas and then drag two fingers (without pinching or expanding them) on the mousepad to pan around.
The Move and Zoom Tool and Zoom Rectangle Tool
Two additional Selection Tool options are made available when an extended Click action is performed over the tool button.
The Move and Zoom Tool selection allows the grid to be moved with a Click/Drag option for panning, zooming in, or zooming out on an entire drawing rather than moving the objects residing on the drawing canvas. The Zoom Rectangle Tool can be used to draw a rectangle over a portion of the drawing canvas to specify a precise zooming location.