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Offset Tool layer option
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May 20, 2017, 07:43:57 AM
I'm going through the TruboCAD training and it has me using the offset tool. It tells me to select the layers option in the inspector bar. However, no such option appears there. I have TurboCAD 2017 and I believe the training is written for 2015. Has there been a change to the offset tool?

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* May 20, 2017, 08:41:11 AM
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The tool has been changed within the last few years, but as far as I can tell it never has included a "Layers" option -- and I can't imagine why it should. What were you supposed to do after selecting that option?

Henry H

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* May 20, 2017, 09:03:32 AM
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See the Offset topic in the Wiki.

A drawing needs two or more layers.
Turn off the "Skip Define Distance step" option, then "Finish".
Reactivate the Offset tool. You should now have a "Layer" option in the Local Menu.
Select "Layer". It should bring up the "Current" and "Source" options.
If you choose "Current", select the Layer you want the Offset to go to.
Specify an Offset distance, select the object to Offset and then pick a side for the Offset to be placed.
Done.

Offset was updated several years ago to be the same as the Offset tool in AutoCAD.


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John R.

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May 20, 2017, 09:10:15 AM
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Thanks John. That did the trick. It's a bit odd that you have to reload the tool, though.

Henry, see the attachment.

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* May 20, 2017, 09:17:59 AM
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Glad to hear that it helped. :)

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John R.

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* May 20, 2017, 10:33:09 AM
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To clarify (I hope): The Offset tool works just fine if the drawing contains only one layer. It won't offer a "Layer" option and you won't need it, but if you wish you can create one or more Layers later on and move the copy or copies to whatever Layer(s) you want.

Henry H

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