Area Cut-Out Tool
  • 25 Jan 2022
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Area Cut-Out Tool

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The Area Cut-Out Tool is a feature of the Area Tool used to subtract an Area from a Measurement such as an island bench from flooring or windows from external cladding.

Using the Area Cut-Out Tool

  1. After drawing an Area, click Edit
  2. Click +Add
  3. Click Cut-Out
  4. (optional) switch Drawing Mode
    • Square: Click on a corner of the Area, then click on the diagonal corner
    • Freeform: Click on the first point, then click on each subsequent point, double-click to finish
  5. Repeat for additional Area Cut-Outs
  6. Click Done
  7. Click Save
    To Cancel the changes click Cancel
πŸ“Area Cut-Out perimeter is included in the total perimeter calculations

Within the Area Parts, using the len variable within the Formula will create a total perimeter for the Area which also includes the perimeter of any Cut-Outs in the Area

D3 - using the area cut-out tool

Editing an Area Cut-Out

  1. Press ESC to enter Select mode
    Zoom in on the Area containing the Cut-Out to adjust
  2. Select the Area
    • To move: Click, hold and drag
    • To adjust the Area: Click, hold and drag the blue square boxes
    • To create another Vertex: Click, hold and drag a blue diamond
    • To Delete a square point: Hold CTRL/Command ⌘ and click the blue square
      To Delete an entire Area Cut Out: Hold Ctrl / Command ⌘ and click the centre of the Cut-Out
    • To add an additional Area Cut-Out: Click +Add, then click Cut-Out and create an Area Cut-Out
  3. Click Done
  4. Click Save
    To Cancel the changes click Cancel
πŸ“Action Menu affects the Area Measurement

Using the Action Menu and clicking Duplicate will duplicate the Area and Cut-Outs not just the Cut-Out

D2- Editing an Area cut-out tool

Deleting an Area Cut-out

⚠️ Do not press Delete or click Actions > Delete

This will Delete the entire Area Measurement not just the Cut-Out

  1. Press ESC to enter Select mode
    Zoom in on the Area containing the Cut-Out to Delete
  2. Select the Area
  3. Hold Ctrl / Command ⌘ and click the centre of the Cut-Out
  4. Click Save
πŸ’‘ To restore Deleted Cut-Outs or Areas
  • Hold CTRL/Command ⌘ and press Z or
  • Click Undo before leaving the Plan

D1 - Deleting an Area Cut-out

Area Cut-Out vs Negative Area

The Area Cut-Out Tool will not create a Negative Area under the Measurement. The Area Cut-Out subtracts the Cut-Out from the selected Area Total and removes the Area from the Plan.

If the requirement is to create a Negative Areas listed in the Measurement breakdown, please see the Negative Areas article.


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