Cloud Tool
  • 23 Apr 2024
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Article summary

The Cloud Tool is commonly used to highlight important Text on Plans / Asbuilts or used to illustrate ventilation ducting.

💡Using an iPad or Tablet?

Square Mode

  1. Click the Shapes Tools
  2. Click the Cloud Tool
  3. Click and release on one corner to start
    Move the cursor to the diagonal corner
    Hold SHIFT to draw a proportioned square Cloud
  4. Click and release to complete the Cloud
  5. Repeat for additional Clouds
  6. Click Done

Drawing Cloud - Square V1


  1. Click the Shapes Tools
  2. Click the Cloud Tool
  3. Click Square, then click Freeform
  4. Click and release on one corner to start
    Hold SHIFT to lock in 15º increments
  5. Click to change direction
    Each click creates a point
  6. Double-click to finish
    3 points are required to finish the Cloud
  7. Repeat for additional Clouds
  8. Click Done

Drawing Cloud - Freeform V1

💡Using with other Tools

The Cloud Tool is often used in combination with the Arrow and Text Tools

Editing Clouds

The Settings modal remains open during Editing and requires a click to close once editing is complete.

  1. Press ESC
    Zoom in on the Cloud to select
  2. Select the Cloud on the Plan
    • To move: Click, hold and drag
      To move several items at once, use the Select Tool
    • To resize Clouds: Click, hold and drag the blue square boxes
      Square Mode hold SHIFT to draw a proportioned square Cloud
      Freeform Mode hold SHIFT to lock line in 15º increments
  3. Click Actions to:
  4. Click Settings to:
    • Change the Line Colour, Line Opacity %, Line Style, Fill Colour, Fill Opacity %, Line Width
  5. Click Save
    To Cancel the changes click Cancel
💡 To restore a Deleted Cloud
  • Hold CTRL/Command ⌘ and press Z or
  • Click Undo before leaving the Plan

Editing Cloud V1

Using an iPad or Tablet?

Click for alternate terminology.

Things to note when following the above steps:

  • Tap instead of click
  • Unless there is a keyboard attached to the device, there are no shortcut keys on an iPad or Tablet
  • Tap Done instead of pressing ESC

Navigation hints:

  • Pinch zoom
  • Tap hold and drag to pan around a Plan

Images within this article are taken from a desktop computer. Interface appearance on an iPad / Tablet devices may vary based on screen size, potentially hiding or shortening buttons to icons. For accuracy, consider using a stylus, Apple pencil or mouse.

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