In applications that have a drawing area, when there are no active operations, there is usually a tool running, such as the "measure" tool (in IFC Builder) or the "edit" tool (in CYPELUX). As of the 2021.e version, some programs will incorporate a tool that is able to select elements of the model and carry out different operations on them. This tool will be available when no option in the application has been activated, and allows the following actions to be carried out:
- Select an element
This is selected by clicking on an element in the model. When an element is selected, as well as being highlighted in the work area, its handle points will be shown so that the user can modify its position or geometry.
- Select several elements
If the "CTRL" key is held down whilst selecting elements of the model they will be added to the selection. Users can click on an individual element or use a selection box to add several objects at the same time.
- Remove element from selection
To remove an element from the selection hold down the "SHIFT" key whilst clicking on the elements to be removed. In this case, the selection box can also be used to select various elements at the same time.
- Cancel selection
By pressing the "ESC" key or right clicking the mouse the selection is cancelled.
- Edit element
Double clicking on an element will display the edit window associated with the component, if it is able to be modified.
- Delete selected elements
By pressing the "DEL" key the selected elements are deleted from the model.
- Copy selected elements
Pressing the "CTRL + C" keys copies the elements of the selection. The cursor position upon executing the command is considered the base point of the copy, whilst the user must click on the drawing area to enter the final point.
- Move selected elements
Pressing the "CTRL + X" keys moves the elements of the selection. The cursor position upon executing the command is considered the base point of the movement, whilst the user must click on the drawing area to enter the final point.
The new selection tool will be progressively incorporated into the applications that have a drawing area. The following applications will have this tool in the 2021.e version:
- Open BIM Lightning
- Open BIM PANASONIC
- CYPE Architecture