Tangents

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Mikerosen
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Tangents

Post by Mikerosen » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:09 am

Why can't I get a line to come off a circle at a tangent? It only wants to come off from a quadrant, or at a perpendicular. I have Tangent selected in the Snap palette.

What am I doing wrong?

Also, Eric, have you made any progress on being able to draw a line tangent to two different size circles, like a bicycle chain?

BTW, the new beta is working fine for my simple needs!
Mike Rosen
Seattle, WA, USA

Mac OS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1 on iPad Pro

debenriver
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Re: Tangents

Post by debenriver » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:55 am

Hi Mike

You have to deselect "P" in the snap pallet for Tangent ("T") to work – just hit P on the keyboard will do it. Perpendicular seems to be a "dominant" snap.

Tangents to a second circle would indeed be very much appreciated – as you say a "bicycle-chain" construct is very difficult to achieve at the moment – in fact you can't do it! :(

Cheers -- George

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Re: Tangents

Post by Mikerosen » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:22 pm

Thanks for those shortcuts! I find that I'm using them more and more, and in more programs.
Mike Rosen
Seattle, WA, USA

Mac OS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1 on iPad Pro

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