Dimensioning (Free)

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The Free Dimensioning command Free icon.PNG allows you to depict the distance between two points of a feature.

The difference between free dimensioning and orthogonal dimensioning is that, in free dimensioning, the dimensioning line is not placed orthogonally, but can be placed "free" in relationship to the vertical orientation. In combination with the snapping tools (see also Snapping) located on the bottom-right of the user interface, you can achieve precise dimensioning results. The following graphic includes an example and shows how free dimensioning lines are displayed on the map:

Using vertex snapping to achieve maximum accuracy Free dimensioning of a land parcel
Dim free2 example1.png Dim free2 example2.png

To snap to a point, hover the mouse over the feature until the brown cross symbols appear. Those symbols correspond to the respective vertices of the feature. Move the circular-shaped mouse cursor over the starting point and click on the vertex to set the starting point. Drag the line to the end point, repeat the snapping process to locate the end point, and then click again to specify the distance from the feature line and the vertical orientation by moving the mouse in a designated direction. Then click again to finalize the dimensioning line.

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