Dimensioning (Orthogonal)

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

Unlike simple dimensioning, orthogonal dimensioning does not place the dimensioning line exactly on the existing line feature, but it draws the line orthogonally displaced from the existing line feature. 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 orthogonal dimensioning lines are displayed on the map:

Using vertex snapping to achieve maximum accuracy Orthogonal dimensioning of a land parcel
Dim ortho example1.png Dim ortho 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 orthogonal distance by moving the mouse in a designated direction. Then click again to finalize the dimensioning line.

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