Select Create, Draw Curves. A submenu (shown below) is provided to choose from a list of all the available segment
types: Line, Curve, Line on Database, Curve on Database, Circle, Conic and Pole. This will be
the default segment type applied when the Draw Curve panel opens. Define the necessary points for the new curve to be created.
The Draw Curves submenu is used to select the default segment type used upon opening the Draw Curve panel.
Tip: Use Draw Curves when more efficient topology creation tools, such as 2 Point Curves and Connectors on
Database Entities, do not fit the task at hand.
Use the Draw Curve panel to create general curves of any type or shape.
At the top of the Draw Curve panel you will find a table which lists the Segment Number currently in work and the number of Control
Points currently defined for that segment.
Below the summary table, you can choose the Entity Type of your new curves: Connector, Database, or Source.
In the Segment Type frame, there are buttons representing all the segment types Pointwise
supports: Line, Curve, Line on
Database, Curve on
Database, Circle, Conic, and Pole. Simply click
a Segment Type button to choose that type for the current segment under construction.
Below the Segment Type frame you will find the standard Point Placement
frame. Note that the Delete key on your keyboard can be used as a shortcut for the Delete command in this frame. Delete All
Interior will remove all interior control points. See the Deleting Control Points section for
more details on removing control points.
The Segments frame provides controls related to entire curve segments. At least two points are required to define a single segment, except when
creating a pole, which requires only one point. When starting a new curve, after one point is defined, the Delete command becomes active. This
command will remove the current segment from the curve. If it is the only segment, the curve will be cleared. Once two points have been defined,
the Segments Add and Insert commands also become active. Segments Add will save the existing segment and move to defining a new
segment at the end of the existing segment. Segments Insert will save the existing segment and move to defining a new segment at the beginning of the
existing segment. Saving portions of a curve as different segments allows you to use a different segment Type for each segment. This provides the
ability to create very complex curve shapes.
The Current Segment arrow command buttons allow you to navigate through the segments in a curve either toward the beginning or end of the curve under
construction. Since the Draw Curves command allows you to edit the curve under construction at any time, the Current Segment control allows
you to navigate to some other segment to edit it if necessary.
When the new curve is complete, click OK to save it and close the panel, click Cancel to discard it and close the panel, or
click Apply to save it and continue on to the next new curve.
For more information on the available Segment Types, choose a topic below: