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Using modifier keys
The Alt, Shift and Ctrl keys aren’t limited to keyboard shortcuts. They can also be used to modify the way your mouse interacts with Revu, improving the speed and efficiency of your workflows. Each key will activate a different function based on the context they are used in.
|Control points in Polyline or Polygon markups||
Learn more about arcs and curves here.
Markups will snap to 15° increments when rotated using the top control point. Hold Shift while rotating a markup to release the snap and allow for rotations in 1° increments.
|Copy and paste markups||
|Drawing straight lines||
The Highlight tool turns into an I-beam cursor so long as the Enable Text Highlighting setting is active (Revu > Preferences (Ctrl+K) > Window > Tablet). To override this setting and draw freely, hold Ctrl as you use the tool.
You can also draw straight lines and override the I-beam cursor at the same time by holding Ctrl+Shift over text.
|Drawing circles and squares||
|Moving measurement captions||
Hold Shift while clicking on the caption of a Measurement markup to move it separately from the markup.
This only applies to the Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume measurements.
|File access and hyperlinks||
Ctrl+click on a hyperlink or PDF in the File Access tab to open it as a new tab in the background (i.e. the file or link will not become your active tab or window). Use this if you want to open something to look at later.
|Selecting multiple markups||
Shift+click on each of the markups. This method may be used as an alternative to clicking and dragging a rectangle around the markups.
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Revu 2017 and older
Putting every feature into a menu would make many tasks too complicated, so certain features of Revu can be accessed by simply holding down a key and clicking.
Let’s go over some of the many modifier keys in Revu. These keys alter the way your mouse normally interacts with various markups and tools. Some of these shortcuts will make it simple for you to quickly change the properties of a markup or tool, while others will help you open files more efficiently. Like all keyboard shortcuts, modifier keys will empower you to complete your work more quickly.
If you are ever unsure about how to modify a shape or line markup, the Shift key will likely be the answer.
As you may know, holding down Shift while using the Line , Polyline and Polygon tools will snap the line to 0, 45 or 90 degrees. But did you know that this key will also create a circle or square when used with the Ellipse or Rectangle tool?
That’s not all: Shift can even be used while dragging a markup to move it in a straight line vertically or horizontally. If your work requires precise markup placement, this feature could be a lifesaver. You can also Add Leader lines to a Callout by holding down Shift while clicking the control point in the bend of the existing leader. Using Shift and clicking the control point of the leader’s point will Delete Leader .
Be sure to try this modifier with other tools as well. You might be surprised by all the new things you can do!
Another helpful key to remember as you’re doing your markups is Alt, which provides two alternative methods of creating circles and arcs:
- By holding Alt before you click and drag out an Ellipse , you can create a two-point circle, from the center outward. This tool is useful for drawing circles based on the measurement of a radius.
- You can draw an Arc by clicking on three points of the arc’s radius while holding down Alt.
Like Shift, Ctrl has a number of useful, context-sensitive functions. For example, hold Ctrl and click on a file in the File Access tab to open it in the background.
You may find yourself using Ctrl often for the following features:
- Hold Ctrl and click a control point on a Polyline or Polygon markup to convert a straight line to a curved line, or vice versa. This is a shortcut for Convert to Arc .
- On certain markups, such as the Polyline , you can use Ctrl and click on a handlebar to curve only certain segments of a line, allowing you to highlight unique shapes in your blueprints.
- Hold Ctrl while clicking on a control point to connect every point on a segment smoothly into an arc.
Using Ctrl while clicking on a handlebar to highlight a unique shape.
This article covers only the most essential modifier keys you will use in Revu. If you would like to see the entire list, check out the Modifier Keys List.
Revu 2017 & Below
Interface & Navigation