gCADPlus operates in a similar manner to AutoCAD and is command driven. The command name and even the prompts associated with the command are largely compatible with AutoCAD. If you have used AutoCAD for any length of time, it is likely that you would have begun to use keyboard shortcuts to start commands like L for line and M for move. Drafting with one hand on the mouse and typing one or two character shortcuts on the keybaord can be a very efficient way to draft. Here is a list of the current shortcuts to gCADPlus commands. We are working on adding to this list.
Power Draw: Select an object with control key down and the command used to create that object automatically starts.
A Starts ARC command (in whatever is the current option - usually 3 point arc)
B Starts the BLOCK command
C Starts the CIRCLE command
EL = Starts ELLIPSE command
L Starts the LINE command
PL = Starts POLYLINE command
I Starts the INSERT block command
T Starts the TEXT command
AT = Starts ALIGNTEXT command
AO = Starts ALIGNOBJECT command
E = Starts ERASE command
DI = Divide command
CS = Starts COPSE command
M = Starts MOVE command
MP = Match Properties
DSET Calls up drafting settings
Z Starts ZOOM (Window) command
PDFSAVE calls the inbuilt print pdf function
DB = Start companion plant database (SppDb) if installed
ID Starts ID command and returns x, y coordinates of an entity
IL = Starts ISOLATE LAYER command
IV = Introduce variation to symbols - size, rotation
FT = Starts FINDTEXT option
FS = Displays current file size
PG = Starts PURGE command - cleans data file.
PGX = Auto PURGE
SE = Starts the create SECTION tool
Drawing aids - function keys
F1 - Activates Help. Online help is also available via the Help drop down menu while drafting.
F3 - Turns the electronic Snap to grid on/off
F6 - Turns the display of the grid on/off
F8 - Turns Ortho mode on/off. When turned on, lines are constrained to horizontal or vertical.
F9 - Turns the snap to the electronic grid on/off
Here are a few that we think are missing: GCP for attach plant datafile, DIS for distance. F for fillet, SC for scale, MR for mirror, X= explode, TR=TRIM, EX=Extend, O=Offset, SS=Stretch, BR=Break, HA=Hatch. These will be added in future releases. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions for shortcuts.