CalcsCAD Quick Command Reference Guide

Ribbon Name Command
/ Command Line
Action Taken
Plan Layers
CC:PLANLAYERS
Opens plan layers dialog box where you can add new levels, and change the current active and ghost layer.
Alignment Point
CC:APOINT
Creates a POINT on the selected plan layer. You need to create one alignment point per plan layer (building level) to enable accurate load tracking and ghosting. These should both align with each other (i.e. the corner of a building).
Set Plan Layer
CC:SETLAYER
Sets the Plan Layer property of any selected object to match the current active plan layer. This can be used to quickly associate all beams with the ground level for example. It is useful if objects were mistakenly associated with the wrong layer.
Roof
CC:ROOF
Converts or draws a closed POLYLINE into a Roof Perimeter object
Hip Truss
CC:HIP
Converts or draws a LINE into a Hip Truss object

Hip Trusses should have a minimum of two supports (i.e. load bearing wall and GT) and must touch both a Roof Perimeter and Girder Truss.
Valley
CC:VALLEY
Converts or draws a LINE into a Valley object.
Girder Truss
CC:GT
Converts or draws a LINE into a Girder Truss object.

Girder Trusses should have a minimum of two supports (either columns, load bearing walls, other GTs, or beams).
Show Rafter Directions
CC:SHOWRAFTERS
Shows automatically predicted rafter/truss directions based on the Girders, Hips, and Valleys drawn in. Directions default to 'Auto' but can be overridden in the Properties panel and given a specific X or Y based on engineering judgement.

The command will flag all disconnected lines and issues that need to be resolved before directions can be displayed.

Areas with a red hatch denote areas the tool was unable to automatically determine - please set an X or Y direction in the Properties panel.
Show Tributary Areas
CC:VALIDATEROOF
Displays load tributary areas colour coded by direction they fall (up, down, left, right). This is useful for confirming truss/rafter directions have been inferred correctly and loads are transferring as predicted.

The command will flag all disconnected lines and issues that need to be resolved before areas can be displayed.
Joist
CC:JOIST

Converts or draws a LINE into a Joist object.

Generate Joists
CC:
Draws a closed POLYLINE to denote a given joist area.

Joist direction and spacing can then be specified in the Properties panel when the given Joist area is selected.
Validate
CC:VALIDATEFLOOR
Performs a check on all joist areas and flags any issues. Areas where the tool could not infer a joist direction or where joists are missing will be hatched red.

Bearer
CC:BEARER
Converts or draws a LINE into a Bearer object.

In the Properties panel you may specify an automatic label, add a comment, allow the beam to be disconnected (for example, if it is cantilevered, or interior), and toggle whether it should carry roof load.
Lintel
CC:LINTEL

Converts or draws a LINE into a Lintel object.

In the Properties panel you may specify an automatic label, add a comment, allow the beam to be disconnected (for example, if it is cantilevered, or interior), and toggle whether it should carry roof load.

Wall
CC:WALL

Converts or draws a LINE into a load bearing Wall object.

If the Wall is not contiguous (i.e. not connected at the end - for example, an interior wall), you will need to toggle Allow Disconnect in the Properties panel.
Railing
CC:RAILING

Converts or draws a LINE into a Railing object. (a short, non-load bearing wall - for example, a balcony rail).


Column
CC:COLUMN

Draws a POINT Column object. 

If you have an object currently selected, it will create a POINT in the centre of all currently selected objects which can be useful for batch creating Columns if you have existing objects denoting them in your architectural drawing.

Area Override
CC:LOADAREA
Converts or draws a closed POLYLINE into an Area Override object.

This tool may be used to override the default loads of a given area that may have heavier than default loads (for example, a bathroom or solar panel). The overridden loads can be specified in the Properties panel.

Properties
CC:PROPS
Displays the Properties pop up panel which allows the properties of a given selected object to be viewed and changed. If an object is selected that has no ClearCalcs properties associated, the panel will be blank.
Highlight Tagged
CC:HIGHLIGHT
Highlights purple all objects in a drawing that have been given ClearCalcs properties. This is useful for quickly determining if any areas of the house have been missed.
Hide Output
CC:HIDE
Hides any active command (for example, highlight tagged, show rafter directions, or show tributary areas).
Validate All
CC:VALIDATE
Checks entire document for connectivity and calculation errors and flags any issues that needs to be fixed. Problem areas should be automatically selected and zoomed to in the order they are resolved.
Clear Properties
CC:CLEAR
Clears all ClearCalcs properties from the selected object/s. This is useful if you have mistakenly tagged an object you did not mean to.

Export
CC:EXPORT
Exports to a CCFRAME file for upload into ClearCalcs. This command will check to see the document is working first and flag any errors that need to be resolved before export is allowed. 

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