Palettes Menu

The Palettes Menu

This menu consists of several groups with commands that mostly invoke and hide palettes and dialogs. Most of the palettes are open by default, when form•Z is launched. When they are, a check mark is displayed in front of their names. Clicking on an item with a check mark causes the check mark to disappear and the respective palette to hide. The same can be done by clicking on the close button (upper left corner) of the palette.


The first group contains commands that invoke/hide the tool palettes of form•Z. The position of these palettes is shown in the introductory section (Layout and Interface) of this manual.


The second group contains the palettes of different form•Z features that open either in the dock on the right side of the screen or somewhere else in the project window.



Component Manager: Invokes the Component Manager. The Component Manager is discussed in detail in the Component Manager palette section.



Display Options: Invokes the Display Options palette. Each display mode available in the palette are discussed in detail under each type of display. The settings in each are discussed in detail in the Display Methods section.


Hatch: displays thumbnail previews of hatches available in form•Z. Hatches are discussed in detail in the Dimensions: Hatches section.



Layers, Lights, Line Styles, Line Weights palettes: These are more specifically called list palettes as they contain listed of items and displays their attributes. These palettes are divided into columns containing attributes such as Name, Selection, Visibility, Snapability, etc. Placing the mouse cursor on the title bar invokes a hint that tells you what the column is.


Objects and groups are listed automatically as they are generated. Similarly for the reference planes. Entries in the palette are generated as custom reference planes are created. For all the above palettes, new entries can be generated by right-clicking in the palette to invoke its context menu and then selecting New. Other commands can also be selected from the context menu, when relevant. The context menu can also be invoked by clicking on the green Options (green_options_btn.png) button on the right of the palette’s title bar. New entries can also be generated by clicking on the green New (green_add_btn.png) button located next to the Options button.



Quick Keys: Invokes the Quick Keys palette. These are discussed in the Quick Keys section.



Snap Options: Invokes the Snap Options palette, which is discussed in the Snapping section.


Tool Options: this palette is context sensitive and its content depends on which modeling tool is active. It contains options that affect the active tool and these options are discussed with the respective tool. As such, this is one of the most important palettes in form•Z.



Zoom Options: Invokes the Zoom Options palette.


The third group contains two commands:


Tool Dock: turns on/off the dock with the tool palettes on the top of the screen. The tool dock is open by default.


Palette Dock: turns on/off the dock with the palettes on the right of the screen.


The final group contains the single command Hide Palettes that turns on/off all the palettes of form•Z.