# Thread: Setting BASE ANGLE to North - Does not appear to work?

1. ## Setting BASE ANGLE to North - Does not appear to work?

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I've done a search of the forums, and from the little I could find, I'm sure I'm doing the right thing.

If I want North (top) to be my Zero Degrees point (rather than east - to the right) then I go into FORMAT / UNITS

which takes me to DRAWING UNITS

I then have a button called DIRECTION

Here is says:

East 0
North 90
West 180
South 270
Other pick/type

Now logic tells me that currently East (to the right) is currently set to 0 degrees (which it is)

And that clicking North, should then make North (up) Zero degrees.

Errrr, but nothing happens.

I click North, the button shows North has been selected, but none of the values change, and East is still zero degrees.

Bit puzzled by this?

From what I found on these forums, doing this should set North to zero, but it makes no difference.

Perhaps I need to adjust something else?

2. Have done a screen grab to show my confusion.
As you can see NORTH is selected, yet the numbers don't change and East is still shown (and is) Zero.

3. You've done it right.
Select North if that's what you want your zero direction to be and then hit Ok to exit the dialogs. Now, back in your drawing area, initiate the line command and draw a line with a starting point at 0,0 and an ending point of @50.0<0 and you will see that your line is vertical instead of horizontal.

You've done it right.
Select North if that's what you want your zero direction to be and then hit Ok to exit the dialogs. Now, back in your drawing area, initiate the line command and draw a line with a starting point at 0,0 and an ending point of @50.0<0 and you will see that your line is vertical instead of horizontal.
But there's something not right here.

After setting NORTH (as shown in the previous screen grab) I go to draw a line, approx 5 degrees right of north, which (as I'm drawing it) should display on my screen approx 5 degrees (in this case)

But it's not. It's still showing approx 85 degrees as North is still being displayed as 90 and East as zero.

As shown here:

If I move this line around (before I press the mouse button) clockwise towards the east (3 o'clock position) it counts down to zero as zero is still shown as to the East.

5. Another screen grab, showing I have entered in 3 degrees into the angle box which has locked the line to 3 degrees whilst I adjust it's length.

And, as you can see, East is still obviously zero.

Just to add, it's now just gone 2am in the morning, and I'm off to bed (Yawn!)
Night Night all

Hopefully be able to sort this out tomorrow, obviously something I'm either doing wrong, or misunderstanding.

6. In your screen shot above, under Angle, tick clockwise.

7. Originally Posted by Tempest
Another screen grab, showing I have entered in 3 degrees into the angle box which has locked the line to 3 degrees whilst I adjust it's length.

And, as you can see, East is still obviously zero.
With North selected in your Format > Units > Direction Control Dialog, you should be able to initiate the line command, click on screen to set your first point and then type <3 and hit enter to lock the angle at 3 degrees from your vertical North 0. I'm not sure why it's not working for you.

8. Right then...........

A Fresh day and a new look at my problem.

And YES. Now it's not 2am in the morning and my brain is going to sleep, I can see where my confusion was.

I've been confusing the angle of the line I'm currently drawing, with the on-screen guide showing the angle from horizontal (not sure if I've phrased that quite right?)

Have done a fresh screen grab to explain my confusion, and possibly get some advice on a tweak to just make it how I'd like it to look:

The picture below, shows that I have set North to zeo degree's as you can see on the left hand side, the vertical line, and the middle box (blue) saying POLAR <0.000' which is my north as zero showing up correctly.

My confusion last night (yawn!) was I was looking at the box to the right (above the dotted curve) which shows 90'

Of course, now I realise, this does not mean the line I'm drawing NOW is at 90' It means I'm just drawing a line 90' to the horizontal guide line it's automatically put on screen to help me.

So, that's all fine and dandy.

My only issue is, if you look at the right hand image, you will see I've moved my line to the right slightly (just over 2') but now the box that showed POLAR (on the left hand image) which showed the actual angle of the line I'm drawing NOW has disappeared, to be replaced by a box which reads "specify next point or"

I'm hoping, is there an option which will still show the angle I'm currently drawing on screen in a floating box?
I know I can type in an angle, but I'd like to have a on-screen box, Like I do for the other angles?

Hope I've explained that ok.

9. Originally Posted by Tempest
Right then...........

A Fresh day and a new look at my problem.

And YES. Now it's not 2am in the morning and my brain is going to sleep, I can see where my confusion was.

I've been confusing the angle of the line I'm currently drawing, with the on-screen guide showing the angle from horizontal (not sure if I've phrased that quite right?)

Have done a fresh screen grab to explain my confusion, and possibly get some advice on a tweak to just make it how I'd like it to look:

The picture below, shows that I have set North to zeo degree's as you can see on the left hand side, the vertical line, and the middle box (blue) saying POLAR <0.000' which is my north as zero showing up correctly.

My confusion last night (yawn!) was I was looking at the box to the right (above the dotted curve) which shows 90'

Of course, now I realise, this does not mean the line I'm drawing NOW is at 90' It means I'm just drawing a line 90' to the horizontal guide line it's automatically put on screen to help me.

So, that's all fine and dandy.

My only issue is, if you look at the right hand image, you will see I've moved my line to the right slightly (just over 2') but now the box that showed POLAR (on the left hand image) which showed the actual angle of the line I'm drawing NOW has disappeared, to be replaced by a box which reads "specify next point or"

I'm hoping, is there an option which will still show the angle I'm currently drawing on screen in a floating box?
I know I can type in an angle, but I'd like to have a on-screen box, Like I do for the other angles?

Hope I've explained that ok.
Try to change the DYNMODE setting to 1 and see if this configuration looks better for your needs.

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Originally Posted by riga
Try to change the DYNMODE setting to 1 and see if this configuration looks better for your needs.
Thanks for the suggestion.

Tried DYNMODE at 1 as you suggested, and it does then give me the live readout of the actual angle of the line I'm currently drawing (which is what I wanted) but I then loose everything else

So, do I take it, I can't have DYNMODE at 3 (which is very useful and the way I like it) but also able to see on screen the actual angle of the line I'm drawing? so I can see my line is 3 degrees from vertical, rather than 87 degrees from the auto horizontal reference line?

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