When drawing in powerDRAW.net (Visio) you will find yourself constantly zooming in and out. To speed up this process, hold down the Shift & Control keys simultaneously your mouse buttons become easy and effective zoom tools… left button zooms in, right button zooms out, scroll wheel in and out, hold left button to draw and box to zoom to, and hold right button down to pan the drawing around into position
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File Management – Opening & Saving Drawings
To manage your powerDRAW Drawing Files go to the Add-Ins tab as shown. Use the buttons in the group on the left side to open new drawing templates; existing drawings; or to save and save/as your working drawings.
Do not use the File Tab Save & Open on the far left!
PowerDRAW uses its own file format, .pdd. This allows Windows Explorer to handle powerDRAW drawings separately from Visio drawings. What this means, is that it is much easier to find and open powerDRAW drawings via the Windows Explorer.
If you did happen to use the File Tab to save your drawing, they will have been saved as .vst files. If you try to open these .vst files from Windows Explorer, you will get an error message stating they are corrupt. They are not corrupt and can be opened from within powerDRAW using the Add-Ins tab > Open powerDRAW.net Drawing button. Change the file extension type in the browse window to recognize ‘All Visio Files’ and then go to the folder where you saved these files. Open them and resave using the powerDRAW File Management commands as .pdd files.
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In powerDRAW Version B163 we introduced our revamped tool icons. Basically still the same smart cool looking tool icons, but with a few new features.
- Drop Snap or the drop position where the icon lands on the page after the drag & drop. We changed the grid from 1.5” to .5” increments. This allows the wellbore and string to be place more variable positions.
- Depth added to Shape Data shows in Depth Tag and Product Detail Table.
- Depth Tag and Balloon can be unlocked from icon and then moved around.