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Rotating Viewports

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Welcome. I'm Cindy Dunn, President of CCAD inc. In this video I will demonstrate how to rotate the view in a viewport without rotating the objects.

This drawing of a recreation area and its features are positioned at specific coordinates that shouldn't be changed. However, for presentation purposes it needs to be rotated.

The VPROTATEASSOC setting controls whether the view in a viewport is rotated when the viewport itself is rotated. When set to 0 the viewport is rotated, but not the view. If set to 1 the view is rotated along with the viewport.

To rotate a viewport, make sure you are in Paper Space by selecting the Paper/Model toggle in the bottom of the window or double-clicking outside the viewport.

Choose the viewport edge and then select the ROTATE command. Select the basepoint or pivot point for the rotate and type in a rotation angle. If you need to rotate the view so a specific edge is horizontal or vertical, select the REFERENCE option instead of typing a rotation angle. Next chose two points along the reference edge. Then move your cursor left/right or up/down and click to choose the new angle or simply type in the angle and press ENTER.

You may also want to change the shape of the viewport. Set the current layer to match the layer of the existing viewport. The Make Object's Layer Current button is good way to do this. Select the button and pick the edge of the viewport.

Next draw the desired shape for the viewport: a rectangle, circle, ellipse or polyline. Select the existing viewport, right-click and pick Clip Viewport and choose the existing viewport.

The view in the viewport is rotated to the desired angle without rotating the actual geometry in the drawing.

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