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Catch tool
Catch is a tool that is used to specify what your cursor catches (or snaps) to. Creo Elements/Direct Annotation displays the active catch setting as follows: In the bottom right area of the user interface; the catch setting at start-up is All.
Creo Elements/Direct Annotation sets a default catch automatically, but sometimes you may need to change this catch mode (for example, to catch to the center of a line).
To display the catch option box,
Double click the Catch button, or right-click the Catch button and select Catch from the context menu. Repeat this to close the option box.
You can control which catch settings are used as default by clicking the cascade button in the middle of the Catch box.
To set the catch mode,
For all subsequent operations, click Permanent.
For the next click only, click Next Catch.
The Permanent catch mode is used in all subsequent operations that catch to elements of the drawing. Take care when changing these settings. It is recommended that you change the default catch settings only for temporary, repetitive operations, and then change them back again when you are finished.
To catch to an element in your drawing,
1. Open the Catch option box.
2. Click the cascade button on the left side to display the catch options.
3. Click a catch option. The table summarizes the options.
Creo Elements/Direct Annotation Catch Menu Options
To catch to
All elements
Intersection points
On Element
The center of an element
Grid intersection points
Nothing (turn Catch off)
To set the catch range,
The catch range is indicated by the size of the cursor. The Creo Elements/Direct Annotation default is 8 pixels.
1. Open the Catch option box.
2. Enter a number (of pixels) for the size of the cursor in the box next to Range.
Creo Elements/Direct Annotation adjusts the cursor to the new size.