By Martin Phelps
When using the “Offset” command, the required “Offset” distance is specified first, then the object to be “Offset” is selected and by picking a point on one side of the selected object the “Offset” is created.
This is fine when the user is creating “Offsets” by selecting several objects, all have the same “Offset” distance.
However, if the requirement is to “Offset” the same object several times all with the same value, depending on the number required this can not only be quite time consuming but also tedious.
The solution to this is to use the “Multiple” option, which is accessible once the “Offset” distance has specified and the object has been selected, as shown in Figure 1.
Using this option will also reduce the amount of mouse left clicks.
Once the “Multiple” option is active, left click on side to “Offset” and instead of selecting the object again, keep left clicking in the direction of the required “Offset” until the required number of objects has been reached, as shown in Figure 2.
The user can pick points on either side of the original without having to reselect the object by pressing “Enter” to use the default “Next Object” as shown in Figure 3.
The user can select another object, remaining in the “Multiple” function with the distance set as specified at start of the command.
To cancel, use any of the following; press the “ESC” key, select “Exit” from the command line or select another command.