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2D View

Shows the workspace defined when you create a new file. This is used to control the XY layout of vectors and bitmaps. Typically you select an item from this view by clicking on it or dragging a box around it with the mouse. To move it you can click a selected item a second time to go into Transform mode. Some items when double clicked will open a form relating to the object and many have functions related to them displayed when you right mouse click over them.

3D View

This shows any visible Toolpaths when using the preview toolpath option.


Generic term used to describe any raster (pixel) based image which can imported into Cut2D Desktop using the Import Bitmap For Tracing icon. File types supported are: .bmp, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png and .jpeg. Bitmaps are primarily used for tracing vectors over to create toolpaths.


When you want to manipulate a number of objects together you can Group them. This is a temporary operation to ease the selection, movement, scaling, and rotation etc. of several objects at once. It is reversed by Ungrouping.


Separates a set of Grouped Objects so that they can be manipulated independently again.


Generic name most often used to describe a complete Cut2D Desktop project (CRV file) which contains all the 2D and Toolpath information in a single saved file - also sometimes referred to as a Part.

Short Cut Keys

Keys on the keyboard which will activate certain commands when pushed. Example F4 to activate the Snapping Options Dialog. You can find a full list of all the Shortcut Keys in the online reference manual in the Frequently Asked Questions section.


A 2D object represented by lines, arcs or curves.