DoodleCAD Layout & Icons


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Figure 1: General overview of the DoodleCAD windows when toggled between Document and Object Properties views.


TreeView Show
TreeView Hide
Document Properties
Object Properties
Advanced Settings
Disclose Layer/Group
Collapse Layer/Group
Group Objects
Ungroup Objects
Expand Controls
Collapse Controls
Path Controls
Add Layer
Delete Layer
Rotate Cursor
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Tool Bar & Tools

The Tool Bar is the top row of icons in the DoodleCAD window. Each icon contains a control for hiding/showing the TreeView, printing, page zoom, object tools, adding text, locking/unlocking an individual tool, grouping objects, and path control. On the far right are the icons to toggle between Object and Document Properties.

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Figure T-1: When selected, the triangle tool icon will show the available shapes.

Click the icon showing the shape of the tool you want to use. The selected tool will have a blue shadow below it. If there are different options to the shape, a drop down menu will appear. In Figure T-1, the selected tool icon shows other objects with multiple sides.

To change the object's properties (i.e. the line thickness, color or style), click on the Object Properties icon at the top right of the screen to make the Object Properties appear in the right column.

After adding an object to the canvas, there are many different ways you can manipulate the object. Many of the options can be accomplished in more than one way: manually manipulating object with your cursor (Figure T-2) or by a specific measurement using the Object Properties.

Rotate Objects
Figure T-2: Rotate and stretch objects.

Skip to rotate and object using the Object Properties.

Skip to manipulate an object using the Object Properties.

Skip to Add Dimension Lines for instructions on how to add and manipulate dimension lines.

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Fonts & Text

Add and change text and font with ease. To add text, simply select the Text Tool in the Tool Bar, then tap on the canvas where you want to add the text. A new text area box will appear. To change or add new text, click inside the new text area box.

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Figure F-1

A new pop-up window will appear. Add or change the the text as needed, then click Done.

To change the text font, select the text, then click on the Advanced Settings icon.

Change Font Options
Figure F-2

Choose Bold Italic, etc. or Click on "Show Fonts" to choose from the variety of fonts you have available on your computer.

Figure F-3

Select the desired font options including size and color, then close the Font window.

Figure F-4

Choose the desired text alignment using the alignment icons. If you like the way your text looks, click Done.

Figure F-5

If you have increased the size of your text, you may need to drag the edges of the text box to allow all the text to be viewable.

You can make additional changes to the text by repeating the steps.

Figure F-6
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DoodleCAD divides properties into two categories - Document Properties & Object Properties. The Properties icons are located at the top right corner of the DoodleCAD window. Toggle between the property types by clicking either the paint brush iconor the document icon. The chosen property type have a blue shadow below the icon.

Document Properties are for:

  • Page orientation, size and units of measurements
  • Margins
  • Page scale
  • Image resolution
  • Background colors
  • Grid guidelines
  • Document origin
  • Dimension line and label font and formatting
  • Jump to Document Properties

Object Properties are for:

  • Line color, thickness and style
  • Widget ends
  • Object fill types and colors
  • Moving an Object or group of Objects
  • Object unit of measurements
  • Object rotation by degree
  • Object segment manipulation
  • Dimension line placement
  • Dimension line alternate text
  • Jump to Object Properties

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Using Document Properties

To change page properties such as margins, page size, scale, or add grid lines, you must first select the Document Properties icon from the top right of the DoodleCAD window (Figure D-1). Note the blue shadow below the page icon. When selected, the right column will show all the document options including page orientation, margins, unit scales, resolution, gridlines and dimension line options.

To change the page orientation from Profile to Landscape, click the Page Setup button. When the printer popup window opens, make your changes, then click OK.

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Figure D-1: Page Setup

Make changes to the margins or canvas measurements by entering different numbers in the text fields. (Figure D-2)

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Figure D-2: Changing margin measurements changes the available canvas area

Changes the unit type used for measurements with the Units dropdown menu. (Figure D-3)

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Figure D-3: Canvas unit of measurement options range from points to kilometers

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Figure D-4: Scale showing ratio of 1:1

To change the ratio view of the page from 1:1 to 1:5, change number value of the Scale 1 to box in the canvas from 1 to the number of your choice.

In our sample, we change the number from 1 to 5. See Figures D-4 & D-5 to see the difference between a 1:1 ratio and a 1:5 ratio.

The associated width and height measurements will change to reflect the scale change. The ruler units will also change automatically.

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Figure D-5: Scale showing ratio of 1:5

To change back to a 1:1 ratio scale, just change the number in the box back to 1.

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Figure D-6: Resolution drop down menu

Choose your document dpi resolution with the Resolution dropdown menu. DoodleCAD offers a range from 72 dpi to 1440 dpi. (Figure D-6)

To change the canvas background color, click the Background Color box to open the color options window. (Figure D-7) Choose your color, then exit the color window.

Figure D-7

Add Grids by checking the Show Grid box. Click the Grid Color box to open the color options window. (Figure D-8) Use the options in the color pop-up window to change the color for the gridlines. When done, close the color window.

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Figure D-8: Show Grid is checked and a dark red has been selected

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Figure D-9: Square with height dimension line with the following settings: Offset by 1/4 inch, black arrows, line weight of 1.2pts and font size 11.

After drawing an object, you can add dimension lines for an object's side, height or width or a group's height or width. Start by making sure you have clicked on the object and clicked on the Document Properties icon. (Figure D-9) See details for adding and changing dimension lines in the Adding Dimension Lines section.

You can use your curser or Object Properties to rotate or stretch a drawn object.

To use your curser, first click on the object to select it. When the blue selection lines appear, click on the blue side line which you want to use to stretch the object.

To rotate the object, click on the object to select it, then click the purple circle located on one of the corners of the selection box. (Figure D-10) The cursor will change to the rotation icon . Now you can rotate your object.

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Figure D-10

You can also use settings in the Object Properties to rotate an object by degrees. See more.

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Object Properties

Begin using the Object Properties by clicking on the Object Properties icon (paint brush) at the top left of the DoodleCAD window. All the object property choices will become available in the right column. Here, you can change the line color, thickness, style, etc. for the tool or object selected. (Figure O-1)

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Figure O-1

Enable or disable line/stroke options by checking or unchecking the Stroke box. (Figure O-2) When the box is checked, changes to the line color, thickness and style can be made for the selected object. In Figure O-2, we've changed the line thickness to 4.9 points and the style to dashes.

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Figure O-2: Stroke box to enable

Use the Object Properties to rotate to a specific degree. First select the object to be rotated. Under Object Geometry either enter the desired degree in the text field or use your curser to rotate the circle around the Geometry text field. See Figures O-3 & O-4.

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Figure O-3: Using the Object Properties view, the object selected is set at 0° degrees (no rotation)
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Figure O-4: Object selected is set at 38.2° degree rotation.

Change a segment of an object by first selecting the segment. When selected, the segment will turn red and the Geometry Path Segment options will appear in the Object Properties column.

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Figure S-1: Segment selected is in red with end points A and B.
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Figure S-2: Increase the side length to 2.16 inches by moving end point A.
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Figure S-3: Increase the side length to 2.16 inches by moving end point B instead of end point A.
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Document TreeView

Hide or Show the TreeView with the TreeView icon.

The Document TreeView column allows you to see a representation of the different layers of your document. Just like many other applications, each layer can be renamed, locked and/or hidden from view. Select multiple layers in the TreeView to group or delete.

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Figure V-1: Show TreeView before expanding the initial Layer

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Figure V-2: Expanded view of Layer in TreeView. Pen icon next to editable Layer.

If you have more than one layer in your document, you must first select the layer you want to edit before making your changes. Choose your layer in the TreeView, then click on your object. The pen icon will show in the document TreeView on the layer you will be editing.

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Grouping Layers & Objects

DoodleCAD allows you to group object either by selecting the objects in the TreeView or on the canvas. Click one item, hold down the shift, then click on the next item. When all the items are selected, click the Group icon in the Tool Bar. (Figure G-1)

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Figure G-1: Select objects to group then click the Group icon.

When you have successfully made a group, the selected items will be surrounded. The Group icon will also become an Un-Group icon. (Figure G-2)

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Figure G-2: Items shown as grouped in the TreeView and canvas.

To show or collapse the items in the group, click on the Disclosure icon in the TreeView. (Figures G-2 & G3)

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Figure G-3: Click on the disclosure icon to collapse the group view. Select objects to group then click the Group icon.
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Figure G-4: Rename the Group.

To change or add a new name to the group, click the current group name. A text area will appear. Type in the new text. Individual object and Layer names can be changed the same way. (Figure G-4)

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Figure G-5: Hide the group.

Hide the entire group by clicking on the eye icon. (Figure G-5)

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Adding Dimension or Segment Lines

DoodleCAD is designed to help you show line and angle measurement in a variety of units.

To show height, width or segment measurements for an object, be sure you are in the Object Properties view in the right column.

To show the length of a segment, select the object, then select the edge you want to add a measurement label to. That edge you selected will turn red. (Figure D-1) Check the box next to Segment Dimension Line in the bottom of the right column.

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Figure D-1: Shows the right side of the square selected and the Segment Dimension Line off

Change the distance between the Dimension Line and the object using the up and down arrows next to Offset.

To show an objects total height or width, select the object (just the object, not the edge).

In the right column, change the Dimension Line drop down menu for W for the width or H for the height from "None" to where you want the dimension line to be located - right, left, top or bottom. (Figure D-2)

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Figure D-2: Shows grouped objects. The Dimension line options chosen displayed are to show the height dimensions on the right side of the grouped objects with an Offset of 1

Add angle measurements for an arc just as easily. Using your cursor, select the corner where you want to add the arc angle measurement. When the corner point turns red, you will be able to see your Vertex Dimension Arc controls. Make changes as needed.

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Figure D-3: Vertex Dimension Arc controls
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Dimension Line Properties

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Figure DL-1

DoodleCAD dimension lines have many variations to choose from. Change the measurement units, line thickness, line color, arrow shape and text font using the Dimension Controls. To see the Dimension Controls, first be sure you have chosen the Document Properties icon.

Scroll to the bottom of the column to see the Dimension Line controls. (See Figure DL-1)

Use the drop down menus for each of the line and unit properties you want to change.

Click the Change Font button to change the font choice and size for all dimension lines. To change non-dimension line text, make the change through the Text Tool.

Click the Color box to open the dimension line and text color options window. Note: Changing the color will will change the color of both the dimension line and text labels.

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Advanced Controls

Objects can be manipulated by using the path and corner controls. View our Sample Video Page to see the advanced controls in action!

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Adding Images

If you have your own .jpg, .png, .gif or other image you would like to add to a current DoodleCAD project, just drag and drop the image onto the DoodleCAD canvas!

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FAQ's &Troubleshooting

1. I'm running OS X El Capitan or Snow Leopard and am getting a receipt validation error.

2. While using DoodleCAD, my computer freezes

3. After upgrading my Mac's OS to Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10) or El Capitan (10.11), DoodleCAD misbehaves.

4. What is the difference between the Freemium version and the Purchased version of DoodleCAD?

5. I'm trying to select and move an object, but I can't.

6. How do I disable the feature that automatically connects my end point to my starting point while using the "Z" tool? I want to start at one point of the screen and create connected lines that end on the other side.

7. I purchased DoodleCAD, but the software is still locked or is still showing the watermark.

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1. I'm running OS X El Capitan or Snow Leopard and am getting a receipt validation error.

1. On February 14, 2016, the Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Certification Authority Intermediate Certificate expired. What does this mean for you?

"Users running OS X El Capitan (v10.11 or v10.11.1) may receive a notification that your Mac app is damaged if it utilizes receipt validation to request a new receipt from Apple. They can resolve this issue by restarting their Mac or updating to OS X El Capitan (v10.11.2) or later. Mac App Store customers running OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6.8) will be unable to purchase new apps or run previously purchased apps that utilize receipt validation until they install the Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard which is available via OS X Software Update." Apple Developer Relations.

We at DoodleBytes, are doing our best to insure this does not affect our current users.

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2. While using DoodleCAD, my computer freezes

In late 2015, Mac apps in general started having issues where the app crashes or hangs for no apparent reason. The problem has to do with the OS corrupting a file that the app uses. As of the writing of this FAQ, the problem has not been resolved with the OS. The solution is to delete the folder that the app creates for it's sandbox.


  1. Quit DoodleCAD
  2. Open any folder in a Finder Window.
  3. In the "Finder" menu click "Go" while holding down the Option key.
  4. About halfway down the list you will see "Library" - click that
  5. In the finder window you opened in step 1 click the "Containers" folder
  6. Find the folder "com.doodlebytes.DoodleCAD-V1" and delete the it.
  7. Restart DoodleCAD

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3. After upgrading my Mac's OS to Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10) or El Capitan (10.11), DoodleCAD misbehaves.

Most likely, you are using an old version of DoodleCAD. Old versions of DoodleCAD will not work on newer versions of the Mac OS. You need the new version of DoodleCAD available now on the App Store. There is no easy upgrade path for paid versions of 1.3.6 to 1.6.7. We notified registered users by e-mail in October 2015 with dates to purchase the new DoodleCAD at a deeply discounted price so that users of the old one could upgrade. If you missed those dates, send us an email with the email you used to register and serial number and we will put you on the list to notify for the last date at the end of January 2016. After January 2016, old users will have to upgrade at the full purchase price.

Future updates with bug fixes are free for those who have purchased through the Apple Store. Future upgrades will be a nominal fee for those who have purchased through the Apple store. Any purchases not made through the Apple Store are not authorized and will be required to be purchased at full price through the Apple Store.

If you have already upgraded to the newest version of DoodleCAD and are still having trouble, please contact us!

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4. What is the difference between the Freemium version and the Purchased version of DoodleCAD?

The Freemium version of DoodleCAD includes a watermark on all documents created. To remove the watermark, simply buy DoodleCAD using the in-app purchasing tool for as little as $49.95. Purchasing DoodleCAD also helps the Developer to continue working on new features and upgrades.

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5. I can't move an object or group.

To select and move an object, first select Object Properties at the top right of the DoodleCAD screen. Objects MAY NOT move when Document Properties is selected.

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6. How do I disable the feature that automatically connects my end point to my starting point while using the "Z" tool? I want to start at one point of the screen and create connected lines that end on the other side.

The quick answer to your question is to double click the last point or if you want to use the keyboard shortcut, hit tab instead of return.

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7. DoodleCAD remained locked or the watermark is still present after purchase.

If you purchased DoodleCAD but it remains locked do the following:

1) Put all copies of DoodleCAD in the trash

2) Empty the trash.

3) Go to the App store and re-download DoodleCAD.

4) Start DoodleCAD

DoodleCAD should now indicate that it has been purchased, no water mark on exported images and can print and doesn't ask you to purchase.

If DoodleCAD is still acting like it wasn't purchased, check that the purchase actually completed by going to the link

Did you get an email from apple indicating a recent purchase of DoodleCAD? Check to see if DoodleCAD is in the list of purchases. If not then the purchase didn't complete for some reason and you may need to try again If you did get an email try steps 1 - 4 again for good measure.

If you still can't use DoodleCAD then ask for a refund on the "report a problem" page.

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