Steve Meyer, a senior structural draftsperson, cleverly uses the Lengthen command to shorten objects.
"When laying out structural members on a 2D plan or elevation, connection joints are demonstrated by showing the incoming member ending a little short of the connection point. I like to use the Lengthen command as follows to shorten the incoming line:
- Enter Command: Lengthen and press Return
- Use the Delta option and enter a negative value to specify the length you would like to cut off, e.g., -2 or -50
- Choose the line you want to make shorter.
I've set up a macro on a toolbar button to save a little time too:
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: The Lengthen command is meant to be used to make things longer, hence the name. But it can also shorten objects due to the way it works. Using the Delta option in the command changes the length by a set number of units. If it is a positive value, the length is increased. If it is a negative value, then the object's length is reduced. Perhaps the command should be called Change Length instead.