Trace to

When you're in Trace Mode, the Trace to key appears on your sketch keyboard. When enabled, Trace to allows you to trace the outline of the original area from your starting point (where your starting point is currently anchored) to the corner point you select, and trace all of the lines in between. Using the trace to function eliminates a lot of unnecessary taps when portions of the new area you're tracing are exactly the same as the original area.

Let's say you have a basement area similar to the image below, minus the bay window. Follow the instructions below to trace to another corner point on your sketch:

  1. Tap the Trace icon (  ) on the upper left to activate Trace mode. When you do, the original area becomes slightly "grayed out", the words TRACE MODE appear in red on the upper left, and purple corner points (  ) appear in each corner of the original area.

  2. Next, make sure that Place Cursor mode is selected, and place your cursor where you'd like to begin. In our example, we're starting from the corner on the upper left.

    By default, TOTAL for Mobile is set to stay in Place Cursor mode after placing the cursor on the sketch canvas. Click here for information on changing these settings to automatically switch to Draw mode after placing the cursor to eliminate a few extra taps.
  3. Now you're ready to trace to another point on your sketch. Ensure that Draw Area line mode is selected, if TOTAL for Mobile doesn't switch to it automatically. Then, tap the Trace key on your sketch keyboard and press CCW to indicate that you are tracing the original area in a counterclockwise direction.
  4. Next, simply press the corner point you want to trace to.

  5. Continue to Draw area lines corresponding to the new area's dimensions to finish tracing.

  6. When you close the area (this happens automatically when the area line you're drawing meets the existing area line, effectively "closing" the area), notice that TOTAL for Mobile attempts to detect the type of area you just sketched. If it detected the wrong area type, simply select a different area type from the list.
  7. After you select the area type, you're returned to the sketch where the new area is situated on top of the original area.

    The new area is autonomous from the original area and you can move the new area independently from the rest of the sketch. Tap and drag the new area to a new location on the sketch canvas.