AxoTools provides the tools for technical illustrators to define an axonometric view (isometric, dimetric, or trimetric) and project flat orthographic art to the left, right, or top planes of that view.
Define common reference points in each view so that projected art appears in place in the axonometric view. This saves much time and guesswork when doing drawings where objects aren’t rectangular and don’t conveniently meet at the corners.
When a reference point is moved in one view, its counterparts in other views are automatically adjusted as well so that the spatial relationship between the views is preserved.How does “Project in place” work?
The plugin includes four tools:
Axo Tool defines and moves reference points also moves selected art or individual anchor points constrained to the nearest axis.
Axo Rotate tool allows you to rotate an object within the axonometric plane it’s in. The tool displays a protractor for that plane, and allows you to press Shift to constrain the rotation to increments of 15 degrees.
Axo Scale tool can scale an object along the X, Y, or Z axis.
Axo Draw tool draws lines constrained to the current axes, automatically concatenating them as you go.
- Project or unproject views with keyboard shortcuts.
- Navigate between each view with keyboard shortcuts.
- Paste cube or cylinder clipart into your illustration, oriented to the current axonometric view.
- Import axonometric settings from CADtools.
This plugin filter for Adobe Illustrator assists in projecting orthographic art to an axonometric plane, and also assists in positioning it in your axonometric view.
This plugin is included in the Productivity Pack bundle. Requires Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC for either Mac or Windows.