Reusable Shapes are great for quickly adding consistent visual information on items that will repeatedly appear in your work.

You can even create a shared shape library that everyone in your organization can use with just a few taps on the screen.

Sections Below:

Use Shapes

  • Accessing Shapes
  • Adding Shapes to the Canvas
  • Searching for a Shape 

Create and Edit Shapes

  • Creating Your Own Shapes
  • Adding and Removing ArcSite Shape Libraries 
  • Editing Existing Shapes 
  • Saving Shapes at a Particular Size and Unit
  • Breaking Apart an Existing Shape (to Edit)
  • Adding Snapping Points
  • Delete Shapes

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Accessing Shapes

Tap the Shapes icon (pictured below) from the fifth icon on the toolbar, to see all available shapes

Change the Currently Displayed Shapes Library 

  1. Tap the Menu icon to see the available Shape Libraries
  2. Tap a library 
  3. Tap the Arrow icon to access

Adding Shapes to the Canvas

Tapping on a shape will place it in the center of the canvas.

Searching For Shapes

At the top of the Shapes Panel is a Search Bar. Typing in a search term will automatically reduce the display of shapes to include just the shapes that match the searched term.


Creating Your Own Shapes

You can create a shape in a couple of different ways. 

  1. Draw something onscreen
  2. Drop a shared shape (not saved as yours yet) on the screen 
  3. Bring in a photo into your canvas

Save the Shape

  1. Select an object or objects on canvas
  2. Tap the Create Shapes icon that appears on the lower left corner of the canvas
  3. You must provide a Name
  4. Optionally you can choose to remember it's size and unit and/or define snapping points.
  5. Tap Create button to finalize

Once you have saved a shape, it will appear in the "My Shapes" tab of the shapes pane.

Adding and Removing ArcSite Shape Libraries

ArcSite has a constantly expanding sets of Pre-made Shape Libraries that you can add with just a few clicks. These libraries are broken down into logical categories to help you determine if they would be useful to you.

You can also remove these libraries, again with just a few clicks.

Editing Existing Shapes

Once a shape has been added to the screen, it can be modified in a number of ways. 


  • The changes you make to the Shape will not affect the saved shape.
  • You can break apart a shape to do more elaborate changes

Make Some Changes But Keep the Shape Intact:

You can make some changes to a shape on-screen without having to save as a new shape.

Changes possible are:

  • Change its length and height by tapping on its Shown measurements
  • Scaling it proportionally by pressing and dragging from one of its corners
  • Opening the Style panel to change color, line width and line type

Saving at a Specific Size and Unit

Toggle on the Remember Size and Unit option to have the shapes appear at the same size every time.

Shapes that have their size and unit saved (see note in #3 above), will have a visual indicator in the top right corner as shown below.

Break a Shape Apart

By breaking the shapes into its original individual parts, you can make any change you would like. 

However, while the original saved shape is still available from the Shapes panel, the changed shape is no longer related to the original shape and must be saved as a separate shape to use again later.

Adding Snapping Points

Snapping points allow a shape to always snap to other onscreen objects in a specific way. This is useful for quickly placing them without having to work on exact placement. 

There are two ways of add snapping points

  1. Add while creating a Shape
  2. Add to existing Shapes

Add Snapping Points while creating a shape

During the creation process, you open the New Shape dialog. At the bottom of the dialog tap on Edit Snapping Point

Tap anywhere you want add a snapping point

Finish saving the shape

Add Snapping Points to an existing shape

  1. Open the Shape Panel 
  2. Navigate to the My Shapes tab. To add snapping points, you must have saved it to your own set of shapes first.  
  3. Tap on Edit icon in top right corner to enter the Edit Mode
  4. Tap on a shape to select
  5. Tap on Add Snapping Point icon in top left

Tap anywhere you want add a snapping point

Tap the Done icon to Finish

Remove Snapping Points

Remove snapping points in one of two ways.

#1 - If just added, tap the Undo icon in the top left corner

#2 - By selecting it and tapping the Delete icon in the lower left corner.

Delete Shapes

  1. Open Shapes Panel
  2. Tap Edit button in top right corner, to enter the Edit mode
  3. Tap to mark one or more shapes you want to delete
  4. Tap the Delete icon in lower right corner (Looks like a trash can)
  5. Accept the Delete Confirmation button at bottom
  6. Tap the Done button in top right corner to exit delete mode

Note - Custom shapes functionality is not available at the Basic subscription level.

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