Is this topic going anywhere? I realize that there are other CAD tools that have guideline and snap-to features, but there is an added layer of complexity in learning to use, for example SketchUp or DraftSight and then importing the SVG into EASEL.
Not that it is all that hard, but I teach 11-14 year-olds who are just learning to type. Teaching them all about file types and data management is outside of my baliwick and anyway, they have very limited access to time in the computer lab, and with 120 students, time on one x-carve machine is pretty limited as well.
Here is an example of what I would LIKE to be able to do in EASEL. I am adding a Dust Deputy cyclone separator to our X-Carve. I need to bolt the cyclone and to an MDF lid that will fit a 5 gallon bucket. The bolts are arranged in a hexagon with a 2-1/8" radius circumcircle.
To me, the obvious way to lay out the bolt pattern is to create a hexagon and snap the bolt hole geometry to each vertex, or to individually draw each radius out from the 6 vertices. Seems like I should be able to draw the hexagon and then, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, drop a 5/16 bolt hole at each vertex.
Which is how I did it in SketchUp, but how to do it in Easel? That's the $64,000 question.
If Easel and the X-Carve are really going to be a way to introduce kids, especially younger kids to the power and accuracy of CAD/CAM, this is the sort of functionality Easel really needs to have.