I would like to use the Advanced Digitizing tool and the Move tool to move entire polygons by specified distances and angles. For some reason the "d" (distance), and "a" (angle) fields are grayed out.

Both my project and my layer are in a projected CRS (EPSG:29611).

I would like to do what he does in this video.

How do I get this tool working?

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    They are disabled until you first click on a feature. Do you still see them disabled after starting the move itself? – ndawson Aug 10 '18 at 0:04
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    Which QGIS version? Could you record a screencast showing your attempt? – ndawson Aug 10 '18 at 0:22
  • Yes. It was still disabled during the move itself. Sorry, I misunderstood your question yesterday. I am using QGIS 2.18. I will try to get a screencast up later – eyerah Aug 10 '18 at 16:28
  • Have you start editing (Menu Layer > Toggle Editing) and select the features you want to move ? Or have you try to make a copy of your layer first? – Christophe P. Aug 14 '18 at 11:29
  • I wanted to try the mentioned features and I realized they were not available in QGIS 2.18.20. I started with Toggle Editing (the icon), then selecting a feature and after it click on Move Feature(s). The message in the advanced Digitizing Panel says "CAD tools are not enabled for the current map tool". I guess current map tool is Move Feature(s). Isn´t it as expected? then it is a bug – Marco Aug 15 '18 at 15:46

I had the same problem whith ESPG:4326... it seems the advanced digitizing tool only works in certain projections. For sure it wont work with geographic projections (as 4326 in my case).

The solution in my case was reprojecting the data to a projected CRS (UTM for example works for sure) and then reproject back to what you need.

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