1.) The sketch plane always only rotates on the very first sketch. not the folowing sketches. What I do for that is setup a hot key to the normal to setting. I set the "N" key. This is done if you RC on the top toolbar and select customize. Then gop to the keyboard tab and find "Normal to". It should be under the "View" toolbar header.
2.) Check out snap settings here.
3.) If you setup the materials to show the colors and finish or texture once you change the part material
these settings will automatically come in.
Hope this helps you.
The hot key works good. Thanks
I set all the snap toggles, but no luck on snapping to repeat circles.
I set up the material with chrome steel, but the display is not showing it.
As David suggests we do have that option but unfortunately you will not get it because you are on the equivlent of Commerical SW2010 and this option just came in with the last release.