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Floor Planner/ Event Planner User Guide

Version 1.0 October 2013

Properties Panel

Depending on what command you are doing or object you are clicking on when your properties panel appears, there are several different features to assist you in creating your layout. Click here to view tutorial…

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  • Drawing Units

The “units” command (F-3) refers to the type of mathematical conversion you choose to use to create your drawing.  Your two options are “standard” which is architectural (inches and feet) and “metric.”

  • Grid Command

Your “grid” command (F-4) is how you create your grid size on your main stage.  You can adjust the size by clicking on the slider and gliding it to the appropriate dimension.  You can turn your grid off by clicking on the grid symbol next to the slider.  Click here to view tutorial…

  • Snap Command

Your “snap” command (F-5) is to assist you in “snapping” into set increments on your main stage.  If you want to move your wall or an object a certain distance, just click on “snap” and set the dimension you want items to move to while you’re moving them around.

  • What’s a magnet?

Whether you are bringing new objects ontoyour main stage and want to attach themtogether or connecting a dimension to an item,your “magnet” command (F-6) helps you tolocate and connect the items.  Once the twoitems you want to connect are in the “magnetzone”, it will grab it and bring it to the magneton the other object and connect them.  You can change your magnet size by going to yourproperties panel and clicking on the arrows next to where it says “magnet size.”  You can turn your magnet off by clicking the “magnets” button.Click here to view tutorial…

  • Dimensions

Depending on what area or object you’ve clicked on, a variety of dimension options (F-7) and (F-16) will show up in your properties panel.  You will see “Width” and “Height” of the object or space.  Ifit’s an object you’ve clicked on, then you willalso see “Z-Height” and “Elevation.”  You cangive your object a height by putting thedimension you want it to be in the Z-Heightbox.  You can raise the item up in the air byputting the dimension you want it raised at inthe Elevation box. Click here to view

  • The “Area” of your Space

 If you have a space that you want to find out the “area” or overall square footage of, just click in the space and refer to your properties panel (F-8).  Note:  If you change the size of your space by adding a new dimension to your width and height box, you will notice the “area” change as well.

  • Adding Floor Plan Background Color

If you want to add a color to your main stage, just go to your properties panel and click on the “floor plan background color” (F-9) box.  A dialogue box will appear with the full color spectrum for you to choose from.

  • Adding a Background Image to Main stage

If you want to add an image or texture to your floor plan, click in your space and then go to your properties panel.  Click on “floor plan background image” (F-10) and a dialogue box will appear with several options of textures.  Click on the image you want and then hit “okay.”

Adding and Managing your Custom Graphics

  • Uploading and Saving New Graphics

If you want to add a custom graphic to anobject, just go to the “3D add customgraphics” box on your properties panel.  Adialogue box will appear and you have a few options for adding graphics.  You can eitherclick on your drop-down menu and pick froman existing graphic that you may already havein your graphics library or, click on “uploadnew” and when the dialogue box opens up,click on browse to view the graphics you have stored on your computer to use.  Once youchoose the image you want to use, you cancrop it to the size and look you want it to be.Use the zoom tool to manipulate the size ofthe picture.  You can touch the screen withyour cursor and manually move the picturearound until you have it positioned to whereyou want it cropped at.   You can add a labelto the image for future reference.  Click onthe “crop” icon and you will end up back in your main stage.  Click on save and go back into your “add custom graphics” box.  Now that it’s saved it will appear in your drop-down menu.  Highlight it and click on “assign selected graphic” and it will appear on the left side of the dialogue box.  If you decide you don’t want to use that graphic, click on “clear” and it will be removed.  If you like how it looks, click the OK button.

  • Uploading a Custom Graphic to Main stage

If you have a graphic, sketch or drawing thatyou want to bring into your main stage, youhave the ability to upload it into your graphics library.  This works well if it’s either a jpeg orpdf.  Go to your “add custom graphics”button on your properties panel and you’ll be brought into the same dialogue box you useto upload graphics to your assets.  Click onupload new and browse for the image youwant to bring in.  Enlarge it until it fits withinthe cropping space so you are viewing the full drawing you want to bring onto your mainstage.  Give it a name in the “label” box, hitcrop and it will bring you back to your mainstage.  Click on the add custom graphic buttonto go back into your dialogue box, click on the drop-down menu to pick the layout you just uploaded.  Hit on the “assign selected graphic” button and it will show up in the left column.  Click on the okay button to bring the image into the main stage.

Sizing a Custom Graphic in the Main stage

  • At this point we want to size the image to fit the space accurately.  If your drawing is rectangular, there are several steps to take to bring it to the proper size.  (Note:  grab the shape that is closest to the look of your image for scaling it to size.)  Go to your shapes icon and drag and drop the square icon into your main stage.  Line up your upper left-hand corner with a wall or any item that has a dimension you can work with.  Click on the square to highlight it.  Go to your properties panel and put in the dimension in inches of the size the image is.  (For instance, if you have a room that is 30’ x 30’ you would put in 360” for the width of the room and 360” for the depth.)  The square/rectangle is going to act as a template to assist you fitting your image accurately into the space.  At this point, click on the “image” you want to scale up, add into the properties panel width and depth boxes the size of the walls in your actual image.  Hit enter and you will see it become the size of your square or rectangle.  This step is just bringing the image size closer to your templates size to make it easier to scale.  At this point, line up your upper left-hand corner of you square/rectangle with your image.  Using the arrows on your properties panel next to width and depth, slowly stretch the walls until they fit the size of the square/rectangle.  Click here to view tutorial…
  • Visit Web Page

Some of your assets have a web page linked to them.  Once you’ve dragged and dropped an asset into your main stage, if you notice on the properties panel that there’s a button that says “visit web page”, then you can click on that button and go directly to that manufacturers website.

  • 3D Properties

Some of your objects from your assets panel will have additional information about the item.  When you click on an object and go to your properties panel, if you see a button that says “3D properties”, then you know this object has some additional information and specifications that can help you.  Click on the button and it will give you dimensions and sometimes different textures or finishes for that particular item.  The dimensions that are shown are the “Z-height” which is the overall height of the object and “elevation” which is the spacial relation to the ground.  For instance, if you want to raise the item up off the ground, you can put a dimension in the elevation box and it will raise the item up.  Some of the 3D properties have the ability to add a video.  If you have a flat screen or graphic component on an exhibit that allows you to do so, just click on the “select a video” drop-down menu, pick your video and hit okay.

Product Preview

  • Viewing the product

If you click on your object and the go to your properties panel, you see a picture of your product in the “product preview” section.  If you click on the picture you will be brought into the manufacturers’ website where you can get additional information on the product.

Chapter 3 – THE JOYS OF 3D

  • Navigating in 3D Viewer
  • Orbital Cam

      rrAfter you’ve clicked on your 3D button in your button bar, it will take you into your 3D viewer where you can see your work in 3D!  You’ll notice along the bottom of your screen on the left side there are several icons to choose from.  If you click on the third icon from the left, that is your “orbital cam.”  This feature will allow you to spin around through your space and view it at different angles.  You can manually zoom in and out of the space or use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate through.

  • Walk thru Cam

        rrYour “walkthrough cam” is the icon that is farthest from the left.  This feature allows you to walk through your space.  You can either manually travel through it or use the arrows on your keyboard.

  • 3D Mode Snapshot Button

        snapshotsYour “3D Mode Snapshot Button” is the second button from the left.  If you want to take a picture of the screen to save it, just click on that icon and it will give you the option of saving to your computer or canceling the command.

  • 3D Settings Button

 settingsThe 3D “settings” button is the first button from the left.  This is where you go to change the screens background color or animate an object.   To close the settings section, just click on the settings icon and it will hide the settings box.

  • 3D View Settings      

 3d settingsChanging your background Colors

To change your background color in 3D, just click on “settings” button and it will open up a box where you can pick from a palette of colors and images.  Click on the color/image you would like to use and see the background of the screen change right before your eyes.

  • Hide Floor

If you want the floor to disappear in your 3-dimensional screen view, just click on the settings icon and then click in the box next to “hide floor.”

  • Animate Screen

If you have an object that can be animated like a flat screen, monitor or movie screen, just click on your settings icon and then click on the box next to “animate screen.”

  • Exiting your 3D Space

When you are finished in your 3D viewer, just click on the box in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and you will be back in your 2-dimensional main stage space.

Chapter 4 – PRINTING

  • How to Set Up your Drawing to Print
  • Print Button

When you’re ready to print your work, just go to your button bar and click on the print icon.

  • Understanding the Print Dialogue Box

print previewOnce you’re in the dialogue box and previewing your work, you can adjust the way your layout will appear on paper by sliding the bar to zoom in and out.  You can also click on the arrows and move the layout around. To bring it back to center just click on the box in the middle of the arrows. You have the option of “landscape” or “portrait” for printing out your layout.  You can choose from two different options for your paper size.  You can adjust the DPI (dots per inch) by clicking on the drop-down menu.

  • Creating a PDF

Once you have it set up the way you want it to look when printed, click on the “create PDF” button and you can either save your layout as a PDF into a folder or print it out.  To exit out of the print dialogue box, just click the box in the upper right-hand corner.