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Quick Reference Guide – Elements Toolbar

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Quick Reference Guide – Elements Toolbar

Locations

In OrthoGraph Architect you are always working on the particular room you are in. Therefore there is a structure behind the drawing which is based on the hierarchy of the site. The elements of this structure are the locations.

For a general use these locations are typically rooms, but sometimes they are building parts without the need of representation on the floor plan, like floor, apartment, building etc.

What are than they for? Two reasons: they are grooping the rooms, and they also bear some information (for example the floor can define the floor level allowing modeling multi-story buildings).

As said above, locations are placed in a hierarchical structure: Building->Building part->Floor->Apartment/Office/Shop->Room/Zone. You do not have to build up this structure, you can enter to it on different leveles: on Building level, on Room group level (Apartment/Office/Shop) or directly on Room level.

If you add a new location, you add it to the current level, or to a level below. By pressing the Edit button you can rename it, and by pressing the Property button on the bottom view bar you can change its properties also.

Actual Location

Actual locations’s name and position in the physical structure.

Tutorial

By pressing the “?” button the app displays a 9 page tutorial showing the most important functions of the software.

Project selector

The first step is to create a project. The first time you open OrthoGraph Architect, you will see one project called “New project 1″. You can access the project list on the top right corner on the top status bar.

After pressing the project button you have the project list, where you can modify the name of the project. For this you have to press the Edit button on the top right of the project window, or you can add a new project with pressing the + sign left to the Edit button. You can also delete any project, but you can leave this project window only if you have at least one project open. The delete function is available while editing the project list, left to the project name there is a dash (-) sign. After pressing this, a Delete button appears on the right side of the project name. If you are not in edit mode, you can make this button appear by swiping your finger to the right or left on the name of the project you want to delete.

OrthoGraph Cloud info

Here, you can sign in to your Orthograph Cloud account. If you are not a user yet, than with the “sign up” button you can create an account.

Using Orthograph Cloud have great benefits.
You can save your projects to the cloud, and if you have Pro or Business subscription (free for the first month during the introduction period) all uploaded states of the projects will be stored automatically. These versions can be retrieved anytime giving you additional safety.

As a Pro customer you can share your uploaded projects (even old versions!) with other Pro customers, and then these files can be further developed independently. As a Business customer you get even more: the real collaboration with your colleagues. You can survey the same building the same time with a group of surveyors working on the same project / drawing.

For more information visit: http://cloud.orthograph.net/

Drawing Toolbar

Elements Toolbar

Toolbar tabs are concentrating typical tools of different work phases. The second line of the toolbar is common in all tabs. Drawing toolbar contains the drawing and basic floor-plan manipulating tools.

Survey Toolbar View Toolbar

Place Window

This tool allows the placement of windows into walls. To place a window first set its properties at the bottom of the screen, then tap the containing wall in the desired position. After placing a window it can only be moved within the wall.

Before an exact measurement you can change its position by activating the window tool, and tap the window. Now swiping your finger you can move the window to another position. You can also resize it by activating the move corner function from the drawing toolbar tapping one endpoint of the window and swiping your finger alongside the wall. Please watch our related video.

For moving it to its accurate position, use the survey tool. To adjust the placement of a window, choose one of the window’s corners then survey its distance from another corner of your drawing. The most accurate measurement can be achieved if you can measure it from one of the corners of its containing wall.

To measure the width of a window simply select its two endings using the survey tool, and enter the measured distance. The changes will be reflected instantly on the floor plan. You can open its property sheet, and enter the width to the width field, and you can also modify the major properties of the wall openings in the pop-up toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Also here in the property sheet can you customize it. Editing the property sheet you can select between simple casement, you have double, hooper and fixed window, all in wood and plastic material.

Changing the type is easy, chose the property tool, tap on the opening, and on the sheet tap the Type field. Now you can choose the desired one from the list.

In the same sheet you have the field Direction, that lets you change the opening direction, if it is opening inwards or outwards, and if it matters also the left and right dimension.

Additional to the width and position of doors and windows the system can store many more properties (parapet etc.) with them, even a photo can be made of the view of the window or the door

Delete Window

To delete a window from the floor plan simply tap it, and it will be removed.

Place Door

This tool allows the placement of one wing doors into walls. To place a door first set its properties at the bottom of the screen, then tap the containing wall in the desired position and move your finger into the direction you wish to have its opening. After placing a door, its opening direction can not be changed (use undo, if it is not correct), and it can only be moved within the wall.

Before an exact measurement you can change its position by activating the door tool, and tap the door. Now swiping your finger you can move it to another position. You can also resize it by activating the move corner function from the drawing toolbar tapping one endpoint of the door and swiping your finger alongside the wall.

For moving it to its accurate position, use the survey tool. To do it choose one of the door’s corners and then survey its distance from another corner of your drawing. The most accurate measurement can be achieved if you can measure from one of the corners of its the containing wall.

To measure the width of a door simply select its two endings using the survey tool, and enter the measured distance. The changes will be reflected instantly on the floor plan. You can open its property sheet, and enter the width to the width field, and you can also modify the major properties of the wall openings in the pop-up toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Also here in the property sheet can you customize it. Editing the property sheet you can select between 8 types of single door, 4 types of double door and 6 types of sliding and folding door and the empty wall opening.

Changing the type is easy, chose the property tool, tap on the opening, and on the sheet tap the Type field. Now you can choose the desired one from the list.

In the same sheet you have the field Direction, that lets you change the opening direction, if it is opening inwards or outwards, and if it matters also the left and right dimension.

Additional to the width and position of doors and windows the system can store many more properties (parapet etc.) with them, even a photo can be made of the view of the window or the door.

Place Two Winged Door

This tool allows the placement of one wing doors into walls. To place a door first set its properties at the bottom of the screen, then tap the containing wall in the desired position and move your finger into the direction you wish to have its opening. After placing a door, its opening direction can not be changed (use undo, if it is not correct), and it can only be moved within the wall.

Before an exact measurement you can change its position by activating the door tool, and tap the door. Now swiping your finger you can move it to another position. You can also resize it by activating the move corner function from the drawing toolbar tapping one endpoint of the door and swiping your finger alongside the wall.

For moving it to its accurate position, use the survey tool. To do it choose one of the door’s corners and then survey its distance from another corner of your drawing. The most accurate measurement can be achieved if you can measure from one of the corners of its the containing wall.

To measure the width of a door simply select its two endings using the survey tool, and enter the measured distance. The changes will be reflected instantly on the floor plan. You can open its property sheet, and enter the width to the width field, and you can also modify the major properties of the wall openings in the pop-up toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Also here in the property sheet can you customize it. Editing the property sheet you can select between 8 types of single door, 4 types of double door and 6 types of sliding and folding door and the empty wall opening.

Changing the type is easy, chose the property tool, tap on the opening, and on the sheet tap the Type field. Now you can choose the desired one from the list.

In the same sheet you have the field Direction, that lets you change the opening direction, if it is opening inwards or outwards, and if it matters also the left and right dimension.

Additional to the width and position of doors and windows the system can store many more properties (parapet etc.) with them, even a photo can be made of the view of the window or the door.

Delete Door

To delete a door from the floor plan – let it be a one or two winged door – simply tap it, and it will be instantly removed.

Place Object

To place an object the first and most important thing is to prepare its properties at the appearing settings bar at the bottom of the screen. There you can set its dimensions as well as you can choose its object type.

When you have set the required object type and its properties, then tap its location on the floor plan. As the object appears you can tap and hold to move it, or rotate it using two fingers (keeping their distance unchanged) as you would move or rotate a peace of paper above the floor plan. When you tap the screen at a different location, where there is no current object placed, then a new object of the current type will be placed down.

Delete Object

To delete an object simply tap it on the screen.

Add Label

In many cases there are details which are important to survey or set as a parameter, or it is just needs to be displayed on the floorplan for better navigation or understanding. Labels are for this purpose, you can attach a label to any drawing part. You can draw lines with labels onto the floor plan like you would do it with pen and paper.

All labels are connecting to the nearest drawing elements at their starting point, therefore any drawing change updates the label appearence too. You can format the label text as you want, color, font size and font type can be adjusted to your needs.

 

View/Add annotation

With this tool you can add annotations by freehand drawing.

Choose the thickness and the color of the pencil and simply draw on the floor plan.
Feel free to use this tool because in view mood you can hide all you annotations with a click.

Delete Annotation

With this tool you can delete your freehand drawings.

When this tool is active, you can draw a thin grey line on the screen and if this line crosses a previously created annotation line, after releasing the screen both will be removed.

Undo

Undo dismisses the last operation made in OrthoGraph. Each time you tap the Undo icon, OrthoGraph will undo the last operations step by step.

Redo

After one or more undo operations have redone the lastly undone operation made in OrthoGraph. In case you have done more undo steps backwards you can redo them again one by one with the Redo feature.

Fit to Screen

Fits the walls of the currently active room to the screen. Tapping twice quickly fits the entire drawing to the screen.

Pan

Activates gestures adjusting the view like pan for moving and pinch for zooming. Pan with two fingers is always active.

Properties

Selecting any drawing element after activating this tool, you can watch and set its special properties.

Most drawing elements can store properties like alphanumeric parameters or in many cases even photos of the particular wall or drawing element. Click the Properties icon first, then tap the particular drawing element on the screen to access its properties. A properties window appears that shows the list of properties and their current values. Tapping any of the values switches it to edit mode where entering the new value is simple and available.

There are two specialties in case of setting property values:

  • by image properties tapping the image button in the actual line brings up the currently attached image. If there is no image yet, a gray camera icon appears. Tapping the current image or the camera icon the iPad’s camera turns on, and allows making and then attaching a snapshot from the current view into the particular property.
  • by inherited parameters like wall height (defined by the room) the property is read only by default. To detach the inheritance the blue flag before the property has to be tapped, which makes it gray and the property editable.

Measure a Distance

One of the most important features of OrthoGraph, it helps measuring the distances between corners and other reference points of your drawing.

To start a measurement choose a point tapping it on the screen, and then holding your finger on the screen move it to another point that you want to measure from the first one.

OrthoGraph always reflects the entered distances instantly by moving the secondly chosen point from the first chosen into the direction of measurement.

By measuring a point from another one OrthoGraph first tries to move it without having the drawn angles unmodified. If it is not possible anymore (because of the details of your measurements) OrthoGraph will also update the angles related to the measurements.

3D Mode

From version 3.0 in OrthoGraph Architect it is available to view the created (and surveyed) floorplan in 3D. In 3D view mode you have 3 navigation tools, on the left, you have a joystick for going forward, backward, left and right (you have to move the circle in the middle to up, down, left and right respectively), and looking up, down, left and right with the joystick on the right. The third tool is a slider on the right edge of the screen, which is for lifting the viewpoint.

In 3D mode only a selected set of the icons are active, you can see and set the properties of objects, walls and wall openings, and you can create screenshots and send it via email or to Dropbox.

Buy

Here, you can subscribe for Orthograph cloud services, or buy functionalities.

Active Function

This is the active functions icon. It is displayed for giving visual feedback which function is active, and by pressing this icon the toolbar will hide itself. Pressing again it will appear again.

Floor plan view

The floorplan view allows the freehand drawing of a room polygon (just draw like you were drawing on a paper with a pencil), and also after the sketch, the software will recognize the floor plan’s corners and walls. OrthoGraph always works on one room at a time, therefore one polygon can be created at a time related to each physical structure element.

After the sketch-and-recognize phase you can measure the walls and other details in your drawing. All changes you make relfets immediately on the screen giving you a perfect feedback and allowing you to make corrections if needed. The result will be a precise and correct floor plan.

Still in this view you can add doors, windows and objects (furniture) and save the results to Dropbox, or send via e-mail.

There is also a 3D mode available wher you can make a virtual walktrough within your freshly created floor plan in 3D on the spot.

Property Sheet View

The Property Sheet view gives access to all parameters related to the particular structure element. It can be of a type of textual data, photo or number. For example it can be the flooring texture, a photo of room, height and elevation data etc.

Report view

Report view is an alphanumeric view of graphical calculations related to the particular structure element. The current Room’s area, wall surface and many more are listed in a read only format as well as a summary of all elements below the current one are also available (e.g. in case of stories or buildings).

Background view

You can set images as background to the drawing for helping the creation and measurement of floor plans. If you have blueprints or digital plans (e.g. high resolution flattened point cloud images) available, you can use them as background images for your sketch, so you can fit your walls drawn to the background floor-plan images.