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Quick Reference Guide – Survey Toolbar

Drawing Elements Survey View

Move the cursor above or tap twice the icon you are interested about. A popup will describe its functionality.

Quick Reference Guide – Survey 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

Survey 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.

View Toolbar

Move Room

If you wish to move and rotate a whole room with its contents then choose this tool for it. Then if you tap the screen and move your finger into a direction, then the whole room will follow. To rotate the particular room please tap the screen with two fingers, and make a rotation movement keeping the distance between your fingers unchanged. If you move and rotate the room like it were on a separate paper above your floor plan, then OrthoGraph will recognize your demands properly.

Match openings

For the creation of a house’s floor plans you need to join the already measured rooms to each other from the individually drawn and measured room polygons. You can join two rooms through their doors or windows. Matching is done through identifying both sides of a wall opening in both rooms containing it.

To match two sides of an opening, find both sides of the door in both two rooms, and select them. Tap one side of the door in one of the rooms and hold your finger on the screen and move it to the other side of the door in the other room and release the screen. A window appears where only the wall thickness is to be measured. Here you have the option to pair only the door sides in case the two rooms were already connected through another wall opening. In this case you don’t need to set anything.

Match walls

There will be walls that are surveyed from two rooms from both sides, but they represent the same wall. To prevent them represented doubled there is a function, which can help you identify these two sides of the same wall. The function automatically sets the real wall thickness based on the measured data in the current room and the wall to be a reference line only in the other room. If the lengths of the two sides of the same wall don’t match, then OrthoGraph Architect will automatically split the longer wall into parts. Through this function a difficult house plan can very simply cleared with all measurements and details.

To match the two sides of the same wall simply tap the screen inside the current room and move your finger above the two walls to the outside room.

Unmach Walls

This tool helps to remove connection between previously matched walls.

Upload to Desktop via Dropbox or Box

When you are done with your floor plan, or just want to transfer it in its current state to your PC or Mac for further processing, then you can do it with the use of cloud services like Box and Dropbox.

By the first time you try to do it an authorization window will be displayed. Here you can link OrthoGraph Architect to your Box or Dropbox account, which information will be stored on you iPad for later use.

After linking OrthoGraph Architect to you Cloud storage account a window requesting a file name is displayed. First choose the required service and file format, than simply enter the name you wish to give to the current project without any extension, and then tap OK or the hide keyboard button on the bottom right corner of your iPad.

The Supported file formats are the following:

1. SRVD OrthoGraph’s own file format, usable together with the CAD conversion tools. This format can be converted to Google SketchUp or can be read using ArchiCAD Import Module.
2. JPG or PNG file format exporting the current view of OrthoGraph Architect. It has a fixed resolution of 768×910 independently of using OrthoGraph in Landscape or Portrait mode.
3. PDF – a Room-book in PDF file format containing the whole floorplan, and all locations with its properties and objects respectively.
After uploading the particular file a confirmation window is displayed about its success, and also detailing the possible usage of the uploaded file.

4. IFC – IFC is the standard of professional CAD communication. OrthoGraph creates IFC 2×3 files directly on the iPad

Send by email

When you are done with your floor plan, or just want to transfer it in its current state to your PC or Mac for further processing, then you can do it via e-mail.

After tapping on the tool a window requesting a file name is displayed. First choose the required service and file format, than simply enter the name you wish to give to the current project without any extension, and then tap OK or the hide keyboard button on the bottom right corner of your iPad.

The Supported file formats are the following:

1. SRVD OrthoGraph’s own file format, usable together with the CAD conversion tools. This format can be converted to Google SketchUp or can be read using ArchiCAD Import Module.
2. JPG or PNG file format exporting the current view of OrthoGraph Architect. It has a fixed resolution of 768×910 independently of using OrthoGraph in Landscape or Portrait mode.
3. PDF – a Room-book in PDF file format containing the whole floorplan, and all locations with its properties and objects respectively.
After uploading the particular file a confirmation window is displayed about its success, and also detailing the possible usage of the uploaded file.

4. IFC – IFC is the standard of professional CAD communication. OrthoGraph creates IFC 2×3 files directly on the iPad.

Delete Measures

This tool lets you make a point unmeasured. If this function is selected, and you tap a measured point ad swipe your finger away, all measures going to that point will be deleted.

Connect a Laser Distance Meter via Bluetooth

OrthoGraph natively supports Leica Disto E7500i/D510 and Bosch GLM 100 C laser distance meters. After tapping on the tool, a window appears showing avaialble Bluetooth devices. Select your distance meter, and from that time iPad and the laser will be connected. Any distance measured by the distance meter will appear on the active window in OrthoGraph allowing an even quicker and more precise work.

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 View

In OrthoGraph Architect you can view the floor plan created (and surveyed) 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.

Shop

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.

Location 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.