Move the cursor above or tap twice the icon you are interested about. A popup will describe its functionality.
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 locations’s name and position in the physical structure.
By pressing the “?” button the app displays a 9 page tutorial showing the most important functions of the software.
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.
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.
Using this tool you can hide or show your previously made measurements, and the current measure status of the corners. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show measured distances in current room,
- the second tap switches to show all measured distances in the whole project,
- the last status is to hide all measures.
All rooms have a name in OrthoGraph. With this tool you can hide or show these room labels. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show current room’s name and area,
- the second tap switches to show all room names in the project,
- the last status is to hide all room labels.
This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show current room’s wall segment lengths and the sizes of the openings in it,
- the second tap switches to show all room’s dimensions in the project,
- the last status is to hide all dimensions.
Show Reference Lines
This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show current room’s reference lines,
- the second tap switches to show all room’s reference lines in the project,
- the last status is to hide all reference lines.
With this tool you can switch on or off the grid behind the floor plan. The grid has two grades, The thin lines are vertically and horizontally by 1 meter from each other, while the thick lines are in 5 meter intervals.
Using this tool you can hide or show your previously set flooring. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show current room’s flooring,
- the second tap switches to show all room’s flooring,
- the last status is to hide all flooring.
Using this tool you can hide or show your previously created labels. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show labels in the current room,
- the second tap switches to show all labels in the floor plan,
- the last status is to hide all labels.
Using this tool you can hide or show your previously created annotations. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show annotations in the current room,
- the second tap switches to show all annotations in the floor plan,
- the last status is to hide all annotations.
Using this tool you can hide or show your previously created objects. This tool is a 3 state switch.
- The first state is show objects in the current room,
- the second tap switches to show all objects in the floor plan,
- the last status is to hide all objects.
Undo dismisses the last operation made in OrthoGraph. Each time you tap the Undo icon, OrthoGraph will undo the last operations step by step.
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.
Activates gestures adjusting the view like pan for moving and pinch for zooming. Pan with two fingers is always active.
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.
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.
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.
Here, you can subscribe for Orthograph cloud services, or buy functionalities.
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 planâ€™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 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).
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.