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The 2D Plan View

The 2D Plan view is used for editing floor plans and elevations. How to work with elevations is explained in The 2D Elevation View section.

While you are creating the floor plan, you can draw walls, floors and ceilings, and also add objects such as windows or furniture. The 2D Plan view also lets you add text and show dimensions.

To open the 2D Plan view, click the 2D Plan View button in the toolbar.

2D Plan view

1 – The toolbar. For details, see The Toolbar section below.

2 – The Information Bar shows details about the selected object, such as its type, size, elevation and orientation.

3 – Click on the current measurement unit to choose another or to open the Project Settings.

4 and 5 – Rulers. To toggle the rulers on/off, use the View > Hide/Show Rulers (Cmd-R) menu command. You may also use the View button for this. When you move an object with the mouse in the 2D Plan View, the rulers can display rulerlines. Rulerlines are thin lines that show the coordinates of left, right, top and bottom object edges on the rulers. Rulerlines move along with the object. To control rulerlines, use the View > Rulerlines menu.

6 – The floor plan editing area.

7 – Zoom control.

8 – The story pop-up menu. The upper section displays a list of stories in the project where you can choose one to open. The lower section lets you add and remove stories.

To choose which of the floors should be displayed, select it in the Building Properties tab of the Inspector.

The 2D Plan view allows you to edit the current floor and to see the walls of the floors above or below the current one at the same time. This option can be activated in the View menu.

You can change the way your project is presented on the floor plan using the 2D Properties tab of the Inspector. You can keep the default look, apply a pattern or color fill to parts of the building, and also use the object's top view to display it on the floor plan. To convert all objects to the top view look (except for parts of the building), use the 2D Representation button in the toolbar.

The Toolbar

Toolbar

1 – The View button lets you control the Library and Inspector.

2 – Import 3D models from the Trimble 3D Warehouse™ online library or from files on your hard drive.

Toolbar

3 – The Selection tool for selecting and moving objects.

4 – Tools for drawing parts of the building such as walls, ceilings or floors.

Tools

The Room tool creates a rectangular room with the ceiling and floor.

The Straight Wall tool creates straight walls.

The Arc Wall tool creates rounded walls.

The Floor Rect tool adds a rectangular floor.

The Floor Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped floor.

The Ceiling Rect tool creates a rectangular ceiling.

The Ceiling Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped ceiling.

The Ceiling Opening Rect tool creates a rectangular opening in the slab of the current story.

The Ceiling Opening Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped opening in the slab of the current story. You can edit the shape of a ceiling opening as described in the Editing the Opening Shape section.

The Floor and Ceiling Rect tool creates a rectangular floor and ceiling of the same shape one under another. (Pro edition only)

The Floor and Ceiling Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped floor and ceiling of the same shape one under another. (Pro edition only)

The Building Block Rect tool draws a rectangular building block. It can be used to create things like thresholds or platforms. (Pro edition only)

The Building Block Poly tool lets you draw a custom-shaped building block. It can be used to create things like thresholds or platforms. (Pro edition only)

The Roof Rect tool adds a rectangular roof. Unlike the AutoRoof, this tool lets you choose which area the roof should take. (Pro edition only)

The Roof Poly tool lets you add a roof of other than rectangular shape. Unlike the AutoRoof, this tool lets you choose which area the roof should take. (Pro edition only)

Note that the program creates floors and ceilings automatically as soon as you create a room (a closed shape made out of walls). Therefore, you don't have to add ceilings or floors in most cases.

5 – Auxiliary tools.

Auxiliary tools

The Dimension tool lets you measure the distance between specified points.

The Annotation tool adds text boxes for typing or pasting text.

The Camera tool adds cameras.

The Movie Track tool adds movie cameras in order to create a movie track.

Toolbar

6 – The Pan tool lets you grab and scroll the floor plan with the mouse.

7 – The Zoom button lets you choose the Zoom In or Zoom Out tool.

8 – 2D Representation mode. Use outlines to show objects on the floor plan.

9 – 2D Representation mode. Use objects' top view to display them on the floor plan.

View mode

10 – Export your floor plan, elevation or 3D view to one of social networking sites, or export to your hard disk, or attach to a message.

11 – Display the 2D Plan view.

12 – Display the 2D Elevation view. (Pro edition only)

13 – Display the 2D and 3D views together (Split Mode).

14 – Display the 3D view.

The tools in the drawing tool set (Room and others) and auxiliary tools (except for the Movie Camera) have two active modes: standard and permanent. When you select a tool by one click, it activates in the standard mode. As soon as you add the corresponding object, the tool becomes deactivated and the Selection tool becomes active.

Upon a double-click (or second click on an already activated tool), the tool switches to the permanent mode. After adding a corresponding object, the tool stays active and you can continue working with it. This is useful if you need to add, for instance, several cameras. To deactivate the tool, click on the Selection or another tool.

To customize the toolbar, right-click on it and select the Customize Toolbar… command.