Working with Projects

The Daylight Settings

The lighting in any project is a composition of the daylight and artificial light. The Light Sources section explains how to work with light sources.

To set up the daylight, open the Light Properties tab of the Inspector and tap on the Environment button.

The program simulates the daylight upon the geographic location and daytime.

Daylight settings in the Inspector

To set up the daytime, you can select the predefined time by choosing on the corresponding buttons: Morning (6:00), Day (12:00), Evening (18:00), or Night (24:00). To set any time you like, tap on the Time option.

The Cloudiness slide bar changes the amount of clouds in the sky. It is intended to take pictures of your project with different sky conditions, but doesn't affect the brightness of the daylight.

For correct daylight simulation, you should specify the geographic location. Do this by choosing the time zone or the name of the nearest city. In addition, you should set the direction to the north.

In order to define the direction to the north in your project, change the North direction value. The same result can be achieved by rotating the compass displayed on the floor plan. If the compass is not needed on your floor plan, deactivate the Show Compass in 2D option in the 2D section of the Settings.

As an alternative to selecting the time zone, you can specify the Latitude and Longitude.

One of ways to find out the coordinates of some place is to open the Google Maps site. Long-press on the place of interest and choose "What's here?" from the menu. A popup panel will display Latitude and Longitude. For example, some point in Los Angeles has Latitude=34.00 and Longitude=-118.49.