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The 2D Elevation View

The 2D Elevation view displays the side view of walls and roofs. It is intended to work with openings, niches and wall panels, and also to export and print elevations.

The functionality described in this section is only available in the Pro edition.

To open the 2D Elevation view, select a wall or roof segment, and click the 2D Elevation View button in the toolbar. You can do the same by selecting a niche, opening or wall panel, if this object is installed into a wall or roof.

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The Toolbar

Toolbar

1 – Open the menu.

2 – Open or close the Library which gives you access to the library of materials, library of objects and Project Tree.

3 and 4 – The Undo and Redo buttons.

Tools

5 – The Selection tool for selecting and moving objects.

6 – Tools for drawing niches, openings and wall panels.

Tools

The Rectangular Wall Panel tool creates a rectangular wall panel.

The Polygonal Wall Panel tool lets you create a custom-shaped wall panel.

The Rectangular Niche tool creates a rectangular niche.

The Polygonal Niche tool lets you create a custom-shaped niche.

The Rectangular Opening tool creates a rectangular opening.

The Polygonal Opening tool lets you create a custom-shaped opening.

7 – Auxiliary tools.

Auxiliary tools

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

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

8 – The Pan tool lets you grab and scroll the 2D Elevation view with the mouse.

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

Toolbar

10 – Open or close the Inspector.

11 – Display the 2D Plan view.

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

13 – Display the 3D view.

Once a wall is selected, you can show its opposite side by clicking the Flip Side button. It works with roofs as well. The button is located at the left side of the canvas below the zoom buttons.

Toolbar

Adding Objects from the Library

The 2D Elevation view allows you to add objects to the drawing which can be installed into walls and roofs. These are niches, openings, doors, windows and wall panels. To add an object, simply drag and drop it from the library into the project.

Creating Objects

You can draw niches, openings and wall panels directly in the 2D Elevation view using the drawing tools mentioned earlier. Each of the objects has two related tools. One can draw rectangular shapes, and another can create polygons.

To add a rectangular object, activate one of the Rect tools. Click and hold down the mouse button to start drawing a rectangle. You should then move the cursor to a new position and release the button.

To add a polygonal object, activate one of the Poly tools. Click several times in the 2D Elevation view to add corners. Double click in order to specify the position of the last corner of the polygon and deactivate the tool.

Changing the Shape of an Object

To modify the shape of niches, openings and wall panels directly in the 2D Elevation view, right-click on the object's contour and choose Edit Contour Geometry from the context menu. The resize handles will disappear indicating the contour editing mode. The program will display the object's outline with diamond-shaped handles at the corners called "contour points". To change the shape of the outline, you can move the contour points.

To add a new contour point, right-click on the contour and choose Add Contour Point. To remove a contour point, right-click on it and select Remove Contour Point.

In the contour editing mode, the program also displays round handles in the middle of each side of the shape. If you move a round handle in one or another direction, the corresponding side will bend inside or outside of the shape creating an arc. While you are changing the curvature of a side, a number near the cursor changes from 0 (straight line) to 180 (semicircle). One of possible ways to create a circle is to draw a square and bend each side up to 90 degrees. Hold down the Shift key to snap to 15 degree steps.

Edited shape

Rounded sides of the object can be displayed in the 3D view as a number of facets or as a smooth surface. To make curvatures more or less smooth, use the Smoothness slider in the Object Properties tab of the Inspector. Higher values may require higher computer performance while the 3D model is rendered. In the picture below, the two identical objects have minimum (at the bottom) and maximum (at the top) level of Smoothness.

Edited shape

When the Edit Geometry option in the Inspector is unlocked, you can activate the editing mode by double-clicking on the object.

Furniture in the Elevation View

In order to show or hide furniture and Building Blocks in the elevation view, use the Show Adjacent Furniture in 2D Elevation View button in the 2D section of Settings.

A piece of furniture or Building Block will be displayed only if the gap between it and a selected wall is less than 1 meter or 39.4 in.

The 2D Elevation view lets you move furniture around and add new objects.