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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.
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 2D section in the Settings panel.
6 – The floor plan editing area.
7 – Zoom controls.
8 - This button lets you choose one of the floors or the Site.
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 2D section of the Settings.
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 Style options in the Project section of the Settings.
1 – Open the menu.
2 and 3 – The Undo and Redo buttons.
4 - Delete a selected object(s).
5 – The Selection tool for selecting and moving objects.
6 – Tools for drawing parts of the building such as walls, ceilings or floors.
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 with 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.
7 – Tools for modeling a terrain.
The Terrain Rect tool adds a rectangular terrain. (Pro edition only)
The Terrain Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped terrain. (Pro edition only)
The Pathway tool adds a pathway. (Pro edition only)
The Elevation Line tool adds polygonal elevation lines. (Pro edition only)
The Elevation Spline tool is a freehand drawing tool for adding elevation lines. (Pro edition only)
The Elevation Point tool adds a point whose elevation you can change. (Pro edition only)
The Pit Rect tool adds a rectangular pit. (Pro edition only)
The Pit Poly tool lets you create a custom-shaped pit. (Pro edition only)
8 – 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.
The User Camera tool adds cameras.
The Movie Track tool adds movie cameras in order to create a movie track.
The Insert Auto Dimensions and Remove Auto Dimensions buttons let you show or hide auto dimensions. The latter display the length of walls.
The Add Horizontal Guide and Add Vertical Guide tools add guidelines.
9 – The Pan tool lets you grab and scroll the floor plan with the mouse.
10 – The Zoom button lets you choose the Zoom In or Zoom Out tool.
10 – Open or close the Inspector.
13 – Bring up a pop-up menu that allows you to choose the 2D Plan view, 2D Elevation view (Pro edition only) or 3D view.
Most of the tools remain activated after completing the dedicated action. For example, after drawing a floor, you can draw another one without activating the tool again. In order to deactivate a tool, click on Selection or another tool.