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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 2D section in the Settings panel.

6 – The floor plan editing area.

7 – Zoom controls.

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.

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.

Toolbar

5 – The Selection tool for selecting and moving objects.

6 – 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.

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.

The User Camera tool adds cameras.

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

8 – The Pan tool lets you grab and scroll the floor plan 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.

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.