15 March 2018

Tip of the month! March: Installation height

This month we'll go over a useful function that helps with the positioning of objects.

With the Plan view active, the Installation height function allows you to adjust the selected objects distance from the floor, relative to the top or bottom edge of the object.

With the Front view active, the function allows you to adjust the selected objects distance from the selected wall or Front, relative to the rear or leading edge.

The Installation height function is found in the positioning section of the Edit tab, or can be activated with the shortcut - N.

The operation always refers to the red bounding box of a selected object.
In addition to adjusting relative to the top/bottom edge, using the Drop option the object can be set on the highest/closest area available (for example on to a table). If there is no existing object to be dropped upon, the object will be dropped to level 0.

As an example, in the finished plan shown at the top of this post, the rug was added after the coffee table had already been placed. So the Drop option in the Installation height feature was used, to sit the coffee table on the rug (just remember to repeat the process for any objects already sitting on the table!).

Be sure to select the object and the correct view before activating the Installation height command.

Give it a go and see how you get on.

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

15 February 2018

Tip of the month! February: Present plan variations

Following on from Januarys Tip of the month, we now have a useful new feature that allows you to prepare multiple varialions of a design/plan, and present them all together, quickly and easily to a client.

To begin, once you have the initial plan prepared, you simply need to follow the steps in January's TOTM to create a panorama.

Save the panorama with a descriptive name to a folder of your choice, then prepare your second variation. Create another panorama from this and save it to the same folder as the first (just for conveniance). Now repeat these steps for as as many variation as you need.
Keep the camera position and view consistent across each variation for the best results.

When you are ready, select File » Export » Create panorama sequence with variations.

Now it is a simple case of adding the varients that you would like to present. Click the Add button, select the folder containing your panoramas, and then choose the panoramas you would like to add. when you are finished click Save to save the sequence as a single file.

When you click double click the new file, it will open in Palette Move. Click the variations icon. You will now be able to switch between each variation and manipulate each as you would a normal panorama file, giving you even more ways to impress your clients.

Go ahead and try it out! For added wallop, upload it to the Palette Cloud and use it on your mobile devices with portable VR solutions.

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

30 January 2018

Tip of the month! January: Panoramas

A relatively simple one this month, but it links nicely to a new feature that will be explained in Februarys TOTM.

With your plan open, we start by selecting the camera position. A central position is best (a central camera is created by default with every new room), but feel free to adjust its position if there is a certain area you would like to display more of.

Now you have the position, click File » Export » Create panorama. You can then select from a few options, such as adding your company logo, which presentation style you would like to use, and pixel count (make it higher for better quality, lower to render faster). Click save, choose PPAN3. as the file type and wait for it to render.

Double click the file and it will open in Palette MOVE (the newest version of Palette MOVE must be installed, available from app stores).

Now go and show your clients their future, created by you!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

19 December 2017

Tip of the month! December: Material properties

Materials are an important tool that help bring your plan to life.

In Palette CAD, materials can be adapted for many applications.

On the right side of your plan are your lists. In addition to the Object list, you will also find the Material list. With a right-click on a material you will be offered several practical options to manage the material.

Double-clicking on the material opens the material properties:

Here colour, light and surface behavior, transparency and more can be set. For more information about materials, use the F1 key and search the following terms in the help guide: #Materials #Assign Material #Create Material.

There you have it! Now go ahead and add a little shine!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

28 November 2017

Tip of the month! November: Units of measurement

This month we’ll cover a topic that we get a fair amount of questions about;

Can I change the units of measurement and if so, how?

The answer being; Of course!
Here is how:

We begin as with most program settings at the File tab.
File » Program settings » Program settings » Sceneries » Units

And there we have it. Select your desired unit – you can even choose the number of decimal places – click OK and away we go!

You even get a handy little reminder in the bottom right of the program window.

Now you can plan with pin-point accuracy!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

30 October 2017

Tip of the month! October: Set up and restore the Object and Material lists

By default, the Object and Material lists are docked on the right and permanently open. Right clicking on the title bar will open a context menu for you to set up the selected list.

Here you can decide whether you want to have your lists docked, or as floating windows. This is especially useful if you use a second screen.

Floating windows can be grouped together. You can then switch between each list using the tabs at the bottom of the window.

If you have lost a list, you can find it again in the Design tab. Here you will also find the catalogues that can be docked, undocked and grouped.

If you have lost one of your catalogues, or they are not behaving as you would like, you can return them to the default setting from the Program Settings:

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

22 September 2017

Tip of the month! September: Auto backup

You’re deep in to a project when suddenly…Power cut!

Your PC shuts off, you can’t remember the last time you hit the save button and the work is due tomorrow.

Do not fret! Palette CAD has an automatic backup save function. By default, the software creates a backup save every 20 steps. The file is saved to the same folder as your normal save, but instead of being a .p3d extension, it is .p3b.

To open the file, click “Open existing project”, then select the “Display auto save files” check box.

It is important to note that the Backup file is only a “light” save file to ensure top performance from the program, and therefore it is occasionally possible for materials or objects to be missing when it is loaded. So, while this can save you in a pinch, you should be hitting the standard save button regularly to keep your work safe.

To change the settings of the Automatic backup, go to File --> Program --> settings --> Input/output --> Object Browser:

Here you can change the Automatic backup frequency or turn it off (we recommend against this!).

So, the moral of the story, Save, Save, Save!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team