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

29 August 2017

Tip of the month! August: Customise object list

To help you work more effectively with the object list, you can customise the information that you want it to show you.

To customise the object list, click on the symbol for Fields:.

By default, the name of an object or group is listed, followed by whether an object is active or inactive. And finally, whether an object is draggable.

Number of faces is recommended as it will allow you to monitor the complexity of the objects. Type of an object is also very useful (e.g. Wall, Profile, Window, Wood technology board, etc.) among others.

The Fields dialog box shows the pre-built fields available to add to your object list.
These can simply be drag and dropped into the object list, or removed in the same way. The fields in the object list can be sorted in the same way, so long as the Field dialogue box is open.

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

28 July 2017

Tip of the month! July: Linear light

Hold onto your sunbrellas people, the summer is in full flow. Here another cool little gem to try out. A new feature in the latest update, linear light is a cool litle addition to lighting objects. It can be used as a great back lighting mood setter, or a freeform to fuel your design imagination.

It can be found in "Insert" tab under "Light" menu.

With the entire colour spectrum at your disposal, there are no limits to what you can create. Putting little touches like this into your designs really brings out the fun side of work. I had a go myself, and touched up one of my first plans.

For those with a keen eye, it is the same plan from the March TOTM, rendered from another viewpoint. Give it a go and see what you can come up with.

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

22 June 2017

Tip of the month! June: Status bar

What is hotter than the weather in Germany at the moment? The new TOTM for June, of course. It is a ridiculously simple one this month, but extremely useful at times, especially for some of the newer users.

The status bar guides you step by step through each operation in Palette CAD. Once you have started an operation, the bar at the bottom left of the screen displays the name of the current operation and the program's expected input.

Using the example above, after the operation "Move" (v) is started, the status bar displays the following:

 "L:" and "R:" refer to the left and right mouse buttons. This information is displayed for all editing and insertion operations.

You are looking for a reference point from which to move the selected object. If this is selected by a left mouse button click, the target point at which the object is to be moved is expected and the bar changes as follows: 

If the target point is also selected, the object is moved and the operation is terminated.

Piece of cake, right! Now try out some of the other operations and see what fun there is to be had.

Greetings from tropical Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team