21 April 2017

Tip of the month! April: Tile cutting efficiency

Every 6 weeks Palette CAD releases an update, meaning tons of cool new features to try out. Sometimes you might not even have enough time to check them all out. This time for our TOTM feature we picked out a little gem that might have gone under the radar. It's perfect for tilers when it comes to tile ordering and cost calculations.

First part of the design is as usual. Make a room, add doors/windows and then lay the tiles as desired. Once the layout is complete, simply select "Cut tiles" from the Lay tab.

This will bring up a new window as seen below. It also allows for an overview of the entire project, as well as other useful information.

There is also the option to highlight the tiles that are cut, which can make it even easier with bigger or more complicated projects. To see the cut tiles just select "Mark cut tiles".

That's it, piece of cake. Give it a go and have some fun while you're at it!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

24 March 2017

Tip of the month! March: Facebook 360° photos

There is no denying the growing role and impact of social media on marketing. This is exactly why we have added this cool feature to our existing panorama creator in Palette CAD. Now you can show off those awesome projects even easier, or use them to get a little extra exposure for your products and services on Facebook.

The groundwork is almost identical to creating the Palette Move panoramas. Start by positioning the active camera, in order to determine the viewing settings of your panorama. For best results, place the camera near the center of your plan, have the tilt angle at zero, and view height around 150-180cm. This will give the viewer a more immersive feeling, as if they are standing in the room. In perspective window you can see the starting point for your 360° image.

Once you are happy with the camara settings and positioning (don't forget about the ceiling in case it was hidden) , go to the file menu, and choose create panorama from the export features.

A new window will open with a number of options for your panorama. Decide on the quality and the visualisation style, and select save. More detailed explation of these options can be found in the Palette CAD help index (F1). The below window will pop up next. Choose a location to save, a name for your file and then make sure to change the save as type to panorama files for Facebook before clicking on save.

The image will now be rendered, which may take up to a few minutes depending on the quality options selected. The rest is very straight forward, just upload a photo in Facebook as usual, and select it from your computer when prompted.

The photo on your computer will appear as a normal image, as seen from the pic below, but once uploaded to Facebook should give you the option to look around freely.

That's all there is to it. You can find the 360° example from the plan above at our Facebook page, as well as, upload your own for our viewing pleasure. Funtastic!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team

17 February 2017

Tip of the month! February: Creating a virtual tour

This month we bring you a more detailed explanation of the new virtual tour feature from the last program update. Simply put, it allows you to load a number of panorama files, combine them and create a composite panorama file, a virtual tour. Really useful when presenting multiple rooms, or wishing to show a specific space from more angles. To get started, select virtual tour from the export options, found in the file menu.
What is a virtual tour?
  • A virtual tour is a panorama file that can consist of multiple panoramas

  • The file has the extension .ppan3 and can be viewed in Palette Move and in the Palette Cloud

  • The viewer can switch between panoramas

  • You can insert jump labels

  • When the viewer clicks on a jump label in a panorama, the program automatically loads a linked panorama

  • This allows you to create a virtual tour of a project, for example

What panoramas can be used?
  • All panoramas created in Palette CAD can be imported

  • This can be the current .ppan3 format and the older .ppan2 and .ppan formats

  • You can also import panorama photos in .jpg format

  • In addition, you can use a virtual tour to convert existing panoramas into the .ppan3 format

Importing panoramas into the virtual tour
  • Press the “Open” button to import a virtual tour in .ppan3 format

  • The “New” button starts a new, empty virtual tour

  • The “Add” button adds a panorama in .ppan, .ppan2, .ppan3 or .jpg format to the virtual tour

Editing individual panoramas
  • The “Panoramas” list shows the panoramas currently loaded along with a preview bitmap

  • When a panorama is selected in the list, the preview window on the right displays the panorama as in Palette Move

  • You can move around in the panorama and jump to other panoramas

  • You can rename a panorama

  • You can define the direction of viewing for a panorama

  • The direction of viewing is the orientation of the panorama when it is launched (e.g. by clicking on a jump label)

Saving the virtual tour
  • The virtual tour is saved as a file with the extension .ppan3

  • Basically, a virtual tour behaves the same way as a “simple” panorama

  • For example, a virtual tour can contain a single panorama, in which case it is identical to a “simple” panorama

  • You can use the “Create preview” to define which image to show when displaying the file

  • This preview bitmap for the virtual tour is displayed, for example, in Palette Move in the selection of loaded panoramas or in the Palette Cloud

  • Select a panorama

  • When you create a preview, the current setting of this panorama is saved as a preview for the virtual tour

What are jump labels?
  • A jump label is a marker (icon) in a panorama

  • When the viewer clicks on this jump label, the program loads another panorama

  • In Palette Move VR, all you need to do is look at the jump label

  • Before loading the panorama, the program performs an animated zoom to the jump label to simulate a movement

  • Placing jump labels at appropriate positions in the panoramas creates the impression of a tour

Setting and editing a jump label
  • You can set and edit jump labels in the currently active panorama on the “Jump labels” tab

  • On the left is list of jump labels in the panorama

  • When a jump label is selected, it is displayed blue in the panorama

  • New jump label: This button sets a new jump label in the active panorama

  • The program displays a list box containing the panoramas available in the virtual tour

  • Click on the position in the panorama

  • Delete: This button removes the selected jump label

  • Link: This button links the selected jump label to another panorama

  • The name of the panorama is automatically applied to the jump label 

There you have it, now time to give it a go yourselves, and don't forget to show off on our Facebook page to get some kudos. You can also check out the virtual tour from the pictures above, just visit www.palettecloud.net and enter the pin 83898354. Have fun!

Greetings from Stuttgart
Your Palette CAD Blog Team