Section 5: How to Use the Software & Create Diagrams VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS: Creating Diagrams & Assigning Materials (click here) Room drawing, free draw area and rectangular rooms Room drawing toolbar contains a list of command buttons on laying out rooms, stairway, free draw shapes, attachment fixtures, instruction notes, doorway, window, curved wall, grid line on or off, 90/45 degree line drawing on or off. Cabinet, fireplace, island and take-away area In many cases, there are fixtures in rooms such as cabinets, fireplaces, shower tubs or even islands which need to be deduced from the covering area. Insert Attachment: Click on button on the drawing toolbar, then draw the fixture shape directly on top of the room like using freedraw. The program automatically deducts the attachment area from the room in display and calculation. Stairs Installation of covering materials on stairways normally requires more specifications such as wrapping or capping style, labor charges can be on per-step bases. Stairway Editing: Right-click over the stairway and select Properties to specify the additionalestimating and installing requirement. Change Label: type in or select from the pulldown list Change Covering Style: select from Waterfall or Full Wrap, if Full Wrap is Selected,the program automatically checks on Allocate each step individually. Allocate each step individually (checkbox): when checked, the program allocatesand estimates cuts per step (instead of a whole piece) to reduce the waste ratio. Change Material: reset by selecting from the material pulldown list Change Layout Direction: switch between Horizontal (East/West) and Vertical (North/South) directions. Additional Information: instruction can be entered and printed out with estimates Cost Item Tab: records the special cost assignments on this stairway for estimating (also refer to Material Specification section) Room merge and room divider/split features Merge Selected Rooms: Step 1: Pick (highlight) rooms to merge Training Tip: Press down Ctrl key to pick/highlight multiple rooms, or press and drag out rectangle to contain rooms. Step 2: Right-click over the highlighted rooms, select Shape Edit, Merge Room OR click the merge room tool Training Tip: What-If Analysis with Selected Rooms On OR Off. Shape Edit/Deactivate can be used to temporarily set the room off from estimating calculation (without deleting the room), so as to conduct What-If analysis on material estimating without applying material on this room. To turn the room back on, right-click on the room, then Shape Edit/Activate.
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