The space planner attempts to detect when a fixture is placed over a wall. This “collision detection” will cause the furniture item that you are attempting to position to jump away from the wall.
To avoid this, hold down the Shift key on the keyboard as you position the furniture item. This will permit you to place the item anywhere you desire, without interference from the built-in collision detection. On touch screens, touch the furniture item for one second or longer to turn off collision detection, then drag the item into position.
This technique also helps you to position curtains over a wall or window. You can also nudge furniture and accessories in one-inch increments by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. If you hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard the arrow keys will nudge items in 1/8″ increments.
Once you select an item the satellite icons appear around the template. Several different operations may be performed on the item using these icons.
If the item is featured on the website, the icon at the 6 o’clock position will open a new browser page to that product’s web page. Manufacturer’s products cannot be resized. They are fixed at the dimensions provided by the Manufacturer. If the item is not featured on the website and is part of our Generic Templates the resize button will appear.
To rotate a piece, start by selecting it. The icon in the upper left-hand corner is the rotation icon. Using the left-hand mouse button, mouse-down on this icon and drag in a circular motion around the piece and it will rotate to any angle. Remember to continue to hold down the mouse button as you drag the mouse pointer around the piece.
When using this method, pieces will snap to a multiple of 90° as you rotate the item. To avoid this hold down the Shift key. You can then easily rotate the item to any desired angle.
Instead of dragging, you may rotate the piece by 90° by clicking on the rotation icon using the left-hand mouse button. You may hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click the rotation icon using the left-mouse button to rotate the piece in increments of 10°.
When you hold down the Shift key the direction of rotation will be counter-clockwise when you click the rotation icon instead of clockwise. Clicking the rotation icon using the left-hand mouse button while holding down both the Ctrl and Shift keys yields a 10° counter-clockwise rotation.
As a shortcut for expert users, you may use your right mouse button to click on any piece to rotate it 90° clockwise without having to select it first and without having to click exactly on the rotation icon. Holding down the Ctrl key will yield a 10° rotation. Shift results in a counter-clockwise rotation.
To insert a corner into a wall, simply drag any portion of the wall to the new, desired position. To remove a corner from a wall, touch the corner and straighten that segment of the wall.
The length of a wall may normally be adjusted in 1-inch increments by dragging an end or corner of the wall. However, when a wall becomes nearly vertical or nearly horizontal, the software automatically adjusts the wall, so it will be either perfectly horizontal or perfectly vertical.
If you wish to temporarily disable this automatic snap to horizontal or vertical there is another solution:
If using a Mouse: You may hold down the Shift key on the keyboard while you adjust the wall to the desired dimension. The software will not attempt to automatically adjust the dimension so that the wall is either horizontal or vertical. You may then adjust the wall in small one-inch increments as long as the Shift key is held down.
On a touch-screen device without a keyboard: you won’t be able to use shift. Instead, start by moving the corner on the wall that is opposite to the wall that you wish to adjust by a few feet. Then adjust the desired wall to achieve the dimension that you want. Finally, return the first corner to the original position.
You may nudge any of the wall corners by using the keyboard arrow keys . Click once on a corner point to select it. It will turn green. Then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the corner in one-inch increments. Holding down the Ctrl key while using the arrow keys allows movement in 1/8″ increments.
You may select an entire connected sequence of walls by clicking on a wall. The entire connected sequence of walls may be moved using the keyboard arrow keys as described in the preceding paragraph. This is especially helpful when working with interior walls
To create a curved wall, start by creating three consecutive points along the wall where you want the curved wall. The first and last of these points will define the width or opening of the curved wall segment. Position a point approximately mid-way between these two points and drag it to obtain the approximate depth of the curved wall. Double-click this central point and the initial straight wall segments will be replaced with a curved wall. Finally, adjust the central point to achieve the desired depth and width of the curved wall.
Measurements are easily made horizontally or vertically. The tape measure will snap once it gets close. If this is not desired, simply hold down the Shift key to override this. You may tilt or rotate the measurement as is described in “Rotating a Piece”. If you move your mouse away from the tape measure, it allows you to be more accurate in your movements. To adjust the measurement to a specific size, double-click on the tape measure and edit the dimension in the dialog box. You can also duplicate and delete the tape measurements as needed.