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OrthoGraph 1st Steps
Transcript of OrthoGraph 1st Steps
This is the drawing area. Hold your device Landscape...
For drawing we recommend using Portrait mode.
This is the toolbar with 3 main tabs.
First tab is about creating and modifying your drawing.
Second tab is about placing down doors, windows, objects, and editing them.
Third toolbar is about advanced surveying and outputs.
Let's create your first drawing. Choose the Pencil from the Drawing tool palette.
... and simply sketch the layout of the room
you are standing in like you were doing
on paper with a pencil.
OrthoGraph will translate your sketch into
walls, as a continuous polygon. You can stop
drawing your polygon at any location and
continue anytime you wish.
A closed polygon represents
the room you are standing in.
You can edit the corners, bend segments and add housing to your drawings. Hotspots can help you to measure walls that have e.g. built in furniture or rounded towards you.
Editing the Drawing.
There is a common toolbar that is always visible. Select the "Enter a Distance" button and do your first measurement. Tap the first point to measure from and move your finger to the second one.
Start Your Measurements
After the first measurement entered the whole drawing will be resized. You are now one important step closer to the real sized drawing.
Scaling the Drawing
Measure the wall closest to your first measurement and do it step by step following the room polygon.
Take care that all measurements have a direction. First touch the point you wish to measure from (bottom-left corner in my drawing), move your finger on the screen and release it by the point you wish to move to the proper distance (top-left corner).
Measuring the Drawing
All entered distances will be displayed instantly. Angles will be kept as drawn as long as it is possible.
Drawing Follows Numbers
Tap the Show Measures button to see how you are proceeding.
Display What's Measured
If you measure a corner from two others, then its angle will be instantly updated.
Green circles show the points are fully measured
Red circles show the points are not yet exact.
Choose the door tool and tap the wall at the location you wish to place it down.
Taping the door again will allow you to simply drag it on the wall to the required location.
Doors and Windows
Measure the door's exact position and width using the same tools as used by the walls.
Measuring Wall Openings
There is another way of adding rooms in OrthoGraph, You can draw rooms independently, and merge them together later. If you are interested, you can watch it in a separate prezi, now lets follow with other important features. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/WLH8k5
The 2nd Room - Floating Islands
Repeat the procedure as long as you are ready with measuring the floor plan of the building.
If you are interested about some more features, then proceed...
Create the Full Floor Plan
Select the furniture button from the toolbar. The appearing toolbar contains many different object types. Choose one and tap the screen at the location you wish to place it down.
Furnish Your Rooms
Using the lifebelt you can rotate the object, and if you tap the object itself, then you can drag it to its required location.
If you want to position the furniture exactly, then open the Object Properties Window. Set the reference point as requested and the size of the object by setting the related values.
When you are done, then simply select the measurement tool and measure the reference point of the particular object the same way as it were a corner.
Measure Furniture Position
Tap the 3D preview button, and start looking around in the model you have built up. Simply use the navigation controls to move and look around.
Try going high above the drawing using the slider and look downwards. Fancy, isn't it?
Check out the Drawing in
Bring up the toolbar by tapping the icon on the left top part of the screen, and choose the Properties button. Tap any element in 3D and the related Properties dialog appears. Set the texture property. This also applies to selecting the floor, objects or walls.
You can save any view in 3D or 2D as JPG or PNG pictures to send them via e-mail or to upload them to DropBox. These images are fixed in size and contain exactly what you see (without the toolbars).
Save JPG/PNG screenshots
As every room has its own closed room layout, therefore OrthoGraph can make calculations of their area, perimeter, wall surface and many more. As the building can have a hierarchical structure, therefore these calculations are also available summarizing of all sub-locations of a location, e.g. for all rooms on a particular story. Tap simply the report button from the bottom toolbar.
Run Reports on the Field
There are many-many more features of the system like CAD integration to DWG, SketchUp or ArchiCAD, supporting foot/inch or meter etc.
To learn OrthoGraph Architect in details please download and read the User's Manual from http://orthograph.net/orthograph-users-manual.html
The User Manual
Enter the distance and optionally the wall thickness to the appearing window.
Entering the Distance
To learn easily the use of OrthoGraph Architect please proceed to this tutorial. It shows you features that are minimally required to be successful creating your floor plans using the iPad device.
Please don't forget to give us a positive rating if you are satisfied with the software!
If you would encounter any difficulty using the software, then check out our forum at
, there are answers for many raising questions related to OrthoGraph Architect.
If you need a rapid answer to your question, then don't hesitate to contact us at
, we will respond within 24 hours.
Distances can be entered manually, using the touchscreen keyboard, or through a Bluetooth compatible Leica laser distance meter.
How does it work? Please watch this video:
Measuring the Drawing
Add notes, photos and annotations
There are some details which are important to record, but they are not measurable, or they are too specific.
We have two solutions for this:
All element has a property sheet, and in all property sheet there is an entry: Picture. If you tap the camera icon, you can shoot a picture and attach to the particular element.
Shoot a picture
Sometimes you want to mark something on the floorplan.
On the property sheet of the doors and windows there are two entries which can change their appearance:
You can change both the format and the position of the label anytime.
Tap the label tool, swipe a line (or series of lines) to an empty space, and add your text.
Labeling is for this situation.
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Let's create another room. For this we have to 'leave' the current room and create another one as we will work on that. This is the main concept of OrthoGraph:
"Always work on the room where you are standing in!"
Sketch&Tap - Creating connected rooms
Adding the 2nd Room
For adding the second room tap on the drawing tool.
You will be prompted for the name, type and position of the new room.
After tapping OK you can start to draw.
Adding the 2nd Room 2
Now you can simply draw the outline, like you did it with the first room, but now you don't need to draw the common walls.
Adding the 2nd Room 3
If you are happy with your sketch, just tap inside the new room, and you have it already. You can add doors, windows and objects as well to this new room.
watch this small animation !
version of this Prezi is available here: