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With Pro Contractor Studio™ you can be designing within minutes. The paper size and scale of your designs are selected when you create the initial drawing page using the New command or by choosing a template in the Startup Screen. Users can draft a property using the commands in the software, or import a scanned image of a plot plan to begin the design.
The drawing screen is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface that allows the design to appear very similar to the end result during the drafting process. Symbol sizes, colors, line types and scales all appear on the screen very similar to what they will look like when output to a sheet of paper.
Most drafting and edit commands are easily accessed using the menu system, toolbar icons, or shortcut-keys.
The Layer Manger allows you to create new layers and assign a color, line style, and line width to the layers. You can create an unlimited number of layers. You can easily turn layers on or off on the design screen. You can associate similar types of objects by creating layers and assigning them to the same layer. For example, you can put all lines for houses, garages and sheds on a Buildings layer. Lines for curbs, driveways, sidewalks and patios might go on a Hardscape layer. Additional lines for fencing or property lines might be drawn on a Property layer.
There are multiple tools available to use when drafting a property. Used in conjunction with the Point Polar and Point Relative commands, these tools can make drafting a piece of property quick and easy. The Polar Tracking feature and Anchor Point can further assist in setting points precisely during the design process.
The Insert Image command will allow you to place a raster image file on the design screen. The command may be used to load a background image for designing, or it may simply be used to place a company logo on a design or title block. Pro Contractor Studio™ will allow you to load JPEG Bitmap (*.jpg), Portable Graphics Network (*png), Windows Bitmap (*.bmp) and TIFF Bitmap (*.tif) files. Before inserting an image you can rotate, crop, or resize the image. You can also adjust the opacity to make the image appear transparent on the design screen. Once you insert the an image into a design, you can set two points on the image that are a known distance apart from one another to quickly scale the image.
The Import* command will allow you to import a file from a different format. Pro Contractor Studio™ will allow you to import an AutoCAD® (*.dwg) file through release 2017.
The Export* command will allow you to export a file to a different format. Pro Contractor Studio™ will allow you to export a file to an AutoCAD® (*.dwg) format through release 2017.
The Insert Title Block command will allow you to place a title block on a design page. A title block is an important part of any technical drawing including landscape and irrigation designs. Title blocks contain the necessary information required to identify a drawing. Although a title block could be located any where on the sheet of paper, title blocks are most often located along the bottom edge, lower right corner, or down the entire right side of the drawing page. The command will allow the user to select the location of the title block on the design screen.
The Miscellaneous Symbols command allows you to place a list of miscellaneous symbols such as furniture, stepping stones and more on the drawing screen. Use these symbols to dress up a drawing and make it more meaningful or attractive to the end customer or prospect. Installation details may be placed on the design using this same command.
Learn how to complete a design for a more professional presentation to the customer which will assist you in closing more of your sales calls. Add text, miscellaneous symbols, valve notations, installation details, title blocks and more. You will also learn how to create a symbol legend, and for Texas designers, you will learn to permanently make changes to the Licensed Irrigator seal and place it on the design screen.
There are many commands available to edit entities within a drawing such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Move, Scale, and Rotate. You can also use commands such as Move to Front or Move to Back to make items such as pipe appear underneath sprinkler and control valve symbols for a nicer looking design. Other commands such as Break Lines, Combine Lines, Trim, and Extend are all very useful when drafting a piece of property. There are additional commands to Offset, Array, or Mirror entities on a design. In addition there is a Group Define and Group Explode command.
The View commands will allow you to zoom the drawing screen, turn the paper and grid on or off, or view the properties of the selected entity and in some cases, make changes to the property settings. For example, you can change a selected piece of equipment such as a sprinkler from one manufacturer and type to another.
You can also fill a selected entity with a color, a gradient blend of colors, a hatching pattern, or an image. The Fill command works well in conjunction with the Boundary command which is used to quickly create a continuous line around the perimeter of two or more intersecting entities.