22
Feb

User Interface Tutorial for Chief Architect Software


User interface overview.
In this video, we will be giving a brief overview
into Chief Architect’s user interface. We will dig deeper into each one
of these topics in later videos, but for now we just want
to get familiarized with
the different areas of the interface.
At a glance, Chief Architect’s main window is
comprised of: the program menu, toolbars across the top,
right and bottom of the screen, a tool palette on the left,
side windows on the right, a status bar across the bottom,
and of course the main drawing area. The drawing area is the largest and
most visible aspect of the interface. This is the area where
you will be drawing, viewing renderings and creating
printable layouts of your plans. At the top of the drawing area the title
of the plan and view type are displayed. This title bar will automatically change
to tabs when multiple views or files are open. The program menu contains all of the
tools available in Chief Architect. The toolbars below the menu,
are a collection of commonly used tools. Every tool on the toolbar
exists somewhere in the menu, but they are arranged
here for quick access. You will notice on the menu that certain
tools have a keyboard hotkey listed to the right of the tool name. Similarly hovering your mouse over a
toolbar icon activates a pop up that shows the tool name and its associated
hotkey where applicable. Hotkeys can be a single keystroke or they
may include modifiers such as shift or control. The tool palette on the left will show
a list of similar tools when an icon is selected. This is the same list of tools you will
see when clicking the Arrow next to a toolbar icon.
When a tool is selected, the toolbar icon changes
to reflect this selection, allowing you to change tools and to
return to a previously used tool more easily. The zoom tool bar is
located on the right side, helping you to navigate your
drawing by zooming and panning. And below that is the
toggle mode toolbars, allowing you to toggle common viewing and
drawing modes on and off such as color and line weight. On the right side we
also have signed windows. The project browser that shows all of the
various components that make up a plan, such as CAD details,
saved camera and section views, saved plan views and so on. The library browser allows you to place
items and apply materials to objects in your plan. And the active layer display options
showing all of the drawing layers present on the plan, as well as the layers
associated with any select item. On the bottom of the screen you
will find the edit toolbar. The edit toolbar contains contextual
or selection specific tools. And as such is only populated when an
object is selected. For instance, when selecting a wall, only actions that are applicable
to walls will be displayed. And when selecting a door, the toolbar changes to show
door-specific actions. Lastly, we have a status bar across the
bottom of the screen showing reference inforamtion Here you will see a tool description when
you hover your mouse over a tool icon. The name or number of selected objects,
the selected tool, current floor,
current CAD layer, drawing group of the selected item, mouse cursor coordinates and screen size. The toolbars, status bar, scroll bars, all side windows can be toggled
on or off through the view menu. And if necessary, toolbars and side windows can be reset
to factory defaults through preferences, reset options.

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