Virtual Worlds Web Planner
Please note: you can view this help page again by selecting <Help> from the menu.
Welcome to the Virtual Worlds 2D space planning tool which is designed to aid you in specifying the profile of your 2D space, and its population, as you explore all options on how best to use the physical space.
We recommend that first time users of this planning tool should read the “Getting Started” guide below in order to assist you in the use of this tool, and the considerations that should be made when planning your space. If, however, you are an experienced user you may close this guide and continue with your space planning.
Getting Started Guide
Before you begin to design your space, and depending on how accurate a representation you wish to create, there are a number of key measurements that you may find useful to have at hand. These are:-
- The lengths of each wall in your physical space.
- The position and size of each door and window in the physical space.
- The position and size of each architectural feature that is to remain in the physical space.
Once you have this information to hand you are ready to begin the construction of your 2D design.
2D Design Construction
The first step in this process is to sketch the outline of your design. To do this you must choose from the <Design> options – located to the left of the central canvas – the design template that most closely resembles your space. If you wish to sketch the space yourself, then choose the design option marked "Freestyle".
When creating the profile of your physical space you may wish to amend the lengths of the sketched walls. Simply click on the measurement distance and the "Wall Information" panel (shown right) will appear where you can specify the precise wall measurement, and the wall end that should be adjusted.
Having finalised the profile of your space we suggest you now save the design – File/Save - in order to have an empty space that you can refer back to should you decide to explore a number of "what if" scenarios.
Having saved your design you are ready to consider the population of the space selecting products from catalogues. Below the <Design> options you will notice that a further option has appeared called <Catalogues>.
Selecting this option, you will progress through a series of choices – a short cut for which will appear at each stage below the previous one - until you are eventually presented with a list of product items that satisfy your chosen options. Selecting a specific product will cause the option panel to disappear, and the 2D symbol for the chosen product to appear in the centre of your design.
Having inserted an object into your design you may now select the object by clicking on its symbol. The selected object now becomes decorated with a collection of small "handles" that can be used to stretch and rotate the object. The object can also be repositioned within the design merely by dragging the object to the location you wish to position it at. Finally, in addition to the object "handles", the object is also decorated with a feature panel that provides shortcuts to further functionality such as the identification panel, duplication and deletion.
As you add and position objects within your design, you will appreciate the power of this tool in enabling you to visualise how your physical space can be utilised.
As your design progresses you may wish to add annotations and measurements to the design. These are all available via the application <Tools> menu, which we would encourage you to explore.
Design Visualisation and Submission
Once your design has been profiled and populated in 2D, you may choose to view the design in 3D. This feature is accessed via the <3D> menu button to the right of the canvas. Navigation within the 3D space can be achieved either via your mouse, the keyboard (using the standard WASD keys) or the navigation icons that will appear below the <3D> menu. Some of the navigation icons – such as the "Fingerprint" and "Plane" also toggle the operating mode provide further features such as the activation of object actions.
Once you are satisfied with the design, you may submit it, electronically, directly to the showroom/design team for further consideration and discussion. This feature is accessed via the "File\Send" menu option.
If you require further assistance in the use of the Virtual Worlds web planning tool, we recommend that you contact the company whose site you initially accessed this from. Further information on this tool, and all related design tools produced by Virtual Worlds, can be found by following the Virtual Worlds link in the bottom corner of the application.