do I know I won't be charged for downloading?
You can not be
charged for trying the program, for we do not ask for your
credit card information. While some sites do require this information
before you download, we do not. We don't even ask for your name or
email address. So we don't know anything about you at all. That's
what shareware is all about. We invite you to try it. You buy if you
like it. If you decide not to buy, just use the Windows' "Remove
Program" option to delete the program from your disk.
How can I draw lines and other drawing elements at an angle?
Normally, the cursor is held at a horizontal or vertical angle to make drawing easier.
To release the cursor, just press the Shift key while drawing. The cursor will then go wherever you put it.
Can Home Plan Interiors work in metric measurements?
You can switch between Metric mode and US mode from the Options menu.
When in metric mode, you can specify mm, cm, or mm.
Is there an easier way to quickly select a drawing element for moving, etc.?
If you want to quickly select just a single drawing element, click the right mouse button on it.
The element will be selected, and a popup menu appears with options tailored to the nature of the element you selected.
How can I re-size pre-drawn figures easily and accurately?
A fast but not very precise way to resize a pre-drawn figure:
- Press the Plus or Minus keys while dragging the figure into place.
- The size of the figure will be changed in increments of about 10° each key press
To resize a figure more precisely:
- Click the right mouse button on the figure while it's still in the menu.
- When the Figure Resize form appears, enter new values in the width and height boxes.
To resize a figure that has already been placed in the drawing:
- Select the figure
- Use the Resize button on the Alter Plan toolbar
do lines I "hide" not show up on the screen but sometimes
showup on the printout? How do I avoid that?
When you print
a plan, the screen resolution has to be converted to the printer
resolution. Since both devices use round numbers to count the dots
per inch, there is a danger of rounding errors when mutliplying and
dividing. The best approach to the Hide tool, is to be sure it covers
the thing it's hiding by a couple of pixels on each side.
do some lines/misalignments show when I zoom out on the screen but
not when I zoom in?
There are just
so many pixels on your monitor. If we assign 1/2" per pixel when
zoomed in, and then zoom out so each pixel = 1", the monitor
isn't able to show the 1/2" accurately. The actual distance is
stored in the plan, and when you print, it should print correctly.
Printers have much greater resoultion than your monitor, and print
much more precisely.
is the largest sheet size you can print on?
You can print
on any size sheet your printer supports. Click the "Paper
Size" drop down list to see what sizes your printer supports.
Some printers also support a "User Size" function. If yours
does, you can set the paper size from the "Custom" menu
item on the Printer Screen.
Kinko's ™ has a free
that might help. Although it installs like, and looks like a printer driver, it actually makes a file that you can upload or take to their store and have them print a large copy.
biggest problem has been that I cannot figure out how to easily and
more importantly accurately locate a door or window within a wall. I
draw the wall then want to insert a window for example that's located
6"-0" down from the top corner of the wall and is 5'-0"
wide. How do I position it so it is located dimensionally correctly?
One quick way
is to start a line from a known point and watch the
"Odometers" in the status bar. Instead of drawing the line,
press the Escape key when you have the cursor where you want it. The
keyboard is better than the mouse for precise movement. The numberpad
keys explained below are also useful for this.
much space (bytes) does the program take up?
installation takes about 2.2 megabytes. Plans you draw run from 2k to
40k each depending on the number of drawing elements.
I draw more accurately somehow? It's hard to do it right with the mouse.
Yes, you can.
Use the arrow keys. The stand-alone keys move the cursor one pixel at
a time. The Number Pad keys (if Num Lock is on) move the keys a
user-set distance. By pressing the Plus and Minus keys, you can
change that distance. The current setting is shown at the right end
of the Status Bar.
don't like the way the mouse works in this new version. Who needs a
right click to pop up a menu?
A lot of users
have asked for this, a pop up on a right click. And it is
conventional in Windows programs. So the change was made.
users of earlier versions of this program, the option to use the
right mouse button to end a drawing has been retained. In Preferences
on the Drawing tab, select Traditional HPP Usage. The mouse will
behave as it did in earlier versions. Note, however, the Help file
has been rewritten to fit the new action of a pop up on a right click.
confused about zooming. Sometimes it seems like I've lost a lot of
my plan when I zoom in. Am I doing something wrong?
No. It's just
that when you zoom in there may not be enough room in the drawing
area to hold your entire plan. In which case, it may seem that part
of it has been lost. But it's not. Let me put it this way.
size of a plan is selected when a new one is started. It can be
changed while drawing. The drawing size determines the zoom scale.
If you zoom
in, it can make the plan bigger than the drawing area. If you scroll
at this point, part of the plan will seem to have been lost. But it's
not so. When you zoom back out, the entire plan will be available.
There is a
"Magnify Area" routine that will zoom way in on any area
without truncating the plan. You draw a box around an area, and it
fills the screen with that area. This is very convenient when you
want to draw small details in one part of the plan.
didn't know that the size of the plan reduced from 100x100 to
approximately 50x50 as you zoomed in. Why is that?
It's due to
the size of the screen. There are 1200 pixels to work with. At 1 inch
per pixel, we get 100' (1200 pixels = 1200 inches). If you want
1/2" per pixel, then 1200 pixels = 50' (1200 pixels = 600 inches).
can use the Magnify Area tool for detailed work.
I select a number of walls with different thicknesses, then change
the fill pattern, the thicknesses also change. How come?
walls are selected and altered, all of the selected walls will be
changed to the new settings. For example, if you select a wall that
is 8" thick, then several that are 6", when
you change the
fill pattern, you will find the 6" walls are now 8" thick.
The way to avoid this is to select walls one at a time. Or select all
8" walls, make the change, then repeat with 6" walls.
Text must be
handled in the same way. If you want to change the text font, but not
the size (or the size, but not the font), select elements
individually. Select a group of elements only when you want the same
change applied to all elements selected.
I get lines across the drawing. For example when drawing a filled polygon,
I get a line across it after clicking twice to terminate the polygon.
drawing operations leave "artifacts" on the screen. The
example you give is due to a reaction from Windows filling the
polygon on top of the full-screen cross hairs. Clicking the
"Redraw" button removes artifacts. They are not part of the
plan, and will not be saved or printed. We appreciate hearing about
conditions that create artifacts, so we can try to eliminate them.
file I open, opens with a "fill pattern" texture filling
the whole screen!!! What's wrong?
It sounds like
the snap grid is turned on. Home Plan Interiors remembers the setting, and
so it comes back on each time you start up. Uncheck "Snap
On" under View in the main menu.
software creates problems with my keyboard, and I can't use most of
the letters. (The Text function is therefore unavailable!)
If you are
using a laptop without a number pad, you need to un-check "Turn
Num Lock on when starting" on the Preferences "Startup"
tab. This handy feature provides number pad users with a neat way to
move measured distances, but interferes with the combination
keyboards found on many laptops.
thought I could have more than one plan open in your new version,
but I don't know how to do it.
You can open
as many as you like. However, only one at a time can be viewed in the
work area. To select another plan already loaded, click on Windows in
the main menu. Then click to select the plan you need.
there a default font for use in dimensions?
the default you want to use in Preference on the Dimensions tab.
am having trouble with font sizes while printing. Is the text size
adjusted along with the drawing size? Or should it look the same on a
printed drawing as in work area on screen?
decide how to size text is tricky. Typically, you don't want text to
keep getting bigger or smaller in proportion to the drawing size,
else the text would be huge when drawing tiny things, and tiny when
drawing huge things. However, some text scaling is probably needed.
There are two
item in Preferences that affect text size:
On the Drawing
tab, "Don't Scale Text" affects both the screen and the
printout. If forces the font size to be the same regardless of the
drawing or printing scale.
Printing tab, "Text Scale Factor" affects only printing. It
adjusts the text size by the percentage you specify.
If you usually
print very large or very small plans, you may want to set this last
item. But you may need to change it before you print a plan much
different in size.
no one answer suits all. Some experimenting with these two options is
necessary to find the settings that work best for you.