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Ez-Architect 9 Has Even More Great New Features!

October 6, 2013

How’s that for an opening title? Here’s what’s been added to the newest version of Ez-Architect:

 

Version 9 includes two keys so you may use it on a tablet and a computer.

NEW FEATURES for Version 9:

  • Compatible with touch screens.
    Can draw using finger or pen on Windows 8 Tablets, including Microsoft Surface models.
  • New Interface
    New interface with color and pattern palettes. Also can choose to display large palettes when using Windows 8 tablets or high resolution screens. This setting can be selected in the Prefences dialog.
  • Compatible with high resolution screens
    Problems with some dialogs not displaying correctly on high resolution screens fixed.
  • New Library Window
    New larger library window which displays multiple rows.
  • Show Only Selected Objects
    New “Show Only Selected Objects” in the Layout menu. Choosing this hides all objects which are not selected. This is useful for printing or exporting only specified parts of the drawing. Choose “Show all objects” in the Layout menu to display the entire drawing again.
  • Object Alignment function
    Four new items in the Arrange menu (Left Alignment, Right Alignment, Top Alignment and Bottom Alignment) allow arrangement of selected objects. First select the items you wish to arrange and then select the desired alignment option.
  • Edit Pattern and Edit Color dialogs
    These dialogs can now be displayed by double-clicking on items in the Pattern and Color palettes.
  • Key Buttons
    When Large palettes is set in the Preferences dialog, three Key Buttons display at the top right of the screen. These can be used in place of the keyboard keys when using a tablet. Tapping the Shift and Ctrl key buttons is the same as holding down the Shift and Ctrl keys. Tapping these buttons again releases the keys. Tapping the Delete key button deletes any selected objects. These keys do not work when clicked with a mouse. The Assist Key menu can be used in place of the key buttons.
  • Incompatible with Windows XP

Version 9 has all the features of version 8, below, including hundreds of really cool textures to create added realism:

Textures in Ez-Architect

Textures in Ez-Architect

 

NEW FEATURES for Version 8:

  • Rotation of imported bitmaps
  • All the toolbars can be floated and moved around
  • A new View menu that controls tool bar visibility and floating and unfloating tool bars
  • A new item in the Preferences dialog sets up whether tool bars float on start-up
  • Updated manual
  • Printing in landscape mode on A3 size paper has been improved
  • Textures being added to objects can be rotated after selecting them
  • You can now input text with one click, which will set a text area about 20 characters long and one line in depth; and you can still set a text area by dragging with the mouse as before
  • A Door Tool—this new door tool allows you to cut doors in existing walls
  • Object Properties dialog now lets you rotate textures

 

NEW FEATURES for Version 7:

  • Ability to add textures to objects
  • Eyedropper Tool
  • Ability to change order in which layers display (9 layers are available)
  • Drag and Drop objects from the library
  • Updated manual
  • Solid dimension arrow option as well as hollow dimension arrow for dimension lines
  • Fractional feet and inches and fractional inches problems fixed
  • Area display fixed
  • File import default fixed
  • Object Properties dialog now lets you change the size of objects by percent
  • A3-size paper printing fixed
  • Drawing size fixed
  • Registration simplified and fixed

NEW FEATURES for Version 6:

  • DXF file import and export (2D only)
  • Continuous wall and hollow wall tools which support auto-dimension lines, constrained (0, 45, 90, 135, 180, 225, 270, 315 degrees) and unconstrained (any angle) angles; continuous hollow wall tool draws continuous, colored or patterned hollow walls AT ANY ANGLE that scale up and down fine while the continuous wall tool draws continuous, 3-pixel-wide walls AT ANY ANGLE
  • Option to maintain height and width ratio when changing sizes in the Object Info dialog
  • Can import graphic files directly at their original size from the Import item in the File menu
  • Updated manual
  • Better wall scaling

FEATURES for Version 5 (originally published in 2009):

  • Four dozen colored patterns
  • Auto-dimension lines for lines and rectangles
  • Drawing method 2 mouse clicks without dragging has been added as an option along with conventional drag-and-click method
  • Printable reports containing all objects, their name, sizes and angles
  • Colors have been added to pattern editing and you may add your own permanently to the palette
  • PDF file export
  • wmf file export
  • Fractional Inches and Fractional Feet and Inches can now be selected as Drawing Units
  • Right click brings up Edit menu display
  • Red lines in rulers that follow cursor
  • Expanded Preferences dialog
  • Preview feature in File Menu allows viewing unopened plans as thumbnails
  • Program opens with all settings the same as last session

Some features of this home design program that make your floor plans easier are the duplicate tool for automatically placing rows or columns of boards, studs, trees, plywood, joists or whatever exactly where you need them—spaced on-center like you need them when you design your own home. And there’s a layering system for keeping upper stories, electrical, and plumbing schematics separate. On the other hand, if you just want to create simple floor plans without any complications or layers or construction detail, this is the home design program for you!

Scanning Objects into Ez-Architect

February 26, 2012

Ez-Architect actually doesn’t have an acquire function whereby you could bring in an image directly from your scanner. However, it’s easy enough to bring a scanned image in.

  1. Scan your image with your favorite scanner and scanning software.
  2. Save the scanned image to your computer as a bmp, jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, wmf, emp, png, awl, iwl, lwl. Remember its location on your computer and its name.
  3. Use Ez-Architect’s Library Tool to bring the image into your plan.

Put the scanned image on its own layer, if you have an empty layer available. This will enable you to include the image with other layers of your choosing.

Examples of items you might want to scan are logos, clip art photographic images like landscape items or examples of details for your plan, maybe a window or door detail, kitchen appliances, furniture ideas, swatches, or even your face “the designer!” You can enhance a floor plan with these types of details just off to the side of your drawings. You can also scan and import library objects and save them in one of your libraries.

Note: images you import, whether they are scanned or are existing graphics or photos, cannot be manipulated the way you manipulate Ez-Architect objects. They can be stretched and resized, but you can’t change individual parts or colors.

Another great use for a scanned image is a floor plan or idea that you want to use as a starting point for your own plan. Or you may have a plan that you sketched on a napkin, or one that you made with other software (print it and then scan it). Or how ’bout the original plan for your house? You can start with these for your remodel.

You might also find sketches in a magazine or floor plan book, or even an interior setting that you want to arrange your way. Be careful of copyright issues here. Someone owns those plans, but you can probably use them as starting points for your own ideas. Scan the plan, save it, then import it to its own layer, set the settings so that the layer shows along with other layers. And then make the modifications on a new layer to create a new plan that is your own.

What ideas do you have for scanned images?  How have you used them with Ez-Architect?

Don’t Forget about the Outside

November 28, 2011

I was thinking about doing some remodeling the other day and started looking out the window. Then I wondered who was going to remodel the outside. Although I like to get my hands dirty out there pulling weeds. The organizing and planning part isn’t what I’m good at. I’m more into getting those weeds! It’s not easy to lumber up and down the steep hill outside for gardening or landscaping, and I certainly don’t want to walk around and measure and try to draw the irregular hilly shape and the wiggly walkways, and how does the house fit in… really too much work, too confusing.

Anyway, since we’re in the software business, we knew we needed something for ourselves and also for others to complete the home. What’s a beautiful home, or remodeled home without something nice going on outside.

And if you’re not already remodeling and maybe not yet a devoted fan of Ez-Architect, then you might want to consider cleaning up the eyesore that is your yard for the sake of your neighbors, if not for yourself. After all, who looks at my front yard besides me when I drive in: my neighbors. As I look around, most of them keep a pretty nice front piece, so why shouldn’t I? But I insist that it’s got to be easy. I’m just not any kind of expert when it comes time to figure out what to put here, how it might look now (or in 100 years). For example, we have some amazingly beautiful trees that have intertwined themselves into each other that are spectacular in the spring, when one is blooming and the other is green, and they’re jaw-droppingly beautiful when the fall weather comes, when the other one turns a thousand variations of gold, and the bloomer is now green. Now who figured out how to put them together for such a gorgeous result 30 years ago when they first landscaped the yard when the house was built? Or was it just a lucky accident that resulted from a weak plan, or total lack of knowledge. I’m sure “real” landscapers wouldn’t put those two trees so close together. But I praise whoever did it back then, for whatever reason they did it!

Anyway, we found a wonderful little program that makes the work of the outside so easy to plan. It is soooo easy. Easy as 1,2,3! Well, one through five anyway. You do it with photographs. Everyone has some kind of camera these days. Snap some photos of the outside of your house (or building, for that matter). Install the software, tell it where you live so you know what plants will live, plop in some landscape elements including sidewalks, pathways and stuff, then save, print the plan, and print a shopping list. If you’re curious, you can read more. Or if you’re hot to order such a cool program, jump right in.

 

You Still have Time for that Summer Project

August 12, 2011

Summer isn’t over yet. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some help with some of those projects we keep putting off?

I just did a little remodeling project and used Ez-Architect. With a good plan to start with–it made the whole project go seamlessly. I didn’t add an extra room but you may want to build one. We even did some landscape improvements and plan to do more this summer.

I used Ez-Architect for my design plans for Windows. If you’re a Mac user (I’m not) you can use MacDraft  PE, or MacDraft Professional for floor plans and house plans. Or if you want to redesign your interior (on the Mac), its Interiors or Interiors Professional that will provide you with all the tools you need.

And for Landscaping, you’ll want to use a really fun program called Landscape Vision (Windows) where you can take photographs of your current “design” and then use the software to make changes. Easy and fun.

Read more about Landscape Vision here

Landscape Vision
home photo with Landscape Vision design

More about Ez-Architect here

Ez-Architect Solar Floor Plan
It’s easy to create a plan

and MacDraft and MacInteriors

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

So don’t delay any longer. You can make a gorgeous space, inside or out.

Interiors Professional Room Plan

Who doesn't want a place like this?

Home designing rules!

March 31, 2009
This website is dedicated to providing news and information on consumer level home design software, and it will address the topics of mac design software, windows design software, and tips and tutorials.

CAD software is computer aided design software. Things have come a long way since the 80s when AutoCAD was for the professionals and engineers, Design Your Own Home (Architecture, Interiors, Landscape) was for consumers, and MacDraft and PCDraft was for both. Most consumer level software has little true AutoCAD compatibility, nor does it need it, nor do the consumer level software buyers care. MacDraft Personal Edition and MacDraft Professional are a pair of Mac programs that illustrates this split, in that MacDraft Personal Edition is for the consumer and has no AutoCAD compatibility, while MacDraft Professional is fully AutoCAD compatible.

And then there’s our inexpensive Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 home design CAD software, Ez-Architect.

 
Check out our “About” page, whose link is to the right, for a more in-depth look at what we are about.
Landscape Vision is an easy to use landscape design software application that produces amazingly professional results. Who needs fake looking drawn plant images or skimpy plant data bases? The landscape of your dreams is within your reach!
Landscape Vision is an easy to use landscape design software application that produces amazingly professional results. Who needs fake looking drawn plant images or skimpy plant data bases? The landscape of your dreams is within your reach!

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