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A Kalidescope of Patterns in Ez-Architect

March 2, 2013

The pattern bar in  Ez-Architect is obvious, underneath the colors. But the variety it offers is pretty much endless. You can easily modify these patterns by cleverly using colors, but you can also edit them and make your own unique variation.

This pattern is the 16th pattern from the left in the color bar. I’ve selected this one because it’s easiest to see that changes since the components are larger than some of the other more subdued patterns.

Here's the default for this pattern. It's the 16th from the left in the pattern bar.

Here’s the default for this pattern. It’s the 16th from the left in the pattern bar.

You can easily modify this pattern by using the Control Key along with mouse clicking.

NOTE: if the following patterns look kind of mushy on your screen, click on them to see the true colors (resolution, browsers, etc. may not show you the true colors I have placed here).

Control+Left Mouse button on yellow changes the pattern like this:

Control+Left Click on yellow changes one color.

Control+Left Click on yellow changes one color.

If we Control+Right Click on the first (Lavender) pattern, we get this:

Same colors, but different juxtaposition.

Same colors, but different juxtaposition.

The difference in these two is that in one we’ve changed the background, in the other we’ve changed the foreground. But they are both lavender and yellow. But look quite different.

Now to have some fun, control+right click to change the line color within the pattern. So here we have lavender, and yellow with red lines.

Another control+right click changes the line colors within the pattern.

Another control+right click changes the line colors within the pattern.

Play with the mouse and the control keys to see what interesting combinations come up.

Next time we’ll experiment with changing the pattern itself. Although many many patterns are already included in Ez-Architect, it has plenty of room for your own special constructions.

 

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Changing the Border Colors in Ez-Architect

February 25, 2013

In the last post I showed you how to change the internal colors and patterns of an object.

Changing the border color is just as easy as changing the inside color. You just have to use another finger.  Here’s a simple circle with a black border. Note the status box to the left of the patterns/colors bar. It shows the same configuration. (In this case, it’s a white circle. If it was transparent, it would look the same.)

Here's a simple circle with a black border.

Here’s a simple circle with a black border.

To change the color of the border, just use your third finger on the right mouse button and you’ll easily change the border color. Select the object, right-click your mouse on the color that you want and you’ll change the border. Note that the status box to the left of the color/pattern palette matches your object (well, my object).

The same circle with the border changed to purple

The same circle with the border changed to purple

And if you don’t want borders on your objects, you can either change the border color and the inside to the same color as you can see below. OR you can choose a line width of zero, the first line on the line palette that looks like this:

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The same circle with the border and internal color changed

The same circle with the border and internal color changed

It would look perhaps a little smaller (depending on the line width) if the border width was zero. In both cases, the status box to the left of the pattern/color bar shows both the currently selected border and inside colors, whether you have a line width of zero, or a wider line. That’s so you always know the current color configuration.

Next time, fun with patterns.

Have you done any experimenting with making your own patterns or changing pattern colors? We’ll have some fun with this.

Colors & Patterns in Ez-Architect-It’s Easy when you Get it.

February 3, 2013

Ez-Architect is VERY dynamic when it comes to using colors and patterns. However it can be a little confusing at first. But once you “get it” you’ll be an expert every time.

Here’s a little lesson:

When you start Ez-Architect, the program will begin with default settings. Most objects will be white with thin black borders, like this. (I have placed the standard object over some red so you can see that it’s white-on the inside.)

White rectangle with a narrow black border

White rectangle with a narrow black border

Now, to emphasize our example, I’ll increase the size of the border so color and pattern changes will be obvious. I have selected line width 4 by clicking on the widest line in the icon bar to the left. Be sure to select the object before changing the line width.

White Rectangle with wide Black Border

White Rectangle with wide Black Border

Now, I can play with color changes. To change the inside of the rectangle, simply left-click on a color or pattern from either row of colors & patterns on the color bar. Be sure to select the rectangle first.

Rectangle with new Inner Color

Rectangle with new Inner Color

The same rectangle with a pattern inside. Select the rectangle, then select the pattern. Notice that the pattern is visible at the left of the pattern/color bar.

Right-click on any pattern to fill the rectangle.

Right-click on any pattern to fill the rectangle.

Next time I’ll show how to change the the border color and pattern. Then we’ll learn to change the pattern colors.

What is your favorite use of colors and patterns in Ez-Architect?

The Truth about the System Requirements for MacDraft 6.0.6

January 26, 2013

I am planning to confuse you about this. So let’s see how smart you are.

The newest versions of MacDraft PE (6.0.6) and MacDraft Pro have some interesting system requirements. The INSTALLER requires Mac OSX 10.5. HOWEVER, the PROGRAM requires only Mac OSX 10.4.11.

OMG, so what does that really mean? It means that if you haven’t yet upgraded your MAC to OSX 10.5, you are not out of luck. (That OS 4 to 5 upgrade can, in many cases, require getting a whole new computer, which you may or may not want to do.) It means that you can run the newest 6.0.6 version of MacDraft, with a little TLC from us. It just takes a little tweaking and talking via email for us to make it work for you.

Here’s what to do if you’re champing at the bit to purchase 6.0.6 (and you are running Mac OSX 10.4.11) and want to try the demo (we recommend you do this first). Contact us via email (wisdomandinfoATtheliquidateherDOTcom) and tell us that you’re running 10.4.11 and that you need a special link to the MacDraft demo that will run on your computer.

We will dutifully respond with the links to Pro and PE demo versions 6.0.5 which have the installer which will work on 10.4.11.

Now I didn’t get my numbers wrong: we will send you links to the 6.0.5 demo which will be sooooo close to version 6.0.6 that you probably won’t be able to figure out the difference once you decide to purchase 6.0.6.

When you decide to purchase 6.0.6, follow the links here for the Mac Draft PRO CD version or for the MacDraft PRO downloaded version. Or for MacDraft PE CD version.  or the MacDraft PE downloaded version. Or go to our website to make your purchase.

You will receive the 6.0.6 version with your purchase and it will have the installer that requires OSX 10.5.  What to do? Contact us via email (wisdomandinfoATtheliquidateherDOTcom) and we will verify your purchase. Then we will email you a special download link for the full 6.0.6 version that does not have the installer and will work on 10.4.11. And you’re good to go.

I told you it would be confusing.

P.S. If you do have OSX 10.5, you can immediately download the current demos or make your purchase from our site. And you can ignore everything that you just read! (Sorry, that was awfully mean.)

Updated MacDraft Demo Download

December 9, 2012

Just in case you’re using version 10.8.x where the gatekeeper wasn’t letting the installer do the install thing, these demos have been fixed so you can install with joy and ease! So you are welcome to download again from here.

Have a look at our recent post for details of what’s in the new version.

 

New Version of MacDraft Released

December 5, 2012

Recently the newest version of MacDraft was released. The current version is 6.0.6.

As you likely know, version 6.0.5 added support for AutoCAD AC1024 (2010/2011/2012) DWG files, and improved functionality for reading DWG files. Renaming layers and renaming library objects is now easier with the Rename option in the drop down menus of the Layers and Library palettes.  Mac OSX Lion issues have been resolved and many other performance and stability changes have been made. Legacy issues from previous versions have also been addressed.

In addition, we now have a customized toolbar, a new layers palette, new library palette which now works with seamless integration with iPhoto. The new image menu gives you lots more control of your images, and much more.

You can download an update from here. On this page you’ll find free updates for each Microspot program in several combinations.  Be sure to update from the version you are using for the correct software. Each updater is different. Read the list carefully to locate your software, then read it carefully again to find the correct update.

 

How Unusual is your Ez-Architect Project?

September 22, 2012

Tell us how you are using Ez-Architect.

Are you a pro using it often for client projects?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer who plans and executes projects for your home or other location?

Do you do any unusual things with it, like design sets for theater productions, plays, videos etc.

We used it to design our set for The Perils of Cheryl. We came up with a brilliant scheme and it worked great. Watch the demo right here.

And tell us how you use Ez-Architect or MacDraft or MacInteriors, for that matter.

The more unusual, the more unusual……

Ez-Architect – A Bug has been found!!!

September 6, 2012

Okay, we admit it. We’re not perfect. But really, all these years and no one ran into this until last month! Really, has anyone been using this software?

Is your “printed” page blank?

Does your printout not fit the page properly?

Is it cut off where you don’t expect it to?

There are several reasons that these things may happen.

And here are several things to check:

First: Check your scale. For example if you selected 1/4″ = 1′. Given that a sheet of paper is 11″ long, the longest object you could place (at that scale) on the one sheet would be 44 feet, so if you have an object longer than 44 feet or if any part of your plan exceeds 44 feet, it cannot fit on a single sheet of paper.
If you select 2 sheets by 1 sheet of paper, the drawing (at the 1/4″= 1′ scale) will cross over two sheets. However, if you tell the program 1 sheet but draw something that is bigger than the one sheet, things don’t work so well, the program doesn’t really know how to handle it, so it prints just part of it.

Second: Check your paper size. As noted above, if your plan is bigger than the paper size you’ve selected, the printing won’t work properly. Items will be cut off or will try to print (oddly) to the only available page. And please note: there is an anomaly in Ez-Architect where this happens. Suppose you select legal paper and 2 x 2 page layout. If you save your plan and then open it again and then go to the paper size dialog, it will say “letter.”  Note this is only a dialog error not an error in the program. Because if you look at your plan and its layout, you’ll see that your plan is still has legal sized pages.

Third: Check your page layout. This refers to how many pages your plan will cover.

Fourth: Check your printer resolution.

The faint lines that occur on some of the printed objects relate to printer resolution and capability. I, too, can see your plan on my screen (which is set at 1440 x 900 resolution) and some objects print very weakly on one printer (b/w laser) in most of the “better” settings I’ve tried (it is an older printer). However my other printer (color inkjet) printed the plan very nicely, where the lines that hardly show on the laser printout are somewhat light on the inkjet, but they are clearly there, just delicate looking. So you might try another printer or different printer settings so you can see the objects without having to alter your plan.
The other option is to make all the lines in the objects that aren’t printing thicker.  Just select the object and change the line width. Experiment with printing to see what thickness prints adequately before you make them too thick, as on my screen some of the line thicknesses don’t look any different from each other on the screen.

And here’s the clincher, or is it the clinker?

Did you set your page orientation to Landscape? Yes, oh my, if you set your page size for Landscape, your plan will not print! oh my, and oh my again; so many thousands of you out there using this software for years and August 2012 was the first time anyone ran into this problem. Are we all so Portrait oriented that we never ever tried to print the wide way. My goodness, how normal we all must be.

Never fear, the developer has been notified along with a list of other minor glitchees and suggestions for the improving the program. So, if you’re reading and you’re a user who has wishes, now’s the time to get your wish on the wish list for the next update. We don’t know when, but we can say, eventually. But if you don’t speak, you won’t be heard. So let us know.

Sometimes the Simplest Things Elude Us

July 21, 2012

How to “erase” a line or object in Ez-Architect.

Use the selector tool, select the line or object.

Press the delete key.

Not to be facetious, but for those not experienced with object-oriented graphics programs, some functions may seem elusive. Since each item on the screen is an object that has to be dealt with as a whole, it can be moved, stretched, shrunk down, exactly duplicated; but you can’t remove just a part of it. You can shrink it, like in the case of a line. Come to think of it you could remove part of it only by covering it up with another object (and then, you’d want to group the two objects so they stay together). But it’s not like a painting program or photo editing program where you can work with and change a single pixel on the screen–where you can erase part of something, or smear it, or distort it with painting tools.

Nope, Ez-Architect is just Easy. Sometimes not to fancy. But powerful.

What other functions have you discovered in Ez-Architect (or any of our home design programs, for that matter) that were so easy that you had to say DOH! and hit yourself on the forehead when you figured it out?


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